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  • Steven B. Abbott

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4370
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Steven.Abbott@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Abbott is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He is also experienced in the practice areas of premises liability, products liability (ranging from firearm manufacturers to Segway People Movers), surety law and construction law, trade secrets, and toxic tort defense (including asbestos cases). In addition, Mr. Abbott has experience defending consumer litigation lawsuits involving allegations of violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as well as common law tort claims on behalf of creditors. Mr. Abbott has successfully defended numerous Home Owners Association defendants in cases ranging from premise liability, security guard cases, to construction related issues and contractual disputes. He has successfully argued multiple dispositive motions on behalf of his HOA clients that resulted in complete dismissals. In Washington State Steven Abbott’s practice generally focused on real estate law, corporate law, and family law including wills, trusts, & estates. In Nevada he primarily concentrates on construction and general liability law with experience representing clients in state and federal court. As a law clerk with the United States Air Force he played a significant role in a complex government procurement integrity violation case. Mr. Abbott has extensive experience defending vehicular accidents in Nevada and Arizona.

  • Nigamnarayan Acharya

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.476.2002
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Nigam.Acharya@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nigamnarayan

    Nigamnarayan Acharya is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. His practice includes both litigation and client counseling in the fields of patent law and trademark law, and he has particular experience in patent disputes and prosecution, Hatch-Waxman matters and large-scale trademark registration and enforcement projects, including Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters.

  • Achille Alipour

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.856.8018
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Achille.Alipour@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Achille

    Achille Alipour is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and General Liability Practice. After graduating law school, Achille clerked for the Honorable Justine A. Niccollai of the Passiac County Superior Court, Chancery Division. During his clerkship, Mr. Alipour worked in one of the busiest dockets in one of New Jersey’s busiest counties, handling matters from filing to disposition.

    Following his clerkship, Achille practiced in a mid-sized New Jersey defense firm, handling liability and coverage matters in both New Jersey and New York.

  • Laura Ackermann

    Office: Albuquerque, NM
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 505.545.8295
    Office Fax: 505.828.3900
    Email: Laura.Ackermann@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Laura

    Laura Ackermann is a partner in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She handles employment related cases representing parties in both state and federal courts. Ms. Ackermann handles all aspects of litigation including discovery practice, mediation, arbitration, and trials. She has extensive courtroom experience practicing both as a civil litigator and as a criminal litigator. She has practiced and is licensed in New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii.

  • Sarah A. Adam

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0896
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Sarah.Adam@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sarah

    Sarah A. Adam is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. 

  • Kip J. Adams

    Office: Boston, MA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 857.313.3919
    Fax: 857.313.3951
    Email: Kip.Adams@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kip

    Kip Adams is a partner in the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois. He is a member of the firm’s Products Liability and Toxic Tort Practices and handles an array of civil litigation matters for Lewis Brisbois clients in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. He primarily represents businesses, insurance companies, and their insureds in complex products liability, toxic tort, asbestos, professional liability (including accountants), and general liability litigation matters. Kip’s litigation experience in these areas spans several different industries, and includes Fortune 50 companies, national retailers and franchises, and regional local businesses. Among Kip’s current and former representations are:

    • A Fortune 50 chemical company in toxic tort and asbestos matters.
    • A European based water works component manufacturer against claims of design defect resulting in flooding damages.
    • Two of the nations largest homebuilder in litigation relating to development issues and subcontractor liability.
    • One of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers against allegations of breach of contract and design defect.
    • One of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers against general liability claims.
    • A Massachusetts based specialty biotechnology company against claims of causing catastrophic property and personal injury damages from a natural gas explosion.
    • A Texas based hydraulic pipeline component manufacturer against a multi-million dollar flooding claim.
    • A nationwide steakhouse franchise against premises liability claims.

    Kip has written on cutting edge issues relating to civil litigation and deposition practice. He has co-authored articles on advanced strategies to prevent or limit the unnecessary depositions of corporate executives that have been published in legal and industry publications. Kip is also no stranger to the courtroom. His courtroom experience includes multiple jury trials, and numerous arguments in support of various pre-trial and dispositive motions. In 2016, Kip argued on appeal before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court seeking to affirm summary judgment for his client and the formal adoption of the sophisticated user defense to tort liability in Maine. Kip has additionally participated in several mediations and other dispute resolution activities that have resolved dozens of matters effectively for his clients. In recognition of his notable work on behalf of the firm’s clients, Kip was recently named to the inaugural "Under 40 Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation. The list recognizes the "achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger," and is compiled through a process of both peer review and case examination.

  • Sean Africk

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.583.6020
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Sean.Africk@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean Africk is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Angelica Agnitti

    Office: Hartford, CT
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 860.566.8056
    Office Fax: 860.748.4857
    Email: Angelica.Agnitti@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Angelica

    Angelica Agnitti is a partner in the Hartford office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Angelica has extensive litigation experience in various areas, including premises liability, auto accidents and personal injury. She provides a vigorous defense of her clients and works closely with them starting from the investigative stage throughout the life of the case, including depositions and mediations. She represents her clients zealously with the use of oral advocacy, motion practice and other proceedings in Massachusetts and New York.

  • Taliah S. Ahdut

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.455.7429
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Taliah.Ahdut@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Taliah

    Taliah S. Ahdut is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice, focusing in the areas of insurance coverage and general liability. In addition, Ms. Ahdut is also a member of the Medical Malpractice Department, defending claims against hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare treatment providers.

    Ms. Ahdut graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she was a member of Law Review. While in law school, she also participated in several appellate moot court competitions, finishing as a quarterfinalist in the Tausend Appellate Competition and as a semi-finalist in the Region 12 National Moot Court Competition.

  • Josh Cole Aicklen

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4373
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Josh.Aicklen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Josh Cole

    Josh Cole Aicklen is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the firm's national Hospitality Practice. He has over 25 years of experience litigating cases in Nevada and California State and Federal courts. Mr. Aicklen practices in the areas of hospitality litigation and works with local and national hospitality clients in all aspects of premises, food service, grocery and retail stores. He also prosecutes business litigation matters. His other practice areas include general liability litigation defense in wrongful death, automobile, trucking and motorcycle cases; premises liability/negligent security claims against landowners; products liability; and the investigation and litigation of fraudulent claims. Mr. Aicklen also has extensive experience in the defense of professional liability claims against real estate professionals, psychologists, stock brokers and insurance agents and brokers. 

    Mr. Aicklen was an adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier College School of Law, teaching courses on Legal Research, Writing and Civil Discovery. He teaches a workshop course to insurance industry professionals on how to detect and litigate fraudulent claims. Mr. Aicklen has also taught seminar courses on jury selection; jury trials in automobile accident cases; trying personal injury cases in Nevada; legal writing; defense of mold and mildew cases; civil procedure; trial skills and Nevada employment law.

    Mr. Aicklen has been named a top general liability litigation lawyer by Desert Companion Magazine and "Best of the Best" by Vegas Inc. Magazine. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and he's been named as a "Top Lawyer" in Nevada by Vegas, Inc. Magazine.

  • Katherine Akamine

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5539
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Kate.Akamine@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Katherine

    Katherine Akamine is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Akamine's practice includes all aspects of employment and labor litigation, representing public entities, businesses, and corporations of all sizes, as well as their management and employees in employment-related lawsuits. This encompasses numerous areas, including employment contracts, claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation based on race, gender, age, disability, pregnancy and religion, and wage and hour issues.

    Ms. Akamine began her legal career with a reputable law firm in Orange County where she concentrated her practice on complex commercial litigation, including real estate litigation, securities laws litigation, torts, and employment disputes. She has experience litigating, mediating, and trying jury and non-jury cases in state court on behalf of her clients.

  • Thelma Akpan

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1729
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Thelma.Akpan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Thelma

    Thelma Akpan is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Labor & Employment Practices. 

  • Andre Aladadyan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6016
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Andre.Aladadyan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andre

    Andre Aladadyan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Alexander A. Alarcon

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.6337
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alex.Alarcon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexander

    Alexander A. Alarcon is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Alarcon practiced at a boutique plaintiff's firm litigating a wide variety of cases, including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, medical malpractice, employment, and consumer class action matters.

  • Robin Alexander

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2042
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Robin.Alexander@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robin

    Robin Alexander is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and her practice focuses on antitrust and competition, securities, corporate, and commercial law. Robin represents public and private companies in a wide range of matters, including government and internal investigations, compliance, and civil litigation. Robin has experience conducting interviews, assessing alleged violations, drafting investigation reports, and developing and implementing compliance programs. Robin is also an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

    Robin earned her J.D. in 2014 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she served as a contributor to the Race to the Bottom, a blog analyzing the laws that govern today’s corporations. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and while pursuing her law degree, Robin was a Program Manager for a professional services firm delivering human resources and procurement support to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. While there she supervised a 30-member team and directed the firm’s process improvement program. Robin received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Washington in 2008, where she competed in NCAA Division I soccer. 

    Antitrust and Competition Law
    Robin provides litigation and compliance advice to general counsels and corporate executives to simplify the complexities of the U.S. antitrust laws. Robin advises companies on matters involving federal and state antitrust issues including: antitrust compliance programs; trade association compliance; resale pricing programs; advertised pricing programs; price discrimination compliance; competitor collaborations; joint ventures; and information exchanges. Robin also represents companies in federal and state antitrust law matters involving: monopolization; price-fixing; bid-rigging; market divisions; product and customer allocations; and tying.

    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Robin advises companies on a wide range of general corporate law matters, including formation, financing activities, and contract negotiation.

    Securities Law
    Robin represents companies as well as individuals facing investigation and civil litigation related to the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. She also advises clients on related compliance matters and assists companies in implementing compliance processes and procedures. 

  • Ryan S. Alexander

    Office: Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3869
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ryan.Alexander@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Alexander is a partner in the Los Angeles and Dallas offices of Lewis Brisbois. His practice focuses on corporate, commercial and intellectual property and technology transactional matters.

    Ryan represents publicly-traded companies, privately-held companies, private equity funds, partnerships and professional service firms for clients in the automotive, consumer products, utility, government vendor, financial services, and media and advertising sectors. He has also served as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded company.

    He has lead the completion of numerous acquisitions and sell-offs of a variety of businesses ranging in deal size between $100,000 and $15,000,000, and has participated in numerous acquisitions and sell-offs ranging from $5,000,000 to $8,000,000,000. He has also led and completed extensive reorganizations, consolidations, and relocations of businesses and operations worldwide.

    Ryan has completed numerous private securities offerings up to $10,000,000. In addition, he has completed various other forms of financing and credit facilities.

    He has provided services to private equity funds including, formation, the sale of fund interests, the purchase and sale of portfolio interests, and regulatory compliance.

    Ryan has extensive commercial experience and has completed transactions relating to the design, development, manufacture and sale of products, and the sourcing of materials, products and technology worldwide. He has also prepared numerous distribution, dealer, and franchise agreements. In addition, he has created sales and warranty policies for numerous high-end consumer products manufacturers, and has counseled clients regarding manufacturers’ obligations pursuant to federal and state warranty laws.

    He has considerable intellectual property transactional and licensing experience including the licensing and transfers of technology, software, trademarks, and personality and name and likeness endorsements. He has completed numerous insourcing and outsourcing transactions relating to the design, development, manufacture and distribution of products and services. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

    Ryan provides counsel concerning antitrust regulations applicable to vertical and horizontal trade practices, price discrimination, and performed a Hart-Scott-Rodino analysis for the acquisition of a Southern California refinery. He also provides counsel and guidance to clients regarding U.S. export compliance, in accordance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations and the Office of Foreign Assets Control concerning exports of U.S. - government controlled technologies, the selection and engagement of international service providers and customers, and the completion of financial transactions, and the receipt of foreign payments. In addition, Ryan has created and implemented export compliance training programs for globally sourced and distributed products as well as other various compliance training programs. He also counsels financial and management service companies regarding compliance with federal and state securities laws.

    He has also satisfactorily resolved investigations and inquiries from the Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, California Employment Development Department and Cal/OSHA, and has provided guidance and assistance for compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Kelly Alhadeff-Black

    Office: Temecula, CA, San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 951.252.6154
    Office Fax: 951.252.6151
    Email: Kelly.Black@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kelly

    Kelly Alhadeff-Black is a partner in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environment Practice. Her practice focuses primarily on land use, entitlement, environmental and regulatory issues for residential and commercial development projects in Southern California.

    Ms. Alhadeff-Black’s experience includes:

    • All aspects of the CEQA process including preparing project descriptions, review of environmental reports, drafting environmental documents including initial studies, mitigated negative declarations and sections of Environmental Impact Reports, drafting and review of mitigation and monitoring programs and various other treatment, monitoring or regulatory agreements.
    • Working with land owners, developers and public homebuilders on various aspects of the entitlement and development process.
    • Negotiation and review of regulatory permits and applications.
    • Negotiation and drafting of conservation easements
    • Negotiation and drafting of project development documents including specific plans, conditions of approval and development agreements.
    • Negotiation with Native American tribes on mitigation measures and tribal monitoring agreements.
    • Preparation and review of real estate transactional documents for the lease, purchase and sale of real property
    • Assisting with corporate and transactional issues for privately held organizations including corporations and limited liability companies.

    Kelly Alhadeff-Black has extensive experience with compliance and interpretation of Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) requirements for species conservation and habitat preservation. Specifically, the Western Riverside Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) is a comprehensive HCP requiring mitigation and conservation for over 500,000 acres of land and approximately 146 native species of plants and animals. She represented private developers, both commercial and residential, on issues with the MSHCP including negotiations of conservation requirements, sale of land and placing conservation easements and restrictive covenants over private land.

    Ms. Alhadeff-Black has negotiated to execution conservation documents (conservation easement, restrictive covenant) for public homebuilders and private land acquisition companies as well as other large and small private landowners.

    She has negotiated and drafted documents for the acquisition and maintenance of replacement mitigation land for both Army Corps and Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation requirements. Recent project efforts include identification of sufficient mitigation land for a 2,200 acre project, a 300+ unit apartment complex, a 500+ unit apartment complex, and a 900+ acre master planned community.  Ms. Alhadeff-Black has worked with regulatory specialists to negotiate mitigation ratio requirements and replacement mitigation land for conservation requirements imposed by the Army Corps and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    In addition to her work on species and habitat conservation, Ms. Alhadeff-Black is also experienced in all aspects of reviewing cultural and archaeological reports and negotiating mitigation measures, including possible land donation or conservation easements for the protection and preservation of historical and archaeological resources.  Ms. Alhadeff-Black has worked under the guidelines of both SB 18 and AB 52 which require Native American consultation and negotiation as part of the development process.

    Outside of the office, Ms. Alhadeff-Black has served as an adjunct Professor for Legal Skills at the University of San Diego School of Law, an instructor on Land Use and CEQA issues for the California State University San Marcos Environmental Leadership Academy (she has also completed the course as a student), and she serves on the Board of Directors for Kids Included Together and the Riverside Land Conservancy.

  • Samuel Alhadeff

    Office: Temecula, CA, San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 951.252.6152
    Office Fax: 951.252.6151
    Email: Samuel.Alhadeff@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Samuel

    Samuel Alhadeff is a partner in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Government Relations Practice. As such, he coordinates with other attorneys within the firm in a team approach to issues involving representation for public agencies in California. Mr. Alhadeff has represented a number of interests in his 43 year career. For example, while now specializing in governmental affairs, representation before public agencies involving real estate, land use, construction and business law, he has also represented a number of other interests throughout the years. As an example, he has represented the American Tuna Boat Association in maritime and fishing matters. He has represented numerous public companies in business matters involving both real estate and operations. Finally, he has also represented a number of winery and liquor interests throughout the country.

    For a number of years, Mr. Alhadeff served as counsel to the development of Rancho California a 91,000 acre master plan project. In working with that project, he represented a number of lenders and insurance companies. Throughout the years, he has also worked with REITS in developing large commercial projects.

    He was also asked to serve as contract City Attorney for a City in Southern California and did so for a period of six years. He has represented various cities and public entities in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. In the last few years, he has participated in working with conservation organizations in negotiating and closing property sales for conservation. In the last three years, Mr. Alhadeff has assisted in the entitlement of residential and commercial projects in California worth several billions of dollars.

    Mr. Alhadeff has lectured the State Bar in construction law and has also lectured for the American Institute of Appraisers with regard to appraisal of various property interests.

  • Seth Alhadeff

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 786.353.0241
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Seth.Alhadeff@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Seth

    Seth Alhadeff is the administrative partner in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois. An experienced litigator, Seth's practice is focused on insurance coverage disputes, construction defect matters, general liability defense, ADA compliance, securities and criminal law. His practice is grounded in the evaluation, litigation and resolution of a diverse range of liability and coverage disputes, including mediations, arbitrations and trials. He has worked on the Chinese Drywall cases, and many other toxic tort matters throughout Florida. Seth has litigated numerous cases throughout almost every district in Florida with favorable results.

  • Alia Trafficante

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 813.739.1924
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Alia.Trafficante@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alia

    Alia Trafficante is an associate in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Randy J. Aliment

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.876.2950
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Randy.Aliment@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Randy

    Randy Aliment is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois with a broad-based practice focused on commercial litigation and the higher education and sports industries. He has represented private universities in arbitrations related to admissions, governance, and their relationships with teaching locations and partner institutions outside of the U.S. He also serves as General Counsel for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of seven regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions.

    Mr. Aliment has extensive experience representing foreign clients in US litigation and overseeing foreign litigation and commercial transactions for U.S. clients (in China, Japan, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East). He is a Foreign Consultant to Duan & Duan, the first privately licensed Chinese law firm, with offices in several cities in China. A lifelong sports fan, Mr. Aliment represents several organizations and individuals in the sports and entertainment industries. He represents several NBA play-by-play announcers and has dealt extensively with sporting events at venues located at tribal casinos.

    In 2012, he served as Chair of the 25,000-member Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. In 2013, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Union Internationale des Avocats headquartered in Paris, France. He joined former Governor Christine Gregoire in September 2010 and Governor Jay Inslee in November 2013 on their trade missions to China. In 2014, Mr. Aliment served as editor and co-author of an eBook, “Invest Washington,” that has been translated into Chinese.

    Mr. Aliment has repeatedly been recognized as an outstanding Pacific Northwest lawyer, including: Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, many years - present; Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2013 – present; and Who’s Who of International Business Lawyers, 2011 – present. In 2012, he was named recipient of the University of Puget Sound’s Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Mr. Aliment’s Martindale-Hubbell rating is “AV Preeminent.”

  • Kyle C. Allen

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 215.977.4082
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Kyle.Allen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kyle

    Kyle Allen is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Life Sciences, General Liability, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Labor & Employment Practices. Kyle represents corporate and institutional clients in a range of litigation matters in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on products and general liability matters and employment-related litigation. He also focuses on the representation of doctors, hospitals, and healthcare entities in medical malpractice matters. 

    Kyle has significant experience defending educational institutions during investigations by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice, in administrative proceedings before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and in state and federal courts in cases involving a wide array of discrimination claims. He has also represented government employers facing complaints alleging civil rights violations under Section 1983 and in litigation involving an array of First Amendment claims.

    In 2010, Kyle was awarded the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. He spent the next year in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates learning Arabic and Persian Farsi, studying comparative constitutionalism, and working with the Emirati government on practical issues regarding federalism and jurisdictional issues in local and federal courts. During law school, Mr. Allen served as a two-term judicial intern to the Honorable James J. Fitzgerald III of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

  • Allison R. Brauer

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 972.942.5697
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Allison.Brauer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Allison

    Allison Brauer is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She is experienced in handling a wide range of technical and legal issues that characterize this practice, including but not limited to data security incident notification, violations of privacy rights, and consumer protection violations. She has assisted clients by overseeing investigations into data security events, navigating the complex process of responding to the loss, theft, or compromise of protected information, and guiding clients through regulatory investigations arising from data security events.

    Allison also has several years of experience as a civil litigator with a background in commercial litigation, personal injury and property damage claims, professional liability, and creditors' rights.

  • Adi Allushi

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2173
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Adi.Allushi@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Adi

    Adi Allushi is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Corporate, Entertainment, Media & Sports and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. Mr. Allushi represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation proceedings, business and commercial transactions, music and entertainment and hospitality industry. Adi counsels clients on various business related disputes, litigation prevention, crisis management, as well as transactional matters.

    Adi Allushi has made quite an impact on the Atlanta community with his involvement in business ventures in hotels, restaurants and local charities. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Allushi owned and operated a number of upscale establishments located downtown and in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead financial district. Combining his broad business experience and legal acumen, Adi is able to provide his clients with valuable insight.

  • Marla Almazan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3984
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Marla.Almazan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Marla

    Marla Almazan is a partner in the Los Angles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and Toxic Tort & Environmental Practices. Ms. Almazan's primary focus is the defense of companies against claims involving exposure to asbestos in complex toxic tort litigation. Ms. Almazan has extensive experience representing equipment manufacturers, construction product manufacturers, premises owners, and distributors and suppliers of a wide variety of products. Ms. Almazan is versed in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts and has enjoyed great success in obtaining dismissals, summary judgments, and favorable settlements for her clients. 

    Ms. Almazan’s considerable experience in Products Liability and Toxic Tort/Environmental litigation provides her a unique ability to obtain positive results for clients through aggressive motion practice or by leveraging dismissals early in the litigation process. She has been successful with creative motions, discovery, and investigation. Ms. Almazan works closely with the client to create innovative strategies to best serve her client's goals and interests. 

    Ms. Almazan has been recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers and was named one of the The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California.

  • Kent Altsuler

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.742.6720
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Kent.Altsuler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kent

    Kent Altsuler is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. His primary practice is in commercial litigation and civil trial matters involving real estate, breach of contract, medical malpractice defense, fraud, copyright, breach of fiduciary duty, employment issues, declaratory judgment, non-competes, negligence, defamation, property damage, environmental contamination, toxic torts, insurance, arbitration, trade secrets and fraudulent transfers. 

  • Jaquelyn I. Alvarado

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7866
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jaquelyn.Alvarado@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jaquelyn

    Jaquelyn Alvarado is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice.

  • Stefan A. Alvarez

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 813.739.1904
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Stefan.Alvarez@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Stefan

    Stefan Alvarez is an associate in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the First Party Property, Insurance Coverage, General Liability, Consumer Litigation Defense & Financial Services, and Healthcare Practices. Mr. Alvarez focuses his practice in first party property defense, bad faith litigation, and general liability defense, including premises liability and trucking liability. Mr. Alvarez has experience representing clients in various capacities, from pre-suit investigations and coverage matters to every stage of litigation through trial.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Alvarez worked as the Senior Manager of Legal Research and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. During his time there, Mr. Alvarez was responsible for managing components of various international initiatives for Fortune 250 companies, including the strategic development and implementation of research, communications, and advocacy efforts in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. In addition, Mr. Alvarez also handled a range of domestic issues related to shareholder activism and campaign finance, including legislative and regulatory measures at the state and federal level.

    After several years with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Alvarez's passion for the rule of law and his desire to better serve the people of Florida brought him back to his hometown of Tampa, Florida to become an Assistant State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Alvarez prosecuted thousands of cases from intake through trial with charges ranging from Domestic Battery, Assault, Theft, and Driving Under the Influence, amongst others.

    Following his time at the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Alvarez joined a small firm, where he litigated hundreds of consumer claims in state and federal court with a focus on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), and the Florida Consumer Collections Practices Act (“FCCPA”).

    Mr. Alvarez lives in the Tampa Bay area, where he is an active member of the community.

  • Erica E. Amin

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.845.9704
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Erica.Amin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Erica

    Erica Amin is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Architects & Engineers and Professional Liability Practices.

  • Zahed Amin

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4913
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Zahed.Amin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Zahed

    Zahed Amin is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Practice.

    Mr. Amin handles the following types of matters:

    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Construction
    • Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance
    • Surety
    • Class Actions
    • Unfair Competition and Infringement of Trade Secrets
    • Products Liability
    • Professional Liability
    • Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

    Mr. Amin has substantial experience litigating and influencing high-impact civil actions in state and federal courts for commercial, construction, insurance coverage and reinsurance, surety, real estate, landlord-tenant, employment, unfair competition, products liability, professional liability, toxic torts, asbestos litigation, business torts, and intellectual property legal matters. Mr. Amin has taken and defended in excess of 200 party, third party, and expert witness depositions.

    Mr. Amin has successfully prepared and argued numerous law and motion matters, including motions for summary judgment/adjudications, demurrers, motions to dismiss, motions to strike, motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions to compel, motions for financial discovery, motions for conditional relief from automatic bankruptcy stay, motions for protective orders, motions for good faith settlement, motions contesting good faith settlement, motions in limine, and motions for nonsuit.

    Mr. Amin has represented clients in multiple different industries, such as financial professionals, accountants, attorneys, design professionals, insurance companies, sureties, construction subcontractors, automotive corporations, craning companies, chemical distributors, distributors of kitchen and bathroom products, third party administrators, manufacturers of cellular technology equipment, and farming corporations.

    Some of Mr. Amin’s representative matters include the following:

    • Served as second chair during a multi-week jury trial involving fire damages to a historical railroad bridge;
    • Prosecuted a commercial arbitration regarding the interpretation and application of a contractual indemnification clause under Texas law;
    • Secured a settlement on behalf of a third party administrator at less than 10% of the alleged damages in a professional liability case involving allegations of fraudulent billing and mishandling of insurance claims;
    • Represented a manufacturer and distributor of cellular modules in a multi-party dispute concerning allegedly defective memory chips;
    • Successfully opposed a motion for class certification involving 1,000 putative class members regarding alleged habitability issues at a 325-unit hotel;
    • Obtained a defense verdict in December 2012 on behalf of a diacetyl supplier in a type of lawsuit commonly referred to as “popcorn lung;”
    • Serve as National Coordinating Counsel for a chemical distributor sued in more than 50 lawsuits around the country;
    • Represented a manufacturer of cellular technology equipment in litigation and arbitration involving human exposure to radiofrequency radiation energy;
    • Secured summary judgment on behalf of a company sued in an asbestos exposure lawsuit;
    • Obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit for a farming corporation after applying recent changes to the state’s redevelopment laws and regulations;
    • Represented financial professionals and accountants in lawsuits involving the use of life insurance products as an estate planning tool;
    • Represented accountants and an accounting firm in an internal employee embezzlement lawsuit;
    • Represented excavation, demolition, painting, and framing subcontractors in construction defect lawsuits; and
    • Secured a dismissal on behalf of a law firm in a legal malpractice action after serving comprehensive written discovery and filing a demurrer and a motion to strike.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Amin served as an associate attorney for a boutique litigation firm in San Ramon, California.

    Immediately prior to becoming a California licensed attorney, Mr. Amin worked in the Real Estate Law Department of The Men’s Wearhouse, where he identified the company’s rights and obligations delineated in negotiated real estate documents.

  • Douglas H. Amster

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 973.718.3955
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Douglas.Amster@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Douglas

    Douglas Amster is a partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Aviation Practice. Mr. Amster focuses his practice on aviation tort defense on behalf of domestic commercial airlines, which includes the defense of a non-carrier airline in the 9/11 litigation, and the defense of post-9/11 passenger removal/racial profiling cases. He also represents the owners and operators of private aircraft as well as entities that maintain and repair aircraft. Mr. Amster’s general aviation experience includes accidents and investigations involving Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, Piper, Mooney and Beechcraft fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Sikorsky and Schweizer rotorcraft.

    Mr. Amster also has substantial experience in many areas of commercial and personal injury litigation, including products liability, contract disputes, fraud claims, securities fraud litigation, medical malpractice and legal malpractice claims. 

    Effective January 1, 2015, Mr. Amster was appointed as a Trustee of the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The Fund is an entity of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and it was established in 1969 to reimburse clients who have suffered a loss due to the dishonest conduct of a member of the New Jersey Bar.

  • Chinazo Anachebe

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.348.8573
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Chinazo.Anachebe@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Chinazo

    Chinazo Anachebe is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Prior to joining the firm, Chinazo served as the sole judicial staff attorney to the Honorable Ben W. Studdard, Chief Judge of the State Court of Henry County. As staff attorney in one of the top ten civil filing counties in Georgia, Chinazo managed the Court’s largest civil docket, advised the Chief Judge on the disposition of civil litigation issues, and drafted orders and court correspondence.

    Chinazo is a graduate of Auburn University and Mississippi College School of Law. During her law school matriculation, Chinazo served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Yvette Miller, Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, a law clerk to the Atlanta District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a legal intern to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

    Upon graduation from law school, Chinazo was selected and served as a Graduate Law Fellow with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s South Fulton/Clayton Office. In this role, she handled a variety of civil matters, including but not limited to family, employment, and education law matters.

  • Dina Anagnopoulos

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7830
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Dina.Anagnopoulos@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dina

    Dina Anagnopoulos is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Healthcare, Medical Malpractice, and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. She practices in the area of healthcare law which includes the defense of healthcare providers and medical facilities in medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. Her experience includes various aspects of litigation and trial practice, including drafting initial pleadings, discovery, motions, and conducting and defending depositions; preparation of motions in limine, trial memoranda, pre-trial statements, jury instructions, post-trial motions and appellate briefs.

    Throughout her legal career, Ms. Anagnopoulos has litigated a variety of matters including insurance defense, personal injuries, wrongful death, dram shop liability, construction defect and contract disputes. She has experience in representing individuals, businesses, bars, restaurants, subcontractors and general contractors against claims of negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied and express warranties, and against claims for indemnity, violations of statutes and punitive damages.

    Prior to working in civil litigation, Ms. Anagnopoulos was a criminal prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She was involved in all stages of criminal litigation from the charging and grand jury phase all the way through felony jury trials.

  • Mojan Anari

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5062
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Mojan.Anari@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mojan

    Mojan Anari is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She represents healthcare institutions, healthcare systems, and healthcare practitioners in lawsuits and investigations, including complex civil litigation, binding arbitration, and other administrative proceedings.

    Ms. Anari's extensive litigation experience includes defending high-exposure cases in all phases of litigation, including fact investigation, discovery and deposition, law and motion, oral argument, settlement negotiation, and trial preparation. Ms. Anari has obtained numerous favorable outcomes by way of dismissals and dispositive motions.

    Ms. Anari also counsels clients regarding regulatory, privacy, and HIPAA-compliance issues.

  • Jill Anderfuren

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3315
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Jill.Anderfuren@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jill

    Jill Anderfuren is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology and Antitrust & Competition Practices. Ms. Anderfuren advances and protects the interests of clients in the insurance, consulting, medical, and consumer products industries. Working together, she builds and maintains successful trademark protection strategies for clients, both in the United States and internationally. They rely on her knowledge, based on over 20 years of international experience in the analysis, prosecution, clearance, licensing and litigation of trademarks. Ms. Anderfuren's extensive background along with her experience in inter partes proceedings and her involvement with INTA committee work, affords her clients keen perspectives and a thorough understanding of their issues. 

    The World Trademark Review listed Ms. Anderfuren in its 2018 and 2014 WTR 1000 rankings, recognizing her as one of the leading trademark attorneys in the world.

    In addition to her extensive trademark work for clients, Ms. Anderfuren frequently assists and counsels clients on copyright and unfair competition issues, along with counseling regarding customs enforcement and seizure and internet issues.

  • Kayleigh A. Andersen

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 909.381.7198
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Kayleigh.Andersen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kayleigh

    Kayleigh A. Andersen is an associate in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Government Relations Practices.  She joined Lewis Bribsois in November 2018, after previously working for a law firm in Los Angeles specializing in Government Entity Liability.

  • Tophas Anderson IV

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.792.1498
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Tophas.AndersonIV@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Tophas

    Tophas Anderson IV is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. He is known for his dedication and commitment to clients. He began his legal career as a prosecutor, and conducted more than 50 trials including 13 felony jury trials. He left criminal law and has now been a civil litigator for over a decade.

    He is active in the community, previously serving on the Board of Directors of a local charity and he also spent several years as Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Civil Jury Instructions Committee. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized Tophas' professional accomplishments and community involvement by including him in the 2013 Forty under 40 class of business leaders. 

    Tophas has defended clients across numerous industries in matters ranging from medical malpractice, healthcare, personal injury, and employment. He works closely with clients to help them avoid legal pitfalls and when necessary, defends them in trial.

  • Charles S. Anderson

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 618.307.7281
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: Charles.Anderson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles Anderson is a partner in the Madison County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Asbestos Litigation, Products Liability, and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. He spends much of his time defending asbestos claims brought by plaintiffs in Madison County, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.

    Mr. Anderson has extensive experience litigating asbestos/products liability claims in these jurisdiction including preparing responses to written discovery, deposing parties, experts, other witnesses, and advising clients on strategies to achieve early and expedient dismissal. Mr. Anderson regularly and aggressively pursues a wide range of defenses to achieve his client's goals in asbestos/products liability matters including moving to dismiss cases early based on lack of personal jurisdiction/forum non conveniens, applying foreign law, and seeking summary judgment. Mr. Anderson has successfully argued dispositive motions in both Illinois and Missouri cases and has also won motions applying foreign law and opposing consolidation of cases by plaintiffs.

    Besides product liability matters, Mr. Anderson also handles claims brought by plaintiffs alleging injury caused by defects on a defendant's property. In fact, last year, Mr. Anderson assisted in the defense of a wrongful death action brought by Missouri Plaintiffs against a large multinational corporation. Plaintiffs alleged the corporation was negligent for failing to warn invitees of asbestos insulation on its industrial property. The St. Louis City jury found no liability on the part of the corporation. See Linda Nichols, et al v. The Dow Chemical Company, et al. 1222-CC-01820 (3 week jury trial).

    Mr. Anderson is licensed to practice in the State Courts of Illinois and Missouri and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Missouri.

  • Ryan Anderson

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5587
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Ryan.Anderson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Anderson is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. 

  • Mark K. Anesh

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1411
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Mark.Anesh@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mark

    Mark Anesh is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a co-chair of the Professional Liability Practice. His legal practice focuses on professional liability defense, primarily on lawyers, accountants, real estate professionals, insurance agents and brokers, and other miscellaneous professionals. He also concentrates on D&O liability for nonprofits, as well as estates and trust litigation, with work in Surrogate’s Court. While his concentration is in litigation, he also represents insurers in coverage disputes and in declaratory judgment actions. Mr. Anesh handles all aspects of risk management for lawyers, such as audits, seminars, newsletters, 1-800 hotlines, webinars, and approved continuing legal education programs. He is responsible for coordinating national professional liability hotlines for a variety of clients involving various professional liability areas of practice, including lawyers, accountants and real estate professionals. The pre-claim hotlines result in actions taken which operate to avoid or eliminate claims from being made, and/or reduce the client's exposure.

    Mr. Anesh has written a number of professional liability insurance policies and obtained approvals from various state insurance departments. He is a frequent lecturer on risk management for attorneys for the New York State and American Bar Associations. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of law at Touro Law Center, and was an assistant adjunct professor of law at the Hofstra University School of Law.

  • Jack G. Angaran

    Office: Reno, NV
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 775.399.6371
    Office Fax: 775.827.9256
    Email: Jack.Angaran@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jack

    Jack Angaran is the managing partner in the Reno/Tahoe office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He is a trial lawyer and formerly a Deputy District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada. Jack also served as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army.

    Mr. Angaran serves as defense trial counsel for professionals, employers, businesses and insurance companies in a variety of complex, high exposure legal disputes and civil jury trials, including business and commercial, professional liability, product liability, coverage, insurance bad faith, real estate and personal injury.

    Mr. Angaran has been selected annually as a Nevada and Mountain States Super Lawyer (Civil Litigation), and is annually listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law, Litigation, Real Estate and Litigation, Construction). Jack is an Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

  • Kara Angeletti

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3371
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Kara.Angeletti@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kara

    Kara Angeletti is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. 

  • Brittney Angelich

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7116
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Brittney.Angelich@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brittney

    Brittney Angelich is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She focuses on cases involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage, arising out of premises liability, general negligence and intentional torts.

  • John A. Anselmo

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1349
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: John.Anselmo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Anselmo is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Laura J. Anson

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5535
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Laura.Anson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Laura

    Laura Anson is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. 

    Ms. Anson’s employment practice focuses on the defense of both private and public entity employers in discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims. Ms. Anson’s experience handling employment matters includes representation of employers before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, in state and federal court and in arbitration, and in pre-litigation resolution. Beyond her litigation experience, Ms. Anson has experience counseling and assisting employers in a wide variety of matters, including proper termination procedures, resolution of employee disputes, and drafting employee handbooks and risk management protocols.

    Ms. Anson is a certified Civil Rights Investigator through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). Ms. Anson brings her breadth of experience and knowledge from years investigating sexual harassment and related claims under Title VII to the nuanced investigations of Title IX claims. Ms. Anson’s specialized training in this field assists in all Title IX related matters, from investigating student claims, to advising educational institutions regarding the adequacy of investigations, to defending against claims of improper investigations.

    Ms. Anson’s practice includes all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation claim resolution through trial and appeal.

    Ms. Anson practices in both the Costa Mesa and Los Angeles offices.

  • Phillip J. Anthony

    Office: Raleigh, NC
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 919.459.6137
    Office Fax: 919.829.0055
    Email: Phillip.Anthony@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Phillip

    Phillip Anthony is the managing partner in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Workers’ Compensation Practices. Following his graduation from the University of Akron with a Bachelor's Degree in telecommunications, Mr. Anthony was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. During his eight years in the Air Force, Mr. Anthony earned a Master's Degree in Business Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Mr. Anthony earned his Juris Doctor with Honors from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. While at Campbell, Mr. Anthony was inducted into several honor societies and was three times recognized by Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities and Who's Who Among American Law Students. The winner of five American Jurisprudence Book Awards for top performance in his classes, Mr. Anthony also served as Articles Editor of the Campbell Law Review and served as a contributing researcher for Williston on Contracts, Fourth Edition.

    Mr. Anthony is a frequent lecturer on legal matters and has served as an instructor in the area of Workers' Compensation Law for the North Carolina Bar Foundation's Practical Skills Course. He is also a certified mediator, since 1997.

    Mr. Anthony practices before all federal and state courts, as well as various administrative forums such as the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Employment Security Commission. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American and North Carolina Bar Associations and the Defense Research Institute.

  • Vi Applen

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6008
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Vi.Applen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Vi

    Vi Applen is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Applen represents employers and individual defendants in a broad range of employment litigation including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, and unfair business practices. Ms. Applen also handles class action wage and hour lawsuits and other complex employment litigation matters.

    Ms. Applen practices in both state and federal court and before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

    Ms. Applen also counsels clients on a wide range of employment-related issues, including employee discipline and termination, whistleblower claims, lay-off procedures, reasonable accommodations, wage and hour laws, and harassment and discrimination issues.

  • Allison Arabian

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5534
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Allison.Arabian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Allison

    Allison Arabian is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office and a member of the Appellate Practice. The emphasis of her practice is on civil appeals and writs, and post-trial motions, where an appeal is anticipated.

    Ms. Arabian has personally drafted over 80 appellate briefs, writs and petitions in the appellate courts in the State of California and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Allison Arabian is a partner in the firm's Orange County office, where she has been a member of the Appellate Practice Group since 2006. Ms. Arabian has assisted in the filing of over 100 briefs, writs and petitions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and the California Courts of Appeal. Of those briefs, she has personally drafted 80. Her practice also includes assisting trial counsel with the preservation of legal issues where an appeal is anticipated, including the preparation of post-trial motions.

    Her efforts as an appellate lawyer have resulted in decisions affirming defense judgments following bench and jury trials, as well as dismissals at the pleading and summary judgment stage. She has represented clients on a broad range of issues including business and personal injury torts, product liability, employment law, franchise disputes, professional liability, trademark and patent litigation, probate, insurance coverage and bad faith, Proposition 51 and apportionment, attorneys' fees, discovery sanctions, premises liability, lender liability, eminent domain, bankruptcy, and anti-SLAPP. Recently, Ms. Arabian persuaded the Court of Appeal to extend quasi-judicial immunity to a court-appointed guardian ad litem in McClintock v. West 219 Cal.App.4th 540 (2013).

  • Jennifer E. Aragon

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.455.7412
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Jennifer.Aragon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Aragon is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Her focus and experience are in bad faith litigation, insurance coverage and commercial auto litigation.

  • Zaruhi Arakelyan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.6330
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Zaruhi.Arakelyan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Zaruhi

    Zaruhi Arakelyan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Arakelyan represents employers, insurers and self-insured employers in worker's compensation matters throughout the state of California.

  • William Archer

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5147
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: William.Archer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About William

    William Archer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice. He primarily focuses on providing transactional, intellectual property and litigation services for clients throughout the entertainment/media industries, including music, motion picture, television, new media, theater, fashion, publishing, and modeling.

    Mr. Archer regularly forms limited liability companies and other entities; provides start-up advice; prepares and negotiates agreements for acquisition of motion picture and other rights including option/acquisition agreements, purchase agreements, writer agreements and exclusive shopping agreements; and drafts and negotiates financing agreements and related documents including private placement memoranda, loan agreements, equity financing agreements and hybrid loan/equity transactions including partially financing motion pictures through sales of tax credits. Mr. Archer also assists his production company clients with becoming signatories to the basic agreements with the WGA, SAG-AFTRA, DGA and IATSE and advises clients regarding relevant provisions under those agreements. He also regularly negotiates and drafts production contracts (with networks, producers, directors, actors, editors and others), recording contracts, co-publishing and exclusive songwriter agreements, record producer agreements, composer agreements, soundtrack album agreements, album financing agreements, endorsement agreements, band partnership agreements, synch and master use licenses, and distribution and licensing agreements. Mr. Archer also handles clearance issues and advises clients regarding contests, sweepstakes and other promotions.

    Mr. Archer recently has closed and assisted clients in closing transactions with Paramount, Dreamworks, the BBC, ABC, Fox, E!, Lifetime, BET, Nippon TV, Appian Way (Leonardo DiCaprio’s company), United Artists Media Group (Mark Burnett’s company), Reveille (now Shine), Universal Music, E-One, Fuse, True Entertainment, Castle Pictures and others. His clients include or have included Ashanti, Toni Braxton, Swizz Beats, Stephen Swid, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, David Duchovny, Dr. Jane Goodall, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Beats Music, Interscope, Zomba, Maverick, Kobalt, Varése Sarabande Records, CJ Entertainment, Netmarble, Napalm Records, Blue Ice Pictures, the Producers Guild of America, and a number of other motion picture, television, commercial/video production, record and music publishing companies. Mr. Archer has a particular interest in cross-border transactions and disputes and represents entertainment industry clients in Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Finland, China, Korea, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.

    Recent transactions that Mr. Archer successfully closed or helped clients close include: motion picture distribution agreement with Dreamworks Animation; television show format option and license agreement between two entertainment conglomerates; license agreement between UK and Asian companies for on-demand service rights to various series episodes; television program license agreement between Japanese and Korean television networks; multiple licenses for use of John Williams’ Star Wars score in a video game; and license agreement with IFTA on Demand for live K-pop concert television program.

    Mr. Archer has litigated a wide range of entertainment industry disputes, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, idea submission, contract, Talent Agencies Act, film investor, defamation, employment and reuse fee disputes. He also has represented entertainment industry clients in WGA, IFTA, AFMA and ICDR arbitrations. Recent litigation matters include defense of Beats Music in an action alleging over $20 million in contract damages, defense of a U.S. record company arising from neighboring rights uses in Europe, right of publicity action for Ashanti and dismissal with prejudice of $765,000 fraud complaint against the managing director of a German record company.

    Mr. Archer’s published articles/book chapters include: “Getting Real” (an analysis of right of publicity, copyright and other legal issues in the reality TV context), Los Angeles Lawyer, 28th Annual Entertainment Law Issue, May 2012; “Keeping Score: Music Rights in Film”, Los Angeles Lawyer, 25th Annual Entertainment Law Issue, May 2009; “From ‘Ace in the Hole’ to ‘Rounders’ – State and Federal Courts in California Have Dealt a Few Good Cards to Screenwriters and Other Idea Purveyors”, Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook 2006-2007 Edition, Thomson-West, 2006; and “Artists’ Rights: Understanding Them, Protecting Them and Fighting for Them”, Entertainment Settlements and Negotiations: Leading Lawyers on Contract Negotiations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation Issues in Entertainment and Sports Law, Aspatore Books, 2006.

    Mr. Archer is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.

    In December 2015, Mr. Archer spoke at a conference at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany on U.S. and E.U. copyright laws in the entertainment industries and how TTIP could affect them.

    Mr. Archer received his BA (philosophy/psychology), MA (philosophy) and JD from the University of Arizona where he also completed all of the course work for his Ph.D. in philosophy with a major in contemporary moral philosophy. He also taught philosophy for four years at the University of Arizona and has taken a number of film courses at UCLA.

    For Mr. Archer’s film credits, see: http://www.imdb.me/william.archer

  • Ashley N. Arnett

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8263
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Ashley.Arnett@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ashley

    Ashley Arnett is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

  • Brian G. Arnold

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.358.6171
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Brian.Arnold@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian

    Brian G. Arnold is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. He is an experienced intellectual property attorney who focuses on IP litigation, complex commercial cases involving IP matters, and IP transactions including licensing and portfolio sales. Mr. Arnold has been the lead attorney on numerous cases, managing teams of attorneys and staff, and preparing key personnel to testify in depositions and at trial. He identifies key issues, and he advises senior leadership and boards of directors regarding IP strategy.

    Mr. Arnold has handled intellectual property matters involving a wide variety of industries and technologies, including automotive service equipment, computer software, computer storage devices, computer-related imaging systems, cotton, electronics, entertainment, firelogs, food & wine, hospitality, laser amplifiers, medical devices, optical displays, portable digital audio devices, spinal instrument systems, slot machines, and toothbrushes.

    Mr. Arnold has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, an honor reserved for less than 5% of all attorneys, in Intellectual Property Litigation in each of the past five years. 

  • V. Alan Arshansky

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7735
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alan.Arshansky@lewisbrisbois.com

    About V. Alan

    V. Alan Arshansky is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Products Liability and General Liability Practices. He focuses his practice on products liability and general liability defense, including personal injury, premises liability, and transportation, railroad and maritime matters, including cases brought pursuant to the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Mr. Arshansky has experience in both state and federal courts in the areas of complex civil and business litigation and is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

    Mr. Arshansky has also represented medium and large corporations and international conglomerates in business, real estate and intellectual property disputes. During his legal career, he has acted as first and second-chair in several jury and court trials as well as binding arbitrations. Mr. Arshansky has also obtained many favorable settlements through mediation and has successfully prevailed on a number of dispositive motions. He was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  • David E. Artman

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 971.712.2805
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: David.Artman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Artman is an associate in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois where he specializes in health care, professional liability, and data privacy matters. He is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice through which he assists clients to remediate data security incidents. Mr. Artman also advises businesses and nonprofits on compliance with state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws to prevent litigation and manage risk. He also works closely with the Asbestos Litigation Practice and has handled all phases of discovery and motion practice up to trial.

    Mr. Artman was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for his litigation practice. He is fluent in French and conversational in Mandarin, having lived and worked for six years in France and Taiwan. 

  • Lane J. Ashley

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7974
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Lane.Ashley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lane

    Lane Ashley, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, is the national coordinating chair of the Bad Faith Litigation & Insurance Coverage Practices. He principally handles litigation and trials of complex and large exposure insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits arising out of both third and first-party policies in both commercial and personal lines, as well as claims under life, health and disability policies. He also has served as an expert witness regarding insurance coverage and claims issues.

  • Robert C. Ashley

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.385.7845
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Robert.Ashley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Ashley is a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office and a member of the Products Liability, General Liability, Bad Faith Litigation and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. Ashley's practice is concentrated in the following areas:

    • Defense of manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort cases, with an emphasis on tire defect litigation
    • Defense of wrongful death, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury cases
    • Personal injury claims arising from all risks, including equine liability and premises liability
    • Insurance bad faith and breach of contract

    Mr. Ashley has helped litigate several high-exposure product liability, personal injury, and wrongful death lawsuits to a successful conclusion, including catastrophic loss claims involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, future costs of health care, loss of income, and household services, emotional distress, and hedonic damages. Robert has defended manufacturers of automotive components, heavy machinery, rope, and children’s toys, and has assisted clients with obtaining dismissal of unjustified claims for punitive or exemplary damages.

    In support of his clients’ needs, Mr. Ashley takes a proactive approach in evaluating the most appropriate use of experts for consultation or testimony. In this regard he has worked closely with experts in tire design and manufacture, quality assurance, accident reconstruction, vehicle dynamics and handling, motorcycle safety, vehicle occupant kinematics and biomechanics, and standard of care for inspection, maintenance and repair of automobile components, home appliances, and other products. He also has extensive experience presenting and cross-examining medical and damages experts in the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, life care planning, neuroradiology, toxicology, economics, and business valuation.

  • Gary T. Ashman

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4350
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Gary.Ashman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gary

    Gary Ashman is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Ashman gained significant legal experience as an associate in the Las Vegas office of an Arizona litigation firm. His areas of expertise include general civil litigation and construction defect litigation.

  • Oksanna Asiryan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7869
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Oksanna.Asiryan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Oksanna

    Oksanna Asiryan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Healthcare Practice. Her practice primarily focuses on elder law, professional liability matters, defense of hospitals, physicians, and clinics related to medical malpractice and premises liability cases.

  • Tiffany A. Au

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 972.638.8673
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Tiffany.Au@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Tiffany

    Tiffany Au is an associate attorney in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois. She specializes in the defense of clients and companies throughout the state of Texas in the areas of personal injury and transportation litigation. She earned admission to the Texas Bar in 2012 and has a diverse legal background.

    Prior to joining the firm, she gained litigation experience through defending individuals, truck drivers, daycares, employees, and various Texas businesses and business owners against general liability claims, personal injury claims, and contract claims resulting in favorable resolutions for her clients. In 2017, she obtained summary judgment in favor of her client.

    She also has experience representing first-party insurers in insurance coverage defense cases, as well as representing third-party insureds in numerous personal injury defense cases from inception through trial. She has tried cases to juries across North Texas resulting in favorable verdicts for her clients, including a state court case resulting in a defense verdict in 2016.

    Her prior work includes externing for the Honorable Don D. Bush in the Eastern District of Texas, serving as a municipal prosecutor for the City of Irving, and defending traffic violations as an associate attorney at a firm in Fort Worth. She is also a trained mediator and has experience mediating disputes involving consumer debt, family law and personal injury litigation.

  • David B. Avakian

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.1720
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: David.Avakian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Avakian is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Hospitality Practices. He specializes in complex commercial carrier automobile accidents, including the defense of taxi cab, limousine and bus companies.

    Mr. Avakian has experience handling complex insurance and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Avakian routinely presents litigation seminars for National Business Institute.

  • Julie Azevedo

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.5920
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Julie.Azevedo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Julie

    Julie Azevedo is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Azevedo is an experienced litigator with a diverse civil litigation practice in the defense of insured and self-insured business entities. She regularly represents clients in negotiations, mediation, arbitration and/or litigation in state and federal court involving disputes related to premises liability, products liability, catastrophic injury cases, wrongful death, and construction site accidents.

    Ms. Azevedo also represents businesses and individuals in labor and employment related matters.  She also has counseled professional and general liability insurance companies regarding coverage issues in accountant and legal malpractice claims.

    Ms. Azevedo has tried civil state court cases to both a jury and judge in California and in Washington. She has handled binding and non-binding arbitrations.

  • Stephen M. Babinecz

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0974
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Stephen.Babinecz@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Stephen

    Stephen Babinecz is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, and Products Liability Practices. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Babinecz practiced at a New York law firm where he focused his practice on the defense of general liability, product liability, toxic/environmental tort, mass tort  and insurance coverage matters for major insurers and private companies.  He has extensive experience handling complex toxic torts in New York including matters involving asbestos exposure. While in school, Mr. Babinecz was a member of the Advanced Trial Advocacy Team and competed in the 2008 Texas Lone Star Trial Advocacy Competition (San Antonio, TX) and the 2008 ABA Labor Law and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition (New York, NY).

  • John M. Badagliacca

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.718.3946
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: John.Badagliacca@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Badagliacca is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Aviation Practice. After graduating law school, Mr. Badagliacca clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Contillo, P.J.Ch. in Bergen County.  In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the General Equity and Probate motion calendars, conducting legal research, and drafting legal memoranda for emergent matters, trust and estate matters, and matters seeking equitable relief.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Badagliacca was an associate at a civil defense firm in New Jersey, where he practiced in the areas of professional liability, employment discrimination, and general liability.

  • Rima M. Badawiya

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 909.386.3041
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Rima.Badawiya@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rima

    Rima Badawiya is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Healthcare Regulatory & Compliance Practice. Ms. Badawiya's civil trial practice focuses on the defense of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations. She also has considerable experience in the areas of complex litigation, business torts and contract law as well as defending claims brought under the American with Disabilities Act.

    Ms. Badawiya has special expertise in defending matters involving:

    • Long term care
    • Long term care litigation
    • Regulatory litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Legal Malpractice
    • General Liability
    • Personal Injury
    • Various civil litigation matters

    Ms. Badawiya has successfully defended many cases involving claims of professional negligence, elder abuse, fraud, products liability, unfair business practices and punitive damages.

    Ms. Badawiya also has extensive experience in the areas of healthcare regulatory litigation and compliance. She has litigated regulatory issues in Superior Courts and state and federal ALJ proceedings, assisted with abuse and unusual incident investigation and reporting and represented physicians, nurses and other health professionals in licensure matters. She has been a noted presenter at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States for senior care industry, assisted living organizations and university academic programs which have included mock trials.

    She has recognized expertise in all aspects of nursing home and medical malpractice litigation with a strong reputation for obtaining successful results for her clients through law and motion, mediation, arbitration and trial.

  • Jeffery G. Bairey

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6657
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Jeff.Bairey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffery

    Jeffery Bairey is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Transportation Practice. His practice focuses on the defense of serious personal injury claims including transportation and trucking, products liability, wrongful death and premises liability. Mr. Bairey also handles high exposure cases involving property damage from fire and water.

    Mr. Bairey has extensive experience in serious personal injury claims including brain injuries, quadriplegia, loss of limbs and wrongful death arising from a wide range of incidents including those arising out of trucking and commercial auto accidents, premises accidents, construction jobsite accidents, and product accidents such as power tools, scaffolding, ladders, propane tanks, buses and motorcycles.

    Mr. Bairey has tried more than 15 cases to defense verdicts in California Superior Courts and Federal District Courts in commercial trucking, catastrophic fire loss, products liability, premises liability, breach of contract, and professional malpractice cases.

  • Jaya Bajaj

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5219
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jaya.Bajaj@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jaya

    Jaya Bajaj is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She represents employers in a variety of employment litigation matters, including:

    • Wrongful Termination and Retaliatory Discharge Litigation
    • Discrimination and Harassment Litigation
    • Wage and Hour Law Litigation

    While in law school, Ms. Bajaj externed for the Honorable James B. Zagel of the Northern District of Illinois and interned for the U.S. Attorney's Office. An active member of the student body, Ms. Bajaj also worked as a student-attorney for the Bluhm Legal Clinic, maintained executive positions in organizations such as the South Asian Law Students Association, and served as a Library Research Fellow.

  • Edward D. Baker

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7755
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Edward.Baker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Edward

    Edward S. Baker is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Christopher J. Bakes

    Office: Sacramento, CA, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8275
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Christopher.Bakes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Bakes is a partner who practices in the offices of Lewis Brisbois on both coasts – Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Admitted to practice in California, New York and the District of Columbia, he is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Chris is recognized nationally for the breadth and depth of his practice, the high profile of his cases, matters and transaction, and the results he has obtained in a range of industries, from tech and entertainment to construction and real estate. 

    As a trial lawyer, Christopher has represented the largest companies in the world, doing so in courts across California and the United States. He has litigated information technology and intellectual property disputes, health care contracts, government contracts and contracting, actions involving significant federal and state statutes, research and development (R&D) contracts, and major construction and real estate development contracts. He has litigated multiple matters of first impression in both state and federal courts, and is known for the size, complexity and high-profile of his cases. 

    Christopher’s representation of individuals includes large and complex headline cases, ranging from representation of creative talent in the entertainment industry to elected officeholders and C-level executives.

    Christopher is also committed to the development and formation of new attorneys. He is an invited faculty member at the New York State Bar Association’s Trial Academy, held annually at Cornell University. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association.

    Christopher is a former United States Navy JAG officer, serving both in the continental United States (San Diego) as a trial defense counsel in general and special courts-martial, and with Allied Forces South (Italy), as Staff Judge Advocate onboard USS Orion (AS-18), serving both the ship and Commander Submarine Group Eight (Naples). Christopher received his military legal training at the Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island.

  • Jonathan Ballard

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.876.2949
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Jonathan.Ballard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jonathan

    Jonathan Ballard is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. He defends hospitals, physicians, and countless other providers against medical negligence claims. In addition to his professional malpractice work, Jonathan represents providers before state licensing boards and against Eighth Amendment claims involving medical treatment provided to prisoners. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois in 2014, Jonathan represented medical professionals and healthcare organizations in Nevada for over a decade.

    Not only has he excelled with his healthcare practice, Jonathan has been fortunate to represent regional and national clients in general liability, contract, premises liability, employment, construction and complex tort claims, including many cases involving catastrophic injuries and damages exceeding several million dollars. Clients know Jonathan for effective communication, understanding goals, avoiding pitfalls and achieving great outcomes. He has trial experience in Nevada and Washington and has argued before the Supreme Court of Nevada.

    Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in History. Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor from New England Law in 2004. During law school, Jonathan completed an internship with a nonprofit immigration center in Boston, and a judicial externship with the Honorable Nancy Oesterle of the Las Vegas Township Justice Court. He also participated in an international law program at the University of Malta.

    Among his many professional affiliations, Jonathan is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society and the Health Law Section of the Washington State Bar. He is licensed in Washington, Nevada and Massachusetts. Jonathan is also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court in Western Washington, Eastern Washington, Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • Christopher E. Ballod

    Office: Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4077
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Christopher.Ballod@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher E. Ballod, CIPP/US is a partner in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate, and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. 

    Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

    Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the prevention of data breach incidents, and during the response and notification process after an incident occurs. His experience protecting his clients' interests before an incident includes:

    • Negotiation and drafting of vendor agreements such as cloud data hosting agreements, software support agreements, telecommunications contracts, cloud-based human resources management services, and online reservation service agreements, providing for defense, indemnification, and response costs in the event of a data breach incident
    • Regulatory compliance counseling including compliance with HIPAA, payment card industry standards (PCI-DSS), NYS Department of Financial Services compliance, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 
    • Counseling during the assessment of risks and placement of cyber liability coverage
    • Incident preparation counseling including "table top" exercises practicing breach response procedures, and multi-day stakeholder "boot camps" training key personnel in all aspects of risk management and response
    • Drafting of privacy policy statements
    • Preparation of terms of service agreements, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies, and ancillary agreements for web-based crowdfunding ventures
    • Transactional counseling including compliance assessment during due diligence

    After an incident occurs, Mr. Ballod works as part of the Lewis Brisbois response team to partner with data forensics experts and insurance professionals in order to assess the scope of the breach and to provide the appropriate response. His breach response experience includes:

    • Coordination of breach response services for clients of all market sizes and across multiple business sectors including construction, energy generation, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, municipal government, and retail
    • Breach risk assessment and regulatory reporting including response to enforcement actions
    • PCI Account Data Compromise assessment response and appeal for all major card brands
    • Defense of litigation

    Mr. Ballod's experience with technology matters is unique in the industry. In addition to litigating the first "virtual property" case in the United States, Bragg v. Linden Labs, he counseled multi-national vendors of goods and services in a virtual world game about their participation in a virtual currency exchange, and the legality of their gaming businesses under state and federal gambling laws.

    Mr. Ballod possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential, required to perform ISO 27002 (“Information technology -- Security techniques -- Code of practice for information security controls”) audits.

    Energy Sector and Construction Industry

    Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the construction industry with a focus on the energy sector. His experience includes negotiation and litigation relating to construction projects on behalf of contractors, design professionals, developers, and owners. He has developed a reputation for expertise with matters pertaining to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements. His experience includes the following representative matters:

    • Negotiated a multi-million dollar liquidated damages claim arising out of the EPC agreements for two gas-fired power plants
    • Handled a multi-million dollar arbitration matter pertaining to the valuation of a power plant after alienation of the assets
    • Advised a contractor with a nationwide presence as to regulatory compliance, land use, and permitting issues arising out of multiple power plant projects
    • Conducted a risk assessment analysis for a nuclear and traditional fuel energy generation company in the acquisition of new generation assets
    • Counseled a telecommunications company in the negotiation of site agreement disputes with landowners
    • Handled a dispute involving residual value payments stemming from a power plant development project
    • Handled litigation arising out of indemnification and failure to procure insurance claims relating to power generation facilities in Eastern Pennsylvania
    • Litigated a dispute regarding responsible parties for a floor collapse in a partially constructed multi-story office building
    • Litigated terms of payment claims relating to a multi-structure Gulf state condominium project and two residential subdivision construction projects
    • Negotiated the asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of an industrial machinery repair company, and handled the dissolution of the acquired entity
    • Defended design professionals in numerous professional negligence claims
  • Diana Balluku

    Office: Boston, MA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 857.313.3924
    Office Fax: 857.313.3951
    Email: Diana.Balluku@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Diana

    Diana Balluku is an associate in the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Diana focuses her practice on all aspects of civil litigation including personal injury, motor vehicle, toxic tort, landlord/tenant, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect defense.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Diana clerked for the Honorable Donald L. Cabell, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has handled a variety of matters from filing to disposition and has drafted numerous judicial opinions in civil matters.

