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  S A N F R A N C I S C O ’S

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      2009 EDITION
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                      Estate planning, incorporating a business, and real
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               trusted counselor who is ethical and has earned the
               respect of his or her peers.
                      San Francisco’s Best Lawyers® helps take the mys-                                           S A N F R A N C I S C O ’ S B E S T L A w y E R S B y S P E C I A LT y
               tery out of locating a high-quality advocate to protect
               you, your family, your business and all other assets.                                              Administrative Law 4                                         Energy Law 7                                                  Medical Malpractice Law 10
                      The exceptional attorneys listed in this guide are                                          Alternative Dispute                                          Entertainment Law 7                                           Mergers &
               only those attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in                                                  Resolution 4                                                Environmental Law 7                                            Acquisitions Law 10
               America®. These attorneys were nominated by and                                                    Antitrust Law 4                                                                                                            Natural Resources Law 10
                                                                                                                                                                               Equipment Finance Law 7
               voted in by their peers. Lawyers can not buy their way
                                                                                                                  Appellate Law 4                                              Family Law 7                                                  Non-Profit/Charities Law 10
               into this guide. They must earn a spot through
               exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their                                             Banking Law 4                                                Family Law Mediation 7                                        Personal Injury Litigation 10
               colleagues. To remain on the list, they must be at the                                             Bankruptcy and                                               First Amendment Law 8                                         Private Funds Law 12
               top of their game, year after year. Best Lawyers, the                                               Creditor-Debtor Rights Law 4                                Franchise Law 8                                               Product Liability Litigation 12
               leading referral list in the legal profession, and Incisive                                        Bet-the-Company Litigation 4                                                                                               Project Finance Law 12
               Media, the nation’s leading legal journalism and                                                                                                                Health Care Law 8
                                                                                                                  Biotechnology Law 4                                          Immigration Law 8                                             Public Finance Law 12
               information company, have teamed up to provide this
               invaluable resource for readers, whatever your legal                                               Commercial Litigation 4                                      Information Technology Law 8                                  Real Estate Law 12
               needs may be. Lawyers in this guide are arranged by                                                Communications Law 7                                         Insurance Law 8                                               Securities Law 12
               their legal specialty—from Administrative Law to                                                   Construction Law 7                                                                                                         Structured Finance Law 12
                                                                                                                                                                               Intellectual Property Law 8
               Workers’ Compensation Law—which makes it easy to                                                   Corporate Governance                                         Labor and Employment Law 8                                    Tax Law 12
               find the professional advice you need.                                                              and Compliance Law 7
                      Whether you’re starting a business or selling one,                                                                                                       Land Use & Zoning Law 10                                      Technology Law 12
               getting married or getting divorced, patenting your                                                Corporate Law 7                                                                                                            Timber Law 12
                                                                                                                                                                               Legal Malpractice Law 10
               invention, litigating a contract, or buying a home—there                                           Criminal Defense:                                                                                                          Transportation Law 12
                                                                                                                                                                               Leveraged Buyouts and
               is a talented and highly competent attorney listed in                                               Non-White-Collar 7
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               here who can help.                                                                                 Criminal Defense:
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                                                                                                                                           METHoDoLoGY
                     This list is excerpted from the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published for more than a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® lists
                     attorneys in 78 specialties, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional
                     peers. The 2009 edition of Best Lawyers, which was published in November 2008, is based on more than 2.4 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
                          The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 25 years ago. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of their peers. Listings cannot be
                     bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this regard, Best Lawyers remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings.
                          The nomination pool for the 2009 edition consisted of all lawyers whose names appeared in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, lawyers who were nominated since the previous survey, and new nominees solicited from
                     listed attorneys. In general, lawyers were asked to vote only on nominees in their own specialty in their own jurisdiction. Lawyers in closely related specialties were asked to vote across specialties, as were lawyers in smaller
                     jurisdictions. Where specialties are national or international in nature, lawyers were asked to vote nationally as well as locally. Voting lawyers were also given an opportunity to offer more detailed comments on nominees.
                     Each year, half of the voting pool receives fax or email ballots; the other half is polled by phone.
                          Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should be listed: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a real estate lawyer (for example), and you could not handle the case
                     yourself, to whom would you refer them?” All votes and comments were solicited with a guarantee of confidentiality — a critical factor in the viability and validity of Best Lawyers surveys. To ensure the rigor of the selection
                     process, lawyers were urged to use only their highest standards when voting, and to evaluate each nominee based only on his or her individual merits. The additional comments were used to make more accurate comparisons
                     between voting patterns and weight votes accordingly. Best Lawyers uses various methodological tools to identify and correct for anomalies in both the nomination and voting process.
                          Ultimately, of course, a lawyer’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, the breadth of the
                     survey, the candor of the respondents, and the sophistication of the polling methodology largely correct for any biases.
                          For all these reasons, Best Lawyers lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful guide to the legal profession in the United States.
                          Best Lawyers lists are available at www.bestlawyers.com. “Best Lawyers,” and “The Best Lawyers in America” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc.


