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

William M. Berman

Berman & Riedel LLP

Education

Law School/Year: California Western School of Law, 1997, cum laude

College/Year: Arizona State University, 1993

 

Bar Admissions

California, U.S. Supreme Court

            

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury & Property Damage, Elder Law     

Major Cases

In 1998, which was just his second year of practice, William M. Berman settled a $2.2 million case against a residential care facility for the elderly that was, at the time, considered one of the largest reported settlements ever recorded against a California elder/residential care facility. That case, which received statewide and national media attention, prompted the success of Berman’s elder abuse practice, where he has since handled more than 120 elder abuse cases, 20 of which have resolved in excess of $1 million. In addition to the firm’s elder abuse practice, Berman has built a successful general personal injury practice that handles debilitating injuries, brain injuries and wrongful death claims, including recovering nearly $7 million for the parents of 1999 San Diego Padres firstround draft pick Gerik Baxter, who was tragically killed in a tire failure accident. 

Professional Background

Starting his firm directly out of law school in 1997, Berman quickly formed a reputable firm known for achieving remarkable results in the areas of nursing home and elder abuse litigation and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters. In 2003, after only six years in practice, Berman was recognized by MartindaleHubbell as achieving the highest possible AVrating. Since such time, he has received recognition as a top Southern California attorney, including his recognitions in 2009 and 2010 as a Top 10 San Diego Personal Injury Attorney and his 2010 selection to San Diego SuperLawyers. Given his expertise in several niche areas of personal injury practice, Berman is often called upon by other attorneys and law firms to assist in the direction, handling and workup of complex litigation matters. 

Professional Affiliations

Berman in actively involved in the legal community and holds membership with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Bar Association, Consumer Attorney of California and Consumer Attorney of San Diego. Berman also works closely with Elder Law & Advocacy, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and the California State Legislature to promote awareness and protections for the elderly population.

 

Personal Affiliations

A sports enthusiast and former player agent, Berman still spends time representing the legal interests of several professional baseball players affiliated with Major League Baseball. In addition, Berman is involved in numerous philanthropic organizations and regularly contributes to help causes designed to assist the elderly, underprivileged, children, education, breast cancer research and other community-related needs.

 

Personal Background

Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Berman has lived in San Diego since 1993, when he moved to the city to attend law school. Falling in love with San Diego, he decided to stay and build his legal practice and family. Berman lives in North County, and is married to Kelley Berman, who he met during his final year of college and with whom he went to law school upon graduating. They married shortly after law school and have three children, ages 9, 7 and 4. To escape the demands of the legal practice, Berman spends time with his family engaging in local activities, traveling and attending sporting events (both professional and kidrelated). Berman also remains active in athletics himself, where he still plays competitive baseball in a nationally organized men’s league and golfs as much as he can. Considered by many to be a workaholic, Berman loves the challenging demands of running a personal injury civil litigation firm, where he often helps clients in their time of greatest need.

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