The Daily Transcript congratulates Top Attorneys 2007

It is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that began in February with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition.

Real Estate Litigation

John F. McGuire

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

back to topCorporate Litigation

Bob Gaglione

Gaglione Law Group

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

William Grauer

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Lynne Lasry

Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez LLP

Harvey R. Levine

Law Offices of Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver

Mark Mazzarella

Mazzarella Caldarelli LLP

Dennis Schoville

Schoville & Arnell LLP

Spencer Skeen

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Reg Vitek

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Michael Weaver

Latham & Watkins LLP

back to topCorporate Transactional

Jane Adams

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Robert Copeland

Duane Morris LLP

Mike Hird

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jason Kent

Cooley Godward Kronish

Kurt Kicklighter

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Frederick Muto

Cooley Godward Kronish

Cameron Jay Rains


Carl Sanchez

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

David Snyder

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Darryl Steinhause

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

back to topCriminal

Michael Attanasio

Cooley LLP

Justin Brooks

California Western School of Law

Stephen Cline

Nimmo Law Group

Bonnie Dumanis

District Attorney, San Diego County Hall of Justice

Steven Hubachek

Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc.

Pamela Naughton

Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton

Wendy L. Patrick

San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Special Operations Division

Frank Ragen

Attorney at Law

Charles Sevilla

Law Office of Charles Sevilla

Thomas J. Warwick Jr.

Grimes & Warwick

back to topFamily Law

William Benjamin

Benjamin & Sutton

Sharon Blanchet

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson & Kalemkiarian

Michele Brown

Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Lesa Christenson

ABC Family Law

Frances Harrison

San Diego Superior Court

Rex Jones

Jones Barnes LLP

Garrison Klueck

Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Elizabeth Kreitzer

Hargreaves & Taylor LLP

Nicholas A. Leto

Veltmann & Leto

Andrew Quinones

Superior Court / Office of the Family Law Facilita

Christine Hayes Sickler

Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC

Janis Stocks

Stocks & Colburn

Lisa Zonder

Zonder Family Law

back to topIP Litigation

John Allcock

DLA Piper

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Alan Blankenheimer

Covington & Burling LLP

Juanita Brooks

Fish & Richardson PC

David Doyle

Morrison & Foerster LLP

John Gartman

Fish & Richardson

John Giust

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

John L. Haller

Gordon & Rees

David Kleinfeld

Heller Ehrman LLP

Stephen Korniczky

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

John Schnurer

Perkins Coie LLP

Stephen Swinton

Latham & Watkins LLP

John Thornburgh

Fish & Richardson PC

Michael Vella

Morrison & Foerster LLP

back to topIP Transactional

David Branfman

Branfman Law Group PC

James Cleary

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Karen Dow

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Lisa Haile


John Kim

IP Legal Advisors PC

Carl A. Kukkonen, III

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

Lance Kurata

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

Lisa Martens

Fish & Richardson PC

Joseph Reisman

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Katherine White

NextWave Broadband Inc.