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        health problems. Rumors began to circulate        they’d undergone unnecessary                                                       enormous settlements for
        about the doctors and Redding Medical             heart surgeries so the corpora-                                                    their clients (The cases were
        Center, where the surgeries were performed.       tion could make more money.                                                        not a class action but
        Were these operations necessary? Or were                                                                                             remained individual lawsuits
        they being pushed by the corporation that         For the personal injury law firm                                                   against Tenet.)
        owned the hospital, Tenet Healthcare              Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen
        Corporation, in order to make higher profits?     in Orinda, California, its role in                                                      It was not the first time the
                                                          the Tenet case set a high mark                                                          Gillin firm was involved in a
        Tipped off by a Catholic priest who almost        in its 25-year history of helping                                                       case involving public policy
        underwent surgery at the hospital before          seriously injured plaintiffs. The                                                       and consumer rights. In May
        learning from other doctors that his heart was    firm represented 186 people                                                             of 2002, partner Luke Ellis was
        completely healthy, the FBI launched a three-     who claimed unnecessary                                                                 one of the lead negotiators in
        year investigation that culminated in a raid by   cardiac operations at Redding                                                           a $1 billion settlement against
        federal officials of Redding Medical Center.      Medical Center. A total of                                                              a medical device manufacturer
        What resulted was a series of legal actions       about 800 people sued the                                                               on behalf of 3,500 people who
        against Tenet and its chief administrators by a   corporation, with three other                                                           needed replacement of
        number of different groups, including the         personal injury law firms                                                               defective hips. In another case
        Securities and Exchange Commission and the        representing the bulk of the                                                            that helped increase safety
        United States Department of Justice. In 2003,     rest of the patients.                                                                   procedures in the natural gas
        Tenet agreed to pay a fine of $54 million                                                                                                 industry, Ellis obtained a
        related to charges of medical necessity fraud;    Most of the civil lawsuits made                                                         $10.65 million for the family of
        namely, that it billed the government for         the same basic claim. “It turns                                                         a pipeline worker killed in an
        surgeries that patients did not need. Tenet did   out they were doing                                                                     explosion. “Whether the
        not admit any wrongdoing, and the resolution      unnecessary                                                                                  amount involved is small


