October 2023 Members in the News

Hopkins & Carley Onboards Trio of Renowned Female Attorneys

Hopkins & Carley is pleased to announce the addition of three accomplished female estate planning attorneys, Suzanne C. Farley, Jill K. Ernst, and Joanne J. Lue, to its Family Wealth & Tax Planning practice. With a combined experience of nearly 50 years, these attorneys have joined the firm from Thompson Welch Soroko & Gilbert LLP and Venable LLP. While they will primarily be based in the Redwood City office, they will also serve clients in San Francisco. This addition further strengthens Hopkins & Carley’s position as a leader in estate planning in Northern California and aligns with the growing demand for these services, solidifying the firm’s commitment to providing tailored, exceptional counsel to its clients

Simmons Hanly Conroy Attorneys Earn Top Honors in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024

Simmons Hanly Conroy, a leading mass torts firm specializing in mesothelioma cases, is proud to announce that 27 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Notably, Jayne Conroy, a named shareholder, has been honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs for New York City. Additionally, eight attorneys from the firm have been included in the 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America list.

Laurence V. Nassif, the firm’s managing shareholder, expressed his honor and pride in the firm’s attorneys for their recognition in The Best Lawyers in America, highlighting their consistent success in advocating for clients. John Simmons, Chairman of the firm, also received recognition for his contributions, particularly in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. These awards are based on extensive surveys of legal professionals and do not involve any fees for participation or recognition. The 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America reflects the input of over 13.7 million votes, honoring more than 76,000 attorneys, while the 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America is based on over 2.4 million votes, recognizing more than 25,000 attorneys.

Past Bar Association of San Francisco President, Kelly Dermody, Honored as MVP for Class Action and Employment Law in 2023

Kelly M. Dermody, a partner at Lieff Cabraser and former Bar Association of San Francisco President, has been recognized as a Class Action MVP and an Employment Law MVP of the Year for 2023 by Law360. The publication’s in-depth profile highlights her exceptional achievements, notably her pivotal role in securing a groundbreaking $215 million settlement in a landmark gender discrimination lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. This settlement stands out as one of the largest discrimination settlements in U.S. history and the largest gender bias settlement achieved prior to employees winning their case at trial. Dermody’s insights shed light on the challenging nature of civil rights actions and the perseverance required to navigate them, advising new attorneys to develop a “thick skin” and embrace the long-term grind for their clients’ pursuit of justice.

Daralyn Durie Inducted into CLA’s 2023 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Daralyn Durie, a partner at Morrison Foerster’s global IP Litigation Group, has achieved a significant honor by being inducted into the California Lawyers Association (CLA) “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” for 2023. This esteemed recognition is annually awarded to exceptional trial lawyers with such high professional values and achievements. With this induction, MoFo now holds more lawyers in the CLA Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame than any other firm, including previous honorees Arturo González and James Brosnahan in 2021 and 1996, respectively. Daralyn’s career is marked by her extensive experience as lead counsel in complex cases, securing favorable outcomes in major litigation, and representing prominent innovators in the technology and life sciences sectors. Her impressive achievements include four consecutive wins in post-COVID in-person jury trials, securing a $178 million plaintiff-side jury verdict in a patent infringement case, and obtaining defense verdicts in high-profile copyright and trademark infringement cases for Redbubble and Activision/Blizzard. These accomplishments have earned her accolades from leading national publications, including being named among the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in the United States by Chambers.

Managing Partner of Farella Braun + Martel Nominated as “Distinguished Leader”

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Brian P. Donnelly has been nominated as a “Distinguished Leader” award finalist in The Recorder’s 2023 California Legal Awards. This award honors legal professionals and organizations at the forefront of technology, innovation and the legal field. Donnelly specializes in advising clients on partnership and corporate tax law, with a focus on real estate, technology, energy, wine, and professional service industries. He is also acknowledged as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law. The winners will be announced at the California Legal Awards ceremony, an event celebrating all awardees and finalists on November 2nd. Congratulations Brian!

Leader Circle Firm Recognized by Chambers High Net Worth 2023

Farella Braun + Martel has been acknowledged in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide 2023, particularly under Private Wealth Law for Northern California. This recognition spotlights lawyers and law firms in private wealth management, and singles out Mark Weaver, the leader of Farella’s Family Wealth Group. Weaver excels in estate and business succession planning, navigating clients through trust and estate administration, and offering expert counsel on complex matters. The Chambers HNW Guide specifically praises Mark for his exceptional understanding of cross-border intricacies, setting him apart as a true expert in this field. Farella’s private client lawyers, with their wealth of knowledge and experience, provide comprehensive guidance for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, trusts, closely held businesses, and tax-exempt organizations.