Northern California Super Lawyers Articles

Barbara Moser's Big Picture

The San Francisco attorney puts her psychology creds to work in her family law practice

Featuring Barbara W. Moser

Sister Act

Barbara, Therese and Maria Lawless followed in their father’s footsteps—and stuck together 

Featuring Barbara A. Lawless, …

Close to Home

Dan Baradat has won millions of dollars in jury verdicts for blue-collar workers like the ones he grew up with

Featuring Daniel R. Baradat

First Amendment Fray in San Francisco

Two SF attorneys champion a freelance journalist whose home was raided after he refused to name a confidential source

Featuring Thomas R. Burke, …

The ABCs of Kindness

How a group of local attorneys launched an organization to help the homeless 

Featuring Sara M. Peters, …

The Fine Art of Practicing Law

How Ryan Abernethy found more creativity in the law than in animation

Featuring Ryan Abernethy

One Animal at a Time

After her first case involving vulnerable pets, Jill Telfer couldn’t say no

Featuring Jill P. Telfer

Trial Superstitions

Four trial lawyers find that a little luck never hurt

Featuring Miles B. Cooper, …

Trying History

How Dale Minami took on the U.S. government and rewrote an internment survivor’s story

Featuring Dale Minami

The Artful Dance

Jennifer Hartman King brings harmony when developers and state regulators start butting heads

Featuring Jennifer M. Hartman King

Public Access

Michael Nunez fights for the right of people of all abilities to enjoy the good things in life

Featuring Michael S. Nunez

From Raider to Litigator

Bob Moore once caught passes from Kenny Stabler; now his wins take place in the courtroom

Featuring Robert R. Moore

Safety Boosters

Russell Reiner and Todd Slaughter on stepping up to protect the community

Featuring Todd E. Slaughter, …

‘A Life of Fulfillment’

Michelle Roberts sees her hardworking dad in clients struggling for benefits they’ve been denied

Featuring Michelle L. Roberts

‘The Human Part of It’

Christopher Banys’ pro bono work helps immigrants and YouTubers

Featuring Christopher Banys

Cannabis Conundrum

Now that recreational pot is legal, public law attorneys like Ruthann Ziegler are helping cities cut through the haze

Featuring Ruthann G. Ziegler


How #MeToo is impacting gender-discrimination cases

Featuring Alan B. Exelrod, …

VW Settlement Money Earmarked to Battle Climate Change

The $1.4 billion comes from a $14.7 billion payout negotiated in 2016 by San Francisco’s Elizabeth Cabraser

Featuring Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Discovery with Karine Bohbot

Karine Bohbot’s trial prep: organization (then more organization), coffee, tunes and her Wonder Woman lunchbox


Featuring Karine Bohbot

From the Top

Elizabeth Cabraser tackles Volkswagen, Takata and Exxon—and seldom misses a drumming gig

Featuring Elizabeth J. Cabraser

How Clement Kong Measures Success

The Sacramento attorney says it’s all about the people you meet along the way

Featuring Clement J. Kong

Future by Design

How real estate lawyer James Abrams has helped shape his adopted town

Featuring James H. Abrams

A Comforting (Tele)Presence

How a timely technology purchase eased Peter Brewer’s mind after a serious accident

Featuring Peter N. Brewer

Playing Shortstop

Brandi Brown thrives on fielding whatever life throws her way

Featuring Brandi Brown

Shattering the ‘Two-Seater Mentality’

Pat Gillette wants firms to put more women and minorities in the board room

Featuring Patricia K. Gillette

A Novel Idea (or Two)

Anthony Perez, author of Second Wind, finds his second wind

Featuring Anthony M. Perez, Jr.

