Janell M. Alberto

Special Counsel

“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.”

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."

Benjamin C. Ellis


“My environmental background helps me understand my client’s needs. I always keep my client’s perspective in mind when devising legal solutions to their legal problems.”

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."

Keith R. Gillette


“Successful advocacy combines persuasive communication with an understanding of client objectives.”

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."

Christine D. Luong-Pham

Senior Associate

“I believe that the key element of quality legal representation is maintaining a thorough understanding of each client’s needs and goals.”

Aileen R. Mazanetz


“My clients’ perspective is the key to problem-solving complex litigation matters. Recognizing my clients’ needs allows me to devise effective resolutions to their legal problems.”

Jasun Molinelli

Of Counsel

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

Stevie B. Newton

Senior Associate

“My clients rely on me to protect their interests, and it is my job to go the distance and make sure they receive the best possible outcome.”

Michael C. Osborne


“Smart resolutions in sophisticated conflicts take into account the solution and the cost of getting there and implementing it. The true measure of success is client satisfaction both now and in the future.”

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.”

William H. Staples


“Communication is critical - clients appreciate that I keep them in the loop about their case. The feedback they provide allows me to achieve their goals.”

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

Senior Associate

“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
  • A. Barclay "Clay" Byrnes
  • Colin  Coffey
  • Sharon  Collier
  • Charles R. Diaz
  • Benjamin C. Ellis
  • James J. Ficenec
  • Keith  R. Gillette
  • John  L. Kortum
  • Nandor  B. Krause
  • Robert A. Latham III
  • Christine D. Luong-Pham
  • Aileen R. Mazanetz
  • Jasun Molinelli
  • Stevie B. Newton
  • Michael C. Osborne
  • Edward L. Shaffer
  • William  H. Staples
  • Douglas C. Straus
  • Kirstin L. Wallace
  • Kenneth C. Ward
  • Stephen B. Welch
  • Zachary B. Young

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