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NATURAL RESOURCES LAW

SACRAMENTO

R. Clark Morrison SAN FRANCISCO

NON-PROFIT / CHARITIES LAW

Pamela S. Kaufmann

Mark W. Knobel

RENO

SECURITIES / CAPITAL MARKETS LAW

Daniel B. Eng

SAN FRANCISCO

Bruce K. Dallas

SAN JOSE

SAN FRANCISCO RENO

PATENT LAW

Rachel Krevans

Gladys H. Monroy

SECURITIES REGULATION

W. Hardy Callcott

Steven E. Bochner

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN JOSE

SECURITIZATION AND STRUCTURED FINANCE LAW

Thomas J. Donnelly

Dennis F. Moriarty

Thomas E. Drendel

OAKLAND

SAN FRANCISCO RENO

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION - PLAINTIFFS

Daniel C. Girard

R. Parker White

Niall P. McCarthy

John C. Stein

OAKLAND

SACRAMENTO

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE

Thomas P. Beko

RENO

PRIVATE FUNDS / HEDGE FUNDS LAW

William B. Piels SAN FRANCISCO

TAX LAW

Eric J. Coffill

Julie A. Divola

Ivan H. Humphreys

Don L. Ross

SACRAMENTO

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE RENO

TECHNOLOGY LAW

Thomas F. Villeneuve

Edward J. Wes, Jr.

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE

TRUSTS AND ESTATES

Margaret M. Hand

Debra L. Kasper

OAKLAND

SAN FRANCISCO

John P. Broadhurst

Peter LaBoskey

Robert S. Fore

W. Scott Thomas

John B. Mulligan

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION - DEFENDANTS

Stuart M. Gordon SAN FRANCISCO

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION - PLAINTIFFS

Daniel Dell’Osso SAN FRANCISCO

Mary A. Collins

SAN FRANCISCO

REAL ESTATE LAW

Michael P. Brody

Karen L. Diepenbrock

Michael H. Liever

Patrick J. McGaraghan

Randall Kenworthy

OAKLAND

SACRAMENTO

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE

SANTA ROSA

RENO

VENTURE CAPITAL LAW

Kenneth L. Guernsey

Mitchell S. Zuklie

SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE

WATER LAW

PUBLIC FINANCE LAW

Diane Holt Frankle

SAN JOSE

SAN FRANCISCO

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION - DEFENDANTS

John J. Frankovich

James M. Day, Jr.

Kevin M. O’Brien SACRAMENTO

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW - CLAIMANTS

Michael G. Gerson

Stephen D. Sprenkle

Barbara J. Gruenewald

OAKLAND SAN JOSE

RENO

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW San Jose, CA

Diane Holt Frankle is based out of legal powerhouse Kaye Scholer in its Silicon Valley office, and she has led corporate mergers & acquisitions deals over the last 25 years that have a total value of more than $12 billion. Coming from an early federal district courtship and subsequent litigation role at a law firm Washington, D.C., Frankle moved to California in the mid-1980s and joined one of the major firms in the Bay Area, Ware & Freidenrich, becoming a partner in its corporate transactional practice in 1988. “I had realized before moving to California that I got more enjoyment out of solving problems and getting people to talk to each other constructively,” says Frankle, and she became an expert in advising public companies, technology startups and companies in the health care field on M&A and other corporate board-related matters. The firm she joined in California eventually merged into DLA Piper, and Frankle was a partner and chair of DLA Pipers’ corporate governance and M&A groups in their Silicon Valley office up until joining Kaye Scholer in 2011. “I’ve practiced with all kinds of technology companies: from life science, biotech and specialty pharma companies to software, hardware,

internet and semiconductor companies and more,” Frankle notes. “Board directors at these companies don’t want to hear case citations—they want to hear practical advice. So the way my practice has evolved, and what is different about me, is that I’m known for being very plain-spoken and direct.” Although she doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to giving clients’ exactly the advice they need to comply with their duties, Frankle’s direct approach is informed by her deep legal expertise, rooted in more than three decades of experience. Frankle is a member of the ABA’s M&A committee and currently co-chairs the ABA’s joint task force on governance issues in business combinations. Additionally, from 1997–2011, she was chair of the ABA’s subcommittee on public company acquisitions and the editor of the ABA’s Model Merger Agreement for the Acquisition of a Public Company (2011), and also served as chair of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section Corporations Committee (1993–94). It comes as no surprise that, in addition to this year’s recognition, Frankle was previously selected as a corporate governance “Lawyer of the Year” for the San Francisco area in 2015 and has been continuously listed with Best Lawyers since 2007 for corporate governance law, corporate compliance law, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

BY NATHANIEL BARR

SANTA ROSA

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