Press Release | 07.07.17

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF., July 7, 2017 – Fifteen Archer Norris attorneys in Northern California, thirteen in Walnut Creek and two in San Francisco, have been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine among the top attorneys in California for 2017. More than 10% of Archer Norris attorneys are identified as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  

“The recognition of 15 Archer Norris attorneys by Super Lawyers is a tribute to their dedication to the legal profession, and their commitment to become practice leaders within their fields,” said Managing Partner Doug Straus. “Each of these attorneys contributes not only to Archer Norris, but to the legal community as a whole.” 

Partners in the firm’s Walnut Creek office, W. Eric “Ric” Blumhardt, Derek H. Lim, Seth J. Schwartz, Chad D. Greeson and Kenneth C. “KC” Ward have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers for 2017, along with Walnut Creek Of Counsel J. Virginia Peiser. Partner Michael C. Osborne, located in the San Francisco office, is also among those named a Super Lawyer for 2017. Blumhardt celebrates three years of recognition as a Super Lawyer; Lim his sixth; Osborne his fifth; Schwartz his third; and Peiser and Greeson their first. This year marks Ward’s eleventh consecutive year as a Super Lawyer.

Located in Walnut Creek, senior associates Joseph A. Aguilar, A. Barclay “Clay” Byrnes, David M. Marchiano, Jessica S. Pliner, Zachary B. Young, Adrian T. Lambie and Jacqueline K. Oh, along with Anthony D. Phillips in the firm’s San Francisco office, have each been selected for inclusion on the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list. For Aguilar, Byrnes, Marchiano, Oh and Young, this is the first time being named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Pliner and Lambie celebrate their second year of recognition as Rising Stars; and Phillips his seventh.

Earlier this year, Los Angeles senior associate Richard Hoang was named a Southern California Rising Star for the fifth consecutive year.

About Super Lawyers

The patented multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations evaluations, identifying attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state; nominees are 40 years old or younger or practicing for 10 years or less. For more information about Super Lawyers, please visit

About Archer Norris

A leading California law firm, Archer Norris PLC has over 75 attorneys admitted to practice in 12 states. BTI Consulting Group named Archer Norris to its 2016 Client Service A-Team and the National Law Journal recognized Archer Norris on its “Midsize Law Firm Hot List” in 2015 and 2016. The firm focuses on business law from four strategically located offices throughout California and wherever our clients need us.

For more information about the firm, please contact Melanie Conrad at 925.930.6600 or visit the Archer Norris website at

Name Title Phone Email V-card
Blumhardt, W. Eric Partner 925.952.5408 vcard
Byrnes, A. Barclay "Clay" Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard
Greeson, Chad Partner 925.930.6600 vcard
Lambie, Adrian Of Counsel 925.930.6600 vcard
Lim, Derek Partner 925.930.6600 vcard
Marchiano, David Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard
Oh, Jacqueline Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard
Osborne, Michael Partner 415.653.1480 vcard
Peiser, J. Virginia Of Counsel 925.930.6600 vcard
Pliner, Jessica Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard
Schwartz, Seth Partner 925.930.6600 vcard
Ward, Kenneth Partner 925.952.5425 vcard
Young, Zachary Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard