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Frantz Law Group’s illustrious history is highlighted by many significant victories on behalf of clients, including: • $223 million jury verdict: professional negligence* • $55 million jury verdict: wrongful death* • $24 million pretrial settlement: consumer class action • $18.5 million verdict: drug class action* • $17.5 million recovered after two weeks of trial: catastrophic personal injury • $8 million award: personal injury/property damage

Lawyers 2008-2017; San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Ten Attorneys” list; and an AV Preeminent rating by MartindaleHubbell. The firm’s reputation is also nationally recognized. In 2003, Mr. Frantz’s testimony as a product liability expert before the U.S. Congress regarding his noteworthy $18.5* million verdict influenced the FDA’s decision to impose a nationwide ban on several dangerous drugs linked to more than 100 deaths. Frantz Law Group currently represents more than 6,400 Porter Ranch residents who are victims of the largest methane gas leak in U.S. history. The firm is also honored to have been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to oversee and assist in developing the litigation against SoCalGas and Sempra Energy. With seven offices throughout California, Frantz Law Group has roots in the Golden State’s major cities and its local communities. The firm’s goal is to always succeed inside the courtroom and make an impact outside of it, too. Frantz Law Group holds accountable those whose misconduct and carelessness result in catastrophic and life changing injuries and damage. More importantly, Frantz states, “Our achievements in court have changed laws and prevented similar harm from happening again.” Frantz Law Group makes a difference. *Reduced and appealed; resolved for a confidential amount. Results in other matters do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Results are dependent on the facts of the specific cases, and results may differ if based on different facts.

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rantz Law Group has been dedicated to helping clients nationwide for more than 35 years. Whether representing clients in matters related to personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts/class actions, product liability, or complex business litigation, Frantz Law Group’s lawyers and staff treat clients like family and prepare each case as if it is going to trial. Led by James P. Frantz, the firm and its namesake have been honored and recognized by various organizations and publications, including: The Best Lawyers in America 20132017 for personal injury – plaintiffs and 2010-2017 for mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs; San Diego Super


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KIRBY & KIRBY

DENTONS Kurt L. Kicklighter (B, R) MCCARTHY & HOLTHUS Kevin R. McCarthy (M)

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW ADR SERVICES Steven H. Kruis (M) AGREEMENT.COM Scott S. Markus (M) GLASS MEDIATIONS Douglas A. Glass (M) HIGGS FLETCHER & MACK Craig Higgs (A, M) JUDICATE WEST Andrew S. Albert (M), Robert J. Kaplan (M) MAUREEN A. SUMMERS Maureen A. Summers (M) THOMAS E. SHARKEY Thomas E. Sharkey (A, M)

PITTMAN John B. McNeece III (B)

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Dana J. Dunwoody (B*) SHUSTAK REYNOLDS & PARTNERS Erwin J. Shustak (R)

ALLEN MATKINS LECK GAMBLE MALLORY & NATSIS David L. Osias**, Jeffrey R. Patterson, Debra A. Riley

APPELLATE PRACTICE LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL T.

CHARLES SEVILLA LAW OFFICE Charles M. Sevilla DENTONS Charles A. Bird HIGGS FLETCHER & MACK John L. Morrell, John M. Morris KARCHER HARMES Kathryn E. Karcher LAW OFFICE OF LYNDA ROMERO Lynda A. Romero LAW OFFICES OF MARTIN N. BUCHANAN Martin N. Buchanan PROCOPIO, CORY, HARGREAVES & SAVITCH Anthony J. Dain SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Karin Dougan Vogel

O’HALLORAN Michael O’Halloran

SAN DIEGO

MORRISON & FOERSTER Mark C. Zebrowski

CAGE & MILES Shannon Miles

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

NOONAN LANCE BOYER & BANACH David J. Noonan

ALLEN MATKINS LECK GAMBLE MALLORY & NATSIS Valentine S. Hoy

Congratulations SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON BERNSTEIN LITOWITZ BERGER & VITEK GROSSMANN Gerald L. McMahon, Reginald Tony Stiegler Blair A. Nicholas A. Vitek WRIGHT & L’ESTANGE John H. L’EstrangeSan

BEST BEST & KRIEGER

Robert J. Hanna Diego

BUCHANAN INGERSOLL & “Lawyer of the Year” 2017

DENTONS Stephanie L. Seidman FOLEY & LARDNER Richard A. Kaufman

JONES DAY J. Patrick Elsevier, Anthony M. Insogna, E. Cary Miller Ph. Dr. MORRISON & FOERSTER Peng Chen, Kate H. Murashige

CHARLES H. DICK, JR. Charles H. Dick, Jr.

