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When you need to hire an attorney, you need the best of the best. To help you find the best, Sacramento Magazine contracted with Professional Research Services, which asked Sacramento area attorneys to nominate three colleagues they would recommend in their area of law. Nominees were then vetted on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their licenses and their standing with The State Bar of California. The attorneys who met the criteria and received the highest number of votes made the list. The list is expansive; there is no shortage of great attorneys in the region, whether you are looking for someone who specializes in immigration, family law, estate planning, employment and labor issues, criminal defense, personal injury or a myriad of other areas. Along with publishing the list of Top Lawyers, every year we profile a select few, giving you a glimpse into the person behind the accolades.

alison cohen

Alison Cohen
Cohen Defense Group

Practice area: Criminal Defense—Juvenile Delinquency

I chose this area of law because: I wanted to help people understand their rights and feel supported in the face of a complex justice system while doing my part to bend outcomes toward meaningful rehabilitation.

The most gratifying part of my job: Engaging with my clients.

The most grueling part of my job: Managing the emotional stress my clients and their families are under.

In regard to my profession, people would be surprised to learn: Our justice system is personality driven.  Change the players in the courtroom on any given day and the outcome of your case may be completely different.

My advice to young people entering the profession: Try to take a break, even if it’s just a weekend away, every three months or so. It will help you maintain your objectivity, which is crucial to your role as an advocate.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: A freelance writer for a travel magazine.

Fictional television law dramas: Are not something I enjoy. I do like to read a good thriller, though!

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Melissa Blair Aliotti
Judicate West

Hal D. Bartholomew
Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Cecily Bond
JAMS

Richard L. Gilbert
Richard L. Gilbert

Kenneth Harris
Law Office of Kenneth D. Harris

Nicholas K. Lowe
Law Offices of Nicholas K. Lowe

Ken Malovos
Malovos Mediation

Stephen J. Meyer
Downey Brand LLP

Bob O’Connor
O’Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP

David L. Perrault
Judicate West

Donald R. Person
JAMS

Daniel I. Spector
Law Office of Daniel I. Spector

Daniel A. Street
The Law Office of Daniel A. Street

Patricia Tweedy
Tweedy ADR

Russ J. Wunderli
Judicate West

Anti-Trust

William A. Kershaw
Kershaw Cook & Talley

Appellate

Brendan J. Begley
Weintraub Tobin

Michael E. Chase
Boutin Jones Inc.

William T. Chisum
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Jeffrey S. Einsohn
Parker Law Group

Jay-Allen Eisen
Downey Brand LLP

Stephanie J. Finelli
Law Office of Stephanie J. Finelli

Michael “Todd” Fogarty
Boutin Jones Inc.

Adam Hofmann
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Alexandra K. LaFountain
Downey Brand LLP

Cynthia Larsen
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Sheila Wirkus Pendergast
Gavrilov & Brooks

C. Athena Roussos
C. Athena Roussos, Appellate Law

John A. Whitesides
Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Arbitration

D. Michael Schoenfeld
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Daniel Yamshon
Daniel Yamshon Arbitration and Mediation

Banking & Financial Service

Gary L. Bradus
Weintraub Tobin

James K. Dyer Jr.
Buchalter

Janlynn R. Fleener
Downey Brand LLP

Greg L. Johnson
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Gregg D. Josephson
Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

Douglas Kraft
Kraft Law

Ian A. Rambarran
Klinedinst PC

Bret R. Rossi
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor

J. Russell Cunningham
Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Jamie P. Dreher
Downey Brand LLP

Daniel L. Egan
Wilke Fleury LLP

Steven H. Felderstein
Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby Pascuzzi & Rios LLP

Dale Ginter
Downey Brand LLP

Mark Gorton
Boutin Jones Inc.

Gabriel P. Herrera
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Robert S. McWhorter
Buchalter

Thomas G. Mouzes
Boutin Jones Inc.

Julie E. Oelsner
Weintraub Tobin

Donna Parkinson
Parkinson Phinney

Paul J. Pascuzzi
Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby Pascuzzi & Rios LLP

Tom Phinney
Parkinson Phinney

Kelly L. Pope
Downey Brand LLP

Jennifer L. Pruski
Trainor Fairbrook

Jason E. Rios
Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby Pascuzzi & Rios LLP

Bret R. Rossi
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Steven Williamson
Wilke Fleury LLP

Thomas A. Willoughby
Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby Pascuzzi & Rios LLP

Business Litigation

Meghan M. Baker
Downey Brand LLP

Andrew Bluth
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Stephen F. Boutin
Boutin Jones Inc.

Dale C. Campbell
Weintraub Tobin

Sheila Lamb Carroll
Carroll & Associates, PC

Trevor E. Carson
Rooted Legal PC

Michael E. Chase
Boutin Jones Inc.

Elie Cohen
Gavrilov & Brooks

David Diepenbrock
Weintraub Tobin

Jennifer E. Duggan
Duggan Law Corporation

Wesley Ehlers
Ehlers Law Corporation

Kathleen E. Finnerty
Finnerty Law Offices, Inc.

