2017 LEGAL PROFILES
Ashley R. Amerio, Esp., Amerio Law Firm, PC
Ashley Amerio is the President of Amerio Law Firm, a personal injury firm, founded in 2006, with offices in Sacramento and Roseville. Mrs. Amerio handles a variety of injury cases, as well as nursing home abuse cases, and mass tort litigation. Mrs. Amerio’s prior role as a Deputy District Attorney provided unparalleled jury trial experience early in her career, as well as the opportunity to learn the justice system from a prosecutorial perspective. This crucial experience also provided the foundation of a well-rounded legal career, and ultimately, the underlying principals upon which her Firm was built. Mrs. Amerio attributes her success, and the success of the Firm, to ambition, tenacity, and a strong commitment to justice for each and every client. She prides herself on her Firm having developed a reputation among clients, and within the legal community, of tirelessly providing experienced, aggressive, and zealous advocacy for those who need it most!
1640 Lead Hill Blvd., Roseville, CA 95661 • (916) 419-1111
MAKE THE WISE CHOICE
Thank you Sacramento Magazine for once again recognizing Michael Wise and the Wise Law Group as a Top Lawyer! Michael Wise is a Criminal Defense attorney who practices primarily in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Counties. Mr. Wise founded the Wise Law Group after working several years as a prosecutor in both Contra Costa County and Sacramento County. Mr. Wise has earned the respect of his adversaries and the courts for being a professional, tenacious trial advocate for the accused. He represents clients from all walks of life, and handles a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from simple DUI and petty theft to special circumstance homicides, gang shootings, domestic violence allegations, assault, narcotics, embezzlement and fraud. He teaches law enforcement officers on ethical courtroom testimony in association with his alma mater, CSU Sacramento. The Wise Law Group has long held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and Mr. Wise has been recognized by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California for several years.
Please visit us at our new location: 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 305 in downtown Sacramento, CA, 95814
Bartholomew & Wasznicky, LLP
Hal Bartholomew and Diane Wasznicky are experienced, caring divorce lawyers who know that the issues clients face are complex, difficult and emotional. They do everything possible to help clients to divorce with respect, consider the best interests of their children, make wise financial decisions and move forward in their lives. The firm offers a complete range of services for both simple and complex legal needs. While many cases require some degree of litigation to achieve their clients’ objectives, Hal and Diane recognize people desire to reach amicable agreements with their spouse/partner/other parent on contentious issues. Offering collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, when feasible, contributes to a healthier resolution of disputes. They pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards for integrity and quality representation for their clients in a difficult time.
4740 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, 95819
Tom R. Johnson | Anderson & Johnson LLP
Tom Johnson is an attorney at Anderson & Johnson LLP. He has helped thousands of injured workers, accident victims, and persons with disabilities obtain medical and income benefits from insurance companies, self insured employers, and state and federal disability programs. He has 25 plus years of experience representing the injured and disabled on worker’s compensation and social security disability claims in California and Arizona. He was formerly board certified as a specialist in Arizona and taught Worker’s Compensation Law and Practice as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, after moving to California. He consults as an expert witness on the law, and works alongside Sacramento’s best personal injury lawyers on cases that cross over between personal injury and worker’s compensation benefits, maximizing value for his clients by providing expertise on the complexities of the Labor and Federal Codes.
865 Howe Ave. Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 922-9902 • www.forinjuryadvice.com
NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.
Christopher H. Whelan, Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.
Christopher Whelan founded his firm 35 years ago. He was one of the first attorneys in the state of California to succeed in a wrongful termination trial that set him on the path of fighting for employees’ rights. He represents private sector employees in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination (race, disability, age, sex) and defamation cases. Whelan’s trial record includes 14 seven- and eight-figure verdicts, and 14 punitive damage awards. His tenacity has led to nine published opinions. He has re¬ceived many awards including: Attorney of the Year for CCTLA in 2000 & 2011, and for Sacramento Valley ABOTA in 2013; CAOC Street Fighter of the Year Finalist in 2012; and the California Employment Lawyers Assoc. Posner Award (2014) recognized him as “The Godfather of Defamation Law.” Recently he was a corecipient of CCTLA’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award. He lectures on employee rights and daily shares his research with lawyers throughout the state.
11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 100, Gold River, CA 95670
The Burton Law Firm
The Burton Law Firm is pleased to recognize eight of its attorneys who have been featured in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2017. As a Firm of ten attorneys, the Firm was featured in eight categories with a total of 14 recognitions. Specific congratulations to Mike Iwahiro, John Boze, John Knowlton, Alexis Ortega, Kathryn Nelson, Ronald Witlen, Daniel Street and Jeb Burton for their achievement.
