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

Jennifer Sarkozy Branch

Andrews • Lagasse • Branch & Bell LLP

Education

Law School/Year: University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997

College/Year: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

 

Bar Admissions

California, Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Labor & Employment     

Major Cases

I have been lead counsel defending employers and supervisors in many single and multi-plaintiff actions, as well as class actions, in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies on issues ranging from wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and trade secret/unfair competition claims. I also devote a majority of my practice to consulting with employers on all types of personnel matter to help avoid litigation. I routinely prepare employee handbooks and employment-related contracts and policies, and offer proactive training programs on unlawful harassment and best management practices. 

Professional Background

I spent the first three years of my career at Burnham & Brown in Oakland. I joined the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees in 2000 in its employment practice group and became a partner in 2004. In 2007, I left with three of my partners and founded Andrews • Lagasse • Branch & Bell LLP, a 100 percent female- and minority-owned firm. In the last year and a half, our firm has more than doubled in size. Earlier this year, I was recognized by San Diego Super Lawyers in the area of labor and employment law. 

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. I also volunteer as a judge for the San Diego Teen Court Program, a diversion program that works in association with the Juvenile Court, and I am a member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association. I regularly lecture on employment related topics, including speaking about leave laws for Lorman Education Services and teaching a personnel law course for the San Diego Employers Association. 

 

Personal Background

Before becoming an attorney, I taught third grade in Mexico. I am now the proud mom of three beautiful children, ages 6 and under. 

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