  • Matthew Baltierra

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7833
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Matthew.Baltierra@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Baltierra is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Transportation Practices. Mr. Baltierra is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on representing various corporate entities in a variety of legal matters. His current areas of practice include:

    • Defending product manufacturers in high-exposure personal injury and property damage matters
    • Defending an array of businesses, including restaurants, hotels, retail stores and other establishments in personal injury matters
    • Defending trucking companies and their drivers in trucking-related accidents
    • Defending private corporate and governmental entities operating public transportation in personal injury lawsuits
    • Prosecuting and defending breach of contract claims, including seeking damages for breaches of franchisor-franchisee agreements, and defending franchisors against claims of breach
    • Representing healthcare entities and facilities

    Mr. Baltierra has represented Fortune 500 companies from the time he began his career in Los Angeles, California, by litigating matters based in premises liability, trucking accidents, breach of contract and construction defect and accident related suits.

    In 2014, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he has continued to expand his practice and hone his legal skills.

  • Jessica L. Barakat

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.7989
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jessica.Barakat@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jessica

    Jessica Barakat is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. She represents manufacturers in breach of warranty matters.

    Prior to working at Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Barakat worked as a law clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. She also worked as a student practitioner at the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice in the Children's Rights division, working with both Family Law and Immigration clients.

  • Tina L. Baravarian

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5221
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Tina.Baravarian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Tina

    Tina Baravarian is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice.

  • Scott H. Barbag

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4372
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Scott.Barbag@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Scott

    Scott Barbag is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Barbag's practice includes all aspects of employment and labor litigation representing businesses of all sizes, as well as their management and employees in employment-related lawsuits. This encompasses numerous areas, including employment contracts, wage and hour issues, claims of harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation based on race, gender, age, disability, pregnancy and religion. 

    In addition to litigating in state and federal courts, Mr. Barbag defends employers in arbitration, before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

    Mr. Barbag also provides preventative counseling to employers on various employment related issues, including employee terminations and discipline, disability accommodations, drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment and severance agreements, and compliance with wage and hour laws.

  • John L. Barber

    Office: Los Angeles, CA, Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5107
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: John.Barber@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Barber is a partner in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices of Lewis Brisbois, Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His practice is dedicated exclusively to representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters, including litigation, appeals, risk management, policy preparation, and training.

    He represents employers in State and Federal Courts, both in California and across the United States, and has extensive experience appearing before all state and federal employment-related agencies, including the California DFEH, DLSE, and EDD, and United States EEOC, and Department of Labor.

    Mr. Barber's practice has a particular emphasis, in addition to single-party discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions, on wage-and-hour class action litigation. He has defended dozens of class actions, and has specifically defeated Motions for Class Certification. Mr. Barber also serves as one of the principal, lead trial attorneys in the Practice Group, with numerous successful verdicts.

    Mr. Barber served on the California State Bar’s Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section (2008 – 2013) and was an advisor to that committee for years. He was a member of the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar (2009-2014) and is currently a member of the Los Angeles  County Bar’s Judicial Election Evaluation Committee (2012-present). He also lectures and writes extensively.

    Active in the community as a member of multiple philanthropic and civic organizations, Mr. Barber is married with three children.

  • Justin Barmasse

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.7922
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Justin.Barmasse@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Justin

    Justin Barmasse is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Labor & Employment Practice. While in law school, Mr. Barmasse gained legal experience interning for a San Diego firm, where he researched and wrote articles regarding intellectual property and cyberspace law, specifically matters involving trademark law. He was also a mediator for the South County small claims court in Chula Vista, and became a law clerk for Lewis Brisbois during his last year of law school.

  • Brad J. Barmen

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 216.586.8810
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: Brad.Barmen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brad

    Brad Barmen is a partner in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. Mr. Barmen's practice includes representing clients in complex commercial, labor and employment, real estate litigation, and products liability. He also represents several Ohio-based trucking and logistics firms relative to PUCO regulations and state and federal DOT compliance.

    Mr. Barmen has extensive trial experience at the state and municipal court level, and has also handled numerous arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings.

    In 2009, 2010, and 2011, Mr. Barmen was named to Rising Stars as published in Ohio Super Lawyers. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a member of multiple local, regional, and national organizations.

    Mr. Barmen also has extensive experience in a variety of employment-related matters, including, but not limited to, discrimination and wrongful termination actions in both state and federal courts and he has also litigated matters involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

  • DeeAnn Barnes

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7873
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: DeeAnn.Barnes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About DeeAnn

    DeeAnn Barnes is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. DeeAnn has over ten years of litigation experience including automobile accidents, transportation cases, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, commercial litigation and insurance coverage. Her experience includes various aspects of litigation and trial practice, including drafting pleadings, discovery, motions, conducting and defending depositions and extensive arbitration experience. DeeAnn also has experience in regulatory matters and government and legislative affairs.

  • Anita Barooni

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5018
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Anita.Barooni@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Anita

    Anita Barooni is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Raymond R. Barrera

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7947
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Raymond.Barrera@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Raymond R.

    Raymond Barrera is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation, Public Agency & Public Finance and Construction Practices. He has over 20 years of experience representing public entities at trial, arbitrations and mediations in the areas of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, dangerous conditions of public property, construction zone accident cases and public works construction breach of contract cases.

    • Representation of the California Department of Transportation in eminent domain and inverse condemnation lawsuits in the Superior Courts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County involving acquisitions for the 210, 405, 10, 215 and 5 freeway widening and extension projects; Representation of the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and Southern California Edison in condemnation actions.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the eminent domain valuation process and representation of public entities in every stage of a condemnation case, from initial property valuations and negotiations, the filing of a condemnation case, discovery, pretrial motions, determining final offer amounts, judge and jury trials.
    • Representation of the California Department of Transportation in cases involving claims of dangerous conditions of public property and construction zone accident cases in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. 
    • Representation of the California Department of Transportation in Public Works Contract Arbitrations and lawsuits involving the California Tort Claims Act.
    • In-house counsel for major title insurer, responsible for managing outside litigation counsel, reviewing and responding to claims and escrow related disputes.
    • Mr. Barrera is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Joshua Bart

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8528
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Joshua.Bart@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Bart is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Class Action & Mass Tort and Products Liability Practices. Mr. Bart earned his B.A. from Brandeis University (Philosophy), and his Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

    Mr. Bart has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2008. During that time, he has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including products liability, class actions, legal malpractice, trademark infringement/unfair competition, insurance bad faith, landlord liability/housing, catastrophic injury, and property damage.

    While attending University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Mr. Bart externed for U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte in the Northern District of California. Mr. Bart joins Lewis Brisbois as an experienced and well regarded litigator, following many years of practice with preeminent boutique litigation firms in San Francisco.

    Mr. Bart is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and all U.S. District Courts in California.

  • Scott E. Bartel

    Office: Sacramento, CA, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8228
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Scott.Bartel@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Scott

    Scott Bartel is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Securities and Corporate Finance Practice. Scott focuses his practice on the representation of corporations and financial institutions. He has substantial experience in the areas of corporate finance, public and private offerings, corporate governance and reorganization, acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and litigation. In addition, Scott represents a number of Chinese domestic companies, as well as other foreign private issuers, in connection with their capital raising efforts and acquisitions in the United States. 

    His experience includes serving as a member of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. While at the SEC, he examined public offerings, annual reports, proxy statements, and drafted “no-action” interpretive letters. Later, as a senior attorney in one of the division’s branches of corporate analysis and examination, he was responsible for the SEC’s supervision of proxy contests, leveraged buyouts, and going private transactions. 

    Scott also served on the staff of the Corporate and Securities Division of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. While working for the Board, he administered the federal regulations pertaining to federally chartered savings and loan associations and savings banks and drafted the Board’s first securities offering regulations. He was then appointed Assistant Deputy Director of the Corporate and Securities Division and was responsible for the interpretation and implementation of the regulations he drafted. 

    In private practice, Scott has substantial experience in all aspects of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and cross border business transactions. He has represented numerous companies in their initial public offerings, follow on offerings, PIPE’s and other private placements. He regularly represents public companies before the SEC in both corporate finance and enforcement matters. Scott has also represented many commercial banks and thrifts in their de novo organization, capital raising and mergers and acquisition matters. In litigation, he has represented corporate and individual clients in securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, regulatory enforcement and administrative proceedings and general business and corporate governance litigation and appeals in state and federal court. Scott has been recognized for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Securities Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Corporate Governance and Compliance. He has also been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the area of Securities Law. 

  • Brittany Bartold Sutton

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4922
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Brittany.Sutton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brittany Bartold

    Brittany Bartold Sutton is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate Practice. Her practice focuses on civil appeals, writs and administrative mandamus matters. Mrs. Sutton is admitted to practice before all the courts in California and various federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mrs. Sutton's appellate cases include medical malpractice, elder law, products liability, general liability, professional liability, employment law, toxic tort and environmental law, bankruptcy, workers’ compensation, business law and contracts. In addition, Mrs. Sutton provides strategic advice to clients and trial counsel with respect to significant trial court motions and post-trial matters where an appellate challenge is anticipated.

    Prior to passing the bar, Mrs. Sutton was a law clerk at Lewis Brisbois where she drafted various trial briefs, memoranda, and motions, and assisted in trial preparation and in drafting appellate briefs.

    After her second year of law school, Mrs. Sutton was a law clerk at a construction defect law firm. Mrs. Sutton drafted and responded to discovery, drafted settlement agreements and memoranda on various civil issues, assisted in expert witness retention and designation and in trial preparation including drafting exhibit and witness lists, jury instructions, and motions in limine.

    After her first year of law school, Mrs. Sutton was a judicial extern to Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Mrs. Sutton drafted memoranda and orders on a variety of civil and criminal issues, observed various in-court proceedings, completed jurisdiction checks on new cases and made oral presentations to the judge.

    During college, Mrs. Sutton was also a legal intern to Judge Bert Glenon Jr. and Judge Randy Rhodes of the Van Nuys Superior Court and to Judge Jerold S. Cohen of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

  • Bradley Bartolomeo

    Office: New York, NY, Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1398
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Bradley.Bartolomeo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bradley

    Bradley J. Bartolomeo is a partner in the New York and Newark offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment, Professional Liability, Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, and Entertainment, Media and Sports Practices.

    Mr. Bartolomeo has represented companies, their management and individuals in federal, state, and administrative courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations, on a national basis. His practice includes counseling and representing clients in connection with issues pertaining to the Fair Labor Standards Act and wage and hour compliance, internal and external confidential investigations and audits, and the numerous labor and employment, human resources, and employee management issues that face companies large and small on a day-to-day basis.

    Mr. Bartolomeo has helped guide clients through all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution in connection with Title VII and state law-based discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims. Through his counseling and engagement efforts, Mr. Bartolomeo is dedicated to partnering with clients to reduce litigation expenses, proactively prevent employment claims and enhance employee performance. He has successfully mediated a myriad of employment and other disputes and remains devoted to achieving creative and cost-effective solutions in appropriate cases and aggressively litigating defensible cases.

    Mr. Bartolomeo is the former Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Arbitration and currently sits as a Member of the Sports Law Committee. Mr. Bartolomeo is a published author, having written numerous articles on employment and labor topics. He is also a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education and Human Resources Recertification (PHR, SPHR, and GPHR) classes on employment trends and best practices.

    Mr. Bartolomeo has been recognized since 2015 in New York and New Jersey's “Super Lawyers®” as a “Rising Star”, a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas Employment & Labor, Entertainment & Sports and Business Litigation. The selection of Rising Stars® is made by an attorney-led research team that independently reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of evaluation criteria. Practicing lawyers are asked to nominate “attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.” No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a geographical region are named to the Rising Stars® list.

    Mr. Bartolomeo is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, and Union College, where he received a Bachelor of Science, and graduated with honors in Psychology, with an additional Major in Anthropology. 

  • Gina M. Bartoszek

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.385.7844
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Gina.Bartoszek@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gina

    Gina Bartoszek is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Insurance Coverage Practices. Ms. Bartoszek has litigated general liability cases that include wrongful death, automobile accidents, construction site accidents, products liability and premises liability. Her experience also includes various aspects of litigation and trial practice, including drafting initial pleadings, discovery, motions, and conducting and defending depositions; preparation of motions in limine, trial memorandum, pre-trial statements, jury instructions, post-trial motions and appellate briefs. Ms. Bartoszek also has extensive experience with third party and first party arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences.

  • Jeffrey Bash

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 618.307.7279
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: Jeff.Bash@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeff Bash is the managing partner of the Madison County, Illinois office of Lewis Brisbois (located in metropolitan St. Louis) and vice-chair of the Asbestos Litigation Practice. He focuses his practice on the defense of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and premises owners in toxic/mass tort and environmental litigation. He provides proactive solutions aimed at reducing potential liability and exposure to clients. Mr. Bash also has extensive experience representing health care providers, trucking and insurance companies. He is licensed to practice in the State Courts of Illinois and Missouri and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Missouri and is frequently called upon by clients to represent them in other states.

    Mr. Bash has successfully managed complex commercial litigation for Fortune 500 corporate clients in Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois and in neighboring counties in Missouri, such as the City of St. Louis, for more than 15 years, including serving as National Coordinating and National Settlement Counsel. He has tried cases to verdict and specializes in mitigating risks for clients through diligent trial preparations, motion practice and settlement negotiations. He has been retained by clients to negotiate settlements and dismissals nationwide. Mr. Bash has taken the lead in pressing defenses such as a lack of personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, products liability statutes of repose and medical causation. He has also drafted and argued numerous dispositive motions including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. Mr. Bash has defended the firm’s clients in hundreds of depositions of plaintiffs, corporate representatives, co-workers, medical providers and experts. In addition, he has experience litigating claims involving hospital billing disputes. Mr. Bash also has extensive experience defending clients in benzene exposure claims, wrongful foreclosure, aviation litigation and general insurance casualty claims.

  • Daniel G. Bath, P.C.

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5176
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Daniel.Bath@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Daniel

    Daniel Bath is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Consumer Litigation Defense & Financial Services, Real Estate, Land Use and Environment, Banking & Finance, and Professional Liability Practices. With more than 25 years of civil litigation experience, Mr. Bath regularly represents professionals, financial institutions and business concerns in a wide range of commercial matters, with an emphasis on finance lender liability, real estate litigation and professional liability defense. He also has experience in the areas of bankruptcy, trade secret misappropriation litigation, common interest development law, product and general liability defense, first and third-party property insurance coverage and litigation, livestock and transportation litigation.

    Mr. Bath was the lead trial attorney in the precedent-setting commercial decision Arriaga v. CitiCapital Commercial Corporation, in which the California Court of Appeal held for the first time that a finance lessor not engaged in the business of distributing goods to the public cannot be held strictly liable for personal injuries based on a theory that it was instrumental in placing the product into the stream of commerce.

    Mr. Bath also was the lead defense attorney in the ground-breaking insurance “bad faith” decision Chateau Chamberay Homeowners Association v. Associated International Insurance Company, holding an insurer denying or delaying payment of policy benefits due to a genuine dispute over the existence of coverage liability is not liable for tortious breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

  • Carson P. Baucher

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4962
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Carson.Baucher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Carson

    Carson P. Baucher is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Government Investigations Practices. He represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters in federal and state court, specializing in white collar defense and complex commercial litigation. Carson is an aggressive litigator with a track record for achieving success for his clients. He has considerable courtroom experience, having taken many cases all the way through jury trial and on appeal. Carson has written and argued numerous dispositive motions in federal district court and has personally argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    While he was a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Carson helped expand the office’s renowned training curriculum and supervised new trial attorneys. He has served as an instructor in the areas of defensive litigation and courtroom trial skills.

    Carson also has a long track record of community involvement. In addition to his years of representing indigent defendants in federal and state court, he volunteers with high school mock trial programs and local pro bono organizations.

    In his free time, Carson enjoys cooking and international backpacking.

  • Leo A. Bautista

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5173
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Leo.Bautista@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Leo

    Leo Bautista is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, vice-chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and co-chair of the Franchise and Distribution, and Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Disputes Practices. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University and his law degree from Berkeley Law (University of California, Berkeley).

    Mr. Bautista’s practice focuses on intellectual property, commercial litigation, and franchising. He has litigated intellectual property matters for U.S. and international clients including trademark, copyright, trade secrets, technology, anti-piracy, counterfeiting, right of privacy and publicity, licensing, franchising, and patents. He has also litigated many matters involving Internet commerce, including trademark and e-commerce disputes, copyright infringement and unfair competition claims, and also advises startup and established national and international companies with intellectual property matters.

    Mr. Bautista is a Certified Specialist of franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and has a lengthy background in advising franchising companies and litigating franchising disputes in civil litigation and private arbitrations involving issues ranging from terminations and contract enforcement, to anti-trust, fraud, and rescission claims by single units, and by multiple parties in system-wide disputes.  Mr. Bautista and has also served as a court appointed and privately retained arbitrator in civil disputes related to commercial matters and tort actions.

    Mr. Bautista also advises startup and established national and international companies with intellectual property and franchise matters including the protection of trade secrets, perfection of domestic and international intellectual property rights, franchise relations, social media, advertising, licensing agreements, merchandising, trademark and copyright registration, patent applications, internet commerce, transfers of ownership, and business formation.

  • Jeanne Bawa

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4364
    Office Fax: 702.366.9563
    Email: Jeanne.Bawa@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeanne

    Jeanne Bawa is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Scot C. Bayles

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7816
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Scot.Bayles@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Scot

    Scot Bayles is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. He is admitted to practice law in California and Nevada. While practicing in Nevada, Mr. Bayles handled personal injury, insurance defense, and criminal defense matters. In California, Mr. Bayles recently served as a Reserve Deputy City Prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, representing the City in criminal jury trials.

  • Paul J. Beck

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5097
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Paul.Beck@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Paul

    Paul Beck is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Public Agency & Public Finance, Real Estate, Land Use and Environment, and Energy & Environment Practices. Mr. Beck has extensive experience in providing advice on and litigating construction claims, public contracting issues, real property transactions, and environmental matters for public entities, contractors, engineering firms and various business organizations.

    His expertise includes:

    • Land Use: CEQA Compliance and Litigation
    • Engineering and Construction Contract Drafting, Interpretation and Litigation
    • Construction Changed Conditions, Delay and Disruption Claims
    • Public Contract Bidding and Award
    • Mechanics’ Liens and Stop Notices
    • Land Subsidence and Support Litigation
    • Land Transactions and Documentation
  • Bartley L. Becker

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5091
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Bart.Becker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bartley

    Bartley Becker is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability and Miscellaneous Professional Liability Practices. He is an experienced litigation attorney with more than 30 years of practice representing various professionals. His emphasis is the representation of attorneys in professional malpractice lawsuits as well as property and casualty insurers in first-party bad faith matters. His practice focuses on professional malpractice matters, coverage, third party bad faith and complex litigation in state and federal court.

    Mr. Becker is primarily responsible for the handling of complex legal matters. He also supervises other litigation partners, associates, and paralegals in all aspects of complex matters through trial.

  • L.E. Becker

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5074
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Lauren.Becker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About L.E.

    L.E. Becker is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Healthcare Practices. She has experience in a wide variety of legal fields including business and professional civil defense, transactional law, contracts law, family law, intellectual property, and administrative law.

    Ms. Becker regularly handles general tort liability matters including personal injury, wrongful death, vehicular accidents, premise liability, and healthcare provider malpractice. Ms. Becker currently specializes in law and motion practice and solution-focused legal research for her business organization and health care provider clients.

    As a young associate, Ms. Becker has handled several pre-litigation phase issues in court and in practice, including discovery matters, depositions, pleading challenges, successful dismissals of unwarranted lawsuits, and other various pre-trial motions. She is actively working to build up more experience in alternative dispute resolution and trial practice.

  • Jessica L. Beckwith

    Office: Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.385.1035
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Jessica.Beckwith@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jessica

    Jessica Beckwith is a partner in the Los Angeles and Phoenix offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate & Environmental Practice as well as the Professional Liability Practice. Ms. Beckwith's practice is focused on environmental law and attorney regulation and ethics. 

    Ms. Beckwith represents clients in environmental litigation and frequently advises clients on solid waste, wastewater, recycling, and recycled water contracts, ordinances, laws, and regulations. Ms. Beckwith also has extensive experience representing and counseling clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, government tort claims/notices of claims, and public records requests and litigation. 

    Her experience in attorney regulation and ethics includes advising attorneys and law firms on matters relating to bar charges in Arizona and State Bar complaints in California, as well as fee disputes, disciplinary matters, disqualification issues, bar admissions, and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility issues. She also worked for over two years at the State Bar of California, Office of Chief Trial Counsel, as both Deputy and Senior Trial Counsel, representing the State Bar of California and the Committee of Bar Examiners. In that role, she tried a number of cases before the State Bar Court of California. She also managed and directed State Bar investigators in conducting their investigations into disciplinary violations.  

  • Jake W. Bedor

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1370
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Jake.Bedor@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jake

    Jake Bedor is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Bedor concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability, including the defense of lawyers and accountants. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Bedor worked at a civil litigation defense firm which also focused primarily on professional liability defense.

  • Jessica L. Beeler

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5921
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Jessica.Beeler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jessica

    Jessica Beeler is an associate at the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Ms. Beeler has extensive litigation experience and has completed nine criminal jury trials to verdict. Her practice focuses primarily on the defense of attorneys and other professionals, including insurance agents and brokers, accountants, architects, and real estate agents and inspectors.

    Ms. Beeler began her legal career as a Judicial Research Attorney for the Supreme Court of California. Ms. Beeler also worked as a Legal Research Attorney for the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Thereafter, she received four months of trial training at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, one of the best defense firms in the nation, before opening her own law practice from 2014-2018.

    During law school, Ms. Beeler served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Teri L. Jackson at the San Francisco Superior Court and to the Honorable William Dorsey at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. She also worked as a law clerk for a civil litigation practice focused on employment law matters.

  • Matthew Begley

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.742.6724
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Matthew.Begley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matt Begley is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Begley focuses on premises liability, personal injury and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court across the State of Texas. Mr. Begley also has significant experience in dram-shop, products liability, insurance agent E&O, and oil and gas litigation.

  • Michael T. Belisle

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 971.712.2810
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Michael.Belisle@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael “Mike” Belisle is an associate in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare, Medical Malpractice, and Professional Liability Practices. He also has extensive experience in the areas of personal injury, real estate, products liability, construction defect, and general insurance defense. Mr. Belisle has successfully represented a variety of Oregon and Washington health care providers, physicians, real estate agencies, design professionals, product suppliers, contractors, individuals, and insurance companies in a wide array of cases and in all phases of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, and trial.

  • Andrew Bell

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7876
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Andrew.Bell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew Bell is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois, and he is a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Bell has practiced law for more than twenty years, and he has experience in a wide variety of areas including professional liability, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, construction defect, personal injury, wrongful death and appellate law. Mr. Bell has handled all aspects of civil litigation, from discovery and motion practice through trial and appeal.

  • Danielle A. Bello

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.1052
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Danielle.Bello@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Danielle

    Danielle A. Bello is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice, specifically in product, premises, and subrogation litigation. Throughout her legal career, Danielle has litigated a variety of matters including insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, construction defect, and toxic tort litigation.

    Danielle graduated from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2015. After moving to Chicago, Illinois after law school, Danielle represented large corporations in personal injury and mass tort defense before she returned in Arizona.

  • Patricia Bello

    Office: Charleston, WV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 304.553.0107
    Office Fax: 304.343.1805
    Email: Patricia.Bello@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patricia

    Patricia Bello is a partner in the Charleston, West Virginia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice. Her practice focuses primarily on products and premises liability. Ms. Bello has experience defending toxic tort claims involving asbestos and other industrial exposures to toxic substances.

    In addition, Ms. Bello has successfully defended physicians and hospitals in medical professional liability actions seeking damages for personal injury and wrongful death at both the state and federal level. She also has significant appellate experience in drafting appeals and writs of prohibition before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. 

    Ms. Bello graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2010. At Dayton, she was active in both Moot Court and Law Review. Ms. Bello received the “Best Brief Award” for her efforts in the Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition held at Dayton and, her law review article entitled "Tinkering with Restrictions on Educator Speech: Can School Boards Restrict What Educators Say on Social Networking Sites?" was selected for publication in Volume 36, Issue 1, of the University of Dayton Law Review. During law school, Ms. Bello also served as a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Meagher, and as a legal extern for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

  • Robert Belshaw

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.5913
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Robert.Belshaw@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Belshaw is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. He prepares coverage opinions and provides trial support on a wide range of litigation matters. Mr. Belshaw also has experience representing clients in California and federal appellate courts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Belshaw served as a solo practitioner and was a member of several San Francisco law firms. He also was a guest lecturer on ADA employment law at St. Mary¹s College.

  • Bensy Benjamin

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.508.1961
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Bensy.Benjamin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bensy

    Bensy Benjamin is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Benjamin represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She has extensive knowledge and experience in all stages of employment law and litigation, and has represented clients in cases alleging Title VII discrimination; disability, age and military status discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation for protected activity; wrongful discharge; wage and hour claims; FMLA violations; and breaches of non-competition agreements. Ms. Benjamin also represents companies in trade secret, unfair competition, breach of contract and other business-related litigation, and counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters including discipline and termination, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, employee handbooks and preventative policies and practices. In addition to her labor and employment practice, Ms. Benjamin provides pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence in King County, Washington. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Benjamin served as an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. territory of American Samoa, and as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She has also litigated federal employment law matters at two Washington, D.C. firms. Ms. Benjamin has substantial experience appearing before federal administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, as well as territorial, state and federal courts.

    Throughout her practice, Ms. Benjamin has resolved hundreds of legal matters through mediation, settlement conferences and informal negotiations. She has taken and defended numerous depositions and drafted and argued several motions, including motions for summary judgment. She has also taken cases to trial as the first chair attorney leading litigation and strategy.

    Ms. Benjamin is admitted to practice law in the state of Washington, Florida and the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

  • Scott C. Bentivenga

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3341
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Scott.Bentivenga@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Scott

    Scott Bentivenga is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Bentivenga is a trial lawyer with twenty eight years of trial experience representing doctors, hospitals, dentists, transportation/delivery companies, construction companies, product manufacturers, and property owners in personal injury and property damage cases. Throughout his career, Mr. Bentivenga has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. 

    He handles the following types of matters: medical malpractice, dental malpractice, transportation/trucking/auto, construction accident, premises liability, products liability, fire damage and injury, security guard liability.

  • Kayla Berlin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.3997
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Kayla.Berlin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kayla

    Kayla Berlin is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm's Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Ms. Berlin has been admitted to practice law since December 2015.

  • Ethan B. Bernardone

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7850
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Ethan.Bernardone@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ethan

    Ethan B. Bernardone is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ethan worked at a boutique litigation firm where he practiced primarily in the areas of business torts, personal injury defense, and commercial litigation.

  • Danielle Berry

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.567.6575
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Danielle.Berry@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Danielle

    Danielle Berry is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Business Practices, Labor & Employment, Products Liability, and General Liability Practices.

    Ms. Berry’s practice involves representing businesses in employment law related disputes, including litigation and administrative investigations regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and USERRA, and other state and federal laws. She assists clients in day-to-day issues regarding hiring and firing, disciplinary matters, employee relations, policy compliance, drafting, training and implementation, employee handbooks, independent contractor, employment, restrictive covenant, confidentiality and severance agreements. In addition, Ms. Berry defends insureds and companies against commercial litigation, premises liability, products liability/toxic torts, and construction defect claims.

  • J. Starrett Berry

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213..281.5204
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Starrett.Berry@lewisbrisbois.com

    About J. Starrett

    Starrett Berry is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices.

  • Corinne Bertsche

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4905
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Corinne.Bertsche@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Corinne

    Corinne Bertsche is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Ms. Bertsche has over 23 years experience as a civil litigator. She focuses her primary practice in the areas of professional liability and legal malpractice defense, and is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice with the California Bar Legal Specialization Board. Ms. Bertsche also handles appeals and writs, and has experience handling business and commercial litigation. Ms. Bertsche's professional liability practice includes the defense of professionals, including attorneys in legal malpractice and malicious prosecution claims resulting from representation of clients in a variety of underlying cases including dissolution, transactional matters, trusts, estate and probate matters, personal injury, employment law, medical malpractice and other areas. Ms. Bertsche also has experience defending financial advisors, accountants, appraisers, real estate agents, brokers, and insurance agents. She has successfully prevailed and obtained judgment in favor of numerous professional liability clients, resulting from various motions including demurrers sustained without leave to amend, anti-SLAPP motions, motions for summary judgment, and on appeal. 

  • Thomas Betts

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4949
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Thomas.Betts@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Thomas

    Thomas Betts is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Mr. Betts represents self-insured employers, third party administrators, and carriers at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California.

    Previously, Mr. Betts represented clients in federal detention and removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.

    Prior to practicing law, Mr. Betts obtained his Series 6 & 63 licenses and worked as a licensed financial sales consultant for a large financial corporation.

  • Whitney J. Betts

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4960
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Whitney.Betts@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Whitney

    Whitney J. Betts is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Medical Malpractice and General Liability Practices.

    Ms. Betts was admitted to the California State Bar in 2010 and has substantial experience in litigating civil actions focused on auto liability, trucking, commercial premises liability, and various claims pertaining to personal injury defense. She has completed trials and successfully mediated auto, trucking, products liability, first party and premises liability cases with catastrophic injuries. She also represents the interests of physicians, nurses, and hospitals in medical malpractice and elder abuse cases.

    While in law school, she was the Primary and Secondary Notes Editor of the TJSL Law Review, a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Luis R. Vargas of the San Diego Superior Court, and participated in study abroad at Faculte de Droit de L’Universite de Nice in Nice, France.

  • Lauren L . Bever

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3324
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Lauren.Bever@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lauren

    Lauren Bever is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois. Ms. Bever has handled dozens of depositions in products liability cases representing manufacturers, premises owners, suppliers and others in asbestos, toxic tort, and environmental litigation in cases pending in the state and federal courts of Illinois. On behalf of these clients, Lauren has spear-headed formal discovery efforts along with the creative pursuit of documents and witnesses which provides valuable context to the allegations and proffered testimony. 

    Ms. Bever has also developed particular expertise in matters involving Title VII, ADA, ADEA, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and employment discrimination. She represents employers in state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and local and state fair employment practices agencies.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Lauren was a member of the legal department of a Fortune 50 Company.

  • Wesley G. Beverlin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5111
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Wesley.Beverlin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Wesley

    Wesley Beverlin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Public Agency & Public Finance Practice. Mr. Beverlin represents public agencies and private parties on a wide range of legal matters. He is General Counsel for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, the Southern California Coastal Waters Research Project Authority and Sunset Beach Sanitary District.

    He has more than 35 years of experience handling the following types of matters:

    • Public Agency Law
    • Joint Powers Authority Formation and Representation
    • California’s Brown Act (Open Meetings), Public Records Act and FOIA Requests Compliance
    • Clean Water Law Compliance
    • Environmental Law, including CEQA compliance
    • CERCLA Litigation
    • Real Estate Law
    • Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Litigation
    • Construction Disputes
    • Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Litigation
    • General Business and Corporate Litigation
  • Aashish Bhargava

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7883
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Aashish.Bhargava@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Aashish

    Aashish Bhargava is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. His practice focuses on employment litigation and general employment counseling including:

    • Wage and Hour Law Litigation
    • Sexual Harassment Litigation
    • Wrongful Termination Litigation
    • Employment Discrimination Litigation
    • Employment Counseling

    As a law student, Mr. Bhargava was a judicial extern for the Honorable Timothy D. Degiusti at the District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He also served as a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District.

  • Pooja Bhutani

    Office: New York, NY, Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1325
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Pooja.Bhutani@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Pooja

    Pooja Bhutani is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice includes representing companies and their management as well as individuals in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

    Ms. Bhutani was a recipient of the Rising Stars® distinction in the 2018 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers. The selection of Rising Stars® is made by an attorney-led research team that independently reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of evaluation criteria. Practicing lawyers are asked to nominate "attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less." No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a geographical region are named to the Rising Stars® list. She also received the “Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Award” in 2017 and 2018 which is awarded to attorneys based on their demonstrated and ongoing commitment to delivering excellent client service.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Bhutani earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her J.D. from Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law. During law school, Ms. Bhutani received the Jonathan Falk Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership, a concern for peers, as well as an interest in Labor and Employment law. Ms. Bhutani also served as President of the Labor and Employment Law Society and worked as a Student Editorial Assistant for the British Journal of American Legal Studies. Ms. Bhutani's prior work experience includes serving as a judicial intern for the Honorable Scott Fairgrieve at the Nassau County District Court and working as an Associate at a New York-based law firm that exclusively handled Labor and Employment matters throughout New York and New Jersey.

  • Greg Biehler

    Office: Albuquerque, NM
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 505.545.8300
    Office Fax: 505.828.3900
    Email: Greg.Biehler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Greg

    Greg Biehler is the managing partner in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the General Liability Practice. Upon entering the practice of law in 1981, Mr. Biehler joined a small business firm in Des Moines, Iowa. He specialized in complex business litigation in such fields as antitrust, trademark, securities, interference with business relations, and civil rights. In 1984, Mr. Biehler began his public service with the prosecuting attorneys’ office in Des Moines, Iowa, and then Albuquerque, New Mexico. He prosecuted major felony crimes including sexual abuse, narcotics, gambling, property, violent crimes, and murder. Since 1988, Mr. Biehler has concentrated his practice in employment related litigation, insurance defense including commercial and catastrophic injury, products liability, civil rights, professional liability, insurance coverage and first party representation. Mr. Biehler is a frequent lecturer in the areas of employment law and class action litigation. Mr. Biehler has extensive trial experience, having tried in excess of 150 jury trials. 

    Employment

    Mr. Biehler has been handling employment claims for more than twenty years. He is well versed in both state and federal employment law. Mr. Biehler is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried more than 100 jury trials. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to defending employment-related claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He has been retained counsel for the Albuquerque Public Schools (an employer of more than 10,000 employees) for personnel matters. He regularly represents some of the largest corporations in America in defending against employment claims. He also represents governmental entities across the state of New Mexico. Those areas of employment law which he has litigated include: breach of implied and express contract, defamation, sexual harassment, sex, race, disability, national origin, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, Section 1983, New Mexico Human Rights Act, Title IX, Title II of the Rehabilitation Act, constitutional claims for violation of rights under the First Amendment, Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the State and Federal Constitution. He has appeared in state courts across New Mexico as well as Federal District Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Biehler also represents employers before the New Mexico Human Rights Division, EEOC, and in union grievances.

    Insurance

    Mr. Biehler has over 25 years experience defending insureds and insurance companies in New Mexico. He routinely provides advice and opinions not only as to the defense of insureds, but also the conduct of the insurer. He offers opinions relating to coverage under policies and advice as to factual investigations to determine coverage. Mr. Biehler is currently and has consistently defended first party and extra contractual claim under theories of bad faith, breach of contract, violation of the insurance and trade practices Acts. He also prepares and litigates declaratory judgment actions through intervention and separately filed actions to determine insurance coverage.

    Professional Liability

    Mr. Biehler has consistently represented insurance agents for the last twenty years through out the state of New Mexico. His clients include large insurance companies as well as independent agents. In addition, Mr. Biehler has represented real estate agents in failure to disclose cases as well as accounting firms. He also has represented lawyers, law firms, nurses, physicians for professional negligence claims. 

    Medical Professional Liability

    Mr. Biehler represents physicians, optometrists, chiropractors, nurses, and nurse practitioners for claims of medical negligence under both the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act and common law. He typically defends claims of failure to diagnose, treat and advise patients alleged to result in death, disability and enjoyment of life.

  • Jean Ann Billeaud

    Office: Lafayette, LA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 337.205.4736
    Office Fax: 337.504.3341
    Email: Jean.Billeaud@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jean Ann

    Jean Ann Billeaud is an associate in the Lafayette office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Billeaud's practice focuses on defense of clients in varied complex civil litigation settings, involving personal injury and property damage. Ms. Billeaud also has extensive experience in other matters of general casualty, construction litigation, premises liability, products liability, admiralty and maritime litigation, Jones Act claims, and most recently, medical malpractice claims.

  • Arthur Biller

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2038
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Arthur.Biller@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Arthur

    Arthur Biller is an associate in the Denver office (*not yet licensed in Colorado) of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Government Investigations, Securities Litigation & FINRA, and White Collar Criminal Defense Practices. Arthur has experience representing private equity firms, hedge funds, and public and private companies in all stages of civil litigation in federal and state courts, at both the trial court and appellate levels, as well as before the SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office. Arthur has experience in matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, veil-piercing, fraudulent transfer, successor liability, employment discrimination, insider trading, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, disputes over securitized trusts, and professional negligence.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Arthur was an associate at a large law firm in New York. Arthur earned his Juris Doctorcum laude from New York University School of Law and his Bachelor of Artsmagna cum laude from New York University. After graduating from law school, Arthur clerked on the Supreme Court of New Jersey for the Honorable Helen E. Hoens.

  • Christopher P. Bisgaard

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5001
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Chris.Bisgaard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Bisgaard is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation. Mr. Bisgaard focuses his practice on major civil litigation with a very heavy emphasis on toxic tort and environmental law, including CEQA matters. He has been involved in many of the major environmental litigations in Southern California for nearly thirty years.

    Mr. Bisgaard's experience includes:

    • Representation of public entities, including the City of Beverly Hills, the City of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Board of Airport Commissioners for Los Angeles, World Airways, and the County of Orange
    • CERCLA litigation and counseling, both in connection with defending clients against governmental cleanup actions and in cost recovery cases against former owners of clients' property
  • Kyle D. Black

    Office: Pittsburgh, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 412.250.7304
    Office Fax: 412.567.5494
    Email: Kyle.Black@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kyle

    Kyle Black, CIPP/US is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices.

    Kyle counsels clients on best practices in information privacy and data security. He also assists clients in responding to data security incidents, including deploying forensics and consumer remediation services. Kyle possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential, required to perform ISO 27002 (“Information technology -- Security techniques -- Code of practice for information security controls”) audits.

    Kyle also represents clients in commercial and business disputes in matters ranging from trade secret mediation to complex multi-project construction contract litigation in both state and federal court. Kyle also has experience in defending insured companies and self-insured entities in premises liability as well as workers’ compensation cases.

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Kyle practiced with a large regional defense firm. During law school, Kyle interned with the Honorable Mary Jane Bowes in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, as well as with the Honorable Arnold Klein in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

  • Nicole Black

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2014
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Nicole.Black@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicole

    Nicole Marie Black is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Her past practices have included insurance coverage and bad faith litigation and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Black also has experience in regulatory opinion work representing clients and their compliance needs for state and federal regulations, including motor vehicle, insurance, and Affordable Care Act matters. 

    In her civic activities, Ms. Black values a global perspective of what it means to be a legal professional: she teaches, mentors, and guest presents in service to the community. Ms. Black is dedicated to improving the legal profession through her leadership of a variety of boards and committee of the Colorado Bar and Denver Bar Associations.

  • Philip Blanco

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5284
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Philip.Blanco@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Philip

    Philip Blanco is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Richard J. Block

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.828.0365
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Richard.Block@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Richard

    Richard J. Block is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Immigration Practice. Richard has focused his practice on business immigration law for the past twenty years. He advises foreign nationals seeking to work in the United States, in addition to foreign investors, and domestic and international companies who wish to hire the most highly skilled individuals from around the world. Specialties include obtaining E-1 and E-2 visas, H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, O visas, TN visas, consular processing, and employment-based immigrant visas in all different categories and naturalization. He also counsels clients on compliance with ever-changing employment laws regarding foreign workers, including I-9 training and audits. Richard, who is fluent in spoken Japanese, also served as General Counsel for a large multi-national corporation based in Tokyo, Japan with worldwide operations and has handled all immigration matters involving the transfer of Japanese nationals from the parent company to the U.S.

  • W. Eric Blumhardt

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8537
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Ric.Blumhardt@lewisbrisbois.com

    About W. Eric

    W. Eric “Ric” Blumhardt is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. Blumhardt has been certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Appellate Law. In his appellate practice, Mr. Blumhardt presents legal arguments cogently and concisely, crystalizing his client’s position in the simple yet compelling fashion appellate matters require. When his clients pursue their appellate rights beyond the trial court, he coordinates seamlessly with trial counsel to craft the most effective arguments to the appellate court. 

    Mr. Blumhardt’s practice also encompasses providing insurance coverage advice and litigating disputes over coverage. He focuses on issue assessment and analysis, and manages the interpretation and litigation of most types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, Employment Practices Liability, Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, and homeowners policies. Over the years, Mr. Blumhardt has advised on and litigated many complex coverage disputes including, among others, those involving food contamination, environmental contamination and remediation, additional insured endorsements, construction defects, and allocation of defense and indemnity payments among multiple insurers. 

  • Andrew Bluth

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8212
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Andrew.Bluth@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew Bluth is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois. He is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice, with broad experience in a variety of fields, including representation of financial institutions, telecommunications companies, railroads, utilities, contractors, developers, and startup technology companies in complex commercial disputes and regulatory matters. Andrew's experience includes nationwide consumer class action defense; sophisticated contract disputes; complex writ practice; unfair business practices matters, as well as antitrust litigation and counseling. Andrew's writ experience includes complex environmental litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

    Andrew has conducted jury trials and arbitrations throughout California, appeared before the California Public Utilities Commission, and litigated in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court.

    Andrew has represented numerous clients in defense of class action lawsuits under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as well as California's "two party consent" telephone recording statutes. Andrew provides communications counseling advice in these areas and his experience includes representing clients before the Federal Communications Commission.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew was a reporter for the New York Times and Orange County Register newspapers where he covered national breaking news events as well as the surf and restaurant industries.

  • Bruce S. Bolger

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7959
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Bruce.Bolger@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bruce

    Bruce Bolger is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Mr. Bolger has more than 20 years of experience in the handling of insurance coverage and related matters. He has been licensed to practice law since 1982. He is a specialist in insurance coverage and insurance coverage-related litigation. Mr. Bolger has authored hundreds of coverage opinions involving professional liability policies, CGL policies, first party property policies and automobile liability policies. He has also litigated numerous declaratory relief and bad faith lawsuits involving liability policies.

  • Steven Bondy

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6324
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Steven.Bondy@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Bondy is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice.

    His practice includes:

    • Representation of Insurance Carriers and Employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board throughout the State of California
    • Representation of employers in matters involving discrimination under Labor Code Section 132(a) and Serious and Wilful Misconduct (Labor Code Section 4553)
    • Adjudication of cases up to and including trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Mr. Bondy has secured take nothing Awards at Trial and $0.00 Compromise and Release Agreements for clients
    • Involvement in all aspects of discovery, including but not limited to taking depositions of injured workers, drafting of medical-legal interrogatories to medical experts, and cross-examination of medical experts. Handling of hearings involving vocational rehabilitation matters
  • Mark R. Boran

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3102
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Mark.Boran@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mark

    Mark Boran is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Birsbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Boran's practice is principally focused in the areas of commercial litigation, premises liability, and construction defect. He is also experienced in the defense of transportation matters.

    Mr. Boran is an experienced trial lawyer and has handled matters throughout the California court system including a recent jury trial in San Bernardino Superior Court involving construction defect and subrogation issues.

    Mr. Boran also has extensive construction administration and project management experience as these disciplines relate to construction litigation. He has overseen the design, bid, and construction of projects situated in California. In those situations,  he has interfaced with owners, clients, design professionals, state agencies, inspectors, general contractors, and subcontractors to develop, design, construct, and close-out projects in excess of $1,000,000.00.

    While at an insurance company in-house firm, Mark handled auto accident and premises liability cases. While working for a small litigation firm in Southern California, Mark handled discovery for cases involving trademark infringement, class action product liability, and construction defect.

  • David Bosak

    Office: Charleston, WV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 304.553.0135
    Office Fax: 304.343.1805
    Email: Dave.Bosak@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    Dave Bosak is an associate in the Charleston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Bosak has particular experience with Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, including debt collection, and products liability litigation.

  • Keith T. Bostwick

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.577.6252
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Keith.Bostwick@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Keith

    Keith T. Bostwick is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    While attending law school at Rutgers School of Law—Newark, Keith served as a two-term Judicial Intern to The Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol, A.J.S.C. in Bergen County, New Jersey. Upon his graduation from law school, Keith served as the Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Alvaro L. Iglesias, J.S.C. (Ret.) in Hudson County, New Jersey. As Judge Iglesias’ Judicial Law Clerk, Keith worked in one of the busiest dockets in one of New Jersey’s busiest counties, handling matters from filing to disposition. During his clerkship, Keith also became certified as a New Jersey mediator and conducted mediation conferences between litigants to facilitate settlement.

    Following his clerkship, Keith joined an Essex County boutique firm before working as an in-house trial attorney for New Jersey’s largest auto insurer. There, Keith managed a heavy caseload comprised of automobile, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents; and regularly litigated first-party claims arising out of uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage. While working in house, Keith handled all facets of litigation—from intake to opinion. Keith has tried numerous jury trials to verdict with an overwhelming success rate for his clients.

  • Monica E. Boutros

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.6303
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Monica.Boutros@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Monica

    Monica Boutros is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She defends employers in employment and labor actions asserted under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, and California Labor Code.

    Ms. Boutros has substantial experience in employment litigation and arbitration, including taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive motions, and negotiating at mediations. Recently, Ms. Boutros co-chaired a three-week jury trial to verdict in favor of her client.

    Ms. Boutros also has extensive experience in pre-litigation investigation and resolution of employee disputes.

  • James Bova

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3409
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: James.Bova@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Bova is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. During law school, James served as a judicial intern at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I. Additionally, James served as a teaching assistant for the legal writing program at Marquette Law during his second and third year.

  • Nicole Bowyer

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 504.777.2806
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Nicole.Bowyer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicole

    Nicole T. Bowyer is an associate in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Bowyer was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University where she majored in political science and minored in the Spanish language. Thereafter, she relocated to New Orleans, LA where she attended Tulane University and received her Juris Doctor. During her tenure at Tulane University, Ms. Bowyer clerked for the Honorable Judge Botley at the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She also received a summer associateship at a National law firm where she assisted in the commercial litigation, labor and employment and insurance defense practice areas. 

    Ms. Bowyer has experience representing clients in general liability matters, including but not limited to, personal injury, property defects and other related matters. In addition to personal injury, Ms. Bowyer has a wide array of experience representing clients in U.S. immigration law. Notably, she has experience representing clients in complex immigration requirements before United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, as well as, certain aspects of removal defense. 

  • Megan Boyar

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1727
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Megan.Boyar@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Megan

    Megan Boyar is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Boyar worked as a civil litigation attorney at a New York City insurance defense firm. Ms. Boyar earned her law degree from Cardozo Law School where she participated in the Journal of Law and Gender. Ms. Boyar focuses her practice on actions involving premises liability, construction and the New York Labor Law.

  • Michelle M. Bracke

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3318
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Michelle.Bracke@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michelle

    Michelle Bracke is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Bad Faith Litigation, Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation, and Insurance Coverage Practices. Ms. Bracke has over 20 years of experience litigating coverage matters at both the trial and appellate levels, in a multitude of federal and state jurisdictions. Ms. Bracke has litigated matters involving all types of policies and coverages including professional liability, errors and omissions, general liability, construction defect, intellectual property, first party coverages, rescission, and policyholder fraud. For multiple years, Ms. Bracke has been elected by her peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

    Prior to practicing law, Ms. Bracke was employed for a number of years in the insurance industry, as both an insurance company claim representative and broker, in the United States and at Lloyds of London, London, England.

    In addition to her coverage practice, Ms. Bracke has also litigated matters involving fine art, products liability, class action, and policyholder bad faith.

  • Elena Brander

    Office: Boston, MA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 857.313.3929
    Office Fax: 857.313.3951
    Email: Elena.Brander@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elena

    Elena Brander is an associate in the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability, General Liability and Labor & Employment Practices. She focuses her practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire on defending businesses and professionals facing legal dilemmas involving premises liability, fair business practices, employment disputes, including claims of wrongful termination and discrimination, construction-related claims and more.

    A Massachusetts native, Ms. Brander attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law on a merit-based full-tuition scholarship, and graduated as a Member of the School’s prestigious Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. During law school, Ms. Brander completed a summer internship in the Civil Bureau of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and a Summer Associateship at a private law firm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    As an attorney in private practice, Ms. Brander has enjoyed her experience appearing in court and counseling clients with a mind geared toward economic efficiency.

  • Frank Brannen

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2174
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Frank.Brannen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Frank

    Frank Brannen is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Mr. Brannen has defended manufacturers in complex product liability lawsuits for over two decades. Mr. Brannen has served as lead trial counsel in numerous trials and developed an expertise in product design, working with expert witnesses. In addition, he has specialized in obtaining the exclusion of opposing expert witnesses including the successful defense of these exclusions on appeal.

    Mr. Brannen has served as lead counsel for automotive manufacturers in asbestos lawsuits pending in Georgia and has consulted with a foreign manufacturer regarding the regulatory requirements for the sale of vehicles in the United States. He has additional experience in litigation matters involving fraud, defamation, breach of warranty, and FELA claims.

    Mr. Brannen has authored articles and lectured at seminars in areas related to his practice, including an annual survey of Georgia product liability law, federal regulatory issues, Daubert, wrongful death, evidence, and warranty law.

  • Sean O. Braun

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.460.4618
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Sean.Braun@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean O. Braun is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation. 

    Mr. Braun’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including insurance defense, commercial litigation, and premises liability. His other civil litigation defense experience includes a diverse range of cases involving commercial litigation, products liability, automobile cases, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters. Mr. Braun’s practice has also included commercial and residential real estate litigation and post-judgment collections. 

    Mr. Braun obtained his Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law in 2013. He received his undergraduate education from Syracuse University in 2010, where he was awarded the Bernice Hogan Prize for Best History Thesis, 2010.

    Outside of the office, Mr. Braun enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

  • Gary Bresee

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8571
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Gary.Bresee@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gary

    As a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Gary Bresee represents insurers in a variety of insurance coverage matters, ranging from the preparation of coverage opinions, analyzing suspicious insurance claims, and handling coverage litigation.  

    Gary has also represented insurers regarding cyber security coverage for information security and privacy matters, including the evaluation of data breaches, DDoS attacks, cyber extortion, responding to regulatory investigations, and handling the responses to consumer lawsuits.

    Gary is a trial attorney with experience in complex business litigation, including construction defect cases, environmental coverage disputes and insurance bad faith claims. 

    Finally, he has been retained as an expert/consultant, which has included the preparation of written reports, deposition and trial testimony, on the issues of the reasonableness of attorneys' fees and litigation costs.

  • Brian Hembd

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7867
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Brian.Hembd@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian

    Brian J. Hembd is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and practices primarily in the areas of complex business & commercial litigation, professional liability, and securities litigation. He is admitted to practice in Arizona and California.

    Mr. Hembd graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Management from Arizona State University, where he completed the Honors curriculum with Barrett, the Honors College. Mr. Hembd subsequently earned his Juris Doctor from University of Chicago, earning an award for pro bono service.

    During law school, Mr. Hembd worked as a law clerk for the United States Department of Education, the University of Chicago Employment Discrimination Clinic, an Illinois law firm, Lambda Legal, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and several non-profit organizations.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith Mr. Hembd practiced for five years in commercial litigation, professional liability, securities litigation, and real estate litigation.

  • Brigget Barrios

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8232
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Brigget.Barrios@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brigget

    Brigget Barrios is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. She attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated a year early with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish. While in college, she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, she interned for a U.S. Senator, and she studied abroad in Spain. She obtained her Juris Doctor  from McGeorge School of Law in 2014, with Concentrations in both Tax and Business Law. She has over five years of experience as a law clerk and associate attorney for both applicant and defense Workers' Compensation firms, most recently serving as in-house counsel for a government agency. Brigget's family operates a fourth-generation farm in Yolo County, so she is passionate about representing employers. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, as well as reading, attending trivia, and golfing.

  • Susan E. Briones

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7123
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Susan.Briones@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Susan

    Susan Briones is a senior associate with the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm’s Healthcare practice. With a long term focus in Health Law, during law school Ms. Briones was a member of University of Houston’s Health Law Association, the Health Law & Policy Institute, and was Chief Notes & Comments Editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy. She then obtained her Master of Laws Degree in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center’s nationally ranked LL.M. Health Law program. 

    Ms. Briones has practiced healthcare liability defense in Texas for over 15 years and has extensive experience representing healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and social workers in healthcare liability claims and providing legal assistance in employment, compliance and contracting matters. She also handles cases involving healthcare institutions such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and freestanding emergency, surgical, and general medicine clinics. 

    Ms. Briones also has many years’ experience defending doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals before state licensing boards, successfully resolving board complaints and investigations at every stage from initial complaint through Informal Settlement Conference and beyond. In addition, she has represented healthcare providers in Quality Improvement Investigations by private insurers and Medicare (KEPRO), HIPAA violation investigations by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights, and healthcare fraud investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Roy M. Brisbois

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5002
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Roy.Brisbois@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Roy

    Roy Brisbois is a co-founder and partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. His specialization is in products liability litigation with an emphasis in defending foreign and domestic manufacturers and distributors in civil trials pending in state and federal court.

  • Eric Bronstein

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4064
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Eric.Bronstein@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eric

    Eric Bronstein is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Labor & Employment, and Class Action & Mass Tort Practices. Mr. Bronstein has extensive civil litigation and trial experience in federal and state courts, including defense of claims involving mass torts, negligence and premises and products liability. He also practices administrative, trial and appellate litigation concentrating in discrimination litigation and employment law, including actions for employment discrimination under Title VII, violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law against Discrimination.

  • Amanda J. Brookhyser

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4341
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Amanda.Brookhyser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Amanda

    Amanda Brookhyser is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She focuses her practice in the area of healthcare law, medical malpractice, insurance defense, and hospital litigation.

  • James Brooks

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7819
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: James.Brooks@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Brooks is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Transportation and General Liability Practices. He currently focuses his practice on the defense of corporations against civil actions involving personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death and the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Mr. Brooks also has extensive experience representing corporations and public entities in matters involving employment law, public entity liability, peace officer liability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights.

    During law school, Mr. Brooks was a law clerk at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in the TARGET crimes division and abroad at the Hong Kong Department of Justice. He also obtained a mediation certificate from Loyola Law School Center of Conflict Resolution. Upon admission to the California State Bar, he immediately began his legal practice defending private corporations and public entities.

    Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Brooks has co-chaired several jury and bench trials to verdict in both State and Federal Court. Mr. Brooks’ proactive approach to discovery and motion practice has allowed him to consistently obtain dismissals, summary judgment, and favorable settlements early in the litigation process.

  • Josephine A. Brosas

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6310
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Josephine.Brosas@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Josephine

    Josephine Brosas is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Ms. Brosas is a registered patent attorney and focuses primarily on intellectual property and technology matters.

    Her experience includes:

    • Representation of clients in Patent Infringement, Trademark Infringement, Copyright Infringement, Trade Secret Misappropriation, Franchising, Defamation, Right of Publicity and Privacy, False Advertising and Unfair Competition litigation.
    • Development of Intellectual Property and Technology management, protection and enforcement programs and procedures.
    • Search, clearance and preparation and filing of patent and trademark applications.
    • Preparation of patent non-infringement/infringement opinions.
    • Due diligence investigations.
    • Representation of and related legal advise to franchisors and franchisees regarding franchising issues and commercial disputes.
  • Christopher C. Brown

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4986
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: C.Christopher.Brown@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Brown is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. Mr. Brown is a litigation attorney specializing in defending medical malpractice, products liability, elder abuse and general liability cases.

    Chris Brown has participated in numerous law and motion matters, arbitrations, mediations, and all aspects of trial preparation in medical malpractice, pharmacy malpractice, products liability, and general liability cases. Prior to becoming an attorney, Chris worked for Baxter Healthcare as a sales representative involved in marketing medical equipment and negotiating with hospitals and medical groups for prime vendor contracts. He also served as medical corpsman in the U.S. Army, where he was trained in emergency medicine and worked on surgical wards in military hospitals.

  • Jonathan Brown

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5247
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jonathan.Brown@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jonathan

    Jonathan Brown is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. He defends insurance carriers and employers in proceedings before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board throughout the State of California.

  • Gary K. Brucker, Jr.

    Office: San Diego, CA, Temecula, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4917
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Gary.Brucker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gary

    Gary Brucker is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. Whether you are seeking corporate counsel or an experienced trial lawyer, Gary will vigorously yet tactically and efficiently protect your rights. He has experience handling a wide range of complex commercial, white collar, and employment matters. His depth and breadth of practice allows him to serve as outside general counsel to many of his clients.

    Gary’s commercial practice focuses on complex business and real estate disputes and transactions. His experience includes corporate counseling and litigation regarding commercial transactions; sponsorship, dealership, and licensing agreements; business torts; trade secrets; trademarks; false advertising; civil antitrust, Business & Professions Code § 17200, and the Cartwright Act; commercial leases; and nuisances (with an emphasis on sound and vibration).

    Gary’s white collar practice focuses on all manners of fraud, financial crimes, conspiracy, antitrust, the False Claims Act, public corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, RICO, and environmental crimes. His experience includes compliance counseling, representing business and individuals confronted with governmental investigations, and defending white collar criminal prosecutions. His representative engagements have involved the US DOJ, SEC, FTC, DOC, DCIS, NCIS, IRS, California DOC, California FTB, California AGO, and local District Attorney’s Offices.

    Related to Gary’s commercial and white collar practices, his employment practice focuses on employee misconduct, such as bribery, self-dealing, theft of trade secrets, breaches of employment agreements, and employee raiding. His experience includes counseling on the creation of policies and procedures designed to deter employee misconduct, conducting internal investigations into allegations of misconduct, counseling on employee discipline, prosecuting claims against wrongdoers, and defending claims brought by wrongdoers and whistleblowers. 

    Related to Gary’s commercial practice is a subspecialty in motor vehicle dealer-franchise law. His experience includes 50-state regulatory compliance, dealer agreements, and dealer relations. He has also defended dozens of administrative protests before state agencies throughout the country on topics such as dealer termination, relocation, discrimination, and changes of ownership. 

  • Christina C. Bruno

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.8909
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Christina.Bruno@LewisBrisbois.com

    About Christina

    Christina Bruno is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Her practice includes the defense of individuals and companies in all aspects of complex civil litigation. Ms. Bruno concentrates on the defense of property owners, managers, tenants, and service establishments in premise liability, transportation, construction defect and property damage matters. She also focuses in the defense of property owners and contractors in Labor Law construction.

  • Adam A. Brutocao

    Office: Temecula, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 951.252.6161
    Office Fax: 951.252.6151
    Email: Adam.Brutocao@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Adam

    Adam A. Brutocao is an associate in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use & Environment Practice. His work focuses primarily on land use, entitlement, environmental and regulatory issues for residential and commercial development projects in Southern California.

  • Eileen T. Budd

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1368
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Eileen.Budd@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eileen

    Eileen Budd is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, Construction, General Liability, Business Practices, and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. Ms. Budd has extensive experience in litigation matters in state and federal courts as well as before state and federal regulatory agencies. She has successfully handled a wide variety matters from inception to verdict.

  • Joseph D. Budd

    Office: Raleigh, NC
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 919.459.6133
    Office Fax: 919.829.0055
    Email: Joseph.Budd@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph D.

    Joe Budd is an associate in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Since his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Budd has practiced exclusively in civil defense, insurance coverage, and bad faith litigation. Mr. Budd also has experience defending his clients from employment discrimination and breach of ERISA fiduciary duty claims.

  • Bud Bullock

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.3784
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Bud.Bullock@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bud

    Bud Bullock is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He has extensive experience in defending doctors and hospitals at all stages of claims for medical malpractice, including numerous trials. Mr. Bullock has additionally focused on defending other professional negligence claims to include claims against attorneys, insurance brokers and real estate appraisers. 

    Mr. Bullock began his career at a small firm defending the Georgia DOT from both tort and construction contract claims. Following that experience, Mr. Bullock was a partner at a larger Atlanta firm where he successfully defended doctors and hospitals. He expanded his professional liability practice to include other professionals facing negligence claims. 

    In 2008, Mr. Bullock opened his own practice, continuing to handle medical malpractice cases as well as premises liability and other general liability claims. Mr. Bullock joined the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois in January 2018.

  • Nichol Bunn

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7105
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Nichol.Bunn@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nichol

    Nichol Bunn is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm's Healthcare Practice. Ms. Bunn has extensive experience handling cases involving healthcare institutions such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care centers, intermediate care facilities, hospitals, emergency departments, correctional facilities, and clinical laboratories with respect to claims of professional liability, general liability, healthcare liability, construction defect, contracts, auto, employment and regulatory issues. She also represents individual healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, phlebotomists, and physical therapists.

    Ms. Bunn's practice also includes the representation of non-healthcare clients in dram shop or GL matters involving complex medical injuries including traumatic brain injuries and RSD/CRPS.

  • Sudhir L. Burgaard

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5268
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Sudhir.Burgaard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sudhir L.

    Sudhir L. Burgaard is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Real Estate, Land Use & Environment Practices. She has experience handling matters involving unfair competition laws, breach of contract, environmental contamination, fraud, property damage, and general business and corporate litigation. 

  • Elizabeth A. Burns

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8580
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Elizabeth.Burns@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Burns is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She specializes in the defense of healthcare providers including acute care and sub acute hospitals, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, physicians, nurses, group homes for the disabled, home health agencies, residential board and care homes and other health care facilities. Throughout California, Ms. Burns has successfully tried, arbitrated and mediated high-exposure cases involving allegations of catastrophic injury, elder abuse, wrongful death, medical malpractice and fraud. She also has extensive experience in preventative risk management for acute care hospitals and long term care facilities.

