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Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Business Crime Defence

Business crime is a dynamic legal area in the financially strong and economically diverse state of California. A starting point and breeding ground for extraordinary legal skill is the US Department of Justice – many of the individuals below served as United States attorney or assistant attorney before entering private practice. Forty individuals from 27 firms feature in this chapter. The presence of a number of individuals from specialised firms highlights the weight that such outfits carry within the market.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Trademarks

California’s lawyers have achieved national and international renown in trademark law, a field which is experiencing continuing growth as enterprises come to rely increasingly on their marks in overpopulated markets.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Corporate Governance

The aftershocks of the Sarbanes Oxley Act are still being felt five years on from its enactment, and corporate governance remains high on the agenda in boardrooms across the world. Outside counsel continue to provide clients with advice and representation, and our research has identified 18 individuals from 13 firms who have proven track records, and can also counsel corporations on issues arising in routine operations and in extraordinary transactions.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Environment

The practice of environmental law is booming in California – our research has uncovered a wealth of talent within the state. In total 49 individuals from 25 firms are listed. Myriad state and federal environment laws dictate that the individuals featuring in the chapter focus on a variety of areas. A number of firms deal solely with environmental litigation involving toxic tort defence, Superfund cases, the defence of enforcement actions, claims against insurance carriers and government investigations.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Patents

The research for this chapter has identified 26 leading practitioners from 18 firms. A number are based in Silicon Valley and Irvine – areas well known for their links to high-tech industry. We have focused our research on pre-eminent patent litigators – excluding, where possible, patent attorneys (or patent agents).

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Construction

The research for this chapter identified 25 lawyers from 19 firms who have proven levels of expertise in representing a range of clients in the construction industry, including owners, contractors and subcontractors, in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Franchise

The strength of California’s economy and the growth of international franchising activity is reflected in the quality and quantity of the counsel found in the state. Our research recognises the following individuals as the leading lights of California’s franchise bar, where they represent franchisors, franchisees and companies of all sizes, in diverse industries.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Insolvency & Restructuring

The Californian economy is in relatively robust health, but nonetheless there remains a wealth of bankruptcy and workout expertise in the state’s leading commercial law firms. Both general commercial and boutique firms made an impact in the research, and this chapter identifies 33 outstanding lawyers from 16 firms.

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