Not So Small

An international network headed up by Charles Kagay arms boutique firms with more firepower

Featuring Charles M. Kagay

From Way Downtown

That’s how Sacramento attorney Shaye Diveley helped deliver an arena for the Kings—and just before the buzzer

Featuring Shaye Diveley

How Hal Bartholomew Got a Namesake Park …

… Even though the Elk Grove family law attorney is very much alive and well

Featuring Hal D. Bartholomew

Policyholders Accuse Insurer of Underpaying Their Claims

San Francisco insurance-coverage lawyer Ivo Labar is spearheading a class action against The Hartford

Featuring Ivo Labar

‘Adopt-a-Nazi’ Program Takes on White Supremacists

San Francisco attorney Cody Harris turned to GoFundMe to counteract a planned extremist rally  

Featuring Cody S. Harris

Discovery with Rebecca G. Kagin

If Rebecca Kagin weren’t a lawyer, she might be hard to track down

Featuring Rebecca G. Kagin

Local Counsel with Vincent Tong

Oakland’s Vincent Tong tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Vincent Tong

‘Just a [Supreme] Thrill’

An oral history of local lawyers who clerked in the rarefied chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, for justices ranging from William O. Douglas to Stephen Breyer

Featuring Douglas A. Winthrop, …

Game Changer

How Daralyn Durie and high-tech clients like Google are shaping the future of copyright law

Featuring Daralyn J. Durie

The Lawyer Judges Wish They Could Clone

Rick Watters keeps his focus on the client—and his ego in check

Featuring Richard C. Watters

Liquid Assets

For local lawyers in love with the grape, options range from helping vintners finance land deals to producing wine of their own

Featuring Alan R. Brayton, …

Uncommon Courtesy

Bill Smith is determined to bring back good manners

Featuring William B. Smith

For a Friend of a Friend of a Friend

Yosef Peretz has taken on heavyweights like Tesla, but he always finds time to help those down on their luck hang onto their homes

Featuring Yosef Peretz

Discovery with Steven G. Churchwell

The Sacramento attorney, who has been lead counsel on a score of statewide initiative and referendum measures, reveals his inner Elvis

Featuring Steven G. Churchwell

Local Counsel with Benjamin E. Shiftan

The San Francisco attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Benjamin E. Shiftan

I Don’t Know What I’d Do Otherwise

An oral history of attorneys who remember wearing fedoras and watch fobs, hopping the “C” train to the office, and triumphantly negotiating a salary of $9,000. A year.Featuring Gerald C. Sterns, …

Details, Details

How Kathryn Doi’s penchant for wading through regulations helped save dental coverage for millions of CaliforniansFeaturing Kathryn Doi

When Lawyers Need Lawyers

Karen Goodman defends attorneys facing malpractice claims; Bill Gwire puts them in the hot seatFeaturing William M. Gwire, …

Annette Hurst: Defending Your Right to Skip Ads

How she got a judge to reject broadcasters’ demands for an injunction against DISH NetworkFeaturing Annette L. Hurst

‘We All Need Help Sometimes’

Why Russell Austin can’t say no to community serviceFeaturing Russell J. Austin

Ana de Alba’s Homegrown Activism

The daughter of immigrant workers returns to Central Valley, law degree in hand

Flip the Script

When Luke Ellis gets a case, the first thing he does is tear it apartFeaturing Luke Ellis

Who Would Rosie Hire?

Jean K. Hyams is all about making sure her clients get a fair shake in the workplaceFeaturing Jean K. Hyams

Simon Says, Juries Listen

Antitrust attorney Bruce Simon has gotten ‘in the heads’ of Archer Daniels Midland, Anheuser-Busch and international cartels—but he says there’s no need to be nastyFeaturing Bruce L. Simon

Who We Do This For

Divorce lawyer Esther Lerner makes it her business to see that kids don’t get caught in the crossfireFeaturing Esther R. Lerner

Comfortable in Sacramento

Gary L. Bradus brokers 9-figure deals, but at heart he’s a ‘small-town’ kind of guyFeaturing Gary L. Bradus

Firm Values

For Morrison & Foerster, pro bono work is more than just a priorityFeaturing Diana B. Kruze

Roads to Resolution

Victor Schachter on launching mediation centers in emerging democracies around the world

Story of Dreamers

Immigration attorney Minette A. Kwok helps possibilities become realitiesFeaturing Minette A. Kwok

