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David R. E. Aladjem Photo
Partner
David R. E. Aladjem Photo
David Aladjem helps clients throughout California manage and resolve water resources management problems, especially those at the intersection of water rights, endangered species, and CEQA/NEPA.

Sacramento 916.520.5361 direct
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Partner
Annie S. Amaral Photo
Clients rely on Annie Amaral for her complex business litigation and advocacy skills to navigate through federal and state courts alike, both independently and where cases are filed simultaneously in both venues.

Sacramento 916.520.5243 direct
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Partner
Anthony A. Arostegui Photo
With over 25 years of experience in handling diverse business and real estate transactions, Tony Arostegui is highly skilled and accomplished at structuring, negotiating and documenting complex transactions including the acquisition and divestment of real estate, commercial leasing, secured and unsecured commercial financing and construction contracts.

Sacramento 916.520.5504 direct
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Of Counsel
Sacramento 916.520.5350 direct
Of Counsel
J. Mark Atlas Photo
Mark Atlas provides his clients the unique combination of more than 40 years of legal experience with the perspective of a long-time resident of a Sacramento Valley community that has a rich history of water resource stewardship.

Sacramento 916.520.5350 direct
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Partner, Recruiting Partner
Meghan M. Baker Photo
Individuals and companies looking to resolve lawsuits and other legal disputes turn to Meghan Baker because of her and client-focused approach and proven results. 

Sacramento 916.520.5510 direct
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Associate
Samuel E. Bivins Photo
Clients facing complex water rights disputes and environmental litigation turn to Sam Bivins for his strong analytical skills, persuasive advocacy, and strategic approach to problem solving. 

Sacramento 916.520.5209 direct
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Associate
David E. Cameron Photo
David Cameron brings a thoughtful, detailed, and aggressive approach to each matter he handles, resulting in efficiency and success for water clients statewide.  

Sacramento 916.520.5214 direct
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Associate
Kristin N. Capritto Photo
Kristin Capritto  assists clients in all aspects of estate planning, trust administration and probate — from high value estates to small estate transfers and spousal property petitions. A trained mediator, Kristin can provide clients with alternative dispute resolution when conflicts arise.

Sacramento 916.520.5275 direct
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Associate
Bradley C. Carroll Photo
While working as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Bradley Carroll developed not only strong analytical skills, but also gained a unique perspective on litigation.  Bradley now uses these skills and his strong background in legal research and writing to assist businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation.

Sacramento 916.520.5299 direct
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Partner, General Counsel
Dan L. Carroll Photo
Dan Carroll has represented both private industry and public sector firm clients for over fifteen years before the California Public Utilities Commission, primarily in matters related to regulation of electricity, natural gas, water, and transportation.

Sacramento 916.520.5239 direct
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Associate
Jackeline E. Castro Photo
Caring and zealous, Jackeline Castro firmly advocates for her client’s interests.
Practice Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5222 direct
Hardev S. Chhokar Photo
Associate
Hardev S. Chhokar Photo
Hardev Chhokar uses his strong analytical and advocacy skills to represent clients in state and federal court.

Sacramento 916.520.5345 direct
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Associate
Sacramento 916.520.5212 direct
Associate
Austin C. Cho Photo
When facing complex water rights issues, clients look to Austin Cho for his shrewd analysis and creative solutions.

Sacramento 916.520.5212 direct
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Partner
Andrea P. Clark Photo
Andrea Clark has a practice focused on water rights and flood control, serving as general counsel to a variety of public agencies from local reclamation districts and water districts to regional joint powers authorities.

Sacramento 916.520.5424 direct
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Associate
Courtney L. Daniels Photo
Courtney Daniels’ federal court experience and real estate background have provided her with a unique legal perspective, allowing her to bring solutions that are informed by industry understanding and strategically aligned with clients’ objectives.

Sacramento 916.520.5370 direct
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Associate
Michael B. Davis Photo
Michael Davis helps corporate and real estate clients from a wide-range of industries navigate today’s complex regulatory and legal environment.

