Northern California Super Lawyers Articles

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From the Top

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

Featuring Elizabeth J. Cabraser

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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 M. 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 Eugene Paige, …

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Game Changer

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

Featuring Daralyn J. Durie

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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 Debra F. Bogaards, …

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

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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 Wesley J. Fastiff, …

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Details, Details

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

Featuring Kathryn Doi

When Lawyers Need Lawyers

Karen Goodman defends attorneys facing malpractice claims; Bill Gwire puts them in the hot seat

Featuring William M. Gwire, …

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Annette Hurst: Defending Your Right to Skip Ads

How she got a judge to reject broadcasters’ demands for an injunction against DISH Network

Featuring Annette L. Hurst

‘We All Need Help Sometimes’

Why Russell Austin can’t say no to community service

Featuring Russell J. Austin

Ana de Alba’s Homegrown Activism

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

Featuring Ana de Alba

Flip the Script

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

Featuring Luke Ellis

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Who Would Rosie Hire?

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

Featuring Jean K. Hyams

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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 nasty

Featuring Bruce L. Simon

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Who We Do This For

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

Featuring Esther R. Lerner

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Comfortable in Sacramento

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

Featuring Gary L. Bradus

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Firm Values

For Morrison & Foerster, pro bono work is more than just a priority

Featuring Diana B. Kruze

Roads to Resolution

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

Featuring Victor Schachter

Story of Dreamers

Immigration attorney Minette A. Kwok helps possibilities become realities

Featuring Minette A. Kwok

Chaos Theory

How Kurt Melchior, who escaped Nazi Germany at 13, metamorphosed into a business litigator

Featuring Kurt W. Melchior

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The First Filter

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

 

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How Jeff Lawson Doubled His Lifetime

An unlucky draft number proved transformational for the San Jose environmental lawyer

Featuring Jeffrey S. Lawson

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The Oracle

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

 

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Extraordinary Abilities

Julie Pearl leads Pearl Law Group’s pro bono charge on immigration cases

Featuring Julie C. Pearl

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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

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“Who Are Those Guys?”

Bankruptcy boutique Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby & Pascuzzi plays well—and fights well—with others

Featuring Paul J. Pascuzzi, …

Living the Dream

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

Featuring Susan T. Kumagai

Pioneer Spirit

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

Featuring Daniel H. Weinstein

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Friending Ted Ullyot

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

 

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The Change Agent

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

 

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Common Touch

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

 

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Blowing the Whistle on Fraud

How Eric Havian became a ‘giant-killer’

Featuring Eric R. Havian

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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 same

Featuring Haitham E. Ballout

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Detail Person

To Susan Popik, insurance law is riveting stuff

 

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Simple Justice

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

Featuring Kevin M. Fong

Who Was Your Mentor?

Therese and Barbara Lawless

Featuring Therese M. Lawless, …

Heidi Timken and Marvin Starr

Heidi Timken and Marvin Starr

Featuring Marvin B. Starr

Taking on Prop 8

How Jeremy Goldman helped battle the anti-gay marriage measure

Featuring Jeremy M. Goldman

David Tyra: Supreme Challenge

How this employment defense attorney with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard helped save California $2 billion

Featuring 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 case

Featuring 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 things

Featuring William E. Gagen, Jr.

The Badger

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

Featuring M. Gerald Schwartzbach

Thoughts on a Thriving Life

Timothy Tosta was given two years to live … 19 years ago

Featuring Timothy A. Tosta

City Person

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

Featuring Pamela S. Duffy

Jailhouse Lawyer

Don Specter

 

Team Player

Gordon Greenwood

Featuring 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

Featuring Kamala D. Harris

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 matter

Featuring Michael A. Kelly

Veen, Vidi, Vici

Bill Veen has traveled a long way since his days in Satan's Chauffeurs

Featuring William L. Veen

The Wild One

Chris Dolan's cases are a real-life Streets of San Francisco

Featuring Christopher B. Dolan

The Richmond Bridge

Diana Richmond works to connect new ideas of family with old ideas of family law

Featuring Diana E. Richmond

The Powers of Persuasion

Matthew Powers is the Willie Mays of Patent litigation

Featuring Matthew D. Powers

The Wikipedia Zeitgeist

Why Mike Godwin disowns his own content

 

The Youngest Partner

For Clifford Yin, success came early

Featuring 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 practice

Featuring D. Hiep Truong

Inattention at High Speeds Is a Very Bad Thing

Racing cars has helped Ed Hugo's focus in the courtroom

Featuring 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 savant

Featuring 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  

Featuring Jerome B. Falk, Jr.

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, thanks

Featuring 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

ZZYZZYVA and Me

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

Featuring Cynthia H. Plevin

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 hire

Featuring 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 fun

Featuring 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 decades

Featuring Duncan Barr

The Man Who Bullies the Bullies

Why does Joe Cotchett win so often? Street smarts

Featuring Joseph W. Cotchett

Vindicating Korematsu

Don Tamaki helped the defendant in the landmark internment case win exoneration

Featuring Donald K. Tamaki

One Step at a Time

Dan Higgins, who almost lost his legs in Vietnam, knows health care from the inside out

Featuring Daniel B. Higgins

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Sara Thorpe climbs against cancer

Featuring Sara M. Thorpe

A Toast to Napa Valley

Richard Mendelson represents vineyards and grows them too

Featuring Richard P. Mendelson

Surprise, You’re Aleutian!

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

Featuring Thomas Weathers

Super Idealist

Jeff Selbin with partner Laurel Fletcher and their daughter Aiden

Featuring Jeffrey Selbin

Like Midas, Everything Sheldon Siegel Touches Turns to Gold

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

Featuring 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 career

Featuring 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 thrillers

Featuring John S. Martel

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