Chaos Theory

How Kurt Melchior, who escaped Nazi Germany at 13, metamorphosed into a business litigatorFeaturing Kurt W. Melchior

The First Filter

That’s what Charles Schwab calls his general counsel Carrie Dwyer

How Jeff Lawson Doubled His Lifetime

An unlucky draft number proved transformational for the San Jose environmental lawyerFeaturing Jeffrey S. Lawson

The Oracle

Geoff Howard orchestrates Oracle’s landmark case against fellow tech giant SAP

Extraordinary Abilities

Julie Pearl leads Pearl Law Group’s pro bono charge on immigration casesFeaturing Julie C. Pearl

How Debra Bogaards Got Tough

The formidable personal injury attorney both goes for the jugular and encourages civility (through scotch and baseball)Featuring Debra F. Bogaards

“Who Are Those Guys?”

Bankruptcy boutique Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby & Pascuzzi plays well—and fights well—with othersFeaturing Thomas A. Willoughby, …

Living the Dream

How Susan T. Kumagai rose from a disadvantaged childhood to co-found a thriving employment law firmFeaturing Susan T. Kumagai

Pioneer Spirit

When the Hon. Daniel Weinstein started out in mediation, people thought it was ‘meditation’
Featuring Daniel H. Weinstein

Friending Ted Ullyot

Facebook’s first general counsel participates in hackathons, runs races, and brings the legal and engineering teams together

The Change Agent

Josh Floum helped Visa unify its business and continues to guide the company as currency evolves

The Compassionate Approach to Divorce

Mindy Ross says the human issues are the same, even if the client is named Sean Penn

Featuring Mindy Lauren Ross

Man With a Mission

Protecting children from sexual abuse—it's a calling for Robert Allard

Featuring B. Robert Allard

Common Touch

Terry McMahon’s working-class roots helped make him an uncommonly good IP attorney

Blowing the Whistle on Fraud

How Eric Havian became a ‘giant-killer’Featuring Eric R. Havian

Voice of Calm

Once a child soldier in Lebanon, Haitham E. Ballout rebuilt his life in the U.S. Now he helps others do the sameFeaturing Haitham E. Ballout

Detail Person

To Susan Popik, insurance law is riveting stuff

Simple Justice

Kevin M. Fong brings old-fashioned elegance to the appellate courtFeaturing Kevin M. Fong

Who Was Your Mentor?

Therese and Barbara LawlessFeaturing Therese M. Lawless, …

Heidi Timken and Marvin Starr

Heidi Timken and Marvin Starr

Taking on Prop 8

How Jeremy Goldman helped battle the anti-gay marriage measure

David Tyra: Supreme Challenge

How this employment defense attorney with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard helped save California $2 billionFeaturing David W. Tyra

Googling Kent Walker

Life as Google’s top lawyer is a crucible filled with extraordinary demands. He couldn’t be happier

The Reviews Are In

Laurence Wilson guides Yelp through its early twists and turns

The Undefeated

In Roger Dreyer’s eyes, he’s never lost a caseFeaturing Roger A. Dreyer

Remembering the St. Louis

Robert Rubin has made protecting civil liberties his life’s work

The Man from Merced

Growing up, Gary Hernandez was anxious to leave, but he keeps coming back

Everyone Deserves a Good Lawyer

So believes William Gagen, even though his clients sometimes do terrible thingsFeaturing William E. Gagen, Jr.

The Badger

No one digs up and chews details like trial lawyer Gerald Schwartzbach—just ask Robert BlakeFeaturing M. Gerald Schwartzbach

Thoughts on a Thriving Life

Timothy Tosta was given two years to live … 19 years agoFeaturing Timothy A. Tosta

City Person

Pamela Duffy loves San Francisco, which makes sense—she’s behind some of its most successful developmentsFeaturing Pamela S. Duffy

Team Player

Gordon GreenwoodFeaturing Gordon D. Greenwood

Brilliant Careers

District Attorney Kamala Harris on working for Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, and where to get really good Indian food in the city

Lawsuit on Aisle 5

How Robert Gordon went from a farm commune to Safeway Inc.