The Burton Law Firm represents businesses, individuals and families, both locally and around the world, and has offices in both Downtown Sacramento and Roseville. Its superior customer service, innovative expertise, and collaborative holistic approach allow its attorneys and staff to provide their clients with both a high level of personalized attention, and the highest quality legal services. The Firm specializes in handling complex and overlapping areas of law, be it transactional in nature or a litigation issue.
The Burton Law Firm excels in complex estate, business, intellectual property, and tax planning, as well as corporate law, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, exit planning, tax controversy, employment law, international/ interstate issues, trust, wills, probate, litigation, real estate and construction law.
The Burton Law Firm’s expertise, knowledge and resources in the area of Business Governance, Contracts, Copyright, Succession, Real Estate, Employment, Mergers/Acquisitions, International Law and Tax Law, allow it to cater to closely held corporations, partnerships and LLCs from formation, to capital fundraising, to the eventual sale, succession or dissolution of the company. The Business Litigation Team specializes in supporting client companies with their legal and financial challenges.
The Burton Law Firm’s estate planning attorneys provide clients with cost-effective and indispensable plans tailored to maximize their estate’s assets for themselves and their heirs. Further, the Firm’s Litigation department allows it to back up clients’ plans even in the most extreme of unforeseen circumstances.
The Burton Law Firm is dedicated to the Sacramento community, annually ontributing substantial profits, significant pro-bono time, and fundraising for local and regional non-profits.
The Burton Law Firm’s success can be attributed to its goal of providing the highest quality legal services, accompanied by an exceptional level of customer service—which can be summed up in its motto: “Big Firm Quality, Small Firm Charm.”
400 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 822-8700
Kirill B. Tarasenko, Tarasenko Law Office
It’s truly an honor to see my name and my firm listed among the incredibly talented attorneys practicing in Sacramento. I started the practice five years ago with the vision of trying cases against insurance companies and providing personalized representation to injured people. To be recognized as a Top Attorney in that short period of time is really a testament to the hard work put forth by my office staff, and to the support the legal community has offered me. It could not have happened without the generosity of many of Sacramento’s plaintiffs’ attorneys, who shared their time, experience and wisdom. Today, the Tarasenko Law Office is a process-oriented firm focused on obtaining a complete measure of justice for the people we represent. Putting in long hours is what it takes to help people and that’s what I do on a daily basis. Having those efforts validated by being voted a Top Attorney by other attorneys in the community? Now that’s truly special!
Tarasenko Law Office
845 University Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825; (888) 878-0830
Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans, LLP
For more than 35 years, our experienced attorneys have helped countless clients and professionals achieve outstanding results on the toughest legal issues. This year many of those same attorneys have been recognized for their excellent work in their respective practice areas, which include business, real estate, taxation, litigation, estate planning & probate. WKBK&Y would like to congratulate Steven Abrams, Carl Blaine, Eric Garner, Jenni Harmon, Cameron Hess, Douglas Kirkman, Robin Klomparens, Jacob Ouzts, Belan Wagner, Minna Yang, and Douglas Youmans for being selected to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyer List in 2017. In addition to their strong expertise in federal and state taxation, the attorneys at WKBK&Y are able to assist both individual and business clients with tax planning, negotiation and structuring complex business and real estate transactions, estate planning, trusts, estates, corporate governance, and entity formation. Their litigation practice is agile in controversy and litigation involving, taxation, business and real estate transactions, construction, lending and guarantees, trust and estates, employment and personal injury. At WKBK&Y we work tirelessly to achieve prompt and effective results. We strive to cultivate long-lasting professional relationships by providing immediate, personal attention. When you team up with us, you’re always informed and engaged. Find out how we can guide and collaborate through whatever complex legal issues you might be dealing with. Call us at (916) 920-5286, or visit our website at wkblaw.com.
10640 Mather Blvd., Suite 200, Mather, CA 95655/1350 Mather Blvd., 400, Walnut Creek, CA • (916) 920-5286
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP
This year, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, is celebrating 30 years of fighting for the rights of those injured by the negligence of others, defective products, and corporations that put profit ahead of safety. With a powerful commitment to putting the client first, we have built a reputation as a driving force for good and change in the legal community. As stated by one of our partners, “That’s the power of the civil justice system: we don’t put people in jail, we hold corporations and responsible parties accountable.”