  • Shannon Burr

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 504.322.4099
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Shannon.Burr@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Shannon

    Shannon Burr is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage, General Liability, First Party Property, Construction and Transportation Practices.

    Ms. Burr has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex civil litigation practice areas, including defense of insurers in first party claims as well as defending clients involved in construction litigation, commercial general liability and commercial automobile liability, premises liability, and personal automobile liability. She has engaged in numerous arbitrations, mediations, and pretrial settlement conferences to obtain favorable results for her clients. She has successfully defended claims from pre-suit litigation to dispositive motions and trial.

    Ms. Burr holds a Certificate of Concentration in Maritime Law from Tulane University Law School, and has successfully represented clients in maritime litigation including cases under the Jones Act, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), and the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

  • Hillary M. Burrelle

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5278
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Hillary.Burrelle@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Hillary

    Hillary Burrelle is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her concentration is on litigation of employment matters, including:

    • Wrongful Termination and Retaliatory Discharge Litigation
    • Discrimination and Harassment Litigation
    • Wage and Hour Law Litigation

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Burrelle worked in-house for DreamWorks Animation, where she provided guidance on advertising and marketing issues with a focus on COPA, CARU and FTC guidelines for media content directed at children.

  • Monique R. Burton

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0903
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Monique.Burton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Monique

    Monique Burton is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Keri L. Bush

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5558
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Keri.Bush@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Keri

    Keri Bush is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice, specializing in defending and advising businesses in the labor and employment field.

    She handles the following types of matters:

    • Litigation/mediation/arbitration and appeals in all California state and federal courts on issues of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and other employment related issues
    • Preventive measures such as in-house investigations, creation and review of policy manuals, auditing of personnel files and in-house training
    • Administrative investigations and hearings before the EEOC, DFEH, California Unemployment Appeals Board, California Labor Commission
  • Jack Butler

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2185
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Jack.Butler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jack

    Jack Butler is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. 

  • Clay Byrnes

    Office: Walnut Creek, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8521
    Office Fax: 415.262.8540
    Email: Clay.Byrnes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Clay

    Clay Byrnes is an associate in the Walnut Creek office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice. Mr. Byrnes represents contractors of various trades in complex construction defect litigation claims and pre-litigation matters. Since beginning his career, Clay has garnered a wealth of knowledge while working for construction defect firms in the East Bay. He has extensive experience in all phases of litigation and has helped clients resolve difficult cases and avoid protracted litigation through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution programs. 

  • Elibet Caballero

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 786.975.1985
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Elibet.Caballero@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elibet

    Elibet Caballero is an associate in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Caballero worked as an Assistant Public Defender for over 5 years, where she handled hundreds of cases from inception to resolution. Ms. Caballero was an "A" attorney, handling the most serious cases, from murder to human trafficking. While working as an APD, she litigated dozens of motions and tried over 25 jury trials to verdict, ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. 

    While in law school, Ms. Caballero served as the Director of Special Teams for the Emory Moot Court Society. As a participant in the Super Regional Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, she was awarded top brief and top oralist honors. Ms. Caballero also interned for the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she researched and wrote analysis of various legal issues, including immigration reform, education discrimination, and language access education under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

  • Gordon J. Calhoun

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5141
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Gordon.Calhoun@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gordon

    Gordon J. Calhoun represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities in litigation and counsels them about a broad variety of business, regulatory and risk and information management protocols, including data breach responses, and compliance practices.

    Mr. Calhoun also specializes in representing clients in a variety of complex, large exposure litigated matters, involving large volumes of paper and ESI. These matters have included disputes involving fiduciary breach allegations against officers, directors, pension trustees and their advisors, bad faith claims against insurers and allied professions, errors and omissions claims against professionals, including attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers, brokers and claims professionals. He has also handled large litigated matters, with voluminous paper and electronic records, involving heavy metals and petroleum environmental contamination and large fires and explosions.

    Mr. Calhoun works regularly with a team of Lewis Brisbois attorneys and a variety of forensic consultants and certified records managers to assist clients to develop information management systems and to secure sensitive data. One side benefit of this effort to maximize access to an enterprise’s intellectual property contained in its electronically stored information (“ESI”) is to minimize the burden imposed on the client when it becomes a litigant subject to electronic discovery demands.

    When data breaches occur, our team coordinates with the client’s Information Technology staff, forensic and crises management consultants to identify and contain the source(s) of any data breach, mitigate the reputational harm associated with the data breach and comply with applicable data breach notification obligations.  Lewis Brisbois attorneys have been successful defending clients in data breach litigation. We have successfully resisted class certifications involving unintended disclosures of social security and credit card numbers. We have also represented clients who have experienced unintended disclosures of personal health information protected by HIPAA and other federal and state privacy laws.

    Mr. Calhoun serves as Chair of the Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance Practice and manages the insurance regulatory and reinsurance division of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group. His practice, spanning more than 35 years, focuses on arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as litigation and counseling.

    Mr. Calhoun has represented private parties, insureds, insurers and reinsurers in a variety of matters at the trial and appellate levels, including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Developing data security protocols for municipal and commercial entities with custody of confidential personal, employment, financial and credit and health care information
    • Responding to data breach events, involving personal health information and financial data, including coordinating with client information Technology Departments, forensic investigators and regulatory authorities
    • Assisting brokers and underwriters to develop risk transfer products intended to provide indemnity and assist management services for victims and data breaches
    • Developing of document retention and destruction policies for insurers and governmental agencies
    • Developing policies and guidelines to assist insurers and law firms to comply with data security and electronic discovery obligations
    • Identifying cost effective alternatives to omnibus and unfocused requests for electronically stored information directed to parties and strangers to pending actions
    • Counseling clients about the proper scope of their obligations when identifying, retrieving and reviewing electronically stored information
    • Providing triage document retention and destruction protocols to litigation clients enabling them to obtain the benefit of “safe harbors” created by Federal Rules and State procedural laws governing electronic discovery 
    • Defending officers and directors sued by shareholders for corporate mismanagement, including actions for removal of officers and directors
    • Defending officers, directors and entities sued for widespread, improper employment practices
    • Defending fiduciaries, advisors and vendors for mismanagement of benefits plans
    • Defending officers and directors sued by creditors’ committee for breach of fiduciary duties in Chapter 11 adversary proceedings
    • Defending directors, officers and professionals in securities actions
    • Representing various parties in corporate and partnership litigation including disputes between partners, shareholders, officers and directors
    • Defending officers and directors sued by shareholders for corporate mismanagement, including actions for removal of officers and directors
    • Providing advice and counseling to insurers as national coordinating counsel on diverse topics, including Y2K
    • Analyzing, drafting and negotiating treaty and facultative reinsurance agreements and alternative risk transfer products
    • Representing cedents and reinsurers in arbitrations and judicial proceedings, including obtaining awards in excess of $600,000,000 for insolvent, monoline workers’ compensation insurers
    • Developing training materials for insurers’ Rule 30(b)(6) witnesses to use when preparing for deposition and trial testimony in coverage and bad faith litigation
    • Analyzing, drafting and revising insurance policies and endorsements for personal, commercial and specialty lines policies for primary, excess and captive insurers
    • Investigating potentially fraudulent claims brought by insureds, including conducting examinations under oath and advising insurers about how their insureds’ conduct may impact defense and indemnity obligations
    • Prosecuting declaratory relief, rescission, fraud and RICO actions against insureds suspected of committing fraud against insurers during the application or claims processes
    • Employing prejudgment attachment, involuntary bankruptcy and civil compromises to secure recoveries for insurers and their insureds
    • Defending insurers against breach of contract and bad faith claims
    • Defending insurers and their counsel against malicious prosecution claims
    • Defending professionals, including attorneys, brokers, architects and engineers, in malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims
    • Representing world renowned architects in disputes involving public buildings, including concert halls
    • Representing architects and engineers in a variety of disputes including high rise residential construction
    • Defending multinational companies against tort claims filed in the United States by foreign nationals asserting claims for injuries suffered outside the United States
    • Representing owners of contaminated properties in contested proceedings relating to extent of contamination and scope and cost of cleanup
  • Annie Calvert

    Office: Wichita, KS
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 316.609.7908
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Annie.Calvert@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Annie

    Annie Calvert is an associate in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Calvert has clerked for the Honorable Judge Newman in the Southern District of Ohio in the summer of 2016. She has also taken many classes in Estate Planning and has worked in that field during law school.

  • Andres Camacho

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5573
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Andres.Camacho@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andres

    Andres Camacho is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice.

  • David C. Campbell

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 971.712.2811
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: David.Campbell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Campbell is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He is focusing on products liability, health care, professional liability, personal injury, employment, construction, and business disputes. Mr. Campbell has been named to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine for 2012 and 2013.

  • Karen L. Campbell

    Office: New York, NY, Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1391
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Karen.Campbell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Karen

    Karen Campbell is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Campbell is a trial attorney with 30 years of experience. Her practice focuses on the defense of long-term care providers in skilled nursing home and assisted living facility matters, general liability litigation at both the primary and excess levels, employment discrimination matters, defense of toxic tort claims, including lead-based paint exposure and mold, and the representation of defendants in bodily injury claims brought under New York Labor Law Sections, 200, 240 and 241 and related common law construction accident claims, including with respect to indemnity issues and third party actions. Ms. Campbell also handles miscellaneous professional liability matters, including negligence, sexual abuse/misconduct, discrimination and errors in judgment claims, on behalf of social services agencies such as foster care agencies, outpatient mental health, addiction and counseling clinics, senior citizen and day care centers, and medical, beauty and personal care facilities.

    Prior to entering private practice in 1991, Ms. Campbell was an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorneys office in Brooklyn, New York where she prosecuted and tried violent felony crimes. After leaving the District Attorney’s office in 1991, she became associated with a mid-sized firm specializing in environmental insurance coverage and defense of personal injury actions. In 1996, Ms. Campbell became a member of the firm. In 1998, Ms. Campbell joined the New York office of a large California firm as Special Counsel and served as one of the office’s trial counsel. She handled a variety of general liability cases and also concentrated her practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians and podiatrists in medical malpractice litigation arising from cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, eye, ear and nose, podiatry diseases or disorders. Most recently, in 2002, she joined a regional Massachusetts firm as the Managing Attorney of the New York office. Ms. Campbell served as the principal trial attorney in New York while overseeing the overall growth and development of the office from two attorneys to more than 17 employees. Ms. Campbell has successfully tried more than 55 cases in Kings, New York, Bronx, Suffolk and Westchester counties and in the Southern District of New York. She has obtained defense verdicts, directed verdicts and verdicts awarding minimal damages as well as handling the negotiation of favorable settlements both before and during trial.

  • Amanda Campo

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1341
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Amanda.Campo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Amanda

    Amada Campo is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Her practice focuses on construction, general liability, and Labor Law matters. She has experience in handling all aspects of complex litigation, including focusing on early and essential investigation, taking and defending challenging depositions, and successful settlement negotiation.

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Amanda represented premises and business owners in personal injury, premises liability, and property damage matters.

    Amanda also previously clerked in New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Division for the Honorable Charles E. Powers, J.S.C., preparing judicial opinions on a wide range of civil litigation matters.

  • Joseph C. Campo

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5072
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Joe.Campo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph

    Joseph Campo is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. He focuses on the defense of a wide array of professionals. Mr. Campo represents California-based and nationwide insurance agencies and brokerages in the life, disability, and property/casualty contexts, in cases involving negligence, breach of contract, and misrepresentation in the procurement and administration of various insurance products.

    He also handles the defense of real estate brokers, escrow companies, title insurers, appraisers and mortgage brokers as wells as registered representatives and financial advisors before FINRA, including those involving multi-million dollar claims stemming from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

    Mr. Campo has represented attorneys, accountants, and fiduciaries in ERISA litigation.

    He has litigated inland marine, jewelry block, ocean marine, and cargo claims dating back to the 1993 Rex DeGeorge matter involving the scuttling of the yacht, Principle di Pictor, off the coast of Italy, which ultimately landed Mr. DeGeorge in prison.

    Additionally, Mr. Campo has handled directors & officers, and employment-related matters, including the defense of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in litigation receiving national press coverage.

    He has acted as lead counsel in arbitration and trial in complex matters in both federal and state courts, including class actions and multi-district litigation.

  • Kandice Canchan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5295
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Kandice.Canchan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kandice

    Kandice Canchan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

  • Kendall Canfield

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 618.307.7618
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: Kendall.Canfield@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kendall

    Kendall Canfield is an associate in the Madison County, Illinois office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. His practice areas include general civil litigation, asbestos litigation, insurance coverage, including first party property claims, arson fraud litigation, underinsured motorist claims and uninsured motorist claims, as well as construction defect litigation.

    Mr. Canfield has represented businesses, individuals, and insurance carriers in both state and federal courts. He has experience in all phases of litigation and has prepared and won numerous dispositive motions. Additionally, Mr. Canfield has extensive experience assisting insurance carriers with coverage matters including advising them during insurance fraud investigations and conducting examinations under oath. He is also experienced in preparing coverage opinions on a wide variety of issues including first party property coverage and underinsured motorist coverage.

  • Frank Cannizzaro

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6319
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Frank.Cannizzaro@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Frank

    Frank Cannizzaro is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a co-chair of the Workers' Compensation Practice. He is also experienced in practice areas of coverage, employment, and subrogation.

  • Alejandro Caraveo Jr.

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7133
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Alejandro.Caraveo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alejandro

    Alex Caraveo is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Alex has a broad litigation background, with a focus on insurance coverage, indemnity, catastrophic personal injury, product liability, and first party commercial and personal lines. He received his BS in biology from Southern Methodist University and his JD from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. While obtaining his law degree, he was a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Team, served as a judicial intern for the 101st District Court in Dallas, Texas, and was a fellow at the W.W. Caruth Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic. In addition, he received numerous awards, including the title of National Champion and Second Best Brief in 2005 and Third Best Oral Advocate in 2006. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Caraveo worked for two prominent firms in Los Angeles, where he tried three cases to completion as lead and sole counsel. Mr. Caraveo is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Mexican American Bar Association. He is admitted to the State Bars of California and Texas.

  • James A. Cardenas

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1374
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: James.Cardenas@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Cardenas is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Architects & Engineers Practice. Mr. Cardenas frequently reviews contracts for design professionals vetting them for unfavorable clauses and ensuring that the parties’ intentions are clearly conveyed by the language being utilized. Contract reviews are performed in short form touching upon major categories only in a limited one hour review or can consist of complete review and drafting of entire agreements. Mr. Cardenas also participates in servicing a 24 hour telephone hotline providing quick answers and solutions to select Architects and Engineers who are covered by the program. Mr. Cardenas also handles a significant number of construction defect claims against owner/developers, construction management firms, design professionals and general contractors throughout NY and NJ. Additionally, he continues to maintain a significant case load of various general negligence defense matters throughout NY and NJ.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cardenas was an Of Counsel attorney to a boutique firm specializing in the representation of design professionals. This position involved representing architectural and engineering clients in defense of formal claims, as well as, pre-claim matters under a loss prevention program. This program sought to counsel clients on early avoidance of risk through planning and to provide critical assistance to clients in navigating the pitfalls of potential liability once the initial signs of a claim became known.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Cardenas has gained invaluable experience appearing before numerous administrative agencies in NY and NJ including the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NY State Division of Human Rights, NYC Division of Human Rights, NJ Division on Civil Rights, NJ State Dept. of Labor, NJ Division of Wage and Hour Compliance, NJ Office of Attorney Ethics, The NY State Office of the Professions, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Department of Buildings, NYC Department of Investigations, and the NYC Movable Bridges Division. Relevant administrative agency hearings have included attempts by Federal, State and City Agencies to revoke and/or suspend a practitioners license to practice. Other hearings have involved agency attempts to rescind and/or revoke special inspections privileges whereby practitioners were certifying the completion of work by contractors on behalf of the Owner. While in law school at Rutgers University, he participated in a Federal Court Judicial Externship with U.S. Magistrate Joel B. Rosen and was a Philadelphia Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Volunteer.

    Mr. Cardenas previously worked for the better part of ten (10) years as a trial attorney with a 50 attorney law firm defending corporate clients under their commercial lines and employment practices lines policies. His case load included matters involving claims of product liability, construction site accident injuries, automobile and trucking liability defense, general negligence matters and the representation of management in defense of employee workplace harassment and discrimination lawsuits.

    Mr. Cardenas also has extensive Appellate experience having briefed numerous successful appeals before the New York Appellate Divisions for the First and Second Department, the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. In 2003, Mr. Cardenas participated in oral argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court on a successful appeal dealing with the New Jersey Charitable Immunities Statute and the related common law rules concerning application of the doctrine to a qualified religious organization which is engaged in commercial or quasi-commercial activity.

  • Jeanette O. Cardenas

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 813.739.1950
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Jeanette.Cardenas@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeanette

    Jeanette Cardenas is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois. Ms. Cardenas litigates cases involving medical malpractice, long term care, Department of Health investigations, and wrongful death claims. She has experience defending healthcare institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day programs, nursing registries, and healthcare practice groups. She also represents individual healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, phlebotomists, and physical therapists.

    Additionally, Ms. Cardenas has considerable experience with general liability claims, with a focus on premises liability, hospitality, and automobile and truck negligence claims. Ms. Cardenas’ professional liability defense practice encompasses claims against insurance agents and brokers, cosmetologists, and real estate agents and brokers.

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Cardenas developed her legal expertise at a large Florida litigation firm and was a criminal defense attorney with the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office.

  • Joshua Carlon

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.281.5235
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Joshua.Carlon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Carlon is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Carlon worked at a mid-sized Plaintiffs' side labor and employment firm from 2009-2013.

  • Marc M. Carlton

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 971.712.2812
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Marc.Carlton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Marc

    Marc Carlton is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Transportation, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, and General Liability Practices. He focuses his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis in defending transportation, liquor liability, employment, and products liability cases, including the defense of former manufacturers and sellers of asbestos-containing products. He also practices in the area of medical device and business litigation. Mr. Carlton was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in 2015 and 2017 as well as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2013.

    Mr. Carlton has represented a wide-variety of clients in asbestos litigation in Oregon and Washington for fifteen years, including sellers of joint compound, electrical products and components, friction products, mastics, pipes, and valves. He serves as co-lead counsel on the national asbestos discovery teams for two multi-national companies. In that role, he has overseen company-wide investigations and research related to the historical sale of asbestos-containing products.  Mr. Carlton also has organized and developed document management systems to assist in defending against asbestos-related claims, and has been personally involved in training and educating first-time corporate witnesses to testify in FRCP 30(b)(6) depositions.

    In addition to asbestos and other products liability matters, Mr. Carlton has extensive experience handling catastrophic trucking and bus cases, including multiple wrongful death matters. He is a member of the firm’s 24/7 Rapid Response team and is available to respond to accident scenes throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

  • Joseph P. Carnevale IV

    Office: Providence, RI
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 401.406.3325
    Office Fax: 401.406.3312
    Email: Joseph.Carnevale@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph

    Joseph Carnevale is an associate in the Providence office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Joe was a judicial law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Court under Chief Judge George Healy. As a judicial law clerk, Joe researched and drafted numerous appellate opinions and orders as well as trial court decisions. After his clerkship, Joe worked as an associate at Heald & LeBoeuf, Ltd. There he represented clients involved in general contractual disputes, with a primary focus on construction disputes, public and private, throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Issues there involved breach of contract, construction defects, mechanics' liens, Miller Act bonds, private bonds, public bidding and bid protests, administrative actions, mediation and arbitration.

  • Kristen Carroll

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1721
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Kristen.Carroll@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kristen

    Kristen Carroll is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Kristen was an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney's Office in the Appeals Bureau. Kristen handled a variety of post-conviction motions and appeals in the Appellate Division, Second Department from many different trial zones and specialized bureaus within the office. She also co-supervised the legal and college intern program within the Appeals Bureau and coached various high school mock trial and moot court teams for the Kings County District Attorney's Office.

  • Rand D. Carstens

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7941
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Rand.Carstens@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rand

    Rand Carstens is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

    Mr. Carstens has more than 20 years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts as well as various administrative agencies such as California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California’s Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, California’s State Labor Board, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He specializes in employment law representing individuals and organizations of all sizes. He concentrates his efforts in matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, whistle-blower, accommodation, retaliation and wage related claims. He also advises and counsels employers in a variety of issues including the negotiation of separation and release agreements before litigation and settlement agreements during litigation; general counsel on wage and hour matters; drafting and editing of employee handbooks and policies; training in the areas of harassment; sexual harassment and discrimination; conducting numerous employment-based investigations; and providing preventative counseling and advise.

    Mr. Carstens also has extensive experience in general civil litigation defense in the following practice areas: premises liability, security, products liability, public entity and general business related matters.

  • Michael H. Carter

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3336
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Michael.Carter@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Carter is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Architects & Engineers Practices. Mr. Carter's practice includes wrongful death, construction site accident, construction defect, professional liability, premises liability and product liability cases. Mr. Carter has tried a number of cases to jury verdict, including wrongful death, premises liability, and automobile accident cases. Having practiced in both the Phoenix and Chicago offices of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, he has obtained Summary Judgment in cases pending in the Arizona state courts, the Illinois state courts, and the United States District Court. He obtained summary judgment for a restaurant in a wrongful death case involving three fatalities. He also obtained summary judgment for a rock concert venue in a case involving a claim of inadequate security. His experience practicing in both Arizona and Illinois allowed him to handle a complex case that was pending in the United States District Courts in both of those states, allowing the clients to deal with one attorney handling all of the issues presented. He has also participated in hundreds of settlement conferences to obtain favorable results for his clients.

  • Eliot L. Cartwright

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7882
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Eliot.Cartwright@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eliot

    Eliot Cartwright is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and General Liability Practices. His practice focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court, including products liability, general liability, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage.

    Mr. Cartwright has represented corporations, public entities, insurers, and individuals in a wide variety of legal contexts and has managed a multi-million dollar caseload handling actions from inception to resolution. He has experience in the following practice areas: commercial litigation, such as claims for breach of contract and business-related torts; insurance coverage ranging from construction defect to intellectual property claims; regulatory compliance; products liability; and prosecuting actions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

  • Jason H. Casell

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.742.6726
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Jason.Casell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jason

    Jason H. Casell is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on the defense of corporations in commercial and labor and employment litigation. He also has significant experience in the defense of healthcare, mass torts, and products liability matters in state and federal courts throughout the country.

    Jason has served as an integral member of trial teams in cases involving complex legal, medical, and scientific issues. His experience includes representing the manufacturer of hernia and pelvic mesh products in lawsuits alleging post-implant injuries, defending a leading pharmaceutical company in mass tort litigation alleging systemic injuries from medication, and securing a jury verdict of no liability against an Indian steel manufacturer sued for more than $35 million in damages resulting from the alleged failure of a portion of a hydraulic fracturing well.

    Jason also has represented companies in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and numerous state agencies and regulators.

    Jason is active in the Houston community. He serves as First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Main Street Theater, which produces classic and contemporary plays for adults and literary-based theater and education programs for youth. He is a Leadership Houston Class XXXV Fellow.

  • Demian Casey

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.7976
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Demian.Casey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Demian

    Demian Casey is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • V. Andrew Cass

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.876.2977
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Drew.Cass@lewisbrisbois.com

    About V. Andrew

    Drew Cass serves as firm-wide Assistant General Counsel, co-chair of the firm’s national Healthcare Practice, member of the Executive Marketing and Compensation Committees, in addition to being a member (ex-officio) of the firm’s Management Committee, among other roles. From 1984 to 2016, Drew was engaged in a trial and appellate practice primarily in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, medical malpractice, attorney malpractice, and catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Drew is the founder and was Managing Partner of the Lewis Brisbois' Las Vegas office from 2004 to 2012, and the founder and Managing Partner of the Lewis Brisbois' Seattle office from 2013 to 2016.

  • Eric C. Castro

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5112
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Eric.Castro@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eric

    Eric Castro is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate, Business Practices, and Franchise & Distribution Practices. He was the former Chair of the Corporate Practice and has been a partner since 1990. Mr. Castro has extensive experience managing all forms of corporate and business transactions, including business entity formations, mergers and acquisitions, financing and securities transactions (underwritten public offerings and Regulation D private placements), negotiating and drafting complex LLC operating agreements, partnership agreements, and executive employment agreements.

    Mr. Castro has extensive experience in the following areas:

    Business Transactions

    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Bank Loans & Financings
    • Securities Issuances
    • Regulation D Private Placements
    • Business Contracts
    • Executive Employment Agreements
    • Stock Option & Deferred Compensation Plans
    • Real Estate Acquisition and Financing
    • Trusts & Estates

    Corporate Governance

    • Entity Formations: S-corps, C-corps, LLCs
    • “Good Standing” Compliance
    • Regulatory Compliance: Gramm-Leach-Bliley; Sarbanes-Oxley
    • General Counsel Advice
  • Meghan A. Cavalieri

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0958
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Meghan.Cavalieri@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Meghan

    Meghan Cavalieri is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Construction Practices. She has trial experience in New York State, Family and Federal Courts. She practices in the areas of General Liability, Products Liability, Civil Rights, and Construction, and specializes in the defense of cases involving the NY Labor Law and Section 1983 Constitutional claims involving Municipal Liability, False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution and Excessive Force. 

    Ms. Cavalieri began her career as a Juvenile Prosecutor in Bronx, NY, prosecuting misdemeanor and felony juvenile delinquency cases. She then practiced in the Special Federal Litigation Unit of the New York City Law Department, specializing in municipal defense of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 matters. She has experience litigating personal injury, premises liability and constitutional matters.

  • Matthew Cavanaugh

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4382
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Matthew.Cavanaugh@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Cavanaugh is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Kristen Cawley

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.567.6582
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Kristen.Cawley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kristen

    Kristen Cawley is a senior associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Ms. Cawley has extensive litigation experience in defending products liability actions. She has also defended numerous premises liability cases, construction defect cases, and bad faith cases as well as conducted insurance fraud investigations and drafted numerous coverage opinions.

    Ms. Cawley has significant litigation experience in successfully drafting and arguing dispositive motions, including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She is similarly experienced in conducting and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, assisting with all aspects of trial preparation and trying cases to verdict.

  • Christy Centeno

    Office: Hartford, CT
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 860.566.8045
    Office Fax: 860.748.4857
    Email: Christy.Centeno@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christy

    Christy Centeno is a partner in the Hartford office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Centeno focuses her practice on general liability, products liability, asbestos, and toxic tort defense. Since joining Lewis Brisbois, she has handled all phases of litigation including discovery and motion practice, taking and defending depositions, and attending mediation and pretrial conferences. She additionally maintains regular contact with her clients and engages in settlement negotiations with opposing counsel.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Centeno spent 7 years working for staff counsel offices for two Fortune 500 insurance companies. During her time doing staff counsel defense work, Ms. Centeno managed a heavy caseload of personal and commercial automobile and premises liability cases through all aspects of litigation including taking and defending depositions and attending pretrial conferences, mediations, arbitrations and oral arguments. Ms. Centeno additionally completed eight jury trials through verdict.

  • Gary A. Cerio

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8549
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Gary.Cerio@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gary

    Gary Cerio is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and attended the University of San Francisco School of Law where he was the business manager of the law school newspaper. In his general liability practice he has concentrated in the areas of products liability, including the defense of manufacturers of automobiles, medical products and pharmaceuticals, industrial and retail machinery, and construction and recreation equipment, professional liability, including the defense of lawyers, health care providers, accountants and real estate agents, toxic tort, asbestos and silica litigation, and personal injury matters. He also has substantial experience in premises liability, motor vehicle and employment-related litigation.

    Gary has extensive experience litigating all phases of cases, including handling pre-litigation investigation, pleading and motion practice, written discovery, fact and expert depositions, and settlement negotiations, with trial experience in both state and federal courts. He is committed to providing comprehensive and effective legal representation to his clients.

  • Daniel Cetina

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3352
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Daniel.Cetina@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Daniel

    Daniel Cetina is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

  • Zacarias Chacon

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3348
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Zacarias.Chacon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Zacarias

    Zacarias Chacon is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Bad Faith Litigation, Insurance Coverage, and First Party Property Practices. Mr. Chacon's practice has concentrated on first party coverage for over 30 years. During that time, he has handled cases involving every aspect of first party property coverage and has opined on coverage under ISO forms, AAIS forms and proprietary and manuscript policies.

    Mr. Chacon has opined on and litigated questions involving:

    • The meaning of “direct physical loss”
    • The fortuity requirement
    • Earth movement exclusions
    • Governmental action exclusions
    • The exclusions for delay, wear and tear, rust, corrosion, fungus, decay, hidden or latent defect, settling
    • The mechanical breakdown exclusion
    • The exclusions for dampness, continuous or repeated seepage or leakage
    • The exclusion for dishonest or criminal acts
    • The exclusion for “voluntary parting”
    • The inventory shortage exclusion,
    • The exclusion for faulty design, workmanship or construction
    • Loss valuation (actual cash or replacement cost)
    • Compliance with the policy conditions of notice, cooperation, production of documents and submission to examinations under oath.
    • Time element coverages including loss of business income, contingent business income, soft costs and extra expense coverage
    • Builder’s Risk coverage, including basic coverage grant and nearly all of common exclusions
    • “Malware”, “System Penetration”, “Hacking”, and other computer related coverages and exclusions

    Mr. Chacon has investigated, litigated and resolved first party coverage cases throughout the country, including Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky and North Carolina, as far south as Florida and Louisiana, in the western states of Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California and Oregon and in the Midwestern States of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.

    Of all of the issues raised under first party property policies, Mr. Chacon has devoted most of his practice to the investigation and litigation of cases involving arson and fraud. In this regard, he has taken hundreds of examinations under oath and litigated an equal number of cases involving a variety of fraudulent schemes. Mr. Chacon has always approached fraud on offense, attempting not only to defeat the fraudulent claim under the Concealment, Misrepresentation or Fraud provision, but also to recover, in the form of penalties, investigative costs and attorney’s fees, or even prior claim payments, directly against the insured.

    Mr. Chacon also has extensive appellate experience, having handled appeals before the Illinois appellate districts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Ryan T. Chai

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5164
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ryan.Chai@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Chai is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Chai defends employers and individual defendants in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour litigation. He has experience conducting investigations, preparing dispositive motions, negotiating settlements, and preparing cases for trial. He also provides preventative counseling to employers regarding all employment practices, including drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment agreements, and evaluating termination decisions.

  • Timothy Chai

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 216.586.8806
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: Timothy.Chai@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Timothy

    Timothy Chai is an associate in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois. Timothy’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, labor and employment, insurance coverage, and products liability. He has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, ranging from the initial investigation through an appeal. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Timothy worked for a civil litigation law firm, where he represented manufacturers, insurance companies, hospitals, and physicians.

    Timothy obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from John Carroll University. He then obtained his J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was a Research Editor of the Law Review. While in law school, Timothy also served as a Court Mediator for the Cleveland Municipal Court.

  • Alia L. Chaib

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6000
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alia.Chaib@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alia

    Alia Chaib is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice primarily focuses on defending employers in a variety of employment litigation matters, including wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and wage and hour issues.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Chaib worked as an associate in a Los-Angeles based civil defense firm, where she practiced Labor & Employment, Toxic Tort, Professional Negligence, and General Liability matters. She also worked in-house for Panda Restaurant Group, and provided guidance on labor and employment issues in both a preventative and pre-litigation context.

  • Donna Chamberlin

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.508.1930
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Donna.Chamberlin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Donna

    Donna Chamberlin is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation and Intellectual Property & Technology Practices. She is a chemical engineer and registered patent attorney and practiced as a process engineer, design engineer and economics planner for one of the World’s largest oil and gas companies before attending law school. Ms. Chamberlin has successfully litigated cases through trial in state and federal courts, and has secured summary judgments that have been affirmed on appeal in numerous cases.

    Ms. Chamberlin has litigated more than one hundred products liability matters, including cases involving small consumer goods, large equipment, construction and manufacturing components, asbestos and toxic components. She has secured numerous summary judgment dismissals on such matters based upon procedural, tort, and contractual defenses. Her intellectual property work includes litigating patent, trademark, and copyright actions to summary judgment and on appeal, as well as through trial in the United States District Courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

    Ms. Chamberlin also handles environmental and insurance work representing clients under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the Clean Water Act, the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). Ms. Chamberlin’s insurance work includes litigating matters under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act (“IFCA”) and for bad faith, and defending property and casualty claims. Her business and corporate work includes representing clients in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary, receivership, limited liability and corporate dissolution actions. She has also negotiated, drafted and enforced contracts including intellectual property and licensing agreements.

    On December 14, 2017, partner Donna Chamberlin of the Seattle office presented at National Business Institute’s CLE on Commercial General Liability (CGL) Policy: The Complete Guide. She also published her related article: Commercial General Liability (CGL) Policy: The Complete Guide – Foundation of Commercial General Liability Coverage.

  • Caroline E. Chan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3905
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Caroline.Chan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Caroline

    Caroline Chan is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate Practice. Ms. Chan is an accomplished appellate lawyer and has been certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization for many years. In order to become a certified specialist, she passed a day long written examination and fulfilled briefing, oral argument and other requirements.

    For over 20 years, the primary focus of Ms. Chan’s practice has been on civil appeals, writs, and dispositive trial court motions. She has also served as a strategic advisor to clients and trial counsel in complex matters.

    Ms. Chan’s experience includes filing over 200 appellate briefs, writs, and petitions in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal. The areas covered include products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, common interest development, insurance, class actions, bankruptcy, arbitration, intellectual property, real estate, consumer law, anti-SLAPP, and employment.

    Ms. Chan has extensive trial court experience in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, commercial litigation, real estate, premises liability, professional liability, insurance, and unfair competition. This includes two cases where she cochaired a trial.

    Before joining the firm, Ms. Chan worked as a judicial research attorney in the Court of Appeal of the Second Appellate District for the State of California.

  • Karyn Chandler

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.6639
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Karyn.Chandler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Karyn

    Karyn Chandler is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She focuses her practice in all aspects of civil litigation including personal injury, motor vehicle, toxic tort, landlord/tenant, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect. The bulk of her practice is dedicated to cases involving catastrophic injuries.

    Ms. Chandler has handled all aspects of discovery, including motion practice and taking and defending depositions (experts, parties and percipient witnesses). Karyn has written and successfully argued countless dispositive motions. Ms. Chandler has also participated in all forms of alternative dispute resolution with positive results. Additionally, Ms. Chandler is often called upon to provide comprehensive analysis of pre-litigation incidents and evaluation for potential risk. 

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Chandler clerked for the Honorable Brian Hill in Santa Barbara Superior Court, counseled prisoners with legal issues within and outside the San Francisco County Jail system, and worked with the Santa Barbara Public Defender’s office.

  • Claire Chang

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8227
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Claire.Chang@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Claire

    Claire (“Yifei”) Chang is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Claire worked at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where she assisted in defending the City of Los Angeles in various employment lawsuits. While in law school, Claire represented an indigent client on his criminal appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as a student attorney. As part of her representation, she presented oral argument before the Seventh Circuit in April 2017 and won a resentencing hearing for her client. In addition, Claire worked as a legal intern at the Chicago Transit Authority’s employment & labor department in 2016. During her first summer in law school, she clerked for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

  • Jerry J. Chang

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7912
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jerry.Chang@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jerry

    Jerry Chang is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and Korean Business & Litigation Practices. He has extensive experience representing employers in litigation. His areas of concentration are wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour matters, including the defense of class action lawsuits.

    In addition to litigation, Mr. Chang provides preventative counseling to employers regarding all employment related issues, including discipline and termination decisions, reductions in force, employee privacy rights, leaves of absences, employment and severance agreements, employee handbooks, and wage and hour law compliance. He frequently speaks at seminars for business owners and human resources professionals regarding employment and labor law issues.

    Mr. Chang represents and advises a variety of employers, including small and midsize businesses, Fortune 500 companies, automobile dealerships, property management companies, hotels, restaurants, medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, manufacturing companies, and universities.

    Mr. Chang’s practice also focuses on complex commercial litigation defense. He has represented clients in shareholder/member/partner disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and other business related actions.

  • Christopher Chaplin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6006
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Christopher.Chaplin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher D. Chaplin is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois. He focuses his practice in the defense of general liability matters involving personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and catastrophic loss.

  • Charlin S. Fisher

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 504.717.4771
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Charlin.Fisher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charlin

    Charlin S. Fisher is an associate in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Edward C. Chen

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.3838
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Edward.Chen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Edward

    Edward C. Chen is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Chen practiced business and intellectual property litigation, which included the representation of a patent-holder and inventor against various global medical companies regarding the method and use of femtosecond lasers in LASIK and eye cataract surgery.

    During this time, Mr. Chen conducted factual investigation, written discovery, drafted pleadings, ex parte applications, motions and oppositions, appeared and presented oral argument for hearings at the motions in limine and motions for summary judgment phase, and defended several depositions of expert witnesses, including an expert on patent infringement damages and an expert ophthalmic surgeon engaged in the use of femtosecond lasers to perform various laser eye surgeries.

  • Dakota Chenevert

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 504.267.2211
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Dakota.Chenevert@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dakota

    Dakota Chenevert is an associate in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and Admiralty, Maritime, & Energy Practices. Mr. Chenevert's practice focuses on insurance coverage matters; admiralty, marine, and energy disputes; and premises liability matters. He is a 2016 graduate of the LSU Law Center. It is Mr. Chenevert's pride, as a life long resident of Louisiana, to represent his clients in Louisiana state and federal courts.

  • Jason R. Chermela

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7932
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jason.Chermela@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jason

    Jason Chermela is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Hospitality Practice and a member of the General Liability, Healthcare, and Medical Malpractice Practices. He has more than 16 years experience litigating cases. Mr. Chermela practices in the area of hospitality litigation and works with local and national hospitality clients in all aspects of premises, security claims (inclusive of assault and battery and false imprisonment claims), food service, and other related business matters.

    Mr. Chermela also practices in the areas of general liability. His specialties include premises liability, hotel and restaurant related claims, personal injury defense, and all matters relative to transportation (including defending high exposure trucking and automobile claims).

    Mr. Chermela is a partner in our firm and has more than 16 years of experience defending high exposure premises liability, hospitality and hotel related claims, personal injury, and transportation / auto claims. Mr. Chermela has proven himself as a skilled, tenacious, aggressive and highly motivated litigator who is a hands-on problem solver. His extensive litigation experience includes, but is not limited to, all aspects of binding arbitrations, non-jury and jury trials. He has a proven and successful record in disposing claims via summary judgment motions, and securing favorable arbitration and trial results. Mr. Chermela has rapidly and successfully developed a practice and market niche within the hotel and hospitality industries. His vast hospitality industry litigation experience encompasses all aspects of hotel, restaurant, entertainment, social club, and security operations. Mr. Chermela has also had success in defending high exposure trucking and automobile accidents. He currently represents Robertson’s Ready Mix and Lyft, Inc. for all of their auto claims in the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Chermela also represents small and large landscaping and trucking companies inclusive of ValleyCrest Landscaping, The Brickman Group, and Brightview.

    Representative clients include: SBE Entertainment (SLS Hotel - Beverly Hills); Restaurants and Nightclubs such as MI-6, Hyde Lounge, Foxtail, V3 Club, White Lotus, Ritual Supper Club, Hennessey’s Tavern, UMAMI Burger, Katsuya, etc.; The KOR Group (Viceroy Hotel - Santa Monica, Viceroy Hotel – Palm Springs, Avalon Hotel - Beverly Hills, and Sheraton Gateway LAX); STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE, INC., W Hotel; shopping centers such as Hollywood & Highlands, The Grove, Calabasas Commons, and The Promenade in Westlake Village; Valleycrest Landscaping, Brightview Landscaping; as well as Robertson’s Ready Mix, and Lyft, Inc.

  • Cheryl L. Barnard

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8203
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Cheryl.Barnard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cheryl

    Cheryl Barnard is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Cheryl moved to California in 1980, and worked for a publishing company in the R&D department designing legal research software and implementing the move from printed copy to the internet using SGML. When the publishing company closed it's R&D department in California, Cheryl worked for several dotcom companies as a project manager and manager of consulting services, implementing document management software solutions. 

    Since taking and passing the California Bar in 2000, Cheryl has worked for several workers' compensation firms, including both applicant's firms and insurance defense firms.

    Cheryl has three children - two lawyers and one dentist - and 7 grandchildren who provide endless joy. We enjoy traveling, working out at the gym, hiking, and swimming.

  • Kathryn E. Childress

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7149
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email:  kathryn.childress@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kathryn

    Kathryn Childress is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She has prior experience in Cyber Security and Data Privacy law, including analysis and preparation of incident responses under state and federal law, including HIPAA, following data breaches. Ms. Childress also has five years of experience in civil defense, including handling product liability, personal injury, contractual, construction, creditors' rights, premises liability and professional liability litigation.

  • Christopher I. Cho

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5512
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Christopher.Cho@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher I. Cho is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Dyanne Cho

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.3836
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Dyanne.Cho@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dyanne

    Dyanne Cho is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice. She focuses her practice on complex litigation matters, including class action, mass torts, and products liability.

    Ms. Cho earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was Senior Production Editor of Hastings Law Journal and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature.

  • Christopher Choi

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8223
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Christopher.Choi@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Choi is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. 

    Mr. Choi received a B.S. in Political Science from San Jose State University, and attended the evening program at McGeorge School of Law while gaining valuable legal experience at a private civil litigation firm at the same time. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in January, 2016.

  • Emily Chou

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7131
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Emily.Chou@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Emily

    Emily S. Chou is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate insolvency, restructuring and creditor's rights. Ms. Chou utilizes a business oriented approach in representing clients by resolving issues with a focus on the client's business objectives. She has extensive experience in representing unsecured creditors committees, secured lenders, landlords, equipment lessors, and information technology services providers in reorganization and liquidation chapter 11 cases nationwide. She has represented clients in the retail grocery, food manufacturing, steel, airlines, oil and gas and information technology industries.

  • Kellie Christianson

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3170
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Kellie.Christianson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kellie

    Kellie Christianson is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She represents car dealerships and small businesses in all aspects of employment and business litigation, including defending claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, and unfair business practices. She also counsels clients regarding human resources and employee relations issues. Ms. Christianson has 24 years of experience as a trial attorney. She has obtained numerous successful judgments, binding arbitration awards, and settlements for her clients. She has also successfully represented clients in the Court of Appeal. Additionally, she has represented car dealers in consumer class actions and in 2010, she obtained a $1.5 million judgment in favor of her client against a plaintiff class represented by Rosner Barry & Babbitt, LLP.

    Ms. Christianson also represents clients in matters brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Opportunity Commission.  

  • John R. Christie

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 216.298.1259
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: John.Christie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Christie is a partner in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. He has spent his legal career assisting companies and individuals in many different legal matters, focusing on a client based approach to find the best solution for the particular client's matter. He has represented both companies, individuals, and insurance companies in courts throughout Ohio, including both federal and state courts of appeals. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, and prevailed on appeals.

    John has more than a decade of experience in product liability and asbestos litigation, having represented national and international manufacturers, suppliers, and local companies in both single-claimant cases and multiple-plaintiff settings. His practical approach has been an asset to his clients in navigating this potentially business-ending litigation. He has also represented numerous construction companies over the years, aggressively litigating claims for them in contract disputes, product defect matters, wrongful death claims, and employment matters. In addition, he has represented elder care facilities in medical malpractice and other related litigation.

    John is fortunate to have built and maintained his relationship with many of his clients, having had the good fortune to represent the same companies for many years. Although the goal is to avoid litigation (and John regularly advises client well before litigation occurs, with the hope to find a common sense solution), he has the skills to guide each client through the process and has been successful time and time again.

  • Christopher A. Babadjanian

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6158
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Christopher.Babadjanian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Babadjanian is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Christopher has also worked with Lewis Brisbois’ Real Estate, Land Use & Environment and Public Agency & Public Finance Practices.

    While in law school, Mr. Babadjanian focused his studies in business-related law courses, such as Corporate Finance, Income Tax Law, and Business Planning. Mr. Babadjanian also participated in a Tax Policy Seminar, where he authored a paper which recommended changes to the tax code aimed at protecting and educating taxpayers and closing the tax gap by ensuring proper allocation of government benefits, increasing compliance and transparency by discouraging aggressive reporting, and encouraging more civic involvement in the legislative process with regards to taxation in an effort to foster a more favorable opinion of the IRS and taxes generally.

    Mr. Babadjanian also had the unique opportunity while in Law School to spend a semester studying at the internationally acclaimed Hong Kong University, where he was introduced to the structural complexities that intertwine the systems of administrative, civil, criminal and other sources of law within China, Asia, and throughout the international business community.

    As part of this international program, Mr. Babadjanian participated in a Comparative Constitutional Law Theories roundtable seminar, wherein students from western and east-Asian countries examined constitutional law in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

    Additionally, Mr. Babadjanian took the following courses while studying at Hong Kong University, centered on International Relations and Business:

    • GLOBAL BUSINESS LAW under the instruction Professor C.L. LIM: Professor Lim served three terms on a trade and industry department committee, which advises the Hong Kong SAR’s Commerce Secretary. 
    • INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW with PROFESSOR JOLENE LIN: Studied transnational agreements pertaining to Environmental Governance and Environmental Inter-state Enforcement and Dispute Settlement.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois as an associate, Christopher participated in their Summer Associate Program. Christopher also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Frank DeArmon Whitney, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Lynnette Christopoulos

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6318
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Lynnette.Christopoulos@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lynnette

    Lynnette Christopoulos is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. She concentrates her practice in the defense of healthcare professionals including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, board and care facilities, medical groups, physicians and licensed vocational nurses.

    Ms. Christopoulos has successfully defended claims of professional negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death, fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and various violations of Health & Safety and Business & Professions Codes. She has also represented physicians in medical administrative hearings and has also handled a wide variety of general liability litigation including premises liability and employment law.

  • Jeffrey J. Christovich

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3906
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jeffrey.Christovich@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Christovich is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practices. He has over 30 years of bench and jury trials, arbitrations and litigation experience in state and federal courts defending maritime, professional liability, product liability and general liability cases. He handles the following types of matters:   

    • Energy, oil, and gas litigation involving personal injury and property damage claims
    • Maritime litigation – property damage and personal injury
    • Product liability and general liability
    • General business litigation involving both insurance and corporate clients
  • Angele K. Cicala

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Of Counsel
    Tel: 415.262.8548
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Angele.Cicala@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Angele

    Angele K. Cicala is an of counsel in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. Her practice focuses on complex professional negligence matters in State and Federal court often involving intricate issues of civil litigation practice and procedure.

    Ms. Cicala’s practice principally concentrates on healthcare matters. She has broad experience in healthcare litigation, investigations and counseling. She has successfully represented healthcare providers, individuals and health care related business clients in civil litigation in both Federal and State courts. She has counseled and represented clients on matters relating to medical malpractice, elder/dependent adult neglect and abuse, wrongful death, violation of patient rights, fraud, breach of contract, Proposition 65 and other claims under the Code of Federal Regulations and California Code of Regulations. She also provides counseling and representation related to investigations by the California Department of Public Health Services. In addition, she has had significant involvement in counseling and implementing effective risk avoidance practices, policies and procedures for diverse healthcare business such as medical staffing companies, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities and acute care hospitals.

    Ms. Cicala’s practice also focuses on a variety of other matters including construction defect matters, general liability, complex products liability actions involving significant medical issues and employment law.

    Ms. Cicala also provides consultation and representation on development of risk avoidance and policies and procedures for insurance brokers and their clients. She has been nominated by general counsel as a preferred individual attorney in healthcare litigation.

  • Trina M. Clayton

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8511
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Trina.Clayton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Trina

    Trina M. Clayton is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Asbestos Litigation Practice. 

  • Benjamin Clements

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5114
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Benjamin.Clements@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Benjamin

    Benjamin Clements is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Class Action & Mass Tort, Products Liability, and Consumer Litigation Defense & Financial Services Practices.

    Mr. Clements earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was an editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Bucknell University.

  • David C. Clukey

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7879
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: David.Clukey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Clukey is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Transportation Practices. Mr. Clukey represents clients in various areas of commercial disputes including real estate, breach of contract, bad faith, and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Clukey's transportation practice includes freight loss and damage claims, and matters related to tariff and transportation charge collections. Mr. Clukey also represents clients concerning professional liability and products liability, and represents clients concerning jurisdictional issues related to Native American tribes. Mr. Clukey's representation extends to both state and federal courts and administrative agencies. 

  • Nancy L. Cohen

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.292.2058
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Nancy.Cohen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nancy

    Nancy Cohen is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Her practice primarily focuses on the representation of lawyers in malpractice claims and grievances and provides risk management advice to lawyers and law firms. Nancy defends health care and other professionals concerning licensure issues. Over the course of her career, Nancy has handled a variety of matters, including commercial litigation matters, contract disputes and personal injury. She has a Colorado State and Federal practice, including trial and appellate matters.

    Nancy represents lawyers, health care professionals and accountants on grievances against their licenses. She has handled legal matters on lawyers being investigated by the Colorado Attorney General related to Colorado’s Fair Debt Collection Act and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. Recently, Nancy represented a lawyer (not the target) who was subpoenaed to produced documents before a federal grand jury concerning a client for whom he had provided tax related services. 

  • Zak Colangelo-Trenner

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 786.725.3242
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Zak.Colangelo-Trenner@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Zak

    Zak Colangelo-Trenner is an associate in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Products Liability Practice.

  • Charles Cole

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3444
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Charles.Cole@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles Cole is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. He spends the majority of his time defending physicians and other health care providers. After admission to the Illinois Bar in 1977, Mr. Cole has spent his career trying complex and significant matters to verdict in Illinois as well as other states, both in the State Court and the Federal Court.

    Mr. Cole has tried more than 80 cases to verdict involving multi-million dollar exposures. His practice areas and trial experience include medical malpractice, professional liability, complex construction matters, amusement claims, commercial litigation, transportation negligence, and general liability defense. 

  • Charles E. Coleman

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8222
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Charles.Coleman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles is an effective litigation and trial attorney with an outstanding record of performance representing and defending insurance interests, public entities, and businesses in state and federal court. He has extensive experience in complex general casualty defense, professional liability, product liability, construction, personal injury, real estate, premises liability, public entity,and commercial litigation matters.

    Defense of Professional Liability Claims: Architects and Engineers, Insurance Agents/Brokers, Real Estate Professionals, Accountants and Financial Advisors including FINRA, Legal Malpractice, and Technology matters.

    Defense of General Liability Claims: Premises Liability, Property, Construction, Transportation/Auto, and Product Liability matters.

    Construction Matters: Developer, General Contractor, and Subcontractor representation involving all aspects of Construction Defect Claims.  Defense and prosecution of Mechanic’s Liens and other construction remedies.  Construction accidents and bodily injury claims.

    Commercial Matters: Representation of Business and Commercial Entities involving Contracts, Employment, Discrimination Claims and other litigation matters in state and federal courts, appellate proceedings, and administrative hearings.

    Estate, Trust, and Probate Matters: Representation of individuals and trustees regarding property disputes arising under estate planning instruments including wills, trusts, and probate proceedings.

  • Claire Hervey Collins

    Office: Los Angeles, CA, Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5039
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Claire.Collins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Claire Hervey

    Claire Collins is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and Co-Chair of the National Real Estate Practice. She represents public entities, private companies, and individuals in a range of real estate, land use, and environmental matters in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Her practice includes transactional law, compliance counseling, and litigation. She handles the following types of matters:

    • Public agency general counseling
    • Contract negotiation, drafting, and review 
    • Real property sales, acquisitions, leasing
    • Boundary disputes
    • Easement and “Right of Way” negotiation and interpretation
    • California Environmental Quality Act compliance and litigation 
    • Land use/zoning matters including land use entitlements
    • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
    • Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act litigation and compliance
    • Solid waste, wastewater, recycling, and recycled water contracts, ordinances, laws, and regulations
    • Open government law, including the Public Records Act and the Brown Act
    • California Government Claims Act

    Prior to practicing law, Ms. Collins was a communications specialist working in the political and public sectors, focusing on international trade, investment, and economic development.

    Ms. Collins serves as General Counsel for the Irvine Ranch Water District, and assistant district counsel for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

  • Darice M. Collins

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5503
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Darice.Collins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Darice

    Darice M. Collins is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She represents clients in a variety of employment matters including discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour disputes.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Collins began her career pursuits within the automobile property & casualty insurance industry. She has utilized her insurance industry knowledge throughout her litigation practice which has included insurance defense and general commercial litigation in automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability, products liability, construction defect, and medical malpractice.

    Darice began her legal career in Florida and Texas and continued law practice in Arizona and Virginia with local and international law firms. In Northern Virginia, Ms. Collins practiced labor & employment litigation defense with representative clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to municipalities, counties and multi-national corporations. She is experienced in counseling employers regarding reductions in force, employment handbook policies, federal and state labor law compliance procedures, conducting and assisting with independent investigations of workplace harassment and/or discrimination and responding to EEOC and/or state agency investigations and charges of discrimination.

    In addition to advocating for clients in the courtroom, at mediation or arbitration, Ms. Collins has devoted her time to public service in California, Virginia, Arizona and Texas. In 2012, Ms. Collins received the Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from Legal Services Corporation of Virginia for providing over 200 hours of pro bono service in family law, housing law, guardianship and consumer litigation.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Collins was in-house defense counsel for two national property and casualty automobile insurers. She is licensed in California, Arizona, Texas, Virginia, D.C. and Florida.

  • Jill Collins

    Office: Albuquerque, NM
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 505.545.8304
    Office Fax: 505.828.3900
    Email: Jill.Collins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jill

    Jill Collins is a partner in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, and General Liability Practices. She handles insurance coverage related matters, including bad faith, and general liability cases involving property damage, personal injury and wrongful death. She has defended insurers in a wide variety of complex, large exposure lawsuits brought by policy holders and third parties. Ms. Collins practices in state and federal court and participates in all stages of litigation including motion practice, discovery, mediations, arbitrations and bench and jury trials.

  • Robert M. Collins

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5167
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Robert.Collins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Collins is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice.

  • Adam E. Collyer

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.1723
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Adam.Collyer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Adam

    Adam E. Collyer is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He is an experienced litigator and counselor, representing businesses in labor and employment matters including those involving discrimination, retaliation and harassment, and wage and hour violations. In that capacity, Mr. Collyer has tried cases and appeared on behalf of clients in both federal and state court, as well as in arbitration and proceedings before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Collyer also assists clients with proactive solutions to their compliance obligations under federal, state, and local laws, and advises them on employment agreements, severance packages, and restrictive covenants.

    In January 2015, Mr. Collyer was appointed to the faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law as an adjunct professor, where he conducts a weekly seminar and supervises second and third year law students in clinical representation of pro-se litigants in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The clinic, The S.D.N.Y. Representation in Mediation and Settlement Conference Practicum, has been recognized by the New Jersey General Assembly and the Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York for its invaluable contribution to the legal community. Mr. Collyer has also guest lectured on negotiation and mediation at Georgetown University Law Center and Fordham University School of Law, and serves as the New York Executive Editor on the Labor & Employment Practice’s Client Alert Editorial Board.

  • Alexander Comis

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3827
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alexander.Comis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexander

    Alexander Comis is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice. He specializes in the defense of all aspects of Workers' Compensation actions in California, including representation of employers in matters involving discrimination under Labor Code Section 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct (Labor Code Section 4553). Alex is a frequent presenter and speaker in the annual Employment and Workers' Compensation Seminars, and has presented directly to Fortune 500 employers on Workers' Compensation in other jurisdictions, nationally.

  • Katherine Compton

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7135
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Katherine.Compton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Katherine

    Katherine Compton is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Katherine has extensive experience in litigating complex commercial matters, including trademark infringement, theft of trade secret, franchise, banking, corporate, non-competes, personal injury/wrongful death and numerous other types of commercial litigation. She has obtained more than 50 temporary restraining orders and handled numerous trials. Most importantly, she is passionate about listening to her clients and meeting their needs, whether they want to stand on principal and take a case to trial or settle early.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Katherine served as General Counsel of Swearingen Aircraft, Inc.

    Significant Representations

    • Successfully obtain temporary restraining order for corporate lessee to regain access to historical premises in downtown Dallas to finish out improvements against prominent local developer who was the new Lessor
    • Represent corporate minority shareholder in dispute with corporation and shareholders for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud
    • Represent trucking company and truck driver in two week wrongful death trial against "reptile" plaintiff’s counsel
    • Represent largest apartment management company in the United States in trademark infringement dispute
    • Defend attorney in legal malpractice litigation
    • Represent corporate client in all its litigation matters
    • Defend hotel in premises liability and respondeat superior litigation in Dallas
    • Represent The Acushnet Company against retailers and wholesalers counterfeiting Titleist Pro V1 golf balls in multi-million dollar trademark infringement lawsuits across the country.
    • Represent Cartier International B.V. and Montblanc-Simplo Gmbh in trademark infringement action related to counterfeit Montblanc and Cartier watches.
    • Represent PRL USA Holdings, Inc. in multi-million dollar trademark infringement lawsuit against numerous defendants for selling counterfeit Polo and Chaps shirts.
    • Represent Liz Claiborne, Inc. against a Dallas based public company in multimillion dollar trademark infringement litigation involving alleged counterfeit Monet Jewelry. Obtained temporary restraining order against all Defendants in lawsuit.
    • Defend board of directors of Marketing Specialists in multimillion dollar litigation brought by trustee of Marketing Specialists, Inc. against Mary Kay, Inc., board of directors and officers of Marketing Specialists, Inc.
    • Defend board of directors of Horizon Pharmacies, Inc. in litigation brought by trustee of Horizon Pharmacies, Inc.
    • Represent Hitachi Data Systems Corporation in contract dispute.
    • Defend AT&T Corp. in multimillion dollar trade secret litigation
    • Complex class action real estate litigation related to development of 141 acres in Elm Creek Subdivision in San Antonio, Texas
    • Work with team of lawyers in antitrust Litigation brought by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. v. Hillrom, Inc. in highly publicized successful multimillion dollar verdict
    • Successfully defended class action securities fraud litigation against public restaurant chain
    • Successfully defended class action securities fraud litigation against public computer company 
    • Highly acrimonious slander litigation arising out of a divorce and adulterous relationship involving high profile professionals.
    • Handle all lawsuits and business legal matters for Peak Capital Corporation, an automobile finance corporation.
    • Successfully defended products liability case for Hitachi Power Tools, USA.
    • Successfully defended Smith & Nephew, Inc., world's largest orthopedic supply company in civil rights lawsuit:  Won summary judgment in Federal Court.
  • Michael W. Connally

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5514
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Michael.Connally@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Connally is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bad Faith Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Appellate Practices. 

    His cases primarily include the following:

    • Appellate Law
    • Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage
    • Defense of religious organizations
    • Real property and title disputes
    • Eminent Domain
    • Large subrogation actions

    Mr. Connally litigates insurance bad faith lawsuits, real property, and title disputes. He also defends religious organizations against claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation, discrimination and other employee/employer tort claims, disputes over corporate, structure, and premises liability. He also has litigated cases involving eminent domain, including both direct and inverse condemnation.

  • Nina Conte

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 786.725.3244
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Nina.Conte@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nina

    Nina Conte is a partner in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Her practice focuses on the areas of general civil litigation, premises liability, vehicular negligence, and negligent security. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Conte practiced medical malpractice defense as well as having defended many third-party general liability claims for a large, statewide insurance defense firm.

  • Joshua M. Conway

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7877
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Joshua.Conway@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Conway is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He graduated with honors from Washburn University School of Law in 2014. In his last year, he was President of Washburn's Moot Court Council. After graduating, he worked in various areas of litigation including personal injury, commercial litigation, property law and eminent domain.

  • Angela L. Cooner

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7856
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Angela.Cooner@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Angela

    Angela Cooner is an attorney in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois, and she is a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Cooner has practiced law for more than seventeen years, and she has experience in a wide variety of areas including construction defect, professional liability, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death and appellate law. Her experience includes all aspects of litigation, trial practice and arbitration. Ms. Cooner also has experience in regulatory matters and government and legislative affairs.

  • John F. Cooney

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 314.884.5006
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: John.Cooney@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Cooney is a partner in the Madison County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He concentrates his practice on the defense and trial of civil damage lawsuits. Over the last 35 years he has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict and personally handled more than 30 appeals in state and federal courts. He is a skilled negotiator who is particularly adept at Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) both as a participant and as a neutral.

    John’s experience is broad. This experience includes handling matters for trucking companies, airlines, rental car companies, retail and hospitality sectors (hotels, department stores and restaurants) as well as professional liability defense for legal and medical practitioners and coverage and bad faith issues for several insurance carriers.

    John has represented and defended design professionals, contractors and landowners in matters involving building design, construction defects, boundary disputes, and subsurface and surface water and soil issues.

    Over his career, Mr. Cooney has defended hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in professional and general liability matters. He has also represented and assisted physicians and nurses in administrative proceedings before the boards which regulate and govern their professional licenses and conduct.

