Fifty-five leading real estate attorneys were chosen for this chapter. They have a wide range of specialisms from real estate funding to land use and sales. Although in the past year there has been a reported fall in the price of housing and commercial property markets in California, the talent of these lawyers has enabled them to maintain strong real estate practices.
The energy sector remains robust, with continued demand for energy driving high levels of investment internationally.
The presence of 31 lawyers from 17 firms bears out the vibrancy of California's product liability defendants' bar, which is at the forefront of legal developments in the US.
Corporate governance remains high on the agenda in boardrooms across America, its importance raised by the straitened economic circumstances.
Against a backdrop of uncertain economic times and as belts in the construction industry are tightening, the Californian legal market in this sector is undergoing a seismic reordering following the downfall of Thelen LLP in late 2008.
Our research identifies 33 attorneys from 24 firms who are considered the state leaders for competition work.
Litigation tends to be a robust practice, through good economic times and bad, according to sources, who point to an increase in securities-related disputes as a result of global financial turmoil.
In a market reeling from the collapses of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and other household names, our sources confirm that discretionary capital markets deals have slowed as issuers and underwriters await an upturn in the financial markets' fortunes.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.