The Daily Transcript congratulates Top Attorneys 2008

This is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name those among their peers who were worthy of recognition. Top Attorneys 2008 represents and pays tribute to San Diego County's legal cream of the crop.

2008 Top Attorneys

Academic

Linda Berger

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Marjorie Cohn

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

A. Thomas Golden

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Julie Greenberg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Marybeth Herald

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Gail Heriot

University of San Diego

Shaun Martin

University of San Diego School of Law

Michael D. Ramsey

University of San Diego School of Law

Mattheus E. Stephens

Stock Stephens LLP

Kenneth Vandevelde

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Claire Wright

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Corporate Litigation

Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr.

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Donald A. English

English & Gloven

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Latham & Watkins LLP

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

James R. Lance

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Mark Mazzarella

Mazzarella Caldarelli LLP

Monty McIntyre

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Reg Vitek

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Michael Weaver

Latham & Watkins LLP

Corporate Transactional

Craig Andrews

DLA Piper

Edith Bauer

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Craig Garner

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeremy Glaser

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Beatrice Kemp

San Diego Convention Center Corp.

Margaret Mann

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Michael Newman

Websense Inc.

Brittany Oates

Centara Capital Management Group Inc.

Eddie Rodriguez

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Ross G. Simmons

The Simmons Firm ALC

John D. Tishler

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Criminal

Michael Attanasio

Cooley LLP

Ezekiel E. Cortez

Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez

Peter Hughes

Peter J. Hughes, A Professional Corporation

Knut Johnson

Law Office of Knut S. Johnson

Thomas McNamara

La Bella & McNamara LLP

William F. Nimmo

William F. Nimmo APC

Wendy L. Patrick

San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Special Operations Division

John G. “Jack” Phillips

John G. Phillips APC

Christopher J. Plourd

The Law Offices of Christopher J. Plourd

Charles Sevilla

Law Office of Charles Sevilla

Bernard Skomal

Law Office of Bernard G. Skomal

Family

Lesa Christenson

ABC Family Law

Cynthia Harf

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson & Kalemkiarian

Judith Klein

Law Offices of Judith Klein

Garrison Klueck

Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Nicholas A. Leto

Veltmann & Leto

Michele Sacks Lowenstein

Lowenstein Brown APLC

Patrick McCrary

Law Office of Patrick L. Mccrary

Marnie Skeen

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Nancy Stassinopoulos

Nancy Stassinopoulos APC

Janis Stocks

Stocks & Colburn

Insurance

Robert J. Francavilla

Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, LLP

Robert Harrison

Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP

R. Christian Hulburt

Hulburt & Bunn LLP

Roger M. Mansukhani

Gordon & Rees LLP

Kenneth Medel

The Medel Law Firm

Jason Meyer

Gordon & Rees LLP

Marilyn Moriarty

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith

Kevin F. Quinn

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Dennis Schoville

Schoville & Arnell LLP

Intellectual Property Litigation

John Allcock

DLA Piper

John Benassi

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Chapin Fitzgerald LLP

Robert Gerber

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Randall Kay

Jones Day

Carl A. Kukkonen, III

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

John Schnurer

Perkins Coie LLP

Andrew Skale

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Stephen Swinton

Latham & Watkins LLP

Laura Underwood- Muschamp

Heller Ehrman LLP

Jessica Wolff

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Intellectual Property Transactional

Randall Broberg

Allen Matkins LLP

James Cleary

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Alan Dow

Complete Genomics Inc.

Christopher Ekren

Sony Electronics Inc.