    John represents individuals and corporations, often through their insurers and risk management organizations, though he finds he is increasingly engaged directly by the entities he represents. Significant matters include:

    • Receiving a directed verdict in the defense of an individual involved in an intra-family wrongful death case. This judgment was upheld by the Missouri Court of Appeals.
    • Obtaining a defense verdict for a major airline in a federal trial claiming serious injuries resulting from in-flight turbulence.
    • Acquiring a trial-morning dismissal of an action seeking a multi-million dollar recovery from a major rental car company due to the death of a motorcyclist. This judgment was upheld by the Missouri Court of Appeals.
    • Achieving summary judgment in a coverage dispute between two major insurance companies regarding duty to defend and the allocation of risk on a series of large property damage and personal injury settlements.
    • Obtaining a defense verdict for a scoutmaster accused of sexual contact with a minor.
    • Obtaining a global settlement for the alleged source farm in a series of cases pending in several states in state and federal court over an alleged E. coli outbreak.
    • Negotiating numerous pre-suit and early settlements involving cases brought for nursing home injuries and deaths.

    John’s personal interest in his clients’ well-being is sincere and deep-rooted. He works hard to resolve problems quickly so they need not lose another night’s sleep. His goal is to “fashion clever solutions” for problems, but, more importantly, he enjoys being a daily resource when no litigation is pending to help keep it that way.

  • Alex Cooper

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3332
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Alex.Cooper@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alex

    Alex Cooper is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois. Physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, and other professionals retain him to defend them before state licensing and disciplinary boards. Mr. Cooper is a former prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He served as general counsel for the Illinois Pharmacy Board, Medical Disciplinary Board, and Medical Licensing Board.

  • Brian Michael Cooper

    Office: Denver, CO, Houston, TX, New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 303.562.9770
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Brian.Cooper@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian Michael

    Brian Michael Cooper is a partner in the Denver, Houston, and New York offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate, Entertainment, Media, & Sports, and Antitrust & Competition Practices.

    Corporate

    A four-time Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star with more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, executive, and advisor, Mr. Cooper has guided companies through all aspects of corporate transactions and operations projects. This transactional experience includes: mergers; asset acquisitions; joint ventures; partnerships; compliance with federal/state securities law; project development; business formation; general corporate and business governance; real estate; capital formation; project finance; charitable foundation formation; employment agreements; and service, vendor, and supply agreements. 

    Sports

    Mr. Cooper’s extensive sports transactional practice has included the negotiation of: player, coach, and executive agreements; product endorsement agreements for athletes and manufacturers; naming rights and sponsorship agreements for teams, leagues, and corporations; licensing and apparel agreements; ticketing arrangements; concessionaire agreements; seat license agreements; suite licenses; arena and training facility leases; content and distribution agreements; insurance/risk management policies and agreements; media rights agreements; charitable foundation agreements; government relations and regulations; and arena operating agreements. As president and general counsel of a championship NBA Gatorade League team, Mr. Cooper negotiated the first hybrid affiliation agreement between an NBA team and NBA G-League team.

    Entertainment & Media

    As a media attorney and executive, Mr. Cooper has negotiated transactions involving various entertainment entities, corporate advertisers, along with national sports networks, league/conference-owned networks, and regional sports networks. This experience includes drafting, analyzing, and negotiating: content and distribution agreements; option/purchase agreements; asset acquisitions; renewal agreements; amendments; most favored nation (MFN) offers; content/minimum game commitments; event management, concert, and festival agreements; data and database protection agreements; prospective programming content term sheets and FCC regulatory issues. Within those transactions, Mr. Cooper also has served as a liaison for licensing and marketing questions between promoters, distributors, programmers and artists. 

    Antitrust & Competition

    Utilizing his public policy background, Mr. Cooper has significant experience advising companies in various industries on federal and state antitrust matters, including: antitrust compliance programs; resale pricing programs; distribution arrangements; licensing agreements; agency business reviews; potential merger challenge and opposition; price discrimination compliance; and litigation risk assessment. He has experience in evaluating, managing, and negotiating Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger review proceedings (and Second Request responses) before the FTC and DOJ, handling such matters for media entities, retailers, and energy companies. Mr. Cooper also has experience on antitrust matters related to labor issues and collective bargaining agreements, including representation of pro sports leagues in defense of antitrust claims brought by players.

    Intellectual Property & Technology

    Mr. Cooper also has intellectual property experience, representing energy companies, retailers, athletes, leagues, recording artists, record companies, television networks, and entertainment production companies on various intellectual property matters, including the review, drafting and negotiation of software licenses; digital rights agreements; data and database protection agreements; merchandise agreements; trademark and brand license agreements; NDAs; television and film option agreements. He also has experience defending the rights of artists and producers in copyright and trademark infringement actions.

    Mr. Cooper has served as a lecturer on sports law and sports finance at Rice University and St. John's Law School, and is a regular speaker, panelist, instructor, and media guest on a wide range of sports law and business topics.

  • Steven T. Corbin

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7700
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Steven.Corbin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Corbin is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, Asbestos Litigation, and General Liability Practices. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and the District Courts of New York and New Jersey.

    Prior to joining this firm, Mr. Corbin practiced at a New Jersey law firm where he focused his practice on the defense of product liability, toxic tort, general liability, commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters. He has handled complex cases including New York and New Jersey Asbestos Litigation. While in law school, Mr. Corbin was a judicial intern for The Honorable Cecelia G. Morris, US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Sarah P. Cornejo

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.567.6580
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Sarah.Cornejo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sarah

    Sarah Cornejo is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Sarah is experienced in the field of personal injury and insurance defense. She has litigated numerous cases regarding injuries arising from automobile accidents, premise liability and wrongful death both as a plaintiff and defense attorney. Sarah also assisted in the litigation of mass torts claims arising from defective medical products and defective drugs.

    While in law school, Sarah served as Vice Chair of the Advocacy Board of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and represented John Marshall in multiple Law School Mock Trial Competitions. Sarah was also elected class representative in her second year of law school. While practicing under Georgia's Third Year Practice Act, Sarah also assisted in the prosecution and tried to verdict various criminal cases ranging from minor traffic violations to felony possession and DUI.

  • Clint A. Corrie

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7142
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Clint.Corrie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Clint

    Clint A. Corrie is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Corrie focuses his practice primarily in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on banking, securities litigation, and arbitrations before FINRA panels. He represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, wealth management advisers, hedge funds and private equity firms and their professionals in a wide range of securities matters including sales practices, customer complaints, suitability and supervisory claims, regulatory inquiries, investigations, and FINRA and SEC enforcement proceedings. Mr. Corrie is experienced in a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration claims having tried jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, and before national and international arbitral tribunals. He has extensive experience prosecuting and defending clients in trade secrets, covenants-not-to-compete, and related intellectual and employment-related litigation involving injunctions and extraordinary relief.

    Mr. Corrie has extensive experience in professional liability matters and coverage involving financial institution bonds. He has represented national banks and credit unions in litigation between financial institutions, involving syndicated loans and participations.

  • Thomas J. Cortazzo

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 504.272.2789
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Tom.Cortazzo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Thomas

    Thomas Cortazzo is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Cortazzo, a native of New Orleans, earned his Bachelor of Public Administration Degree, summa cum laude, from Loyola University College of Business, where he attended on academic scholarship. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in 1987, where he was a member and Comment/Casenote Editor of the Loyola Law Review and a moot court teaching assistant.

    Tom has been practicing law for more than 28 years. His practice consists of litigation in courts and administrative tribunals, and his experience ranges from various forms of commercial litigation to insurance matters. Tom’s practice also consists of other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation; he is a certified mediator through the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Tom is a member of various professional organizations, including the New Orleans, Louisiana, American and Federal Bar Associations. He has lectured on legal topics to lawyers, business groups and schools, as well as authored legal publications. Tom has been recognized by Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance Law and Gaming Law).

    Tom stays active in the community, serving as a member and past-president of the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association Board. He was also a member of the Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish School Board, and is very involved with the Rotary Club of Carrollton (in New Orleans), where he led the Carrollton Rally, a fundraiser and project that placed computer labs in public elementary schools and encouraged their use. He also led in the formation of the Carrollton Rotary Children’s Foundation, a non-profit endowment supporting local children’s charitable causes.

  • Edward J. Corwin

    Office: Temecula, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 951.252.6158
    Office Fax: 951.252.6151
    Email: Edward.Corwin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Edward

    Edward Corwin is a partner in the Temecula office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use & Environment Practice. Mr. Corwin has more than 28 years of legal experience in California and Hawaii. His practice focuses on real estate transactions and litigation, including land use and entitlement matters, real estate acquisitions, leasing, secured financing, sales of businesses, and corporate structure and governance. Mr. Corwin also has substantial experience in construction defect litigation and construction disputes.

  • Jaclyn A. Cotter

    Office: Providence, RI
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 401.406.3326
    Office Fax: 401.406.3312
    Email: Jaclyn.Cotter@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jaclyn

    Jaclyn Cotter is an associate in the Providence office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Natasha D. Court

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5582
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Natasha.Court@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Natasha

    Natasha D. Court is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. She engages in insurance defense litigation in a variety of actions and complex litigation matters.

  • Natasha Covarrubias

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5517
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Natasha.Covarrubias@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Natasha

    Natasha Covarrubias is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Bridget E. Coyne

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0964
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Bridget.Coyne@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bridget

    Bridget Coyne is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction and General Liability Practices. She focuses her practice in the defense of construction companies and developers in construction site accident and labor law cases, and defense of cases involving premises liability, automobile and other general liability matters.

  • Alexis Crump

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7769
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alexis.Crump@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexis

    Alexis Crump is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and Vice-Chair of the National Corporate Practice. Ms. Crump has more than 20 years of experience in municipal and corporate finance, real estate, redevelopment, EB-5 financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Her interest in real estate development and investments was sparked as a law clerk at Bechtel Engineering Corporation and Bechtel Investments, Inc. From there, she has gone on to represent public entities, developers, private equity groups and financial institutions in commercial, retail, industrial, infrastructure and residential real estate financings throughout the United States. Ms. Crump has assisted clients in the capacity of bond counsel, disclosure counsel, corporate counsel, developer’s counsel and bank counsel. Ms. Crump has handled the issuance of tax allocation bonds, multi-family housing bonds, lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation, private placements, private equity mezzanine financings and bank financings ranging from $5 million to over $400 million. She has been legal counsel for over $1 billion in finance transactions during her career. Ms. Crump has prepared literature for, and lectured in the areas of, non-profit corporation formation and real estate development. In 2015, Ms. Crump was named one of the 100 Top Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and in 2017, she was named top 50 Most Influential Woman Lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

  • Mercedes Cruz

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5557
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Mercedes.Cruz@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mercedes

    Mercedes Cruz is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Cruz specializes in defending and advising private and public entities in all aspects of employment law, with a special emphasis on dispute resolution and prevention. Ms. Cruz has extensive experience in employment litigation in Court, as well as state and federal administrative agencies such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, and the California State Labor Commissioner. Her areas of concentration include training, dispute resolutions, internal investigations, advising employers on terminations, discipline, complying with state and federal employment laws, and formulation of policy. Ms. Cruz also defends employers in litigation involving wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, employment discrimination and related tort actions. Ms. Cruz' clients include municipalities, counties, automotive companies, entertainment clients, corporations, small businesses, nonprofit entities, educational institutions, and Fortune 500 companies.

    Ms. Cruz has conducted and overseen hundreds of investigations in both the public and private sectors, and has assisted employers in resolving hundreds of claims and disputes.  Ms. Cruz has also trained thousands of employers and their employees, including law enforcement personnel, in the prevention of harassment and discrimination in the workplace and related employment topics.

    As a litigator, Ms. Cruz has defended local, national, and international clients in a variety of litigation and has served as coordinating litigation counsel for two international companies with respect to their litigation and claims within the United States.

    Ms. Cruz is a panel member and Former Chair, on the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a panelist and rotating Chair on the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel, the panels which oversee internal investigations involving equity and harassment. In these roles, Ms. Cruz has overseen hundreds of investigations, conducted briefings, evaluated initial claims, prepared quarterly reports, made presentations, conducted training and rendered advice on policy and procedures, as well as on preventative measures. She has also served as a consultant to Acting Executive Director for the County of Los Angeles Equity Oversight panel on development of policy and practices.

    Ms. Cruz is fluent in Spanish and regularly writes and lectures in the area of employment law.

  • Matthew P. Cueter

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0975
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Matthew.Cueter@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Cueter is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Cueter focuses his practice in the areas of construction defect, premises liability, product liability and labor law litigation.

    Notable cases he has handled include an alleged $100 million dollar property damage loss at a housing complex that was claimed to have been riddled with water leaks and allegedly had numerous other problems. Lewis Brisbois was asked to appear in the case after nearly eight years of litigation had already taken place. Mr. Cueter was asked to represent the window installer. Its prior counsel had been disbarred several years before Lewis Brisbois became involved in the case. Eventually a favorable settlement was negotiated at a significant discount to the client.

    Mr. Cueter also recently defended a property owner in a wrongful death action involving a fire. Plaintiff claimed that defective wiring caused the subject fire and pointed to an alleged building code violation. Plaintiff sought several million dollars. Defendant successfully argued to the Supreme Court judge that the fire was not the result of defective wiring in the apartment and that there was no evidence of negligence by the defendant property owner. Plaintiff attempted to make this case a battle of experts. The defendants were able to convince the judge that plaintiff’s experts’ opinions were conclusory, speculative and could not be relied upon. This case is currently on appeal.

  • Arthur K. Cunningham

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 909.381.7152
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Arthur.Cunningham@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Arthur

    Arthur Cunningham is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Cunningham has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex matters in state and federal courts and courts of appeal.

    He handles the following types of matters:

    • Defense of law enforcement and corrections officers and agencies in civil rights and tort matters in state and federal court
    • Defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and contract claims brought under state and federal law, including race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age religious discrimination and harassment
    • Grievance hearings under public agency memoranda of understanding
    • Counsel to employers on discipline and termination of employees
    • Employment litigation
    • Government entity defense
    • Automobile and tort defense

    Mr. Cunningham has tried cases to verdict in all of these subject matter areas.

  • Clare M. Cunningham

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0955
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Clare.Cunningham@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Clare

    Clare Cunningham is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Construction, and Transportation Practices. She relies on her sharp strategic judgment and extensive experience in resolving a wide array of civil litigation matters. Since 2002, Ms. Cunningham has defended numerous General Liability and Construction/Labor law cases for building owners, contractors, and municipal agencies, involving personal injury and property damage claims. Her civil defense practice also includes experience with Automobile and Transportation liability, Premises Liability, and Dram Shop claims. Ms. Cunningham has diverse experience handling all aspects of claims and litigation assessment, management, and resolution. She takes cases from inception up to trial and has achieved many successful outcomes for clients through settlement negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and dispositive motions.

    Ms. Cunningham advises on the establishment of guidelines, procedures, and safety programs to help clients comply with the intricate regulations under the Labor Law, as well as the New York State Industrial Code, OSHA, and other administrative codes.

  • Troy P. Cunningham

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0904
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Troy.Cunningham@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Troy

    Troy Cunningham is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He practices in the areas of complex commercial, product liability, toxic tort, and asbestos litigation in both state and federal courts. 

    Troy has represented many Fortune 500 corporations including manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and distributors. He has demonstrated success in depositions, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trials.

  • Gavin J. Curley

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0960
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Gavin.Curley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gavin

    Gavin J. Curley is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Directors & Officers Coverage and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. Curley counsels insurers in connection with coverage and liability issues arising under directors and officers liability, professional liability and employment liability policies, amongst other coverages. Representative matters include securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, private equity disputes, bankruptcy adversary litigation, breach of fiduciary claims, inadequate consideration claims, cross-border regulatory investigations and high-level employment practices disputes. 

    Mr. Curley regularly advises clients on coverage analysis and policy interpretation, claims handling and resolution, case valuation and settlement. Mr. Curley has successfully resolved numerous complex coverage disputes through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Mr. Curley has also drafted insurance policies and endorsements, as well as provided guidance to insurance underwriters on addressing specialized risks.

  • Joshua D. Curry

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.567.6565
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Josh.Curry@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Josh Curry is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Josh has served as lead counsel in patent, intellectual property, and technology litigation cases and is a registered patent attorney. An experienced litigator with a science degree and considerable technical expertise, Josh helps clients effectively achieve their business goals when enforcing and defending their IP rights. He has experience in all phases of IP litigation and has represented both large and small clients from a variety of industries in cases and matters across a wide range of technologies in courts and proceedings throughout the United States.

    Josh’s national practice covers all aspects of IP litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on technology-related matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has litigated cases in federal courts across the country from New York to California including multi-district litigation (MDL) matters, and cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), International Trade Commission (ITC), and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Josh is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also litigates cybersecurity and data privacy cases, including under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), and other statutory regimes.

    Josh has a physics degree and considerable technical expertise, particularly in the computer software and hardware, digital security, and encryption areas. His litigation experience is wide-ranging, including the following technologies and industries: communications systems, computer hardware and software, consumer products, e-commerce, electro-mechanical, electronics, encryption, enterprise software and systems, financial technology and banking, Internet and website, LED, manufacturing equipment and processes, mobile phones and portable electronic devices, payments, pharmaceuticals (including Hatch-Waxman litigation), and wired and wireless networking.

    Recognized in the area of IP litigation by Georgia Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as a “Rising Star” and by Georgia Trend as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” in 2017 and 2018, Josh is regularly published and invited to speak on IP topics. He is active in business, industry and community groups, and he dedicates a portion of his practice to pro bono matters.

    Before entering private practice, Josh was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Elizabeth M. Timothy of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida and, during law school, he interned for Justice Harry Lee Anstead of the Supreme Court of Florida and in the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

  • Richard Curtis

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5903
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Richard.Curtis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Richard

    Richard Curtis is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice.

  • Marc S. Cwik

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4374
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Marc.Cwik@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Marc

    Marc Cwik is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and leads the team of lawyers in the Professional Liability Practice handling cases throughout the State of Nevada, both state and federal court. He is licensed to practice in Nevada and Wisconsin, as well as before the District of Nevada, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

    Mr. Cwik is a litigation attorney handling cases in the areas of professional malpractice (including defense of lawyers, real estate brokers/agents, and insurance brokers/agents), insurance coverage and bad faith, general liability, FINRA matters, and also handles appeals and writ petitions. Mr. Cwik also has experience defending consumer litigation lawsuits involving allegations of violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Telephone Consumer Practices Act and the Truth in Lending Act as well as common law tort claims on behalf of debt collectors, creditors and financial institutions. Mr. Cwik also has experience defending entities and individuals involved in property management, homeowner associations, and other common interest development communities. He has further handled cases in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, products liability, franchisor/franchisee liability, family law, mechanic’s liens, construction defects, and commercial litigation.

    Mr. Cwik’s experience as a litigator is complemented by participation in numerous mediations, settlement conferences, court-annexed arbitrations, and binding arbitrations. Mr. Cwik is also a skilled legal brief writer and looks to either resolve disputes, or narrow the issues in cases, via motion practice, whenever possible. Mr. Cwik is also regularly called upon by his peers for client referrals and to provide legal opinions concerning complex factual and legal disputes.

    From 2005 through 2014, Mr. Cwik held the position of Adjunct Professor of Law at Concord Law School of Kaplan University (Los Angeles, CA), teaching a 6 month course in Medical Malpractice & Professional Liability, and a year-long course in Civil Procedure. He has also given presentations concerning Nevada law practice to organizational clients.

  • Cynthia G. Sonnier

    Office: Lafayette, LA, New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 337.326.5778
    Office Fax: 337.504.3341
    Email: Cynthia.Sonnier@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cynthia

    Cynthia Sonnier is a partner in the Lafayette and New Orleans offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Workers’ Compensation Practices. Cynthia's defense litigation primarily focuses on the general casualty field with emphasis on automobile, trucking, admiralty and maritime, oil and gas, insurance, public entity and business litigation, in addition to the defense of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of private businesses and public municipalities and LHWCA claims. She has also successfully defended products liability claims including asbestosis and trichloroethylene exposure litigation, and has handled cases throughout the state of Louisiana. Over the course of her 22 year career, she has tried many jury and judge trials to verdict. The cases she has handled have involved amounts in controversy ranging from as low as $10,000 to as high as $22,000,000.

  • Thomas D'Antonio

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8551
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Thomas.D'Antonio@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Thomas

    Thomas D'Antonio is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Peter A. D'Arcangelo

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.577.6253
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Peter.D'Arcangelo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Peter

    Peter D’Arcangelo is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. D’Arcangelo focuses his practice on general liability litigation including material handling and heavy equipment accident cases; product liability; construction and workplace accidents; commercial premises liability; truck and transportation accidents; insurance coverage disputes involving first and third party coverage issues; and contractual indemnity disputes.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. D'Arcangelo clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C. in Monmouth County. As a law clerk, Mr. D'Arcangelo managed the judge's motion calendar and was responsible for conducting legal research and drafting written decisions on various evidentiary and discovery related matters. During his clerkship, Mr. D'Arcangelo also became certified as a New Jersey mediator and conducted mediation conferences between litigants to facilitate settlement. 

    Following his clerkship, Mr. D'Arcangelo joined a prestigious Monmouth County firm and concentrated his practice in complex general liability defense matters on behalf of his clients. Mr. D'Arcangelo assisted in all aspects of litigation including answering written discovery, taking depositions, preparing and arguing various motions, and drafting Superior Court and Appellate Court briefs.

  • Salvatore D'Elia III

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.856.8021
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Salvatore.Delia@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Salvatore

    Salvatore D’Elia III is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. Mr. D’Elia focuses his practice on the defense of long-term care and assisted living facilities. He has represented numerous facilities in claims involving decubitus ulcers, falls, medication errors, dehydration/malnutrition, tracheostomy management, and premises liability.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. D'Elia concentrated his practice on defending complex medical malpractice matters on behalf of New Jersey hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare facilities. In addition, Mr. D’Elia has successfully defended various healthcare facilities, retail stores, and financial institutions in premises liability and personal injury claims. Mr. D'Elia is experienced in representing clients in all aspects of litigation, including taking depositions, preparing and arguing various motions, drafting Appellate and Supreme Court briefs, and obtaining favorable settlements and outcomes on behalf of his clients.

    Mr. D’Elia clerked for the Honorable Joseph P. Quinn, J.S.C. in Monmouth County, New Jersey. As a law clerk, Mr. D’Elia managed the judge’s motion calendar and was responsible for conducting legal research and drafting written decisions for summary judgment and discovery motions in various areas of civil law, particularly in medical malpractice and general liability matters. During his clerkship, Mr. D’Elia also became certified as a New Jersey mediator and conducted mediation conferences between litigants to facilitate settlement.

  • Steven A. Dabrowski

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7768
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Steven.Dabrowski@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Dabrowski is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Mr. Dabrowski also has experience in both state and federal courts in the areas of copyright and trademark, complex commercial litigation, and insurance coverage / bad faith litigation.

    During law school, Mr. Dabrowski externed for the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

  • Robert J. Dagmy

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 909.386.3032
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Robert.Dagmy@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert J. Dagmy is an associate in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. Mr. Dagmy handles all phases of litigation in matters related to healthcare, medical malpractice, and elder law. Mr. Dagmy also has a background in general liability and employment law.

  • John N. Dagon

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 216.298.1261
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: John.Dagon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Dagon is an associate in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. John graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, graduating in the top ten percent of his class and earning membership into the Order of the Coif.

    While studying at Case Western Reserve, John gained valuable practical experience in a wide variety of legal arenas through positions with the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Ohio's Eighth District Court of Appeals, Legal Assistance of Western New York, and the Lake County Public Defender. Additionally, John was a member of the American Bar Association Moot Court team and served as a Research Assistant to Professor Lewis Katz and Professor Jonathan Adler.

  • Julie R. Dann

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4961
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Julie.Dann@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Julie

    Julie Dann is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. Ms. Dann joined Lewis Brisbois as an attorney in 2001. Ms. Dann defends medical malpractice, professional liability, business litigation, employment, elder law and general liability matters in federal and state court. Her practice also includes handling class actions, insurance coverage, Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act matters, defending clients facing accusations of civil rights violations and appellate work.

    Ms. Dann’s legal experience includes defending healthcare districts, private hospitals, physicians, nurses, hospice providers, home health providers, equipment suppliers and medical groups from all manner of negligence, intentional conduct, employment and abuse claims. She has extensive experience representing public entities in matters involving issues pertaining to the California Government Claims Act. She has successfully opposed numerous petitions filed with the court pursuant to the Government Claims Act obtaining early case dismissals. On multiple occasions, she has successfully defended matters via pre-trial motions, such as anti-SLAPP and summary judgment. She has also handled wrongful termination, employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims.

  • Nicholas Dareneau

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 813.739.1976
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Nicholas.Dareneau@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicholas

    Nicholas Dareneau is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Dareneau has been practicing in Florida since 2005 and practices primarily in general liability, with a focus on hospitality and premises liability. His clients range from airport authorities to national restaurant chains to shopping malls.

    The work that he has performed for clients has consistently resulted in positive verdicts, summary judgments, and favorable settlements. He is available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to meet his clients’ needs; including answering legal questions or responding to scenes and investigating potential emergent claims.

    Mr. Dareneau began his legal career providing representation to injured workers. He has represented numerous employers and insurance carriers throughout the State of Florida. He has also represented employers in civil actions arising from workers’ compensation claims. He continues to devote a portion of his practice to workers compensation.

  • Melissa Tara Daugherty

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3908
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Melissa.Daugherty@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Melissa Tara

    Melissa Daugherty is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, and chair of the ADA Compliance & Defense Practice. Her practice focuses on: 

    • Wrongful Termination and Retaliatory Discharge
    • Employment Discrimination and Harassment (Including Sexual Harassment Prevention Training)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act, The Disabled Persons Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act
    • Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”)
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)
    • State and Federal Wage and Hour Disputes (including class actions)
    • Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act (“FMLA” and “CFRA”)

    Ms. Daugherty has extensive experience in providing employment counseling to clients, including policy and handbook drafting, employment practices audits and seminar presentations. She routinely provides AB1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training to numerous clients throughout the country. She has special expertise in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and litigation involving the Unruh Civil Rights Act. She has created an extensive database, tracking developments in this area of law and documenting historical settlement value based on a number of factors. Ms. Daugherty also provides seminars on Title II and III of the ADA and related state law.

    Ms. Daugherty also has experience in all aspects of employment litigation including: wage and hour class actions, defending employers during audits brought by the Department of Labor and State Labor Commission; defending employers in matters brought before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement, and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board; conducting independent expert investigations of workplace harassment; and defending employers through all stages of litigation.  Her practice is divided almost equally between California State and Federal Court and she also has experience at the appellate level.

  • Sonia J. Dave

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1402
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Sonia.Dave@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sonia

    Sonia J. Dave is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice.

  • David Frishman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.358.6005
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: David.Frishman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Frishman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • David M. Florence

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4957
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: David.Florence@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Florence is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He practices in California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.

    Mr. Florence has experience in commercial litigation, and the defense of civil actions including mass multi-jurisdictional toxic tort litigation, professional liability, wrongful death, general liability, trucking accidents, product defects, construction defects, and defamation.

    Mr. Florence has represented national hotels, stores and restaurants, attorneys, insurance professionals, auto dealerships, property managers and owners, contractors and individuals. He has also handled intellectual property and trust and estate litigation.

    Mr. Florence was lead counsel obtaining a defense verdict in a premises liability and product liability matter with more than $1 million in alleged damages. He served as second chair obtaining a $20 million verdict in a real estate dispute also involving eminent domain and government conflicts of interest.

    Mr. Florence has drafted and argued successful motions for summary judgment regarding accessibility ramp code compliance, mold infestation, installation of fitness equipment, bathtub product defect, automobile accident fraud and first party property coverage.

  • Ashley M. Davies

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5229
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ashley.Davies@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ashley

    Ashley Davies is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practices. Ms. Davies’s practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability matters and defense of hospitals, physicians, and clinics.

  • Edward Davis

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7104
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Edward.Davis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Edward

    Edward ("Ed") Davis is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ed has participated in many trials and arbitrations, serving in a first-chair and second-chair capacity with notable success, and has managed numerous cases in Texas and other states. Over the past several years, Ed’s practice has evolved to primarily defending trucking companies and commercial vehicle operators. Trucking accident cases go well beyond the scope of the everyday personal injury claim and proper defense of a trucking accident requires a trucking lawyer.

    Ed is very knowledgeable about the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations that every trucking company should be aware of and how compliance or lack of compliance with these regulations can impact the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit against a trucking company and its driver. He has experience with DOT compliance and auditing, CSA and SMS rating profiles, document retention requirements, training requirements, drug testing requirements, and many other necessities.

    At his prior firm, Ed implemented a firm wide emergency response protocol to provide immediate accident investigation services for severe trucking accidents that occur throughout the state. This response was used by clients over 25 times and is a service currently available to clients of Lewis Brisbois.

    Ed has defended all types of trucking companies, ranging from large fleet operations down to a one or two truck company. Recently his trial team successfully earned a defense verdict in a trucking fatality case in which the tanker trailer of his client’s rig was stuck and blocking the oncoming lane of travel and the oncoming motorist collided with the trailer and died.

    He also handles some construction defect, oilfield accident cases and workplace injury claims. In previous years, his practice was comprised of a mixture of business litigation and product liability defense, with extensive experience in a variety of complex commercial disputes and cases involving automotive products, fire protection equipment and lighting products.

  • Josh K. Davis

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4628
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Josh.Davis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Josh

    Josh Davis is the administrative partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and Products Liability Practices.

    Mr. Davis specializes in the defense of healthcare entities, hospitality entities and construction entities throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Davis is also experienced in premises liability, products liability, Texas Non Subscriber litigation, liquor liability and fire cause and origin matters.

    Licensed since 2001, Mr. Davis has successfully handled numerous matters through trial and arbitration. Mr. Davis routinely represents his client’s interests throughout the State of Texas via jury trials, bench trials and arbitration.

  • Lee Davis

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.583.6002
    Office Fax: 702.366.9563
    Email: Lee.Davis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lee

    Lee Davis is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. He has practiced in the area of workers' compensation for seventeen years. He represents claimants, employers and insurance companies.

  • Diane P. Dawley

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.742.6713
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Diane.Dawley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Diane

    Diane P. Dawley is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. 

  • Jason H. Daywitt

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 971.712.2818
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Jason.Daywitt@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jason

    Jason Daywitt is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability, Toxic Tort and Environmental and Long-Term Care and Elder Law Practices. Jason's practice emphasizes complex litigation, including the defense of product liability, toxic tort, environmental, and professional liability claims. He has diverse trial court experience, having tried cases or argued dispositive motions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California courts. Jason has tried or co-tried multiple cases to verdict, and successfully arbitrated or mediated dozens of others. 

    Jason has served as national counsel for several clients in toxic tort litigation, overseeing discovery, motions practice, expert witness development, settlement negotiations and trial. He continues to develop effective strategies for the defense of mass-tort litigation for several regional and national product manufacturers and distributors. 

    While attending the University of Oregon School of Law, Jason served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.

  • Kristen Deal

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6331
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Kristen.Deal@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kristen

    Kristen Deal is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environment Practice. Ms. Deal focuses her practice on real estate law.

    Kristen Deal’s practice is focused on the representation, counseling, and advising of clients with respect to all aspects of real estate and business transactions including the following:

    • Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements for both residential and commercial properties, option agreements, leases, ground leases, easement agreements, utility agreements, construction contracts, property management agreements, tenancy-in-common agreements, deeds, legal opinions, and escrow instructions
    • Advising on all aspects of real estate purchase and financial transactions, including preparation and negotiation of all loan origination and modification documents
    • Conducting due diligence of all aspects of real property purchase and sale deals and loan transactions
    • Handling a wide range of corporate and business matters, including reviewing and drafting general and limited partnership, operating, and  shareholder’s agreements, forming and dissolving entities, facilitating the purchase and sale of businesses, and counseling on bulk sale transfers
  • Ryan M. Deam

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3833
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ryan.Deam@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Deam is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Deam focuses on defending all types of employers in a range of employment disputes including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims as well as wage and hour class action lawsuits. He also counsels his clients on litigation avoidance techniques and contract negotiations.

    Additionally, Mr. Deam has experience representing design professionals in professional liability matters and public entities in a large array of disputes.

  • Candice L. Deaner

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1405
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Candice.Deaner@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Candice

    Candice L. Deaner is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction and General Liability Practices. She focuses her practice on New York labor law litigation, premises negligence, and general liability matters. Ms. Deaner handles all aspects of civil defense cases from inception up to and including trial.

    Ms. Deaner has previously represented commercial and residential premises owners, property management companies, hotel/hospitality groups, restaurant chains, and municipal entities. For the past 11 years, Ms. Deaner has worked for law firms with a focus on litigation, with a wide variety of experience in the areas of general liability defense, labor and employment law, commercial litigation, education law, landlord/tenant, plaintiff’s personal injury and No-fault litigation.

  • Daniel C. DeCarlo

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5066
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Dan.DeCarlo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Daniel

    Dan DeCarlo is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. 

    Since 1992, Mr. DeCarlo has focused on complex business litigation concentrating on trademark and Lanham Act claims, copyright litigation, unfair competition litigation, false advertising, trade secret litigation, patent litigation, right of publicity and related business torts. He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials and has extensive experience in all aspects of Federal Court litigation including preliminary injunctions, summary judgments and appeals to the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.

    In addition to litigation, Mr. DeCarlo’s practice focuses on intellectual property enforcement and counseling, including trademark prosecution, licensing and creating strategies to enhance his client’s intellectual property portfolio. He frequently lectures to business groups on intellectual property issues.

    As does each lawyer in the intellectual property group, Mr. DeCarlo ascribes to a litigation philosophy which stresses comprehensive early analysis and evaluation so as to plan an aggressive and result oriented approach. The ultimate goals of the client must be thoroughly reviewed and measured against the complexity and expense of each matter. Some recent examples of this approach include:

    • Mr. DeCarlo served as lead counsel for Southern SARMS in a false advertising and unfair competition case brought by Nutrition Distribution, LLC. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC616482- 2016 and California Court of Appeal Case No. B 278132, 2017). Mr. DeCarlo was successful in having the case dismissed on demurrer without leave to amend. Plaintiff then appealed, and on November 28, 2017, the California Court of Appeal confirmed the trial court’s dismissal. A copy of the opinion is linked here. The Plaintiff accused our client of selling and marketing to body builders, illegal “synthetic drugs with similar effects to illegal anabolic steroids.” The Plaintiff requested injunctive relief and our client’s profits from the sale of these substances. The demurrer was based on multiple grounds including that the Plaintiff’s claims invaded the primary jurisdiction of the FDA which is the agency that governs the sale of illegal drugs and supplements. We also attacked the pleadings on the grounds that the claims sought remedies that were not viable under the causes of action plead. The Plaintiff sought damages and profits, which are not remedies available under California’s unfair competition statutes. The Plaintiff’s injunctive request, we also established, was not viable as well under the law. The Court dismissed the entire case and did not allow leave to amend and in a 3-0 decision the Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal.
    • In 2017, Mr. DeCarlo represented zulilly and Hemisphere Global in a copyright infringement case against, Unicolors, one of the most prolific copyright fabric plaintiffs in the country. United States District Court, Central District 16-07122. We took the position early that the case lacked merit and informed Unicolors that no monetary payment would ever be tendered and demanded a dismissal. Despite this warning, Unicolors insisted on a monetary payment for settlement up until shortly before trial. Ultimately, Unicolors dismissed the case, released our clients from any potential claims regarding sales of the so-called accused products and did so without receiving any monetary payment. 
    • Mr. DeCarlo serves as co-lead counsel in the matter of National Shooting Sports Foundation v. State of California wherein the Firm’s client is seeking to invalidate legislation on the grounds that the legislation is impossible to comply with. The case is currently pending. On behalf of our client, we were able to establish that California recognizes that statutes that are impossible to comply with are the proper subject of a request for cancellation of that statute via a declaratory relief claim. The rule was articulated by the California Appellate Court in National Shooting Sports Foundation v. State of California, Slip Opinion F072310 (California Fifth Appellate District, December 1, 2016) which reversed the trial court’s conclusion that the separation of powers doctrine precludes a party from challenging a statute for reasons unrelated to the constitutionality of that statute. The Appellate Court held that impossibility of performance is a distinct means to challenge the validity of a statute and that the separation of powers doctrine does not preclude a challenge based on impossibility of performance.
    • Mr. DeCarlo served as co-lead counsel for the Firm’s client Trophy Depot, Inc. in a copyright and trademark infringement case brought by a competitor, Crown Awards. Crown Awards v. Trophy Depot, SDNY 15-cv-01178-LAK-AJP. The Plaintiff sought millions in damages stemming from the alleged infringement of dozens of alleged copyrighted works in the form of trophies. The defense centered on attacking the Plaintiff’s claim to being the copyright owner of multiple trophy designs. The trophies, we claimed, were not proprietary to Plaintiff. Through discovery and investigation we developed strong defenses that the Plaintiff systematically obtained copyright registrations for works in which they were not the owners by making material misrepresentations to the Copyright Office and then lied in deposition and discovery to cover up their lack of ownership when pressed. In addition to aggressively pursuing discovery against the Plaintiff to uncover its fraud, we issued third party discovery which further revealed Plaintiff’s fraud, perjury and lack of viable claims. As summary judgment motions were being prepared, Plaintiff abruptly dismissed its case and its then litigation counsel disassociated itself from Plaintiff, ultimately invoking New York’s “self defense” exception (New York 1.6(b)(5) of the New York Professional Rules of Conduct) when the perjury issue was brought to the Court’s attention. The District Court ultimately issued an order in which the Court recommended a criminal investigation of the matter stating, “The United States Attorney should consider whether criminal charges are appropriate.
    • Mr. DeCarlo prevailed in a week long bench trial in a trademark infringement suit brought against the Firm’s client Omnia Italian Design, Inc. A copy of the Court’s verdict is linked here as is an article about the trial. Our client manufactured furniture and in 2003 sold furniture to the plaintiff, Stone Creek. Stone Creek was primarily a Phoenix based retailer. The furniture sold by our client to Stone Creek was branded with Stone Creek’s name and distinctive logo. Several years later in 2008 our client sold similar furniture to a major Midwest retail chain which sold the furniture under the same trademark, namely Stone Creek. Our client authorized the use of the Stone Creek name on the furniture sold to the Midwest retailer. While the Plaintiff owned a Federal trademark registration for its trademark “Stone Creek” we were able to establish that the purchasers in the Midwest were not likely to be confused even though the trademark was the same as used by the Plaintiff. We developed evidence that the Plaintiff’s reputation had not penetrated the Midwest and that in fact, the Plaintiff’s reputation was known mostly in the Phoenix area. Before trial and through summary judgment, we were able to establish that the Plaintiff suffered no damage which then enabled us to compel a bench trial because the only remaining issues were equitable. The Court awarded a defense verdict after the Plaintiff had requested $4.45 million as a disgorgement of profit remedy.
    • Mr. DeCarlo represented Kelly Van Halen the ex-wife of Alex Van Halen one of the founding members of the band VAN HALEN. The Band claimed that Ms. Van Halen’s use of her last name infringed the Band’s trademark rights in VAN HALEN and also constituted dilution. The Band sought an injunction against Ms. Van Halen from using her last name as a trademark. Prior to trial, Mr. DeCarlo negotiated a favorable settlement which allows Ms. Van Halen to continue using her last name, VAN HALEN, as part of her trademarks and the Band has agreed not to oppose any efforts by Ms. Van Halen to register such trademarks anywhere in the world. Ms. Van Halen paid no money to the Band as part of this settlement.
    • In 2012, Mr. DeCarlo obtained a reversal of the Trial Court’s denial of our client’s ANTI-SLAPP motion, resulting in a defense of the claim that our client published false and defamatory material. The decision is Direct Shopping Network v. Robert James, 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 722.
    • In 2011, Mr. DeCarlo served as lead counsel for the television network HD Net and successfully obtained summary judgment against an actress and model related to claims of misappropriation of name and likeness. The Court awarded our client attorneys’ fees.
    • In 2011, we represented Pita Pit, a nationwide restaurant franchisor in claims by franchisees for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. We obtained an arbitration ruling which enabled our client to thereafter settle the matter under confidential terms.
    • In 2011, we obtained for our client Trafficschool.com a significant ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against the owners of the website DMV.ORG. At a trial in 2008, our client was awarded what is believed to be an unprecedented injunction which required the owners of DMV.ORG to display a "splash screen" warning every visitor to its site that the site is not affiliated with a governmental agency. In the opinion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Trial Court's decision to not award our client its attorneys' fees. The opinion may be accessed by clicking here.
    • In 2011, we obtained a dismissal for our client on an issue of first impression concerning application of the Copyright Act's DMCA. Plaintiff had sued our client in California state court alleging that our client's representation in an EBAY VERO take down notice which alleged trademark infringement subjected our client to liability for various California based tort claims. We established that the DMCA was the sole statutory framework which could be applied to adjudicate alleged wrongful conduct in a take down notice, such as a VERO complaint, even if the alleged wrongful conduct was false claims of trademark infringement. The State Court dismissed the case holding that wrongful actions taken via DMCA take down notices, regardless of their content, must be brought in Federal Court under the Copyright Act.
    • In 2009, Mr. DeCarlo represented EWI Worldwide, a leader in the exhibit design and construction industry in a trade secret misappropriation case brought by a competitor. Early in the case, Mr. DeCarlo identified flaws in the plaintiff's position and through a cost effective approach was able to dispose of the case on summary judgment after taking only a single deposition of the plaintiff. The case is Premier Displays v. EWI Worldwide, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11946 (C.D. Cal 2009).
    • In 2009, Mr. DeCarlo served as lead trial counsel for Flynt Media Corporation and its principals Jimmy Flynt II and Dustin Flynt in a jury trial brought by Larry Flynt and the publisher of Hustler. The case dealt with complex issues of trademark law and rights of publicity in the context of members of the same family utilizing a common surname in competing ventures.
    • In 2008, Mr. DeCarlo served as trial counsel for the Firm's client Trafficschool.com and obtained a verdict in favor of our clients for false advertising against a competitor, DMV.ORG- one of the top 300 websites in the world. The case generated a landmark injunction which forced DMV.ORG to employ a splash page warning all visitors to the site about the site's non-governmental affiliation. To read more details about the case, an article Mr. DeCarlo wrote about the case is listed below under "Awards/Publications" and a PDF link is provided.
    • In 2007, Mr. DeCarlo represented Evergreen Data Systems in defense of claims of breach of contract, RICO and related business torts. Our adversary demanded millions of dollars in settlement and after a multi-staged attack on the claims, including narrowing the claims through motions to dismiss, limiting the exposure through a summary adjudication motion, and then finally disposing of all potential liability through aggressive depositions of our adversary’s expert witnesses and after successful motions in limine, our client was awarded over $600,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs for the expense of defending itself.
    • In 2007, in defense of our client in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit involving the flooring industry, Mr. DeCarlo was successful in obtaining a settlement with our client being reimbursed for its attorneys’ fees. The Trade Secret Act provides for attorneys’ fees to prevailing defendants accused in bad faith. By aggressively defending our client, the Firm was able to illustrate the case had no merit and forced our client’s adversary to compensate it for the fees incurred in defending itself.
    • In 2007, Mr. DeCarlo was successful in obtaining an affirmance on appeal before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals of a summary judgment ruling of patent non-infringement for the Firm’s client, Arminak & Associates, Inc. (Arminak & Associates, Inc. v. St. Gobain Calmar, Inc. 501 F. 3d. 1314 (Fed. Cir. 2007)). We established for our client in a 3-0 decision before the Federal Circuit (which withstood a request for an en banc hearing despite a strong lobbying effort from industrial designers) a design patent infringement test standard which strengthened the right of our client to compete with large conglomerates holding design patents on component parts.
    • In 2007, on behalf of Patriarch, Inc., Mr. DeCarlo obtained a nearly $600,000 jury verdict for breach of contract and copyright infringement.
    • Before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. DeCarlo obtained a 3-0 affirmance of a summary judgment ruling on behalf of the Firm’s client Fishery Products International. Fishery had been accused of trade mark infringement over the use of Contessa Food Products’ “signature” trademark. Summary judgment was won even though the issue of infringement was never adjudicated. Mr. DeCarlo designed a strategy to establish that there was no remedy for any alleged wrongful conduct and therefore no reason to adjudicate the infringement claim. The District Court and Ninth Circuit agreed, disposing of the case with no liability to Fishery even though there was never an adjudication of the issue of infringement.
    • In 2003 and 2004 Mr. DeCarlo obtained a nearly $500,000 jury verdict against the University of Southern California concerning patented dental implants and successfully defended Nishimoto Trading Company (one of the largest Japanese food distributors in the United States) in a several week jury trial in Los Angeles.
  • David Deiss

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.742.6721
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: David.Deiss@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Deiss is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. He provides clients with more than 14 years of hands on commercial litigation and insurance defense experience across multiple industries. He represented clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to small local businesses. His experience includes all matters of litigation, appeal, and post-judgment collection. His industry clients include restaurant and hospitality, retail, construction, fire protection, oil and gas, real estate, commercial equipment sales and rental, retail automobile franchises, trucking and transport.

    David prides himself on providing personal attention to his clients, getting to know them and their business needs and making himself available to them for matters on a moment’s notice.

    David graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996 with a degree in business and received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002. While in law school, he participated in Houston’s Trial Advocacy program as well as Immigration and Transactional Law Clinics. David worked throughout law school in the area of employment law.

    David is a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, Katy Bar Association and Houston Mariners Club. He enjoys helping others through volunteer work for Catholic Charities of Houston.

  • Carmalena Del Pizzo

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 215.977.4076
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Carmalena.DelPizzo@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Carmalena

    Carmalena Del Pizzo is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Products Liability and Class Action & Mass Tort Practices. Ms. Del Pizzo started her career as an Assistant Public Defender in Delaware County. As an Assistant Public Defender she gained invaluable experience handling preliminary hearings, juvenile proceedings, motions, bench and jury trials.

    After her time in the Public Defenders Office, Ms. Del Pizzo worked for a small firm in Delaware County continuing to practice criminal defense as well as general civil litigation, estate law, tax law and real estate transactions throughout Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties.

    In recent years, Ms. Del Pizzo has transitioned her practice to solely civil defense litigation. She has defended companies and corporations of various sizes and backgrounds in product liability matters, premises liability cases, personal injury suits and asbestos litigation. She has tried both jury and nonjury matters as well as negotiated favorable outcomes for her clients.

  • Michaela Delacruz

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.666.7690
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Michaela.Delacruz@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michaela

    Michaela Delacruz is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Arleen E. Delos Santos

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6314
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Arleen.DelosSantos@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Arleen

    Arleen E. Delos Santos is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Delos Santos specializes in workers’ compensation defense for self-insured employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California. Ms. Delos Santos has extensive experience in the handling of complex and high profile cases from the filing of the claim to trial and appeal. Ms. Delos Santos focuses on quick cost-effective resolution and aggressive defense against fraudulent filings and excessive medical treatments. 

  • Delian Deltchev

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.876.2948
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Delian.Deltchev@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Delian

    Delian Deltchev is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team and an Associate Editor of the Gonzaga International Law Journal. A native of Bulgaria, Delian speaks English, Russian, and Bulgarian fluently.

    Delian's broad civil litigation experience includes insurance defense, tort and insurance litigation, product liability litigation (including asbestos, industrial equipment and machinery, and consumer products cases), commercial litigation, and bankruptcy litigation.

  • Michael A. Dembicer

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5005
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Michael.Dembicer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Dembicer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. He has 25 years of experience defending complex, high exposure general and professional liability claims.

    Mr. Dembicer’s principal area of specialization is health care litigation in which he defends medical malpractice claims on behalf of individual physicians and health care facilities, with a primary emphasis in the defense of maternal / fetal / neonatal injury cases. As part of Mr. Dembicer’s health care litigation practice, he also provides consultative services to health care facilities on issues ranging from medical staff privilege considerations, the development and / or modification of policy and procedure, among various other forms of services. He also possesses extensive experience defending complex litigation matters involving toxic tort claims, with areas of specialization in airborne diseases (e.g., aspergillosis, coccidioidomycosis) and waterborne diseases (e.g., legionellosis). 

  • Patricia Alarcon Demetri

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7685
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Patricia.Demetri@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patricia Alarcon

    Patricia Alarcon Demetri is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Transportation Practices. Her practice concentrates on the defense of individuals and companies in all aspects of complex civil litigation involving premise liability, transportation and property damage claims. Ms. Demetri specializes in the defense of property owners and contractors in Labor Law construction and lead-based paint poisoning claims. She also defends property owners, managers, tenants, and service establishments in premise liability matters such as negligent security, Dram Shop, elevator and slip and fall claims.

    Another aspect of Ms. Demetri’s general liability practice involves the defense of various insurance companies in the uninsured/underinsured motorist claims where she has obtained favorable outcomes in binding arbitrations and bench trials litigated in all New York state courts.

  • Renee E. DeMott

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.666.7697
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Renee.DeMott@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Renee

    Renee DeMott is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. DeMott provided both plaintiff and defense counsel on several matters in New York City involving allegations of improper protection during excavation, demolition or other construction activities to property owners and contractors. She was trial counsel for a mechanical contractor defending a property damage case in Queens Supreme Court.

  • Joseph Dempewolf

    Office: Wichita, KS, Kansas City, MO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 316.609.7928
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Joseph.Dempewolf@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph

    Joseph Dempewolf is an associate in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He was born and raised in Kansas. Mr. Dempewolf is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law, where he served as a Comments Editor for the Washburn Law Journal. Mr. Dempewolf's published work includes an article examining the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act with collegiate sports in the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Northwestern Univ., 362 N.L.R.B. No. 167 (Aug. 17, 2015).

  • Katherine C. Den Bleyker

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7940
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Katherine.DenBleyker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Katherine

    Katherine Den Bleyker is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Wage & Hour Class Action Practice. She has extensive experience litigating complex cases in both state and federal court, including class action matters involving California’s consumer protection statutes, wage and hour regulations, unfair competition laws, and the Private Attorneys General Act.

    Additionally, Ms. Den Bleyker defends employers against claims brought by individual employees involving alleged harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage claims, both in court and before the relevant administrative agencies (including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing).

    Ms. Den Bleyker also provides preventative counseling to employers on various employment issues including compliance with wage and hour laws, employee terminations and discipline, and crafting employee policies, in an effort to help reduce the risk of litigation.

  • Patricia Denham

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 215.977.4083
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Patricia.Denham@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patricia

    Patricia Denham is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Life Sciences Practice. Ms. Denham earned her Juris Doctor from Temple University, in Philadelphia in 2017. She was awarded the Harry R. Kozart Memorial prize for distinguished academic performance in the areas of drug and medical device law.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Denham attended Villanova University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude.

    Ms. Denham currently focuses on life sciences law including professional liability defense, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury litigation. 

  • Malise (Mary) K. Dennard

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 504.264.9286
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Malise.Dennard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Malise (Mary)

    Mary "Malise" Dennard is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. She has over 30 years of experience handling all aspects of litigation and insurance coverage matters involving a wide variety of cases. Her practice is focused on providing advice on insurance coverage issues and handling maritime, transportation, energy, general liability, and property damage cases in state and federal courts on behalf of London and domestic insurers and their insureds.

    Ms. Dennard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in 1987. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

  • Michael Denney

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2167
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Michael.Denney@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Denney is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Denney has extensive litigation experience defending clients in commercial litigation, landlord/tenant, premises liability, first and third party automobile liability, and trucking liability claims. Mr. Denney has significant experience in successfully drafting and arguing dispositive motions, including motions to dismiss, motions for judgment on the pleadings, and motions for summary judgment. He also has extensive experience in conducting and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, and assisting with all aspects of discovery, trial preparation, and trying cases to verdict.

  • Darrell D. Dennis

    Office: Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4368
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Darrell.Dennis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Darrell

    Darrell Dennis is the managing partner of the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Dennis’ practice is focused in the areas of auto and trucking liability, products liability, and complex tort litigation, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Mr. Dennis regularly defends business entities on claims of false imprisonment, third-party and employee assault and battery, negligent security, food borne illness, and premises liability claims. He has experience with the investigation and litigation of fraudulent claims and defending first party claims against insurance entities. Mr. Dennis has over 22 years of legal experience, practicing in NM and NV State and Federal Courts. Mr. Dennis has extensive trial experience, as well as experience with alternative dispute resolution methods, including court ordered and binding arbitration and mediation.

  • Julie M. DeRose

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7913
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Julie.DeRose@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Julie

    Julie DeRose is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. DeRose is an accomplished litigation attorney with more than 25 years of experience.

    Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment law, including:

    • Wrongful termination
    • Sexual harassment
    • Civil rights
    • Unfair competition
    • Discrimination
  • Christopher J. Derrenbacher

    Office: Raleigh, NC
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 919.459.6186
    Office Fax: 919.829.0055
    Email: Christopher.Derrenbacher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Derrenbacher is a partner in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. His clients include insured and self-insured individuals and corporations throughout the State. Mr. Derrenbacher is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in North Carolina. He has successfully argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court on numerous occasions. Mr. Derrenbacher is certified by the North Carolina Department of Insurance as a lecturer on numerous topics including insurance claim handling, general liability issues, and workers' compensation litigation. He is also an occasional guest lecturer to nurses and other medical staff regarding medical malpractice litigation.

    Mr. Derrenbacher’s extensive practice includes helping clients and insurers investigate first party and third party claims pre-suit, including examinations under oath, accident reconstruction, expert reviews, property inspections, and fire investigations. When possible he encourages clients to consider pre-suit mediation as a means of early resolution. When early resolution is not possible, or not desirable, he has defended self-insureds, insureds and insurers across North Carolina in both the State and Federal Courts. Mr. Derrenbacher has defended insurers against first party claims related to insurance coverage, negligent claims handling, and bad faith; along with defending other clients for claims of negligence, breach of contract, malpractice, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

  • Michael G. Descalso

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8563
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Michael.Descalso@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael G. Descalso is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has practiced solely in the field of litigation for the entirety of his thirty-plus year career. He specializes in general liability matters, including personal injury and commercial litigation, having defended his clients from multi-million dollar claims arising out of construction injuries, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, breach of contract, professional errors and omissions, habitability and other landlord tenant issues. Mike has also represented clients in pursuit of claims, including personal injury, breach of contract and claims arising out of California's consumer protection statutes. 

    Mike is a trial lawyer. He understands that his clients' interests always come first, and often those needs require settling lawsuits. But when necessary, he is always ready and willing to take a case into the courtroom. Over the years he has had tremendous success in the courtroom, having brought more than forty jury trials to judgment, including outright defense verdicts for his defendant clients and multi-million dollar verdicts for his plaintiff clients. In addition to his trial work, Mike also has handled hundreds of complex arbitrations and mediations. He is a problem solver and consistently gets the best possible outcome for his clients.

    Mike is recognized as an expert in his field, having been chosen regularly as a Northern California Super Lawyer (elected by his peers as being in the top 5% of trial practitioners). He is board certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). For the past twenty years he has received pre-eminent status (AV) from the lawyer profiling service of Martindale Hubbell, placing him in the highest level of both ethical and technical proficiency. This is particularly prestigious as this selection comes from one's peers - lawyers and judges. Mike is also active in education. He coaches the Saint Francis High School Mock Trial team, which regularly makes the playoffs in the annual Santa Clara County Mock Trial Tournament.

    In 2002 Mike was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, a position he held through 2008. He is also active in local bar associations and is very active in community service through Saint Pius Church in Redwood City.

  • Paul A. Desrochers

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6615
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Paul.Desrochers@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Paul

    Paul Desrochers is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice. Mr. Desrochers has over 14 years of experience litigating environmental claims. His current practice focuses primarily on environmental litigation in both Federal and State courts throughout Northern California.

    As part of his practice, Mr. Desrochers routinely represents commercial entities and private individuals related to personal injury and real property damage claims arising from environmental exposures/contamination. He has handled numerous environmental cases involving a wide variety of contaminants/substances including but not limited to: pesticides (residential/commercial), fertilizers, chemicals, industrial solvents (PCE, TCE, and others), PCBs, molds, wood smoke, chlorine gas, latex, silicone, asbestos, lead paint, heating oil and various other VOC’s. In addition, Mr. Desrochers occasionally handles construction related cases calling upon his prior career in the construction industry and his degree in building construction.

    Mr. Desrochers’ previous practice in Oregon also involved representing clients in both environmental and construction litigation matters and advising clients regarding compliance with state and federal governmental agency requirements on environmental matters. Mr. Desrochers also handled a variety of personal injury and estate planning matters for his prior firm.

    Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Desrochers worked as a project manager/construction engineer for a large general contractor. Mr. Desrochers coordinated and scheduled all in-house and subcontractor work, monitored performance of in-house craft persons, performed construction estimates and negotiated project change orders for numerous stand alone construction projects and multi-year Federal Government term contracts.

    Mr. Desrochers has successfully defended cases at trial and resolved claims through mediation for numerous clients in various environmental and non-environmental actions and has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including, trial, substantive law and motion, discovery, depositions (party, expert and percipient witnesses), mediation, arbitration and settlement negotiations.

  • Anthony M. DeVito

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3436
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Anthony.Devito@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Anthony

    Anthony DeVito is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. Physicians, veterinarians, nurses and other professionals retain him to defend them before state licensing and disciplinary boards. Mr. DeVito is a former prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He uses that experience to defend his clients before state agencies. He has also defended physicians, veterinarians, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes in malpractice cases. He has defended clients at pre-litigation, litigation and appellate stages.

  • Madonna L. Devling

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5592
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Madonna.Devling@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Madonna

    Madonna L. Devling is a partner in the Orange County office and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice as well as the General Liability and Hospitality Practices. She also handles construction defect cases. Madonna has extensive experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts and has represented a wide variety of clients including hotels, grocery stores, manufacturers, schools, hospitals, insurance companies and religious organizations.

    She handles a variety of matters including:

    • Litigation, mediation and arbitration of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and other employment related claims and lawsuits
    • Administrative investigations and hearings before the EEOC, DFEH, California Unemployment Appeals Board, and California Labor Commission
    • Advice to employers on compliance with employment related laws and creation of employee handbooks
    • Litigation and mediation of personal injury claims including construction site and premises liability accidents
    • Defense of general contractors and subcontractors against construction defect claims involving residential, commercial and industrial projects
  • Karen M. Dicke

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 504.272.2784
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: Karen.Dicke@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Karen

    Karen M. Dicke is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She has advised and represented clients in complex commercial litigation involving a wide variety of practice areas, involving issues such as professional liability including legal and medical malpractice, business torts, premises liability, insurance coverage, securities, employment-related issues, and construction defects. Her cases have ranged in complexity from single party claims to large multi-party and class actions. She works closely with clients – from individuals and small businesses to large corporations and insurers – to develop and implement successful litigation strategies that best suit each client’s specific business needs, litigation exposure and budget. She has the depth of experience to evaluate complex issues thoroughly and efficiently and to provide clear, decisive advice. She has obtained successful verdicts and summary dismissals in numerous cases.

    Immediately after graduation from law school, Karen joined the United States Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division through the Honors Program. Since entering private practice, she has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts. She has defended professionals including lawyers, FINRA registered representatives & financial planners, broker-dealers, architects, engineers, physicians, nurses, business brokers, insurance agents & producers, insurance brokers, title insurance agents, abstractors, and home inspectors.

    Karen’s experience with business torts, commercial litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability has involved claims for intentional and tortious interference with contractual relations; tortious interference with business relations; unfair trade practices; fraud and misrepresentation; blue sky violations; violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and ERISA; franchise agreements; intellectual property royalty agreements; and leases. She has counseled and defended businesses in litigation regarding employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, employment manuals, employment contracts, non-solicitation/non-competition agreements, joint venture agreements, licensing agreements, and leases. Her insurance coverage work has included financial, commercial, property and personal lines, such as directors’ and officers’, errors & omissions, commercial property, business interruption, builder’s risk, inland marine, cargo, homeowner’s, and automobile policies at primary, excess and reinsurance levels of risk, for loss from a variety of causes, such as fire, hail, water and wind. She was involved in dozens of cases in state and federal court as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Natasha V. Dighe

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.5967
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Natasha.Dighe@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Natasha

    Natasha Dighe is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Dighe defends insurance carriers, third party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of workers' compensation law.

  • Elizabeth R. Dill

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4080
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Elizabeth.Dill@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Dill is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and is based in Richmond, VA. She is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She has experience representing health care providers, financial institutions, educational facilities, commercial and non-profit organizations in all facets of information security preparedness and incident response. Liz advises clients on preparation of risk assessments and incident response plans, as well as assessing and allocating risks, rights, and obligations in contractual relationships as they pertain to data security. She also counsels clients in management and remediation of data security incidents, including compliance with regulatory authorities, facilitation of forensics investigations, and provision of consumer notification. She also defends clients in class action litigation and government investigations arising out of data security incidents. Her background in complex litigation and previous role as the assistant general counsel to a law firm provide her unique insight into limiting third party liability while managing security incident responses.

  • Ronald C. Dilthey

    Office: Raleigh, NC
    Position: Of Counsel
    Tel: 919.459.6152
    Office Fax: 919.829.0055
    Email: Ronald.Dilthey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ronald

    Ronald Dilthey is a partner in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. His practice is concentrated in the areas of products liability, business and medical practice litigation, covenants not to compete, professional malpractice, and wrongful death claims and suits. Mr. Dilthey is actively practicing before federal and state courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Additionally, he practices before many administrative tribunals, including the North Carolina Industrial Commission and the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar.

    He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor of Law Degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Dilthey served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law for 35 years, teaching in the areas of workers’ compensation and civil litigation techniques. He was the North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual Lecturer at its Practical Skills course on the subject of workers’ compensation from 1968 to 1996.