HOGE LAW FIRM Charles T. Hoge JONES DAY Randy S. Grossman, Karen P. Hewitt, Edward Patrick Swan, Jr. KIRBY & KIRBY Michael L. Kirby LAW OFFICE OF MARK W. HANSEN Mark W. Hansen MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, GLOVSKY AND POPEO Daniel T. Pascucci

WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Jeffrey W. Guise

NOONAN LANCE BOYER & BANACH Ethan T. Boyer, James R. Lance, David J. Noonan

COOLEY Michael A. Attanasio, Michelle PAUL HASTINGS Doolin, Koji F. Fukumura, Steven Christopher H. McGrath M. Strauss PERKINS COIE Sean T. Prosser

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN Richard M. Segal, Douglas R. Tribble

PERKINS COIE Mark R. Wicker

MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, GLOVSKY AND POPEO Tony Stiegler Jeffry A. Davis** +1 858 550 6035

ANTHONY M. STIEGLER 858.550.6035 WWW.COOLEY.COM

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& VALDEZ BUSINESS Lynne R. Lasry ORGANIZATIONS © 2016 Cooley LLP, 4401 Eastgate Mall (INCLUDING LLCS AND tstiegler@cooley.com San Diego, CA 92121 SANFORD HEISLER DAVID ERIC KLEINFELD SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON PARTNERSHIPS) Edward D. Chapin VITEK Dennis J. Wickham

SOLOMON WARD SEIDENWURM & SMITH Michael D. Breslauer SULLIVAN HILL LEWIN REZ & ENGEL James P. Hill

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION ALLEN MATKINS LECK GAMBLE MALLORY & NATSIS Valentine S. Hoy COOLEY Michael A. Attanasio DLA PIPER Jeffery M. Shohet, Shirli Fabbri Weiss

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LAW OFFICE OF LYNDA ROMERO Lynda A. Romero

COLLABORATIVE Douglas M. Butz, Alexis S. LAW: FAMILY LAW Gutierrez

MONTY A. MCINTYRE, ESQ BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW ROONEY BANKRUPTCY AND Kimberly Arouh Monty A. McIntyre CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS COOLEY Litigation-Patent CALDARELLI HEJMANOWSKI MORRISON & FOERSTER / INSOLVENCY AND Jane K. Adams, L. Kay Chandler, & LEER Eric M. Acker, Mark C. Zebrowski REORGANIZATION LAW Thomas A. Coll, Frederick T. Muto PAGE William J. Caldarelli, Jack R. Leer

BALLARD SPAHR R. Bistrow**, Christopher ANTITRUST LAW Mikel Celentino CHARLES H. DICK, JR. FOLEY & LARDNER Charles H. Dick, Jr.* Victor A. Vilaplana** DLA PIPER HENDERSON, CAVERLY, PUM & Jeffery M. Shohet** CHARNEY Maria K. Pum BOYCE & SCHAEFER Laura G. Schaefer

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BANKING AND Michael L. Kirby FINANCE LAW

David E. Kleinfeld

HECHT SOLBERG ROBINSON GOLDBERG & BAGLEY Darryl O. Solberg

DENTONS Christopher J. Healey, Lawrence J. Kouns

PIPER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW DLA John Allcock, William S. Boggs, IREDALE AND YOO Eugene G. Iredale, Julia Yoo LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL R. MARRINAN Michael R. Marrinan

Robert W. Brownlie, Brian A. Foster, Jeffery M. Shohet, Shirli Fabbri Weiss

SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK Gerald L. McMahon, Reginald A. Vitek SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Charles A. Danaher, Edward D. Vogel, John A. Yacovelle

ENGLISH & GLOVEN Donald A. English

THE MCCLELLAN LAW FIRM Craig R. McClellan

FITZGERALD KNAIER

THORSNES BARTOLOTTA MCGUIRE Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr., John F. McGuire, Jr.