During the firm’s three decades of civil service, we have achieved more seven-and eight-figure settlements and verdicts than any firm in Northern California. Our hard-charging representation starts the moment we take on a client’s cause and continues through trial and beyond. Insurance companies, defense lawyers, doctors, and judges respect our work ethic and, often, when their loved ones are injured, they call on us for help. The record-setting verdicts we have obtained throughout the state have led to lawyers from the firm twice being named the American Board of Trial Advocates California Trial Lawyer of the Year, being included in both the Top 10 and the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California, and twice being recognized as California Consumer Attorney of the Year. Principals of the firm have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since the 1990s and the firm has also been named as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report.
In addition to our successes in the legal field, our firm is committed to providing local and statewide community service. Our Doing Well by Doing Good program supports numerous local charities that provide outreach to those in need. We are routinely among the largest fundraisers for Run to Feed the Hungry and regularly contribute time and financial support to organizations such as MADD, St. Johns, CASA, Sharing God’s Bounty, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, as well as the American Cancer Society, and others. At this firm, our mission to help those in need extends beyond the four walls of a courtroom.
We work tirelessly to see that our clients are fairly compensated for their harms and losses, and we also strive to protect the public from becoming victims of unsafe conduct and corporate practices. Often, as a condition of settlement, we require corporate defendants to change their unsafe practices in order to prevent future injuries.
At Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, our passion is helping people and our long track record of success proves it.
20 Bicentennial Circle, Sacramento CA 95826, (916) 379-3500
Margaret Fulton, Robinson & Fulton Law
We are an experienced estate planning and special needs planning law firm. Margaret Fulton, principal attorney, has a Master of Laws in Taxation degree, and is certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Special Needs–Our expertise in special needs planning for families with a child with disabilities sets us apart from other law firms. We assist these families in determining whether a conservatorship will be necessary when the child turns 18. By adding a special needs trust to the family estate plan, we help families leave an inheritance to their child and also preserve public benefits for the child with disabilities. A well-drafted special needs trust, with the proper trustee appointed, can provide for lifetime management of the child’s care and finances. Special needs trusts can also be used to preserve public benefits for persons with disabilities who have inherited money or received a settlement.
333 University Ave., Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA
One California St., Auburn, CA • (530) 823-2010
C. Athena Roussos, Attorney at Law
C. Athena Roussos is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Athena handles a broad range of civil appeals, ranging from family law and probate matters to complex business and real estate disputes. She also works closely with trial lawyers to formulate winning strategies in civil cases at all stages of litigation. Athena has two decades of experience in civil litigation and appeals. She has handled cases in the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and other appellate courts throughout California. Her practice covers state and federal appellate courts, appellate mediation, and amicus briefs. Athena also offers appellate consultations, assistance in trial court proceedings where an appeal is anticipated, and law and motion services for busy trial attorneys.
9281 Office Park Circle, Ste. 140
Elk Grove, California 95758 • (916) 670-7901
Dena Bez, Melissa J. Harman, Carsen Smith Tazi
Bez Law Firm, P.C. in Sacramento, founded by Attorney Dena Bez, focuses entirely on family law cases. Dena is known throughout California as a tough litigator who is also a fair, level-headed negotiator. She prefers to use a peaceful resolution to her cases but does not hesitate to show her strength in court when her clients need it. Some of Dena’s accolades include being selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars• and named as one of the “Three Best Divorce Lawyers in Sacramento.” Attorney Melissa J. Harman is a Sacramento family lawyer to watch. Since earning her membership to the California Bar in 2012 she has proven herself an incredibly well-versed and loyal family law attorney. Attorney Carsen Smith Tazi is a skilled certified Family Law Specialist. She empowers her clients through her advocacy and understanding of their legal goals. Her aptitude has been noted throughout the Greater Sacramento area by clients and attorneys alike.
