Janell M. Alberto

Senior Associate

“It is important to learn the client’s business and assess their priorities to bring success through a pragmatic approach to litigation that emphasizes the client’s goals and methodologies.”

Patrick R. Ball


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

W. Eric Blumhardt


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

Jeffrey A. Buck

Special Counsel

“I believe open and direct communication, as well as client input, are essential in developing effective strategies for favorable results.”

A. Barclay "Clay" Byrnes

Senior Associate

“Taking an aggressive approach from day one is critical in construction defect litigation. I find evaluating all practical options leads to a cost-effective and favorable resolution.”

Colin Coffey


“By understanding the pressures of the healthcare and government environments, I try to minimize the risks my clients face and enhance their business opportunities.”

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.”

Charles R. Diaz


"Understanding how litigation is not always the best solution, I combine my knowledge of the law with a commitment to defending my clients’ interests."

Karl E. Foster

Special Counsel

“I tailor my legal services to achieve outcomes on par with each client’s distinct and individual goals.”

Patrice N. Harper

Special Counsel

"Representing a client means more than putting on a suit and appearing in court. It means learning the client’s business like it is your own and making the necessary decisions to advance your client’s interests. That is what I do every day."

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”

John L. Kortum


“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."

Robert A. Latham III


“Understanding my clients, their pressures, and the business market helps me partner with them to meet their daily and not so ordinary challenges."

Jasun Molinelli


"Any goal that you set, we will help you attain it. Any problem that you have, we will help you solve it."

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.”

Priti D. Phukan, Ph.D.


“My extensive scientific training enables me to develop a quick understanding of the issues and obtain broad protection of intellectual property.”

Edward L. Shaffer

Of Counsel

“During delicate business negotiations or controversial project approvals, I strive for a workable balance where all parties emerge feeling satisfied with the final result.”

Shaili P. Solomon


“I provide clients with strategies to identify opportunities and protect against losses; whether pursuing early resolution or preparing for trial, my aim is to protect my client’s bottom line.”

Douglas C. Straus

Managing Partner

"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."

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.”

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.”

Zachary B. Young


“Whether pursuing early resolution or preparing for trial, I help clients identify the most effective resolution and how to achieve it.”

  • Janell M. Alberto
  • Patrick R. Ball
  • W. Eric Blumhardt
  • Jeffrey  A.  Buck
  • A. Barclay "Clay" Byrnes
  • Colin  Coffey
  • Sharon  Collier
  • Charles R. Diaz
  •   Karl E. Foster
  • Patrice N. Harper
  • Robert F. Hinton
  • John  L. Kortum
  • Nandor  B. Krause
  • Robert A. Latham III
  • Jasun Molinelli
  • Richard  E. Norris
  • Priti D. Phukan, Ph.D.
  • Edward L. Shaffer
  • Shaili P. Solomon
  • Douglas C. Straus
  • Kirstin L. Wallace
  • Kenneth C. Ward
  • Stephen B. Welch
  • Zachary B. Young

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Dianna Manukyan

Archer Norris welcomes Dianna Manukyan to our Business and Litigation practices.