Top Attorneys 2013

Academic

John C. Demas

University of San Diego School of Business Adminstration

Julie Greenberg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Marybeth Herald

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Lilys D. McCoy

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Frank Partnoy

University of San Diego School of Law

Julie Caron Remer

University of San Diego School of Law

Niels B. Schaumann

California Western School of Law

Steven Semeraro

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Dana K. Sisitsky

California Western School of Law

Stacey L. Tyree

University of San Diego School of Law & Montage Legal Group

Corporate Litigation

Kevin W. Alexander

Gordon & Rees LLP

Guillermo “Gil” Cabrera

The Cabrera Firm APC

Steven T. Coopersmith

The Coopersmith Law Firm

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Chapin Fitzgerald LLP

Valerie Garcia Hong

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

William E. Grauer

Cooley LLP

James R. Lance

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Lynne Lasry

Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez LLP

Craig M. Nicholas

Nicholas & Butler LLP

Paul A. Tyrell

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Corporate Transactional

Michael J. Brown

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Christian Peter Fonss

Klinedinst PC

Jeremy David Glaser

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mike Hird

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Marty B. Lorenzo

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Michael S. Umansky

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Criminal

Kerry L. Armstrong

Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC

Jose Garza Badillo

Law Office of Jose Garza Badillo

Stephen Gary Cline

Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline; Ameriant Law Group LLP

Marc Bruce Geller

Marc B. Geller, A Professional Corporation

Christian M. Ham

Law Offices of Christian M. Ham

Michael C. Harkness

Michael C. Harkness APLC

Stacey A. Kartchner

The Law Office of Stacey A. Kartchner

Paul H. Neuharth Jr.

Law Offices of Paul H. Neuharth Jr., APC

Paul Joseph Pfingst

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Charles Sevilla

Law Office of Charles Sevilla

Estate/Probate/Tax

Garrison Raymond Armstrong

Garrison Armstrong Law Corp.

Judy S. Bae

Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw

Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter Tax Law Office

Nancy G. Henderson

Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney

Danielle C. Humphries

Hahn, Loeser & Parks LLP

Jerilyn Jones

Brierton, Jones & Jones LLP

Shannon N. Montisano

Hughes & Pizzuto APC

Karl Andrew Rand

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Ellen H. Whelan

DLA Piper

Family

Michele Brown

Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Scott Finkbeiner

Wilkinson & Finkbeiner LLP

Traci A. Hoppes

Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

David M. Huffman

Huffman & Kostas

Andrew P. Johnson

Andrew P. Johnson APC

Meredith Gilbert Lewis

Lewis, Warren & Setzer LLP

Erik S. Moore

Moore, Schulman & Moore APC

Sara R. Neumann

Yelman & Associates

James M. Ratzer

Ratzer Family Law

Puja A. Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Immigration

Fausta Maria Albi

Larrabee Albi Coker LLP

Veronica Barba

Lucas & Barba LLP

Leah W. Hurwitz

Hurwitz Holt APLC

Ginger E. Jacobs

Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP

Sharon Mehlman

Mehlman Barnes LLP

Brandon Meyer

Meyer Law Group

Andrew Kenneth Nietor

Law Office of Andrew Nietor

Ruth Ellen Spillane

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

William “Bill” Waddell

Kraus Law Corporation

Sandra M. Wagner

Law Offices of Sandra M. Wagner

Insurance

Dorn G. Bishop

The Law Offices of Dorn G. Bishop APC

Robert Vail Closson

Hirsch, Closson, McMillan & Schroeder APLC

Andrew Dunk

Dunk & Associates

Charles L. Fanning IV

Oliva & Associates ALC

Cecilia O'Connell Miller

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Craig A. Miller

Law Offices of Craig A. Miller

Marilyn Ruth Moriarty

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith

Dominic S. Nesbitt

Osborne & Nesbitt LLP

Joseph Louis Oliva

Oliva & Associates ALC

Douglas A. Pettit

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Brook B. Roberts

Latham & Watkins

Intellectual Property Litigation

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Juanita Brooks

Fish & Richardson PC

William J. Caldarelli

Caldarelli Hejmanowski Page & Leer LLP

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Chapin Fitzgerald LLP

Allison Hughes Goddard

Patterson Law Group, APC

Randall Kay

Jones Day

Thomas Millikan

Gartman Law Group

Anthony Stiegler

Cooley LLP

Kent M. Walker

Lewis Kohn & Fitzwilliam LLP

David K. Wiggins

HTC America, Inc.