Janlynn R. Fleener
Downey Brand LLP

Monica Hans Folsom
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Ognian Gavrilov
Gavrilov & Brooks

Louis A. Gonzalez Jr.
Weintraub Tobin

Kevin Hughey
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Christine E. Jacob
Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Greg L. Johnson
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Kurt A. Kappes
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael J. Kuzmich
Boutin Jones Inc.

Bradley A. McDowell
Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation

Robert S. McWhorter
Buchalter

Mark P. O’Dea
Gavrilov & Brooks, Of Counsel

Port J. Parker
Parker Law Group

Matthew W. Powell
Wilke Fleury LLP

Christopher Rodriguez
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Bruce A. Scheidt
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Daniel S. Stouder
Boutin Jones Inc.

Robert D. Swanson
Boutin Jones Inc.

Myles G. Taylor
Parker Law Group

William R. Warne
Downey Brand LLP

Adrian J. Webber
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor
Stoel Rives

Practice area: Environmental Law/Land Use

In regard to my work, I am most proud of: Helping in my own small way to diversify a field of law that, with the possible exception of gender diversity, has struggled for too long in this regard.

The most gratifying part of my job: Watching and working with former students I have taught over the years at the UC Davis School of Law and to see them really come into their own.

The most grueling part of my job: Dealing with billing issues. I know it’s a key part of life in private practice, but I’m still hoping that someday a hotshot tech startup will invent an AI droid that takes this off my plate.

My advice to young people entering the profession: 1) work hard; 2) strive to learn and learn to listen; and 3) connections are more important than you can possibly imagine, so cultivate them with care.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Turning on the game and watching the Yankees take down the Red Sox.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: Either running a charter salmon fishing boat in the Pacific Northwest or managing a sail-up bar in Bora Bora . . . still deciding!

Business/Corporate

Russell J. Austin
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Gary L. Bradus
Weintraub Tobin

Jeb Burton
The Burton Law Firm

Colby A. Campbell
Trainor Fairbrook

Ian Carter
Carter West

Christopher Chediak
Weintraub Tobin

James Clarke
Weintraub Tobin

Anna Crivelli
Buchalter

Joseph G. De Angelis
Downey Brand LLP

Mike De Angelis
Weintraub Tobin

Chris Delfino
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

James K. Dyer Jr.
Buchalter

Matthew W. Ellis
Downey Brand LLP

Corinne H. Gartner
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Ognian Gavrilov
Gavrilov & Brooks

Julie E. Green
Salem & Green

Michelle Rowe Hallsten
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kevin Hughey
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Steven B. Hymas II
Downey Brand LLP

Michael Iwahiro
The Burton Law Firm

Elizabeth L. Jackson
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Nicholaus E. Johnson
Downey Brand LLP

Heather Johnston
Sapphire Law Group

Lauren C. Jones
Lauren C. Jones Law

Matthew J. Kirkpatrick
BPE Law Group, PC

Jeffrey M. Koewler
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

James L. Leet
Boutin Jones Inc.

Stephen K. Marmaduke
Wilke Fleury LLP

Vincent McLaughlin
Gavrilov & Brooks

Dennis E. Michaels
Boutin Jones Inc.

Iain Mickle
Boutin Jones Inc.

Mark E. Peterson
MEP Law Corp

Jaclyn L. Powell
Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation

R. Shane Quigley
Parker Law Group

Kristina M. Reed
Law Office of Kristina M. Reed

R. Monti Reynolds
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

James Robertson
Downey Brand LLP

Christopher L. Russell
Stoel Rives LLP

B.J. Susich
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Myles G. Taylor
Parker Law Group

Belan K. Wagner
Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

Ashley West
Carter West

Class Action/Mass Torts

Clayeo C. Arnold
Arnold Law Firm

Meghan M. Baker
Downey Brand LLP

Ian J. Barlow
Kershaw Cook & Talley

Chuck Caraway
Del Rio & Caraway, PC

Brooks Cutter
Cutter Law PC

Jennifer S. Domer
Cutter Law PC

Greg L. Johnson
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

William A. Kershaw
Kershaw Cook & Talley

Michael Kopp
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sophia Kwan
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Timothy Long
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

David E. Mastagni
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

John R. Parker
Cutter Law PC

Stuart C. Talley
Kershaw Cook & Talley

Coby Turner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Commercial Law

Andrew L. Collier
Downey Brand LLP

Benjamin M. Heuer
Buchalter

Gregg Josephson
Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

Ryan Lochan
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Construction

J. Scott Alexander
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Eileen M. Diepenbrock
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Sean J. Filippini
Downey Brand LLP

David A. Frenznick
Wilke Fleury LLP

George Guthrie
Wilke Fleury LLP

Erin McDonough
O’Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP

Scott D. McElhern
Downey Brand LLP

Bob O’Connor
O’Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP

John S. Poulos
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jessica A. Robison
Trainor Fairbrook

D. Michael Schoenfeld
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Kenneth I. Schumaker
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Daniel M. Steinberg
Trainor Fairbrook