CLEANTECH LAW Kenneth M. Fitzgerald PERKINS COIE Laura Godfrey Zagar

FLEMING & FELL George E. Fleming

WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Michael J. Hostetler

FOLEY & LARDNER Nancy L. Stagg

WHITE AMUNDSON KISH & SWEENEY Daniel M. White

HENDERSON, CAVERLY, PUM & CHARNEY Kristen E. Caverly

WRIGHT & L’ESTANGE John H. L’Estrange, Robert C. Wright

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS ASTERISKS: *A single asterisk indicates lawyer is listed in litigation. **Two asterisks indicate a lawyer is listed in both litigation and nonlitigation categories. Alternative Dispute Resolution A Arbitration M Mediation Banking & Finance Law B Banking & Finance R Financial Service Regulation M Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Corporate Governance & Compliance Law C Compliance G Governance Entertainment Law F Film/Movies M Music T Theater Intellectual Property T Trademark C Copyright P Patent IP* Litigation – Intellectual Property International Arbitration C Commercial G Government Labor & Employment EI Employment Law – Individuals EM Employment Law – Management LE Labor & Employment LM Labor Law – Management LU L abor Law – Union Legal Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Product Liability Litigation Professional Malpractice P Plaintiffs D Defendants Securities / Capital Markets Law S Securities / Capital Markets R Securities Regulation Workers’ Compensation Law C Claimants E Employers

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IN  t he NEWS FROM THE HEADLINES Piper: The firm was honored for ► DLA providing praiseworthy service to the

alternative investment securities industry, receiving the Alternative and Direct Investment Securities Association’s (ADISA) President’s Award. Darryl Steinhause (real estate law; tax law, 2007) is a San Diegobased partner and general counsel to ADISA and a member of its board of directors.

Lacy, Klein, Hinds, Weiser & ► Greenman, Heffron: At a recent Oceanside city council

meeting, Janet Bledsoe Lacy (family law, 2011) announced an endowment created by former Oceanside residents LeeAnne and John Metz that could potentially earn up to $2 million within the next three to five years and will allow the City of Oceanside’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund to draw from its earnings.

Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and ► Mintz, Popeo: Guests gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the firm’s San Diego office, including managing member Eddie Wang Rodriguez (corporate law, 2015).

Coie: Laura Godfrey Zagar ► Perkins (clean tech law, 2016) was recognized in the SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 Awards for her remarkable work done in the firm’s national Environmental and Energy

Practice Group. She has been a key player in California’s fight against climate change, where she has created many projects that are essential to the cause. She is also actively involved in the community through her role as an executive committee member of Equality California, which focuses on LGBT civil rights.

is representing small business merchants in a case against credit card associations where they alleged that a conspiracy was connected to the credit and debit card chip conversions. Federal Court Judge William Alsup ruled that the merchants may proceed with their case, denying the credit card companies from dismissing the lawsuit.

McClellan Law Firm: The firm was ► The listed in TopVerdict.com’s “ Top 50 Verdicts

in California in 2015” for the Ringdahl v. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Inc., which Craig R. McClellan (commercial litigation, personal injur y litigation – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 1993) secured. Mr. McClellan represented the family of Eric Ringdahl after he was fatally struck by a car while riding in a bike lane, acquiring a verdict of more than $15.7 million. This verdict ended up being the 16th largest verdict in the state during that year.

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Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch His work with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch focuses on management-side discrimination and harassment litigation, wage and hour litigation (individual and class action), litigation and claim avoidance, employment law counseling, wrongful termination litigation, recent legislative and regulator y developments, sexual harassment, and workplace violence issues. The Expert Network quoted Mr. Kossy as saying, “I went into law because I wanted a career with many intellectual pursuits, but I also wanted to assist others with their legal problems.” With an eye trained on fluctuating trends, Kossy is well-informed on the comings and goings of the field. He can practice law in California state and federal courts. Additionally, he is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.

IN-HOUSE & GOVERNMENT:

Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & ► Allen Natsis has elected Stephen N. Etheredge

in their Los Angeles office, Julie K. Hoffman in their Century City office, and Michelle Moore McDermott in their San Francisco office to the firm partnership.

Geller Rudman & Dowd: Patrick ► Robbins J. Coughlin (commercial litigation, 2006)

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Phillip L. Kossy (employment law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2011) was invited to join The Expert Network where he was honored as a Distinguished Lawyer. His nomination was based on peer reviews and ratings, accomplishments, and other recognitions acquired throughout his career. Mr. Kossy has an in-depth background that makes him qualified and exemplary in the employment law field. In 1973, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and continued on to receive his Juris Doctor with Honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1976. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the first time in 2011 for employment law, and has also received other recognitions, such as the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

ON THE MOVE

PRIVATE PRACTICE:

Marder has opened new ► Greenspoon locations in a few areas, including San Diego, New York, Las Vegas, and Denver.