    Mr. Dilthey is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has chaired the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, served on its Board of Governors, been chairman of the Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, served as Chairman of the Administration of Justice Study Committee and task force, and served as Vice-President from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Dilthey was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve as the industry’s representative on the North Carolina Brown Lung Study Commission. From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Dilthey served as a member of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission.

  • Ciara M. Dineen

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8502
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Ciara.Dineen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ciara

    Ciara Dineen is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Medical Malpractice Department where she mainly focuses on dental malpractice. 

    During law school, Ms. Dineen was a summer intern for the department of Medical Risk Management at the University of California, San Francisco.

    She also worked as a summer law clerk for the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. At the Law Foundation, Ms. Dineen worked within the Mental Health Advocacy Program doing mainly housing law for people with mental health disabilities where she gained some exposure to disability law and benefits. She was also an extern at Indiana Legal Services, where she worked on a variety of issues.

  • Jenna Disser

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 303.562.9769
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Jenna.Disser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jenna

    Jenna Disser is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate and Antitrust & Competition Practices. Ms. Disser worked for Lewis Brisbois as a clerk during her final year of law school before going to work as Corporate Counsel for a large global manufacturing company headquartered in Denver. With a solely Denver-based legal team, Ms. Disser was responsible for a variety of corporate and legal matters spanning across 30 different countries and industries, including the Oil & Gas, Agriculture & Infrastructure, and Automotive industries. Ms. Disser, as one of only seven in-house attorneys, quickly became the “utility player” as she developed expertise in everything from Oil & Gas commercial contracts to hostile work environment claims.

    Prior to her role as Corporate Counsel, Ms. Disser also worked as a legal intern in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Disser was tasked with investigating insider trading cases and executive compensation disclosure violations. Although Ms. Disser learned a lot during her time with the SEC, her biggest piece of advice after leaving the job – “Don’t ‘forget’ to account for the corporate jet!”

    Back at Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Disser continues her practice with a focus on Corporate & Business Transactions matters. With her prior experience as Corporate Counsel and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Ms. Disser speaks the language of her corporate clients and is able understand and communicate the legal issues related to their businesses. 

    As an overview, Ms. Disser has provided counsel to various corporate clients on the following matters:

    Corporate & Business Practices

    • Negotiated a multi-million dollar commercial sales agreement for new product development that included complex IP provisions and exclusivity restrictions 
    • Drafted and reviewed procurement contracts averaging $100-$200 million in spend annually with suppliers of everything from steel cord to industrial manufacturing equipment to bicycle parts
    • Developed a strategy for negotiating high-risk Oil & Gas contracts when the client had little bargaining power
    • Drafted policies and procedures for reporting and tracking Conflict Minerals throughout the supply chain for reporting in accordance with SEC Conflict Minerals Rule and Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act 

    Product Liability

    • Co-developed a Product Liability Risk Management Policy to allow the client to effectively track reports of product quality issues and take quick action when required under government regulation
    • Assisted in the planning and deployment of a product recall program under the Consumer Product Safety Act
    • Created and presented training materials to employees of large corporate client to educate them on the relevant reporting requirements for product quality issues

    Anti-trust & Competition 

    • Drafted several Minimum Advertised Price Policies for various corporate clients and offer on-going advice to clients regarding the monitoring and enforcement of such policies
    • Prepared various Hart-Scott Rodino filings for large merger clients
    • Created and presented anti-trust training programs to large corporate clients for use in training employees on basic principles of anti-trust law as it relates to their sales operations 

    Employment & Labor

    • Reviewed an international client’s health and safety policies and drafted country-specific guidance to ensure compliance with local employment laws when implementing and enforcing such policies
    • Designed and produced a new global training program to educate plant-level employees on the company code of conduct in a quick, easy manner using short videos and posters translated in local languages
    • Investigate and respond to a variety of employment claims alleging racial, age, gender, and disability discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Jeck Dizon

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7836
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jeck.Dizon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeck

    Jeck Dizon is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. 

  • Brian Docekal

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3411
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Brian.Docekal@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian

    Brian Docekal is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois. Brian focuses his practice on advising and representing clients ranging from mid-size businesses to large corporations in toxic tort litigation, with a particular emphasis on premises and product liability disputes. His experience includes handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases incurred through occupational exposure to asbestos. He participates and oversees all phases of litigation, from performing the investigation needed to successfully defend a suit, to conducting depositions, preparing and presenting motions, and trial preparation.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Brian clerked for a Chicago boutique litigation firm, focusing on the representation of businesses in the areas of labor and employment, construction disputes, railroad defense, and personal injury litigation.

    While in law school at Loyola University Chicago, he interned in the Chief Judge’s Office of the Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit of the State of Illinois, gaining courtroom and trial experience in both civil and criminal matters. During his time in undergrad at Western Michigan University, Brian interned for the Honorable William C. Buhl of the 36th Circuit Court of the State of Michigan.

  • Blake A. Doerr

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4302
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Blake.Doerr@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Blake

    Blake Doerr is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Tax and General Liability Practices. Mr. Doerr served as Chief Deputy Director for the Nevada Department of Taxation with primary responsibility for all audit and revenue collection functions for sales and use tax and all other excise taxes administered by the Department. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Mr. Doerr assisted with various Department matters at the state legislature and was responsible for drafting the initial regulations for the legislation ultimately enacted as the Commerce Tax. Prior to that, Mr. Doerr served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada and represented the Nevada Department of Taxation in various state tax controversy matters including matters related to the taxability of complimentary meals, various matters related to the live entertainment tax including its constitutionality, the taxability of construction contracts and the taxability of direct mail, among others. Within the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Doerr was part of a team of transactional lawyers who were charged with streamlining the state’s Standard Form Contract for services and developing the state’s Short Form Contract for services under $50,000. Also while serving as Senior Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Doerr represented the Office of the State Treasurer, the State Board of Finance and the Governor's Office of Economic Development in litigation matters including appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court and transactional matters including tax abatement and incentives related to economic development programs as well as acting as issuer's counsel on numerous bond issuance and re-finance transactions. Mr. Doerr has also represented subcontractors in complex construction defect matters and defendants in motor vehicle accidents.

  • Elisaveta Dolghih

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7108
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Leiza.Dolghih@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elisaveta

    Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secrets & Non-Compete Disputes Practice. Selected to The Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2018 and The Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2017 by D Magazine, and Top 50 Female Attorneys in Dallas in 2018 by Texas Diversity Council, she focuses on prosecuting and defending misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

    After graduating from law school at 23 years old, Leiza began honing her litigation skills in courtrooms across Texas. She now routinely assists companies with obtaining temporary restraining orders, and temporary/preliminary injunctions to prevent the departing employees or competitors from violating non-disclosure, non-compete, or non-solicitation agreements or using the clients' trade secrets. She also defends companies unfairly accused of trade secrets misappropriation and related claims, and advises clients on how their trade secrets protection measures can be improved to meet the federal and state law requirements.

    Leiza currently serves on the Trade Secrets subcommittee of the Texas Bar Intellectual Property Section, and as part of her work on that committee, helped draft the 2017 amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

    With over a decade of experience, Leiza's practice also includes business litigation in state and federal courts and general employment advice to companies regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws, investigations, and litigation of employment law claims.

    Leiza is a frequent speaker and writer on Employment and Trade Secrets issues, and she regularly publishes legal updates on her blog, the North Texas Legal News Blog.

  • John J. Doody

    Office: New York, NY, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Hartford, CT
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1333
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: John.Doody@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Doody is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Doody is an accomplished litigation attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience. He is licensed to practice in Connecticut, Florida, and New York, and specializes in the defense of premises liability, lead-based paint litigation, fire litigation, negligent security, products liability, asbestos, medical malpractice, construction accidents, construction defect, and motor vehicle accidents.

    He is also a consultant to major insurers on coverage matters and handles negligent security and fire litigation cases nationally, with appellate experience in all practice areas.

    • Premises liability - fire litigation-catastrophic personal injury, property damage, and business losses
    • Construction accidents - personal injury and property damage
    • Construction defect
    • Products liability - manufacturers and distributors
    • Negligent security
    • Automobile/trucking accidents
    • Insurance coverage litigation
    • New York Labor Law Sections 200, 241(6), and 240(1) claims
    • Insurance/indemnification claims arising out of construction accidents
    • Medical malpractice - high exposure cases in New York and Connecticut
    • Lead-based paint/toxic exposure litigation, including U.S.T. claims
    • Representation of design professional in construction-related matters
    • Representation of foster home agencies and day care centers in social services matters, including abuse to children
    • Pro bono work on behalf of women in domestic abuse matters in family court
  • Thomas A. Dougherty

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.292.2033
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Thomas.Dougherty@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Thomas

    Thomas A. Dougherty is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology, and Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practices. Mr. Dougherty has over 17 years of intellectual property and technology experience with law firms and in-house. Tom drafts, negotiates, and handles all aspects of IT, SaaS, IP, sponsorship, marketing, cyber security, confidentiality, contracts, licensing, technology, and NDAs for multi-billion dollar companies. He has experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law and related licensing. He also has extensive medical device, product clearance, infringement analysis, litigation, M&A, and due diligence experience.

    Tom’s experience in-house includes within companies such as Covidien (now Medtronic) and Tomkins plc (which included Gates Rubber and Schrader Electronics). Mr. Dougherty is an electrical engineer with technical experience including most aspects of electrical engineering such as software, hardware, telecommunications, signal analysis, devices, microelectronics, optics, data privacy and security, relational databases, and big data. He has appealed cases to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has over 10 years’ experience as an electrical engineer for companies such as Goodyear Tire and Lucent Technologies, where he was in new product introduction (including Bell Labs).

  • James R. Doyle

    Office: Atlanta, GA, Charleston, WV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.348.8571
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: James.Doyle@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Doyle is the administrative partner in the Atlanta and Charleston offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability, Professional Liability, General Liability, Korean Business & Litigation, and Chinese Business & Litigation Practices. Mr. Doyle is a preeminent Atlanta litigation attorney, with more than 23 years of experience representing clients before the United States Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, United States District Courts, as well as State Superior Courts throughout the United States. He has argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia in a case that created the current standard applied in premises liability matters in Georgia, and has extensive trial experience involving matters of products liability, professional liability, and premises liability. Mr. Doyle’s professional liability experience is highlighted by his representation of lawyers in legal malpractice cases as well as insurance brokers, real estate agents, and doctors in other types of professional liability cases. Mr. Doyle also has experience handling matters in arbitration, both domestic and international. Mr. Doyle is the co-chair of the Korean Business and Litigation Practice and vice-chair of the Chinese Business and Litigation Practice.

  • Maria L. Draucikas

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 973.718.3948
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Maria.Draucikas@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Maria

    Maria Draucikas is a partner in the Newark office and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Draucikas is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on construction and general liability matters including products liability, material handling and heavy equipment accidents, construction defect/design litigation, construction and workplace accidents, commercial premises liability, insurance coverage disputes, and trucking and transportation accidents.

    Ms. Draucikas began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Graziano of the Superior Court of New Jersey for the 2005-2006 court term, and also interned for the Honorable Mark Falk, US Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey.

  • Kayla D. Dreyer

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2025
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Kayla.Dreyer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kayla

    Kayla D. Dreyer is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois whose primary practice area is Labor & Employment.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Kayla practiced in the Denver office of an AmLaw 200 firm headquartered in New York. While there, she developed a diverse insurance defense practice that encompassed a wide range of complex liability matters, including commercial, personal injury, and construction defect claims, among others. She also maintained an insurance coverage practice, and has represented insurers and insurance brokers in coverage-related matters, including bad faith and garnishment actions.

    Kayla completed a judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico. While there, she honed her legal research and writing skills and developed an intimate understanding of federal courts. She also forged connections within the diverse region and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, leading her to establish her home in Colorado.

    Giving back to the community has always been one of Kayla's priorities. Since moving to Denver, she has served on the Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Council, and will be a chair for the Section’s Colorado Litigators’ Summit. Kayla also volunteers with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Junior League of Denver, and is the Junior League General Meetings Chair through May, 2019. In her leisure time, Kayla enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and traveling. She is an avid sports fan, and you will often find her cheering on the Texas Longhorns or at a Colorado Rockies game.

  • Sean Driscoll

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 971.334.7019
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Sean.Driscoll@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean Driscoll is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and Class Action & Mass Tort Practices.

    Sean Driscoll represents employers large and small in all aspects of employment litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before the EEOC and state agencies and in private and industry arbitrations. He has defended claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing, disability and leave law violations, and a wide-variety of wage & hour violations, including multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits. In addition to litigation, Sean regularly advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, handling difficult employees, and implementing agreements and policies to minimize the risk of litigation.

    Sean’s practice also involves advising employers and individuals on employee defection and recruitment. He has successfully represented clients in cases seeking injunctions and damages relating to nonsolicitation and noncompetition agreements, employee raiding, trade secrets and breach of the duty of loyalty. In addition to litigation, Sean drafts confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants, and helps clients protect competitive assets from employee defection, as well as minimize risk when hiring personnel from competitors.

    Sean regularly speaks to trade and employer groups on the full spectrum of employment law compliance and litigation-avoidance.

  • Liz Drumm

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7112
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Liz.Drumm@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Liz

    Liz Drumm is an Associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm's Healthcare Practice. Since joining the healthcare practice, Ms. Drumm has handled cases involving healthcare institutions, such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and individual healthcare providers, including physicians, dentists, and chiropractors. 

    Prior to joining the firm’s healthcare practice, Ms. Drumm worked for the Commercial Litigation Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and served as a summer law clerk for the Eleventh Court of Appeals in Eastland, Texas.

  • Alice Du

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8270
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Alice.Du@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alice

    Yawen “Alice” Du is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate Practice. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and a wide variety of corporate and securities matters. Alice assisted with a complicated backdoor listing process that provided a direct listing of a private company on the NYSE American stock exchange. In addition, she has also assisted with the representation of clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in connection with cross-border transactions.

  • Leah Z. Dugan

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 216.586.8824
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: Leah.Dugan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Leah

    Leah Dugan is an associate in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and Transportation Practices. She focuses the majority of her practice on transportation and trucking, however also handles general liability, medical malpractice, and corporate matters. She has defended clients in municipal and state court, and successfully argued a case before Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Leah worked at a law firm in Wheeling, WV participating in large scale document review projects, and as a research assistant with the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, assisting in collecting data for a project regarding patient's opinions on the biobanking of removed tissue.

    Leah was part of the joint degree program at the University of Pittsburgh, concurrently earning her J.D. and M.A. in Bioethics. While in law school, she participated in the Health Law Clinical program, where she represented indigent adults in healthcare matters, including obtaining guardianships and appeals for Social Security Disability benefits. She presented and won multiple cases before Administrative Law Judges and in Pennsylvania state court.

    As part of the bioethics program, Leah had the opportunity to shadow a number of different types of medical professionals in their practices, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals. She wrote her master's thesis on Reporting Requirements and the New York SAFE Act of 2013, which focused on a new reporting requirement for mental health professionals, comparing it to other existing reporting requirements in other contexts.

    Leah received her undergraduate degree in History, with a specialization in the History of Science, from the University of Chicago.

  • James M. Duncan

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7872
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: James.Duncan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James M. Duncan is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Transportation, and Commercial Litigation Practices. Mr. Duncan also has experience with the Employment & Labor Practice, litigating employment matters including wrongful termination.

    Mr. Duncan represents commercial clients in a broad range of business disputes, including breach of contract, allegations of bad faith, and real estate disputes. His transportation practice focuses on freight loss and damage claims, and matters related to tariff and transportation charge collections. He also has extensive experience litigating general liability cases, primarily in claims related to premises liability, professional liability, and products liability. Mr. Duncan has experience in all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts, from pleadings and motion practice to arbitration, mediation, and/or trial.

  • Craig Dunkin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5014
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Craig.Dunkin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Craig

    Craig Dunkin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation, and General Liability Practices. Mr. Dunkin focuses his practice in the following areas:

    • General Liability: Cases dealing with all scenarios arising under CGL and auto policies, including premises liability, construction site accidents, commercial vehicles, personal lines auto, liability for crimes committed on premises by unknown third parties. Practice includes a large number of catastrophic cases.
    • Residential habitability (landlord-tenant), commercial lease disputes
    • Worker’s Compensation Subrogation: Prosecution of claims and suits for reimbursement of worker’s compensation benefits.
    • Products Liability: Products include sports equipment, electrical components, industrial/manufacturing equipment, power tools, nutritional supplements, construction materials, agricultural commodities and cranes.
    • Toxic Torts: Single-plaintiff exposure cases involving severe injury or death, usually as a result of leukemia, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis or asbestos-related diseases. Toxic substances involve benzene, silica, lead and asbestos. Products include buffing equipment, ink compounds and solvents, brakes, lead or steel shot and hand grinders.
  • Tabitha R. Durbin

    Office: Lafayette, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 337.205.4740
    Office Fax: 337.504.3341
    Email: Tabitha.Durbin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Tabitha

    Tabitha Durbin is a partner in the Lafayette office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Ms. Durbin focuses her practice on providing insurance coverage advice and representation of domestic and international carriers in a broad array of disputes involving admiralty, marine and energy matters, professional liability, construction defects and products liability, auto liability and uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage, onshore and offshore property damage, bad faith and subrogation claims. Ms. Durbin represents clients in both state and federal courts in all phases of civil litigation, routinely obtaining summary dismissal or favorable settlements in pre-trial proceedings, and has successfully appealed coverage disputes to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Ms. Durbin also has experience in monitoring of claims on behalf of excess insurers and in drafting, negotiation and interpretation of commercial contracts.

  • Brant Dveirin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6317
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Brant.Dveirin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brant

    Brant Dveirin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environment and Public Agency & Public Finance Practices. He handles matters in the areas of environmental law, construction law, general real estate and business law, class actions, products liability, land use, eminent domain and inverse condemnation. His clients include public agencies, commercial/industrial and residential owners and developers, industrial and manufacturing businesses and commercial lenders.

    Mr. Dveirin has a longstanding relationship as outside counsel for the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. He is currently lead trial and appellate counsel for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles in a Federal class action filed by Section 8 recipients, challenging the lowering of the Voucher Payment Standard. He recently successfully resolved for the Los Angeles Housing Department, a Federal civil rights action filed by the owners of the downtown Cecil Hotel, challenging the City’s Residential Hotel Ordinance. 

    He was counsel for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) on all of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) cases, related to the Staples Arena. He also represented CRA/LA on all eminent domain cases related to Staples, where the failure to comply with CEQA was raised as an affirmative defense. He was CRA/LA’s appellate counsel on an eminent domain case related to Staples, involving issues of project enhanced and improved comparable sales used to value the subject empty parking lot. He defended CRA/LA in litigation related to the Hollywood Marketplace and Doolittle Theatre projects. He reviewed the environmental impact reports for the downtown Ralphs supermarket and LA Live projects. 

    Mr. Dveirin represented Valero Energy Corporation on an eminent domain case involving the partial take of a gas station for street widening. He was trial and appellate counsel for the Plastic Pipe Fittings Association in their challenge of the exclusion by the California Building Standards Commission and other State agencies, of PEX plastic pipe from the 2001 California Plumbing Code. He has, for many years, been general counsel for Canplas Inc., a plumbing products company, where he handles insurance coverage, products liability and environmental law issues. He has over his career handled environmental cases involving alleged contamination due to nuclear waste, petroleum products, MTBE and other contaminants under CERCLA, RCRA, HSAA and California common law.

    In addition, he represented a lender in a construction defect case on a condominium project where the lender allegedly caused the defects due to the bank’s lack of care during foreclosure and sale of the project. He was counsel for other attorneys in a lawsuit resulting from the breakup of their law firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Dveirin has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters for lenders, businesses and business professionals. 

  • Kurt H. Dzugay

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 973.577.6244
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Kurt.Dzugay@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kurt

    Kurt Dzugay is a partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, Workers' Compensation, and General Liability Practices. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, workers’ compensation and general liability. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Dzugay worked at an insurance law firm, where he oversaw all aspects of litigation in insurance coverage litigation, bad faith and defense of insurers in extra-contractual suits, workers’ compensation defense and coverage litigation, environmental law and general liability defense. He also managed coverage analysis and opinions on duty to defend and indemnify for various first and third-party policies, both occurrence and claims made.

    Mr. Dzugay also has extensive experience in Workers' Compensation defense. He has handled defense for numerous carriers and TPA’s, including handling special projects where he was tasked to negotiate broad based settlements in situations where employers ceased operations. Mr. Dzugay has also handled  various coverage issues involving Workers' Compensation.

    Mr. Dzugay also served as the Assistant District Attorney for Kings County from 2000-2003. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of the prosecution of various criminal matters from inception to disposition, including intake and evaluation, arraignment, indictment, motion practice, hearings and trial. He handled both misdemeanor and felony matters, as well as the investigation of high-level felony matters.

  • Donavan K. Eason

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2154
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Donavan.Eason@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Donavan

    Donavan Eason is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Eason served as General Counsel to the Georgia Senate Majority Leader where he drafted and advocated leadership priorities regarding domestic terrorism, access and funding for rural healthcare, as well as regulatory reform. He also clerked for the judges of the 25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia and the Hon. John Ellington of the Georgia Court of Appeals.

    While in law school, Donavan served as Chair of Washington & Lee's Moot Court Executive Board and was awarded the Charles V. Laughlin Award for excellence in moot court. As a Burks Scholar, he led legal research courses and assisted faculty in teaching legal writing and analysis.

  • Andrew W. Eaton

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2153
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Andy.Eaton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew "Andy" Eaton is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Legal Malpractice Defense, Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Insurance Coverage, and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. He has successfully represented attorneys and law firms in professional liability suits and bar complaints. Mr. Eaton also provides consultation, subpoena compliance and risk management strategy to attorneys. He has also represented insurance agents, agencies and brokers in professional liability actions. 

    Mr. Eaton has also handled a variety of product liability suits in Georgia and throughout the United States. Mr. Eaton has represented domestic and international manufacturers, distributors and retailers in state and federal litigation. Mr. Eaton also represents businesses large and small in contract disputes, fiduciary litigation and general commercial matters.

  • Andrew Echols

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.567.6581
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Andrew.Echols@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew Echols is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He focuses his practice in the area of general insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, premises liability, products liability, transportation and toxic torts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Echols spent several years as a commercial litigator, with a focus on contractual disputes involving construction, land development, and real estate. He has significant litigation experience in a broad variety of legal matters, including jury trials involving catastrophic personal injury claims, negligent construction, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and fraud.

    Mr. Echols is licensed to practice in all Georgia state courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

  • Cherie Edson

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5918
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Cherie.Edson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cherie

    Cherie Edson is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Business Practices Group. Ms. Edson’s practice focuses primarily on complex tort and personal injury litigation.

  • Eduardo Martinez

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.567.6571
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Eduardo.Martinez@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eduardo

    Eduardo Martinez Jr. is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and practices in disputes regarding insurance coverage, general insurance law, and general liability.

  • Valerie R. Edwards

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tampa, FL, Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.495.2207
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Valerie.Edwards@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Valerie

    Valerie Edwards is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice. Ms. Edwards practices complex civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and real estate law. She represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in a variety of matters, including construction defect litigation, contract disputes, and litigation related to construction accidents and job site safety.

    Ms. Edwards handles a variety of professional liability matters. She is experienced in providing representation to attorneys, real estate brokers and salespersons, and insurance professionals. She also represents financial services providers in FINRA matters, as well as physicians, nurses, and medical and nursing facilities in medical malpractice actions. Ms. Edwards is also experienced in a wide range of general insurance defense matters, including product liability claims, insurance bad faith litigation and bodily injury/wrongful death claims.

    Ms. Edwards has extensive experience in risk transfer, mediation, and arbitration. She has tried a variety of cases to verdict, including medical malpractice cases, personal injury and premises liability cases, and complex construction defect cases.

    Ms. Edwards is active in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and serves as a certified instructor for the organization. She is also a volunteer faculty member in the Construction and Property schools for the CLM Claims College, which is held annually in September.

     

     

                   

  • Charles A. Egner

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3425
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Charles.Egner@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles Egner is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and Professional Liability Practices. He is experienced in defending medical professionals, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities in malpractice and personal injury matters. He also has a strong background in handling insurance coverage matters, including coverage litigation.

    Mr. Egner is involved in all aspects of litigation defense, including developing defense strategies; taking the lead in depositions; preparing physicians, nurses and experts for deposition; and drafting and arguing motions.

  • Todd R. Ehrenreich

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 786.353.0223
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Todd.Ehrenreich@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Todd

    Todd R. Ehrenreich is the managing partner of the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois. His practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, construction defect, premises liability and negligent security, and mass tort/class actions.

    He has litigated in several states and has been lead counsel in over 40 jury trials throughout Florida achieving favorable and defense verdicts on numerous high profile cases. He has handled professional liability cases involving lawyers, medical practitioners, real estate commercial appraisers, and insurance agents.

  • Cory Eichelberger

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4395
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Cory.Eichelberger@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cory

    Cory Eichelberger is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice.

  • Alik Ekmekchyan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.3831
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alik.Ekmekchyan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alik

    Alik Ekmekchyan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Jennifer E. Elgie Paez

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.6610
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Jennifer.Elgie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Elgie Paez is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice.

    Ms. Paez represents health care providers, individuals and healthcare related business clients, in civil litigation on matters relating to medical malpractice, dental malpractice, elder/dependent adult neglect and abuse, wrongful death, violation of patients rights, fraud and breach of contract. Jennifer is able to utilize her special knowledge and insight from her extensive medical background in the counseling and defending of health care providers.

    Jennifer has over 8 years of experience in the representation of health care providers on matters relating to medical malpractice and elder and dependent adult abuse.

  • Mary-Ann Ellis

    Office: Reno, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 775.399.6373
    Office Fax: 775.827.9256
    Email: Mary-Ann.Ellis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mary-Ann

    Mary-Ann Ellis is a partner in the Reno office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mary-Ann is a trial lawyer who was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 2011.

    Mrs. Ellis practiced at a small firm handling varying types of liability cases and trial work for 7 years prior to joining Lewis Brisbois in 2018. She focuses on cases involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage, arising out of premises liability, general negligence and intentional torts.

  • Jennifer Elson

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1701
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Jennifer.Elson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Elson is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Construction Practices. She focuses her practice on general liability, construction, premises liability, and labor law matters. Ms. Elson regularly represents general contractors, construction managers, owners, municipal entities, and subcontractor entities and is well-versed in the New York State Labor Law, OSHA, NYC Administrative Code, and NYC Building Code. She additionally has experience defending construction contractors in connection with complex construction defect matters.

  • Daniel B. Eng

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8508
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Daniel.Eng@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Daniel

    Daniel B. Eng is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Corporate Practice. Mr. Eng represents companies in a variety of practice areas including general corporate, public and private offerings (equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and finance, and strategic alliances. His clients include companies in many industries, such as financial institutions, hospitality, technology, manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical, retail, and mining. Dan also represents financial institutions involved in mergers and acquisitions, financings, reorganizations and various bank regulatory matters. 

    His experience includes serving as Staff Counsel to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He concentrates on providing advice and guidance to private and public companies as well as investors in complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. This includes private capital raising and the representation of issues and underwriters in initial and secondary public offerings under the Securities Act of 1933 and the preparation and filing of reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Dan also has substantial experience in the representation of financial institutions including the formation of de novo banks and holding company formations. 

    As part of his representation, Dan also counsels clients in connection with a variety of business and corporate governance issues including board conduct, purchase and sale agreements, license agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, sales and acquisitions, and employment and consulting agreements. Dan provides advice in these areas to companies that do business in the United States and internationally. 

  • Kevin L. Eng

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7981
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Kevin.Eng@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kevin

    Kevin Eng is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. His practice focuses on medical and dental malpractice, elder law, toxic tort and environmental litigation, and products liability.

  • James F. English

    Office: Houston, TX, Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.742.6732
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: James.English@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James English is partner in the Houston and Denver offices of Lewis Brisbois.

    As a corporate attorney, Mr. English serves primarily the energy, mining, transportation and infrastructure development industries. Having spent nearly a decade in-house at an American petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company, Mr. English is an expert in the commercial agreements associated with deep water exploration & development, unconventionals, midstream projects, natural gas commercialization (LNG, pipelines, processing, GTL, industrial applications, etc.), and oilfield services. Mr. English is also a proven international lawyer having worked in more than 50 countries and is well versed in the requirements of international investment.

    In Energy and Mining, Mr. English represents companies in all aspects of their operations: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, purchase and sale agreements, farmouts, production sharing, joint bidding, carry and earning agreements, Drillcos, participation, field development, operating agreements, unit operations, gathering, transportation, terminal agreements, facility access, tolling, sharing, interconnect, production handling and seismic acquisition. Mr. English also has significant experience in the commercialization of both energy and mining projects and can assist with spot, short and long term SPAs for the purchase of LNG, gas, ngl's, oil, metals, and aggregates.

    In Transportation, Mr. English has worked with pipelines, trucking, rail and aviation companies looking to sell or acquire businesses and assets. Having previously worked for the State of Colorado oil & gas regulator, Mr. English is experienced in what it takes to negotiate deals with a heavy regulatory influence.

    In Infrastructure Development, Mr. English has worked on projects pertaining to offshore and onshore production facilities, FPSOs, LNG liquefaction plants, Regas, GTL plants, pipelines, gas processing plants, warehouse build out projects, ports, and mines. Mr. English's experience with infrastructure development makes him uniquely qualified to buy and sell business and assets in this area.

    Finally, Mr. English has a narrow regulatory advocacy practice encompassing oil & gas approvals before the Colorado, Wyoming, Texas and Utah conservation commissions. As a former employee of the COGCC, Mr. English is well equipped to appear for clients before these commissions or provide regulatory interpretation advice as it may impact an M&A transaction.

  • Joshua L. Epstein

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.666.7687
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Joshua.Epstein@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Epstein is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Joshua has more than eight years of experience in insurance defense litigation handling automobile negligence, premises liability, property damage, subrogation, uninsured/underinsured motorist, and general negligence cases. Furthermore, Joshua has extensive experience handling no-fault matters with more than 75 successful defense verdicts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Joshua worked as an in-house trial attorney for several global insurance companies. His years of experience working with claims adjusters, supervisors, and managers on a daily basis have given him a unique perspective on how best to handle his cases to address client needs.

  • Kevin M. Erwin

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 909.381.7160
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Kevin.Erwin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kevin

    Kevin Erwin is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Erwin's practice focuses on representing employers, management, and supervisors in all areas of labor and employment law. This includes representing private and public sector employers in workplace harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour lawsuits in state and federal court, and before various administrative agencies such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the California Labor Commissioner, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Mr. Erwin further counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor and employment law matters including equal opportunity, workplace privacy, employee leave issues, wage and hour compliance, and hiring and termination practices.

    Because of his years of experience in labor and employment law, Mr. Erwin has obtained significant knowledge concerning the laws that regulate the workplace including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the California Labor Code.

  • Ethan Smith

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.455.7415
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Ethan.Smith@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ethan

    Ethan Smith is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on complex litigation and general liability defense. He has represented private and public entities in a variety of matters, including state and federal class actions, False Claims Act suits, and Civil Rights Act suits.

    Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Smith was a journalist and editor, most recently covering global environmental issues for The Nature Conservancy Magazine

  • Kimberlei Evans

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6623
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Kimberlei.Evans@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kimberlei

    Kimberlei Evans is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She focuses her practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses, technicians, psychologists, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care providers against medical malpractice and general litigation claims.

    Although officially a member of the Healthcare Practice, Kimberlei started her practice handling general liability matters and continues to handle general liability claims.

    Kimberlei has extensive experience defending hospitals, physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, psychologists, skilled nursing facilities and long-term care providers against medical malpractice and general litigation claims in both state and federal court. In addition to primarily handling a claim from the filing of the complaint through trial, she has successfully handled claims at the pre-litigation stage resulting in resolution of the claim prior to filing of suit.

    Kimberlei also has significant experience handling claims involving automobile accidents, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, breach of contract, negligent hiring/suspension/retention and products liability.

    Kimberlei has achieved success in resolving disputes through mediation, and informal settlement negotiations. She has developed a negotiation style that helps achieve the best results for her clients. She also has defensed a number of cases in arbitration. She has a passion for aggressively defending her client’s interests with excellent results.

    Kimberlei has experience in handling complex discovery matters and has extensive experience in motion practice.

    Kimberlei has first and second chair trial experience.

  • Robert A. Ewert

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 972.638.8660
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Robert.Ewert@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert A. Ewert is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. Robert has extensive experience representing clients in premises liability, products liability, trucking, dram shop and negligence cases in both state and federal court. He has assisted clients from the date of an incident through trial to effectively evaluate and resolve matters.

  • F. Douglas Gatz, Jr.

    Office: Lafayette, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 337.205.4531
    Fax: 337.504.3341
    Email: Douglas.Gatz@lewisbrisbois.com

    About F. Douglas

    F. Douglas Gatz is a partner in the Lafayette office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practice. During his 30 year career, he has primarily practiced in the area of Admiralty Maritime & Energy Litigation and General Liability Litigation in the state and federal courts of Louisiana and the Southern District of Texas. He has handled cases involving personal injury, property damage, (both offshore and onshore) and vessel collision/allision, claims involving contractual defense and indemnity issues, and insurance coverage disputes. Doug also has experience in defending trucking liability cases. His practice also focuses on negotiation of drafting, interpretation of and litigation involving exploration and production energy contracts and vessel charters.

  • Farbod Faizai

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 909.381.7170
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Farbod.Faizai@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Farbod

    Farbod Faizai is an associate in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Medical Malpractice and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practices. 

    Farbod Faizai is an English trained solicitor and California barred attorney. Mr. Faizai handles all phases of litigation in matters related to healthcare, medical malpractice, and elder law. Mr. Faizai also has a background in employment law, immigration law, and commercial and business litigation.

  • Candice Y. Farha

    Office: Wichita, KS
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 316.609.7906
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Candice.Farha@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Candice

    Candice Y. Farha is an associate in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

    Ms. Farha was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she studied at College Notre Dame De Jamhour and moved to Kansas with her family in 2005. She worked in the Criminal Law, Family Law and Elder Law fields prior to moving into the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Farha is fluent in both French and Arabic.

  • Robert W. Farrell

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.6685
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Robert.Farrell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Farrell is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice. Mr. Farrell's areas of practice include: environmental litigation; construction defect litigation; insurance coverage and bad faith defense and general liability defense.

  • Alex Farzan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5237
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alex.Farzan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alex

    Alex Farzan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. His practice focuses on defending electronics manufacturers in products liability matters involving e-cigarettes. Previous experience includes defending e-cigarette product retailers in similar matters, and a wide range of other general liability matters.

  • John W. Faulconer

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5901
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: John.Faulconer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Faulconer is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department.

    John Faulconer was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Jacksonville, FL. After graduating from Florida State he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at a small lobbying firm. He moved back to Florida and worked as an unsuccessful fish cook before going to law school in Miami. Mr. Faulconer worked for two years at Office of Regional Counsel in the Dependency Unit advocating for his indigent clients’ children to be returned to their custody. Mr. Faulconer handled all aspects of his clients’ cases, including daily court appearances, mediations, depositions, and many bench trials. He moved to San Francisco for adventure and worked for three years in San Jose performing similar legal work as he did in Miami. 

  • Domineh Fazel

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3961
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Domineh.Fazel@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Domineh

    Domineh Fazel is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Fazel has experience litigating a wide variety of cases including general liability, premises liability, negligent security, automobile, trucking, and motorcycle accidents, construction site/industrial accidents, Homeowners Association disputes, business/commercial disputes, indemnity, real property disputes, intentional torts, and products liability matters. 

    Ms. Fazel has defended many high damage exposure cases including those involving catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, amputations, paralysis and death.

  • Kenneth C. Feldman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5171
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ken.Feldman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kenneth

    Ken Feldman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is chair of the firm's Legal Malpractice Defense Department. He is a certified specialist in legal malpractice law by the California State Bar, and is vice-chair of the California State Bar Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission. Ken is also the author of the California Legal Malpractice & Malicious Prosecution Liability Handbook, which is now in its 7th edition. His practice focuses on the direct representation of insurers and their insureds in professional liability actions.

    He specializes in the following types of actions:

    • Defense of professional liability actions in the areas of attorney malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, malicious prosecution, real estate brokers, escrow agents, insurance brokers errors and omissions, and other various types of professional malpractice. 
    • Defends SLAPP suits, and handles business litigation, including claims against franchisors.
    • Representation of carriers in bad faith litigation and as coverage counsel as to professional liability, directors and officers, comprehensive general liability, municipal and other miscellaneous policies. Performs audits of law firms for carriers in the underwriting process.

     

  • Mitchell L. Fenton

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5121
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Mitch.Fenton@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mitchell

    Mitchell Fenton is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Transportation Practices. He has practiced civil litigation in virtually all courts of Southern California, setting up his practice in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties since graduation from law school. He is a partner in the Los Angeles office practicing predominantly in these areas:

    • General Liability
    • Construction and Mobile Home Park
    • Business Litigation
    • Transportation
    • Premises Liability
    • Professional Malpractice 
    • Employment

    Mr. Fenton's clients include: AEG, Staples Center, The Los Angeles Kings, Home Depot Center, Chartis, Clark Construction, Atkinson Construction, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., DS Waters, Total Transportation Services, Inc., and Staples, Inc.

  • Pamela M. Ferguson

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6638
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Pamela.Ferguson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Pamela

    Pamela Ferguson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Products Liability, Class Action & Mass Tort, and Life Sciences Practices. Her practice focuses on the defense of complex multi-party litigation involving mass torts, drug and medical device products liability and toxic tort litigation, with particular emphasis on complex scientific, medical and environmental related issues.

    Ms. Ferguson has defended corporate clients, manufacturers of drug and medical devices, retailers and suppliers in a wide variety of litigation with heavy emphasis on class action litigation involving consumer related e-commerce matters, including unfair and deceptive business practices, and alleged violations of state and federal statutes covering a wide variety of topics, including fair credit reporting, expectations of privacy and related litigation. Ms. Ferguson has also acted as insurance defense counsel in construction defect litigation, ground contamination litigation, real estate litigation involving alleged mortgage fraud and related professional liability claims, including landlord-tenant disputes and unlawful detainer matters.

    Ms. Ferguson is adept in handling complex actions filed in State and Federal Court relating to mass torts products liability involving pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and consumer goods, including vitamins, herbal supplements, and pet food products; consumer legal remedies and 17200 class action claims.

    Ms. Ferguson provides counsel to corporate clients on matters related to federal reporting requirements, market withdrawal and product recall issues and has acted as liaison with FDA investigative panels on product testing and recall procedures.

    Formerly, Ms. Ferguson represented Bayer Corporation in complex products liability matters in national and international mass torts litigation and was part of the national trial counsel team on MDL-986 Hemophilia/AIDS Litigation.

    Class Action expertise: Ms. Ferguson has successfully defeated certification and defended denial of certification on appeal for various clients. Entities represented include: hospitals (refund of insurance co-payments sought); retailers and telemarketers (Telephone Consumer Protection Act); online commercial agencies (alleged violations of privacy and alleged violations of fair credit reporting); online dating services (alleged deceptive business practices and violations of federal statutes); manufacturers of herbal supplements (alleged false advertising; unfair business practices); manufacturers of medical devices (alleged unfair competition, false advertising and Consumer Legal Remedies). Ms. Ferguson has also defended variety of national class actions and state class action involving alleged data security breaches including defense of fortune 500 companies, online service providers, and counseled clients in compliance procedures with state and federal privacy laws and disclosure obligations. She has negotiated settlements in high-profile, high-stakes litigation involving alleged violations of the TCPA, FCRA and California and federal privacy laws. Ms. Ferguson has recently litigated a class action through trial, which resulted in a defense verdict.

  • Connie M. Fickel

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7793
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Connie.Fickel@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Connie

    Connie M. Fickel is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is co-chair of the Professional Liability Practice. Ms. Fickel represents investment advisors, registered representatives, accountants, actuaries, ERISA fiduciaries, lawyers, and insurance agents and brokers. Ms. Fickel has tried cases to verdict and decision in state and federal courts, as well as in FINRA arbitration. She has successfully defended claims involving a variety of alternative investments, annuities, options, and other investment products and strategies. Ms. Fickel has also successfully defended cases across the county involving insurance agents and brokers in cases involving negligence, breach of contract, and misrepresentation with respect to the procurement of various insurance products. She also represents clients in civil and administrative enforcement actions.

    Ms. Fickel also regularly defends cases across the country concerning a variety of welfare benefits plans that were deemed to be abusive tax shelters by the IRS, and which resulted in subsequent fraud and other related claims against the designers and promoters of the plans for failing to predict the future tax treatment of the plans. She also regularly represents clients in complex business litigation, including matters involving real estate, partnership disputes, construction contracts, a variety of employment matters, and consumer class action defense.

    Having earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, Ms. Fickel has a strong understanding of financial products and complex business matters. She understands her clients’ businesses and can tailor case handling based on the client’s business and strategic considerations, as well as their risk tolerance. Ms. Fickel also works closely with her clients to provide a business oriented approach to address litigation-related client concerns, including implementing custom metric driven evaluative processes and facilitating communication of timely strategic considerations from within the business to the litigation team.

  • Ezra L. Finkle

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.460.4610
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Ezra.Finkle@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ezra

    Ezra L. Finkle is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

    Ezra graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 2007. While at Tulane, Ezra was heavily involved in Moot Court. He was a member of the 2006 John R. Brown Moot Court team, coached one of the 2007 ABA National Moot Court teams, was elected to serve as Administrative Justice for Interschool Competitions, was nominated to the Order of Barristers, and was a finalist in the Senior Trial Competition. While in law school, he was also a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and worked part-time as a Westlaw Student Representative, BarBri Student Representative, and tutored undergraduate students. He was a member of the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law while attending U.C. Berkeley School of Law during the Fall 2005 semester.

    Prior to joining Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Ezra represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including employment discrimination, unpaid wages, civil rights, Jones Act, LHWCA, personal injury, premises liability, insurance coverage, and medical malpractice cases. He has obtained numerous dismissals by way of summary judgment and has had unfavorable rulings overturned by review and/or appeal. He has taken and defended numerous depositions including one in which the plaintiff significantly reduced his demand after Ezra confronted him with a previous statement--the case was ultimately dismissed with zero paid through settlement. He also has trial experience. He is a graduate of both the NITA Building Trial Skills program and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.

    He has also been a frequent contributor to the Defense Research Institute publications the Whisper and also has an article published for the Voice. He also authored materials and lectured for the National Business Institute regarding admissibility of evidence. He has also published legal updates in both the fields of employment and medical malpractice law. He has also ghost written on maritime personal injury for blogs maintained by plaintiffs' firms throughout the Gulf Coast.

    He has been nominated as a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers each year since 2014. He is also an Assistant Bar Examiner for the Louisiana State Bar Exam. He has also helped pro bono clients through the New Orleans-based Pro Bono Project.

    He is licensed in Texas, Louisiana, and California including all federal courts in Louisiana and California and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

  • Joseph Fiorello

    Office: Cleveland, OH
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 216.298.1266
    Office Fax: 216.344.9421
    Email: Joseph.Fiorello@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph

    Joseph Fiorello is an associate in the Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Joseph's practice is focused on representing political subdivisions as well as handling class action and mass tort cases, data privacy and cyber security matters, and medical malpractice cases.

    Joseph has trial experience at the state and municipal court levels as well as experience handling numerous arbitrations and mediations.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Joseph worked at a boutique law firm representing political subdivisions throughout the state of Ohio.

    Joseph received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Bowling Green State University.

  • Bradley S. Fischer

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.495.2221
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Bradley.Fischer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bradley

    Bradley Fischer is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and vice chair of the Insurance Law Practice. His practice principally focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and he has litigated numerous complex cases through trial and on appeal in Florida state and federal courts. Mr. Fischer’s insurance coverage expertise includes claims involving business torts; toxic torts; pollution; construction defects; additional insured and indemnity issues; intellectual property matters; professional, general, automobile, trucking and products liability; and first party property.

    Mr. Fischer’s bad faith practice includes claims arising out of coverage disputes, excess verdict/judgment cases, time-limit demands, and alleged improper claim handling and unfair trade practices. He also has vast litigation experience in commercial and tort defense cases.

    Primary and excess insurers throughout the country recognize Mr. Fischer as an insurance coverage and bad faith specialist in Florida, and frequently call upon him for claim handling advice and in-depth written coverage and bad faith exposure opinions in a variety of settings.

    After graduating fifth in his class at law school, where he received several academic awards and was a member of law review, Mr. Fischer began his career as a commercial litigator. In 1993 he opened the Florida office of a national law firm specializing in insurance coverage and general civil litigation. Mr. Fischer served as the managing partner of the Florida office through 2007, when he joined Lewis Brisbois.

    Mr. Fischer has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, both jury and non-jury, and has handled countless mediations and arbitrations. He has also authored over 1,000 insurance coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters and coverage denials for insurers addressing a multitude of subjects, as well as opinions analyzing potential bad exposure.

  • Camille Fischer

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0973
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Camille.Fischer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Camille

    Camille Fischer is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Justen S. Fischer

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 954.357.3004
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Justen.Fischer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Justen

    Justen S. Fischer is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Fischer's practice principally focuses on general liability, first party property coverage, insurance defense and commercial litigation.

    Mr. Fischer originally joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP as a law clerk in May 2013 and became an associate in November 2015.

  • Jenna L. Fischman

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 786.725.3255
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Jenna.Fischman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jenna

    Jenna L. Fischman is an associate in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate and Complex Business and Commercial Litigation Practices. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Jenna clerked for the Honorable Jonathan Goodman of the Southern District of Florida. She also worked at a boutique commercial litigation firm, where she obtained favorable verdicts and settlements for her clients in both state and federal court.

    While in law school, Jenna was a Notes and Comments Editor for the University of Florida Law Review and a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing and appellate advocacy courses. She also tutored first-year students in civil procedure and torts and was a research assistant to a professor specializing in federal jurisdiction topics.

    At Northwestern University, Jenna was president of the Northwestern University Equestrian Team.

  • Kendall C. Fisher

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8240
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Kendall.Fisher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kendall

    Kendall Fisher is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

    Kendall graduated from McGeorge School of Law with great distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. While in law school, Kendall was a judicial extern for The Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr. at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Kendall also clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Department of Justice.

    In her spare time, Kendall likes to be with her family and her dogs. Kendall has played the cello since age four, and also plays the piano and violin.

  • Vincent Fisher

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8547
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Vincent.Fisher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Vincent

    Vincent Fisher is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Employment & Labor Practice. His practice focuses on representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters, including representing them in all phases and types of employment litigation. Mr. Fisher’s experience ranges from the defense of single-plaintiff cases at the state administrative level to the defense of nationwide class actions involving complex and novel issues arising under federal law.

    Mr. Fisher’s practice has a particular emphasis on the representation of companies that are integrating artificial intelligence, ambient computing, robotics, and other emerging technologies into their products, services, and workplaces. In this context, he assists clients in analyzing the risks and opportunities presented by emerging technologies; provides regulatory compliance advice; and represents them in policy advocacy as well as litigation.

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Fisher was an associate at a top-tier international law firm in London, England. In London, he focused on complex commercial and employment matters in U.S. federal courts, including high-profile and high-exposure matters.

    Among his other awards, Mr. Fisher was the recipient of the 2013 Antitrust Prize.

    Prior to law school, Mr. Fisher served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a veteran of the 2003 Iraq campaign.

  • Margaret Fitzsimmons

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3454
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Margaret.Fitzsimmons@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Margaret

    Margaret “Maggie” Fitzsimmons is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. Ms. Fitzsimmons’ practice also involves the representation of professionals including architects, engineers, and attorneys. She also has actively represented clients in general liability matters, class action litigation, and products liability cases. After admission to the Illinois Bar, Ms. Fitzsimmons has spent her career trying complex and significant matters to verdict in Illinois as well as many other states, both in the State Court and the Federal Court.

    Mr. Fitzsimmons has tried a significant number of cases to verdict involving multi-million dollar exposures. Her practice areas and trial experience include medical malpractice, professional liability, general liability, construction matters, amusement claims, products liability, and employment matters. 

  • Dawn M. Flores-Oster

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5184
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Dawn.Flores-Oster@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dawn

    Dawn Flores-Oster is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Manuel Flores

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7955
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Manuel.Flores@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Manuel

    Manuel Flores is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice. Mr. Flores’ focus is in the area of workers’ compensation law. Mr. Flores’ practice includes the following:

    • Representation of insurance carriers and employers in proceedings before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board throughout the state of California.
    • Adjudication of cases up to and including trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)
    • Involvement in all aspects of discovery, including but not limited to taking depositions of injured workers, drafting of medical-legal interrogatories to medical experts, and cross-examination of medical experts.
    • Handling of hearings involving vocational rehabilitation matters
    • Representation of employers in matters involving discrimination under Labor Code Section 132(a) and Serious and Willful Misconduct (Labor Code Section 4553)
  • Wm. Daniel Floyd

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.567.6578
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Daniel.Floyd@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Wm. Daniel

    Daniel Floyd is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Transportation Practice. Mr. Floyd has significant trial experience in both state and federal court. His practice focuses on Transportation matters involving Aviation, Cargo and Motor Carrier and Broker liability as well as products liability, general liability, insurance coverage, including first party coverage disputes, suspicious losses, and major casualty disputes. In addition, Mr. Floyd serves as a regional counsel coordinating the defense of trucking liability claimants throughout the country. Mr. Floyd is an experienced member of the firm’s Catastrophic Accident Response Team (“CAT Team”) which is staffed 24/7, 365 days per year. Working with a team of experts and investigators, numerous clients rely on his expertise to direct the CAT Team’s early investigation and to manage large claim exposure through trial for catastrophic and fatal injury claims as well as Cargo claims ranging from Carmack and COGSA issues to Household Goods and Theft claims. Mr. Floyd has frequently spoken and written on various legal issues involving pre-suit investigation, litigation and trial techniques.

    Mr. Floyd has successfully defended clients throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Texas. He frequently acts as direct lead defense counsel through case by case admissions and as Oversight Regional Counsel in tandem with local counsel when needed, to achieve great results for his clients at all state and federal levels throughout the country. Correspondingly, Mr. Floyd has been asked to appear by clients on Defense Counsel Panels in numerous states to discuss safety prevention and state specific case handling issues to in-house employees and external adjusters and insurers.

    Mr. Floyd represents several individuals as well as Major National and Regional Motor Carriers for interstate, intrastate, intermodal  and rail issues , General, Commercial and Automotive Insurance Carriers and Third Party Administrators in developing strategies for reducing costs for programs, safety and defense of claims.

  • Patrick J. Foley

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7914
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Patrick.Foley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patrick

    Patrick Foley is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation and Asbestos Litigation Practices. He focuses his practice on the defense of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and premises owners in toxic tort and environmental litigation. Mr. Foley also routinely handles matters involving mass torts, general liability, product liability and professional malpractice.

    Mr. Foley also has experience in the areas of homeowners associations and common interest developments. His representation has included representing associations and individual board members in claims brought by owners, residents and third parties involving claims of personal injury, property damage and other claims. Mr. Foley also has a comprehensive understanding of the organizational documents created under the Davis-Sterling Common Interest Development Act, and the duties and responsibilities mandated under The Act.

    Mr. Foley regularly represented Fortune 100 and 500 companies in toxic tort, environmental, and product liability actions.

    Mr. Foley's experience includes:

    • Representation of corporations in groundwater contamination cases nationwide.
    • Serving as California Counsel for Fortune 100 Companies in asbestos and benzene litigation.
    • Serving as California Counsel for manufacturer/distributor of chemical solvents and related products containing Benzene (Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings and other actions).
    • Serving as local litigation counsel in asbestos matters for manufacturers and distributors of gaskets, automobiles and their component parts, motorcycles, dry wall products and friction products.
    • Defense of Companies and Individuals in State, Federal and Appellate courts involving Toxic Tort Matters including Asbestos, Mold, Benzene and Other Chemical Exposures.
    • Defense of Environmental Professionals, Hygienists, Remediators, Contractors, and others in bio-aerosol/mold litigation.
    • Jury trial and arbitration experience in the State of California.
    • Defense of Major Automobile Manufacturers and Related Entities in Product Liability actions.
    • Represented a chemical manufacturer in the first case in the nation involving Hydroquinone that was alleged to have cause the death of a chiropractor from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
  • Addison E. Fontein

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 972.942.5694
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Addison.Fontein@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Addison

    Addison Fontein is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and General Liability Practices. Addison represents a wide variety of clients in a broad array of litigated matters.

    Addison graduated from the Villanova University School of Law in 2018. During law school, Addison was the Chairman of the Moot Court Board, and competed in numerous, prestigious Appellate Advocacy competitions across the country. Addison is passionate about pro bono work and using her legal skills to serve the community, as demonstrated by her commitment to the Civil Justice Clinic of Villanova in law school, helping low-income clients in a range of civil disputes in the Philadelphia area, and her membership to Attorney's Serving the Community in Dallas, Texas.

    Prior to law school, Addison worked in the insurance industry at a Fortune 100 Company as a Claims Specialist, and is knowledgeable about developing claim strategies and resolving coverage issues.

  • Tracy D. Forbath

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4964
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Tracy.Forbath@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Tracy

    Tracy D. Forbath is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate Practice.

  • Jessica S. Forbes

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 786.353.3913
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Jessica.Forbes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jessica

    Jessica Forbes is a partner in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. Jessica focuses her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith. She has extensive experience in insurance coverage disputes, including carrier’s defense obligations, indemnity risk exposure, risk transfer opportunities, additional insured-carrier disputes, inter-carrier disputes, choice of law, and application of self-insured retentions. She has served as coverage counsel in numerous construction defect claims, personal injury actions, and damage to property claims.

  • Jordan J. Ford

    Office: Wichita, KS, Kansas City, MO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 316.609.7912
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Jordan.Ford@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jordan

    Jordan Ford is a partner in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Immigration and Labor & Employment Practices. She focuses her practice on the ever-evolving interplay between immigration law and employment law. Ms. Ford has represented and counseled employers of all sizes on a wide variety of immigration and employment law issues, ranging from small family-owned operations to multibillion dollar corporations. Ms. Ford advises employers on immigration and employment law issues in many different industries, including agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, technology and sports and entertainment. Ms. Ford is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues related to immigration law and employment law.

  • Shawn Ford

    Office: Kansas City, MO, Wichita, KS
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 816.299.4247
    Office Fax: 816.299.4245
    Email: Shawn.Ford@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Shawn

    Shawn Ford is a partner in the Kansas City office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Ford's practice embraces every aspect of traditional labor relations, employment law, day-to-day counseling, training, administrative proceedings, litigation, and litigation management.

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Ford served as General Counsel and Managing Director of Labor Relations for a multi-national transportation company. Prior to that, he was an operations manager for a Class I railway. These experiences have helped to make him acutely aware of the importance of crafting solutions that are both practically and administratively feasible for corporate clients.

  • Steven L. Foremaster

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4304
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Steven.Foremaster@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Foremaster is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice.

  • Donald G. Forgey

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7962
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Donald.Forgey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Donald

    Donald Forgey is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Forgey has more than 30 years of experience specializing in civil litigation and insurance defense. His practice includes:

    • Transportation: Defense of trucking and tow truck companies in serious vehicle accident cases. Member of firm's "24-Hour Response Team" for prompt investigation of trucking accidents.
    • Premises Liability: Representation of major entertainment companies, including Viacom Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation in personal injury litigation arising out of accidents on movie and television sets.
    • Police Litigation: Successful defense of one of the police officers involved in the civil litigation arising out of the "LAPD Rampart Scandal".
    • General Liability: Served as counsel for Vons Markets in the personal injury and wrongful death claims filed in California arising out of the Jack-in-the-Box E. Coli food poisoning outbreak in the Western United States.
    • Medical Malpractice: Represents  physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing registries, and other health care providers in medical malpractice litigation. He has handled malpractice cases in numerous areas including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family practice, surgery, internal medicine, oncology, neurology, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, pharmacology, radiology and urology.

    Mr. Forgey is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), having tried 41 jury trials. He also arbitrated well in excess of 100 personal injury cases.

  • Dana A. Fox

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5104
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Dana.Fox@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dana

    Dana Alden Fox is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the General Liability Practice. As a result of his repeated retention in the most difficult, high exposure cases in California and his being admitted in Colorado, Mr. Fox has become one of the most heralded trial attorneys, consistently obtaining results not thought possible for his clients, including multiple defense jury verdicts in prominent cases. Mr. Fox, who is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and holds the elevated rank of Advocate with The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), has developed a reputation as the “go-to” attorney in high profile, high exposure catastrophic accident, police use of force, premises and product liability, public entity, and general liability cases. Mr. Fox was named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by The Los Angeles Daily Journal. He has defended and tried many complex and high profile cases. Mr. Fox is currently co-counsel for Live Nation in the litigation arising from the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, was lead trial counsel for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt in the highly publicized trial arising from the assault of a spectator after a Dodgers game in 2011, and represented the City of Santa Monica in the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market litigation which involved 36 coordinated actions after a vehicle drove through a farmers market.

    Mr. Fox has tried to verdict cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and similar catastrophic injuries. He is also a sought-after speaker on topics including defending trucking entities, defending police officers in use of force cases, catastrophic case evaluation, jury selection, defending high exposure cases, and opening and closing argument presentation.

  • Daniel J. Fox

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.845.9001
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Daniel.Fox@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Daniel

    Daniel Fox is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He specializes in multi-party, complex, mass tort litigation with an emphasis on property damage (e.g. building/structure failures; adjacent construction damage; fire loss; explosions; litigation involving public utilities; neighbor disputes, soil subsidence; water intrusion and damage; construction defect; mechanical equipment failures; oil spills; and other pollution / environmental matters.) 

    Dan also specializes in representing directors and officers of condominiums and co-ops, as well as their managing agents. The typical issues litigated in this practice area include: Interpretation and enforcement of governing documents (Offering Plans, By-laws, Proprietary Leases, indemnification provisions, waiver of subrogation provisions, etc.); the Business Judgment Rule; and the defense of Boards of Managers in actions brought by unit owners, tenants, and third parties. 

    In addition, Dan has drafted, interpreted, negotiated, and consulted upon a variety of employment, operating and services agreements.

    His litigation-based experience also includes: commercial, labor law, premises liability, professional liability, and breach of contract claims. His caseload extends throughout the Greater New York Metropolitan Area in federal and state courts.

  • Heath S. Fox

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.455.7420
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Heath.Fox@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Heath

    Heath Fox is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. He is passionate about serving the people in health care who work so hard to help others. 

    For 18 years, Mr. Fox has focused his civil litigation practice on the defense of claims against hospitals, physicians, nurses, long term care facilities, and other healthcare professionals. He has extensive experience in licensing matters for healthcare providers. He also consults on health law and guardianship issues. He has obtained defense verdicts in cases involving wrongful death, surgical complications including paralysis and other permanent disabilities, and alleged “never events.” He volunteers as an attorney mentor for the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership, dedicated to helping people in vulnerable populations during times of crisis. 

  • Kelley Fox

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5280
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Kelley.Fox@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kelley

    Kelley Fox is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and ADA Compliance & Defense Practices. Her practice focuses on a variety of employment litigation matters, including workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims. Ms. Fox represents clients in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration.

  • Lori S. Fox

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 215.977.4073
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Lori.Fox@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lori

    Lori Fox is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Life Sciences and Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance Practices. She has more than 25 years of experience coordinating and facilitating discovery in complex litigation and government investigations. Ms. Fox offers clients unique insights to develop and implement streamlined and cost efficient methods during collection, processing and analysis of data throughout the discovery lifecycle. Relying upon her experience and nuanced understanding of the ever evolving rules and standards governing electronic discovery, Ms. Fox counsels her clients regarding defensible data management and production strategies that mitigate the costs and potential exposures commonly associated with pending and future litigation.

    Throughout the years, Ms. Fox has led complex discovery efforts in cases involving:

    • medical device and other mass tort litigation;  
    • property and general liability insurance coverage, including claims stemming from the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks;
    • commercial losses from Hurricane Katrina and Year-2000 (Y2K) computer conversions;
    • environmental liability at numerous industrial facilities, including tire manufacturing, pesticide production and zinc smelting facilities;
    • commercial construction disputes on behalf of energy sector clients; and
    • responses to regulatory investigative demands on behalf of a healthcare sector software development firm following a data security incident.
  • Julie Franki

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2169
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Julie.Franki@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Julie

    Julie Franki is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Franki's practice focuses on the defense of management clients in employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and state agencies across the country. She works on a broad range of cases, including claims of discrimination based on factors protected by law such as age, disability, sex, race, religion, and veteran status; retaliation; and violations of the FMLA and FLSA.

    In addition to her employment and labor litigation responsibilities, Ms. Franki has drafted Title II Firearm Trusts.

  • James D. Fraser

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5042
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jim.Fraser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Fraser is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Practice. His practice focuses on environmental law matters including toxic tort and mold litigation, commercial trucking, personal injury and property damage matters.

    Mr. Fraser is frequently asked to parachute into cases on the eve of trial for claims regarding toxic tort, asbestos litigation, and products liability. Examples of this work include the following:

    • Defended a construction company in Call v. Prudential, the first sick building case to go to trial in the United States with twenty plaintiffs all claiming to have been exposed to several injurious chemicals during construction; the client contacted Mr. Fraser two weeks before trial, and he was able to settle the case shortly thereafter.
    • On two separate cases where the plaintiff had obtained verdicts in both the liability portions of the trials, Mr. Fraser was called upon to try the damage portion of the claims. Both cases had settled before the damage phases began.
    • Obtained settlement for a specialty insurance company on a problem case involving a hi-protein drink product on the verge of trial which had settled right before jury selection.
    • Negotiated and participated on the verge of trial in three mold cases, two of which generated substantial publicity, and was asked to consult in mold cases throughout the country thereafter.
    • Represents an adhesive manufacturer on several matters when trial approaches and leads as their national benzene case advisor.
    • Obtained favorable defense verdict when brought in on the eve of trial for a solar cell manufacturing company in a breach of contract action.