2035 Hurley Way, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95825
Thomas A. Johnson – Johnson, Greene & Roberts LLP
Thomas A. Johnson has been practicing law for over 30 years and has participated in over 130 jury trials. Mr. Johnson is a former Assistant United States Attorney and former Supervising Deputy District Attorney. During the course of his career, Mr. Johnson worked on a variety of criminal cases including mail fraud, embezzlement, bank fraud, conspiracies, computer cases, healthcare fraud, money laundering, firearms offenses, and other various white collar crimes. Mr. Johnson has defended some of the most high-profile defendants in the Sacramento area on crimes ranging from murder to money laundering. Mr. Johnson’s clients have included professional athletes and some of the most influential people in the region. He has handled some of the most complicated and newsworthy cases in the region with great success. Mr. Johnson is one of Sacramento’s most experienced trial attorneys and has litigated more than 130 jury trials in Northern California. Tom Johnson is widely known and respected within the legal community. He is described by judges and opposing attorneys as relentless, thorough, and a lawyer who thrives on complicated problems and difficult circumstances. Mr. Johnson provides clients the protection and aggressive defense that only 30 years of courtroom experience and integrity can deliver. As a former federal and state prosecutor, Mr. Johnson understands how prosecutors put cases together and how they can be taken apart. Tom Johnson has been trying complicated cases for decades. He was recognized in 1996 as the Prosecutor of the Year. Knowing how cases get prosecuted gives Tom Johnson a unique lens into how to defend against a prosecution. As the 1995 recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Integrity Award, Tom Johnson also understands the importance of being trusted by federal and state prosecutors, while simultaneously aggressively defending his client. The result of 30 years of hard fought trials, executed with fairness and integrity, is very favorable outcomes for clients when a criminal trial is not a good option. Mr. Johnson is also committed to contributing to the community. He is on the Mercy Foundation Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors at Cristo Rey High School, and was the former Chair of the Board of Directors at WEAVE.
400 Capitol Mall Suite 1620, Sacramento CA. 95814 • 916 442-4022
Eric Ratinoff Law Corp
“The people I represent are worth the fight.” – Eric Ratinoff, Trial Lawyer
Eric Ratinoff has been fighting for his clients as a trial lawyer for over 20 years. He is known in both state and federal courts as an aggressive advocate, and has earned national recognition for obtaining outstanding results, including numerous jury verdicts. A faculty member at the Spence Trial Lawyers College, Eric teaches trial skills to lawyers across the country. He is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been named to Northern California Super Lawyers for multiple years, featured in Sacramento’s Top 25 and Northern California’s Top 100 Super Lawyers Lists, and Top 100 Lists for National Trial Lawyers and America’s Top Attorneys. Eric’s practice is built on sincere empathy and aggressive representation for his clients in matters involving catastrophic injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, motorcycle and trucking accidents, dangerous products, insurance bad faith, wildfire litigation and business litigation.
Jacob D. Flesher, Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.
Jacob D. Flesher is a trial lawyer at Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. In 2017, he and his partners Jason Schaff and Jeremy Schroeder won two significant trial victories for two different transportation clients, saving them in excess of $30,000,000. The Firm thrives on high-stakes lawsuits for companies and individuals who need lawyers willing to win in a courtroom. “I’m honored Sacramento Magazine named me the top transportation lawyer in the region,” Flesher said. “It’s a testament to our entire team, our process, and our clients’ willingness to take risks that led to this very humbling award.” While not in the courtroom, Mr. Flesher can be found traveling with his wife of 17 years, watching his son play sports at Jesuit High School, and eating his daughter’s baked goods. “I’m fortunate to have a great group of people to work with and a family who supports my passion for practicing law,” Flesher said.
Robert L. Rediger, Rediger McHugh LLP
Robert L. Rediger is a founding partner of Rediger McHugh LLP, a law firm that represents companies in labor, employment, and class action defense. Since 1999, Martindale-Hubbell has peer-rated him “AV,” its highest rating for legal ability and ethics. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Mr. Rediger represents businesses in countering union organizing campaigns, NLRB elections and unfair labor practice proceedings. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements throughout the United States, including multi-employer CBAs. During his career, he has litigated employment-related cases in federal and state courts, several of which have resulted in precedent-setting decisions favorable to employers. Recently, Mr. Rediger prevailed in a disability discrimination jury trial against the EEOC in federal court, defended employers successfully in class action wage and hour lawsuits, and argued a case involving meal/rest breaks in the California Supreme Court.
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1240, Sacramento, CA 95814,
Judge Raul A. Ramirez (Ret.)
Judge Raul Ramirez has devoted the last twenty-seven years of his career to full-time arbitration and mediation services. In response, he has been voted by his peers as one of the top fifty mediators in the state. For attorneys seeking a mediator who is eminently qualified in practice areas of employment discrimination, personal injury, or civil rights (excessive force) litigation, Judge Ramirez is a natural choice. Furthermore, Judge Ramirez is adept at dealing with highly charged emotional issues and is not intimidated by combative parties or their attorneys. For all of these reasons, Judge Ramirez remains the best, most qualified selection for all of Sacramento’s ADR needs.