                                                                             “t
        pre-empted any civil or criminal charges          bypasses.                                                                                    or large, our goal is to
        against Tenet by the federal government.          Hundreds of            hey we r e doing double or t ripl e                                   obtain justice for those
        Tenet also sold the hospital which has since      people had             the number of ca rd iac proc e d u re s who deserve it and height-
        been renamed. According to the New York           their health           a s n or ma l , but at f i r st , n o on e n ot i c e d               en standards of corporate
        Times, it was the largest settlement in history   ruined, and            a n yt hi n g a mi s s .”            – a n d r e w r . g i l l i n responsibility,” says Ellis.
        for such a cause of action.                       many people
                                                          died,” says Andrew R. Gillin, one of the firm’s                Since the Gillin firm was launched in 1972, it
        As one of the biggest medical fraud cases in      founding partners. “They were doing double                     has obtained many recoveries, but the Tenet
        U.S. history, the Tenet investigation was         or triple the number of cardiac procedures”                    case stands out. “We’re pretty proud of that
        featured on a 2003 CBS News 60 Minutes story      as normal, he says, but at first, no one noticed               one,” says Gillin, who, like other members of
        and also detailed in the 2007 book Coronary:      anything amiss. “Redding is a relatively poor,                 the six-lawyer firm, began his legal career as a
        A True Story of Medicine Gone Awry, by            rural community. Maybe that’s part of the                      public service attorney working for low-income
        former New York Times editor and reporter         reason that people maybe didn’t question                       people in need, and sees his current focus as
        Stephen Klaidman. Ultimately, a number of top     these surgeries as much as they might have in                  an extension of that work. “It is certainly one
        corporate officials left Tenet, which had been    metropolitan area.”                                            of the most gratifying cases we’ve done.”



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                       KAZAN*                                                                                                                  DONALD W. BROWN, DAVID B.                    ROBERT J. GOLDMAN, MARK D.
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                                                                                                                                               Richard Schoenberger, Douglas Saeltzer and Matthew Davis.

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     T  his year, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger celebrates fifty                  themselves on their ability to secure the best for their clients while
     years of excellence in the field of personal injury litigation. The firm,            maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
     headquartered in San Francisco, has a long tradition of excellence in                    In a field where law firms often come and go, the firm’s longevity is
     representing the victims of individual and corporate wrongdoing. Its                 remarkable. Among its ranks are six members who can rightfully call
     attorneys insure that the victims of tortious conduct receive full, fair             themselves among The Best Lawyers in America®: Paul V. Melodia,
     and complete compensation for their injuries.                                        Daniel J. Kelly, Michael A. Kelly, Richard H. Schoenberger, Matthew D.
         Founded by Bruce Walkup, a pioneer in the field of tort litigation,              Davis and Douglas S. Saeltzer.
     the firm is at the forefront of the personal injury bar and is the oldest                In addition to Walkup, Melodia’s stellar achievements in the
     plaintiff’s personal injury firm in California. Its reputation for profession-       courtroom, each of its lawyers also regularly contribute to the con-
     alism, competence and aggressive representation is well-known                        tinuing education of the bar and to pro bono community activities.
     among the defense bar and its clients. Similarly well known is the firm’s            Firm members have traveled across the United States and to foreign
     willingness and ability to try any case. Through the years, the firm has             countries to provide continuing legal education instruction to law
     secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements                  students, attorneys and specialty bar associations. Walkup lawyers
     for its clients. Areas of specialty include product liability, vehicle               recognize their obligation to educate the next generation of civil
     negligence, class actions, medical malpractice, drug and device                      litigators to guarantee that the system runs fairly for those who need
     litigation, and complex premises liability. Walkup attorneys pride                   it most.

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From Left: Mary Anne Scarlett (seated), Deborah Swann, Julie Thomas, Nancy George, Ronnie Pang,
Randall H. Scarlett (seated), Jim McDonald, David Kuchinsky




R        andall Scarlett, founder of The Scarlett Group, got an auspicious start to his career
         working as an associate, and then partner, with legal luminary Melvin Belli, where
         he logged judgments in numerous historic and precedent-setting trials, such as the
Marcos Human Rights Litigation, which resulted in verdicts against the Marcos estate in
excess of one billion dollars. In 1989, he became involved in the litigation surrounding the
                                                                                                     “People need
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Exxon Valdez oil spill as one of the court-ordered qualified counsel for the mandatory punitive         impact of            fax: 415.352.6265
damage class, for whom a $5 billion verdict was obtained, and he continues to represent 750             brain injury”        www.scarlettlawgroup.com
fishermen against Exxon to this day.