Kevin Zimmer

Cooley Godward Kronish

back to topInsurance

N. Denise Asher

Asher Mediation

Louis Bertsche

Law Offices of Louis J. Bertsche

Andrew Dunk

Dunk & Associates

Robert J. Francavilla

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

Steve Haasis

Gordon & Rees LLP

Paul Hilding

Hilding Law Firm

Monty McIntyre

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Frederick Schenk

Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfiel

Dennis Schoville

Schoville & Arnell LLP

Joel Selik

Joel Selik, Attorney At Law

back to topLabor-Employment

Harvey Berger

Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP

Rod Betts

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Dennis Childs

Cooley Godward Kronish

John Collins

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Michael Conger

Law Office of Michael A. Conger

George de la Flor

Law Offices of George L. de la Flor

Amy Wintersheimer Findley

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

George Howard

Jones Day

Jeremy Roth

Littler Mendelson PC

Craig Schloss

Morrison & Foerster LLP

David P. Strauss

Strauss & Asher

Claudette Wilson

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

back to topReal Estate Litigation

George Berger

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Carey Cooper

Klinedinst PC

Ted Kimball

Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

Traci Lagasse

Gordon & Rees LLP

Robert Marks

Marks Golia & Finch LLP

Jason Meyer

Gordon & Rees LLP

Thomas Monson

Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw

James Sandler

Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP

Pamela Scholefield

Scholefield Associates PC

Steven Strauss

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Jason Thornton

Marks, Golia & Finch LLP

back to topReal Estate Transactional

Richard Barnett

Richard M Barnett, Attorney at Law

Mikel Bistrow

Ballard Spahr LLP

Robert Buell

Luce Forward

Jeffrey Chine

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Robert Kolodny

Kolodny & Pressman LLP

Julie Mebane

Duane Morris LLP

Michael G. Ramsey

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP

Nancy T. Scull

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Bruce P. Shepard

Latham & Watkins LLP

Mark Spiegler

Fisch, Spiegler & Ginsburg APLC

Kenneth Stipanov

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Bruce Wallace

Wertz, McDade, Wallace, Moot & Brower

Karen Margaret ZoBell

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP

Alan Zuckerman

Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP

back to topAcademic

Karen Burke

University of San Diego School of Law

Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter Tax Law Office

Donald Dripps

University of San Diego School of Law

Robert Fellmeth

Center for Public Interest Law, University of San

C. Hugh Friedman

University of San Diego School of Law

Shaun Martin

University of San Diego School of Law

Frank Partnoy

University of San Diego School of Law

Maimon Schwarzschild

University of San Diego School of Law

Allen Snyder

University of San Diego School of Law

Richard Wharton

University of San Diego School of Law

Mary Jo Wiggins

The University of San Diego School of Law

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Joseph Baker

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

Roy Morrow Bell

Ross, Dixon & Bell LLP

Stephen Ferruolo

Goodwin Procter LLP

James P. Frantz

Frantz Law Group APLC

Ned Israelsen

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Carol Lam

Qualcomm Inc.

Margaret Mann

Heller Ehrman LLP

Marilyn Moriarty

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

George Root

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Ross Schwartz

Schwartz Semerdjian Haile Ballard & Cauley LLP


William Grauer

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

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Education Law School/Year: Cornell Law School, 1974 College/Year: Cornell, 1971 Bar Admissions California State Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals, 2nd, 9th and 11th Circuits; U.S. District Courts (all California, New York and various others) Practice Areas Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Appellate, Securities Litigation, Corporate Business Major Cases In re Managed Care, MDL 1334. Served as lead counsel for PacifiCare in the MDL, a certified class action by all doctors in the United States against all the major managed care providers. Case involved 34 published decisions, including in the U.S. Supreme Court (which I successfully argued). On Jan. 31, 2006, the trial court granted summary judgment on all claims on behalf of PacifiCare (several others settled for several billion dollars). Also serve on the National Steering Committee for the IPO Allocation litigation, the largest consolidated securities litigation in U.S. history. Professional Background After serving as a special fraud prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, served as a partner at Gray Cary and then Cooley Godward specializing in complex civil litigation and securities litigation. Before DOJ, worked at Dewey Ballantine on Wall Street. At DOJ, received special awards from U.S. Secret Service and other awards. Professional Affiliations Chair, Federal Court Discipline Committee (1990-present); San Diego County Bar Association (first recipient of annual award for outstanding service to the Bar); former chair of Ethics Committee and Federal Court Committee; California State Bar Association (previously served on Executive Committee of State Bar Court and Litigation Section); ABA, Chair, committee on IPO litigation; 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, former Lawyer Representative; also served on federal delay reduction committee and federal pro bono committee Personal Background Family: Wife is a Ph.D. biochemist, two daughters bound for law school, and a dog, rabbit and fish.