Chad S. Tapp
Porter Scott

Sean Thompson
O’Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP

Treven I. Tilbury
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Jake C. Weaver
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Matthew J. Weber
Downey Brand LLP

Arthur G. Woodward
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar

Kelly Babineau
The Law Office of Kelly Babineau, APC

J.P. Brennan
Brennan Defense

John J. Casey III
Law Offices of John J. Casey III

Michael Chastaine
The Chastaine Law Office

Alison Cohen
Cohen Defense Group

David Cohen
Cohen Defense Group

Alan Donato
Donato Legal Group

David Dratman
David W. Dratman, Attorney at Law

Hayes H. Gable III
Law Offices of Hayes H. Gable III

Susan Gellman
Cohen Defense Group

Eric H. Hintz
The Law Offices of Eric H. Hintz

Joseph Hoffman
Hoffman & Hoffman

Jason Robert Holley
Holley Defense Law Offices

Thomas A. Johnson
Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson

Zachary Merliss
Cohen Defense Group

Jennifer Mouzis
Mouzis Criminal Defense

Joshua A. Olander
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Noah Phillips
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Larry Pilgrim
Law Offices of Larry Pilgrim

Leslie Ramos
Law Offices of Leslie R. Ramos

Mark Reichel
Law Office of Mark Reichel

Chet Templeton
Templeton & Mixon

John Virga
Virga Law Firm

David Wiksell
DRW Criminal Defense

Michael Wise
Wise Law Group

M. Bradley Wishek
Rothschild Wishek + Sands LLP

Barry Zimmerman
Cohen Defense Group

Tiffany Tran Madison

Tiffany Tran Madison
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Practice area: Labor and Employment

I chose this area of law because: It is such a dynamic practice. With employment laws seemingly changing every day, I am constantly learning and evolving to keep up with the practice.

The most gratifying part of my job: When I receive client emails or calls expressing delightedness with a recent win, stating that I made their lives easier or saying that I am their go-to person for employment law.

The most grueling part of my job: The long nights when a last-minute or surprise filing happens, but such is the nature of litigation!

In regard to my profession, people would be surprised to learn that: Litigation is not always combative or cutthroat like you see on TV. I firmly believe that opposing sides can cordially work against one another and still firmly advocate for their client’s interests.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Watching reality TV. “The Real Housewives” and “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” are my guilty pleasures!

If I were not practicing law, I would be: An animal foster with a large farm to take in all the stray dogs!

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Kelly Babineau
The Law Office of Kelly Babineau, APC

Emily Doringer
Segal & Associates, PC

Candice L. Fields
Candice Fields Law

Susan Gellman
Cohen Defense Group

Patrick K. Hanly
Law Offices of Patrick K. Hanly

Donald H. Heller
Donald H. Heller, A Law Corporation

Jason Holley
Holley Defense Law Offices

Thomas A. Johnson
Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson

Noah Phillips
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Todd A. Pickles
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

William J. Portanova
Portanova & Associates

Mark J. Reichel
Law Office of Mark Reichel

Malcolm Segal
Segal & Associates, PC

M. Bradley Wishek
Rothschild Wishek + Sands LLP

Eminent Domain

William T. Chisum
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

John V. Diepenbrock
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Gary Livaich
Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Brian Manning
Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Scott D. McElhern
Downey Brand LLP

Gregory P. O’Dea
Gavrilov & Brooks

Kelly L. Pope
Downey Brand LLP

Jennifer L. Williams
Downey Brand LLP

Employee Benefits

Jeff Chang
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Scott E. Galbreath
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Kevin Long
Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Laura C. McHugh
Duggan Law Corporation

James M. Nelson
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jim Paul
Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Ken Ruthenberg
Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Elizabeth B. Stallard
Downey Brand LLP

Employment & Labor

Ryan Abernethy
Weintraub Tobin

Meagan Bainbridge
Weintraub Tobin

Christina Bucci Hamilton
Duggan Law Corporation

Lukas Clary
Weintraub Tobin

Daniel J. Coyle
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Sean D. Currin
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Timothy B. Del Castillo
Castle Law California Employment Counsel, PC

Tashayla Devaney-Billington
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Jennifer E. Duggan
Duggan Law Corporation

Phillip J. Ebsworth
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Cassandra M. Ferrannini
Downey Brand LLP

Alexandra Guerra
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Joseph A. Hoffman
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Larry M. Kazanjian
Palmer Kazanjian Wohl Hodson LLP

Carolee G. Kilduff
Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Alexandra K. LaFountain
Downey Brand LLP

Kristina M. Launey
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Timothy Long
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kimberly A. Lucia
Boutin Jones Inc.

David E. Mastagni
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Kathleen N. Mastagni Storm
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Laura C. McHugh
Duggan Law Corporation

Daniel J. McVeigh
Downey Brand LLP

Alex Medina
Medina McKelvey LLP

James M. Nelson
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Judith A. Odbert
California Department of Justice

Connor W. Olson
Law Offices of Connor W. Olson

Mary Elizabeth Oshei
Boutin Jones Inc.