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge has decided to separate into multiple firms to allow each firm to practice within their preferred locations with their respective clients. These new firms will be as follows: Kirby & Kirby in New York City; Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach in New York City; Hoge Law Firm in La Jolla, CA; The Law Office of Steven W. Sanchez in Bonita, CA; and The Law Office of Christopher T. Wright in New York City. Compiled by Nicole Ortiz NOTE Lawyers listed in Best Lawyers are indicated by their selected practice area(s) in parentheses along with the first year they were included in the Best Lawyers list. To be included in next year’s In the News feature, please email us your news at: news@bestlawyers.com.


2017 SU RVE Y RE SU LTS

CONSTRUCTION LAW ALLEN MATKINS LECK GAMBLE MALLORY & NATSIS Valentine S. Hoy* COOLEY Steven M. Strauss* DENTONS Robert J. Bell, Peter J. Ippolito** PROCOPIO, CORY, HARGREAVES & SAVITCH Craig A. Ramseyer** THORSNES BARTOLOTTA MCGUIRE John F. McGuire, Jr.*

CORPORATE LAW COOLEY Barbara L. Borden, Matthew T. Browne, Thomas A. Coll, Frederick T. Muto, Steve Przesmicki

COOLEY Barbara L. Borden (G) GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKLIN & HACHIGIAN Jeffrey C. Thacker (G) MORRISON & FOERSTER Robert M. Mattson, Jr. (C, G), Steve Rowles (C, G) PERKINS COIE Sean T. Prosser (C, G)

BOYCE & SCHAEFER Robert E. Boyce CHARLES SEVILLA LAW OFFICE Charles M. Sevilla

DLA PIPER CLARKE JOHNSTON THORP Craig S. Andrews, Knox Bell, & RICE Michael S. Kagnoff, C. Jay Rains Judy C. Clarke HECHT SOLBERG ROBINSON FRANK & MILCHEN GOLDBERG & BAGLEY Howard B. Frank Darryl O. Solberg LATHAM & WATKINS Barry M. Clarkson, Scott N. Wolfe

MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, GLOVSKY AND POPEO CORPORATE Jeremy D. Glaser, Eddie Wang GOVERNANCE AND Rodriguez

COMPLIANCE LAW

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: GENERAL PRACTICE

MORRISON & FOERSTER Jay de Groot, Robert M. Mattson, Jr., Steve Rowles

FRANK J. RAGEN Frank J. Ragen II GRIMES & WARWICK Robert L. Grimes, Thomas J. Warwick, Jr.

LAW OFFICES OF EZEKIEL E. CORTEZ Ezekiel E. Cortez

LAW OFFICES OF PATRICK Q. HALL Patrick Q. Hall

LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL S. BERG Michael S. Berg

LAW OFFICES OF RONIS & RONIS WITHERS BERGMAN Jan Edward Ronis Louis A. Mezzullo

LAW OFFICES OF RONIS & RONIS Jan Edward Ronis LEWIS A. WENZELL Lewis A. Wenzell MICHAEL N. PANCER Michael N. Pancer MILTON J. SILVERMAN Milton J. Silverman, Jr.

MCNAMARA BENJAMIN Thomas W. McNamara

LATHAM & WATKINS Robert M. Howard

MILTON J. SILVERMAN Milton J. Silverman, Jr.

MORRISON & FOERSTER Mark C. Zebrowski*

& SAVITCH S. Todd Neal

& SAVITCH John C. Lemmo

CHARLES SEVILLA LAW OFFICE Charles M. Sevilla

SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK Gregory A. Vega

CLARKE JOHNSTON THORP & RICE Judy C. Clarke

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Robert D. Rose

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN Mike Hird, John B. McNeece III, David R. Snyder

KNUT S. JOHNSON Knut S. Johnson LAW OFFICE OF KURT DAVID HERMANSEN Kurt David Hermansen LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL R. MARRINAN Michael R. Marrinan

CLG DEFENSE GROUP Charles L. Goldberg COOLEY Michael A. Attanasio COUGHLAN, SEMMER, FITCH & POTT Raymond J. Coughlan, Jr.