ALVES RADCLIFFE, Suzanne Alves and Scott Radcliffe
Alves Radcliffe LLP is Sacramento’s premier business and commercial litigation firm focused on providing boutique quality legal services to clients throughout California. The firm provides representation in the fields of business and commercial litigation, partnership disputes, legal malpractice, commercial real estate, employment law, and cannabis law. Our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers who have the skills and reputation to aggressively represent clients in complex, high stakes litigation through trial and appeal. The attorneys at Alves Radcliffe LLP know that the key to a successful legal outcome begins and ends with a successful attorney-client relationship, and that begins with exceptional client service. The firm congratulates Suzanne Alves on being designated as a Top Lawyer for the third consecutive year in a row and Scott Radcliffe on his first.
1860 Howe Avenue, Suite 265,
Sacramento, CA 95825
James C. Paul, Paul Benefits Law Corp.
Jim Paul has practiced employee benefits law for over 29 years, and he is honored to be named as one of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers. Paul Benefits Law provides practical and understandable advice, guidance and support for employers, plan sponsors, governmental agencies and other clients about employee benefit plans. Jim counsels companies big and small, including Fortune 500 companies, on 401(k) plan compliance and corrections, executive deferred compensation, benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and fiduciary issues. In 2010, Jim was elected to the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the highest honor awarded to employee benefits lawyers. Jim speaks often on employee benefits topics. He serves on the Leadership Council for the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) and has served as Co-Chair of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee. Jim also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for KVIE Public Television.
2356 Gold Meadow Way, Suite 240, Gold River, CA 95670
Angelo, Kilday & Kildruff LLP
AKK celebrates its 20th year as a Sacramento civil defense law firm committed to exceptional quality representation of public entities, private companies, and small businesses at reasonable rates. We are proud of our team of skilled attorneys who work diligently to find the most effective resolution to each matter, and whose personalities, intelligence, and humor define AKK. Over the past two decades, AKK has litigated hundreds of cases in the areas of Police Practices, Civil Rights, Employment, Wage and Hour, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, General Torts, and Appeals. Thus far in 2017, our attorneys have achieved a defense verdict in an excessive force trial for one Northern California city, successfully petitioned the superior court to dismiss our client from a State Personnel Board action, secured a denial of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court reinforcing the constitutionality our County client’s concealed carry permit policy, and convinced one plaintiff to dismiss a federal civil rights wrongful death action after years of litigation a week before trial for a waiver of costs. Congratulations to Bruce Kilday, Carolee Kilduff (first row), Kevin Dehoff, Kristin Blocher, John Whitesides (second row), Amie McTavish, and Serena Warner (third row) for being named to the Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer list. AKK also welcomes its new associate Derick Konz (third row center).
Pictured Separately: First Lieutenant Sean O’Dowd who has taken leave to train as a Judge Advocate for United States Army.
601 University Ave, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 564-6100
Reichel, Plesser L.L.P., Attorneys
The remarkable careers of attorneys Mark J. Reichel and Steven B. Plesser make them a very tough team to beat in the Sacramento legal community. Together they bring a combined 50 years of trial victories in California’s largest and most complex criminal cases. The firm successfully handled the largest federal criminal case ever brought in California, which ended in the dismissal of all charges. The firm handled the two largest fraud cases in California and the largest arson prosecution. Reichel, Plesser also handled the defense of the largest international identity theft prosecution in Las Vegas and the largest federal criminal drug conspiracy. At least ten of their cases have been made into movies, documentaries or feature-length stories in national magazines. The attorneys are recognized in the Global Who’s Who of Trial Lawyers, the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, and are annually selected as Northern California Super Lawyers. The firm has handled cases in Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Nevada, New York and Illinois. Lifelong friends, Mark left his job at the Federal Public Defender after many tough years of courtroom warfare, and Steve left after his success-filled and prestigious tenure as a County Public Defender in order to join forces in 2010. There is not a criminal case they have not handled successfully. The firm’s resume includes not guilty verdicts in federal fraud and state murder trials, successful civil trial victories, successful appeals and also argument before the U.S. Supreme Court: a resume unmatched by many attorneys. Because of their breadth and depth of knowledge combined with their success in and out of court, any internet search reveals that the firm is routinely relied upon by major television and news programs for legal comment and an “insider’s” perspective on national legal issues. The firm’s stable of clients is a veritable “who’s who” in northern California, with national and local celebrities, politicians, business leaders, computer hackers, musical artists and sports figures. The firm also has represented infamous and well-known clients from Medellin, Colombia, and regions of Mexico. When all the chips are on the table, these clients feel most comfortable with proven winners to protect them and win the game. “When only the very best will do,” clients routinely choose Reichel, Plesser. The entire firm, including the excellent support and investigative staff, loves what they do for their clients.
