Top Attorneys 2010

Academic

Richard Carpenter

University of San Diego School of Law

Lizzette Karla Herrera

University of San Diego School of Law

Angela Kim Zugman

California Western School of Law

Eric J. Mitnick

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Frank Partnoy

University of San Diego School of Law

Carrie Randall Wilson

University of San Diego School of Law

Corporate Litigation

William J. Caldarelli

Caldarelli Hejmanowski Page & Leer LLP

Edward D. Chapin

Chapin Fitzgerald Sullivan

Dana J. Dunwoody

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Chapin Fitzgerald LLP

Robert Gerber

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

William E. Grauer

Cooley LLP

Dennis Schoville

Schoville & Arnell LLP

Jill Marie Sullivan

Chapin Fitzgerald Sullivan LLP

Michael Weaver

Latham & Watkins LLP

Mark Zebrowski

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Corporate Transactional

Barbara Borden

Cooley LLP

Carrie Darling

CareFusion Corp.

Jay de Groot

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Dennis J. Doucette

Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Jeremy Glaser

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

Michael Newman

Websense Inc.

Matthew W. Onaitis

Trius Therapeutics

Cameron Jay Rains

DLA Piper US LLP

John D. Tishler

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Criminal

Michael Attanasio

Cooley LLP

Michael C. Harkness

Michael C. Harkness APLC

Paul H. Neuharth Jr.

Law Offices of Paul H. Neuharth Jr., APC

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

James F. Pokorny

Law Offices of James F. Pokorny

Russell K. Robinson

Law Office of Russell K. Robinson APC

Kay L. Sunday

Kay L. Sunday Law Offices

Brad Weinreb

Office of the Attorney General

Estate Planning/Probate & Trust

Garrison Raymond Armstrong

Garrison Armstrong Law Corp.

Mary F. Gillick

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Frederick R. Vandeveer

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Joel Weissler

Weissler Law Group

Family

Julie R. Barnes

Jones Barnes LLP

Lesa Christenson

ABC Family Law

Erika M. Collins

Basie & Fritz

Cynthia Harf

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson & Kalemkiarian

Sharon L. Kalemkiarian

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson and Kalemkiarian

Judith Klein

Law Offices of Judith Klein

S. Michael Love

McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley

Sandy L. Meade

Law Offices of Jon D. Rigney, APC

Jon D. Rigney

Law Offices of Jon D. Rigney APC

Robert C. Wood

Hervey & Wood APC

Insurance

Andrew P.P. Dunk III

The Dunk Law Firm

James P. Frantz

Frantz Law Group APLC

Paul Hilding

Hilding Law Firm

Jeffrey K. Miyamoto

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Bridget Klein Moorhead

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Rebecca Lack Mowbray

Mowbray Law Firm

Dominic S. Nesbitt

Osborne & Nesbitt LLP

Gary W. Osborne

Osborne & Nesbitt LLP

David A. Peck

Coast Law Group LLP

Natalie Prescott

Latham & Watkins LLP

Heather Linn Rosing

Klinedinst PC

IP Litigation

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

James V. Fazio, III

San Diego IP Law Group LLP

John Gartman

Fish & Richardson

Robert Gerber

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Randall Kay

Jones Day

John David Kinton

DLA Piper LLP

James M. Sarnecky

Gavrilovich, Dodd & Lindsey LLP

John Schnurer

Perkins Coie LLP

Anthony Stiegler

Cooley LLP

Amar Lal Thakur

Foley & Lardner LLP

IP Transactional

Jane Adams

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Bing Ai

Perkins Coie LLP

James Cleary

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Sanjeev K. Dhand

Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael L. Fuller

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP

John Kim

IP Legal Advisors PC

Lance Kurata

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

James Mullen, III

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Pedro F. Suarez

Mintz Levin

Beni Surpin

Sheppard Mullin

Labor/Employment

Jonathan D. Andrews

Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP

Margaret “Margi” C. Bell

Andrews • Lagasse • Branch and Bell LLP

Rick Bergstrom

Jones Day

Kathryn Bernert

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

George de la Flor

Law Offices of George L. de la Flor

Amy Wintersheimer Findley

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Christopher Charles Hoffman

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Robert Levy

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Mark A. Saxon

Gordon & Rees LLP

Claudette Wilson

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Municipal & Government

David Blair-Loy

ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Jodi L. Cleesattle

California Office of the Attorney General

Guylyn Cummins

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

John Patrick Fisher

California Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General

Raymond Liddy

California Department of Justice

Personal Injury/Property Damage

Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr.