Mr. Scarlett primarily focuses on catastrophic personal injury litigation, and has built a significant reputation in the
area of traumatic brain injury, a specialty that comes fraught with challenges. In his work representing victims and their        FIRM FACT:
family members, Mr. Scarlett is charged with the responsibility of showing the extent to which a person’s life is affected    Mr. Scarlett’s work in the
by an injury that is essentially invisible to the outsider, and to force the jury to determine the value of one’s life and    Marcos human rights cases
mind—a truly immeasurable loss. On top of this, he must also take on the daunting task of determining the tremendous          arrived at a successful
costs associated with care necessary through the end of a client’s life. “We often represent people that need a lifetime      conclusion through the use
of care, and we know what the services cost today, but can you imagine what they may cost fifty years from now?               of a little-known statute that
If we err, our clients may not have the life saving funds required for future care”, says Mr. Scarlett.                       had been on the books since
                                                                                                                              the 1700s, which was originally
                                                                                                                              used to protect people
Mr. Scarlett is always conscious of the thousands of victims of brain injuries who do not receive access to the legal
                                                                                                                              against pirates. Following the
system—whether soldiers returning from war, or individuals who sustained their injuries through reasons other than            verdicts, the Torture Victims
negligence—and devotes a great deal of his personal life to trying to educate and provide for those victims and their         Protection Act was enacted,
families, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of California. “Every 23 seconds, there is       protecting US citizens and
another traumatic brain injury in this country. If this were caused by a disease instead of trauma, it would be a plague      other individuals from the
of epic proportion. People need to see the devastating impact of brain injury.”                                               torturous acts of dictators
                                                                                                                              around the world.
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           ELIZABEtH J. CABRASER                                                  StEPHEN K. CASSIDY                                                  LYLE C. CAVIN, JR.                                            RICHARD M. HEIMANN
                        P E r S o n a L i n j U rY                                          r E a L E S TaT E L aW                                            a D M i n i S T r aT i V E L aW,                                 c o M M E r c i a L L i T i G aT i o n
                        L i T i G aT i o n                                                                                                                    M a r i T i M E L aW
                                                                                            Steve Cassidy has practiced law since                                                                                               Richard M. Heimann chairs the
                           Elizabeth J. Cabraser chairs the                                 1975, after graduating from Boalt                                  Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. has been a                                    securities and financial fraud practice
                           personal injury practice group at Lieff                          Hall, focusing exclusively on real                                 practicing trial lawyer for 39 years,                            group at Lieff Cabraser Heimann &
                           Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP,                               estate and land use. His practice                                  specializing in maritime law                                     Bernstein, LLP. The firm’s clients
                           and represents plaintiffs in complex                             spans the diverse scope of                                         representing seamen, longshoremen                                include public pension funds, union
                           civil litigation. Her practice is                                transactional real estate and all                                  and fishermen. He received his JD                                funds and non-public institutional
                           comprised of mass torts, products                                aspects of the complex terrain of                                  degree from Golden Gate Law School                               investors including mutual funds, as
      liability, securities and investment fraud, consumer                land use approvals for developers, investors, lenders,             and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of           well as high-wealth and individual investors. Mr.
      cases, as well as civil and human rights litigation on              and tenants. Together with other members of Cassidy                America, Consumer Attorneys of California, Western               Heimann also represents clients in antitrust, mass
      a pro bono basis. Ms. Cabraser is an expert in class                Shimko Dawson & Kawakami, Steve focuses on                         Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Trial Lawyers           torts, and personal injury cases. Mr. Heimann has
      certification, class notice, settlement, class trial                sophisticated, cutting edge legal advice that serves               Association and board member of the Alameda-Contra               amassed substantial trial experience. He obtained a
      structuring, and appellate issues, and has held                     to enhance the business team through an acute                      Costa Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of          jury verdict of over $171 million in Claghorn v. Edsaco,
      leadership roles in multiple cases that resulted in                 knowledge of the business objectives of clients and                the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Cavin is a            one of the largest jury awards in the U.S. in 2002.
      landmark settlements, verdicts, and rulings, including              the business of real estate. The experienced members               Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court,              Mr. Heimann also played a leading role in