Fashion Sense

Meet Michelle Banks, counsel to Gap Inc. 

The Million-Dollar Man

Mike Kelly is a very funny man. But facing him in court is no laughing matterFeaturing Michael A. Kelly

Veen, Vidi, Vici

Bill Veen has traveled a long way since his days in Satan's ChauffeursFeaturing William L. Veen

The Wild One

Chris Dolan's cases are a real-life Streets of San FranciscoFeaturing Christopher B. Dolan

The Richmond Bridge

Diana Richmond works to connect new ideas of family with old ideas of family lawFeaturing Diana E. Richmond

The Powers of Persuasion

Matthew Powers is the Willie Mays of Patent litigationFeaturing Matthew D. Powers

The Wikipedia Zeitgeist

Why Mike Godwin disowns his own content

The Youngest Partner

For Clifford Yin, success came earlyFeaturing Clifford E. Yin

Rocketing to the Top

It took all of three months before Hiep Truong was made the head of his firm's workers' comp practiceFeaturing D. Hiep Truong

Inattention at High Speeds Is a Very Bad Thing

Racing cars has helped Ed Hugo's focus in the courtroomFeaturing Edward R. Hugo

How Terry O’Reilly Found His Way to Law Through Rugby

Sports, says O'Reilly, have taught him to never give up

Alice Plays Juries as Powerfully as She Plays Beethoven

Alice O'Sullivan transformed from piano prodigy to legal savantFeaturing Alice W. O'Sullivan

The Chief Legal Yahoo

Michael Callahan on negotiating with Microsoft, Google and Icahn

Son of the Magyar Hercules

Allen Ruby's early training in the ring (and we're not talking Wagner here) prepared him for the fight  Featuring Allen J. Ruby

Boris Feldman wants to Save the World (And Make It Safe for Fun)

Anyone who can replace stacks of files with piles of toys can't be all bad        Featuring Boris Feldman

An Engineer in the Valley

Thorny business problems are Gordy Davidson's playground  Featuring Gordon K. Davidson

No Steak Tartare for Alan Mendelson

A gentle man is sought by emerging life sciences companies        Featuring Alan C. Mendelson

Jerry Falk Almost Always Gets the Last Word

It's so much fun winning appeals for clients  

Let Judgment Run Down as Waters, and Righteousness as a Mighty Stream

Who believes that stuff? Amos ... and Arthur Bryant        Featuring Arthur H. Bryant

All He Cared About Was Law

Become the King of Janitors? No, thanksFeaturing Daniel Johnson, Jr.

How to Clean Up a Pornographer, and Other Problems of the Law

Nanci Clarence wants you to see the good she sees in people        Featuring Nanci L. Clarence

True Believer

Some people are guided by a moral compass; San Francisco employment attorney Cliff Palefsky has a moral GPS   Featuring Cliff M. Palefsky

From Woodward & Bernstein to Holme Roberts & Owen

A former investigative reporter advises newspapers on where to draw the line        Featuring Roger R. Myers

The Confessions of a Political Turncoat

Jack Londen may be his family's (political) black sheep, but he's a liberal hero        

Old Lawyers Can Learn New Tricks

Ronald Rossi goes back to college in his 50s        Featuring Ronald R. Rossi

A Nice Guy Finishes First

Robert Van Nest proves that “world-class litigator” and “decent guy” aren’t mutually exclusive concepts

Featuring Robert A. Van Nest

Mr. Gillin Goes to Orinda

A '60s Norman Vincent Peale survives. No-thrives Featuring Andrew R. Gillin

Giving Discrimination the Ho-Heave

Christopher Ho is a firewall for mistreated immigrants

Featuring Christopher Ho

Stereotype Buster

Liberal Cristina Arguedas fights for those downtrodden, underdog corporate honchos

Featuring Cristina C. Arguedas

A Fish Tale

At first glance, Barry Melton appears to be a “Fish” out of water

Featuring Barry Melton

From Watergate to Princetongate

Ronald Malone demands that people keep their word

Can You Be a Millionaire and a Marxist?

