Top Attorneys 2009

Academic

Richard Carpenter

University of San Diego School of Law

Margaret “Margie” J. Cartwright

University of San Diego School of Law Career Services

Marjorie Cohn

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Julie Greenberg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Walter William Heiser

USD Law School

Marybeth Herald

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Anaheeta Zubin Kolah

The California Western School of Law Community Law Project

Alex Kreit

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Shaun Martin

University of San Diego School of Law

Frank Partnoy

University of San Diego School of Law

Alexander James Simpson

California and Hawaii Innocence Projects

Jan Stiglitz

California Western School of Law

Julie D. Cromer Young

Center for Center for Law, Technology and Communications

Corporate - Litigation

Robert Gerber

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

William E. Grauer

Cooley LLP

Jay Jeffcoat

DLA Piper

Gerald L. McMahon

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Colin H. Murray

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Regina A. Petty

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Michael D. Scully

Gordon & Rees LLP

Reg Vitek

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Michael Weaver

Latham & Watkins LLP

Mark Zebrowski

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Corporate - Transactional

Russell A. Davis

Davis Law Associates

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Steven A. Elia

Law Offices of Steven A. Elia, A Professional Corporation

M. Wainwright Fishburn Jr.

Cooley Godward Kronish

Christopher M. Forrester

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jeremy Glaser

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

Robert H. Gleason

Evans Hotels

Mike Hird

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Beatrice Kemp

San Diego Convention Center Corp.

Michael Newman

Websense Inc.

David Snyder

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Scott M. Stanton

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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

John C. Lemon

Law Offices of John C. Lemon APC

Thomas McNamara

La Bella & McNamara LLP

Colin H. Murray

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Michael Pancer

Law Offices of Michael Pancer

John G. “Jack” Phillips

John G. Phillips APC

James F. Pokorny

Law Offices of James F. Pokorny

Charles Sevilla

Law Office of Charles Sevilla

Bernard Skomal

Law Office of Bernard G. Skomal

Estate Planning - Probate

Carol S. Battaglia

Law Offices of Carol S. Battaglia, APC

Judith May Copeland

Copeland & Tierman LLP

Kenneth G. Coveney

Dostart Clapp Gordon & Coveney LLP

Mary F. Gillick

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Jerilyn Jones

Brierton, Jones & Jones LLP

Louis A. Mezzullo

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

S. Andrew Pharies

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Nancy A. Spector

Law Office of Nancy A. Spector

Frederick R. Vandeveer

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Ellen H. Whelan

DLA Piper

Howard Wiggins

Wiggins & Ebert, APC

Family

Michele Brown

Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Kim W. Cheatum

Law Office of Kim W. Cheatum

Gordon D. Cruse

Gordon D. Cruse APLC

Jeffrey C. Fritz

Basie & Fritz

Cynthia Harf

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson & Kalemkiarian

J. William Hargreaves

Hargreaves & Taylor LLP

Michele Sacks Lowenstein

Lowenstein Brown APLC

Julie R. Mack

Brave, Weber & Mack APLC

Erik S. Moore

Moore, Lewis, Schulman & Moore APC

Peggy L. Moore

Moore, Lewis Schulman & Moore, APC

David S. Schulman

Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC

Insurance

William M. Berman

Berman & Riedel LLP

Andrew P.P. Dunk III

The Dunk Law Firm

Paul Hilding

Hilding Law Firm

Clark R. Hudson

Neil Dymott Frank McFall & Trexler

Richard A. Huver

The Huver Law Firm

Harvey R. Levine

Law Offices of Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver

Monty McIntyre

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Marilyn Moriarty

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith

Dominic S. Nesbitt

Osborne & Nesbitt LLP

Heather Linn Rosing

Klinedinst PC

IP Litigation

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Alan Blankenheimer

Covington & Burling LLP

Juanita Brooks

Fish & Richardson PC

David Doyle

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Chapin Fitzgerald LLP

John Gartman

Fish & Richardson

Robert Gerber

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

John L. Haller

Gordon & Rees

Randall Kay

Jones Day

John S. Kyle

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Stephen Swinton

Latham & Watkins LLP

IP Transactional

Bing Ai

Perkins Coie LLP

G. Peter Albert Jr.

AlbertDhand LLP

Anton J. Bokal

Life Technologies Corp.

David Branfman

Branfman Law Group PC

John M. Carson

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP

James Cleary

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Alan Dow

Complete Genomics Inc.