      Multi-state Tobacco, Fen-Phen, and Holocaust cases.                 of CSDK deliver responsive, cost-effective,                        and a Pro Tem Settlement Commissioner for Alameda                representing states in litigation against the tobacco
      She currently has lead roles in the Bextra/Celebrex,                sophisticated, cutting edge services on all aspects of             County. He has extensive trial experience in both state          industry that resulted in the landmark $206 billion
      Yamaha Rhino and Guidant defibrillators MDL                         real estate and land use matters.                                  and federal courts and has participated in maritime              settlement in 1998. For the past three years, Law &
      litigation. Ms. Cabraser is a visiting professor at                                                                                    seminars including the 1985 joint American-English               Politics magazine has recognized Mr. Heimann as a
      Columbia Law School, and has been recognized in                                                                                        American Bar Association meeting in London where                 Northern California Super Lawyer.
      multiple years by The National Law Journal as one of                                                                                   he spoke on maritime punitive damages. He has
      the Top 100 Lawyers in America.                                                                                                        published articles relating to maritime law, including
                                                                                                                                             The Unseaworthiness Doctrine and Seaman’s Assault
                                                                                                                                             and Pleasure Craft Personal Injury.
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               SCOtt RIgHtHAND                                                         ANDREW ROSS                                                    WILLIAM B. SMItH                                                WILLIAM F. WHItINg
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                                                                                             Andrew Ross is the managing partner                                                                                                William Whiting is senior partner of
                          Scott Righthand has been representing                              of Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP                              A trial attorney since 1973, William                             Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP, a
                          the injured against the powerful for                               in Walnut Creek, California. He has                               Smith has spent his career                                       firm with nine attorneys practicing
                          30 years. He graduated from the                                    practiced law for more than 36 years.                             representing catastrophic injury and                             solely in the field of matrimonial law.
                          University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975                            For the past 25 years, Mr. Ross’                                  wrongful death plaintiffs. He takes                              Mr. Whiting has practiced family law
                          and UCSF Hastings College of the Law                               practice has focused on advising and                              pride in representing the underdog                               in the San Francisco Bay Area for
                          in 1979. He has been listed in the Bar                             advocating for his clients in complex                             against major corporations, public                               40 years. He is a Certified Family Law
      Register a Preeminent Lawyers since 1999, Super                      family law matters including divorce, child custody               entities and insurance companies who would                       Specialist, having been certified by the State Bar of
      Lawyers 2007-2009 (top 5% of lawyers in Northern                     and visitation, property issues, modification of spousal          otherwise roll over those less powerful. William Smith           California, Board of Legal Specialization in 1980 with
      California) and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.           and child support orders, review and preparation of               is one very few California attorneys elected by his              the first group of attorneys to be so recognized.
      He represents the injured in accident cases including                premarital and post-marital agreements. He is a                   peers to be a member of the four key national trial              Mr. Whiting is a fellow of the American Academy of
      auto, bicycle, motorcycle, recreational vehicles including           Certified Family Law Specialist, having been certified            lawyer organizations: The American Board of Trial                Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of
      ATVs, medical malpractice, products liability including              by the State Bar of California Board of Legal                     Advocates, The American College of Trial Lawyers,                Matrimonial Lawyers and the Alameda-Contra Costa
      machinery, drugs and products of all types, slip and fall            Specialization in 1994. Mr. Ross is a Fellow of the               The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and                  County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1983).
      cases, employment discrimination including sex                       American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He was                   The International Society of Barristers. He is proud to          Mr. Whiting graduated from Stanford University and
      discrimination and race discrimination. His clients have             Chief Editor and is a frequent contributor to Contra              be selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers              obtained his law degree from University of California
      successfully been compensated for injuries ranging                   Costa Lawyer magazine.                                            in America®.                                                     (Boalt Hall).
      from birth injury to wrongful death; financial injury to
      emotional distress.

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