Michael A. Hackard, Hackard Law
Under the leadership of Sacramento native Michael Hackard, Hackard Law has grown into one of California’s top estate, trust, and probate litigation law firms. Our number one mission is protecting the rights of our clients in disputed trusts, estates, and will contests. Hackard Law is on the cutting edge of elder financial abuse lawsuits–we know how to hold wrongdoers accountable in civil court for looting family estates and violating trust beneficiary rights. Trust litigation is a field of the law that demands creativity, persistence, and a commitment to excellence. Where others might find a situation hopeless, we can see a fighting chance. We represent clients throughout California, from Sacramento and the Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
Scott Pink, O’Melveny
A former general counsel for a major media company, Scott Pink brings an insider’s perspective to his broad-based practice. It’s what’s made him the lead outside advertising and marketing counsel to several well-known brands, and a sought-after resource on intellectual property, advertising, privacy, and cybersecurity issues. Resident in O’Melveny’s Menlo Park office in the center of Silicon Valley’s dynamic technology community, Scott represents tech, media, entertainment and a variety of consumer product and franchise companies on issues of IP counseling and transactions; cybersecurity and privacy; and advertising, marketing, and promotions law. Prior to joining O’Melveny, Scott spent nearly 20 years practicing in Sacramento, both as lead of another international law firm’s Sacramento IP Practice and global Advertising and Marketing Law Group and as GC of Rocklin-based Prima Publishing. He retains deep roots in Sacramento’s technology industry, and maintains a residence and a significant client base in the region.
O: (650) 473-2629 • M: +1-(916) 838-1128
Mary C. Molinaro, CFLS, Law Office of Mary Molinaro
Ms. Molinaro is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) by the State Bar of California and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2004. Ms. Molinaro serves clients in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. Ms. Molinaro devotes 100 percent of her practice to the area of family law, including litigation, collaborative law and mediation. With over 25 years of experience in family law, her approach is to provide legal services in a professional but compassionate and personal manner. She addresses each case with a focus and attention to detail required for each client’s particular situation in the most expeditious and economical manner possible. Whether your case is complex or straightforward, she can help get you to the resolution that is best for you. She is dedicated to client satisfaction. In her spare time, she co-founded Sacramento Children’s Fund and Strive2Free, both nonprofits that focus on the needs of children.
3626 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste. 300, Sacramento, CA 95864;
Parker Turner Albright, PC
With collective experience spanning over 50 years and hundreds of litigated cases, the partners at Parker Turner Albright, PC have obtained numerous, multimillion dollar settlements, arbitration awards and verdicts in favor of their clients. They have also obtained numerous defense verdicts for clients, when the stakes were just as high. However, their true career highlights have been the comments they receive from clients thanking them for their efforts and the difference their work has made.
Individually, they have had accomplished careers as respected Sacramento attorneys, but their passion for making a difference for clients brought them together in 2017. Together they have formed a well-respected team of seven trusted litigators and advisors. The attorneys and staff at Parker Turner Albright, PC work collaboratively with their clients to achieve the best results.
Port J. Parker specializes in complex civil and tort litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, business, probate and commercial litigation. He has successfully litigated innumerable cases with complex settlements, awards and verdicts, and has represented clients on appeal at the state and federal level.
Marcus L. Turner specializes in civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex construction (public works, private works, and federal government contracts), employment and labor disputes often involving breach of contract actions, change order disputes, delay and inefficiency claims, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination claims, prompt payment violations, fraud claims, extortion claims and false claims (state and federal).
Michelle R. Albright has a diverse practice including family law, employment and labor law, and administrative law. Ms. Albright represents her family law clients in all aspects of complex, high net-worth marital dissolution litigation and mediation including issues related to property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support.
“We work to understand our clients’ objectives, we assemble the best team possible, and we strive to obtain the best results for our clients.” – Port J. Parker
“We are trustworthy in our statements and actions, honor our commitments and have the grit to get it done” – Marcus L. Turner
“Every day we aim to make a difference for our clients, show compassion for their individual matters, and we take pride in the work that we do.” – Michelle R. Albright
301 University Ave., Ste. 150 Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone: (916) 379-7988
Mitchell Chadwick LLP
Mitchell Chadwick is the premier natural resources boutique law firm in California. We are the legal advisors to mining, land use, energy, mitigation bank and renewable resource companies, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, some of the state’s largest ski resorts, alternative energy and mining companies, agricultural concerns, and leading oil/gas producers. We work throughout California. Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing high-quality legal services to some of the largest natural resource companies in the world. We represent local, national, and multinational companies at every stage of project development.
