September 2023 Members in the News

BASF Leader Circle Firms Listed Among “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2024 Edition

Congratulations to the 34 Lieff Cabraser attorneys featured, with 26 individuals recognized for “The Best Lawyers in America” awards, and 8 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America” awards for lawyers early in their careers. With its San Francisco headquarters, this firm is described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiff’s firms,” representing plaintiffs in individual, group, and class action lawsuits. They champion justice for all their clients, upholding an outstanding track record since the firm’s founding in 1972.

Attorneys recognized from their San Francisco office:

Donald C. Arbitblit
Katherine Lubin Benson
William Bernstein
Elizabeth J. Cabraser
Lin Y. Chan
Kelly M. Dermody

Eric B. Fastiff
Brendan P. Glackin
Lexi J. Hazam
Richard M. Heimann
Bruce Leppla
Sarah R. London
Robert J. Nelson
Phong-Chau G. Nguyen
Michael W. Sobol
Fabrice N. Vincent

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, partner at the San Francisco office, was recognized as Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. These awards honor “one individual in a particular practice area and location,” based on votes from peers within the year. In addition to Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Cabraser’s other practice areas include Consumer Protection Law and Litigation – Securities, with a specific focus on Class Actions. Her leadership continually serves as integral to one of the country’s largest law firms, ensuring it remains client-centered and aligned with their core values.

We also want to extend our congratulations to all Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger firm shareholders who have been acknowledged by “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2024 Edition, for their ongoing success in various plaintiff law practice areas. This Leader Circle Firm received 11 “The Best Lawyers in America” awards and 4 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America” awards.

Congratulations to the following shareholders:

Michael A. Kelly
Richard H. Schoenberger
Matthew Davis
Douglas S. Saeltzer
Khaldoun A. Baghdadi
Doris Cheng
Spencer Pahlke
Sara M. Peters
Conor M. Kelly
Andrew McDevitt
Valerie N. Rose
Attorney Christian R. Jagusch
Attorney Jeffrey Clause
Attorney Joseph Nicholson
Attorney Max Schuver

Shareholder Richard H. Schoenberger was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law. This recognition is a testament to his work, as Schoenberger has been previously honored for this area of law, as well as Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs, totaling four “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions in his career. We commend him not only for his individual merit but also for his leadership at his firm, as evidenced by the recognition of fellow shareholders.

Farella Braun + Martel Climbs to #7 in National Diversity Rankings

Farella Braun + Martel, another Leader Circle Firm of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), has earned national recognition by climbing to the #7 spot in Law360’s 2023 Diversity Snapshot rankings. This achievement showcases Farella’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, as they have surpassed benchmarks and now stand among the top law firms nationally in their size category (101 to 250 attorneys). Their ongoing dedication to building a diverse workforce aligns with BASF’s values of promoting equity and inclusivity within the legal profession.

Jim Day Named 2023 IP Trailblazer by National Law Journal

Farela Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner James L. Day has been honored as a 2023 Intellectual Property Trailblazer by the National Law Journal for his contributions in coordinating district court and patent office litigation. His approach to using IPRs resulted in the cancellation of 100+ asserted patent claims, securing wins for his client.

As the head of Farella’s Patent Office Litigation practice, Day is dedicated to resolving IP disputes on behalf of major technology clients in federal courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His achievement emphasizes his expertise in the field of intellectual property law, as he brings valuable insights and continued success to his clients in the ever-changing landscape of IP litigation. Congratulations James!

Farella Braun + Martel Secures Top Rankings in Vaults 2023 List

Leader Circle Firm, Farella Braun + Martel, scored an impressive ranking of #7 in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” for 2023. This marks the firm’s fourth consecutive year of high placement. Additionally, Farella was recognized in the “Top 150 Under 150” list and earned placements in Vault’s Quality of Life rankings that consider the firm’s commitment to culture, technological innovation, and fostering strong associate/partner relationships. We commend Farella Braun + Martel’s consistent top tier rankings as it highlights its reputation for not only their legal accomplishments but also their efforts in fostering a supportive, thriving work environment.