Sacramento 916.520.5382 direct
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Partner
Joseph G. De Angelis Photo
For more than 20 years, Joe De Angelis has combined his legal skills and accounting background to guide his clients through complex tax planning and business transactions.  His substantial experience as a certified public accountant is extremely valuable to clients requiring practical business solutions to complex legal issues.

Sacramento 916.520.5308 direct
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Counsel
James L. Deeringer Photo
Jim Deeringer is one of Northern California's premier trusts and estates attorneys. With more than 35 years of practice, he has handled hundreds of planning, administration, and litigation matters, involving estates ranging from the relatively small to over $100 million in value.

Sacramento 916.520.5352 direct
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Outside Counsel
Sacramento 916.520.5280 direct
Outside Counsel
Bruce F. Dravis Photo
Bruce Dravis has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on corporate governance, contracts, finance, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides advice and counsel on SEC matters.

Sacramento 916.520.5280 direct
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Partner
Sacramento 916.520.5478 direct
Reno 775.329.5900  direct
Partner, Pro Bono Partner
Jamie P. Dreher Photo
Jamie Dreher helps clients navigate the maze of options in complex corporate reorganizations and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Sacramento 916.520.5478 direct
Reno 775.329.5900  direct
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Outside Counsel
Sacramento 916.520.5290 direct
Outside Counsel
Jay-Allen Eisen Photo
Jay-Allen Eisen is regarded as one of California’s top appellate attorneys. He has been counsel in more than 300 appeals and appellate writs, over 120 of which have resulted in published, precedent decisions.

Sacramento 916.520.5290 direct
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Partner, Chair, Corporate, Securities and Tax Group
Matthew W. Ellis Photo
Matt Ellis is a skilled transactional attorney who assists clients with sophisticated legal matters and complex real estate transactions.

San Francisco 415.848.4846 direct
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Partner
Cassandra M. Ferrannini Photo
Cassandra Ferrannini draws on her broad experience to assist clients in finding their best strategic position to prevent, defend, and resolve employment disputes.

Sacramento 916.520.5387 direct
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Partner
Sean J. Filippini Photo
Sean Filippini's practice focuses on litigation with experience in multiple practice areas, including construction, real estate, and commercial disputes.

Sacramento 916.520.5430 direct
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Associate
Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald Photo
As a former federal law clerk, Avalon brings her analytical skills and thorough understanding of the trial and appellate processes to bear for businesses and individuals alike.

Sacramento 916.520.5203 direct
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Partner, Chair, Litigation Practice Group
Janlynn R. Fleener Photo
For over 20 years, a variety of businesses -- from financial institutions to national property developers and shopping center owners, governmental agencies, regional businesses, sole proprietorships and individuals -- have turned to Jan Fleener to handle their complex business litigation.

Sacramento 916.520.5227 direct
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Associate
Giuliana M. Gabriel Photo
Giuliana Gabriel assists clients in complex employment matters in state and federal court. 

Sacramento 916.520.5344 direct
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Partner
Sacramento 916.520.5242 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
Partner
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Jeffrey Galvin represents clients in civil cases, focusing on California trust litigation and probate disputes.  His work often arises from conflicts between siblings, step-parents, and other family members.  He practices in Sacramento County, across Northern California, and in Northern Nevada.
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5242 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
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Counsel
Darrin D. Gambelin Photo
Darrin Gambelin draws on more than 20 years of experience with California and federal environmental laws to assist clients in resolving a range of permitting, compliance, and regulatory enforcement issues.  

San Francisco 415.848.4810 direct
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Counsel
Dale Ginter Photo
R. Dale Ginter has represented senior secured creditors (banks, insurance companies, hedge funds), committees and debtors in all chapters of bankruptcy.

Sacramento 916.520.5353 direct
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Partner
Steven H. Goldberg Photo
Steven Goldberg has served as one of the leading go-to environmental litigation and compliance attorneys in California for over twenty five years.
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5231 direct
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Associate
Daria A. Gossett Photo
Daria Gossett’s practice encompasses all aspects of general and complex civil litigation, spanning all phases of the litigation process, from pre-lawsuit demands to post-judgment appeals.