3001 Lava Ridge Court, Suite 120
Roseville CA 95661 (916) 462-8888
Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP
Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP has a long history in California legal and governmental matters, focusing on business transactions, litigation, real estate, construction, government contracts, and environmental law. The attorneys work cohesively to serve client interests, focusing on cost-effective solutions to difficult legal challenges.
We are honored to have numerous 2017 Top Lawyers at the Firm!
Danielle Stephens – Real Estate
Bradley Elkin – Business/Corporate
Nicole Gleason – Environmental
Jennifer Dauer – Government Contracts
Karen Diepenbrock – Land Use/Zoning/Real Estate
Eileen Diepenbrock – Litigation – Commercial/Construction
Mark Peterson – Business/Corporate
500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2200, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 492-5000 • www.diepenbrock.com
Law Offices of Alin Cintean, APC
When innocence needs to be protected, people trust Attorney Alin Cintean. For over a decade, Alin has devoted himself to the practice of law. Whether defending clients in high-profile cases or helping a wrongfully accused parent avoid a conviction, Alin works tirelessly to get his clients justice.
Alin graduated from McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, he gained invaluable experience in the courtroom and learned the mindset of a prosecutor. In 2010, he went on to enter private practice, using his expertise to help clients during their most challenging times. Alin is now recognized as an aggressive and knowledgeable defense attorney. When called on for legal commentary by various news agencies, he does not shy away from speaking the truth. He confidently takes on some of the most difficult cases, including complex federal white collar, vehicular manslaughter, domestic violence and murder.
Alin invests himself wholeheartedly into his work and approaches every case aggressively, knowledgeably and skillfully so that his clients obtain the best results. His genuine approach and strong work ethic have resulted in numerous wins. These positive results speak for themselves. Most recently, Alin’s effective trial strategy and skill resulted in seven consecutive successful trial outcomes.
Alin challenged the prosecution and won an acquittal on all felony domestic violence and assault charges filed against a former NFL player. He also successfully defended a potential juror against perjury charges filed after jury selection in a death penalty case. Alin has obtained several other not guilty verdicts for his clients, including a young man accused of armed robbery, a client charged with burglary and another with sexual assault. When trial is the only option, Alin knows how to get his clients the justice they deserve.
Alin’s attentive ear and discerning character help him understand the uniqueness of his clients’ cases. When it comes to putting together the most effective defense plan, Alin’s perceptive nature and knowledge of criminal law help him create winning strategies for his clients. Alin fully embraces the multifaceted role of advocate and counselor. As such, he has earned the trust and respect of his clients and those in the legal community.
When he is not in the office or in court, Alin enjoys spending time with his family and working the land on his small ranch in Carmichael.
Alin is admitted both in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts. He is also licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 755, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 441-3500
Glen W. Peterson, Millstone Peterson & Watts, LLP
Over 30+ years, Peterson has earned a presence in the litigation community as a seasoned trial attorney, his focus mainly on intellectual property disputes and complex cases. But like any experienced trial lawyer, he has tried cases outside of his usual wheelhouse. This year, that case was a federal civil rights action in which he represented a family of local gravel miners who, along with the mine operator, sued the County of Sacramento and several County officials in federal court. The trial included evidence that the County unlawfully targeted the mine for closure due to improper political influence exerted by a large corporate competitor. The combined verdict was $105 million, plus over $2 million in punitive damages against the individual defendants. After the verdict, Peterson fielded many questions from colleagues about when he started handling civil rights cases. Some were surprised to learn this was his first one; most were not.
2267 Lava Ridge Ct., Suite 210, Roseville, CA 95661
Erin M. Wintersteen, Esp., Michael Sullivan & Assoc
Ms. Erin M. Wintersteen is the Managing Attorney for the Sacramento location of Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP. Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP is a medium-sized statewide law firm that provides high-quality aggressive defense of workers’ compensation claims. Their Sacramento location consists of Ms. Wintersteen and two associates, Mr. Micah J. Naasz and Mr. Harman Randhawa. The firm publishes the highly respected legal treatise, “Sullivan on Comp.” Ms. Wintersteen is a bar-certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. She serves on the California State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee as well as the Board of the Valley Industrial Claims Association. She has practiced in workers’ compensation defense for over 11 years and currently serves the firm’s clients at the Sacramento, Stockton, and Redding WCAB venues. She is a highly aggressive litigator and specializes at early resolution of her cases.