FRANK & MILCHEN Howard B. Frank FRANK J. RAGEN Frank J. Ragen II FRANK VECCHIONE Frank T. Vecchione GRIMES & WARWICK Robert L. Grimes, Thomas J. Warwick, Jr. IREDALE AND YOO Eugene G. Iredale JOHN G. COTSIRILOS John G. Cotsirilos JOHN G. PHILLIPS John G. Phillips JONES DAY Randy S. Grossman, Edward Patrick Swan, Jr.

CaseyGerry congratulates seven partners named in Best Lawyers® 2017 For seventy years, CaseyGerry has earned a national reputation for its work on serious personal injury cases – recovering billions of dollars for our clients. Knowledge, experience and a commitment to justice have helped our dedicated legal team achieve outstanding results.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

MICHAEL N. PANCER Michael N. Pancer

JOHN G. COTSIRILOS John G. Cotsirilos

FISH & RICHARDSON Juanita R. Brooks

SAN DIEGO

DENTONS John W. Leslie

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE-COLLAR PROCOPIO, CORY, HARGREAVES PROCOPIO, CORY, HARGREAVES

DUANE MORRIS Michael L. Lipman

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ENERGY REGULATORY LAW

LEWIS A. WENZELL Lewis A. Wenzell

CHARLES H. DICK, JR. Charles H. Dick, Jr.

JOHN G. PHILLIPS John G. Phillips

SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK Lawrence S. Branton

LEE STEIN Lee H. Stein

IREDALE AND YOO Eugene G. Iredale

PAUL HASTINGS Carl R. Sanchez

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Robert G. Copeland, John J. Hentrich

PROFILED FIRM/LAWYER

KNUT S. JOHNSON Knut S. Johnson LAW OFFICE OF KURT DAVID HERMANSEN Kurt David Hermansen LAW OFFICE OF LYNDA ROMERO Lynda A. Romero LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL R. MARRINAN Michael R. Marrinan LAW OFFICES OF EZEKIEL E. CORTEZ Ezekiel E. Cortez LAW OFFICES OF JOHN C. LEMON John C. Lemon

DERIVATIVES AND FUTURES LAW

EQUIPMENT FINANCE LAW PROCOPIO, CORY, HARGREAVES & SAVITCH Eli W. Mansour

ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY LAW

DLA PIPER Shirli Fabbri Weiss

BEST BEST & KRIEGER Gary Schons

ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD Darren J. Robbins

KLINEDINST Heather L. Rosing

FAMILY LAW

DUI/DWI DEFENSE GRIMES & WARWICK Thomas J. Warwick, Jr.

ABC FAMILY LAW Sharon Ann Blanchet BROWN & BROWN Meredith L. Brown

JOHN G. PHILLIPS John G. Phillips LAW OFFICES OF BRIAN J. WHITE Brian J. White

BRUCE M. BEALS Bruce M. Beals GASTON & GASTON Ian F. Gaston

EDUCATION LAW GORDON D. CRUSE DUANE MORRIS Keith Zakarin

Gordon D. Cruse

GREENMAN, LACY, KLEIN, O’HARRA & HEFFRON Karen M. Heffron, Janet Bledsoe ELDER LAW Lacy

NEIL, DYMOTT, FRANK, MCFALL, HARGREAVES & TAYLOR TREXLER, MCCABE & HUDSON J. William Hargreaves, Nancy Sheila S. Trexler A. Taylor

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LAW JAMES A. HENNENHOEFER James A. Hennenhoefer

HENDERSON, CAVERLY, PUM & CHARNEY Hildy L. Fentin, Richard V. Hyatt, Sandra L. Mayberry HERVEY & WOOD Robert C. Wood HIGGS FLETCHER & MACK

EMINENT DOMAIN AND Daniel C. Herbert CONDEMNATION LAW HUNTINGTON & HAVILAND THORSNES BARTOLOTTA MCGUIRE Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr.

Warren E. Haviland, Marjorie A. Huntington

JAMES A. HENNENHOEFER James A. Hennenhoefer

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS JONES BARNES (ERISA) LAW Julie R. Barnes BUTTERFIELD SCHECHTER Robert K. Butterfield Jr. P. GARTH GARTRELL Phillip Garth Gartrell

LAW OFFICE OF KIM W. CHEATUM Kim W. Cheatum

LAW OFFICES OF JOHN D. KIRBY John D. Kirby P L E A SE RE F E R TO T HE K E Y OF P R AC T IC E A RE A S ON PAG E 4 F OR A DE S C RIP T ION OF A S T E RISK S A ND SP ECI A LT Y A BBRE V I AT IONS .