    Mr. Fraser also litigates high profile environmental and contaminated property cases involving multi plaintiffs.

    • Obtained a defense verdict in the first mold exposure case claiming personal injury damages to be tried in California
    • Obtained a defense verdict in a highly publicized burn/wrongful death case
    • Tried several mold exposure cases to verdict
    • Handled hundreds of asbestos exposure cases
    • Has tried several asbestos cases to verdict for various defendants in both Northern and Southern California
    • Has obtained hundreds of dismissals in asbestos cases and has prevailed in many motions for summary judgment in such cases.
    • National coordinating counsel for radar gun exposure cases
    • Handled numerous groundwater and soil contamination cases
    • Litigated the "Golden Eagle Refinery" case which is a published appellate opinion on environmental coverage issues
    • Litigated the Imcera case which is a published appellate opinion on environmental coverage issues
    • Tried to verdict a contaminated seed case in Imperial County
    • Tried to verdict a case involving ARCO's solar energy company
    • Recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars after obtaining a judgment against Korean Explosives Company, one of the largest companies in Korea
    • Handled several cases arising out of a petroleum pipeline explosion which received national media attention
    • Represented the Temple City School district in a much publicized mold exposure case involving approximately 50 plaintiffs
    • Involved in a number of large environmental cases including the Stringfellow case, the McColl case and the BKK case.  Primary lawyer in a multi-plaintiff suit against the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Facility in San Luis Obispo
    • Tried the first sick building syndrome case in the United States
    • Handled a number of transportation cases including a 61 plaintiff matter in which a prison bus collided with a gasoline tanker truck
    • Litigated the Perris Sky Diver Crash in which seventeen sky divers died and five others were permanently injured
  • Ryan Frazier

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8205
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Ryan.Frazier@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Frazier is a partner in Lewis Brisbois’ Sacramento Office and manages the Workers' Compensation team in that office. He has fifteen years of experience in the Workers' Compensation Practice area, and has worked for a wide range of employers and insurers on a wide variety of issues. Past and current clients include public entities, such as school districts, permissibly self-insured employers in retail, construction and food service businesses and a wide range of insurers both large and small. Ryan’s clients include multiple Fortune 500 companies, including companies within the top 10. 

    Ryan handles Workers' Compensation claims, assisting his clients in ensuring only appropriate benefits (if any) are paid, from the first report of injury to trial, and also handles subrogation, protecting his client’s right to reimbursements, credits and liens through trial.

  • Brian J. Frederick

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.577.6239
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Brian.Frederick@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian

    Brian is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Brian was an associate at a boutique Labor & Employment law firm in New Jersey, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan G. Lesnewich, J.S.C., Union County.

    Brian attended Syracuse University College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Brian served as an Executive Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, was a student attorney in the Securities Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic, and interned for the Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C., Morris County, who was subsequently appointed to the Appellate Division. Brian was also a Chancellor's Scholar and a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society.

  • Laura A. Free

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6014
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Laura.Free@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Laura

    Laura A. Free is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Free has extensive experience in various aspects of the litigation process, has successfully drafted and opposed a wide variety of pleadings, motions, and other pretrial documents, and has made numerous appearances in California state courts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Free worked as an attorney in two boutique law firms across the Los Angeles area, gaining significant experience in cases involving real property, contract, and personal injury disputes.

    Ms. Free earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School and received her B.A. from UC San Diego, where she received Provost Honors. While in law school, Ms. Free served as a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, where she briefed and argued a pro bono immigration case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • P. Michael Freed

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2157
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Michael.Freed@lewisbrisbois.com

    About P. Michael

    Michael Freed is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. Freed is an experienced litigator who represents clients in complex civil litigation across the country. Specifically, Mr. Freed has defended manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of various types of products, including automobiles, tires, watercraft, recreational vehicles, bicycles, and others.

    Mr. Freed's insurance coverage practice includes handling matters involving coverage under various types of commercial insurance policies, including claims-made policies, commercial general liability policies, commercial auto policies, and commercial property policies. As part of this practice, Mr. Freed provides insurance coverage analysis to insurers, and represents insurers in coverage litigation.

    Mr. Freed's practice also includes representing lawyers and law firms in matters involving alleged malpractice and professional misconduct. As part of this practice, Mr. Freed defends lawyers against legal malpractice claims, and provides risk management advice to lawyers and law firms. Mr. Freed has authored several articles and given numerous presentations on issues related to legal malpractice, legal ethics, and professionalism.

    Mr. Freed also represents companies of all sizes in commercial litigation, including breach of contract and business tort cases.

  • Amy Freeland

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 909.381.7161
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Amy.Freeland@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Amy

    Amy Freeland is an associate in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice. Ms. Freeland's practice focuses on matters including construction defect litigation, product liability and general liability.

  • Robert W. Freeman, Jr.

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.1712
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Robert.Freeman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Freeman is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Mr. Freeman has expertise in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, defense of municipalities and officials against claims for civil rights violations, discrimination in employment, violation of federal and state employment statues, and defense for injury claims as a result of negligent or intentional conduct.

    In his twenty-five years in Las Vegas, Mr. Freeman has provided defense representation to insurance companies, municipalities, public officials, police officers, hotels, public employers, private employers, and individuals covered by liability insurance. Rob has concentrated his practice in the defense of municipalities against claims of civil rights violations, employment issues for public and private employers, personal injury defense (premises and automobile) and defense of first party bad faith claims.

    Mr. Freeman has also defended against premises liability claims brought against owners, operators and managers of companies and commercial properties. Representing apartment complexes, commercial businesses, grocery stores, and hotels has allowed Mr. Freeman to handle a wide range of premises matters including those involving defects on premises, slip and falls, negligent or improper maintenance of the premises, negligent or inadequate security, and elevator, escalator and moving sidewalk injuries.

    During his career, Mr. Freeman has developed relationships with insurance companies, police officers, city officials, risk managers, in house counsel, and experts and has been involved in the drafting and vetting of written policies and procedures covering a wide variety of subjects from employment discrimination and harassment to police high speed pursuit, dealing with the mentally ill, and everything in between. Mr. Freeman has significant experience litigating the issues common to claims made against municipalities, premises owners, public employers, private employers, insured drivers, and insurance companies, and has litigated before juries, judges, administrative agencies, arbitrators, and mediators. In addition, Mr. Freeman is licensed to appear before the United States Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has appeared before the Ninth Circuit and the Nevada Supreme Court to argue issues related to federal and state law and the representation of municipalities and city officials.

  • Mary Beth Freeman

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 813.739.1903
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: MaryBeth.Freeman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Mary Beth

    Mary Bath Freeman is an associate in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Matt Freeman

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4375
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Matt.Freeman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matt

    Matt Freeman is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and Insurance Law Practices.

  • Amy L. Frerich

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4930
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Amy.Frerich@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Amy

    Amy Frerich is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. She began her legal practice as a Deputy District Attorney where she gained extensive trial experience. After practicing as a District Attorney, she moved into criminal defense and domestic relations practice. Amy has tried over 50 jury trials and bench trials.

  • Ava F. Freund

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.7945
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ava.Freund@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ava

    Ava Freund is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ava specializes in defending employers in a variety of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage & hour, wrongful termination & PAGA suits. She also assists clients with pre-litigation negotiation and resolution of employee disputes.

    Ava has extensive experience in drafting law and motion, responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, arguing substantive and dispositive motions, and attending and participating in mediations.

  • Meredith Ross Friedler

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7686
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Meredith.Friedler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Meredith Ross

    Meredith Ross Friedler is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices.

    Ms. Friedler represents clients in premises, toxic exposure and Dram Shop litigation. Her clients include restaurants, bars and catering facilities as well as building owners and management companies of commercial and residential properties. Additionally, Ms. Friedler represents school bus and paratransit companies.

  • Glenn A. Friedman

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6683
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Glenn.Friedman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Glenn

    Glenn Friedman is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Toxic Tort &  Environmental Litigation Practice. He specializes in litigation and insurance coverage matters emphasizing hazardous waste, toxic tort, construction defect, products liability and real property issues.

    • Environmental Law
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Toxic Tort
    • Mold
    • Products Liability
    • Construction Defect

    Mr. Friedman practices in the areas of litigation and insurance coverage with an emphasis on hazardous waste, toxic tort, products liability and construction defect matters. Mr. Friedman has been involved in a wide range of multi-party environmental and toxic tort cases involving mold and water intrusion, DBCP groundwater exposure, contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, refineries, manufacturing and chemical plants, service stations and dry cleaning facilities, silicosis, asbestos and latex glove liability, among others.

  • Seth M. Friedman

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2184
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Seth.Friedman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Seth

    Seth Friedman is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Mr. Friedman has extensive experience claim counseling and litigating in a wide variety of insurance coverage areas including: general liability, pollution, construction defect, first party property, fidelity, employment, professional liability, errors & omissions, public entity liability, surplus lines, asbestos and toxic torts. He also handles extra-contractual claims and suits.

  • Steven Frisch

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4933
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Steven.Frisch@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Frisch is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. After admission to the California State Bar, Mr. Frisch was an associate attorney at a workers' compensation defense firm in Orange for a little over a year. During law school he was an intern at the Orange County DA's office and at the San Diego City Attorney.

  • Laureen P. Frister

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4333
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Laureen.Frister@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Laureen

    Laureen Perez Frister is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Frister practiced in San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL.

  • Nina D. Froeschle

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5110
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Nina.Froeschle@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nina

    Nina Froeschle is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Froeschle specializes in labor and employment litigation representing companies of all sizes in lawsuits in federal and state courts. She also provides advice and counseling to businesses regarding risk management issues and compliance with employment laws. Her practice includes:

    • Wage and Hour Class Actions
    • Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Litigation
    • Sexual Harassment Litigation
    • Wrongful Termination Litigation
    • Employment Discrimination Litigation
    • Employment Risk Management Counseling
    • Employment Criminal Law Matters
  • Michael P. Fullam

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 619.699.4946
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Michael.Fullam@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael P. Fullam is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011 and has substantial experience litigating civil actions relating to general liability, insurance defense, complex insurance coverage, personal injury, and bad faith defense actions.

  • Alexander Fumagali

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 786.725.3246
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Alexander.Fumagali@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexander

    Alexander Fumagali is a senior associate in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. His practice focuses on the areas of general civil litigation, premises liability, products liability, and negligent security. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Fumagali practiced insurance defense litigation for a national litigation firm, and represented mortgagees in foreclosure cases throughout Florida.

    Mr. Fumagali earned his Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 2012. While in law school, he was an intern for the Honorable Judge Terry Lewis, as well as the Networking Chair for the Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Society. Mr. Fumagali currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Florida State University College of Law.

  • Philip J. Furia

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0923
    Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Philip.Furia@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Philip

    Philip Furia is a litigation partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois.

    As a member of the Professional Liability Practice, Philip regularly defends licensed professionals and businesses against claims alleging professional malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

    Philip handles a wide range civil litigation matters, examples of which include:

    • Ongoing defense of a securities fraud case in the Southern District of New York.
    • Ongoing defense of a False Claims Act matter in the Southern District of New York.
    • Summary judgment dismissal of an aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty claim stemming from a partnership dispute.

    Philip is experienced in litigating cases in both state and federal court. He also regularly handles appeals in the New York State Appellate Division. 

    In 2017, Philip was recognized as a “Rising Star” for Civil Litigation by New York Super Lawyers.

  • Elizabeth N. Furlow

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8561
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Elizabeth.Furlow@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Furlow is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Furlow is experienced in all aspects of workers' compensation case management, complex multiparty litigation, and committed to early case resolution. She demonstrates integrity through commitment, determination and accountability. She also demonstrates leadership skills through focused positive client relations. Developing business relationships is central to her practice of law.

    Ms. Furlow has over fifteen years of legal experience combined as an Attorney and support staff for in-house, private-select, and panel counsel primarily in Workers Compensation defense but also Asbestos, General Liability, Construction Defect, and Subrogation.

  • Sheryl S. Fyffe

    Office: New York, NY, Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0972
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Sheryl.Fyffe@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sheryl

    Sheryl Fyffe is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She focuses her practice on commercial motor vehicle, premises liability, and dram shop cases and has experience representing clients in a variety of employment discrimination matters.

    A dedicated and highly organized attorney, Ms. Fyffe is adept at handling complex, multi-plaintiff cases, often involving severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and multiple fusion surgeries. She works closely with clients to help them manage risk and ensure their needs are met.

    Ms. Fyffe has handled all aspects of litigation, including drafting responsive pleadings, motions, discovery requests and responses, and reports to clients. She has also deposed witnesses, defended clients at depositions, and appeared at court for conferences and oral argument.

  • Christopher Gabbard

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Diego, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 954.828.0377
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Christopher.Gabbard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Gabbard is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Corporate Practice. Chris currently concentrates his practice on joint venture and corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance and compliance, and other general corporate law matters. His work spans a range of industries, including telecommunications, technology, engineering, commercial real estate development and private equity.

    Mr. Gabbard also has experience assisting clients  in connection with initial public offerings and the preparation of SEC filings, including proxy statements, registration statements and annual, quarterly, and current reports, and has experience in conducting due diligence and researching and drafting legal and client memoranda  In addition, he has experience advising clients interested in raising capital for and establishing regional centers to administer projects qualifying for investment under the EB-5 Entrepreneur Investment Visa Program across the country and in a variety of industries, including preparing the necessary documents. 

    Mr. Gabbard started his career with the enforcement division of the California Department of Business Oversight where he assisted senior corporations counsel with securities and commodities fraud litigation cases resulting in multimillion-dollar judgments In addition, he has represented brokers and broker dealers in litigation and FINRA arbitration matters. Mr. Gabbard joined Lewis Brisbois as associate from an AM Law 100 Firm.

  • Walter J. Gallant

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4638
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Walter.Gallant@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Walter

    Walter Gallant is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practice. His primary focus is maritime defense including personal injury and wrongful death defense, property damage claims, commercial disputes including breach of contract and business torts, products liability matters, and insurance-related issues, mainly in connection with maritime, offshore construction and energy industries.

    Mr. Gallant regularly handles claims arising out of accidents, fires and explosions occurring at and around industrial facilities, maritime terminals, and offshore exploration and production vessels and facilities, together with claims regarding inland, near-shore and blue water vessels of all descriptions. He handles commercial matters in litigation and arbitrations arising in connection with industrial and marine fabrication projects, and offshore installation, maintenance, repair and service contracts.

    Other marine matters for which Mr. Gallant is retained include cargo loss, damage, contamination claims, collisions, groundings, wake damage, charter party disputes, marine property damage, and economic loss claims. He also handles a wide range of defense litigation involving non-maritime personal injury and property damage, transportation, energy matters, accidents occurring in and around land-based oil and gas operations and facilities, as well as commercial and contract disputes and insurance coverage opinions.

    Mr. Gallant holds a commercial helicopter license, and has represented helicopter companies in the Gulf of Mexico area in litigation involving crashes, forced landings and commercial disputes.

  • Rene I. Gamboa

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6621
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Rene.Gamboa@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rene

    René Gamboa serves as the nationwide Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Green Technology Practice Group. Mr. Gamboa has worked with clients ranging from start ups to multi-national companies across a variety of industries. Having served as General Counsel and Business Development Director at two software Internet companies, and having worked in real estate as a broker, Mr. Gamboa understands the business objectives of his clients, and brings that experience to his transactional practice. 

    Mr. Gamboa acts as outside general counsel to companies, helping them grow and manage risk, has successfully advised C-level executives, and has worked collaboratively across various teams within a company, including sales, engineering, products, and marketing to achieve a company’s goals. Mr. Gamboa has counseled clients on all stages of a company’s development, from initial entity formation issues, intellectual property and licensing issues, corporate governance issues, through sale or merger events and exit strategies. He has also counseled clients in negotiations with venture capitalists. Mr. Gamboa’s practice focuses on providing his clients with business services and counseling, as well as counseling clients on real estate transactional matters. 

    Apart from his transactional practice, Mr. Gamboa also represents clients in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and litigation related to real estate and other matters. Mr. Gamboa is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

    Mr. Gamboa has advised clients on business, corporate and real estate transactional matters. He has had a varied career that has included, among other things, advising a multi-national client on energy projects involving high-voltage transmission stations. He has also taken the lead in developing and implementing a strategy to help a multi-national car company establish its first car-sharing business in the United States. Mr. Gamboa has also assisted a multi-national company establish a Silicon Valley office. As General Counsel and Business Development Director for two start up high tech Internet companies, Mr. Gamboa advised the senior management team on a host of legal and business issues, was responsible for implementing the companies’ legal strategy, and worked collaboratively across various platforms within the companies to implement the companies’ business vision. 

    Mr. Gamboa has also litigated and tried complex commercial, securities, real estate, and other matters in state and federal court as well as before FINRA (formerly NASD), which gives him an added perspective in his transactional practice that allows him to anticipate issues that may lead to potential litigation, and find solutions to avoid litigation down the line for his clients. By having both transactional and litigation/trial experience, Mr. Gamboa brings added value to his clients. Additionally, Mr. Gamboa has served as bond counsel, providing advice on bonds collateralized through real estate, and he has represented financial service and securities professionals in regulatory forums such as FINRA, and he has counseled and represented real estate professionals as well.

  • Stephanie Garabedian

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4379
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Stephanie.Garabedian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Stephanie

    Stephanie A. Garabedian is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2002, with a degree in Social Welfare, and received her Juris Doctorate from the California Western School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Ms. Garabedian law-clerked for the Legal Aid Society in New York, New York; an Administrative Judge with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Diego; and for Judge Nancy Oesterle of the Las Vegas Justice Court. Ms. Garabedian is a member of the Nevada State Bar and the Washington State Bar.

    Ms. Garabedian has handled the defense of numerous general liability, medical malpractice and construction defect cases, from inception through completion, including participating in the defense of a three month construction defect trial. Ms. Garabedian has defended subcontractors and general contractors in construction defect litigation, as well as hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice litigation. Ms. Garabedian defended Defendants in the two largest class actions in Nevada’s history, the In re Kitec and the In re Wirsbo litigation. 

  • Alexandra Garchie

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.6302
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alexandra.Garchie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexandra

    Alexandra Garchie is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice.

  • Alyssa Garchie

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.966.3115
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Alyssa.Garchie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alyssa

    Alyssa Garchie is an associate in the Costa Mesa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice.  

  • Peter L. Garchie

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4907
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Peter.Garchie@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Peter

    Peter Garchie is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois, which he joined in 1984. Mr. Garchie is an accomplished trial attorney, having tried more than 50 jury cases to verdict, many of which are in the areas of professional liability, products liability, environmental/toxic torts litigation, and commercial litigation (trade secret, unfair competition, and intellectual property). His practice includes the direct representation of international industrial companies, chemical companies, insurance companies, financial companies, and technology growth companies in state court, federal court, national multi-district coordinated litigation and before state regulatory agencies.

    He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is active in the trial of substantial exposure cases on a national level as well as in the supervision and coordination of class actions and mass torts claims.

  • Jeffrey Garcia

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6011
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jeffrey.Garcia@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Garcia is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Jerry Garcia

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5032
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jerry.Garcia@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jerry

    Jerry Garcia is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Surety, and Fidelity Practices. Mr. Garcia’s extensive experience in various insurance coverage, fidelity and surety matters. Mr. Garcia also represents sureties in probate litigation as well as insurance companies. Mr. Garcia also represents insurance companies in litigation, both prosecuting and defending contribution actions with other insurers as well as defending actions brought by insureds. These matters include:

    • Construction defect claims
    • General liability claims
    • Professional liability claims
    • Directors and officers claims
  • Paulyne A. Gardner-Smith

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4061
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Paulyne.Gardner-Smith@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Paulyne

    Paulyne Gardner-Smith is the administrative partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Life Sciences Practice. She focuses her practice on the coordination and management of multi-state complex litigation matters, including a focus on mass torts, pharmaceutical litigation, medical malpractice and environmental cases at both the state and national levels.

    For the last few years, Ms. Gardner-Smith has served as national coordinating counsel in both state and federal court matters. She has overseen national litigation involving a pediatric dental chain and represented a manufacturer in three cases involving more than 1,000 coal miners who claimed respiratory injuries from the use of a polyurethane grouting product utilized for roof stabilization.

    Ms. Gardner-Smith has served as counsel for both brand and generic pharmaceutical companies. She represented a generic pharmaceutical company in a mass tort filed in Philadelphia County and has served as defense liaison counsel, working on behalf of all of the defendants in the mass tort by drafting, negotiating and finalizing Case Management Orders, document production protocols, and product identification and dismissal procedures. She has also represented a brand pharmaceutical company and was successful in not only moving to transfer the action from state to federal court but also in getting the plaintiff to dismiss the lawsuit altogether. Ms. Gardner-Smith regularly monitors national litigation proceedings against a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers for clients.

    Ms. Gardner-Smith has extensive knowledge and experience representing doctors, hospitals and healthcare systems in medical malpractice matters. She has represented physicians in cases alleging the failure to diagnose and treat medical conditions and the failure to properly read radiology studies and has represented hospitals in cases alleging the failure to provide appropriate and necessary emergency and nursing care. She also handled guardianship proceedings for a Philadelphia healthcare system and served as a pro bono guardian for many years.

    Ms. Gardner-Smith has also handled a variety of toxic tort cases involving allegations of injuries sustained from exposure to benzene and trace benzene. In the past, Ms. Gardner-Smith also has handled auto defense cases, municipal defense cases and cell tower litigation.

  • Matthew Garrett-Pate

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6165
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Matthew.Garrett-Pate@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Garrett-Pate is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. His practice focuses primarily on defending employers in individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits regarding workplace discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois as an associate, Mr. Garrett-Pate participated in their Summer Associate Program. Mr. Garrett-Pate also worked as a law clerk at a Los Angeles-based firm representing labor unions in actions arising under the NLRA and as a law clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Family Violence Division. 

  • Steven G. Gatley

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3977
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Steven.Gatley@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Gatley is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice. He specializes in employment law exclusively representing employers. He has extensive experience with employment and labor litigation before state and federal courts, as well as various administrative agencies such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the California State Labor Commissioner, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board (EDD).

    His areas of concentration include wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and wage issues. Mr. Gatley also represents employers in wage and hour matters including class action cases. Mr. Gatley’s clients include cities, counties, corporations, small businesses, nonprofit entities, educational entities, hotels, financial institutions, religious organizations, automobile dealerships and collision centers, airlines and Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Mr. Gatley is also national employment counsel for a large security company.

    Mr. Gatley also specializes in representing clients in the healthcare industry including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living programs, and physicians.

    Mr. Gatley provides consulting in the following areas: Fair Employment and Housing Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; California Family Leave Act; compensation and benefits; wage and hour, prevailing wages; workplace violence; Title VII; Discrimination and Employment Act; privacy issues; substance abuse and testing; retaliation; Occupational Safety and Health Act; whistle-blowing; reduction in force (RIF), Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) and unemployment benefits, including tax and penalty issues.

    Mr. Gatley also presents employee management training seminars and topics. In addition, he develops, reviews and implements employment procedures, policies and agreements, and conducts internal investigations and resolution of claims. He works closely with his clients on key employment issues including at-will employment, employment handbook and policies, arbitration/non-competition agreements, employee substance abuse, employee privacy and breach of contract. Mr. Gatley also counsels clients regarding terminations and lay-offs.

    Mr. Gatley frequently lectures to human resource managers and management personnel throughout California on a variety of employment topics.

    Mr. Gatley’s practice also focuses on commercial and complex business litigation defense. He has represented numerous clients dealing with director and officer liability disputes. Mr. Gatley has represented and counseled clients in a variety of industries, including hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, home security, retail, restaurant, real estate, concert promotions, homeowners’ associations, aviation, finance, automotive, medical and health care, technology and construction.

    Mr. Gatley is a member of the Firm’s Korean and Litigation Group and has extensive experience representing a variety of Korean-owned businesses.

  • Jeffrey R. Gaylord

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1302
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Jeffrey.Gaylord@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Gaylord is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation Practice. He has over 20 years of experience counseling leading insurance companies, as well as corporations and their directors and officers, with respect to directors and officers liability in connection with securities class actions and derivative actions, financial institutions liability, professional liability, including lawyers and accountants, business interruption and general liability.

    He has authored hundreds of coverage opinions, represented insurers in connection with most of the country’s largest financial frauds over the past two decades and successfully resolved, through negotiation or litigation, numerous high exposure D&O and professional liability claims. He has participated in coverage litigation involving major D&O coverage issues, including insured v. insured, advancement of defense costs, disgorgement, bad faith, rescission and other issues arising out of financial restatements and misrepresentations in the application.

    Mr. Gaylord is frequently retained by some of the nation’s largest insurance companies to develop and draft new policy forms, endorsements and insurance products as well as structure claims buy-out and alternative resolution strategies for both individual claims and multiple claims scenarios. He has particular expertise in the development of alternative dispute and claims management programs in the insolvency context, having worked with large law firms and their insurers to develop claims resolution strategies when such law firms are faced with insolvency and the inevitable influx of malpractice claims.

    Mr. Gaylord has extensive experience protecting the interests of non-profit corporations, charities and homeowners associations of condominiums and stock cooperatives,  and their respective officers and directors, in a wide range of litigation and general corporate matters, including breach of fiduciary duty, discrimination, employment and errors and omissions claims. His particular expertise involves counseling board members on their duties, both in general and with respect to specific issues and transactions, to minimize risk and avoid litigation. Mr. Gaylord has also worked with insurers to draft policies that specifically address the unique exposures of these entities. He has also drafted by-laws, articles of incorporation and other corporate documents for non-profits and associations.

    Mr. Gaylord has built longstanding relationships with his clients and is committed to providing them with well-reasoned and thoughtful advice from both a legal and practical business perspective.

  • Lynn Geerdes

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3400
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Lynn.Geerdes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lynn

    Lynn Geerdes is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare, Medical Malpractice, and Labor & Employment Practices. Ms. Geerdes has successfully defended numerous cases on behalf of hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, physicians, nurses, and home health care agencies.

    Ms. Geerdes also has extensive experience in both counseling and defending employers in state and federal court in matters involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants, charges of discrimination, Title VII, ADA, ADAAA, FLSA, drug testing, race discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes.

    Ms. Geerdes has handled high profile commercial litigation cases including intellectual property cases involving patent and trademark infringement, and trade secrets.  She has experience in the areas of antitrust, securities litigation, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.  Ms. Geerdes has also litigated complex insurance coverage and products liability cases.

  • James A. Geocaris

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3129
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: James.Geocaris@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Geocaris is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Energy & Environment Practice. His extensive experience from over 35 years of environmental litigation and counseling covers most of the environmental issues of interest to both private and public sector clients today.

    Mr. Geocaris has practiced in state and federal courts and in formal and informal proceedings before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Water Boards, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Fish and Game, California Coastal Commission, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has litigated for and counseled clients on a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land use laws, including the federal and California superfund statutes, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and California hazardous waste control laws, California toxic tort doctrines such as nuisance, California’s Proposition 65, the federal and California Clean Air Acts, the federal Clean Water Act and related California stormwater control regulations, California’s Porter-Cologne Act, the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, California Planning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).

    Mr. Geocaris has counseled and litigated for private sector and government clients in many matters involving the construction or operation of many large infrastructure projects. These have included airport expansions, highways, power plants, a major proposed natural gas pipeline, chemical plants, solid waste and recycling facilities, and groundwater extraction systems. Mr. Geocaris has also counseled on environmental issues and risks for a variety of transactions, including the purchase, financing and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate.

    Mr. Geocaris’ environmental counseling and litigation experience includes:

    • Defending former and current manufacturers in two multi-site groundwater contamination cases brought by a local water district.
    • Pursuing CEQA litigation against the water district for attempting to expand one of its groundwater remediation projects without any CEQA process.
    • Counseling for a major LAX expansion project, with a new airport master plan, focusing on CEQA, hazardous substance, endangered species, air quality and air toxics, and stormwater issues.
    • Successfully defending the LAX master plan against a CEQA challenge.
    • Counseling two municipal and three private sector clients on superfund matters at five federal superfund sites, including negotiating a lower cost remedial alternative with USEPA, and several low cash out settlements with other responsible parties.
    • Counseling a major Southern California landowner on endangered species issues for a new tollway project the landowner supported. 
    • Defending numerous California Proposition 65 cases for consumer exposures from chemicals including DEHP, DINP, lead, cocamide diethanolamine, and benzophenone.
  • Paruyr Ghazaryan

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5048
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Paruyr.Ghazaryan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Paruyr

    Paruyr Ghazaryan is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice.

  • Michael Nathan Giacopelli

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1361
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Michael.Giacopelli@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael Nathan

    Michael Nathan Giacopelli is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    He has experience litigating matters involving:

    • General Negligence
    • Premises Liability
    • Personal Injury
    • Labor Law
  • Ashley Jessica Giannetti

    Office: Pittsburgh, PA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 412.250.7303
    Office Fax: 412.567.5494
    Email: Ashley.Giannetti@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ashley Jessica

    Ashley Giannetti is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Lewis Brisbois, and a member of both the Labor & Employment and General Liability Practices. She represents corporations and non profit organizations in a variety of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues and wrongful termination. She has advocated for businesses in both state and federal court, defending clients in a variety of labor disputes including Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Title VII litigation. She has additionally worked with businesses in resolving conflicts over employee non-compete agreements, construction defect cases and general liability issues.

    Ashley graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, where she clerked for the Honorable Judge Woodruff and worked as a certified legal intern for the Office of Conflict Counsel, gaining valuable writing and courtroom skills.

  • Chauncey Gibson

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1300
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Chauncey.Gibson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Chauncey

    Chauncey Gibson is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Norman Ray Giles

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4637
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Norman.Giles@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Norman Ray

    Norman Ray Giles is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the School Districts & Municipalities Practice. His law practice primarily entails civil litigation but he also regularly counsels public officials and trains law enforcement personnel. Norman's background as a police officer, homicide investigator, and police administrator provides him with valuable experience and a unique perspective in addressing litigation and public employee civil service issues. He has represented more than 100 different governmental entities, including municipalities, counties, school districts, mental health districts, housing districts, river authorities, and water control districts, as well as hundreds of individual public officials. The broad scope of issues such representation entails has led Norman to involvement in many diverse legal issues that are not limited only to governmental clients. Norman regularly represents clients in efforts to avoid litigation, in preparation for litigation, during litigation and trial, and through appeals when necessary.

  • Ryan Gill

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.292.2021
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Ryan.Gill@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Gill is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Gill maintains an active insurance coverage and bad faith practice as well as a broad civil litigation practice.

    Mr. Gill’s insurance practice is focused on insurance coverage and defending insurance companies against bad faith claims. His practice includes counseling insurance carriers on first-party and third-party coverage disputes as well as representing insurance carriers in bad faith litigation, declaratory judgment actions, mediations, appraisals, examinations under oath, and related proceedings. Mr. Gill is often proactively retained to assist with resolving difficult insurance claims before litigation is filed.

    Mr. Gill’s civil litigation practice is focused on defending clients against a broad range of tort and contractual liability claims, including personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and product liability claims.

    Mr. Gill has successfully briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts.

  • Gerald F. Gillard

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3101
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Gerald.Gillard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gerald

    Gerald Gillard is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Birsbois and a member of the Construction Practice. He focuses his practice in the area of construction litigation and insurance defense.

    Mr. Gillard has experience in the following areas:

    • Construction Litigation/Construction Defect
    • Insurance Defense
    • Personal Injury Defense
    • Toxic Torts
    • Class Action Litigation
  • Cleve J. Glenn

    Office: Houston, TX, Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.742.6730
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Cleve.Glenn@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cleve

    Cleve Glenn is a partner in the Houston and Dallas offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate, Energy & Environment and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. Mr. Glenn is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

    Mr. Glenn focuses his corporate practice on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and commercial finance. He also represents clients in connection with general corporate and partnership formation matters, shareholder and governance issues, as well as contract drafting and negotiations. Mr. Glenn represents entrepreneurs, companies and private investors across a broad range of industries including energy, technology, healthcare, entertainment, supply chain management, financial services and transportation.

    In his energy practice, Mr. Glenn represents energy service companies, independent oil and gas companies, working interest owners, and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign energy companies. Mr. Glenn handles a variety of transactional matters for his energy clients, including but not limited to drafting and negotiating: master service agreements, gas purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements and license agreements. Having previously served as General Counsel and CFO of a private oilfield services company, Mr. Glenn brings a unique blend of business, legal and financial experience to each energy transaction.

  • Jacqueline G. Go

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5906
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Jacqueline.Go@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Go is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice.

  • Lauren D. Godfrey

    Office: Pittsburgh, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 412.567.5113
    Office Fax: 412.567.5494
    Email: Lauren.Godfrey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lauren

    Lauren D. Godfrey, CIPP/US is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group. Ms. Godfrey possesses the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). 

    Ms. Godfrey counsels clients across business sectors as to best practices in information privacy and data security. She assists clients in responding to data security incidents whether it be ransomware, business e-mail compromises, insider threats, or protected health or financial information data breaches.

    As part of the Lewis Brisbois rapid response team, Ms. Godfrey conducts initial assessments of the data security problem being faced by clients and facilitates those forensic and/or remediation services required to contain, analyze, investigate, and remediate the incident. Ms. Godfrey assesses the client’s consumer and regulatory notification obligations under applicable state, federal, and international laws, and assists clients with external communications such as consumer or employee notifications, regulatory reporting, and media holding statements. 

    Ms. Godfrey is also an experienced litigator having managed a national trucking docket and defended trucking companies and their drivers in catastrophic injury cases across the country. Her litigation experience also includes the defense of insureds in business torts, personal injury lawsuits, cargo claims and PHRC and EEOC claims of discrimination.

    Ms. Godfrey possesses a certificate in Health and Hospital Law. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, she represented health care providers and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York providing her with valuable insight into HIPAA Privacy & Security issues as they affect those entities.

    Ms. Godfrey practiced in the Florham Park, New Jersey office of a Philadelphia-based firm in a variety of practice areas. Ms. Godfrey counseled and represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies in mass tort personal injury lawsuits and state attorney general investigations. She was a member of a national defense team involving the recall of an orthopaedic medical device and resulting multi-district litigation. Ms. Godfrey also represented business entities in business torts, toxic tort asbestos and environmental litigation. She represented life insurance companies defending against transfers of structured settlement annuities. 

  • Jonathan D. Goins

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2160
    Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Jonathan.Goins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jonathan

    AV-peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for Intellectual Property, Jonathan Goins is a partner in the Atlanta Office of Lewis Brisbois. With fifteen years of experience, Mr. Goins serves as lead counsel in litigating federal cases nationwide for a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, right of publicity, and related business torts. Mr. Goins has been consistently ranked in peer-recognitions and publications for his expertise in intellectual property, including most recently, being named among the world’s leading trademark professionals in the 2018 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. With an “A to Z” transactional to litigation skill-set in intellectual property, he is a trusted business advisor in establishing and enforcing IP rights for a variety of industries including technology, new media, entertainment, consumer goods, fashion apparel and sports. As a complementary role to his IP litigation background, Mr. Goins provides strategic advice in negotiating IP-related rights in multi-million dollar corporate deals, manages large-scale trademark and copyright portfolio registrations, and resolves IP-related social media disputes.

    As a litigator, Mr. Goins has served as lead counsel in federal cases nationally involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, RICO counterfeiting, false advertising, unfair competition, cybersquatting, Internet libel and gripe sites, misappropriation of trade secrets, rights of publicity, business torts, fraud and breach of contract claims. He has also litigated IP-related claims involving the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act. 

    As a counselor, and in efforts to mitigate litigious risk, Mr. Goins regularly advises clients in avoiding a multitude of potential pitfalls regarding IP issues in corporate transactions. He has prepared agreements with regard to ownership, indemnification, warranties, use and licensing of IP rights involving employees and consultants, joint ventures, technology, online services, research and development, advertising sponsorships and promotional rights, music, tv and film, global marketing campaigns, and major entertainment and sporting events. He has conducted IP audits, including due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Goins has drafted and enforced confidential non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements; trade secrets’ policies; and copyright “works made for hire” agreements. He has negotiated licenses for distribution content (including digital media and related technology) as an additional means of brand value monetization and advertising expansion. Mr. Goins has also advised on ambush marketing tactics and FTC advertising compliance.

    Mr. Goins’ trademark matters in particular have covered all aspects of large-scale portfolio management (including global brand marketing strategy, search opinions, advertising clearance, prosecution and maintenance) and enforcement via franchise brand use and distribution compliance, cease and desist letters, negotiated licenses and settlements, and proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial & Appeal Board. His Internet-related IP matters have involved advising on website IP notices and disclaimers, preparing or responding to DMCA take-down notices, investigating anonymous libel postings, and resolving domain name/cybersquatting disputes via the ACPA and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration & Mediation/UDRP Center. And specific to entertainment and sports, Mr. Goins has represented high-profile talent and production management agencies, sports agencies, professional athletes and entertainers involving endorsement deals; IP clearance and registration; business ventures; a variety of music, tv and film-related agreements; disputed royalties and commission of fees; and arbitrations over violations of regulations with major professional sports leagues and college athletic associations.

    Mr. Goins is a frequent speaker and author on various topics regarding intellectual property, and lectures on copyright and trademark law as an Adjunct Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Inez Smith Reid of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

  • Jonathan W. Goken

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3303
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Jonathan.Goken@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jonathan

    Jonathan Goken is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, and General Liability Practices. Mr. Goken has significant courtroom experience and has successfully tried to verdict, as lead counsel, countless cases, including first party insurance coverage and bad faith cases, breach of contract, class action, wrongful death, product liability, property damage, premises liability and auto cases. In addition, Mr. Goken has successfully handled and defended various appellate matters.

    Mr. Goken began his legal career as a judicial extern for the now Chief Judge of the US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, Bruce W. Black, before heading into private practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Mr. Goken was a partner at a longstanding regional based Chicago law firm. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Associates and the Illinois Association of Trial Counsel. He is also involved with the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

  • James Golden

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5263
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: James.Golden@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James Golden is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. 

  • Brian S. Goldenberg

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 786.353.0316
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Brian.Goldenberg@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Brian

    Brian Goldenberg is an associate in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, he worked at a civil litigation firm in Miami, where his practice focused on catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and construction litigation.

    While in law school, Mr. Goldenberg was Executive Editor of the University of Miami Law Review and served as Vice President of the Moot Court Board. Additionally, he served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and for the Hon. Adalberto Jordan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, Mr. Goldenberg also worked as a research assistant for three law professors, and he was a member of the University of Miami's Federal Appellate Clinic, where he researched and drafted appellate briefs for indigent criminal defendants.

  • Amy L. Goldman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7944
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Amy.Goldman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Amy

    Amy Goldman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice. She has more than 25 years experience in the bankruptcy field and handles the following matters:

    • Management responsibilities for individual Chapter 7 and complex corporation Chapter 11 cases
    • Representation of Chapter 11 and 7 Trustees, Debtors, Debtors-in-Possession, Secured and Unsecured Creditors (including professionals, non-profits, healthcare entities, and insurance companies) in bankruptcy and work-out proceedings in a wide variety of industries
    • Representation of Assignees for the Benefit of Creditors, Federal and State Court Receivers, and Disbursing Agents Under Chapter 11 or out-of-court work-outs
    • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Central District of California (1998 - present) appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee
  • Rebecca Goldstein

    Office: New York, NY, Newark, NJ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0998
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Rebecca.Goldstein@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rebecca

    Rebecca Goldstein is an associate in the New York and Newark offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Franchise & Distribution Practices. Her practice includes representing clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Goldstein handles complex commercial matters involving breach of contract and business disputes, defends employers against discrimination and whistleblower claims, litigates claims arising under consumer protection statutes, and handles trademark infringement and Lanham Act claims. Ms. Goldstein also works closely with businesses who seek assistance in protecting and developing their product or service, focusing on franchisor operations.

    Ms. Goldstein has lectured to franchisors on good practices in the defense industry and has attended multiple franchise conferences.

    Ms. Goldstein was an Articles Editor on the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Journal of Conflict Resolution and was also a member of the Divorce Mediation Clinic, where she served as a student mediator. Ms. Goldstein received a Concentration in Litigation while in law school, graduated magna cum laude, and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

  • Jeffrey A. Goldwater

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3344
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Jeffrey.Goldwater@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    For more than 25 years, Jeffrey Goldwater has been an advocate for insurance carriers in declaratory judgment and bad faith litigation. In addition to an extraordinary record of success, the hallmark of Jeff’s practice has been its breadth, touching on every cutting edge area of insurance law. Jeff has been in the vanguard of consulting on and litigating coverage issues involving cyber liability, D&O, professional liability, public entities, EPL, advertising injury, construction defects, toxic tort, environmental, commercial property, and auto. Jeff also has handled numerous excess and umbrella coverage disputes as well as reinsurance matters.

    In addition to consulting and advising on coverage, Jeff has tried cases and handles multiple appeals throughout the country. He also has extensive experience drafting novel and innovative insurance policy provisions, and assisting clients with insurance regulatory compliance.

    As a regular part of his practice, and to further his commitment to client service, Jeff often briefs his clients on insurance coverage “hot topics.” Jeff’s presentations and whitepapers have covered a vast spectrum of issues including general coverage law trends, state and market specific surveys and particular coverage/exposure concerns. Jeff has been a frequent speaker, and has presented at meetings and conventions, including those of the ABA, PLUS, PRIMA, and DRI. Each year, Jeff has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Coverage. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Liability, Risk and Insurance.

  • Timothy M. Gondek

    Office: Hartford, CT
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 860.566.8049
    Office Fax: 860.748.4857
    Email: Timothy.Gondek@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Timothy

    Timothy Gondek is a partner in the Hartford, CT office of Lewis Brisbois, and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Tim's practice focuses on legal malpractice defense, the defense of accountant malpractice claims,  and defending insurance agents and brokers against E&O claims. He also has significant experience defending medical professionals against claims of medical malpractice, including physicians, mental health professionals, nurses and nursing homes. Additionally, Tim maintains a general liability practice, and regularly defends condominium association executive boards against D&O claims. He has first chair jury trial experience, and has represented clients in dozens of successful mediations and/or arbitrations.

    Following law school, Tim completed a clerkship with the Honorable Judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. 

  • Michael Gonzales

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 214.722.7144
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Michael.Gonzales@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Gonzales is an associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Prior to law school, Michael worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. He focused his legal education on insurance and business law, and in addition to his Juris Doctor, he earned his Masters in Business Administration. Michael served as the Editor in Chief of his law journal and also on Texas Tech University School of Law's advocacy organization, the Board of Barristers, which is ranked in the top 25 nationally and where Michael was ranked a top-ten advocate for the class of 2016. Michael is currently pursuing the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation with a focus on commercial insurance and completed the 2017 Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy.

    Michael assists clients with professional liability litigation, insurance litigation, coverage counseling, and commercial litigation. He represents brokers, agents, financial planners, managing general agents, third-party administrators, and attorneys in litigation involving professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties, and malpractice. With regards to insurance coverage and litigation, Michael has experience defending insurers in litigation alleging breach of contract and the duty to defend, bad faith, improper claims handling, Stowers liability, Insurance Code violations, Deceptive Trade Practices and failure to adequately reserve rights. He also counsels insurers on policy interpretation, drafting, and coverage for multiple product lines.

    Michael is passionate about self-development and finding new, innovative ways to improve service delivery.

  • Rodolfo Gonzalez

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.7967
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Rodolfo.Gonzalez@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rodolfo

    Rodolfo Gonzalez is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Robert V. Good, Jr.

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.6679
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Robert.Good@Lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Good is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare and Medical Malpractice Practices. His practice focuses on the defense of hospitals, health care facilities, long term care facilities, medical professionals, and dental professionals against medical/dental malpractice and general liability claims.

    Additionally, Mr. Good has experience handling appellate matters before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeals, First and Sixth Districts.

  • Ryan Goodhue

    Office: Albuquerque, NM
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 505.545.8293
    Office Fax: 505.828.3900
    Email: Ryan.Goodhue@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Goodhue is an associate in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Miscellaneous Professional Liability Practice. He has experience working in litigation on personal injury, contract dispute, and construction defects cases.

  • Matthew J. Goodman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6088
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Matthew.Goodman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Goodman is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

  • Perry R. Goodman

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.495.2213
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Perry.Goodman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Perry

    Perry R. Goodman is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. He has more than 10 years of experience advising national and regional insurance companies in complex first-party and third-party coverage matters. He has handled matters concerning a wide range of insurance policies, including issues related to commercial general liability, residential and commercial property, directors and officers liability, automobile, and liquor liability coverage.

    Mr. Goodman counsels his clients in all levels of pre-suit analysis, civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He regularly performs in-depth analyses of contractual and insurance issues; drafts coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters, and coverage denials; prepares responses to civil remedy notices; and conducts depositions and examinations under oath.

    In addition to his work in the field of insurance coverage and bad faith, Mr. Goodman handles commercial litigation and transactional matters for his clients. He has appeared in federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as in bankruptcy court.

    A New York native, Mr. Goodman moved to Florida in 2007 after practicing at a Connecticut-based litigation firm. He is fluent in French and regularly represents French-speaking clients.

  • Katherine Gordon

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4336
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Katherine.Gordon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Katherine

    Katherine Gordon is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department.

  • Michelle L. Gorman

    Office: Weirton, WV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 304.224.2526
    Office Fax: 304.224.2263
    Email: Michelle.Gorman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michelle

    Michelle Gorman is a partner in the Weirton office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Gorman’s practice is focused primarily on defending professional liability claims, premises liability claims, transportation accidents, and toxic tort and environmental claims. She has represented a number of employers, manufacturers, and premise owners in general liability matters. She has successfully represented a variety of clients in mediations, extended pretrial negotiations, in trial, and in federal and state proceedings. Ms. Gorman has recently obtained summary judgment rulings in favor of a number of her clients in Ohio and West Virginia.

  • Alex A. Graft

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6692
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Alex.Graft@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alex

    Alex A. Graft is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Graft is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to defending attorneys in litigation matters, Mr. Graft also represents other professionals, including insurance agents and brokers, accountants, architects, real estate agents and inspectors and licensed security officers. His practice also includes defense of life insurance companies, government entities, common interest developments, including homeowners associations, and industry-leading hospitality companies and franchises in general litigation matters. Mr. Graft has extensive experience in every facet of litigation through trial, binding arbitrations and appeal in both the State and Federal Courts.

  • Cheryl A. Grames

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.583.6014
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Cheryl.Grames@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cheryl A.

    Cheryl A. Grames is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bad Faith Litigation Practice. ​Ms. Grames worked at Lewis Brisbois from November 2012 through December 2015, during which time she had the good fortune of working in the Bad Faith Litigation Practice, the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice, and the Professional Liability Practice. During her year away from Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Grames worked at a boutique law firm that specializes in HOA superpriority lien litigation. There, she oversaw a large case load, which enabled her to enrich and deepen her litigation skill set.

  • Jill Grathwohl

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4943
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Jill.Grathwohl@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jill

    Jill Grathwohl is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Grathwohl specializes in workers’ compensation defense for self-insured employers, third party administrators, and carriers at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California. Ms. Grathwohl is experienced in the handling of cases from the filing of the claim to resolution, including straight defense and the associated issues of subrogation, serious and willful, and 132a claims. Ms. Grathwohl has extensive hearing and deposition experience, client contact and case management. Ms. Grathwohl provides regular seminars and legal updates to clients and employers to ensure they are current with the latest developments in the law and claims handling.

  • Timothy R. Graves

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: National Managing Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5076
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Tim.Graves@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Timothy

    Timothy R. Graves is Lewis Brisbois' National Managing Partner and serves on the firmwide Management Committee. He was the original chair of Lewis Brisbois' Healthcare Practice and assisted in building this practice area into one of the nation's largest and most diverse. He is a leading authority on alternative billing measures and litigation management analytics.

    Mr. Graves has extensive experience representing long term care providers in elder law matters; health maintenance organizations in bad faith litigation; law enforcement entities in cases alleging false arrest, imprisonment, and abuse; healthcare providers in medical negligence cases; medical device manufacturers in products liability cases; and hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, rental car companies, food delivery, retail stores, transportation companies, artisans, contractors, and governmental agencies in personal injury and premises liability litigation.

    Mr. Graves joined the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois upon graduating from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1985. Along with the senior partner who recruited him, he built the firm’s healthcare practice in Los Angeles, soon becoming the practice group leader and chief trial attorney, and growing the group to more than 80 attorneys firm-wide. As a trial lawyer over the next dozen years, he took more than 60 jury verdicts and was admitted into ABOTA. Always including junior attorneys in his trials, he has continued his commitment to mentoring and providing hands-on experience to junior attorneys by helping to establish the firm’s continuing education program and Lewis Brisbois Trial Academy. 

    Mr. Graves formed the firm’s Quality Assurance Department in 2008 bringing in business and insurance industry personnel to establish internal controls and litigation management programs tailored to each client’s individual needs and goals. With another partner, he began the firm’s Best Practices program to ensure continuity and consistency of the firm’s delivery of legal services. He had tracked various client matrices for over 25 years including case resolutions, shelf life, legal spend and indemnity. With the advent of new and advancing technology and with Mr. Graves at the helm, the firm became an industry leader in data production and sharing. Mr. Graves speaks regularly to nationwide audiences on these programs and the various initiatives he has helped to establish for a wide variety of businesses and industries. He has created and continues to oversee or directly manage more than 25 successful alternative fee arrangements, including a 10-year program with one of the largest insurers in the nation. That program resulted in many millions of dollars of savings in both legal spend and indemnity payments. He is considered one of the leading authorities for instituting platforms for metrics and analytics including cost control, guideline compliance and quality management.

    In the course of Mr. Graves’ more than three-decade tenure, his passion for the profession expanded to management. He became the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office in 1999 and has served in that capacity up to the present time. He became the first chairman of the combined Healthcare and General Liability Practice Groups. Overseeing substantial growth in those practice areas, he coordinated the separation of the group into two of the firm’s most significant practice areas and continued as Healthcare Chair until growing management responsibilities required his full participation. After the LA office was displaced by a large fire in 2014, Mr. Graves oversaw the recovery efforts, office transition and ongoing business management for more than 600 local firm personnel.

    Mr. Graves was a member of the first formal marketing committee of the firm. He regularly assists his partners in their marketing and client development efforts. He was also instrumental in recruiting and establishing new offices and practice groups throughout the country including helping to grow the firm from several dozen attorneys in 1985 in 3 cities in California to more than 1100 attorneys in over 40 offices and 26 states today. 

    As a senior member of the firm's 10-person national Management Committee, he helped to create the national practice group system. He has been a strong advocate for the establishment of the firm’s unprecedented diversity initiatives, its cutting-edge IT and IG programs, and expansion of employee benefit platforms. He personally created the firm’s current compensation system, based on individualized packages for each attorney depending on experience, skill and desired level of work. He continues to evaluate each and every attorney in the firm and participate with managing partners and national practice chairs to craft incentive compensation agreements for each. 

    He serves with the firm’s Chairman and co-founder as a de facto committee on all real estate deals across the nation. He helps organize and conduct firm-wide retreats, negotiate medical insurance coverage and has received a number of prestigious charitable and business awards for the firm in Los Angeles. He was one of two partners who set up the firm’s equity partner pension plan, including serving as trustee of the plan for over a dozen years.

    Mr. Graves established the firm’s first national Pro Bono Program and continues to serve on the oversight committee. That program has created countless public service opportunities for the firm’s attorneys and has made the firm a community leader in many locations across the country.

    Mr. Graves has served on the board of the Southern California Defense Counsel and on the LA County Judicial Review Committee. He is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the University of North Carolina Law School and on a supporting council for the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC. 

    Mr. Graves’ personal interests center first and foremost on his family of six. He and his wife Cathey participate in boy and girl scouting, church, an autism support group, boy’s and girl’s civic organizations and local schools’ academic and sporting programs.

  • Andrew W. Gray

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.460.4627
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Andrew.Gray@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew W. Gray is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Gray’s practice focuses on complex litigation including, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Previously, Mr. Gray worked at a boutique litigation firm in downtown Houston, where he was exposed to a wide variety of types of litigation.

  • Todd A. Gray

    Office: Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 412.567.5596 | 216.344.9463
    Office Fax: 412.567.5494
    Email: Todd.Gray@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Todd

    Todd Gray is the managing partner of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, and the administrative partner of the Cleveland, Ohio office of Lewis Brisbois. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky; however, his practice regularly spans most of the eastern-half of the United States.

    More specifically, he specializes in defending catastrophic injury cases of all types, as well as, other cases with significant exposure in multiple jurisdictions. Mr. Gray’s cases often carry eight-figure exposure, and place him in notoriously unfriendly venues against some of the most successful lawyers in the country. This is not only a testament to his abilities as a trial lawyer, but also demonstrates the level of trust his clients place in him.

    Mr. Gray began his career successfully defending many healthcare providers sued for malpractice including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, chiropractors and dentists. He gained tremendous trial experience with these cases. At one point early in his career, Mr. Gray successfully defended back-to-back medical malpractice cases at trial within a 30-day period, where each involved ventilator-dependent quadriplegic plaintiffs. 

    This type of skill and experience created a demand for Mr. Gray in other areas of the law. 

    He began successfully defending manufacturers of all types of products including automobile and automotive components, forklifts, wood chippers, custom industrial equipment, recreation vehicles, hoists, cranes, lifts and booms, bolts and screws, commercial signs, and small appliances, just to name a few. For example, Mr. Gray has successfully defended two of the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers at trial on multiple occasions.

    While Mr. Gray’s practice still includes medical malpractice and products liability litigation, the transportation industry came calling several years ago, and since then, the majority of his focus has been on defending trucking companies in cases involving death and catastrophic injury. He is choice counsel for many private trucking companies and excess insurance carriers insuring big trucks. 

    Mr. Gray also has experience in the defense of many other types of cases. He has experience in professional liability cases, particularly, legal malpractice matters. While he has been assigned these cases by legal practice insurance carriers, his peers have paid him the highest compliment on occasion by insisting that he be assigned to defend them in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice. He also routinely defends municipalities and governmental actors against claims of reckless and intentional conduct, including a recent successful case where over 100 plaintiffs sued a city and its police department. Finally, Mr. Gray also has experience in defending certain environmental and toxic tort claims. 

    Mr. Gray is a 1995 graduate of Eastern Michigan University. As a sophomore at Eastern Michigan, he was elected to the Ypsilanti City Council and became the youngest person ever elected to public office in the state of Michigan at that time. Mr. Gray then attended the University of Toledo College Of Law, where he served as Moot Court Vice Chairman and graduated Cum Laude in 1999. 

  • Helen Lee Greenberg

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6689
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Helen.Greenberg@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Helen Lee

    Helen Lee Greenberg is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Additional practice areas include Products Liability, Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Transportation, Hospitality and ADA Compliance & Defense.

    Ms. Greenberg is an experienced litigator with a diverse civil litigation practice in the defense of insured and self-insured business entities. She regularly represents clients in negotiations, mediation, arbitration and/or litigation in state and federal court involving disputes related to, among other things, premises liability, products liability, commercial litigation, catastrophic injury cases, defense of Prop 65 actions, landlord tenant, hospitality, transportation, wrongful death, defense of ADA access claims, construction site accidents, business litigation and professional liability matters.

    Ms. Greenberg's general liability practice involves the representation of retailers, hotels, commercial and residential property owners and managers in personal injury cases arising from accidents on their premises. She also handles industrial accident cases, which often involve complex machinery or operations, and understanding of OSHA regulations. She also has significant experience defending manufacturers of industrial machinery, household products and various component parts, in matters typically involving fires, explosions, and large property loss. She has represented architects, engineers and construction managers in professional liability matters. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, including trial, post-trial and appellate practice, as well as alternative dispute resolution. She is a proponent and frequent user of mediation and informal settlement negotiations as a means to reduce clients’ litigation costs. She has mediated hundreds of cases prior to trial with successful results. She has worked closely with nationally renowned experts in fields such as accident investigation, accident reconstruction, and biomechanical engineering.

    Ms. Greenberg is a skilled litigator who excels in both oral and written advocacy. She is proactive, decisive and direct in communicating with her clients and recommending effective strategies towards reaching each of her client's unique set of goals. Ms. Greenberg has been selected for consecutive years as a Super Lawyer "Rising Star” and Top Women Attorneys in Northern California.

    Ms. Greenberg obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine. She then attended University of Maryland School of Law where she served on the Moot Court Board. Upon graduation, she was selected to the Order of the Barristers in acknowledgment of her superior oral advocacy and writing skills. During law school, she clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas as a Certified Law Clerk.

  • Michael B. Greenberg

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 954.939.3361
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Michael.Greenberg@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael B. Greenberg is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Greenberg served for two years as a judicial law clerk at the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. He then served in the appellate and litigation divisions of a Fort Lauderdale law firm before joining Lewis Brisbois.

    Mr. Greenberg graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. In law school he was as an editor on the Journal of Technology Law & Policy, which later published his article on fantasy sports and the right of publicity. He also proudly served as President of the Jewish Law Students Association.

  • Jamie Greenfield

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 212.232.1417
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Jamie.Greenfield@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jamie

    Jamie Greenfield is a litigation associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Ms. Greenfield’s professional experience includes working in the litigation department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where she handled a variety of agency matters from inception through trial in federal and state courts.

  • Michael S. Greenfield

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0908
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Michael.Greenfield@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael S. Greenfield is an associate in the New York City office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. His practice is concentrated on the defense of home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other general liability matters.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Greenfield’s eight years of experience were focused on litigating medical malpractice, products liability, labor, personal injury, and administrative law matters.

  • Zachary R. Greening

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3342
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Zachary.Greening@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Zachary

    Zachary Greening is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Mr. Greening also assists in the area of general liability defense.

  • Christopher J. Greenleaf

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5148
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Chris.Greenleaf@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher Greenleaf is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and the Insurance Law Practices. Mr. Greenleaf has more than 20 years of litigation experience. He handles the following types of matters:

    • General business litigation including contract disputes
    • Collection of judgments and pursuit of pretrial collection remedies including writs of possession and writs of attachment
    • Trade secret litigation
    • Corporate and partnership disputes
    • Banking litigation including letter of credit disputes
    • Insurance litigation
  • Gerena Gregory

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3383
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Gerena.Gregory@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gerena

    Gerena Gregory is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice. 

  • Maxwell Gregson

    Office: Raleigh, NC
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 919.459.6121
    Office Fax: 919.829.0055
    Email: Maxwell.Gregson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Maxwell

    Maxwell Gregson is an associate in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice. He practices in the areas of General Liability and Labor & Employment. During law school, Mr. Maxwell was a legal intern for the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks. Additionally, he was a staff member and published contributor on the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal. 

  • Ellen H. Greiper

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7672
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Ellen.Greiper@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ellen

    Ellen Greiper is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice. Ellen Greiper has more than three decades of experience defending multi-party construction and construction defect cases in the state and federal courts of New York. An appointed arbitrator for the district courts in Nassau County, New York, Ellen — who also has extensive experience litigating high-exposure premises liability, Labor Law, and personal injury matters that arise from construction site accidents — is also a mediator for trial-ready cases in the Supreme Court of Nassau County. Ellen’s streamlined discovery techniques and proactive approach to complex litigation translates into effective and expedited solutions for clients.

    A prolific author and frequent speaker on emerging issues in the construction industry, Ellen is also a member of a number of professional industry organizations. Those memberships include the Construction Specifications Institute, DRI’s Construction Defect Committee, and Professional Women in Construction, where she serves on the Board of Directors of its New York Chapter, the organization’s founding and largest arm. Ellen has chaired DRI's Construction Law Conference as well as the Construction Defect, Claims & Litigation ExecuSummit in 2017 and 2018. In 2013, Ellen co-authored a comprehensive survey examining a cross-section of construction cases from around the country for Mealey’s Litigation Reports: Construction Defects (updated in 2017). She is also coauthor of the New York State Bar Association's Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation, first published in 2014 and updated in 2018.

    In 2016, Ellen was named an Achiever by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, an annual honor bestowed by the organization on a select group of women who demonstrate extraordinary professional accomplishments and leadership.

  • Michael Grimaldi

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7761
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Michael.Grimaldi@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Grimaldi is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. His practice focuses on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts, and products liability matters. He has developed significant experience in the defense and management of purported class actions and other forms of aggregated litigation for major corporations and other business entities in numerous industries and involving many areas of substantive law.

    He regularly defends class action and individual litigation in state and federal courts, including cases involving consumer-protection claims, consumer fraud, nondisclosure, deceptive business practices, false advertising, products liability, privacy claims, data breach litigation, and employment litigation.

    These cases regularly include claims for violation of California’s Unfair Business Practices Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq.), False Advertising Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17500 et seq.), Consumers Legal Remedies Act (Cal. Civil Code § 1750 et seq.), Customer Records Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80 et seq.),California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (Cal. Civil Code § 56.10 et seq.), Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (Cal. Civil Code § 1792 et seq.), similar claims under the laws of other states, fraud, breach of express and implied warranty claims, negligence, and unjust enrichment. He has experience defending cases alleging violations of numerous federal statutes such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, and the Hobby Protection Act.