2850 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 400, Sacramento, California 95833
Adam U. Lindgren
Meyers Nave congratulates Adam Lindgren and his team for his selection as a Sacramento Magazine “Top Lawyer” in the State, Local & Municipal Law category. Adam is the Principal in Charge of Meyers Nave’s Sacramento office. He has served as the City Attorney of Rancho Cordova since 2006 and the City Attorney of Modesto since 2014. He also serves as Special Counsel to cities and districts throughout California in all aspects of municipal law. Adam also represents private entities on complex land use matters and development projects. He is the co-author and co-managing editor of California Land Use Practice, published and updated annually since 2006 by Continuing Education of the Bar, and has written and lectured on a wide array of land use and municipal law topics. Adam’s other recognitions include The Best Lawyers in America (Municipal Law) and Northern California Super Lawyers (Land Use/Zoning Law and State, Local and Municipal Law).
Steve Whitworth, Law Office of Steve Whitworth
Steve Whitworth’s breadth of experience in criminal and civil defense gives him an extraordinary ability to identify and solve his clients’ legal problems. Steve counsels individuals and businesses before problems develop to help them comply with State and Federal law both in criminal and civil jurisdictions. Steve represents clients and witnesses in civil and criminal matters and investigations, with the goal of resolving all issues without the expense and human toll of litigation. When litigation is necessary, Steve has proven his ability in one tough case after another to fight for justice in the courtroom. Attorney Whitworth has defended all types of cases including complex criminal matters and the collateral civil matters. The boutique law firm takes pride in being able to take, manage, and resolve all of a client’s issues regardless of area of law. Generally this wholistic approach garners much better results because of a global result oriented approach.
2368 Maritime Drive, Suite 260, Elk Grove, CA 95758 (916) 668-5970
(916) 668-5971 (Fax)
Kennaday Leavitt Owensby PC
Kennaday Leavitt Owensby is proud that four of its partners have been recognized as Sacramento’s TOP LAWYERS. Attorneys Kelli Kennaday, Curtis Leavitt, Jeff Owensby and Sue Schoenig have once again been recognized as Sacramento’s go-to attorneys when tough legal issues involving labor and employment, or healthcare regulatory and payment disputes, arise. Kennaday Leavitt Owensby is a regional firm with a statewide practice. Our employment attorneys specialize in defending employers against discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour lawsuits, and in traditional labor matters. The healthcare attorneys, many of whom have prior government experience, represent health plans and health insurers in licensing applications, regulation and compliance, and litigation. With offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles, our attorneys represent some of the state’s largest health payors and employers in courts throughout the state, as well as in arbitrations. Our clients count on us to handle their routine business disputes, their complex multi-million dollar litigation, and everything in between.
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2500, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 732-3060
Kershaw, Cook & Talley represents clients in personal injury, mass tort and class action cases. The attorneys help victims of defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, auto accidents, and wrongful death. One of the firm’s highest priorities is keeping their clients informed and maintaining open communication. William A. Kershaw, Lyle W. Cook, and Stuart C. Talley, the firm’s partners, have served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous significant national class action and mass tort proceedings, and have been appointed to the executive or plaintiffs’ steering committees in both state and federal courts. The firm has recovered more than a billion dollars for their clients in class actions involving antitrust, wage and hour, the automotive industry, breach of contract and complex financial litigation, as well as significant personal injury, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
Mastagni Holstedt, APC
Throughout 40 years of practice, the law firm of Mastagni Holstedt, APC has grown into a comprehensive firm that provides unparalleled representation to public employee associations, law enforcement, firefighters, and private sector unions and private citizens. The firms labor practice has obtained some of the largest public employee labor contracts in the state and established case law protecting the rights of public employees and their organizations. The firm has secured favorable outcomes in complex litigation involving product liability, aviation accidents, and catastrophic injuries, protecting civil rights and seeking fair employment compensation. Mastagni Holstedt, APC is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing clients with effective and aggressive representation in a diverse range of practice areas, including labor and employment, personal injury, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. The people at Mastagni Holstedt, APC share a combined vision of representing our clients with the utmost passion, and the firm congratulates the 2017 Top Lawyer honorees.
Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater or by both imprisonment and fine.
1912 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • With locations throughout California