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in San Diego based on their particularly high level of peer recognition for 2017.

APPELLATE PRACTICE Kathryn E. Karcher

LAND USE AND ZONING LAW S. Wayne Rosenbaum

BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS / INSOLVENCY AND REORGANIZATION LAW James P. Hill

LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW - DEFENDANTS David J. Noonan

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION Shirli Fabbri Weiss BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW Anthony M. Insogna CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW Steve Rowles CORPORATE LAW

LITIGATION - BANKRUPTCY Jeffry A. Davis LITIGATION - CONSTRUCTION Craig A. Ramseyer LITIGATION - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Stanley Panikowski

Knox Bell

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Jane Adams BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW San Diego, CA

Patience. Listening skills. An optimistic approach. These are just a few ingredients that go into creating a well-rounded biotechnology law attorney, and Jane Adams of Cooley LLP certainly fits the bill. After graduating from Harvard Law in 1995, where she received her degree Juris Doctor cum laude, Jane Adams’ first job out of school was with Cooley. When she first started, she had no idea what went into being a biotechnology lawyer. However, she quickly became assimilated. “I had always wanted to be a doctor, like my father and his father before him, but I’m quick to faint, and it was a disappointment to me that I couldn’t pursue medicine,” she shared. “The realization that, at Cooley, I could still be involved with cutting edge science and helping scientists develop cures for diseases that are currently incurable really fulfilled something in me that I thought was never going to happen.” Since her career has advanced toward a more senior role, she worked on larger biotechnology licensing and collaboration transactions rather than corporate and public and private financing work. For Ms. Adams, this was the most rewarding part of the job. Another of Ms. Adams’ favorite aspects of working in biotechnology law is that her role calls for her to protect and prioritize her clients’ interests while also addressing the other party’s legitimate concerns. And, while dealing with technical scientific concepts and translating them into words that all lawyers, business people, and scientists involved will understand may be difficult, it’s also something that Ms. Adams appreciates and enjoys. “I can write a contract that says that every time the parties make a decision about ‘this,’ they will put it in writing and sign it and file it in this place. But if they’re not going to do that, if that’s just not how they operate, then that’s not good legal work by me.” And, unsurprisingly, Ms. Adams’ clients appreciate her precision and expertise. Joseph E. Payne, CEO of Arcturus Therapeutics, noted that “from a biotechnology perspective, Arcturus’ multi-component lipid nanoparticle ribonucleic acid drug products are not simple. Yet Jane handles very complex information efficiently and displayed excellent writing skills as she composed significant business documents involving layers of intricate intellectual property protection.” Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Tocagen Inc. Nicholas A. Boyle commented, “Jane’s breadth of knowledge enables her to deliver tremendous insight and value with all of our contract matters. In addition to her legal support, Jane also has a rare business savvy that enables her to help resolve complex issues with a pragmatic touch. Beyond the hard skills, Jane is a wonderful person, highly responsive, and a joy to work with.” Ms. Adams was listed as a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 for her work in biotechnology law, in addition to many other accolades.

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HARGREAVES & TAYLOR J. William Hargreaves

MAGGIO KATTAR NAHAJZER + ALEXANDER Kimberley Best Robidoux

JONES DAY Anthony M. Insogna (IP*, P, P*), Randall E. Kay (IP*, P*)

HOGE LAW FIRM Charles T. Hoge (EM)

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Michael R. Moore

MAUTINO & MAUTINO Kathrin S. Mautino, Robert A. Mautino

KNOBBE MARTENS OLSON & BEAR Frederick S. Berretta (IP*, P*), John M. Carson (P), Ned Israelsen (P), Joseph M. Reisman (IP*), Boris Zelkind (C, P*)

JONES DAY Richard J. Bergstrom (EM, LE*), George S. Howard, Jr. (EM, LE*, LM)

MEHLMAN BARNES IMMIGRATION LAW Sharon R. Mehlman

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW DLA PIPER John Allcock

GRACE ZIMMERMAN Grace A. Zimmerman HIGGS FLETCHER & MACK Donald K. Sheppard

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Guylyn Cummins**

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LATHAM & WATKINS Katherine A. Lauer*

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BLANCHARD, KRASNER & FRENCH Roger McNitt

LATHAM & WATKINS Sony Ben-Moshe

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INFORMATION MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, TECHNOLOGY LAW GLOVSKY AND POPEO

INSURANCE LAW

GAMING LAW

RELATIONS PRACTICE

GORDON D. CRUSE Gordon D. Cruse

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STOCKS & COLBURN Janis K. Stocks

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FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

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CROSS PRESCOTT Natalie Prescott* HIGGS FLETCHER & MACK Peter S. Doody

LAW OFFICE OF MITCHELL L. Congratulations LATHROP Mitchell L. Lathrop Tony Stiegler LAW OFFICE OF SCOTT W.