David Gay

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Jeffrey Guise

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Lisa Haile

DLA Piper US LLP

Ned Israelsen

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

John Kim

IP Legal Advisors PC

Carl A. Kukkonen, III

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Lance Kurata

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Raymond Liddy

California Department of Justice

James Mullen, III

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Joseph Reisman

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Andrew Skale

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

James Y.C. Sze

Duane Morris LLP

Stacy Taylor

DLA Piper US LLP

Labor/Employment

Harvey Berger

Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP

Nadia P. Bermudez

Garcia Hernandez Sawhney & Bermudez LLP

George de la Flor

Law Offices of George L. de la Flor

Amy Wintersheimer Findley

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Patrick L. Hosey

Hosey & Bahrambeygui LLP

Regina Petty

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Jeremy Roth

Littler Mendelson PC

Renée Schor

Schor & Freeland LLP

Spencer Skeen

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Claudette Wilson

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Real Estate & Construction Litigation

Jeffrey Baird

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Christopher Findley

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Brian Frasch

Gordon & Rees

Davide Golia

Marks, Golia & Finch LLP

Frederic Gordon

Gordon & Holmes

Mark Hagarty

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Robert J. Hanna

Best Best & Krieger LLP

J. Todd Konold

Gordon & Rees LLP

Jason Meyer

Gordon & Rees LLP

James Sandler

Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP

Real Estate & Construction Transactional

David Bagley

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Robert Bell

Dentons US LLP

Jeffrey Chine

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Susan Daly

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Brian Fish

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

Michael G. Ramsey

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP

Nancy T. Scull

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Kenneth Stipanov

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Stephen Toohill

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Bruce Wallace

Wertz, McDade, Wallace, Moot & Brower

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David Doyle

Morrison & Foerster LLP

David Fisher

Bell Boyd & Lloyd

Leslie FitzGerald

San Diego Unified Port District/Deputy Port Attorney

Peter J. Ippolito

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

John Klinedinst

Klinedinst PC

Iris Sockel Mitrakos

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Steven J. Poliakoff

United States Attorney’s Office

Keith Solar

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Darryl Steinhause

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

Julie Wiley

San Diego Association of Governments

2008 Top Attorney Winner

Mattheus E. Stephens

Stock Stephens LLP

Education

Law School/Year: Rutgers University, 1990

College/Year: College of New Rochelle, 1986

Bar Admissions

California, 1990

Practice Areas

Appellate, Civil Litigation, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Family & Domestic Relations, Legal Malpractice

Major Cases

In law school, I was research assistant for Alan Stein on the Rochon litigation (1988), the largest race discrimination award in history against the FBI. I assisted on briefing for the Sharon S case (in support of Annette F); assisted with briefing in the California Marriage Cases; co-counsel in Barnes-Wallace v. City of San Diego (terminating the Boy Scout’s lease of public land with the city, pending on appeal); argued and won MSJ in trial court on Fiesta Island.

Professional Background

Started my legal career at Gray Cary Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper Rudnick) as a litigation associate. As a named partner in Stock Stephens LLP, I have the pleasure of working with a great team on a variety of cases ranging from elder abuse, to employment litigation, to civil rights matters. The teaching portion of my career began (as an adjunct) at California Western School of Law in 1998; then at UCSD in 1999 to the present. I continue to teach three classes at UCSD: Reproductive Rights; Gender Equality & Law; Law & Sex (an introductory law course on the manner in which the law regulates sexuality). I lecture frequently on topics including domestic partnership rights and responsibilities; transgender issues; reproductive rights and related topics.

Professional Affiliations

Former chair of the City’s Human Relations Commission; former member of the San Diego LGBT Community Center Board of Directors; former member of the ACLU Board of Directors; Lawyers Club member; Tom Homan Law Association member; NAACP member

Personal Affiliations

On Aug. 8 I will have the honor of calling Amber Cyphers my wife (assuming she doesn’t back out before then). She is a writer and was named one of San Diego’s 50 people to watch by San Diego Magazine in 2004 (I believe). She is currently director of communications at the LGBT Center.

Personal Background

I grew up in Connecticut and came to San Diego on Spring Break in 1985 and never looked back. San Diego was “Shangri-La” as far as I was concerned. After that I worked at UCSD and returned to Rutgers for law school. In 1989 I was hired by Gray Cary as a summer associate and then offered a permanent position in 1990. I’ve been here ever since and would not live in any other city in the world.