Charles L. Post
Weintraub Tobin

Robert L. Rediger
Rediger Labor Law LLP

Erica L. Rosasco
McKague Rosasco LLP

Shaye Schrick
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Jennifer Shaw
Shaw Law Group, PC

Galen T. Shimoda
Shimoda Law Corp.

Mark S. Spring
CDF Labor Law

Elizabeth B. Stallard
Downey Brand LLP

Eric E. Suits
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Bruce M. Timm
Boutin Jones Inc.

Parveen Tumber
Bohm Law Group, Inc.

David W. Tyra
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Sue Van Dermyden
Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation

Serena M. Warner
Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Steven W. Welty
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
Weintraub Tobin

Christopher Whelan
Law Offices of Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.

Energy & Natural Resources

Joshua L. Baker
Day Carter & Murphy LLP

Barbara A. Brenner
White Brenner LLP

Andrea P. Clark
Downey Brand LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand LLP

Jeffery D. Harris
Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP

Sarah Kozal
Buchalter

Michael N. Mills
Stoel Rives LLP

Meredith E. Nikkel
Downey Brand LLP

Kevin M. O’Brien
Downey Brand LLP

Gwenneth O’Hara
Buchalter

Scott L. Shapiro
Downey Brand LLP

Ann L. Trowbridge
Day Carter & Murphy LLP

Environmental

Lauren Bernadett
Association of California Water Agencies

Barbara A. Brenner
White Brenner LLP

David E. Frank
Frank Law Group, PC

Kerry Fuller
White Brenner LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand LLP

Nicole E. Granquist
Downey Brand LLP

Jennifer Hartman King
Hartman King PC

Alanna Lungren
Hartman King PC

James G. Moose
Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Catherine Nystrom
CalRecycle

Kevin M. O’Brien
Downey Brand LLP

Daniel J. O’Hanlon
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Eric N. Robinson
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Robert P. Soran
Downey Brand LLP

Timothy M. Taylor
Stoel Rives LLP

Tina Thomas
Thomas Law Group

Melissa A. Thorme
Downey Brand LLP

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Practice area: Employee Benefits

In regard to my work, I am most proud of: Both my written work and my brief, two-year stint teaching at McGeorge School of Law in its Masters of Law—Taxation program. Although I have written articles for various employee benefits issues in professional journals over the years, I am very proud of my 10-plus-year-old blog, Focus On Public Benefits.

The most gratifying part of my job: Interacting, on Zoom or by phone, with my clients and colleagues. I think I am an extrovert and feel most happy and energized when I am dealing with people—not tax codes.

The most grueling part of my job: Dealing with administrative, nonpractice-related matters. I know that things like billing, collections, reporting and firm administrative matters are all important. I just don’t find them to be fun.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Cooking, taking walks with my spouse, playing the ukulele and seeing if I can still sing along with my playing.

My fantasy job would be: Doing exactly what I do now. I don’t dream of fantasy jobs, because I like what I do on a daily basis. If I didn’t, I’d retire.

Estate Planning & Probate

Elise S. F. Baker
Placer Law Group, APC

Kay U. Brooks
Weintraub Tobin

Frayda Bruton
Frayda Bruton Law

Kristin N. Capritto
Downey Brand LLP

Janet Z. Chediak
Weintraub Tobin

Edward J. Corey Jr.
Weintraub Tobin

Donna L. Courville
Boutin Jones Inc.

Kelly E. Dankbar
Weintraub Tobin

William H. Davis
Trainor Fairbrook

Benjamin H. Eagleton
Eagleton Pottier

Jeffrey S. Galvin
Downey Brand LLP

Kimberly L. Garner
Duggan Law Corporation

Alexandria Goff
Goff Legal, PC

Edward W. Goldkuhl
Goldkuhl, LLP

John M. Goralka
Goralka Law Firm, PC

Tyson E. Hubbard
Downey Brand LLP

Scott J. Judson
Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson

David L. Kelly
The Burton Law Firm

Daniel Kim
Weintraub Tobin

Robin L. Klomparens
Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

Leslie Kolafa
Weintraub Tobin

Gina L. Lera
Lera Tiberini PC

L. Stuart List
Boutin Jones Inc.

Kathryn C. Nelson
Nelson Estate Law, PC

Gene E. Pendergast Jr.
Wilke Fleury LLP

Tracy M. Potts
Legacy Law Group

Silvio Reggiardo III
Downey Brand LLP

Jeanette M. Salkin
Trainor Fairbrook

Hannah A. Shakin
Trainor Fairbrook

Kent W. Silvester
Boutin Jones Inc.

Colin T. Smith
The Law Office of Colin T. Smith

Trevor Stapleton
Wilke Fleury LLP

Randall R. Wilson
Sinclair, Wilson, Baldo & Chamberlain, Attorneys at Law

Michael Yee
Yee Law Group, Inc.