LAW OFFICE OF HOWARD HOM Howard Hom

SONNE LAW OFFICES OF JONATHAN D. MONTAG San DiegoScott W. Sonne Jonathan D. Montag RYAN CARVALHO & WHITE “Lawyer of the Norman2017 A. Ryan LAW OFFICES OF SANDRA M. Year” WAGNER SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & Sandra M.Litigation-Patent Wagner HAMPTON John T. Brooks, R. Randal Crispen, Charles A. Danaher, Peter H. Klee THE GALLAGHER LAW GROUP Robert E. Gallagher, Jr.

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“We rely on an all-hands team approach in seeking the best results for our clients, and that has proved vital for these hardfought cases.”

- JAMES P. FRANTZ

JAMES P. FRANTZ, LISA C. LERMA, WILLIAM PATRICK HARRIS III

A Community in Crisis Following one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history, Frantz Law Group strives to obtain compensation and justice for the injured.

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or decades, Porter Ranch was known as a tranquil, picturesque outpost of Los Angeles. With its wide-open views and natural surroundings, the upscale neighborhood drew many residents through its reputation for having some of the cleanest air in the San Fernando Valley. But that all changed in October 2015, when a well blowout at nearby Aliso Canyon—one of the country’s largest underground gas storage facilities—resulted in the worst man-made greenhouse-gas disaster in U.S. history. Although still under investigation, this preventable well failure released, according to some studies, at least five billion cubic feet of methane into the atmosphere, increasing California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent or more. Other toxic gases, chiefly benzene, were detected at higher-thannormal concentrations, leading Los Angeles County health officials to conclude that the leaked gas may cause longterm health effects. “Beyond creating irreparable environmental damage, this blowout crippled the Porter

Ranch community, causing significant harm and upheaval,” says James P. Frantz, whose firm is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and representing more than 6,400 individuals in the mass tort lawsuit against the owner of the facility, Southern California Gas Company, and its parent company, Sempra Energy. Indeed, with the leak spewing 100,000 pounds of methane per hour, residents suffered from a range of health issues, including nausea, headaches, severe respiratory problems, and nosebleeds. The situation was so dire that two schools in the area closed and thousands of people temporarily relocated for up to six months. The government required SoCalGas/SEMPRA to pay to relocate reisdents who wished to leave their homes due to health concerns and complaints over dangerous gas inhalation. “Especially troubling is that SoCalGas/Sempra could have avoided this whole catastrophe had it properly maintained its wells,” Frantz observes. “Nearly half of the facility’s 115 wells, which have 40 years of useful life, were drilled before 1953, and in the case of the leaking well, it had a broken safety valve that was removed in 1979

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and never replaced. So this is a hallmark case of a defendant not maintaining its equipment despite knowing beforehand the likelihood that a well blowout was imminent.” In fact, about a year before the well blowout, SoCalGas/ Sempra admitted in a revenue increase request to the California Public Utilities Commission that its inspection and maintenance program was inadequate and that problems were going undetected. The company asked for approval to collect $256 million from SoCalGas customers to pay for its own equipment repairs, on the prediction that SoCalGas and its customers could experience major failures and service interruptions from these identified hazards. Given the vulnerability and advanced age of so many of the company’s wells (the average age is 53 years, with some more than 80 years old), Frantz Law Group’s mission is twofold: to ensure that clients are fully compensated for all physical and emotional damages and the loss of value to their homes, and to push for regulatory changes that will prevent another catastrophe. “Our philosophy is that wrongdoers must be held responsible for their misconduct in the form of financial compensation to the victims while also being made accountable for their business practices going forward,” Frantz says. “In this case, it’s important that SoCalGas/ Sempra repairs and properly maintains all of its wells so that this type of blowout never happens again.” If Frantz Law Group’s track record is any indication, its