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

William M. Berman

Berman & Riedel LLP

Andrew P.P. Dunk III

The Dunk Law Firm

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

James S. Iagmin

The Gomez Law Firm

Rebecca Lack Mowbray

Mowbray Law Firm

Frederick Schenk

Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfiel

Brett J. Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Steven C. Vosseller

Law Office of Steven C. Vosseller

Real Estate & Construction Litigation

Mark G. Budwig

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Kurt U. Campbell

Klinedinst Attorneys

Brian Frasch

Gordon & Rees

Robert J. Hanna

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Valentine Hoy

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Robert Kolodny

Kolodny & Pressman LLP

Scott D. Levine

Silldorf & Levine LLP

John F. McGuire

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Jason Meyer

Gordon & Rees LLP

John S. Moot

Wertz, McDade, Wallace, Moot & Brower

Real Estate & Construction Transactional

Robert Bell

Dentons US LLP

Scott Biel

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

Jeffrey Chine

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Ray Gliner

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

Nancy T. Scull

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Mark Spiegler

Fisch, Spiegler & Ginsburg APLC

Amy M. Strider

Peterson & Price, APC

Eric Young

Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

Karen Margaret ZoBell

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP

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Ashkan King Aminpour

Law Offices of Aminpour & Associates

N. Thane Bauz

Perkins Coie

Wendy M. Behan

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Laura E. Duffy

U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California

Thomas D. Franklin

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Robert K. Goff

Restore International

Darren J. Robbins

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Donald J. Rosenberg

Qualcomm Inc.

Julie Vogelzang

Duane Morris LLP

John C. Wynne

Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne

2010 Winner

Mark A. Saxon

Gordon & Rees LLP

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law, 1974  

College/Year: UC Riverside, 1971  

 

Bar Admissions

California, 1974; all U.S. District Courts in California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Labor 

Major Cases

Mark Saxon was trial and appellate counsel for San Diego Navy Federal Credit Union in the landmark case decided in 1984 that created what is now known as “Cumis” counsel. The case holds that when an insured party that has been sued has a conflict of interest with its insurance company, the insured is entitled to select its own independent defense counsel, to be paid for by the insurer.

The Cumis case led to the California Legislature enacting Civil Code 2860, governing the rights of insured defendants to independent counsel. The requirement for independent Cumis counsel in California has been adopted by numerous other states.

Professional Background

Saxon is a partner in Gordon & Rees’ San Diego office and is chair of the firm’s Employment Practice Group. He provides pro-active advice to companies of all sizes on topics ranging from wage and hour issues to avoiding claims of wrongful termination. In addition, Saxon regularly defends employers and supervisors in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration proceedings, against claims of discrimination, harassment, defamation, violation of privacy rights, and violation of wage and hour laws.

Saxon is a frequent speaker at seminars on employment law. He has served as a judge pro tem in San Diego court cases, as well as an arbitrator of disputes on behalf of the American Arbitration Association. 

Professional Affiliations

Former chairman of Superior Court Committee, San Diego County Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section, Civil Litigation Section, State Bar of California; Labor and Employment Section, Civil Litigation Section, American Bar Association; former board member and vice president of legislation, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), San Diego Chapter

Personal Affiliations

Saxon is a member of the La Jolla Executive Roundtable. He is past president of both the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and the board of trustees of La Jolla Country Day School. He has completed an eight-year tenure as a member of both the Holiday Bowl Committee and the Greater San Diego Sports Association.

Personal Background

Saxon is a native Southern Californian. He studied economics and the history of the labor union movement while spending a year abroad in college at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. He has two wonderful children and three energetic grandchildren. Saxon resides with his wife of 40 years in Rancho Santa Fe.

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