Intellectual Property Transactional

Bing Ai

Perkins Coie LLP

G. Peter Albert Jr.

AlbertDhand LLP

Susan Wilkie Gorman

Gorman IP Law APC

David M. Kohn

Lewis Kohn & Fitzwilliam LLP

Carl A. Kukkonen, III

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

Joshua J. Richman

IP Legal Advisors PC

Daniel J. Schatz

Rovi Corporation

Andrew Serwin

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Beni Surpin

Paul Hastings LLP

Labor & Employment

Jennifer Sarkozy Branch

Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP

Matthew B. Butler

Nicholas & Butler LLP

Dave Carothers

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Christopher B. Cato

Gordon & Rees LLP

Regina Petty

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Kristin E. Rizzo

Rizzo Law Firm

Spencer Skeen

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Cynthia Lee Stratton

Stratton & Green ALC

Leonid “Lonny” M. Zilberman

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Municipal & Government

Sandra Jean Brower

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Charles B. Christensen

Christensen & Spath LLP

Mark Caesar T. Cumba

California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Lea Fields-Bernard

City of San Diego

Erika Hiramatsu

Office of the Attorney General, State of California

Michelle Ialeggio

San Diego District Attorney

Kevin G. Kennedy

Office of County Counsel

Phillip James Lindsay

California Attorney General’s Office

Melanie Petersen

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

Walter F. Spath III

Christensen & Spath LLP

Personal Injury

James Matthew Brown

Law Office of James Matthew Brown, APLC

Ben J. Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Robert J. Francavilla

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

Ian C. Fusselman

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

Robert Hamparyan

Law Offices of Robert Hamparyan

Patrick L. Hosey

Hosey & Bahrambeygui LLP

George R. Kindley

Law Offices of George R. Kindley

Jeremiah A. Lowe

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Christopher C. Walton

Walton Law APC

Jake A. Walton

The Jake A. Walton Law Firm

Real Estate & Construction Litigation

Kimberly A. Blake

Gordon & Rees LLP

Mark G. Budwig

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Dana J. Dunwoody

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

P. Randolph "Randy" Finch Jr.

Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Jack R. Leer

Caldarelli Hejmanowski & Page LLP

Will Lemkul

Morris, Sullivan & Lemkul LLP

William H. Naumann

The Naumann Law Firm PC

Danielle G. Nelson

Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, ALC

JP Roach

Hughes Marino

Jason R. Thornton

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

Real Estate & Construction Transactional

David Bagley

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Jeffrey Baird

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Robert Caplan

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Randal J. Lejuwaan

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Robin Munro Madaffer

San Diego Land Lawyers Inc.

Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

JP Roach

Hughes Marino

Brian T. Seltzer

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Bruce P. Shepherd

Latham & Watkins LLP

Kenneth J. Stipanov

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

2013 Winner

James R. Lance

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Education

Law School/Year: Washington & Lee University, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1986

College/Year: Missouri State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1983

Bar Admissions

California; Illinois; Missouri

Practice Areas

Business Litigation; Civil Litigation; Commercial; Construction; Personal Injury & Property Damage; Real Estate   

Major Cases  

Carr, et al. v. Emerald Bay Financial: I obtained a fraud judgment in a 2011 trial for $5,086,688 on behalf of several elderly plaintiffs who had invested in trust deeds.

Collins, et al. v. American Honda. I prosecuted a nationwide class action. Honda agreed to provide a transmission-replacement program to settle the case, which was valued at more than $180 million.  

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: Arbitration: I volunteered to represent two families who were victims of the September 11 attacks. We presented the claims at evidentiary hearings held in New York City as part of the Trial Lawyers Care Program. We were able to assist two families who desperately needed legal assistance and emotional support to help them through a very complex process and difficult time in their lives.

Chappell v. McDonnell Douglas: Trial

Chappell was flying a helicopter when it began to shake violently and crashed into the South Pacific. I represented him in a product liability action against McDonnell Douglas, claiming that the main rotor hub assembly was defective, which caused the main rotor blade to depart. The helicopter sank immediately after the crash and was never recovered. Defendant McDonnell Douglas argued that the helicopter was not defective, that no blade loss occurred and that Chappell was solely responsible for the crash. McDonnell Douglas made no settlement offer before the jury returned its verdict.

The case was tried for five weeks in San Diego Superior Court, and the jury awarded Chappell damages of $2.7 million. The jury verdict validated for Chappell that he was not the cause of the accident and enabled the Chappell family to relocate and remodel their new home to address the paraplegia caused by the accident.

Professional Background

Following graduation from law school, I began my practice with a large law firm in St. Louis, Thompson & Mitchell (now Thompson Coburn). In 1990, I moved to San Diego and joined what is now known as Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge. I was promoted to partner in 1993, and my name was added to the firm in 2006. My practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and serious personal injury cases. The commercial cases include real estate, securities and other complex business disputes. I represent both defendants and plaintiffs and have obtained many multimillion dollar verdicts, settlements and awards.

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization of trial attorneys that requires the equivalent of 20 civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel to be considered for admission. I have been a member of the Louis M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court and the William B. Enright Chapter, as well. I am also a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and have served on its board. I currently serve as the editor for the products liability section of the Trial Bar News.

Personal Background

I live in the Kensington area of San Diego with my wife and three boys. I have coached for Tecolote Youth Baseball for more than 10 years and also managed a travel baseball team for several years. Coaching baseball provides an excellent opportunity to teach skills that players can use to deal with many obstacles they will face in life. Coaching has been great fun and has provided me special time with my three boys, as well as provided me with an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.

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