clients are in good hands. Since its inception in 1979, the firm has achieved a number of landmark court victories for injured plaintiffs, including the second largest jury verdict in San Diego County history—$223 million.* Frantz Law Group also obtained a $55.4 million jury verdict* against SDG&E (Sempra’s subsidiary) for the families of four Marines who died when their helicopter crashed into one of the company’s unmarked utility towers at Camp Pendleton. Notably, right before and during the trial, SDG&E finally installed safety lights on the dangerous tower and on many other base towers to prevent another tragedy. In one of its most farreaching successes, Frantz Law Group helped lead the fight to ban dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra), which have been linked to heart attacks and strokes. After obtaining an $18.5 million verdict* in a class action against an ephedra supplement manufacturer, Frantz was called to testify before Congress as an expert on the stimulant’s dangers. His testimony, and that of other experts, led the Food and Drug Administration to permanently prohibit the sale of ephedrabased supplements. “We rely on an all-hands team approach in seeking the best results for our clients, and that has proved vital for these hard-fought cases,” Frantz says. “It’s inspiring to witness the wisdom, passion, great intellect, and experience of the lawyers and staff working at Frantz Law Group, who effect real change for others and make our community safer.” www.bestlawyers.com |

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KLINEDINST Heather L. Rosing (D)

LATHAM & WATKINS Scott N. Wolfe

COOLEY Michelle Doolin (D)

ALLEN MATKINS LECK GAMBLE MALLORY & NATSIS Jeffrey A. Chine

LAW OFFICE OF DOUGLAS R. REYNOLDS Douglas R. Reynolds (D)

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN Mike Hird, David R. Snyder

DENTONS Christopher J. Healey (P)

BEST BEST & KRIEGER Shawn D. Hagerty

NOONAN LANCE BOYER & BANACH David J. Noonan (D)

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Robert G. Copeland, John J. Hentrich

LAND USE & ZONING LAW

HECHT SOLBERG ROBINSON GOLDBERG & BAGLEY Paul E. Robinson LATHAM & WATKINS Christopher W. Garrett** LAW OFFICES OF DONNA JONES Donna D. Jones* OPPER & VARCO S. Wayne Rosenbaum SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK James R. Dawe SOLOMON WARD SEIDENWURM & SMITH Karen M. ZoBell

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PETTIT KOHN INGRASSIA & LUTZ Douglas A. Pettit (D) SANDLER LASRY LAUBE BYER & VALDEZ Lynne R. Lasry (D)

STANFORD, RYAN & ASSOCIATES COOLEY Koji F. Fukumura Dan L. Stanford (P) THE GALLAGHER LAW GROUP Robert E. Gallagher, Jr. (D)

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COUGHLAN, SEMMER, FITCH & POTT Raymond J. Coughlan, Jr. (D)

COOLEY Thomas A. Coll, Frederick T. Muto

DUNN DESANTIS WALT & KENDRICK Kevin Desantis (D)

DLA PIPER Craig S. Andrews, C. Jay Rains

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GORDON L. GERSON REAL ESTATE LAW

Gordon L. Gerson is managing principal of Gerson Law Firm APC, a Southern California law firm of 13 lawyers with a nationwide practice representing institutional and non-institutional lenders in commercial real estate lending and loan disposition. He has experience in all matters related to commercial real estate and real estate finance, with a particular emphasis on the origination, workout, and enforcement of portfolio and securitized mortgage loans. He is nationally recognized for expertise in the area of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily lending. He is a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is a frequent speaker and writer on industry topics. GERSON LAW FIRM APC

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arrabee Albi Coker LLP is proud to be recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a 2017 Tier 1 firm in immigration law for the San Diego Metropolitan area. A certified womenowned business, the firm is currently led by partners Diana Vellos Coker, selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers for immigration law, and Fausta Maria Albi, who has been named Best Lawyers’ 2017 San Diego immigration law “Lawyer of the Year.” Since 1991, the AV-rated firm has helped global corporations and startups in fields such as biotechnology, telecommunications, health care, and education successfully navigate the dizzying array of U.S. immigration laws. However, the firm’s work is not just about preparing documents for visas and ensuring compliance. A key differentiator for the firm the is the emphasis it places on relationship-building and developing creative legal strategies that address both the corporate clients’ urgent business needs, as well as the needs of their employees. “The human element of the process is something that can’t be downplayed when there is so much at stake—both for the individual and the company,” says Partner Vellos Coker. We understand our clients’ pain points, and are committed to alleviating them.”

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