Sacramento 916.520.5383 direct
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Partner, Chair, Natural Resources Group
Nicole E. Granquist Photo
Nicole Granquist is among an elite group of attorneys whose practice is devoted entirely to water quality regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, and litigation.

Sacramento 916.520.5369 direct
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Associate
Hina Gupta Photo
Hina Gupta draws on her environmental planning background to help clients navigate through regulatory, land use entitlements, and environmental issues.

San Francisco 415.848.4834 direct
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Partner
Arielle O. Harris Photo
Arielle Harris has developed a successful practice advising public and private clients on a wide range of land use and natural resource matters.

San Francisco 415.848.4812 direct
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Partner, Assistant General Counsel
Sherry Hartel Haus Photo
Sherry Haus is a partner in Downey Brand’s litigation practice group and serves as the firm’s assistant general counsel. She is a seasoned litigator with deep experience in securities litigation and compliance, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. A former federal prosecutor and a former special assistant district attorney, Sherry has tried over 15 cases to verdict in ...
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5490 direct
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Partner
Tyson E. Hubbard Photo
Tyson Hubbard is an experienced litigator who focuses on trust and estate disputes. Tyson’s clients rely upon him to steer an efficient and effective path. He draws on his nine years of litigation experience across a wide range of matters, as well as his personal experience as a trustee of a family trust. 

Sacramento 916.520.5216 direct
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Partner
Steven B. Hymas, II Photo
With over a decade prior experience working in business and technology, Steve Hymas has a deep understanding of legal issues clients face in relation to how their businesses work, the technical challenges they face, and how to handle those issues to best address their needs.

Sacramento 916.520.5538 direct
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Associate
Nicholaus E. Johnson Photo
Clients expecting cost-effective and comprehensive representation seek out Nicholaus Johnson for sound advice throughout their complex business and real estate transactions.

Sacramento 916.520.5384 direct
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Associate
Alexandra K. LaFountain Photo
Alexandra LaFountain assists clients on a diverse array of litigation matters in state and federal court. 

Sacramento 916.520.5245 direct
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Partner
Thomas E. Marrs Photo
Tom Marrs draws from his litigation experience to efficiently resolve complex family law matters for clients throughout California. Known for his practical approach, Tom skillfully advances his clients’ interests resulting in a successful and timely resolution.
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5210 direct
Christian L. Marsh Photo
Partner
Christian L. Marsh Photo
Public agencies and private companies turn to Christian Marsh for advice on regulatory and land use entitlement issues governing real estate developments, ground and surface water supply projects, renewable and non-renewable energy facilities, mining operations and processing plants, and port and waterfront developments.

San Francisco 415.848.4830 direct
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Partner, Marketing Partner
Mary  J. Martinelli Photo
As a Certified Family Law Specialist*, Mary Martinelli is uniquely qualified to resolve complex family law matters with an emphasis on business concerns — earning her clients’ trust for more than thirty years.
Practice Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5278 direct
Robert M. McCormick Photo
Counsel
Robert M. McCormick Photo
Bob McCormick maintains a broad transactional real estate practice with particular emphasis on leasing, purchases and sales, real estate finance and common interest developments.

Sacramento 916.520.5301 direct
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Partner
Scott D. McElhern Photo
Clients turn to Scott McElhern to provide his legal insight to map out a strategy for success. He focuses his practice on litigation matters involving construction, eminent domain, real estate and commercial disputes.

Sacramento 916.520.5367 direct
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Of Counsel
Daniel J. McVeigh Photo
During the last 35 years, Dan McVeigh has earned the reputation as one of the preeminent employment litigators in the Sacramento region. 

Sacramento 916.520.5438 direct
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Counsel
Reno 775.997.7418 direct
Counsel
Bret F. Meich Photo
Bret Meich counsels clients to successful outcomes by utilizing his business and government background. Concentrating on complex commercial litigation, he provides strategies and tactics that effectively resolve disputes.

Reno 775.997.7418 direct
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Counsel
Stephen J. Meyer Photo
Stephen Meyer has more than forty years of experience with complex business litigation with a particular focus in the last several years on food and agriculture.
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5437 direct
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Associate
Michael C. Minahan Photo
Mike Minahan works tirelessly to provide efficient and cost-effective assistance to clients involved in a wide range of litigation matters.

