Contributors

Merton HowardMert Howard

Mert is chair of the firm’s litigation section. As such, his practice covers all aspects of civil litigation and business risk management. He is experienced in legal project management and strategic planning, alternative dispute resolution, trials and appeals. In the product liability area, he handles mass torts and class actions.
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Candice ShihCandice Shih

Candice focuses her practice on litigation matters. She has experience with contract interpretation, trade secrets, public agency matters, civil procedure, and resolving disputes in arbitration.
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Samir AbdelnourSamir Abdelnour

Samir’s practice focuses on environmental litigation and counseling. He has experience assisting clients with environmental cleanups, seeking land use entitlements and permits, litigating water rights, defending regulatory and administrative enforcement actions, and resolving claims of toxic exposure.
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Neil BardackNeil Bardack

As a litigator, Neil has been lead counsel in a substantial number of court and jury trials, appeals and arbitrations in state and federal courts in the areas of technology, securities, fiduciary fraud, corporate and business disputes, real estate and natural resources involving environmental, water and oil and gas. He has experience in natural resource disputes involving water and oil and gas.
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John CuJohn Cu

John is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator with significant jury trial experience. He litigates complex business and commercial disputes involving contracts, unfair competition, business torts, trade secrets, products liability, and real estate. Further, John has litigated various kinds of insurance coverage issues, including significant multimillion-dollar environmental, toxic tort, subrogation and contribution disputes.
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Michael DonnerMichael Donner

A litigator with a leading national reputation, Michael specializes in the disposition and resolution of challenging commercial disputes. His practice is broad and encompasses numerous subject matter areas, including real estate, land use, business, employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and false advertising, receiverships, professional liability and compliance, defamation, construction defects, and shareholder/partner/investor rights.
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Batya ForsythBatya Forsyth

Batya’s banking and business litigation practice includes bank customer disputes related to secured and unsecured loan products, deposit accounts and collections and business disputes on behalf of owners, licensors, and service providers related to breach of contract, fiduciary duty and fraud.
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Adam HofmannAdam Hofmann

Adam represents both public and private clients in civil writs and appeals, traditional litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation. In addition, he works with clients to help them avoid or resolve conflicts before they become formal, legal disputes.
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Christopher JensenChristopher Jensen

Chris’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, environmental counseling and commercial litigation. Chris has experience representing companies in the defense of toxic tort claims, environmental cost recovery litigation, real property disputes, and brownfields redevelopment.
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William KellermannWilliam Kellermann

A litigator for more than 25 years, Bil helps clients execute sound and defensible identification, preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information for use as evidence in litigation and investigations.
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Emily LeahyEmily Leahy

Emily focuses her practice on labor and employment law. She represents clients in state and federal court in a variety of labor and employment matters, including: wage and hour disputes, harassment, discrimination, defamation, fraud, and wrongful termination claims.
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Caroline LeeCaroline Lee

Caroline advises the firm’s public agency clients, including water districts, transit districts, and cities, on a variety of legal issues including public procurement, environmental compliance, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, records retention, data protection and privacy laws, and open government and ethics.
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Michael McNaughtonMichael McNaughton

Michael is an experienced trial attorney who has effectively litigated cases involving a broad range of commercial matters. He has experience in contracts, corporate governance, complex antitrust litigation, unfair business practices, healthcare, eminent domain, real estate, probate and trusts.
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Nathan MetcalfNathan Metcalf

Nathan has nearly a decade of experience in environmental law and water law. Nathan advises clients on water rights issues in defending and protesting water rights applications and transfers, including related issues under the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Fish and Game Code and the Endangered Species Act.
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Everett MonroeEverett Monroe

Everett focuses his practice on representing clients in a variety of litigation matters. Everett worked as an alumni coach with University of San Francisco’s Moot Court Program, where he coached teams of students, researched issues in trademark law, appellate procedure, and remedies to prepare as a practice judge.
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Shannon NessierShannon Nessier

Shannon focuses on representing the firm’s litigation clients. Her work concerns the defense of product manufacturers and suppliers in personal injury litigation, as well as defense in Toxic Tort claims. In addition, she has worked on matters involving warning label litigation and Proposition 65 claims.
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Matthew PeckMatthew Peck

Matthew focuses his practice on representing clients in a variety of litigation matters. He has extensive experience with all aspects of complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts.
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Geoff PittmanGeoff Pittman

Geoff is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group and has experience representing businesses in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including complex and class action cases in both federal and state court.
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Janie ThompsonJanie Thompson

Janie’s practice focuses on intellectual property and litigation. She has experience in a range of trademark matters from trademark clearance through enforcement and litigation of trademark disputes. Janie also has experience with commercial litigation.
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Michael Van ZandtMichael Van Zandt

Michael has practiced for more than 35 years in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, adjudication, acquisition, transfer, and defense of water rights, and federal and state administrative law. He represents clients in Takings Claims against the United States, involving water and grazing rights.
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Samantha WolffSamantha Wolff

Samantha represents both public and private sector clients in a variety of matters, including putative and certified class actions, through all phases of litigation in federal and state court.
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