John Poswall wonders if ’60s idealism died with seven-figure salaries 

Featuring John M. Poswall

The Last Hope

Dennis Riordan, who likes underdogs, takes on a mad-dog case

Featuring Dennis P. Riordan

Head of the Class Action

What kind of weirdo likes justice more than money? Meet Brad Seligman

The Best Little Art Gallery in San Francisco

Richard Greene built a law firm and a cultural institution in one

Featuring Richard L. Greene

A Novel Idea

The pseudonymous Will Nathan wrote a book about lawyers with no moral limits

Featuring William McGrane


Robert Bunzel fights for his clients … and for poetry

Featuring Robert H. Bunzel

An African Queen

Cynthia Plevin works on behalf of Burundi’s women and children

Peace in the Valley

Larry Sonsini is a peacemaker in the sometimes-battlefield that is Silicon Valley
Featuring Lawrence W. Sonsini

Little Big Woman

Elizabeth Cabraser is a 5-foot giant among Bay Area lawyers

Featuring Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Ms. Liberty

Eva Jefferson Paterson is the underdog’s best friend

The Man Who Hates Injustice

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world and Jim Brosnahan fights back
Featuring James J. Brosnahan

Find Him in the Classifieds

From Oliver North to “Scooter” Libby, John Cline has become the man to go to for cases involving government secrets
Featuring John D. Cline

King of the Biotech Hill

Paul DeStefano has represented more than 100 biotech companies

Featuring Paul R. DeStefano

Let My People Come

Marc Van Der Hout opens doors for immigrants

Featuring Marc L. Van Der Hout

The Hersh Health Plan: Don’t Let Bad Guys Get Away With It

Nancy Hersh fights for women’s health

Featuring Nancy Hersh

Help, I'm in Legal Trouble. Get Me John Keker

He’s the lawyer lawyers want to hireFeaturing John W. Keker

Nancy Geenen: Rebuilding the Mideast

The woman who never does anything surprising decides to change her ways

Definitely Not Attorney Barbie

Annette Hurst wasn’t toying around when she took on Mattel, but she still finds law a lot of funFeaturing Annette L. Hurst

The Attorney Who Built a Practice on a Single Case

Between his baseball games, watching over his restaurant, and a few years of ducking angry protestors, Duncan Barr has been working the same case for over two decadesFeaturing Duncan Barr

The Man Who Bullies the Bullies

Why does Joe Cotchett win so often? Street smartsFeaturing Joseph W. Cotchett

Vindicating Korematsu

Don Tamaki helped the defendant in the landmark internment case win exonerationFeaturing Donald K. Tamaki

One Step at a Time

Dan Higgins, who almost lost his legs in Vietnam, knows health care from the inside outFeaturing Daniel B. Higgins

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Sara Thorpe climbs against cancerFeaturing Sara M. Thorpe

A Toast to Napa Valley

Richard Mendelson represents vineyards and grows them tooFeaturing Richard P. Mendelson

Surprise, You’re Aleutian!

An unexpected phone call puts Tom Weathers on a new path in lifeFeaturing Thomas Weathers

Super Idealist

Jeff Selbin with partner Laurel Fletcher and their daughter Aiden

Like Midas, Everything Sheldon Siegel Touches Turns to Gold

In addition to coming out on top in court, Siegel tops the best-seller listsFeaturing Sheldon Mark Siegel

From Picking Peaches to Picking Up Million-Dollar Lawsuits

Arturo González is a Latino hero with one eye on the law, one on injustice and both on a possible political careerFeaturing Arturo J. González

The Most Happy Fellow

Assistant San Francisco D.A. Paul Henderson charms his juries into submission

John Martel by Day, Joe Silverhound by Night

He’s always seemed to lead several lives. These days, one of those is as an author of popular thrillersFeaturing John S. Martel

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