Joseph A. Aguilar

Senior Associate

“Clients desire the most effective and efficient solution to any dispute. With this principle in mind, I evaluate each case utilizing creative and strategic advocacy.”

Eugene C. Blackard Jr.

Managing Partner

“If you want to work with today’s thought-leading companies, you’d better start looking and acting like them. I approach any problem with the strategic mind set to be lean and efficient—like business today.”

W. Eric Blumhardt


“By cutting straight to the heart of each matter strategically, efficiently and economically I add value to clients’ most challenging cases.”

Louis R. Chao

Special Counsel

“In construction projects, the paperwork often follows the actual work. Understanding this time lapse and taking advantage of its implications often allows us to limit our client’s liability.”

Sharon Collier


“I maintain a steady focus on emerging, game-changing events to infuse a practical context to complex litigation, whether at trial or in settlement negotiations.”

Matthew S. Covington


“Whether it’s pursuing early resolution or going to trial, I do everything I can to stay two steps ahead and help my clients achieve their goals.”

John C. Dorame

Senior Associate

“My clients look to me when they are in legal trouble, so I do everything I can to help ensure their problems are resolved in a timely and effective manner.”

Matthew J. Eschenburg

Special Counsel

“I resolve conflicts to minimize or eliminate business liability. Combining industry knowledge with current developments in the law protects my client’s bottom line.”

Lisa M. Estabrook


“Businesses want someone who will listen to and work with the organization to develop and implement an early, effective resolution.”

James J. Ficenec


"Whether your company is a small startup or a Fortune 500, it is my job to resolve legal issues and protect your hard-earned success at any stage in the game."

Robert F. Hinton


“Litigation is a collaboration of client and attorney, each working with an appreciation and understanding of the other’s role. Together, we minimize risk, pursue the most effective solution and, hopefully, achieve or exceed the client’s goals”

Todd A. Jones


“My clients have businesses to run and litigation is typically a last resort for them. My job is to minimize the disruptions created by disputes and lawsuits, and to help them get on with running their business.”

John L. Kortum

Special Counsel

“I’ve practiced my entire career in California’s unique regulatory and environmental law atmosphere and am proud to have litigated cutting edge issues in complex regulatory matters.”

Nandor B. Krause


"The key to successful representation is to listen carefully to the client's needs and desires, and to draw on my experience as a litigator and trial attorney to help clients meet their specific goals."

Kathy K. Lee-Chun

Senior Associate

“Helping my clients achieve their goals—not limiting them—is how I define excellence in law. As an effective litigator, I pursue creative possibilities, identify and execute the right strategy through strong advocacy, while managing any associated risks.”

Limor Lehavi


“Whether providing coverage advice, analyzing claims, or litigating coverage issues, I want my clients to feel certain I have left nothing to chance when it comes to protecting their interests.”

Derek H. Lim


“I strive to clearly understand my clients’ objectives, needs, and limitations in order to devise and implement successful litigation strategies that reflect my clients’ goals.”

Richard E. Norris

Of Counsel

“Some lawyers concentrate on discouraging their clients from doing anything involving risk. My approach is to solve problems. My clients are smart business leaders who know where they want to go – my job is to get them there.”

Anthony D. Phillips

Senior Associate

“When a client faces a threat to their hard-earned success, I take an aggressive approach to protect their bottom line.”

Alissa R. Pleau-Fuller

Senior Associate

“My connection to clients and their concerns is extensive – I know they care about cost-effective, practical solutions and I seek to be a valuable resource in achieving their goals.”

Jessica S. Pliner

Senior Associate

“My experience has taught me valuable lessons about the ins and outs of litigation. Whether it’s pursuing early resolution or going to trial, it’s essential to always be two steps ahead to achieve success.”

Douglas C. Straus


"We understand business disputes are problems clients want solved quickly and fairly. We deliver favorable resolutions skillfully and efficiently. When trials occur because the alternatives have failed, we produce victories."

Eric W. Thorson

Special Counsel

“Life lessons learned while growing up in Nebraska helped shape me into the lawyer I am today: honest, hard-working, and continually focused on cost-effective, sensible, and zealous representation of each client.”

Eric R. Tuy

Senior Associate

“I work hard to identify opportunities and risks for my clients, and protect their interests in order to reach a favorable outcome.”

Richard W. Vanis, Jr.


“Providing quality legal services is my top priority. I strive to find the most effective means to attain my clients’ goals.”

Kirstin L. Wallace

Senior Associate

“I enjoy contributing where impassioned trial advocacy and persuasive scientific analysis meet in order to support our client’s claims.”

Kenneth C. Ward


“I can learn a client’s business for the purpose of a trial - it’s tougher for a business attorney to learn the art of conducting a winning trial.”

Shain A. Wasser


“I am always looking for the most effective and business-practical approaches to address my clients’ legal issues.”

Stephen B. Welch


“Our approach includes the client in every step of the litigation process. In most cases, client participation is critical to the successful and cost- effective resolution of the case.”

Lawrence E. Winegrad


“My highest priority is helping clients protect their interests and achieve their goals, whether it’s resolving a complex business dispute or identifying the best route to achieve successful results.”

  • Joseph A. Aguilar
  • Eugene  C. Blackard Jr.
  • W. Eric Blumhardt
  • Louis  R. Chao
  • Sharon  Collier
  • Matthew S. Covington
  • John C. Dorame
  • Matthew J. Eschenburg
  • Lisa M. Estabrook
  • James J. Ficenec
  • Robert F. Hinton
  • Todd  A. Jones
  • John  L. Kortum
  • Nandor  B. Krause
  • Kathy K. Lee-Chun
  • Limor Lehavi
  • Derek H. Lim
  • Richard  E. Norris
  • Anthony D. Phillips
  • Alissa R. Pleau-Fuller
  • Jessica S.  Pliner
  • Douglas C. Straus
  • Eric W. Thorson
  • Eric R. Tuy
  • Richard W. Vanis, Jr.
  • Kirstin L. Wallace
  • Kenneth C. Ward
  • Shain A. Wasser
  • Stephen B. Welch
  • Lawrence E. Winegrad

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Zachary Young

Archer Norris welcomes Zachary Young to the firm's litigation group