JD Supra Recognizes Two Downey Brand Attorneys as Top Authors in 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

March 10, 2021


Downey Brand is pleased to announce that Sophia Castillo and Patrick Veasy have been recognized as Top Authors in the JD Supra 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards for their thought leadership and writing on key topics in the Food & Beverage category.

In its seventh year, the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors and firms read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform. JD Supra editors chose the 28 main topics covered in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards for their timeliness as well as their proven, ongoing importance. In each category, they recognized ten authors and one firm for consistently high readership and engagement. In total, across all categories, 267 authors were recognized for their excellence and achievement out of a pool of more than 65,000 writers.

Sophie is a partner in the firm’s environmental practice in San Francisco where she specializes in complex issues relating to California’s Proposition 65 and toxics law. In her Proposition 65 practice, Sophie defends clients up and down the supply chain, in the food, cosmetics, home and garden, housewares, hardware, glassware, and cleaning products industries. She publishes a monthly update Proposition 65: Trends and Highlights describing trends in 60-Day Notices of Violation by citizen plaintiff groups with her colleague Patrick.

Patrick is a senior associate in the firm’s Sacramento office and his practice also focuses on environmental law, with an emphasis on water quality, environmental site remediation issues, and toxic tort litigation, including Proposition 65. As noted above, Patrick co-authors Proposition 65: Trends and Highlights with Sophie and frequently writes on issues involving per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).