Ned Israelsen

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Lance Kurata

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

Lisa Martens

Fish & Richardson PC

Jacob C. Reinbolt

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Labor - Employment

Kathryn Bernert

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Jennifer Sarkozy Branch

Andrews • Lagasse • Branch & Bell LLP

George Howard

Jones Day

Michael S. Kalt

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Lynne Lasry

Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez LLP

Robert Levy

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Anthony F. Pantoni

Anthony F. Pantoni APC

Jeremy Roth

Littler Mendelson PC

Renée Schor

Schor & Freeland LLP

Claudette Wilson

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Leonid “Lonny” M. Zilberman

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Municipal - Government

David Blair-Loy

ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Charles B. Christensen

Christensen & Spath LLP

Jodi L. Cleesattle

California Office of the Attorney General

C. Michael Cowett

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Lea Fields-Bernard

City of San Diego

John J. Lormon

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Sharon Mehlman

Mehlman Barnes LLP

Robert J. Newmeyer

U.S. Courthouse, 940 Front St., Room 414

Nicholas N. Paul

California Department of Justice

John J. Sansone

Office of County Counsel, County of San Diego

Walter F. Spath III

Christensen & Spath LLP

Personal Injury - Property Damage

N. Denise Asher

Asher Mediation

Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr.

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

William M. Berman

Berman & Riedel LLP

Gayle M. Blatt

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

James Matthew Brown

Law Office of James Matthew Brown, APLC

Andrew P.P. Dunk III

The Dunk Law Firm

Robert Hamparyan

Law Offices of Robert Hamparyan

Thomas David Penfield

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

Kevin F. Quinn

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Brett J. Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

J. Michael Vallee

The Law Offices of J. Michael Vallee

Steven C. Vosseller

Law Office of Steven C. Vosseller

Real Estate - Construction Litigation

Bruce Beach

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Mark G. Budwig

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Kurt U. Campbell

Klinedinst Attorneys

Courtney Ann Coyle

Courtney Ann Coyle, Attorney at Law

Keith C. Cramer

Gordon & Rees LLP

Christopher Findley

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

John F. McGuire

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jason Meyer

Gordon & Rees LLP

John S. Moot

Wertz, McDade, Wallace, Moot & Brower

Marilyn Ruth Moriarty

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith

Howard James Silldorf

Silldorf & Levine LLP

Real Estate - Construction Transactional

David Bagley

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Robert Bell

Dentons US LLP

Robert Caplan

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Jeffrey Chine

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Robert Kolodny

Kolodny & Pressman LLP

Eric A. Kremer

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Michael E. Lyon

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

Michael G. Ramsey

The Law Office of Michael G. Ramsey

Nancy T. Scull

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Brian T. Seltzer

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Kenneth Stipanov

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Bruce Wallace

Wertz, McDade, Wallace, Moot & Brower

Eric Young

Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

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David S. Casey Jr.

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Lesa Christenson

ABC Family Law

R.J. "Jerry" Coughlan Jr.

Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman LLP

Cynthia Cwik

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jan I. Goldsmith

City of San Diego

A. John Hecht

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Christian D. Humphreys

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Harry J. Leonhardt

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Virginia Carol Nelson

Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson

David Joseph Noonan

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge

2009 Winner

Alexander James Simpson

California and Hawaii Innocence Projects

Education

Law School/Year: California Western School of Law, 2004

Other Graduate School/Year: LL.M., California Western School of Law, 2005

College/Year: University of California Santa Barbara, 1999

 

Bar Admissions

California, Hawaii

Practice Areas

Appellate, Criminal Law, Drunk Driving     

Major Cases

I have been involved in the successful litigation of four wrongfully convicted individuals -- Adam Riojas, John Stoll, Timothy Atkins and Kenneth Marsh -- since joining the California Innocence Project. These individuals served a combined total of more than 70 years for crimes they did not commit. I am also currently involved in state and federal litigation for the wrongful convictions of several other inmates. In 2004, I was granted authorization by the Ninth Circuit to file a successive petition in the Central District Court in Los Angeles for Michael Hanline, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1978. The case is still pending.

Professional Background

Before joining the California Innocence Project in 2004, I worked in law school as an intern at the offices of Federal Defenders of San Diego.  After graduating from law school taking the bar, I joined CIP and eventually became the litigation coordinator and principal staff attorney for the office. I am also the director of Street Law San Diego, a program designed to teach law-related education at underprivileged high schools in San Diego. Since beginning the program in 2004, I have expanded the program to reach more than 400 at-risk high school students a year.

 

Professional Affiliations

I am a panel attorney at Appellate Defenders Inc. I am also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association.

 

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