Family

Tiffany L. Andrews
Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, PC

Jill L. Barr

Hemmer & Barr LLP

Hal D. Bartholomew
Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Fredrick S. “Rick” Cohen
Law Offices of Fredrick S. Cohen

Kristine S. Cummings
Law Office of Kristine S. Cummings

Anthony S. Dick
Dick & Wagner

Michelle Hahn
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Camille H. Hemmer
Hemmer & Barr LLP

Jennifer Hemmer
Hemmer & Barr LLP

Hellen J. Hernandez
Sacramento Divorce Solutions, Inc.

Natalya Kalinovskiy
Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett PC

Bobby P. Luna
Law Offices of Bobby P. Luna

Thomas E. Marrs
Marrs Law, PC

Mary J. Martinelli
Downey Brand LLP

Wazhma Mojaddidi
Mojaddidi Law

Elizabeth N. Niemi
Law Office of Elizabeth N. Niemi

Robert J. O’Hair
Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

John P. O’Malley
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Sean M. Patrick
Law Offices of Sean M. Patrick

Julia Perkovich
Perkovich Law Offices

Lauren Pruett
Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett PC

Matthew K. Purcell
Purcell Stowell PC

Tara M. Rojas
Rojas Family Law, Inc.

Paula Salinger
Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

Kristen L. Sellers
Purcell Stowell PC

Cheri L. Simmons
Law Offices of Cheri L. Simmons, PC

Michelle L. Stowell
Purcell Stowell PC

Michelle Trigger
Trigger Law Office

Stephen J. Wagner
Dick & Wagner

Diane E. Wasznicky
Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

D. Thomas Woodruff
Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

Kristine L. Young
Mayer & Young, PC

Food & Agriculture Law

Ashley M. Boulton
Downey Brand LLP

Jennifer Hartman King
Hartman King PC

John C. McCarron
Downey Brand LLP

Dale A. Stern
Downey Brand LLP

General Litigation

Suzanne Alves
Alves Radcliffe LLP

Dustin Amrein
Trainor Fairbrook

Meghan M. Baker
Downey Brand LLP

Brett D. Beyler
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Dale Campbell
Weintraub Tobin

David A. Cheit
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kevin J. Dehoff
Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Joel Angel Guerra
Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

John Knowlton
The Burton Law Firm

Michael J. Kuzmich
Boutin Jones Inc.

Tiffany Tran Madison
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Phillip R.A. Mastagni
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Jeremy Meier
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Connor W. Olson
Law Offices of Connor W. Olson

Daniel L. Osier
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Scott E. Radcliffe
Alves Radcliffe LLP

Daniel S. Stouder
Boutin Jones Inc.

Grant A. Winter
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Government Contracts

Steven G. Churchwell
Buchalter

Jennifer L. Dauer
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Jeremy Meier
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Health Care

Annie S. Amaral
Downey Brand LLP

Marcia L. Augsburger
King & Spalding LLP

James Andrew Caprile
Buchalter

Heather M. Claus
Wilke Fleury LLP

Aaron R. Claxton
Wilke Fleury LLP

Michael J. Daponde
Daponde Simpson Rowe PC

Anthony R. Eaton
Daponde Simpson Rowe PC

Suzanne E. Hennessy
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Curtis Leavitt
Kennaday Leavitt PC

Eunice C. Majam-Simpson
Daponde Simpson Rowe PC

Michael G. Polis
Wilke Fleury LLP

Megan A. Rowe
Daponde Simpson Rowe PC

Brian M. Taylor
Boutin Jones Inc.

Kat Todd
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

Jeanne L. Vance
Salem & Green

Anthony Eaton

Anthony Eaton
DSR Health Law

Practice area: Health Care

I chose this area of law because: I was fascinated by the constant evolution of the health care system, and when the opportunity arose to practice in that area, the choice was obvious.

The most gratifying part of my job: When disputes can be leveraged into opportunities for both parties to improve their ongoing working relationships.

The most grueling part of my job: Trying to keep up with the ever-changing health care system.

My advice to young people entering the profession: Do anything you can to work in a law office or other legal setting before choosing the profession in the first place. What you see on television or in the movies in no way matches reality.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Still working on that.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: A professional athlete. I’d just need to grow a few inches, put on 50 pounds of muscle and be good at something.

Fictional television law dramas: Are funny. It’s amazing how much those folks can get done in an hour.

My fantasy job would be: A wealthy philanthropist.

Immigration

Ann Kanter
Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office

Sahreen Manzar
Crimmigration Inc.

Alanna Romo
Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office

Edward J. Wright Jr.
Martensen Wright PC

Information Technology

Jeffrey Leacox
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Insurance

Kathryne E. Baldwin
Wilke Fleury LLP

Kaitlyn M. Bigoni
Parker Law Group

Craig E. Farmer
Farmer Curtis, LLP

Daniel Foster
Wilke Fleury LLP

Bill Gausewitz
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Daniel S. Glass
Law Office of Daniel S. Glass

George Guthrie
Wilke Fleury LLP

Intellectual Property

Audrey A. Millemann
Weintraub Tobin

Michael J. Thomas
Downey Brand LLP

International Trade

Alexis G. Ortega
The Burton Law Firm

Keith Pershall
Keith E. Pershall, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Land Use/Zoning

William W. Abbott
Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.