    Mr. Grimaldi has developed experience as an appellate lawyer and has briefed numerous matters before various state and federal appellate courts.

    Representative Experience:

    • Defended dental-implant manufacturer in complaint alleging class claims for declaratory relief, implied indemnity, breach of express and warranty, and a violation of California Unfair Competition Law, California Business and Professions Code §§ 17200, et seq. Drafted opposition to class counsel’s motion for attorney’s fees and then successfully appealed district court’s order awarding attorney’s fees. Drafted the appellate argument that was adopted in a precedential opinion by the Ninth Circuit that the district court's use over the defendants' objection of ex parte, in camera submissions to support its attorneys' fee order violated the defendants' due process rights because an opposing party was entitled to see what attorneys' fees were charged and why, and judicial efficiency could not eclipse the defendants' fundamental right to inspect and challenge these documents. Yamada v. Nobel Biocare Holding AG, 825 F.3d 536 (9th Cir. 2016).
    • Court granted motion for summary judgment of class action complaint alleging numerous warranty claims, products liability, and consumer fraud claims. Elsayed v. Maserati N. Am., Inc., No. SACV1600918CJCDFMX, --- F.Supp.3d ----, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144238, 2016 WL 6091109 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 18, 2016). Case involved a remote keyless entry system in certain vehicles that plaintiffs alleged has dangerous defect that can lead to children being locked inside. “The 10 causes of action allege that the [passive entry system’s] failure to unlock the car in these circumstances breaches express warranties, constitutes negligent design and failure to warn, violates implied warranties and violates the California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition law,“ the judge said. “None of these causes of action survive summary judgment,” the court found because the vehicle performed as the automaker said it would in its owner’s manual and other written materials.
    • Court granted Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) motion to dismiss that made a factual challenge to plaintiff’s standing to sue under Article III of the U.S. Constitution in a data breach class action alleging claims for negligence and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200; Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 1750; and Customer Records Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80. Demonstrated that the claimed stolen credit card information from a data breach was never collected and that plaintiff’s personal information was never stored on the breached internal-computer system. The court ruled plaintiffs’ allegation that cybercriminals obtained plaintiffs’ personal information through the breach was “factually impossible” and dismissed with prejudice. Foster v. Essex Property Inc., No. 5:14-cv-05531-EJD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8373, 2017 WL 264390 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 20, 2017).
    • Secured dismissal of a rabbinical council that certifies foods as glatt kosher from a consumer-protection class action based on a demurrer raising novel First Amendment issues.
    • Defended a major American footwear company in connection with claims by approximately 740 consumers who claim to have been injured as a result of what they allege are design defects in the footwear, and settled claims on a favorable basis. Won motions for summary adjudication dismissing consumer claims on collateral estoppel grounds against bellwether plaintiffs.
    • Defended numerous putative class actions against automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Hyundai, Honda, and Maserati. Secured dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage of an automobile manufacturer by making a novel argument that the case is prudentially moot based on a national recall. Cheng v. BMW of N. Am., LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107580, 2013 WL 3940815 (C.D. Cal. July 26, 2013).
    • Secured dismissal with prejudice of a government contractor that delivers the personal vehicles of United States military personnel to and from various domestic and international locations with a motion to dismiss raising a standing challenge.
    • Drafted numerous petitions to compel arbitration that were granted and that have been affirmed on appeal.
  • Allison Griswold

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.232.4018
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Allison.Griswold@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Allison

    Allison Griswold is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Allison has extensive experience in many facets of insurance coverage investigation and litigation, including third-party commercial general liability, personal and commercial auto claims, and first-party property claims. Prior to devoting her practice exclusively to insurance coverage in 2012, Allison also practiced family and immigration law. Before attending law school, Allison was a certified NREMT-Paramedic in the State of Texas.

  • Cori Grover

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7737
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Cori.Grover@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cori

    Cori Grover is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. 

  • Christina M. Guerin

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3116
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Christina.Guerin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christina

    Christina Guerin is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability and Labor & Employment Practices. In addition, Ms. Guerin handles a wide variety of general liability matters.

    Ms. Guerin’s professional liability practice focuses on the defense of attorneys and accountants. Ms. Guerin defends professionals in other practice areas as well, including insurance agents and brokers, and real estate agents. Ms. Guerin has obtained judgment in favor of numerous professional liability clients, from demurrers sustained without leave to amend, to anti-SLAPP motions and motions for summary judgment, and through binding arbitration.  Ms. Guerin has extensive experience in defending claims for malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, malicious prosecution, fraud, unfair business practices, and related claims. Ms. Guerin also has experience representing accountants in investigations conducted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the accountant/accountancy firm’s audit of third parties.

    Ms. Guerin’s employment practice focuses on the defense of both private and public entity employers in discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims.  Ms. Guerin’s experience handling employment matters includes representation of employers before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, in state court and in arbitration, and in pre-litigation resolution. Beyond her litigation experience, Ms. Guerin has experience counseling and assisting employers in a wide variety of matters, including proper termination procedures, resolution of employee disputes, and drafting employee handbooks and risk management protocols.

    Ms. Guerin is a certified Civil Rights Investigator through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).  Ms. Guerin brings her breadth of experience and knowledge from years investigating sexual harassment and related claims under Title VII to the nuanced investigations of Title IX claims.  Ms. Guerin’s specialized training in this field assists in all Title IX related matters, from investigating student claims, to advising educational institutions regarding the adequacy of investigations, to defending against claims of improper investigations.

    Ms. Guerin’s practice includes all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation claim resolution through trial and appeal.

    Christina Guerin practices in both the Costa Mesa and Los Angeles offices.

  • Felice Guerrieri

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.385.7849
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Felice.Guerrieri@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Felice

    Felice Guerrieri is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    He focuses his practice on the following matters:

    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Motor Vehicle
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability

     

    Felice is responsible for all phases of litigation. Sample results include the following:

    • Defense of numerous catastrophic injury cases including those involving paraplegia, quadriplegia and death;
    • Represented international hotel chain in defense of various personal injury actions;
    • Obtained summary judgment and defense/indemnification for national hardware co-op in $65 million product liability lawsuit;
    • Obtained summary judgment for international oil refinery maintenance company for alleged negligence of employees;
    • Obtained summary judgment for national retailer in personal injury claim.
  • Seth Guiterman

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0970
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Seth.Guiterman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Seth

    Seth Guiterman is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Colin P. Hackett

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 973.577.6237
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Colin.Hackett@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Colin

    Colin Hackett is the managing partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability, Products Liability, Construction, Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, and Hospitality Practices. He has extensive litigation experience, including over forty first chair jury trials in state and federal courts involving general liability, transportation, product, environmental contamination and professional liability claims. In addition to trials in New Jersey he has tried matters in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida at the request of clients. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates of which Lewis Brisbois has forty-three members.

  • Robert E. Hadlow III

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2030
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Robert.Hadlow@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert E. Hadlow, III is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. He has handled matters in the area of insurance defense and general litigation.

  • Michael S. Haggerty

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3353
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Michael.Haggerty@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Haggerty is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice, General Liability, Transportation and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practices. He has represented hospitals, nurses, doctors, therapists and pharmacists at trial. He has vigorously defended a multitude of corporations and trucking companies that have been sued in general liability and transportation cases. He has also represented various long-term care facilities in medical negligence claims and cases filed pursuant to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. 

    Mr. Haggerty is a trial lawyer. He has tried several cases to verdict. He represents his clients from the pre-suit investigation stage through the post-trial appellate stage. He has successfully argued multiple motions for summary judgment in various jurisdictions, and successfully represented his clients at mediation and arbitration. He is also a 24/7 Rapid Response On Call Transportation Attorney. He has represented clients in approximately 15 different counties throughout northern, central and southern Illinois. 

    Mr. Haggerty believes in an ongoing in-depth analysis of each major element in a case from the date of the incident to make a reasoned and rational judgment with respect to the strategy moving forward in a given case. The standard of care or whether or not a duty was breached, proximate cause, damages and credibility all require a separate evaluation. The Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions that a jury will be instructed on in a particular case should also be considered at the beginning of a case. 

    Mr. Haggerty has recently received the recognition of being named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers for 2015 and 2016. This award is given to the top 2% of lawyers under 40 years old. 

    Recent Representative Cases:

    • In a 2016 trial, Mr. Haggerty represented his pharmacist clients in a medical malpractice trial. The trial spanned approximately 11 weeks, inclusive of pre-trial motions. The trial initially involved nine defendants, six defense firms, approximately 20 medical experts and over 150 motions in limine. At the outset of the trial, Mr. Haggerty successfully argued after extensive oral argument before the trial judge that the learned intermediary doctrine should be applied as a matter of law in this case. The judge agreed and dismissed one of Mr. Haggerty’s clients and dismissed a portion of plaintiff’s case just prior to trial. Mr. Haggerty helped successfully obtain a not guilty verdict for his remaining client in the case. Plaintiff asked the jury for an award of $22.5 Million. During the pretrial stage, Mr. Haggerty successfully argued that any survival claim against his clients should be barred pursuant to the statute of limitations. After multiple briefs and multiple hearings before the judge, the judge agreed, and dismissed the survival claims (which included claimed damages of over $2M in medical bills) and only the wrongful death count remained against the pharmacists. The case was tried with both counts (wrongful death and survival) being applicable to some defendants, and only one count (wrongful death) being applicable to the pharmacists. Accordingly, the pharmacists requested and received multiple limiting instructions during the trial. 
    • The underlying facts of this case involved a neurosurgery and post-surgery pain medications. The decedent elected to have a cervical laminectomy and fusion surgery on February 26, 2009. The decedent was not responding to initial pain medication post-surgery, so the treating neurosurgeon ordered 4-6 mg IV of Dilaudid every four hours as needed on February 27, 2009. After being administered a 4 mg dosage two days post-surgery on February 28, 2009, the decedent complained of a loss of feeling below his neck. This transient episode resolved, but Dilaudid was ordered to be discontinued. The nurse receiving the order testified that she properly transmitted the D/C Dilaudid order to the pharmacists to process the order, which would have the effect of updating the medication administration record (MAR) and locking out access to that medication for the patient. The pharmacists argued that they did not receive the order to discontinue Dilaudid, that there was no documentary evidence that the nurse transmitted the order to the pharmacy, and that the nurse made several other mistakes during her shift. The D/C Dilaudid order was not processed in the pharmacy and the patient mistakenly received three additional doses of Dilaudid on March 1, 2009. That night, he suffered a spinal infarct and brain infarcts, and was rendered a quadriplegic. The pharmacists were alleged to be negligent in: (1) the processing of an order for an excessive amount of Dilaudid; and (2) the failure to process an order to discontinue Dilaudid after a transient loss of feeling by the decedent. Plaintiff alleged that the excessive amount of Dilaudid administered to the decedent caused systemic hypotension leading to hypoperfusion and infarcts in the brain and spine which caused quadriplegia, and the decedent’s death approximately four years later. The pharmacists further argued that Dilaudid did not cause the decedent’s infarcts and paralysis, and rather that a post-surgical hematoma, which was not interpreted by the reviewing radiologist, caused the decedent’s spinal infarct, and that an embolism caused the brain infarcts. The pharmacy defendants retained and called as witnesses at trial experts in pharmacology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, cardiology and nursing. They further argued that the radiologist and the nurses were the sole proximate cause of the decedent’s injuries and death. 
    • In another recent trial, Mr. Haggerty successfully defended a hospital (which included separate allegations of malpractice against a surgical resident, a respiratory therapist, a registered nurse, a CNA, and a respiratory therapy manager) in a medical malpractice/wrongful death case. The case involved a plaintiff who was admitted to the hospital with a bowel obstruction and other medical issues. The respiratory therapist, who was treating him with a medicated nebulizer treatment, reportedly left him in an unmonitored room for ten minutes during which time he suffered a heart attack. Although a Code Blue team revived plaintiff, he developed an anoxic brain injury and died three months later. At trial, plaintiff argued that the respiratory therapist was negligent in leaving the room, that the nebulizer treatment caused the heart attack, and that if the therapist had closely monitored plaintiff, he would have been revived sooner thereby preventing his anoxic brain injury and death. Plaintiff argued that the respiratory therapy manger failed to properly train the respiratory therapist. Plaintiff argued that the surgical resident failed to appreciate Plaintiff’s condition, and failed to closely monitor him and transfer him to the ICU. The registered nurse and CNA were granted summary judgment and were dismissed from the lawsuit prior to trial. At trial, we argued that the nebulizer treatment did not cause the heart attack, that plaintiff’s condition prior to the nebulizer treatment did not require transfer to the ICU and that the outcome would have been the same if plaintiff had been in the ICU with a respiratory therapist present, based on statistics of codes of elderly patients with chronic medical problems in a hospital. The trial lasted 3.5 weeks and involved the use of juror questions pursuant to the recently enacted Illinois Supreme Court Rule 243. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2.8 million.
  • Jessica F. Hahn

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5522
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Jessica.Hahn@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jessica

    Jessica F. Hahn is a partner in the Orange County office and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Hahn’s practice is dedicated exclusively to representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters including litigation, appeals, risk management, policy preparation, and training. She routinely represents employers in State and Federal Courts in all aspects of employment-related litigation, and she has extensive experience taking and defending depositions, arguing before courts on pre-trial law and motion matters, and drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment and motions to compel arbitration. Ms. Hahn also represents employers before the California DFEH, DLSE, EDD, and the United States EEOC. She also provides preventive counseling to employers regarding all aspects of employment practices, including evaluating and negotiating settlements of pre-litigation matters, drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment agreements, presenting sexual harassment prevention seminars, and evaluating disciplinary and termination decisions.

  • James W. Hailey III

    Office: New Orleans, LA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 504.272.2779
    Office Fax: 504.754.7569
    Email: James.Hailey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About James

    James W. Hailey III is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. He is a fifth generation New Orleanian. For over the past two decades Mr. Hailey has assisted his insurance and corporate clients in detecting, deterring and defeating fraud in construction, premises, transportation and general litigation matters, including coverage. 

    Mr. Hailey has made numerous presentations to clients’ special investigation units (SIU) and to industry personnel, including the Insurance Services Offices (ISO), National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Chapters nationwide. He is very active in local claims organizations serving as president (2013 and 2014, 2016-2018) of the New Orleans Claims Association (NOCA), Board member of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), past president of the Blue Goose claims organization, founding Secretary and presently Board Events Coordinator (2013 and 2014, 2016-2018) of the Louisiana Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management organization (CLM), Louisiana Claims Association, and many others. He has been honored as a “Top Lawyer” by New Orleans magazine. 

    He is an avid sports fan and enjoys time on the Gulf Coast. 

  • Kari H. Halbrook

    Office: Indianapolis, IN, Madison County, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 618.307.7286
    Office Fax: 317.542.5207
    Email: Kari.Halbrook@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kari

    Kari Halbrook is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Asbestos Litigation and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. Over her more than fifteen years as a defense litigator, Ms. Halbrook has played a key role as National and Local Asbestos Defense counsel and worked closely with corporate legal departments in developing and carrying out defense strategy as well as case management.  She has directed local counsel on defense strategy, discovery objectives and deposition handling. Ms. Halbrook has been successful at achieving early dismissals of clients through aggressive motion practice and negotiations of voluntary dismissals as well as case-by-case and global settlements. She has counseled and trained large corporations regarding document retention, search, review and discovery issues. As part of her general litigation practice in Indiana, Ms. Halbrook handles cases as diverse as landlord/tenant, personal auto injury defense, casino collections, wrongful death defense and premises liability defense. Ms. Halbrook has experience with bench and jury trials as well as arbitration, and has extensive deposition experience.

  • Haley Harrigan

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.1067
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Haley.Harrigan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Haley

    Haley Harrigan is an associate of the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Christine Hall

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.418.7163
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Christine.Hall@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christine

    Christine Hall is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Transportation and General Liability Practices. Mrs. Hall is an experienced litigation attorney defending cases in State and Federal Court. In addition to defending transportation, aviation, products liability, general liability, insurance coverage, including first party coverage disputes and suspicious losses, and major casualty disputes, Ms. Hall serves as regional counsel coordinating the defense of trucking liability claimants throughout the country.

    Under her guidance and supervision, the firm has an experienced Catastrophic Accident Response Team (“CAT Team”) which is staffed 24/7, 365 days per year. Working with a team of experts and investigators, numerous clients rely on her expertise to direct the CAT Team’s early investigation and to manage large claim exposure.

    Mrs. Hall has frequently spoken and written on various legal issues involving pre-suit investigation, litigation and case management.

  • Jason D. Hall

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 813.739.1972
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Jason.Hall@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jason

    Jason Hall is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the First Party Property, Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, General Liability, and Professional Liability Practices. Mr. Hall focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation and general liability, including trucking defense, premises liability, negligent security, and professional liability matters. Mr. Hall has significant experience representing professional and corporate clients in various capacities, from pre-suit and coverage matters to litigation through trial. Mr. Hall zealously advocates for his clients to obtain the best possible resolution, while maintaining awareness of potential exposure to insurers and/or agents.

    Mr. Hall has practiced in the areas of general liability and first party property litigation, and has successfully handled hundreds of files to an appropriate resolution for his clients. Mr. Hall has experience in various stages of litigation, from pre-suit handling, examinations under oath, motion practice, discovery and dispositive motions. Mr. Hall has conducted the depositions of fact and expert witnesses, and understands the importance of proper preparation of corporate clients. Mr. Hall has successfully mediated numerous cases to amicable resolutions for clients well under settlement authority. 

  • Lawrence N. Halperin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5063
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Lawrence.Halperin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lawrence

    Lawrence Halperin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. He has over 30 years of experience in business and commercial litigation. Mr. Halperin’s practice involves representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in trial, appellate and arbitration work in a wide variety of matters. The experience at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, since starting at the firm in 1982 includes being the lead attorney in matters including:

    • Contract disputes for all sizes of businesses, as well as individuals
    • International sales disputes for products ranging from macadamia nuts, to ascorbic acid, to conversion of 2D film to 3D technology, to multi-story high steel towers for wind energy production
    • Construction disputes for municipal entities, contractors, sub-contractors and owners
    • Disputes between business partners in various corporate forms, including buyouts, bankruptcies, shareholder control cases, and other investment related actions arising out of public and private transactions
    • Real estate litigation involving purchases and sales, development, ownership rights and insurance matters
    • Professional liability defense of attorneys, accountants and real estate brokers

    Mr. Halperin has had extensive practice in emergency matters requiring expedited proceedings, and has obtained and defended against Temporary Restraining Orders, Injunctions, Appointments of Receivers, and other Provisional Remedies.

    Early in his career, Mr. Halperin was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois in the Office of Consumer Fraud and Complaint and later practiced real estate transaction law with a major Chicago firm.

    Mr. Halperin is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, and he has been rated AV 5.0 (the highest rating) for over 15 years.

  • Gillian Jaye Halpern

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7704
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Gillian.Halpern@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gillian Jaye

    Gillian Halpern is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Her practice concentrates on the defense of individuals and companies in all aspects of complex civil litigation involving premises liability, transportation and property damage claims. 

    Ms. Halpern has been involved in numerous projects focused on the early resolution of claims in which she obtained favorable and cost-effective results for clients. She also utilizes these skills and techniques in her daily practice and successfully negotiates favorable settlements. She has also obtained numerous dismissals via summary judgment.

    In addition to defending bodily injury claims, Ms. Halpern also defends insurance companies in property damage subrogation claims and PIP loss transfer arbitrations.

  • Diana C. Hamlin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6173
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Diana.Hamlin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Diana

    Diana C. Hamlin is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of both the Medical Malpractice and General Liability Practices.

  • Hellar-Ann Hancock

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5172
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Hellar-Ann.Hancock@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Hellar-Ann

    Hellar-Ann Hancok is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. For more than 32 years, Ms. Hancock has represented insurance carriers in high profile bad faith actions. She also handles large, complex general litigation matters including product liability, automobile and personal injury cases. 

    She specializes in litigation and trial of complex, large exposure insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits arising out of both third-party and first-party policies in both commercial and personal lines. She practices in both State and Federal court, and has published and lectured in the insurance and bad faith fields.

  • Eugene Hao

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8533
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Eugene.Hao@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Eugene

    Eugene Hao is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

  • Gina Haran

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.5930
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Gina.Haran@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gina

    Gina Haran is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and Asbestos Litigation Practices. Ms. Haran has extensive experience in asbestos litigation representing manufacturers, suppliers and contractors. She conducts all aspects of case handling and trial preparation, including the development and implementation of litigation strategies. Throughout her career, Ms. Haran has successfully resolved numerous cases through dispositive motions, mediation and settlement conferences.

    She is a San Francisco native and attended the University of San Francisco where she majored in psychology and earned her law degree from San Francisco Law School.  

  • John T. Harding

    Office: Boston, MA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 857.313.3931
    Office Fax: 857.313.3951
    Email: John.Harding@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John T. Harding is a partner in the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, where he practices in the firm’s Insurance and Bad Faith Group. John’s practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and advice, reinsurance disputes and arbitrations, and “bad faith” litigation. John has more than twenty-seven years of experience in representing domestic and foreign insurers on a national basis in coverage disputes under CGL, excess, umbrella, commercial property, homeowners, auto and other specialized policies. John’s expertise extends to claims arising out of underlying environmental, asbestos, products, pharmaceutical, medical device, employment discrimination, technology, construction, tort and other liabilities, as well as a broad range of first-party losses John has significant experience in handling reinsurance matters on both the ceding company and reinsurer side. John also has extensive experience in the trial of complex coverage cases to juries and to courts, including a number of multi-phased proceedings. Further, John has handled numerous appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country involving the key legal issues that have been at the forefront of modern coverage litigation. In addition, John has been involved in several Bermuda form arbitrations in London.

    In addition to his insurance and reinsurance practice, John has extensive experience in complex business litigation, land use and environmental matters in state and federal courts.

  • Christopher W. Harmon

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3151
    Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Christopher.Harmon@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Christopher W. Harmon is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Harmon has experience defending businesses and corporations of all sizes, as well as their management and employees, in employment-related lawsuits. Mr. Harmon has experience in all aspects of employment litigation including the following types of actions: wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour. Mr. Harmon has defended employers in wage and hour audits brought by the Department of Labor. Mr. Harmon also has experience conducting independent investigations of workplace harassment and counseling employers and their respective employees to proactively avoid employment-related lawsuits.

    Mr. Harmon also has an extensive background defending clients in the following practice areas: products liability; general liability; contractual disputes; professional liability; and commercial litigation. He has defended several clients in both State and Federal jurisdictions.

    Mr. Harmon has handled numerous cases from the initial pleading stage through the verdict at Trial. He has also successfully served as a second chair in three different Jury Trials to verdict in both general and product liability matters. Two of those three cases resulted in defense verdicts. He has also served as the first chair in a bench trial in a limited jurisdiction matter.

    Mr. Harmon oversees the day-to-day handling of cases, and actively participates in all phases of litigation including drafting and responding to written discovery, conducting and defending depositions, assessing potential liability and damages, as well as preparing and arguing pre-trial and trial motions. He also has extensive law and motion practice experience (including several successful summary judgment motions and demurrers).

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Harmon served as an Legal Extern to the following Los Angeles Superior Court Judges: Allen Webster, William Berry, Rose Hom and Paul Bacigalupo, 2006

  • Patrice Harper

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8546
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Patrice.Harper@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patrice

    Patrice Harper is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Patrice has over 12 years of litigation experience and she dedicates her practice to employment, high-exposure toxic tort litigation and healthcare. 

    Patrice is knowledgeable in many areas of the law, providing her clients with well-rounded and informed legal services. She has handled numerous toxic exposure lawsuits, including asbestos and other hazardous substances. Patrice is highly experienced in healthcare and employment law, having previously served as general counsel to a healthcare company.

    As former general counsel to a healthcare company, Patrice has an acute knowledge of healthcare law. She has experience representing companies during litigation, arbitrations, administrative actions, contract negotiations and investigations. Patrice advises her clients on matters of business and finance, and knows what it takes to protect a healthcare company’s best interests in adversarial proceedings.

    Previously, Patrice acted as corporate counsel for a management and asset protection company, where she gained further valuable employment law know-how. She is familiar with rules and regulations at local, state and federal levels, and ensures her clients are compliant with Title VII and the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FEHA and FLSA. Patrice provides training and updates for management and employees on compliance risk areas, trends, and labor and employment law developments. She is well-versed in other legal matters as they relate to employment law, such as hiring, leave and accommodation, discipline, terminations and compensation.

    Patrice has successfully worked on all stages of litigation, from pre-trial motions to appeals. She has extensively represented clients as both witnesses and targets in complex government investigations, dealing with witness interviews, grand jury testimony, and the production of paper and electronic documents.

    With a diverse legal background, Patrice has practiced in state and federal courts. She has handled corporate investigations, securities fraud, multi-party and class action litigation, labor and employment litigation, intellectual property litigation, unfair business practices, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, bankruptcy, criminal cases and habeas corpus matters. Patrice also has experience in criminal law, enhanced by an internship in the United States Attorney’s Office.

    Most recently, Patrice served as general counsel with San Francisco Health Care and Rehab, Inc. in San Francisco, California. Dedicated to giving back, Patrice devotes much of her free time imparting some of her knowledge upon the next generation of lawyers. As a professor at John F. Kennedy University College of Law, she teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Law and Motion, and Legal Research and Writing.

  • Jordon E. Harriman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7970
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jordon.Harriman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jordon

    Jordon Harriman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Mr. Harriman has more than 30 years of experience in the handling of insurance coverage and related matters. Mr. Harriman has been practicing since 1984, specializing in insurance coverage and insurance-related litigation. He has authored hundreds of coverage opinions involving CGL policies, first party property policies, auto policies, and, in the entertainment area, producers’ liability policies, studio errors and omissions policies, business expense policies, and personal liability policies. He has also litigated numerous “bad faith” suits involving first party policies and third party liability policies.

  • Jeffrey A. Harris Jr.

    Office: Wichita, KS, Kansas City, MO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 316.609.7926
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Jeff.Harris@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Harris, Jr. is an associate in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Born and bred in the Midwest, Mr. Harris was in private practice in the Kansas City area for six years. He is experienced in the areas of insurance litigation, employment disputes, worker’s compensation, and general practice.

    Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Harris’ practice allowed him the opportunity to develop successful client relationships in many diverse areas. He continues to work closely with clients on a variety of matters including insurance, employment, and worker’s compensation defense.

  • Charles L. Harris

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5501
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email:  Charles.Harris@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles Harris is the managing partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Construction Practice. Mr. Harris has more than 25 years of experience as a litigator in state and federal courts throughout California. He has defended developers, general contractors, sub-contractors/artisans, and design professionals in cases involving alleged design and construction defects and construction fee disputes. He has handled cases in virtually every area of construction in both residential and commercial projects. Mr. Harris has substantial experience in wastewater treatment cases (including liability for suspended solids (TSS) in wastewater), liability arising from storm water exposure and liability for dewatering projects including the failure to extract heavy metals before discharging water into municipal facilities. Representative clients include geotechnical engineers in landslide cases; civil engineers in drainage, wastewater treatment, and drinking water treatment cases; structural engineers in shoring design cases; mechanical engineers in HVAC and plumbing cases; architects in high rise and healthcare facilities; and land surveyors and engineers in road design cases.

    Mr. Harris has extensive experience in representing homeowners associations in cases involving damage to private property which was allegedly caused by common area drainage, common area landslides, easement disputes  and personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of allegedly dangerous conditions of common area property.

    Mr. Harris has tried numerous cases to conclusion in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. He has also been successful at resolving numerous claims by way of arbitration and mediation. These actions include claims for wrongful death, governmental tort liability, inverse condemnation, premises liability, professional liability, products liability, construction defect, and personal injury.

    Mr. Harris is Managing Partner of the firm's Orange County office. He is a member of the firm's Finance Committee (2006 to present), a member of the firm's Management Committee (2014 to present), and is a former member of the firm's Compensation Committee (2008-2009).

  • Jennifer R. Harris

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0916
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Jennifer.Harris@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Harris is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Transportation and General Liability Practices.

  • Peter F. Harris

    Office: Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5554
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Peter.Harris@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Peter

    Peter F. Harris is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Banking & Finance Practice and chair of the Opinions Committee.

    He focuses his practice on the following:

    Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Transactions

    Retail, office and industrial leasing transactions including leases for space, leases for free-standing buildings, ground leases, licenses, lease amendments, and lease termination agreements.

    Acquisitions, sales and exchanges including letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, due diligence, title analysis and clearance, escrow agreements, closing instructions, and closings (including deeds, bills of sale, assignment and assumption agreements, seller financing instruments, and other closing documents).

    Development and construction transactions including development agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, easements for public road access or utility installation and maintenance, owner-contractor agreements, and agreements with design professionals (architects and engineers).

    Financial Institutions Law

    Construction, bridge, and permanent loans secured by real property assets including loan commitments, loan agreements, promissory notes, deeds of trust, security agreements, fixture filings, loan guaranties, assignments of leases and rents, and other loan documents.

    Revolving lines of credit secured by accounts receivable, inventory, equipment and other personal property including perfection of security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code.

    Workouts of distressed loans including pre-negotiation agreements, forbearance agreements, loan restructurings, and amendments of loan documents.

    Opinions of counsel including enforceability opinions and due incorporation opinions.

    Provide practical, strategic and tactical advice in the area of consumer finance as reform continues to challenge our clients including banks, finance companies and credit card issuers. Review of client products for practices that could be found to be unfair, deceptive or abusive under the Federal and state overlay of consumer laws and regulations including the Consumer Protection Act (incorporating Truth-in-Lending and Regulation Z), the Equal Credit opportunity Act (Regulation B), Fair Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Billing Act, Fair Credit Debt Collection Practices Act, California Financial Information Privacy Act, and the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act.

    Mr. Harris represents financial institutions, public agencies, shopping center owners/operators/developers, chain store owners/operators, and international, national and regional business organizations. Over the course of his 35-year legal career, and in addition to his years in private practice emphasizing the practice areas above, Mr. Harris  has been in-house counsel for a financial institution, staff counsel for a Federal regulator of financial institutions (the Resolution Trust Corporation), and approved outside counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Mr. Harris formerly owned and operated a title insurance agency, and has been a continuing education lecturer in the areas of office leasing transactions, commercial real estate acquisitions, and workouts of distressed commercial real estate loans.

  • Matthew P. Harrison

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3845
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Matthew.Harrison@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Harrison is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He is experienced in all phases of litigation with an emphasis on civil defense litigation including cases involving catastrophic personal injury, product liability, premises liability, governmental entity defense and toxic tort.

  • David S. Harvey, Jr.

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 813.739.1927
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: David.Harvey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Harvey is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Since 2001, David has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment law. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator. He represents employers in state and federal courts across the United States, including Florida. In addition, he has represented employers in front of state and federal employment related agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, NLRB and FCHR.

    David’s practice focuses exclusively on representing employers in employment and labor related matters, including litigation, counseling, HR related risk management, day to day advice, training, and policy development. 

    David knows HR. With over 25 years of employment and litigation experience, David is an aggressive litigator and competitive by nature. He has extensive experience developing fair and legally compliant strategies related to employment, union avoidance, and working conditions for large Fortune Rated companies and small employers across the United States. He also negotiated settlements in numerous HR related disputes ranging from a few hundred dollars to $30 million.

  • Ryan D. Harvey

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5119
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Ryan.Harvey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ryan

    Ryan Harvey is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law and Securities Litigation & FINRA Practices practice encompasses litigation in state and federal courts, as well as various arbitration forums. He routinely represents the following types of clients:

    • Securities broker-dealers and registered representatives
    • Real estate brokers and agents, residential and commercial property owners and managers, and title insurers
    • Healthcare service plans
    • Property/casualty insurers
  • Lillian Harwell

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.680.5138
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Lillian.Harwell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lillian

    Lillian Harwell is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. 

  • Alexander J. Harwin

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5055
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Alexander.Harwin@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alexander

    Alexander Harwin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He concentrates his practice in all aspects of labor, employment and business litigation and counseling matters. He has extensive experience defending businesses involving claims of sexual harassment; age, disability, race, religious and national origin discrimination and harassment; wrongful termination; contract disputes; defamation; invasion of privacy; wage and hour and training. Mr. Harwin also defends discrimination and personal injury claims made against businesses, landlords and property owners including those brought pursuant to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    In his free time, Mr. Harwin is a Head Basketball Coach for the City of Calabasas incorporating his strategic legal skills into teaching children ages 5 to 10 years old, all forms of man-to-man and zone defenses, pick and rolls, clock management, and proper defensive positioning/stances.

  • Courtney A. Hasselberg

    Office: Orange County, CA, Kansas City, MO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.966.3123
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Courtney.Hasselberg@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Courtney

    Courtney A. Hasselberg is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Hasselberg represents businesses nationally and in California for employment-related matters. Ms. Hasselberg has handled litigation involving claims of harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair labor practices and wage and hour issues, including class action and multi-plaintiff cases. Ms. Hasselberg also counsels businesses on avoiding employment-related litigation and on national and California employment-related compliance matters. She has represented corporate clients of all sizes, from small, locally-owned businesses to multi-national corporations, in federal and state courts and alternative tribunals throughout the country.

    Ms. Hasselberg has achieved successful results for clients at every stage of litigation, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, trial and arbitration, and upon appellate review. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Hasselberg has handled corporate governance and transactional matters, and routinely deals with a variety of administrative agencies at all levels of government in connection with her representation of clients. She has represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and several state and local civil rights agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

    Ms. Hasselberg served as a judicial law clerk for the late Hon. Floyd R. Gibson, U. S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Ms. Hasselberg practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri, with an emphasis on employment and commercial trial litigation. Ms. Hasselberg relocated to California in 2013.

  • Jenifer M. Hassell

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5234
    Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jenifer.Hassell@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jenifer

    Jenifer Hassell is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice.

  • Barry Hassenberg

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3988
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Barry.Hassenberg@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Barry

    Mr. Barry Hassenberg is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability and Products Liability Practices. Mr. Hassenberg is experienced in all phases of litigation with an emphasis on civil litigation, including cases involving product liability, premises liability and governmental entity defense.

  • Alyson M. Hau

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 618.307.7629
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: Alyson.Hau@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alyson

    Alyson Hau is an associate in the Madison County, Illinois office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice.

  • John Haubrich, Jr.

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5174
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: John.Haubrich@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Haubrich, Jr. is partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Haubrich focuses his practice solely on representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters, including large scale, multi-party litigation, appellate issues, employment policy preparation, and training.

    Mr. Haubrich has represented employers in California State Courts as well as Federal Courts. He has extensive experience in representing employers in single and multi-party discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions. In addition, Mr. Haubrich has defended employers in both single-plaintiff and class action wage and hour litigation. He has significant experience in all aspects of litigation through discovery and the dispositive motion process.

    Mr. Haubrich also has extensive experience in counseling employers on all employment related issues and has conducted seminars on various issues including conducting workplace investigations.

    Mr. Haubrich has substantial litigation experience in all areas of employment litigation.  Mr. Haubrich’s experience includes taking and defending depositions and drafting case dispositive motions, discovery motions and motions in limine.  In addition, Mr. Haubrich is involved in propounding and responding to discovery, preparing cases for trial and representing and advising clients at mediation and settlement conferences.

  • Gregory D. Haueisen

    Office: Madison County, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 618.307.7287
    Office Fax: 618.692.6099
    Email: Gregory.Haueisen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gregory

    Greg Haueisen is an associate in the Madison County, Illinois office of Lewis Brisbois, located in Metropolitan St. Louis, and is a member of Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation and General Liability Practices. Mr. Haueisen is involved in all aspects of litigation, including drafting dispositive motions, deposing plaintiffs and other key witnesses, and strategizing on how to best defend a case.

    Mr. Haueisen practices in both the asbestos litigation and general liability fields, and has a wealth of experience to help clients achieve their goals. He represents and advocates for clients in the states of Illinois and Missouri.

  • Charles S. Haughey, Jr.

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4924
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Chuck.Haughey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Charles

    Charles S. Haughey, Jr. is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Mr. Haughey has over 35 years experience, specializing in the defense of civil claims.

    He handles the following types of matters:

    • Product liability defense, including claims involving cars and tires, machinery, trenchers, intraocular lenses, and drain cleaners
    • Construction law, including construction defect claims representing design professionals, subcontractors, general contractors and developers in litigation, mediation and trial
    • Professional liability defense, including representation of architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, appraisers, real estate brokers and agents, insurance brokers and agents, and home inspectors
    • Environmental litigation, including defense of claims involving mold, and toxic torts
    • Defense of construction site accident claims
    • Personal injury and premises liability defense, including claims against school districts, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels
    • Commercial, real estate, banking and general business litigation
  • David M. Hawthorne

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.828.0376
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: David.Hawthorne@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David M. Hawthorne is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice with first chair trial and arbitration experience. A trial lawyer for more than two decades, Mr. Hawthorne has litigated matters in both federal and state courts throughout Florida and the U.S. His complex commercial litigation practice focuses on construction, real estate, and landlord/tenant litigation. Mr. Hawthorne also has extensive experience in mass/toxic torts, including mold, and asbestos and benzene defense, as well as products liability defense, with a focus on medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Further, Mr. Hawthorne has substantial experience in Aviation Law, as well as Consumer Finance Litigation.

    Mr. Hawthorne is a frequent lecturer on both commercial and residential landlord/tenant topics, and represents both commercial and residential landlords and tenants. His construction practice includes representation of developers/owners, design professionals, prime contractors, subcontractors, and materialmen, on areas including design defect, construction lien law, contract disputes, and professional negligence.

    Having excelled in Aviation Law and performing an independent study for his Aviation Law Professor, Mr. Hawthorne worked in house for an aviation company prior to entering private practice. Mr. Hawthorne later parlayed that experience to multiple aviation-related matters for his prior firm.

    Mr. Hawthorne has also tried and arbitrated a variety of complex commercial cases, has taken and defended hundreds of depositions of both fact and expert witnesses, and oversaw and supervised the defense of thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits for multiple companies throughout Florida and in the federal MDL. Finally, Mr. Hawthorne has experience with class action defense in both the toxic tort and consumer litigation context.

  • Keith M. Hayasaka

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.876.2955
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Keith.Hayasaka@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Keith

    Keith M. Hayasaka is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has extensive experience litigating and providing claims counseling in a broad variety of areas, including commercial litigation, premises liability, insurance defense, wrongful death, construction injury, railroad (FELA and other litigation), trucking, and motor vehicle accidents. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois in Washington State, he practiced in Georgia for nearly a decade and has successfully defended a variety of insurers, public utilities, retailers, premises owners, and transportation companies in matters pending in both state and federal court. Keith received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

  • Nicholas B. Haynes

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 303.562.9771
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Nicholas.Haynes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicholas

    Nicholas Haynes is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He focuses on general employment counseling and employment litigation in California and Colorado.

    Mr. Haynes provides advice and counsel to employers regarding compliance with state and federal employment law, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, workplace investigations, performance management, and issues that arise from the time of hire to separation from employment.

    Mr. Haynes represents employers before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement.

    Mr. Haynes has experience training employers and providing presentations on new employment laws, investigations, employee relations, performance management, leaves of absence, harassment prevention, unemployment, and garnishments and withholding orders. Mr. Haynes is licensed in California and Colorado.

  • Robert C. Haynes

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1726
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Robert.Haynes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robert

    Robert Haynes is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois. His practice focuses primarily on the defense of general tort liability, construction, and premises liability in New York state and federal courts. Robert handles all aspects of litigation from inception to resolution. He is experienced in the full scope of litigation, including written pleadings and discovery, taking and defending depositions, motion practice, oral argument, appearances in state and federal court. He has succeeded in the dismissal of claims via summary judgment, and had tried cases before juries, obtaining multiple defense verdicts. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Robert worked at other New York City law firms and interned with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Jeffrey S. Healey

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6332
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jeffrey.Healey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Healey is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law and Healthcare Practices. Mr. Healey also has experience litigating toxic tort, mold and construction development cases. Mr. Healey handles the following types of matters:

    • All aspects of defense litigation involving physicians, hospitals, medical groups, and skilled nursing facilities  
    • All aspects of enforcing arbitration agreements
    • Develops arbitration agreements based on the Federal Arbitration Act
    • All aspects of defense litigation involving home owners associations, product manufacturers, product distributors and construction companies
  • Patrick B. Healy

    Office: Fort Wright, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Cincinnati, OH
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 859.905.3086
    Office Fax: 859.663.9829
    Email: Patrick.Healy@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patrick

    Patrick B. Healy is a partner in the Fort Wright office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. His time will be devoted to representing companies involved in civil litigation, including: insurance matters, premises liability, catastrophic injuries, and medical malpractice. In addition to general liability claims and medical malpractice defense, Patrick handles environmental claims in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. For example, Patrick is currently defending a claim outside of Gary, Indiana involving the alleged design, construction and maintenance of a wetland mitigation bank.

    Patrick earned his law degree from Chase College of Law in 2008. While at Chase, he participated on the National Trial Advocacy Team, was a member of the Student Bar Association and received the Bratton-Wirthlin Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy for the 2006 – 2007 academic year. During his time at Chase he also clerked for a preeminent medical malpractice firm. Patrick is a 2005 graduate of DePauw University where he was an Economics & Management major and an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

  • Sean P. Healy

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.385.1032
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Sean.Healy@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean Healy is the administrative partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and is chair of the Directors & Officers and Securities Litigation Practice. With more than 18 years of experience as a litigator, he has tried 45 jury trials and over 130 bench trials and arbitrations combined. He is a member of ABOTA.

    He has litigated director and officer matters, including claims against directors and officers for fraud, failure to go public, and fraudulent issuance of securities, and professional liability cases, including claims against securities brokers, insurance agents, software engineers (“Tech E & O”), real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, and appraisers. In addition to defending professionals in civil actions, he also represents them in regulatory board proceedings. 

    Mr. Healy has also litigated complex commercial disputes and cases that include wrongful death, automobile accidents, police procedures, products liability and premises liability. 

    He began his career as a prosecutor in 1997 and has been in civil practice since 1999. 

  • John J. Heber

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.828.0371
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: John.Heber@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Heber is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate and Labor & Employment Practices. He counsels public and private companies at the board, and board committee and executive officer levels on a broad range of transactional and corporate governance, employee benefits and HR related matters. John has experience in virtually all areas of business law, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, IPOs and in the structuring, negotiation, formation and financing of investment funds and joint ventures. John also has extensive experience in executive compensation and employee benefits for both domestic and international companies. With his tax, legal, accounting and consulting background, John is able to advise on the tax, regulatory and strategic issues at all levels of business organizations, with clients ranging from “start-up” to the Fortune 50. John is a regular advisor to compensation committees on best practices for administration and oversight of executive compensation and benefits and issues regarding the alignment of pay and performance, regulatory compliance, market competitiveness and board compensation. In addition to the design, implementation and administration of compensation and benefits programs, John regularly provides advice on the foreign and domestic tax and regulatory implications of stock plans in the context of mergers and acquisitions, spin-off transactions and IPOs. John is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

  • Joshua R. Hecker

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7674
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Joshua.Hecker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Hecker is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Mr. Hecker has significant experience in the following areas:

    • Personal Injury
    • Labor Law
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Property Damage
  • Kristi Hedrick

    Office: Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.6334
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Kristi.Hedrick@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kristi

    Kristi Hedrick is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. Her principal area of specialization lies in the defense of hospitals, medical and surgical centers, physicians, nurses and all ancillary staff in cases involving allegations of medical malpractice, negligence, elder and dependent adult abuse, premises liability, ostensible agency, fraud, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and products liability.

    Ms. Hedrick’s extensive legal experience includes defending high profile complex claims with significant exposure in all phases of litigation including aggressive discovery, law and motion, oral argument, settlement negotiation and extensive trial preparation. Ms. Hedrick has taken and defended countless depositions and, as hospital counsel, represents hospital directors, administrators, and physicians when subpoenaed for deposition in outside matters. Ms. Hedrick is well-versed in the medical realm and is equipped to handle all hospital and facility related issues which include, however are not limited to patient safety, regulation compliance, policy and procedure, employment, patient privacy and security. Ms. Hedrick has obtained numerous favorable outcomes for her clients in the form of dismissals and motions for summary judgment in the early phases of litigation. She is a determined advocate and skilled negotiator with extensive mediation experience. Ms. Hedrick likewise serves as an internal consultant, providing educational seminars to hospital and medical center staff.

  • Joseph K. Hegedus

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5116
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Joseph.Hegedus@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joseph

    Joseph Hegedus is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Insurance Regulatory & Compliance Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience which includes transactional and corporate work, litigation, and arbitration in commercial, business, financial, and insurance-related matters, and representation of clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, and administrative agencies. He has expertise in the following areas:

    • Reinsurance
    • Formation, merger, acquisition, and licensing of insurers, brokers, and other entities
    • Policy drafting and analysis, and insurance coverage (including property and casualty, life and health, title, and workers’ compensation), specialized insurance, and automobile and other product warranty programs
    • Insurance regulatory matters
    • Defense of administrative licensing actions against professionals
    • ERISA and health care law (including health care service plan, HMO, PPO, IPA, and IRO)
    • Insurance bad faith
    • Risk retention and risk purchasing groups
    • Insolvency and receivership
    • Internet and electronic commerce
    • Commercial and business disputes
    • Employment law (executive agreements, benefit plans, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims)
    • Constitutional and governmental law
    • Antitrust and unfair business practices
    • Racketeering (“RICO”) law
    • Native American law
  • Kathleen E. Hegen

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6656
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Kathleen.Hegen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kathleen

    Kathleen Hegen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Insurance Law Practice. Ms. Hegen specializes in insurance law and construction litigation. She practices in all areas of insurance coverage, rendering opinions and engaging in coverage litigation. Her insurance practice has a particular emphasis on complex disputes such as construction, environmental claims, professional liability, and directors and officers liability.

    Her construction litigation practice includes defense of contractors and professionals and construction insurance coverage litigation. Both her construction defect defense and coverage practices involve, among other subjects, common interest developments and the laws governing them. Her ability to litigate and advise in construction and construction coverage matters is aided by her early training in architectural studies and drafting.

    Ms. Hegen has engaged in an insurance coverage practice for approximately 30 years. During those years in practice, she has also acted as defense counsel in construction defect litigation, insurance agent/broker and other professional liability errors and omissions litigation.

  • Martha J. Heiberger

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3393
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Martha.Heiberger@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Martha

    Martha Heiberger is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She has extensive experience representing construction companies, trucking companies, retailers, food stores, medical providers, insurance companies and individuals in matters involving serious and complex personal injuries and damages. She further has experience and presently practices in toxic tort litigation and labor relations.

    Ms. Heiberger’s practice has included representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. She has tried several cases to jury verdict, as well as conducted bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations. Ms. Heiberger has an extensive background in motion practice and deposition experience, with a proficiency in expert and treating physician’s depositions. She also has experience in appellate work.

    As an associate with Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Heiberger has lead presentations and attended and participated in several lectures, programs and events, in the varying  fields of litigation and trial practice.

  • William S. Helfand

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4614
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Bill.Helfand@lewisbrisbois.com

    About William

    Bill Helfand is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. One of the leading civil trial lawyers in Texas, Bill has amassed a significant record of success in the federal district and appellate courts in Texas as well as throughout the United States. He has tried well over 170 cases to juries and has also conducted many bench trials and arbitrations, many of which are of regional or national significance.

    Bill's labor and employment law practice focuses on the defense of both public and private employers throughout Texas and the United States. He has achieved considerable success in the defense of labor and employment cases of all types, as well as significant success in commercial litigation matters through both trial and arbitration. He also has experience handling a variety of appeals and cases involving ERISA; employee benefits; individual life, health, disability, and accidental death benefits.

    He is actively involved in labor, employment and civil rights and governmental liability training as well as training employers and managers, governmental officials and employees. He is frequently interviewed by various media and he speaks frequently on these topics to peer and professional groups such as the Texas State Bar, the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Council Risk Management Fund. In addition, he has served as an adjunct instructor for Sam Houston State University’s law enforcement and corrections management professional development programs.

    Because of his significant trial experience and success, Bill has often been called upon to represent professionals of many disciplines in malpractice issues. This work has included defending fellow members of the bar in legal malpractice actions including through a legal malpractice insurance program administered by Westport, a General Electric affiliate company. As with other disputes, Bill has applied his knowledge, discretion, and experience to yield consistently prompt and cost-effective results for his professional clients and their firms.

  • Ronald L. Hellbusch

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.907.2100
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Ronald.Hellbusch@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Ronald

    Ron Hellbusch is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Asbestos Litigation, Products Liability, and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. Mr. Hellbusch has represented his clients in hundreds of asbestos cases in state and federal courts in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming for almost 20 years. He has extensive experience deposing parties, experts, and other witnesses and diligently strives to remove clients from litigation by obtaining voluntary dismissals. When voluntary dismissals cannot be obtained, he has significant experience asserting a range of defenses to achieve his clients’ goals, including drafting and arguing dispositive motions. With Mr. Hellbusch's 20 years of experience, and with resources collected over that period, he is also able to find alternative causes for plaintiff's injury and to reduce the value of the plaintiff's case against his clients.

  • Jamie S. Hendrickson

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4335
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Jamie.Hendrickson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jamie

    Jamie S. Hendrickson is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Hendrickson practiced public accounting as an auditor, specializing in small cap and micro-cap companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    During Law School, Mr. Hendrickson served as a student attorney with the Clark County Office of the District Attorney and for the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic. Mr. Hendrickson was also an extern for the Honorable Linda M. Bell of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada, and then clerked for Hearing Master Jon Norheim in Guardianship Court, briefing minor guardianship matters for the Court. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Hendrickson worked a firm defending developers in construction defect matters and also worked at a firm practicing in consumer bankruptcy and criminal defense. Mr. Hendrickson's practice has focused primarily on real estate litigation, including lender and servicer liability defense, wrongful foreclosure defense, fair debt collection practices defense, and title disputes. In his spare time, Mr. Hendrickson enjoys practicing American Kenpo Karate, cycling, traveling, and spending time with his wife, nieces and nephews, and his dogs. 

  • Alice K. Herbolsheimer

    Office: Reno, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 775.399.6372
    Office Fax: 775.827.9256
    Email: Alice.Herbolsheimer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alice

    Alice Herbolsheimer is a partner in the Reno office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Insurance Coverage Practices. Alice is a trial lawyer with 20+ years of complex civil litigation experience who has tried more than a dozen civil jury trials to verdict.

    Ms. Herbolsheimer practices in all areas of civil and commercial litigation, including first and third party insurance defense, premises liability, personal injury, contract claims, products liability, professional errors and omissions, and other complex litigation involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

    She has been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to serve as an arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program.

  • Alex Hernandez

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.828.0362
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Alex.Hernandez@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alex

    Alex Hernandez is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Hernandez is a trial lawyer with over 16 years of experience. Mr. Hernandez’s practice focuses on general liability defense. He is fully bilingual (English/Spanish). He has successfully defended insurance companies and their insureds, transportation companies, school districts, municipalities, retailers and manufacturers as well as restaurants and nightclubs in state and federal court.

    Mr. Hernandez handles matters involving automobile and commercial motor carrier liability, property damage, negligent security, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, commercial liability and school district defense. He has significant experience defending premises liability claims in the retail store environment. His practice includes well-known retail merchandisers and supermarkets. He has successfully handled personal injury claims alleging unsafe premises, dangerous conditions, slip-and-fall, falling merchandise, negligent maintenance, and property owner negligence. Mr. Hernandez also handles security liability issues in the retail store, club and restaurant context, including claims of false arrest and false imprisonment against asset protection and security personnel. He also has experience in the defense of contract and insurance disputes as well as indemnity matters.

  • Christopher S. Heroux

    Office: Denver, CO, Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.292.2022
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Christopher.Heroux@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Chris Heroux is a partner in the Denver and Houston offices of Lewis Brisbois, and is Vice Chair of the National Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Heroux has a wide-ranging business and real estate practice across several industries. 

    A business-savvy attorney and trusted advisor to client business teams, Mr. Heroux represents local, national, and international businesses in the full range of business transactions and operations projects, including: mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and project development; business formation and consulting; general corporate and business governance; capital formation; commercial and operations contracts; employment, contractor, and distribution agreements; vendor and customer agreements; master service and supply agreements; and lending and project finance. 

    In real estate, Mr. Heroux has significant experience in all phases of commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, sale, exchange, development, construction, financing, leasing, and management of commercial, retail, and industrial real estate. Mr. Heroux has also handled numerous tenant-in-common projects governed by Rev. Proc. 2022-22, and CMBS loan defeasance transactions. 

    In energy, Mr. Heroux represents oil, gas and mining companies in all aspects of their operations: business transactions and contracts; merger, acquisition, and sale agreements; participation, development, and leasing transactions; title examination; drilling and operating agreements; gathering, transportation, and terminal agreements; acquisition and transfer of water rights; fluid management and disposal services; and product purchase, sale, and processing agreements. Mr. Heroux has also worked with renewable energy developers on solar and wind projects from concept to commercial operation, including: site control; permitting and land use; project development, power purchase, and operational contracts; construction and EPC agreements; and tax equity financing.

    In banking and finance, Mr. Heroux has experience in the formation of trust companies; mergers and acquisitions of state and national chartered banks; commercial lending including C&I, asset-based and specialty asset secured loans; loan participation agreements; project finance; lending regulatory matters; common trust fund products; and credit restructuring and workouts. 

    Mr. Heroux serves as adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce, and is a regular speaker and instructor on a wide range of emerging natural resources topics. 

  • Geoffrey M. Hersch

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 714.668.5575
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Geoffrey.Hersch@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Geoffrey

    Geoffrey M. Hersch is an associate in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

  • Caitlin E. Higgins

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8215
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Caitlin.Higgins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Caitlin

    Caitlin E. Higgins is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice.

    Ms. Higgins is a Sacramento native who graduated magna cum laude from both the University of San Francisco (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) and Michigan State University College of Law (Juris Doctor). During law school, Ms. Higgins served as the Executive Director of the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board, earning awards in both appellate and trial competitions. Ms. Higgins was admitted to the California Bar Association in December 2014.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Higgins specialized in the defense of general liability actions, with an emphasis on medical negligence defense. She has substantial experience defending hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals against claims of medical negligence, including claims for wrongful death. She has also defended against claims for elder/dependent abuse, premises liability, product defect, general negligence, slip and falls, automobile accidents, and breach of contract.

    Ms. Higgins is experienced in all aspects of case management, from intake through resolution. In addition to serving as second chair in two binding arbitrations, she has taken and defended numerous depositions, negotiated multi-party settlement agreements, and successfully argued various motions, up to and including summary judgment/adjudication.

  • Sean Higgins

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4630
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Sean.Higgins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean Higgins is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Appellate and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. He represents clients in appellate courts in Texas, California, Michigan and in various federal circuits, including the Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits. He has obtained reversal of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and has numerous significant published decisions to his name. Sean also regularly represents clients at trial in business disputes, toxic tort and general liability cases. He has won numerous jury trials and takes pride in the fact that no client of his has ever paid a jury verdict. Sean also specializes in supporting other trial counsel in ensuring that appropriate legal arguments are made and preserved for appeal. Sean maintains a sharp focus on counseling clients, with an eye toward obtaining the best and most economical outcomes.

    Areas of Focus:

    Appellate
    Sean represents clients in appellate courts in Texas and throughout the United States. He has obtained reversal of multiple multi-million dollar verdicts and has secured appellate intervention in cases prior to trial. He has also designed advanced motion and appellate programs for clients.

    Business Litigation
    Sean regularly represents clients in business disputes involving unfair competition, protection of trade secrets and general contractual claims. He is skilled at guiding his clients past business and reputational risks. However, when issues arise he is equally skilled in navigating the litigation, arbitration, mediation and appeals processes.

    Toxic Tort 
    Sean represents defendants in asbestos, benzene and other toxic tort cases that generally involve manufacturers or distributors of chemicals or the equipment that exposes individuals to chemicals in the workplace as well as owners and lessors of premises where toxic chemicals are used.

  • Andrew A. Higgs

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5556
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Andrew.Higgs@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Andrew

    Andrew Higgs is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Higgs specializes in products liability litigation and catastrophic injury defense cases. His products liability practice is focused on cases involving chemicals, heavy machinery and home appliances. Mr. Higgs also defends professionals in matters involving legal malpractice claims, as well as officers and directors of community associations in homeowner disputes. Additionally, Mr. Higgs defends property management companies in relation to premises liability claims. In both state and federal courts, he has successfully defended businesses in all phases of litigation, through trial.

  • Stephen K. Hiura

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.7936
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Stephen.Hiura@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Stephen

    Stephen Hiura is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. His broad-based civil litigation practice includes the representation of individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations, public entities and financial institutions.

    Mr. Hiura has jury trial success in matters involving premises liability, employment discrimination, negligent supervision, sexual molestation, assault and battery, wrongful foreclosure and violations of the California Constitution and Education Code. He has extensive arbitration, mediation and other ADR experience involving personal injury, trucking-transportation, construction defect, breach of contract and products liability matters. Mr. Hiura has participated as a Crash Settlement Conference Officer, Los Angeles County Superior Court (North Central District).

  • Sean B. Hoar

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 971.712.2795
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Sean.Hoar@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sean

    Sean Hoar is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Sean Hoar, CISSP, GISP, CIPP/US, has extensive experience managing responses to digital crises and effectively marshalling resources to contain and remediate information security incidents. He served as the lead cyber attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon where he was the point of contact for the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security in system intrusions and other digital crime emergencies. He now manages responses to data breaches and counsels businesses on best practices in data privacy and information security. He also facilitates incident response planning, table top exercises, and risk assessments. 

    As a veteran security and privacy attorney and an accomplished litigator prosecuting cybercrime, identity theft, Internet fraud, and other matters for the U.S. Department of Justice, Sean managed compliance with the Fourth Amendment, the Stored Communications Act, and other constitutional and regulatory frameworks for federal law enforcement. He trained federal investigators and prosecutors about the acquisition and use of digital evidence, and he trained foreign officials, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, about anti-terrorism and cybercrime awareness. He taught courses in cybercrime and privacy law and serves as the executive director of the Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Foundation. A frequent author and speaker on privacy and security matters, Sean has received numerous accolades from the FBI, the Secret Service, the IRS, and the DEA throughout his career.

    As referenced above, Sean holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Global Information Security Professional (GISP), and the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credentials. These are often required to perform certain types of information security system audits.

  • Joshua S. Hodas, Ph.D.

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5037
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Josh.Hodas@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Josh Hodas is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. His practice focuses on copyright, patent and trademark advising and litigation, breach of contract and negligence litigation arising from software and hardware development, implementation and support contracts, start-up business formation, and drafting of development contracts, software licenses, SaaS subscription agreements, privacy policies and the like.

    He has been involved in the computer industry since 1978 when he used his bar mitzvah money to purchase Apple II serial # 3318, and he worked on and off as a developer and consultant for 15 years until he obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a tenured associate professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College and Director of that department’s “clinic” program of industry-funded development projects.

  • Benjamin C. Hoffman

    Office: Fort Wright, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Cincinnati, OH
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 859.757.2420
    Office Fax: 859.663.9829
    Email: Ben.Hoffman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Benjamin

    Benjamin C. Hoffman is an associate in the Fort Wright, KY office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He represents companies and individuals involved in civil litigation, including: insurance matters, premises liability, catastrophic injuries, and medical malpractice. 

    Originally from Angola, Indiana.

  • Stephen D. Hoffman

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 602.792.1496
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Stephen.Hoffman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Stephen

    Stephen Hoffman is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Hoffman is an experienced lead trial attorney who focuses his practice on representing commercial clients and insurers. Mr. Hoffman has more than 23 years of litigation experience, with emphasis on the defense of cases involving claims in employment law, environmental law, commercial claims, toxic torts, products liability and complex personal injury litigation. Mr. Hoffman represents employers, product manufacturers, and other businesses entities in a variety of matters in the federal and state courts of Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Hoffman represents commercial clients and insurers in claims involving:

    • Discrimination
    • ADA Claims
    • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets
    • Wage and Hour Disputes
    • Defamation Claims
    • Lanham Act Claims
    • Asbestos Litigation
    • Toxic Tort Litigation
    • CERCLA and WQARF
    • Products Liability

    Mr. Hoffman has tried more than 25 cases to verdict in cases involving employment-related claims, trade secrets, non-compete, commercial litigation, commercial torts, toxic tort exposures, products liability, commercial trucking and personal injury claims.

  • Jon E. Hokanson

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5050
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jon.Hokanson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jon

    Jon Hokanson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. He is a former technical advisor, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, and a former examiner, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He handles the following types of matters:

    • Patent Enforcement and Defense of Patent Enforcement
    • Transactions Regarding Intellectual Property, such as Licensing, Assignment and Counseling in Regard Thereto
    • Representing Chinese clients in United States patent litigation and patent procurement matters
    • Due Diligence Investigations
    • Expert Witness Representations and Opinions of Counsel
    • Supervising and Prosecuting Applications for patent, domestically and in jurisdictions foreign to the United States for inventions in the fields of chemistry, electronics, computer software and mechanical devices
    • Counsel to Innovation-Based Clients in Regard to Protecting Their Intellectual Property
    • Arbitration and Mediation of Patent-Related Disputes
  • Dennis J. Holahan

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.5917
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Dennis.Holahan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dennis

    Dennis Holahan is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois in August 2014, Mr. Holahan’s firm was one of the top entertainment and business related litigation boutiques in Los Angeles. The firm held the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Holahan's practice ranges from representing writers and producers for entertainment industry contracts to litigating entertainment related business disputes including breach of contract, misappropriation of name and likeness, defamation, invasion of privacy, breach of royalty obligations, and many more.

