Press Release | 03.06.17

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF., March 6, 2017 – Archer Norris, a leading California law firm, welcomes Douglas C. Straus as its new Managing Partner. Archer Norris remains focused on complex litigation and transactional work with a commitment to servicing our clients through our offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. 

Doug succeeds Eugene C. Blackard, Jr. who is pleased to be retiring. Archer Norris remains committed to offering its State-wide clients high quality, fair-priced legal services with a focus on being lean, flexible, efficient and relatable. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to lead such an esteemed group of lawyers,” said Straus. “I thank Gene for his outstanding work to raise our firm’s California profile.  Archer Norris has a strong existing team of lawyers and staff and I want to make sure they know they are appreciated.  Firm-wide growth is anticipated, particularly in Southern California where we are very optimistic that our current efforts will produce tangible results in the next month or two.”

“Doug values working with a cohesive, unified and positive workplace environment where our attorneys and staff can thrive” said Blackard. “He deserves this honor and I am confident that, under his leadership, Archer Norris will continue to prosper.”

Doug has been a partner with Archer Norris since joining the firm in December 2000, and he has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee for the past two years. Highly skilled and very experienced at litigation and dispute resolution in high-stakes business, real estate and public sector conflicts, Doug represents a wide range of private and public sector clients in such areas as financial services, real estate development and lending, solid waste management and healthcare. Doug received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt) in 1980 and his B.S., highest distinction, from Northwestern University in 1977. 

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

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