Nicholas Avdis
Thomas Law Group

Robin R. Baral
Meyers Nave

G. Braiden Chadwick
Mitchell Chadwick LLP

Karen L. Diepenbrock
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Ryan M. Hooper
Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch

Bryan G. Landgraf
Trainor Fairbrook

Andrea A. Matarazzo
Pioneer Law Group, LLP

Patrick G. Mitchell
Mitchell Chadwick LLP

Scott A. Morris
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Edward J. Quinn Jr.
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Timothy M. Taylor
Stoel Rives LLP

Gregory D. Thatch
Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch

Tina Thomas
Thomas Law Group

Tiffany K. Wright
Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Legal Malpractice

Kenneth E. Bacon
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

James J. Banks
Banks & Watson Attorneys

Mark E. Ellis
Ellis Law Group LLP

Daniel V. Kohls
Hansen Kohls Sommer& Jacob LLP

Port J. Parker
Parker Law Group

Jason J. Sommer
Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Legislative & Governmental Affairs

Steven G. Churchwell
Buchalter

Stephen M. Duvernay
Benbrook Law Group

Alice Kessler
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Lacey Keys
Keys Law Corporation

Jeffrey Leacox
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Scott Mallery
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Randy Pollack
White Brenner LLP

Stanley O. Van Vleck
Downey Brand LLP

Litigation Commercial

Dale C. Campbell
Weintraub Tobin

Andrew L. Collier
Downey Brand LLP

John D. Fairbrook
Trainor Fairbrook

Michael “Todd” Fogarty
Boutin Jones Inc.

Tristan Hills
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Kurt A. Kappes
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Deepi K. Miller
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael Muse-Fisher
Buchalter

Yoon-Woo Nam
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Litigation Construction

Dustin Amrein
Trainor Fairbrook

Eileen M. Diepenbrock
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Sean J. Filippini
Downey Brand LLP

David A. Frenznick
Wilke Fleury LLP

Chris A. McCandless
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Jessica A. Robison
Trainor Fairbrook

D. Michael Schoenfeld
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Daniel M. Steinberg
Trainor Fairbrook

Chad S. Tapp
Porter Scott

Sean Thompson
O’Connor, Thompson, McDonough, Klotsche LLP

Jake C. Weaver
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Matthew J. Weber
Downey Brand LLP

Arthur G. Woodward
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Litigation Insurance

Kaitlyn M. Bigoni
Parker Law Group

Daniel J. Foster
Wilke Fleury LLP

Kristin N. Capritto

Kristin N. Capritto
Downey Brand LLP

Practice area: Estate and Business Planning; Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation; Tax, Real Estate and Mediation

In regard to my work, I am most proud of: My pro bono work. As lawyers, we have a professional—and, I would argue, moral—responsibility to proactively advance efforts which increase the access to justice in our communities. Imagine the change we’d see in the world if everyone with a bar card took on just one pro bono matter.

The most gratifying part of my job: The connective nature of the practice. My work is rarely a one-time transaction with a client; most often, I have the privilege of being part of their lives from the onset of our working relationship up until the point when they move on to the next sphere.

In regard to my profession, people would be surprised to learn that: We don’t all go to court all the time. In fact, some of us never go to court at all.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: Teaching philosophy, gardening and sleeping a lot more. (Descartes rarely got up before noon.)

Fictional television law dramas: Make me wish I had the confidence to be a trial lawyer. They also make me wish I had someone to dress me every day. Those TV lawyers always look so put together.

Litigation Intellectual Property

James Kachmar
Weintraub Tobin

James D. McNairy
Boutin Jones Inc.

Audrey Millemann
Weintraub Tobin

Michael J. Thomas
Downey Brand LLP

Mediation

Melissa Blair Aliotti
Judicate West

Tiffany L. Andrews
Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, PC

Beth M. Appelsmith
Beth M. Appelsmith

Carolyn G. Burnette
Jackson Lewis PC

Edward J. Corey Jr.
Weintraub Tobin

David L. Kelly
The Burton Law Firm

Nicholas K. Lowe
Law Offices of Nicholas K. Lowe

Donald R. Person
JAMS

Russ J. Wunderli
Judicate West

Medical Malpractice

Joseph Androvich
Brelsford Androvich & White

Paul R. Baleria
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

William L. Brelsford
Brelsford Androvich & White

William C. Callaham
Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Adriana C. Cervantes
Wilke Fleury LLP

Christopher Choi
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jonathan A. Corr
Porter Scott

Thomas J. Doyle
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

Lawrence S. Giardina
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

Michelle C. Jenni
Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Ronald R. Lamb
Wilke Fleury LLP

Neal C. Lutterman
Wilke Fleury LLP

Steven M. McKinley
Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP

Dominique A. Pollara
Pollara Law Group

Eric J. Ratinoff
Eric Ratinoff Law Corp

Bruce E. Salenko
Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP

Leo H. Schuering Jr.
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

David E. Smith
Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP

R. Parker White
Brelsford Androvich & White

Daniel E. Wilcoxen
Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Robert H. Zimmerman
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

Mergers & Acquisitions

Christopher Chediak
Weintraub Tobin

Brooke E. Condran
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Elizabeth L. Jackson
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Nicholaus E. Johnson
Downey Brand LLP

Jeffrey M. Koewler
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Dennis E. Michaels
Boutin Jones Inc.

