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.
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.