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

Leonid “Lonny” M. Zilberman

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Education

Law School/Year: Santa Clara University School of Law, 1995

College/Year: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990

Bar Admissions

California; United States Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; Central District of California; Northern District of California; and Eastern District of California

Practice Areas

Employment Litigation, Counseling and Training

Professional Background

I have been practicing law for 18 years, after graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995. I moved to San Diego in 1999 and have been a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo since 2006, where my practice focuses on the defense of employment litigation, training and counseling. I have represented local and national employers in a variety of cases, including wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, harassment, trade secret and employment contract disputes.

I have tried cases in state and federal court and before arbitrators, including trials in San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego, on issues ranging from sexual harassment, disability and race discrimination to defamation. My goal is to keep clients out of court. A significant part of my practice involves day-to-day counseling, working with employers to achieve resolution of workplace disputes, in order to avoid litigation. I regularly counsel employers on issues such as layoffs, hiring, investigations, disciplinary actions and terminations. I have also handled numerous government agency hearings and trials, and have argued employment issues before the California Court of Appeal.

As a first-year attorney, a mentor at my first job taught me two things that have nothing to do with law, but that I try to practice on a daily basis: (1) It isn't what you do, but how you do it; and (2) be nice to others because if you treat others with dignity and respect, they'll return the favor. That is something I stress with my clients.  If you trust and empower your employees, they'll work their butts off for you and will be loyal. And if you're a jerk, guess what's coming your way. I’ve also found that generally, people like to hang out with nice people. So, I try to be someone that other people would want to hang out with, and I preach that to my clients as well, in dealing with employees.

Professional Affiliations 

I have served on several boards, including San Diego’s Orchestra Nova and the State Bar’s Labor & Employment Executive Committee. I have also been active in local bar activities serving as co-chair of the San Diego County Bar’s Labor & Employment Section for two years (2005-06), and was a member of the State Bar’s Conference of Delegates (2006-07).

I am a frequent speaker on employment issues for groups such as the San Diego Employers Association, the Society for Human Resources Management, Employer Resource Institute and have been on the faculty of UCSD’s Leadership and Management Program since 2001, teaching managers practical human resources skills and employment law nuts and bolts. I have a passion for employment law and enjoy writing about recent developments. I’ve been a regular contributor and guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on employment topics, have contributed articles to the San Diego Daily Transcript and also conduct regular Employment Roundtables for the San Diego Employer’s Association.  

Personal Background 

Outside of law, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, hiking, cooking exotic food and baseball. My parents, older brother and I immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union in 1973 so that my brother and I could live in freedom. Arriving in a foreign land, with a different culture, and not knowing one word of English, my family struggled as my parents left behind professional careers and all of their friends and family. But, because this is the land of opportunity, my parents succeeded in realizing the American dream by providing me and my brother with excellent educational opportunities and instilling in me a work ethic that I could achieve anything through hard work and perseverance.

While I really enjoy what I do and get a lot of satisfaction from helping people avoid conflicts in the workplace, I am reminded of Tony Gwynn’s famous quote, “If you work hard, good things will happen.” I am now living the American dream, married to my soulmate, Christie (selected by the The Daily Transcript as a Top Corporate Counsel finalist in 2012), and have two beautiful, inquisitive and vibrant children, Sam and Sophia. Forty years after arriving in America, not knowing one word of English, I am blessed to watch my parents enjoy the fruits of their labor. Who could ask for more?

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Video Interviews

Top Attorneys 2013: Lonny Zilberman

Aug. 14, 2013 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin talks with attorney Lonny Zilberman, a partner with Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP and a 2013 Top Attorney, about sexual harassment lawsuits and the nuances of these types of cases.