Sacramento 916.520.5339 direct
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Counsel
James M. Morris Photo
For nearly five decades Jim Morris has represented clients, from manufacturers to farmers, in virtually every phase of California agribusiness, blending his knowledge of agriculture with his trial skills.
Industry Areas:

Stockton 209-472-3910 direct
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Partner
Meredith E. Nikkel Photo
Meredith Nikkel tackles water rights disputes with the discerning eye of a litigator and the innovative thinking of a problem solver.

Sacramento 916.520.5211 direct
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Partner
Kevin M. O'Brien Photo
Kevin O’Brien assists clients throughout California in water right, water quality, endangered species and environmental matters.  His clients include private landowners, water districts, cities, counties, real estate developers, wineries and mining companies.

Sacramento 916.520.5235 direct
Kathryn L.
Associate
Kathryn L.
Katie Patterson represents her clients in all aspects of the employment relationship. Be it drafting a handbook that represents the values of your organization, training your employees in legal and ethical responsibilities, investigating employee claims (everything from discrimination to employee satisfaction), or representing you in state, federal, or administrative matters, Katie advances ...

Sacramento 916.520.5241 direct
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Associate
Sheila Wirkus Pendergast Photo
Sheila Pendergast has litigated in trial and appellate courts throughout the state for the past ten years and draws on her experience to help her family law clients navigate the legal system.
Practice Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5360 direct
Kelly L. Pope Photo
Partner
Kelly L. Pope Photo
Kelly Pope assists clients throughout California in all types of litigation, including business, family law, eminent domain, real estate, and bankruptcy.

Sacramento 916.520.5362 direct
Silvio Reggiardo, III Photo
Partner
Silvio Reggiardo, III Photo
Sil Reggiardo assists clients in structuring business transactions and wealth transfers.

Sacramento 916.520.5374 direct
Michael W. Reining Photo
Associate
Michael W. Reining Photo
Michael Reining helps clients find solutions to challenges in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, and litigation. 

Sacramento 916.520.5464 direct
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Associate
Christopher I. Rendall-Jackson Photo
Christopher Rendall-Jackson draws on his experience with environmental law, white-collar defense, and securities enforcement and litigation to assist clients with multifaceted environmental litigation and enforcement matters.

San Francisco 415.848.4848 direct
James Robertson Photo
Partner
Sacramento 916.520.5363 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
Partner
James Robertson Photo
James Robertson uses a unique combination of legal skills and business leadership experience to provide his clients with practical and efficient legal advice and to counsel his clients through complex business transactions and an increasingly burdensome regulatory environment.

Sacramento 916.520.5363 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
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Of Counsel
Steven P. Saxton Photo
For nearly 30 years, public agencies, businesses and agricultural landowners have looked to Steve Saxton to successfully handle water, resources, and land use litigation and representation in both private negotiations and in state and federal courts throughout California.

Sacramento 916.520.5435 direct
Scott L. Shapiro Photo
Managing Partner
Sacramento 916.520.5234 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
Managing Partner
Scott L. Shapiro Photo
Scott Shapiro is highly regarded for his expertise in flood protection improvement projects throughout California’s Central Valley and the West, as well as his successful track record on issues of water rights and water supplies.

Sacramento 916.520.5234 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
Donald E. Sobelman Photo
Partner
Donald E. Sobelman Photo
Don Sobelman is exclusively focused on helping his clients successfully navigate the complexities of environmental law. His practice is multifaceted, embracing enforcement defense and litigation, compliance with environmental and land use regulations, contaminated site cleanup and brownfields redevelopment.  

San Francisco 415.848.4824 direct
Robert P. Soran Photo
Partner
Robert P. Soran Photo
Known as a strong advocate and tenacious litigator with more than 20 years of experience, clients throughout California turn to Bob Soran for his expertise in compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Sacramento 916.520.5364 direct
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Staff Attorney
Sacramento 916.520.5425 direct
Staff Attorney
Trina L. Spivack Photo
Clients seeking to navigate challenging family law matters in an efficient, straightforward manner seek Trina Spivack’s counsel in resolving property division, financial, and custody issues. 
Practice Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5425 direct
Elizabeth B. Stallard Photo
Partner
Sacramento 916.520.5238 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
Partner
Elizabeth B. Stallard Photo
Elizabeth Stallard helps clients navigate complex employment and business issues with a common sense and pragmatic approach. A seasoned and creative problem-solver, Elizabeth advises clients with workforce management issues and efficiently resolves disputes either through litigation or alternative dispute resolution.