Iain Mickle
Boutin Jones Inc.

James Robertson
Downey Brand LLP

Eric J. Stiff
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Ashley West
Carter West

Hal Bartholomew

Hal Bartholomew
Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Practice areas: Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution

In regard to my work, I am most proud of: The people I work with in my office and the positive results resulting from collaborative divorce and mediation.

The most gratifying part of my job: Helping couples divorce in a civil and respectful manner.

The most grueling part of my job: Dealing with attorneys who are focused on the problems and not on potential solutions.

In regard to my profession, people would be surprised to learn that: My wife and I are in a partnership with a winemaker and his wife, and that there is a 46-acre sports complex in Elk Grove named in my honor.

My advice to young people entering the profession: Find a mentor and take as many continuing education classes as possible.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Going home and having a glass of wine with my wife.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: I have no idea because I really enjoy what I am doing. I enjoy my work and I enjoy working with the people in my office and like-minded professionals.

Nonprofit Organizations

Chris Delfino
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Corinne H. Gartner
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler

Nancy P. Lee
Nancy P. Lee, PC

Personal Injury General

Ashley Amerio
Amerio Law Firm

Joseph Androvich
Brelsford Androvich & White

Joseph J. Babich
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Brett D. Beyler
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Gina M. Bowden
Arnold Law Firm

Robert A. Buccola
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

William C. Callaham
Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Chuck Caraway
Del Rio & Caraway, PC

Lesley Ann Clement
Clement Law Group

Margot P. Cutter
Cutter Law PC

Brooks Cutter
Cutter Law PC

Daniel Del Rio
Del Rio & Caraway, PC

John Demas
Demas Law Group, PC

Roger A. Dreyer
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Jeffrey T. Hammer
Gingery Hammer & Schneiderman LLP

Christopher L. Kreeger
Kreeger Law Firm

James R. Lewis
Lewis Injury

David P. Mastagni
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Phillip R.A. Mastagni
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Jordan Maurer
Maurer Law Corporation

Eric S. Meyer
Meyer Law Offices

John O’Brien
O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

Daniel L. Osier
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Priscilla M. Parker
Gavrilov & Brooks

Frederick W. Penney
Penney & Associates

Robert Allen Piering
Piering Law Firm

Eric J. Ratinoff
Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.

Eliot Reiner
Eliot Reiner, A Professional Law Corp

John Roussas
Cutter Law PC

Richard Silvestri
Gavrilov & Brooks

John T. Stralen
Arnold Law Firm

Stuart C. Talley
Kershaw Cook & Talley

Kirill Tarasenko
Tarasenko Law

R. Parker White
Brelsford Androvich & White

Daniel E. Wilcoxen
Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Grant A. Winter
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Christopher W. Wood
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Grant R. Zehnder
O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

Product Liability

Robert A. Buccola
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

John Demas
Demas Law Group, PC

Richard S. Linkert
Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP

Kent M. Luckey
Penney & Associates

Grant R. Zehnder
O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

Professional Malpractice

Kenneth E. Bacon
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Karen Goodman
Goodman Law Corporation

Christine E. Jacob
Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Neal Lutterman
Wilke Fleury LLP

Real Estate

Russell J. Austin
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Jarrod Burch
Boutin Jones Inc.

Colby Campbell
Trainor Fairbrook

Joseph W. Carroll
Law Offices of Joseph W. Carroll

Henry W. Chu
Stoel Rives LLP

David W. Creeggan
Trainor Fairbrook

Karen L. Diepenbrock
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

D. Keith B. Dunnagan
BPE Law Group, PC.

Bradley J. Elkin
Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Mark Ellinghouse
Weintraub Tobin

Matthew W. Ellis
Downey Brand LLP

Robert J. Enos
BPE Law Group, PC

John D. Fairbrook
Trainor Fairbrook

David E. Frank
Frank Law Group, PC

Alison E. Geddes
Trainor Fairbrook

Louis A. Gonzalez Jr.
Weintraub Tobin

Karen Goodman
Goodman Law Corporation

Candice B. Harper
Trainor Fairbrook

Suzanne E. Hennessy
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Tristan Hills
Hughey Phillips, LLP

Douglas M. Hodell
Boutin Jones Inc.

Shawn M. Kent
Weintraub Tobin

David L. Krotine
Pioneer Law Group, LLP

Michael A. Kvarme
Weintraub Tobin

Bryan G. Landgraf
Trainor Fairbrook

Gary Livaich
Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Brian Manning
Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Bradley A. McDowell
Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation

James R. Moore
Boutin Jones Inc.