    Mr. Holahan has represented celebrities in litigation over misappropriation of name an likeness, has obtained a $2 million jury verdict and judgment (upheld on appeal) against a major music performer for breach of a touring agreement; has negotiated movie contracts for best selling authors; has negotiated writers' credits with the WGA; has represented talent agencies in disputes with talent, and has negotiated series deals with HBO and Showtime.

  • Craig Holden

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7818
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Craig.Holden@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Craig

    Craig Holden is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the national Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice and White Collar Defense Practice. Mr. Holden’s practice includes a wide range of domestic and international commercial matters, with an emphasis on complex business transactions, intellectual property and unfair competition, data security and breach, investment and real estate transactions, and high-stake business and employment disputes. His clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurs to professional athletes and entertainment companies. Mr. Holden has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal Corporation, repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters, named “Minority Power Broker” by Law360, named “Most Influential Black Lawyer” by Savoy Magazine, and “Advocate of the Year” by Public Counsel.

    As a litigator, Mr. Holden is a skilled trial lawyer with first-chair experience in jury trials in federal and state court, as well as bench trials and numerous arbitrations; and he has served as lead appellate counsel in state and federal appellate courts. He has also been effective in getting clients early resolution of disputes through strategic and dispositive motion practice or alternative dispute resolution. As a business counselor, Mr. Holden has served as outside general counsel on a wide range of legal matters for privately held companies in high-technology, healthcare, engineering/manufacturing, entertainment, professional services, retail, hospitality, and energy industries. Mr. Holden’s prior corporate in-house legal experience – including for a global entertainment and consumer products company – helps him better understand a client’s need for practical, results-oriented and cost-effective legal advice.

    Mr. Holden has been a leader in legal, business and charitable organizations. He serves on a leadership council for the Rand Corporation, a non-partisan think-tank focused on cutting edge issues relating to business regulation and civic justice. As Vice-Chair of the Lewis Brisbois' Government Relations Practice, he assists clients with legislative and regulatory matters before local, state and federal agencies, and represents governmental entities and officials.

  • Gillian Holland

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1732
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Gillian.Holland@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gillian

    Gillian Holland is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois. Her practice focuses on New York State Labor Law, construction litigation and general liability matters. Ms. Holland has experience in all aspects of litigation, including taking and defending depositions, substantive motion practice, settlement negotiations and mediation. Ms. Holland also takes a hands-on approach in conducting active investigation at the outset of a case.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Holland represented premises owners, business owners, bus companies and large retail stores, in Labor Law, premises liability, and personal injury matters. Ms. Holland’s other practice areas included assault, trucking, property damage, and mold exposure claims. 

    While in law school Ms. Holland was a Research Editor for the Touro law Review.

  • Esther P. Holm

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5510
    Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Esther.Holm@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Esther

    Esther Holm is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois, co-chair of the Professional Liability Practice, and former vice-chair of the Product Liability Practice. Her specialty is Trial Practice in Professional, General, Employment, Transportation and Product Liability matters.

    In the area of General, Product Liability and Transportation, Ms. Holm has tried to verdict, cases involving claims of Traumatic Brain Injury, neuropsychological injury, and is a specialist in the use/misuse of PET, SPECT, MRI scans, including Diffusion Tensor Imaging. She has defended and tried to verdict cases involving sexual molestation of a child, bus accidents, paralysis, orthopedic injuries, defamation, wrongful death, wrongful termination of employment and construction defect. She has defended high profile cases of foodborne illness and served as Lead Counsel for the Jack in the Box franchisees sued during the E.coli outbreak in 1993.

    Ms. Holm's experience includes defense of hotels and casinos in cases involving claims of assault/battery, and personal injury, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury.

    In the Professional Liability area, Ms. Holm has defended malpractice claims brought against insurance agents and brokers, attorneys, appraisers, home inspectors, homeowner associations and school districts.  She has tried to verdict malpractice claims against real estate agents and brokers.

    Ms. Holm has extensive experience defending Common Interest Development and Homeowners Associations, including class actions.

    Ms. Holm is a frequent lecturer to the defense industry on the use of PET scans, Traumatic Brain Injury, psychological injuries, evaluation of damages, and real estate law.

    Ms. Holm is the creator, director, and producer of the firm’s Webinar Series. She serves as Moderator for each of the monthly programs. Ms. Holm is Co-Editor of the Professional Liability Newsletter and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. She is also a former Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and a former Volunteer Mediator.

  • Steven Holtzman

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 813.739.1925
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Steven.Holtzman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Steven

    Steven Holtzman is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate Practice. He focuses his practice in the following areas: General Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Commercial Transactions.

    Mr. Holtzman’s practice covers a wide variety of business transactions, including representation of public and closely held companies, securities issuers, broker-dealers, investment advisers and corporate executives in mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity and general commercial transactions. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Mr. Holtzman worked as a partner in a prominent Tampa law firm. He previously served as Senior Counsel for the Home Shopping Network and Special Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He has been recognized as one of Tampa’s Top-Rated Lawyers and a Top-Rated Lawyer on a national basis.

  • Anne Marie Hoovler

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.455.7440
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: annemarie.hoovler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Anne Marie

    Anne Marie Hoovler is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. A native of Washington, AnneMarie cut her legal teeth in California where she gained significant experience in habitability and wrongful eviction litigation, personal injury and construction defect matters and professional liability. Since returning to her home state, she has continued her focus in these practice areas. 

  • Anosheh A. Hormozyari

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6015
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Anosheh.Hormozyari@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Anosheh

    Anosheh A. Hormozyari is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice.

    Ms. Hormozyari has defended companies in complex civil litigation involving product liability claims, premises liability, toxic torts, business litigation, and other related matters. She has extensive experience representing construction product manufacturers, friction product manufactures, equipment manufacturers, and retailers. Ms. Hormozyari has successfully litigated in both state and federal courts.

    In law school, Ms. Hormozyari was a Production Editor on Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.

  • Pamela A. Hostallero

    Office: Phoenix, AZ
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 602.385.7858
    Office Fax: 602.385.1051
    Email: Pamela.Hostallero@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Pamela

    Pamela Hostallero is an associate in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Pamela has almost 10 years of litigation experience including government liability, road design, Section 1983 claims, general tort claims, and insurance defense.

    Pamela represented the Arizona Department of Transportation at the Attorney General's Office for 3 years prior to joining Lewis Brisbois. 

  • Jacqueline Houser

    Office: Portland, OR
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 971.334.7006
    Office Fax: 971.712.2801
    Email: Jacqueline.Houser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jacqueline

    Jacqueline "Jaci" Houser is an associate in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and Labor & Employment Practices.

  • Wade A. Houser

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 720.292.2048
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Wade.Houser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Wade

    Wade Houser is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use, and Environment Practice. He is also a member of the Banking & Finance Practice. He is a skilled real estate attorney, experienced in commercial real estate transactions of all types, with an emphasis on commercial lending and leasing. He represents financial institutions, retail businesses, developers and other companies in a wide range of real estate and finance matters.

    Mr. Houser’s real estate experience includes representing regional and national commercial banks and lending institutions in real estate and construction loans, loan workouts, foreclosures, and disposition of creditor-owned assets.

    Mr. Houser’s leasing practice includes years of experience representing regional and national retail clients in leasing and acquisition transactions. He also has extensive experience in office and industrial leasing and in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate.

    Mr. Houser’s comprehensive real estate experience includes the representation of contractors, owners and financial institutions in connection with construction contracts, mechanic's lien disputes, asset and business acquisitions and sales, and entity formation for commercial real estate and other transactions.

  • Howard M. Gitten

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.939.3368
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Howard.Gitten@LewisBrisbois.com

    About Howard

    Howard Gitten is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practices. Combining experience as General Counsel and Chief Technology Counsel at a cutting edge technology company with his years of intellectual IP private practice experience, Mr. Gitten brings a unique perspective to legal technology issues. He brings a business perspective to technology issues and his technology background to business issues. As a registered patent attorney, he not only knows how best to protect a client's unique assets, but how best to make them marketable and best use intellectual property for competitive advantage. Howard advises clients in instituting cradle to grave IP regimes, licensing, and even joint development programs around their IP. Howard's clients have ranged from basement tinkerers to international Fortune 100 companies. He counsels across a range of technologies including e-commerce platforms, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, RFID technologies, fiber optics, and MEMs devices. In addition to protecting proprietary brands and concepts, Howard advises clients with respect to the minefield presented by the IP rights of others. He also advises clients in dealing with charges of infringement, including those brought by patent trolls, and copyright and trademark matters. Howard is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law. He has also lectured at universities across the state on a variety of IP topics. 

  • Colin E. Howard

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8529
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Colin.Howard@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Colin

    Colin Howard is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and Long Term Care Practices. He is focused on the defense of physicians, nurses, other licensed medical  professionals, hospitals, and residential care communities. 

    Colin began his legal career in Maine, defending individuals and companies in state and federal court in cases involving medical malpractice, premises liability, defamation, product liability, and construction defects. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Colin gained additional healthcare litigation experience in Boston, Massachusetts at a firm specializing in medical malpractice defense. He has substantial trial and appellate experience.

  • Jennifer Hsiao

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7888
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jennifer.Hsiao@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Hsiao is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

  • Trisha Hudkins

    Office: Pittsburgh, PA, Weirton, WV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 304.491.4724
    Office Fax: 412.567.5494
    Email: Trisha.Hudkins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Trisha

    Trisha Hudkins is an associate in the Pittsburgh and Weirton offices of Lewis Brisbois. She focuses her practice in all aspects of civil litigation including personal injury, motor vehicle, toxic tort, landlord/tenant, premises liability, products liability, labor and employment, and construction defect. Trisha also represents corporate clients in commercial and business litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, fraud and other business torts, as well as professional malpractice and errors & omissions matters.

    Ms. Hudkins has handled all aspects of discovery, including motion practice and taking and defending depositions. Trisha has written and successfully argued countless dispositive motions. Ms. Hudkins has also participated in all forms of alternative dispute resolution with positive results. Additionally, Ms. Hudkins is often called upon to provide comprehensive analysis of pre-litigation incidents and evaluation for potential risk.

    Additionally, Trisha counsels clients on best practices in information privacy and data security.

  • Armand D. Huertaz

    Office: Albuquerque, NM
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 505.545.8309
    Office Fax: 505.828.3900
    Email: Armand.Huertaz@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Armand

    Armand D. Huertaz is an associate in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Armand graduated in 2015 from the University of New Mexico School of Law where he received the Dean’s Award for Significant Contribution to the Law School Community and the CALI Award in Remedies in the Fall of 2014. In 2014 and 2015, he competed for UNM’s ABA Moot Court Team where he competed against different law schools throughout the country in appellate oral advocacy.

    Armand has written briefs for and argued in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court. He has also handled numerous different matters spanning from personal injury, administrative law, employment law, criminal defense, and family law.

    In his spare time, Armand loves to be with his family. He also is an avid baseball fan and spends Sundays in the Spring and Summer playing baseball in a local Men's League.

  • David Hughes

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.460.4613
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: David.Hughes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About David

    David Hughes is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Hughes served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit where he assisted the Court at large in the disposition of appeals covering a wide variety of legal issues, including labor and employment.

    Mr. Hughes graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School in 2016. While at Tulane, he served as a Managing Editor of the Sports Lawyers Journal and Judicial Council Chair for the Moot Court Board. 

  • Samantha Hughes

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.580.6344
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Samantha.Hughes@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Samantha

    Samantha Hughes is an associate of the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. She focuses her practice on products liability and consumer warranty litigation, including defense of lemon law litigation and related claims, representing manufacturers of automobiles, as well as dealers, finance companies, and related entities.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Hughes’ practice primarily focused on defending entities against product liability claims including toxic torts, chemical exposure claims, asbestos, and defending manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in various industries against severe personal injury or death stemming from loss of limbs and burns. In addition, Ms. Hughes successfully represented companies and individuals in general liability and premises liability matters.

    Ms. Hughes received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. While in law school, she earned recognition in oral advocacy and writing through her participation in the Scott Moot Court National Team and worked as a judicial extern to Honorable Fred Woods, California Court of Appeal.

  • Bert Hummel

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 404.991.2155
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Bert.Hummel@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Bert

    Bert Hummel is an associate attorney in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Workers' Compensation Practices. Bert has extensive experience in litigation and has handled hundreds of claims in his practice for a variety of insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, large corporations, small businesses, and self-insurers, as well as TPA's, PEO's, and staffing companies. 

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Bert worked for a metro-Atlanta firm that handled workers compensation and insurance defense claims all over Georgia. Bert has experience representing clients in every corner of the state and has taken several depositions of witnesses, injured parties, and doctors. Bert understands the importance of investigating claims thoroughly and traveling long distances to successfully and adequately represent his clients.

    Bert is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but moved to the Atlanta suburbs in 1988. He now lives in the city of Atlanta with his wife Christina. In their free time, Bert and his wife enjoy the variety of parks in the city, the Beltline, attending Hawks, Falcons, and Braves games, and traveling. Bert also enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and fishing.

  • Rosslyn "Beth" Hummer

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.358.6161
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Beth.Hummer@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rosslyn "Beth"

    Beth Hummer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Public Agency & Public Finance and Real Estate, Land Use & Environment Practices. She focuses her practice on litigation concerning environmental contamination and real estate. A former chemist and environmental regulator, Ms. Hummer brings a diverse legal background and an understanding of complex science to her representations of public agencies and landowners.

    Ms. Hummer has handled major environmental contamination and pollution cases throughout California, especially matters related to groundwater contamination and alleged violations of CERCLA. She has worked on some of the highest-profile environmental cases in the state of California, including handling discovery disputes regarding the science on behalf of PG&E in connection with Chromium VI contamination in Hinkley, California. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in California, as well as before the Second District Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit, and in bench and jury trials.

    Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hummer worked as an environmental regulator with California Integrated Waste Management Board (now Cal-Recycle under the Cal-EPA umbrella) regulating solid waste landfills. She also was an R&D chemist developing capillary gas chromatography phases for J&W Scientific (now a division of Agilent). Ms. Hummer’s well-rounded scientific training also includes her undergraduate degree in biology.

    In addition to her environmental contamination and real estate litigation experience, Ms. Hummer has handled commercial litigation, consumer class actions, wage and hour matters, and arbitrations. She has applied her scientific background to patent infringement disputes before the International Trade Commission, and her understanding of environmental issues to real estate transactions.

  • Kathleen Humphrey

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.262.8501
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Kathleen.Humphrey@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kathleen

    Kathleen Humphrey is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. Kathleen has passionately defended medical professionals in health care litigation for over 15 years, including physicians, psychologists, licensed therapists, nurses, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, as well as memory care and residential care homes. Kathleen brings a unique blend of pragmatic experience, conviction, determination and empathy to all of the healthcare providers that she represents. She is a former registered nurse with extensive experience in critical care, surgical specialties, mental health, as well as labor and delivery. Kathleen takes cases from their inception through trial. 

  • Scott D. Huray

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.418.7167
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Scott.Huray@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Scott

    Scott Huray is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Since graduating from law school in 1991, Scott has tried more than 60 cases. His practice addresses matters in the state and federal courts in Georgia on both the trial and appellate court level, and covers matters involving products liability, premises liability, transportation litigation, construction disputes and insurance coverage disputes.

  • Nicholas P. Hurzeler

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.666.7692
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Nicholas.Hurzeler@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicholas

    Nicholas Hurzeler is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice chair of the Appellate Practice. Mr. Hurzeler spends the bulk of his time briefing and arguing appeals in the First and Second Departments of New York’s Appellate Divisions, with a strong track record of success. Some of his recent appeals include a liability suit against a family services nonprofit involving assault allegations against a foster child, in which the Appellate Division, First Department upheld the dismissal of the complaint on the ground that the foster care agency did not have notice of the claimed abuse. The same court also upheld the dismissal of a lead paint allegation against  a Bronx building and dismissed another complaint against a messenger company involving a road rage allegation that ended with the plaintiff losing a leg in a collision with a taxi cab. 

    In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Hurzeler also handles extensive motion practice for a variety of general liability matters. In a recent federal court case, he obtained a dismissal in a case involving the question of whether an insurance company was timely notified of a claim and whether it promptly conducted an investigation. In another action, Nick obtained summary judgment in state court dismissing a negligent security claim involving a sexual assault in a bathroom by an unidentified criminal, based on the court’s finding that the defendant bar did not have notice of an imminent assault and could not have prevented it.

  • Darcy L. Ibach

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3339
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Darcy.Ibach@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Darcy

    Darcy Ibach is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Bad Faith Litigation, and Insurance Coverage Practices. Ms. Ibach has frequently assisted insurers in the drafting of liability policies and best practices guidelines.

    During her more than 20 years of practice counseling insurers on coverage issues, she has represented insurers at mediation, arbitrations, trials and in the appellate courts on diverse policies and issues among numerous types of insurance.

  • Sandra Indech

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Of Counsel
    Tel: 415.262.8505
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Sandra.Indech@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sandra

    Sandra Indech is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. Ms. Indech's professional liability practice has included the defense of acute care centers, assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient surgery centers, drug treatment centers, residential and outpatient behavioral health centers, medical spas, physicians, surgeons, nurses, nurse anesthesiologists, dentists, midwives, physical therapists, phlebotomists, and other health care providers in actions involving claims of professional negligence, wrongful death, fraud, elder/dependent adult abuse, and sexual assault. Ms. Indech has also represented health care providers in actions before their licensing boards.

    Ms. Indech has defended employers in actions for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, retaliation, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to accommodate, whistle blower, breach of employment contract, defamation, wage and hour, Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA"), and Unfair Business Practices (California Business & Professions Code section 17200 et. seq.) claims in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies including the DEFH, EEOC, DLSE, WCAB and EDD Appeals Board.

    Ms. Indech is also an experienced Title IX investigator, having conducted several such investigations during her employment with UCSF.

  • Trevor Ingold

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7825
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Trevor.Ingold@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Trevor

    Trevor Ingold is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He focuses on products liability litigation, with an emphasis on defending automotive, material handling equipment, and power tool manufacturers in state and federal courts. He also specializes in the defense of railroads against personal injury claims brought by railroad employees under the Federal Employers Liability Act and by non-employees for crossing and trespasser accidents.

  • Heidi S. Inman

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4944
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Heidi.Inman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Heidi

    Heidi Inman is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Heidi Inman is actively involved in the ADA Compliance and Defense group and has experience handling ADA defense matters. Ms. Inman is experienced in handling products liability, general liability, trucking accidents, HOA disputes, construction defects, and property management related issues. She also has experience in mass tort litigation.

    Heidi Inman is an active litigator, who has tried cases including bench and jury trials. Lead counsel in cases through all phases of litigation. She has mediated and resolved more than 50 cases. Obtained favorable verdicts for clients in three bench trials. Obtained a defense verdict in a trip and fall case, resulting in an award for the defense. Prior to law school, she worked at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and in college, she interned with the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Ms. Inman has represented HOAs in a variety of suits by owners regarding failures to enforce the CC&Rs, including failure to abate a nuisance and failure to remove a nuisance pet. Additionally, she represented a senior community with respect to a challenge to its validity and extension of declarations of restrictions resulting in a published appellate opinion. (Costa Serena Owners Coalition v. Costa Serena Architectural Committee (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 1175.)

  • Angeline N. Ioannou

    Office: Hartford, CT
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 860.566.8046
    Office Fax: 860.748.4857
    Email: Angeline.Ioannou@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Angeline

    Angeline N. Ioannou is a co-managing partner in the Hartford office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She has more than 15 years of litigation experience and focuses her practice on health care matters, with an extensive background defending professional malpractice claims on behalf of nursing homes, physicians, and nurses. Her background also includes defending complex tort and commercial liability claims involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. She has tried five cases to verdict and conducted more than 100 matters in binding arbitration.

    Angie frequently writes and lectures on long-term care issues. She is also an active member of multiple professional organizations, such as the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the American Bar Association and, most recently, the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. Angie was the Program Chair for DRI’s 2016 Nursing Home and Assisted Living Litigation Seminar.

    She has also been very active with the DRI Medical Liability and Health Law Committee and served a two-year stint as the Co-Chair of publications, where she was responsible for selecting authors and editing submissions published in DRI’s MedLaw Update and the dedicated health care issue of For the Defense.

    In addition to her health care practice, Angie has also represented insurance carriers, product manufacturers, and global retail and restaurant chains in a broad range of civil litigation involving contract disputes, general tort matters, indemnification issues, product liability claims, and wrongful death under Connecticut’s Dram Shop Act.   

  • Douglas R. Irvine

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5140
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Doug.Irvine@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Douglas

    Douglas R. Irvine is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Regulatory & Compliance, and Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation Practices. He has more than 30 years of experience in insurance and litigation matters. His experience includes the following types of matters:

    • Coverage litigation and arbitration for commercial lines and personal lines
    • Analysis and opinions of insurance issues for commercial lines and personal lines
    • Declaratory relief actions concerning coverage, fraud, rescission, and recovery
    • Defense of officers and directors in actions, including those brought by Trustees, Creditors Committees and General Assignees
    • Defense of professionals including attorneys, brokers, agents and realtors, and mortgage bankers
    • Investigation of claims and assistance to claims professionals
    • Policy drafting and review
    • Reinsurance arbitration
    • Document retention and data security
    • Electronic discovery management and advice
    • General business litigation
  • Denise A. Isfeld

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.358.6080
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Denise.Isfeld@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Denise

    Denise Isfeld is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice.

  • Soo Jin K. Isicoff

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 954.828.0368
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: SooJin.Isicoff@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Soo Jin

    Soo Jin Isicoff is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate Practice. Ms. Isicoff has experience handling several high profile securities fraud cases involving EB-5 and real estate development investments both in state and federal courts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Isicoff practiced and interned with some of Miami’s premier business litigation firms, where she represented international investors and business owners in complex business disputes, including claims brought pursuant to Florida's RICO Statute against a prominent South Florida real estate developer. Ms. Isicoff also participated in the defense of a major financial institution in a large-scale investment fraud class action.

    While attending University of Miami School of Law, Ms. Isicoff served as a judicial intern for the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of Florida. She also served as a judicial intern for United States Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White. Ms. Isicoff was selected as a committee member of the 2017 Women to Watch/Rising Leaders of the Dade County Bar Association and is fluent in Korean.

  • Saiful Islam

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.1738
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Saiful.Islam@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Saiful

    Saiful Islam is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has experience defending general contractors, subcontractors, and owners of commercial properties in Labor Law cases involving §§200, 240(1), and 241(6) claims. In addition, he has prior experience in defending premises liability and motor vehicle accident cases in New York. Saiful is experienced in handling private mediations as well as judicial mediations, and successful settlement negotiation on behalf of clients. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Saiful worked at other New York City law firms as well as an insurance company.

  • Matthew K. Izu

    Office: San Bernardino, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 909.381.7169
    Office Fax: 909.387.1138
    Email: Matthew.Izu@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Izu is an associate in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. His practice focuses on representing physicians and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations in both civil and administrative proceedings. Mr. Izu also has a background in health care compliance and criminal prosecution and defense of health care providers.

    • Medical Malpractice
    • Long Term Care
    • Elder Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Health Care Compliance
    • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Lawrence D. Jackson

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4063
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Larry.Jackson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lawrence

    Larry Jackson is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Professional Liability, General Liability and Insurance Coverage Practices. For over twenty-five years, Larry has represented insurers and their policyholders in a wide range of civil defense and insurance coverage litigation, with a particular focus on claims against professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, nursing homes, attorneys, brokers and engineers.

    In addition to defending professionals, Larry has defended numerous catastrophic injury cases in claims against commercial motor vehicle operators, property owners, security companies, and product manufacturers. In each of these cases, Larry works closely with his clients to find outstanding solutions to meet their expectations. Larry is particularly adept at handling fast paced cases and matters that present difficult legal issues.

    When Larry is not defending policyholders in high stakes injury litigation, he’s counseling insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes. Larry has drafted hundreds of coverage opinions, initiated numerous declaratory judgment actions and has defended his insurance clients against claims alleging breach of contract and bad faith in insurance coverage disputes under commercial property, commercial general liability, professional liability, cyber, excess liability and umbrella liability insurance policies. He has also been tapped to handle reinsurance coverage disputes arising out of reinsurance treaties and facultative reinsurance contracts.

    The depth of Larry’s knowledge and experience allows him to provide big-picture advice to his clients in all areas relating to insurance litigation, helping clients control costs, avoid expensive disputes where possible, and efficiently resolving issues when they arise. Understanding his client’s concerns and litigation objectives and focusing his efforts on achieving these objectives are defining elements of how Larry practices law.

  • Reuben B. Jacobson

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6612
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Reuben.Jacobson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Reuben

    Reuben Jacobson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and the Northern California vice-chair of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law, Healthcare and Medical Malpractice Practices. His litigation practice focuses on the representation and defense of long term care facilities such as CCRC’s, RCFE’s, ICF’s, SNF’s, and home health agencies, defense of elder dependent adult abuse cases (including financial abuse) defense of acute care hospitals, mental health facilities, County Medical Centers, emergency department physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. Mr. Jacobson also represents residential and healthcare facilities, operators, and other licensed professionals before administrative, licensing, and regulatory boards. Mr. Jacobson further represents health insurers and health care service plans in both ERISA and non-ERISA disputes.

    Mr. Jacobson's Professional Liability practice includes representation of other professionals including attorneys, accountants, design professionals and property management entities.

    Mr. Jacobson also represents the hospitality industry and large hotel and resort owners and operators as well as home owners association.

    Mr. Jacobson has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in the areas of elder abuse, medical negligence, general/premises and products liability cases.

  • Michael A. Jaeger

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 206.876.2976
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Michael.Jaeger@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Jaeger is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law and Transportation Practices. His practice focuses on a broad spectrum of litigation, including matters related to insurance defense, premises liability, trucking and transportation law, Federal and State workers' compensation, maritime, product liability, asbestos litigation, toxic tort litigation, construction defect, public work litigation, property damage and construction personal injury defense. Michael is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Washington. He has tried numerous cases on behalf of defendants, primarily concerning personal injury claims. 

  • Jacqulyn P. Jandrucko

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 832.460.4633
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Jacqulyn.Jandrucko@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jacqulyn

    Jacqulyn P. Jandrucko is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Jandrucko studied communications at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television-Film. She worked at several television stations in Austin, Texas before deciding to bring her public speaking, interpersonal skills, and presentation abilities to law.

    Ms. Jandrucko began her legal career while still attending law school as an intern for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and then a law clerk for a multi-district and class-action litigation firm. Since earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston, Ms. Jandrucko has litigated a variety of claims, including white collar criminal defense, automobile accidents, construction defects, catastrophic injury and death claims, complex business disputes, premises defects, and first party claims. Ms. Jandrucko handles cases from inception through trial and appeal, if necessary. She enjoys representing her clients zealously and with a keen eye to obtaining the best result possible.

  • Lee J. Janiczek

    Office: Philadelphia, PA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 215.977.4075
    Office Fax: 215.977.4101
    Email: Lee.Janiczek@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Lee

    Lee Janiczek is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and General Liability Practices.

    Lee started his career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. While with the Office, he had various responsibilities including service as a member of the Trial Team Division. Following four years of service, he left the public sector. Lee has successfully tried a significant number of both civil and criminal jury and non-jury trials. He has also successfully handled a variety of criminal and civil related Appeals in both the State and Federal Courts. In 2001, Lee was appointed by the Northampton County Court to serve as liaison counsel where he continues to serve in connection with the Northampton County asbestos litigation.

    Lee represents corporations, insurance companies and individuals in various matters including toxic/mass tort, products liability, fraud/SIU, premises, motor vehicle, and contract related litigation. Since 1995, he has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Lee has been a member of and has served on the Board of Directors for both charitable and non-profit organizations.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Lee worked the last eighteen (18) years as one of the original named partners of a defense litigation firm. He and his wife, Sara, have three (3) wonderful children.

  • Jasmin Yang

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5064
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jasmin.Yang@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jasmin

    Jasmin Yang is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. She has significant experience litigating in state and federal courts in California and Arizona, including matters involving complex commercial, banking, real estate, contract and business tort disputes, as well as bankruptcy litigation. She has additional experience defending Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) disputes. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including the solar, financial services, and real estate industries.

    She has handled all phases of discovery, motion practice, and pre-trial proceedings. She has significant appellate experience and has obtained appellate victories before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeals.

    In addition, Ms. Yang has made significant contributions to community and charitable organizations. She serves on the Advisory Council of Dress for Success West, an organization whose goal is to assist women in entering and staying in the workforce.

  • Joshua M. Jemal

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 646.783.0954
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Joshua.Jemal@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joshua

    Joshua Jemal is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Construction Practices. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in the State and Federal Courts of New York defending contractors, municipalities, public benefit corporations, property management companies, bus companies, retail businesses, private landowners and individuals. He has successfully tried cases involving construction site accidents, assumption of risk recreational/sporting activities, premises security, law enforcement excessive force/false arrest, federal civil rights sexual harassment/race discrimination/equal protection, municipal liability, auto accident, and general premises claims.

    His practice areas include:

    • Construction Litigation – New York Labor Law Liability
    • Premises Liability
    • Products Liability
    • Law Enforcement Liability
    • Employment Litigation
  • Cornelle A. Jenkins

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 916.646.8210
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Cornelle.Jenkins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cornelle

    Cornelle A. Jenkins is an associate in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. 

    Cornelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Advocacy, Reform, and Social Change from Saint Mary's College of California where he is currently earning his MBA. Cornelle attended McGeorge School of Law during the evenings while working fulltime at a private litigation firm. He also gained courtroom experience interning at the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office and was elected president of the Black Law Student Association in his final year at McGeorge. Cornelle was admitted to the California Bar Association in December 2016.

  • Haleh R. Jenkins

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5537
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Haleh.Jenkins@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Haleh

    Haleh R. Jenkins is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois, and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice is dedicated primarily to representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters, including litigation, appeals, risk management, policy preparation, and training.

    She represents employers in California State and Federal Courts. Before coming to Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Jenkins was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Long Beach, representing the city in numerous employment cases including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions. She also has extensive litigation experience in a variety of civil matters, and has obtained numerous defense verdicts in trial.

    Ms. Jenkins obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from New York University where she was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She obtained her Juris Doctor from University of Southern California, where she was a member of the moot court honors program. She is admitted in California and New York. 

  • Jennifer Brower

    Office: Tampa, FL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 813.739.1973
    Office Fax: 813.739.1919
    Email: Jennifer.Brower@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jennifer

    Jennifer Brower is an associate at the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois. Ms. Brower litigates first party property coverage, products liability, and general liability cases. Ms. Brower has experience in various stages of litigation including pre-suit handling, depositions, discovery, and motion practice.

  • Heather M. Jensen

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Managing Partner
    Tel: 206.436.2026
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Heather.Jensen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Heather

    Heather Jensen is the managing partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois. Ms. Jensen is a trial attorney with over 17 years of experience. Since 2008, her practice has focused on the defense of long-term care providers in skilled nursing home and assisted living facility matters. Ms. Jensen also defends insurance carriers and their policyholders in a variety of matters, including insurance bad faith, wrongful death, property disputes, and professional liability claims. Before moving to civil practice, Ms. Jensen served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

    An experienced and successful trial attorney, Ms. Jensen began her career with a boutique insurance defense firm, Barrett & Worden. In 2001, she began her seven-year career as a Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, where she tried more than 50 cases to verdict. Ms. Jensen specialized in cases involving domestic violence and the sexual abuse of children and adults. She also tried homicide and Class A felony cases. While at the Prosecutor’s Office, Ms. Jensen also handled numerous appeals, arguing several cases before Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. In 2008, Ms. Jensen returned to civil practice at Barrett & Worden and was honored to become a firm shareholder. In 2012, Barrett & Worden joined Lewis Brisbois, where Ms. Jensen expanded her civil practice to include the defense of long-term care communities and serves as the Managing Partner. Ms. Jensen uses her background as a criminal prosecutor to assist insurers with fraud investigations and affirmative litigation.

  • Joelle T. Jensen

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1409
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Joelle.Jensen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Joelle

    Joelle Jensen is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Jensen is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on representing private individuals and companies against various liability claims in both New York State and Federal Courts. Joelle has successfully handled numerous trials, dispositive motions, binding arbitrations, mediations, and appeals. She focuses her practice on a broad range of litigation matters including private and public premises liability, liability of commercial landowners for crimes and acts committed on premises by third parties, dram shop claims, construction accidents, elevator accidents, motor vehicle claims and commercial vehicle claims.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jensen worked as a trial attorney at several prominent New York law firms, trying personal injury cases involving premises and motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, she started her career working for an insurance defense firm and a general practice law firm in Rochester, New York where she focused her practice on civil litigation matters and estate planning.

  • Kimberly R. Jessett

    Office: Houston, TX
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 832.460.4605
    Office Fax: 713.759.6830
    Email: Kimberly.Jessett@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kimberly

    Kim Jessett is an associate in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Labor & Employment Practices. She has experience defending litigants through all phases of litigation.

    Kim has prior experience in insurance coverage, products liability, premises liability, professional liability, and medical malpractice as well as transportation and construction litigation.

    While in law school, Kim was a member of the school’s nationally recognized advocacy program and competed in numerous moot court and mock trial competitions across the country. Kim was a moot court national champion and a member of the Dean’s List and National Order of the Barristers. She has been an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law since the Fall of 2010. Prior to attending law school, Kim gained more than ten years of experience as a litigation paralegal for an insurance defense firm. 

  • Christopher Jevsevar

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7890
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Christopher.Jevsevar@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Christopher

    Chris Jevsevar is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

  • Jack E. Jimenez

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.281.5257
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jack.Jimenez@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jack

    Jack Jimenez is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters which include wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, breach of contract, and wage and hour issues, including the defense of class action lawsuits.

    In addition to litigating in state and federal courts, Mr. Jimenez defends employers in arbitration, before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

    Mr. Jimenez also provides preventative counseling to employers on various employment related issues, including employee terminations and discipline, disability accommodations, drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment and severance agreements, and compliance with wage and hour laws.

  • Patrik Johansson

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5158
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Patrik.Johansson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Patrik

    Patrik Johansson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Miscellaneous Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Johansson has experience representing professionals including real estate brokers, attorneys, insurance brokers and agents, appraisers and mortgage brokers. Mr. Johansson has also represented large financial institutions in several litigation matters. Mr. Johansson has been involved in more than 500 cases involving allegations of unfair debt collection practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Rosenthal Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

    Mr. Johansson has extensive experience defending attorneys against claims of legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, and third-party claims. He co-authored the section involving potential claims against lawyers involved in the collection of consumer debts in the California Legal Malpractice and Malicious Prosecution Liability Handbook.

    In addition, Mr. Johansson handles the following types of matters:

    • Multiple Class Actions
    • Business to Business Disputes
    • Mortgage Litigation
    • Construction Law
    • Transportation Law
    • Franchise Litigation
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Malicious Prosecution
  • John Breen

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.358.6082
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: John.Breen@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Breen is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Regulatory and Compliance Practice.

  • John D. Schumacher

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.599.7730
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: John.Schumacher@lewisbrisbois.com

    About John

    John Schumacher is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department. 

  • Dawn L. Johnson

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 312.463.3413
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Dawn.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dawn

    Dawn Johnson is an associate in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Ms. Johnson has also worked on civil defense litigation in state and federal courts, primarily in the areas of products and premises liability, mass tort, personal injury, property damage and contract disputes.

  • Greg L. Johnson

    Office: Sacramento, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 916.646.8208
    Office Fax: 916.564.5444
    Email: Greg.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Greg

    Greg Johnson is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Johnson is a lead trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation cases in state and federal courts, as well as state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Johnson has been lead trial counsel in dozens of jury trials, bench trials and binding arbitrations.

    The main focus of his practice is financial services litigation, and throughout his career Mr. Johnson has represented numerous national and regional financial institutions in complex commercial disputes, lender-liability disputes, consumer class actions, and judicial foreclosures actions on commercial projects. As a result of this experience, Mr. Johnson has also represented other companies that support financial institutions, such as in the areas of credit reporting and collection, vehicle repossession and sale issues and protection of privacy and personal identification information.

    Mr. Johnson has also represented clients in securities fraud class actions; disputes over patents and trade secrets; antitrust and competition cases; actions involving disputes over payment and reimbursement for managed health care services; and actions arising from the denial of claims against governmental entities.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Johnson served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Vining of the Northern District of Georgia. He also was a partner at another major national law firm.

  • Kevin L. Johnson

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.583.6003
    Office Fax: 702.366.9563
    Email: Kevin.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kevin

    Kevin Johnson is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice.

  • Michael K. Johnson

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6648
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Michael.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Michael

    Michael Johnson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on complex litigation including trials and appeals in State and Federal Courts. His primary practice areas include business and commercial disputes, environmental, insurance, and general liability. Mr. Johnson was certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization from 2000 to 2016, and although no longer practicing as a certified specialist, continues to handle appeals in state and federal court as a regular part of his practice.

  • Noel F. Johnson

    Office: Miami, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 786.353.0291
    Office Fax: 786.513.2249
    Email: Noel.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Noel

    Noel Johnson is a partner in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice who has tried or participated in more than 50 jury and non-jury trials throughout Florida. His practice focuses on multimillion-dollar wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, and negligent security cases with injuries ranging from simple slip and falls to catastrophic injuries including loss of life. He has particular experience in motor vehicle accident cases, especially ones involving motorcycles.

    Recent representative matters include:

    • Obtained defense jury verdict in seven minutes in automobile accident case.
    • Obtained defense verdict in $6.5 million wrongful death motorcycle case.
    • Obtained dismissal for defendant in premises liability case in which plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries.
    • Obtained dismissal of condominium owner’s case against homeowner’s association and property manager related to claims of water damage, mold, and property damage in his unit.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for hotel in premises liability case in which plaintiff claimed neck, back, and knee injuries.
    • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a restaurant in a personal injury case concerning serious burns to a minor.

    In addition, Mr. Johnson regularly handles medical malpractice, insurance defense, commercial litigation, toxic torts, and landlord/tenant law matters for clients of all sizes.

  • Philip W.S. Johnson

    Office: Seattle, WA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 206.455.7430
    Office Fax: 206.436.2030
    Email: Philip.Johnson@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Philip W.S.

    Philip W.S. Johnson is an associate in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage and general liability. While in law school, Philip worked as a law clerk in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois, and participated in several mock trial competitions including finishing as the runner-up in the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. Outside of the office Philip enjoys competitive distance running and cheering for his favorite football team, the Houston Texans.

  • Matthew W. J. Johnston

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.438.6676
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Matthew.Johnston@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Matthew

    Matthew Johnston is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practice. Mr. Johnston’s practice concentrates on Admiralty law and maritime defense litigation in both state and federal courts.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Johnston was an Associate Attorney with the San Francisco-based maritime law firm of Sterling, Clack & Russo. He has also worked as an extern in the Admiralty Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco.

    Mr. Johnston was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal and was a member of the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court team. He currently serves on the 2019 Steering Committee as Secretary for the Pacific Admiralty Seminar. He is also a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

  • Paul Jolis

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 714.668.5542
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Paul.Jolis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Paul

    Paul Jolis is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate Practice. Mr. Jolis specializes in corporate, commercial, contract, construction, and real estate law.

    • Represents local, national and international clients in areas of real estate, construction, engineering, printing, government contracting, information technology and services, mining and international transactions and trade.
    • Active in civil litigation in federal and state courts. Admitted to practice in New York  in 1968, Mr. Jolis has tried cases in Federal and State Courts in California, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and in the United States Court of Federal Claims.
  • Addie L. Jones

    Office: Dallas, TX
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 214.722.7118
    Office Fax: 214.722.7111
    Email: Addie.Jones@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Addie

    Addie Jones is the administrative partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. Addie works with some of the largest interstate transportation companies to investigate, evaluate, defend and resolve fatality and catastrophic personal injury claims. Her practice also includes advising and defending insurers, reinsurers and managing general agents in coverage and bad faith matters. To further help clients evaluate and resolve high exposure claims, Addie has crafted mock trials that have successfully predicted outcomes at trial. These predictions have facilitated cost-effective settlements when negotiations have otherwise failed. Ms. Jones also has experience representing accountants, insurance agents and brokers in defending malpractice and professional liability claims.

    Addie began her career as an Assistant District Attorney and has since represented a variety of clients in personal injury, products liability, construction defect, OSHA administrative proceedings and employment matters from case inception through trial in both state and federal court before judges and juries.

  • Candis R. Jones

    Office: Atlanta, GA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 404.991.2156
    Office Fax: 404.467.8845
    Email: Candis.Jones@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Candis

    Candis Jones is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Since 2011, Candis’ practice has focused on insurance defense, premises liability, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies, numerous insurance carriers, and a major metropolitan transit authority.

    In her practice, Candis has successfully tried and won federal and state jury and bench trials. She has been a strong track record in automobile liability and tort/premises liability trials with demands of $1 million or more. She has also successfully adjudicated cases on motion and secured reasonable settlements in high exposure cases with public relations concerns.

    In all of her representations, Candis strategically works with her clients to posture each matter towards the best defensive outcome, and puts a premium on proactive communication with her clients.

  • Gilbert Jones

    Office: Orange County, CA
    Position: Of Counsel
    Tel: 714.668.5516
    Office Fax: 714.850.1030
    Email: Gilbert.Jones@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gilbert

    H. Gilbert Jones is an attorney in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Jones’ trial practice focuses on professional liability defense including medical and legal malpractice, products liability, wrongful termination, bad faith, general business matters, and drug cases.

    Mr. Jones has tried to conclusion in excess of 185 jury trials and has handled and argued important cases in the Supreme Court of California and other appellate courts.

  • Nicole Jones

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 415.438.6663
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Nicole.Jones@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicole

    Nicole Jones is a partner in San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Jones' additional practice areas include Products Liability, Transportation, and Construction Defect.

    Nicole maintains a diverse caseload, defending insured and self-insured business entities in litigation and pre-litigation matters. She represents clients at all stages of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, negotiation, trial, and through appeal, in both state and federal court. Nicole’s practice is focused in all aspects of civil litigation including premises liability, products liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, landlord/tenant, subrogation, construction site accidents, and cases involving the application of the 8th Amendment to prisoners. Nicole represents retailers, hotels, restaurants/bars, commercial and residential property owners and managers in personal injury cases arising from accidents on their premises and disputes with their tenants. Nicole’s experience in construction site injuries and construction defect cases has lead to an understanding of various issues involving the machinery and operations involved, as well as OSHA regulations and their role in civil ligation.

    Nicole has filed and successfully argued many dispositive motions, in both state and federal court, in addition to preparing successful motions at all states of litigation. She has mediated hundreds of cases prior to trial, ultimately reducing her clients’ litigation costs and resulting in favorable results.

    Nicole obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis. She attended Santa  Clara University School of Law where she served as a technical editor for Law Review. While in law school, Nicole interned for the Katharine and George Alexandar Community Law Center, focusing on labor and employment and workers’ compensation cases.

  • Erin E. Jordan

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.693.4354
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Erin.Jordan@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Erin

    Erin Jordan is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. 

  • Dinesh A. Joshi

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.358.6084
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Dinesh.Joshi@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Dinesh

    Dinesh Joshi is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Joshi practiced in the field of insurance defense litigation, representing individuals and businesses. 

  • Kenneth J. Joyce

    Office: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 954.495.2219
    Office Fax: 954.728.1282
    Email: Ken.Joyce@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Kenneth

    Kenneth J. Joyce is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Joyce is an accomplished trial attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience representing entities and individuals in high stakes business litigation. He has represented clients in federal and state litigation in a wide range of industries throughout Florida and the United States. Mr. Joyce also serves as outside corporate counsel to several organizations providing assistance with risk management, employment, internal & corporate investigations and compliance. He has extensive experience in handling contract disputes, claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, shareholder and partner disputes, trademark and trade secret litigation, marine industry matters and the defense of employment claims. 

    Mr. Joyce is rated AV Preeminent ® by Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer rating standard. Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite™ and Florida Super Lawyers have repeatedly recognized him in the area of business litigation, and since 2016 he has been named to The Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers every year. Avvo rates Mr. Joyce as 10.0 out of 10.0. He is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel,  a prestigious organization whose limited membership is by invitation only following an extensive review selection process. 

    Mr. Joyce is proud of his extensive involvement in the legal community. Recently, Mr. Joyce was appointed by the Florida Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit. He is immediate past Chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Professionalism Panel for the 17th Circuit, and he is the Central District elected member of the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association. Mr. Joyce is a current board member and past President of the Broward Inn of Court, past Chair of the Florida Bar Statewide Advertising Committee and current member of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. He has served as a board member for the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, the Ann Storck Center and the City of Coral Springs Board of Adjustment. 

  • Judd Gilefsky

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7723
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Judd.Gilefsky@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Judd

    Judd Gilefsky is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Mr. Gilefsky specializes in consumer warranty litigation, including defense of lemon law litigation and related claims. His clients include manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, motor homes and other consumer goods, as well as dealers, finance companies, and related entities. Mr. Gilefsky handles all aspects of litigation through trial, including law and motion, discovery, mediations, and depositions.

  • Gabriel Racine Judd

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3329
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Gabriel.Judd@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gabriel Racine

    Gabriel (Gabe) Judd is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation, School Districts and Municipalities, Labor & Employment, and General Liability Practices.

    Mr. Judd has considerable courtroom experience defending insurance companies in coverage and extra-contractual matters, and successfully tried to verdict, as lead counsel, first party insurance coverage and bad faith cases. 

    He also focuses his practice in defending municipalities in general liability, employment, and civil rights actions, handling a wide range of premise, discrimination and police misconduct matters. He has extensive civil litigation experience, and successfully defended matters pending both in Illinois state and federal courts and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission. 

  • Jocelyn A. Julian

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7827
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jocelyn.Julian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jocelyn

    Jocelyn Julian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Ms. Julian specializes in the defense of manufacturers, designers, and distributors of a wide variety of products, including automobiles, tires, heavy industrial machinery, medical devices, pesticides, and recreational equipment, in California state and federal courts. She has defended clients in complex class actions and personal injury actions, including cases involving claims of wrongful death, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. She has also served as regional counsel for a major manufacturer in defending products liability claims.

  • Julie A. Keersmaekers

    Office: Denver, CO
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 720.292.2047
    Office Fax: 303.861.7767
    Email: Julie.Keersmaekers@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Julie

    Julie Keersmaekers is an associate in the Denver office (*admitted in New York, not yet licensed in Colorado) of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Government Investigations, and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practices. 

    Julie represents clients in a broad range of government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, complex commercial litigation, and arbitration. Julie has extensive experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and individuals in sensitive internal investigations as well as civil and criminal investigations by the Securities Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Department of Justice involving allegations of commodities fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, public corruption, health care fraud, U.S. trade sanctions violations, securities fraud, and foreign bribery. These include alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Commodities Exchange Act of 1936, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. In addition, Julie has significant experience representing corporations in complex commercial disputes, including matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, and civil RICO claims, as well as employment litigation and tax controversy matters.

    As a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, Julie helps clients respond to data security incidents while complying with state and federal breach notification requirements. Julie also tracks emerging cybersecurity risks and trends, and follows legislative developments and regulatory enforcement matters in the data privacy and security area.

    Julie earned her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in 2011 and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 2006.

  • Branden Jung

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 702.693.4355
    Office Fax: 702.893.3789
    Email: Branden.Jung@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Branden

    Branden Jung is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice Department.

  • Anthony A. Junker

    Office: Las Vegas, NV
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 702.583.6004
    Office Fax: 702.366.9563
    Email: Anthony.Junker@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Anthony

    Anthony Junker is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. He represents insurers, employers, and self-insured employers in workers' compensation and related issues. Since 2007, Mr. Junker has been in private practice primarily representing employers, self-insured employers, and insurers in Nevada workers' compensation matters.

  • Sukhvinder Tony Kahira

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.580.3945
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Tony.Kahira@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Sukhvinder Tony

    Tony Kahira is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice.

    His practice includes:

    • Representation of Insurance Carriers and Employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board throughout the State of California.
    • Representation of Employers on matters involving discrimination under Labor Code, Section 132 (a) and Serious and Willful Misconduct.
    • Represents Employers and Insurance carriers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) cases.
  • Barry G. Kaiman

    Office: Los Angeles, CA, Indian Wells, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5053
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Barry.Kaiman@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Barry

    Barry Kaiman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and is chair of the Government Relations Practice. He is also a member of the General Liability Practice. Mr. Kaiman has over 40 years of experience in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith defense, professional liability, construction law, personal injury and intellectual property law.

    Over the last 15 years, Mr. Kaiman has defended Homeowners Associations throughout Southern California in excess of 300 cases. Most of them involve issues of breach of the CC&Rs, breach of fiduciary duties, negligence, fraud and other tortious conduct.

  • Natalie Kaiser

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0957
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Natalie.Kaiser@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Natalie

    Natalie Kaiser is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Natalie was an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney's Office handling both misdemeanor and felony cases from arraignment to trial.

  • Nanette Turner Kalcik

    Office: Wichita, KS
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 316.609.7921
    Office Fax: 316.462.5746
    Email: Nanette.Kalcik@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nanette Turner

    Nanette Kalcik is a partner in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. She has considerable experience in nationwide complex litigation and has spent her career protecting her clients’ interests throughout the entire litigation process—from pre-litigation consulting through trial and including the appellate process. As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Ms. Kalcik has represented a wide-range of clients in a variety of matters, including: complex civil litigation, commercial litigation, medical malpractice disputes, tort and personal injury actions, oil and gas litigation, employment disputes, class action claims, municipal law, financial services litigation, and consumer and mortgage finance law. She has experience in bank and mortgage regulatory compliance, including compliance with and litigation involving the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act.

    Ms. Kalcik brings a unique perspective to our firm, having clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas for several years after graduation and prior to entering private practice. She then spent the next six years handling litigation around the country, advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants. She joins Lewis Brisbois with almost 10 years of litigation experience and a wealth of knowledge about the various stages of litigation and is able to quickly identify potential pitfalls for clients along the way.

    Ms. Kalcik believes in adding value to each case she handles. Her goal in representing clients in litigation is to provide the best representation possible while realistically assessing potential outcomes and risks. She achieves this goal by evaluating a number of considerations in pre-litigation and the early stages of litigation, including client expectations, weaknesses in the client’s position, anticipated fees and costs if litigation is pursued, and the opposing party’s desired outcome. This early assessment process often prevents clients from expending substantial fees and expenses on matters that either should not be litigated because of extraordinarily high risk or because of the opposition’s relatively modest objectives. She has been effective in obtaining early resolution of disputes through strategic and dispositive motion practice or alternative dispute resolution.

    Ms. Kalcik has practiced and is licensed in Kansas, Illinois, and numerous federal courts.

  • Robyn Gnudi Kalocsay

    Office: Newark, NJ
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 973.718.3951
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Robyn.Kalocsay@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Robyn Gnudi

    Robyn Kalocsay is a partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. She is a highly successful AV rated litigator who focuses her practice on complex civil litigation in the state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

    Ms. Kalocsay has represented clients in general liability matters, asbestos litigation, trucking accident cases, and construction and employment matters. She has represented professionals in malpractice cases including but not limited to legal malpractice, broker malpractice and accounting malpractice. She has served as lead trial attorney in the defense of New Jersey mass tort litigation for a Fortune 10 company. She has also successfully defended nationally known corporate clients in the defense of litigation matters arising from catastrophic accidents.

    Ms. Kalocsay received her Bachelor of Arts and her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University.

  • Cameron M. Kalunian

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.599.7780
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Cameron.Kalunian@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Cameron

    Cameron Kalunian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the nationwide Construction Practice and Complex Litigation Practice. Mr. Kalunian’s practice is focused on multi-party litigation in a wide variety of cases involving claims related to breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, real estate, construction defect disputes, and various tort claims. Additionally, Mr. Kalunian has served as litigation counsel for both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses in matters involving intellectual property, employment, real estate, financial institutions, and environmental claims. Mr. Kalunian is an experienced trial lawyer who has garnered many favorable verdicts. His reputation as an aggressive and effective trial lawyer has also resulted in lucrative settlements for his clients.

    Mr. Kalunian handles the following types of matters:

    • Construction
    • Products Liability
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
    • Professional Liability
    • General Liability

    Mr. Kalunian has repeatedly been selected as a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers. 

  • Alan Kaminsky

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 212.232.1340
    Office Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Alan.Kaminsky@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Alan

    Alan Kaminsky is a senior partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois, a co-chair of the firm’s national General Liability Practice, and a member of the firm’s ten-partner Management Committee. Mr. Kaminsky is a premier trial lawyer whose aggressive approach to discovery, deposition, and cross-examination has made him one of New York’s most successful defense attorneys.

    Mr. Kaminsky has tried more than 300 cases in his more than three decades of practice. Throughout his career he has obtained more than 50 defense verdicts, with the vast majority of the remainder of his high exposure, catastrophic damages cases resolving favorably for his clients either through mediation or during trial. He regularly handles cases presenting multimillion dollar exposure pertaining to alleged Labor Law violations, premises security lawsuits, transportation accidents, fires, wrongful death, construction accidents, and lead paint poisoning, all of which involve catastrophic damages. He has represented parties involved with both the longest running civil trial in New York City history and what was at the time the oldest active case in New York, winning his clients a directed verdict in the former and a full defense verdict in the latter. He has also been called upon to provide counsel on some of the nation’s highest profile incidents, including:

    • Served as national defense counsel for Arapahoe County, Colorado, and its law enforcement personnel in relation to the school shooting at Columbine High School
    • Secured dismissal via summary judgment of claims filed against the owner of the building where the infamous “Atlanta day trader” shootings occurred
    • Advised the shopping center in Arizona where U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords was shot
    • Represented the owner of the complex where the San Bernardino terrorist attack occurred

    Mr. Kaminsky and his team have litigated and tried scores of actions in which plaintiffs have alleged violations of New York State’s Labor Law (Sections 240, 241(6) and 200) and the Industrial Code. Many of these cases have involved complex contractual relationships that involve indemnification and coverage entitlements, including the administration of Owner Controlled Insurance Programs and Policies.

    Another major area of focus for Mr. Kaminsky is foster care and the abuse and assault of minors. He has tried and overseen the trials of dozens of these emotionally fraught cases, such as: 

    • Defended the owner of a temporary housing project in a high-profile case covered extensively in the media concerning allegations made by a foster family of 19 of permanent injuries due to lead paint poisoning in the residence; trial lasted for three months, and parties reached a settlement extremely favorable for our client during jury deliberations. 
    • Represented a foster home against claims of negligence related to three children who were allegedly physically and emotionally abused by the operator of the home, a co-defendant in the case; the case settled prior to trial for a confidential amount. 
    • Represented an insured foster care agency in two cases involving siblings who were assigned by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to our client for placement into a foster home, where the children alleged abuse; the cases settled for a confidential amount during motions for summary judgment pending and prior to trial. 
    • Defended landowners in multiple trials concerning minors sexually assaulted, physically assaulted, and/ or raped while on the landowners’ premises, including in apartments, on elevators, and on rooftops; in one notable case, which was affirmed by the New York State Court of Appeals and led to new case law, a jury rendered a defense verdict on behalf of the owner of a building where a 17-year old female was forced into an elevator, forced into her apartment, robbed, and then brought to the rooftop where the perpetrator raped her and attempted to strangle her.

    He has authored three books, is a contributing author to various legal publications, and has been a featured speaker at more than 100 programs.

  • Rita R. Kanno

    Office: San Diego, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 619.699.4969
    Office Fax: 619.233.8627
    Email: Rita.Kanno@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rita

    Rita R. Kanno is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She began her practice with the firm in 2006 as a member of the healthcare and employment/labor practice groups.

    Ms. Kanno’s practice focuses on employment-related litigation, including wage and hour class action defense. She has substantial experience representing employers in litigation. Her areas of concentration include wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and wage issues. In addition to litigation, Ms. Kanno has advised employers on various other employment related issues, including employment contracts, employee handbooks, employee privacy rights, employment termination, reductions in force and unemployment benefits; and compliance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, and California Labor Code.

    Ms. Kanno also has significant experience in the representation of healthcare practitioners. She has successfully represented the interests of physicians, nurses, and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits. She has extensive law and motion experience, having success in federal and state dispositive motions, Appellate Reviews, and Binding Arbitration Hearings.

  • Josh M. Kantrow

    Office: Chicago, IL
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 312.463.3445
    Office Fax: 312.345.1778
    Email: Josh.Kantrow@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Josh

    Josh Kantrow is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the National Professional Liability Practice. Clients frequently retain Josh to litigate complex, high exposure cases throughout the United States and appreciate his ability to generate great results. Mr. Kantrow defends a wide variety of professionals, including but not limited to accountants, directors and officers, financial industry professionals, insurance agents and brokers, lawyers, real estate agents, appraisers and surveyors, and software and technology industry specialists. Josh also litigates complex insurance coverage, class action, and data privacy/network security cases across the country.

    Mr. Kantrow’s experience managing claims enables him to view legal issues from the client’s perspective. Several years ago, Mr. Kantrow worked in London for a Berkshire Hathaway backed insurer. In this role, Josh managed complex professional liability litigation, analyzed claims, counseled on contract wordings, and assessed risk. Mr. Kantrow also served for three years as outside counsel for a national manufacturer based in Chicago, managing claims and providing transactional advice. 

    Mr. Kantrow has been a speaker at approximately 50 seminars, conducted across the United States, in Europe and in Israel. Mr. Kantrow has also participated as a guest on multimedia platforms (including radio, television and podcasts), has been interviewed by leading industry publications, and has published articles on various legal topics and issues.

    Prior to moving to Chicago, Mr. Kantrow spent a semester in law school at the Université Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France, interned for a federal judge at the U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C., and practiced in New Orleans for four years. 

  • Jon P. Kardassakis

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Partner
    Tel: 213.680.5040
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Jon.Kardassakis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Jon

    Jon Kardassakis is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a chair of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice. Mr. Kardassakis has more than thirty-five years experience as a trial attorney and holds the rank of Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has tried more than thirty-five cases to conclusion in state and federal courts, including complex fraud, business, products liability and employment litigation. He regularly defends class action litigation, including cases involving claims based on products liability(including drug products), consumer fraud, cyber breach, privacy claims, professional errors and omissions, insurance practices and employment litigation. (See "Additional Information" Tab for a list of Representative Cases.) These cases routinely include claims for violation of California’s Unfair Business Practices Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200 et seq.), False Advertising Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17500 et seq.), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Cal. Civil Code section 1750 et seq.), Song-Beverly Act, and/or similar consumer protection claims under the laws of other states, fraud, breach of express and implied warranty claims. Class action privacy claims include alleged violation of California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (Cal. Civil Code section 56.10 et seq.) and violation of Cal. Health & Safety Code section 1430. He is experienced in defending class actions against manufacturers, health care providers, restaurants, employers and insurers.

    Included within his Mass Tort experience is that he is currently defending a major American footwear company in connection with products liability claims by approximately 740 consumers who claim to have been injured as a result of what they allege are design defects in the footwear.

    In addition to his class action and mass tort practice, he handles other significant commercial and business litigation, including, matters involving allegations of libel, slander, trade libel, disparagement, violation of intellectual property rights, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract claims.

    He is an experienced appellate lawyer having successfully argued matters before the California Supreme Court, and various state and federal appellate courts.

    Mr. Kardassakis has made presentations at numerous seminars and is an instructor for the National Institute For Trial Advocacy [NITA]. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals, district courts in the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California and all California State courts. He also has experience with litigation in other states, including matters ordered coordinated or consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has handled many matters in arbitration and has also acted as a court appointed arbitrator.

  • Nicole R. Kardassakis

    Office: Los Angeles, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 213.281.5262
    Office Fax: 213.250.7900
    Email: Nicole.Kardassakis@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Nicole

    Nicole Kardassakis is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law and Insurance Coverage Practices.

  • Rachel F. Kashani

    Office: San Francisco, CA
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 415.262.8595
    Office Fax: 415.434.0882
    Email: Rachel.Kashani@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Rachel

    Rachel Kashani is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice. Ms. Kashani defends insurance carriers, third party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of workers' compensation law.

  • Gene K. Kaskiw

    Office: Newark, NJ, New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 973.718.3954
    Office Fax: 973.577.6261
    Email: Gene.Kaskiw@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Gene

    Gene Kaskiw is an associate in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Aviation Practice. He is regularly defending large domestic and international air carriers in personal injury cases. In addition, he has experience with products and premises liability, aircraft liens, cargo claims, insurance defense, the Montreal Convention, fraud claims against airlines and general aviation accidents. He has assisted in the successful preemption of claims under the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.

    A longtime enthusiast of the commercial aviation industry, Mr. Kaskiw is a frequent contributor to a variety of online and print publications analyzing domestic and international air carriers. At Columbia University, he was a member of the varsity intercollegiate football team and Sigma Chi fraternity.

  • Justin Kasmir

    Office: New York, NY
    Position: Associate
    Tel: 646.783.0932
    Fax: 212.232.1399
    Email: Justin.Kasmir@lewisbrisbois.com

    About Justin

    Justin Kasmir is an associate in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Asbestos Litigation and Products Liability Practices. Mr. Kasmir has extensive experience litigating New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL), as well as other asbestos and product liability suits in other New York jurisdictions and federal court. In practice, Mr. Kasmir seeks a detailed understanding of complex issues. Through diligent research and case preparation, he has successfully represented his clients in a variety of unique and novel litigation issues.



    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kasmir spent eight years aggressively representing corporate clients in asbestos litigation in Ne