Sacramento 916.520.5238 direct
Reno 775.329.5900 direct
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Associate
Karina R. Stanhope Photo
Passionate and detail-oriented, Karina Stanhope works tirelessly to achieve great results for her clients.

Sacramento 916.520.5305 direct
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Counsel
Stockton 209.472.3926 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct
Counsel
M. Max Steinheimer Photo
Max Steinheimer is a highly respected trial lawyer with a deserved reputation for success in the courtroom.  He has served as lead trial counsel in over 40 jury trials in state and federal courts throughout California and Nevada.

Stockton 209.472.3926 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct
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Partner, Co-Chair, Food & Agriculture Group
Dale A. Stern Photo
With over 30 years of experience focused on the agricultural industry, Dale Stern is a trusted business and legal advisor to major agricultural producers, processors and retailers throughout the state.

Sacramento 916.520.5250 direct
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Partner
Michael J. Thomas Photo
Michael J. Thomas is one of a few registered patent attorneys based in Sacramento with a law practice focused on intellectual property litigation, including prosecuting and defending claims involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Sacramento 916.520.5310 direct
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Partner
Stan O. Van Vleck Photo
For over 30 years, Stan Van Vleck has successfully resolved disputes for clients with government agencies in California.

Sacramento 916.520.5440 direct
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Associate
Patrick F. Veasy Photo
Clients facing complex environmental issues rely on Patrick Veasy for his detail-oriented approach and strong analytical skills to achieve effective results.

Sacramento 916.520.5448 direct
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Partner
Anthony L. Vignolo Photo
With an insurance defense background, it was a natural fit for Anthony Vignolo to focus his legal practice in the areas of civil litigation and insurance law.
Industry Areas:

Stockton 209.472.3920 direct
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Partner, Chairman
William R. Warne Photo
Bill Warne has built a reputation as one of Sacramento’s top trial lawyers. Bill is retained by individuals, companies, and corporations with complex, high-profile and "bet the company" litigation issues.
Industry Areas:

Sacramento 916.520.5217 direct
Adrian J. Webber Photo
Partner
Adrian J. Webber Photo
Clients confronted with complex litigation disputes look to Adrian Webber for creative, efficient, and effective guidance.

Sacramento 916.520.5259 direct
Matthew J. Weber Photo
Partner
Stockton 209.472.3922 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct
Partner
Matthew J. Weber Photo
Clients that find themselves entangled in intricate legal disputes turn to Matt Weber not only for his legal skills, but because he also takes the time to understand the client’s issues before he recommends a litigation strategy.

Stockton 209.472.3922 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct
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Associate
Andrew A. Weil Photo
Andrew Weil represents clients in complex real estate and business transactions.

Sacramento 916.520.5418 direct
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Counsel
James A. Willett Photo
Jim Willett is Downey Brand’s senior attorney in estate planning. His practice emphasizes estate planning, estate taxes, trusts and probate law for individuals and family groups.

Sacramento 916.520.5354 direct
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Associate
Blake A. Williams Photo
Blake Williams works with his clients to develop creative and cost-efficient solutions aimed to resolve complex litigation disputes.

Sacramento 916.520.5420 direct
Jennifer L. Williams Photo
Counsel
Stockton 209.472.3918 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct
Counsel
Jennifer L. Williams Photo
Regional public entities, businesses, sole proprietorships, and individuals have benefited from Jenny Williams' legal counsel.  In today’s challenging economic climate, an increase in case filings have reduced the court’s availability to hear oral arguments and resulted in significant delays in obtaining trial dates.
Industry Areas:

Stockton 209.472.3918 direct
Sacramento 916.444.1000 direct

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