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

Steven C. Vosseller

Law Office of Steven C. Vosseller

Education

Law School/Year: Washburn School of Law, 1997

College/Year: Washburn University, 1994

Bar Admissions

Kansas, California

Practice Areas

Personal Injury & Property Damage, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Civil Litigation

Major Cases

Although not a “major case” in terms of economic value, one of my most rewarding cases involved a 48-year-old woman injured in an auto collision. After conservative treatment did not heal her neck injuries, she underwent a three-level cervical fusion surgery. Her case faced several challenges. For example, she received two felony convictions less than five years before the collision and, before I became involved in the case, committed perjury about the existence of her felony convictions. The defendants insisted that the collision did not prompt the need for surgery. Despite settlement demands by the client’s first attorneys, the defendants made no settlement offers. The defendants were optimistic that a jury would dislike the plaintiff because of her criminal convictions, perjury, and personal background.

Her first attorneys referred the case to me two months before trial. I obtained a 30-day trial continuance in order to conduct further investigation, obtain testimony from certain witnesses, and prepare for trial.

As I got to know my client, I was reminded of the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I learned that my client was a responsible, single parent of a straight-A high school student. After her felony convictions, my client overcame drug addiction, became active in her church, and enrolled in college. When the collision occurred, she was two semesters shy of earning her paralegal certificate and eager for a fresh start. Her injury and the neck surgery delayed her education, but she ultimately completed her studies. I admired her resiliency, tenacity, and her dedication to her daughter. I was confident that a jury would sift through the personal attacks and find the truth in my client’s case. Ultimately, the defendants proposed mediation, where the case settled for $375,000 one month before trial.

Professional Background

After working as a defense lawyer, I began representing plaintiffs in 2004. I represent people who have been seriously injured by others’ dangerous conduct. My practice includes defective products, motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, dangerous property conditions, and construction site incidents. Nearly all of my clients are referred by other attorneys, including former opposing attorneys. Past clients include teachers, nurses, contractors, business owners, homemakers, military personnel, students and law enforcement officers.

I have obtained over $34 million in judgments and settlements for my clients. Each victory enabled my clients to receive necessary medical treatment and medical equipment, recover lost wages, obtain any educational or professional retraining necessary to return to work, and make-up for other harms.

Professional Affiliations

I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, an association dedicated to preventing injuries, educating the public, improving the skills of attorneys, and preserving individuals’ access to justice through our court system.

I am active in the San Diego County Bar Association. I previously served as chair of the Bar’s General Civil Litigation Section and continue to volunteer in the attorney mentor program. Other professional memberships include the American Inns of Court, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the American Association for Justice.

Personal Background

I was raised in Kansas by my father, a longtime elevator constructor. I am the first member of my extended family to attend and graduate from college. I attribute my work ethic, sense of fairness, and sense of humor to my father.

After law school, I worked as an attorney on the island of Yap, located in the western Pacific Ocean. After 2½ years on the island, I moved to San Diego. I have two children and enjoy coaching their baseball, softball and soccer teams.

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