Jennifer L. Pruski
Trainor Fairbrook

Kristina M. Reed
Law Office of Kristina M. Reed

R. Monti Reynolds
Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Andrew F. Sackheim
Real Estate Law Group LLP

Curtis C. Sproul
Sproul Trost LLP

Danielle R. Stephens
Downey Brand LLP

Thomas F. Stewart
Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

Stephen Stwora-Hail
Law Offices of Stephen Stwora-Hail

Charles W. Trainor
Trainor Fairbrook

Winnifred C. Ward
Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

Douglas White
White Brenner LLP

Vincent K. Wong
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Michael Yee
Yee Law Group, Inc.

Sahreen Manzar
Photo by Luis Mogollon

Sahreen Manzar
Crimmigration Inc., A Professional Law Corporation

Practice area: Immigration and Family Law

I chose this area of law because: I wanted to work with women and children and help victims of domestic violence, trafficking and sexual assault find safe havens and obtain legal remedies to restart and rebuild their lives.

The most gratifying part of my job: Responding to human needs. I realize the legal profession is not about creating a market for yourself but instead responding to the human need and bringing relief to my clients when they are going through emotional and legal turmoil.

My advice to young people entering the profession: Please become lawyers knowing that you are joining a noble cause. It’s an honor to serve clients and your communities; do not treat this as a regular job. Try not to enter the profession to serve your own interests; serve others first, [and] I promise success will inevitably follow you.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Engaging with family, friends and remembering God—knowing that no matter what happens in each of my cases, only God is in charge of the grand scheme of things. This helps me not become obsessed with outcomes and goals and also keeps me grounded and humble about any success that comes my way.

Securities & Corporate Finance

Scott E. Bartel
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Ian Carter
Carter West

Mike De Angelis
Weintraub Tobin

Julie E. Green
Salem & Green

C. Kevin Kelso
Weintraub Tobin

Iain Mickle
Boutin Jones Inc.

Christopher L. Russell
Stoel Rives LLP

State, Local & Municipal

Olivia R. Clark
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Mona G. Ebrahimi
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Nubia Goldstein
White Brenner LLP

Scott E. Huber
Cole Huber LLP

Adam U. Lindgren
Meyers Nave

Harriet A. Steiner
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Douglas White
White Brenner LLP

Iris P. Yang
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Tax

Brian P. Bowen
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Jeb Burton
The Burton Law Firm

Matthew Carlson
Boutin Jones Inc.

Jonathan E. Christianson
Boutin Jones Inc.

Jim Clarke
Weintraub Tobin

Eric J. Coffill
Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Jeffrey W. Curcio
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

William Davis
Trainor Fairbrook

Scott E. Galbreath
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Rex Halverson
Rex Halverson & Associates, LLC

Perry Israel
Law Office of Perry Israel

Robin L. Klomparens
Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

James L. Leet
Boutin Jones Inc.

Ulises Pizano-Diaz
Meissner Joseph Palley & Ruggles, Inc.

Silvio Reggiardo III
Downey Brand LLP

Robert R. Rubin
Boutin Jones Inc.

Kent W. Silvester
Boutin Jones Inc.

Betty J. Williams
Law Office of Williams & Associates, PC

Douglas L. Youmans
Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

Trade Secrets

Tory Griffin
Jeppson & Griffin LLP

James R. Kirby II
Nageley, Kirby & Winberry, LLP

James D. McNairy
Boutin Jones Inc.

Jennifer A. Scott
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Transportation Maritime

Nicole M. Low
Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.

Jason W. Schaff
Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.

Workers Compensation

Angel Casarez
Wintersteen | Casarez

Jonathan D. Char
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Brian A. Dixon
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Matthew R. Eason
Eason & Tambornini, A Law Corporation

John R. Holstedt
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Douglas E. Jaffe
Douglas Jaffe Law

Richard K. Gilbert
Lenahan, Slater, Pearse & Majernik, LLP

Tom R. Johnson
Tom R. Johnson Attorney at Law

Marc G. Marcus
Marcus, Regalado, Marcus & Pulley, LLP

Alice Strombom
The Law Office of Alice A. Strombom

John Tribuiano III
Tribuiano & Yamada, LLP

Erin M. Wintersteen
Wintersteen | Casarez

Stuart C. Woo
Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Roy Yang
Law Offices Roy Yang

Alanna Perez Romo

Alanna Perez Romo
Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office, PC

Practice area: Business Immigration

I chose this area of law because: I appreciate and enjoy all things “international.”

The populations I work with include: Computer/IT professionals, physicians, engineers, scientists and even winemakers!

The most challenging part of my job: Keeping up with the constant changing dynamics of immigration law—especially during the COVID era.

In regard to my work, I am most proud of: Helping so many people achieve their dream of becoming a U.S. permanent resident and/or U.S. citizen.

In regard to my profession, people would be surprised to learn that: The majority of my clients are companies and organizations seeking to hire foreign-born professionals due to the lack of qualified U.S. workers.

My advice to young people entering the profession: You must take care of yourself—including your mental health— before you can take care of others. Make sure not to spread yourself too thin and learn how to manage others’ expectations.

After a tough day, I decompress by: Spending time with my husband and son—and soaking in the hot tub.

Fictional television law dramas: Are fun and still awesome even if they are often unrealistic.