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Jennifer E. Acheson
Jennifer Acheson

Jennifer E. Acheson
Partner
(650) 780-1750

Jennifer E. Acheson is a member of the Appellate, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Department at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley. Ms. Acheson also serves as Discovery Referee in San Mateo County.

Partner
Tim M. Agajanian
Tim Agajanian

Tim M. Agajanian
Partner
(213) 312-2010

Mr. Agajanian regularly advises clients in such industries as petroleum, oil and gas, waste management, insurance and construction.

Partner
Sonia M. Agee
Sonia Agee

Sonia M. Agee
Partner
(408) 947-4889

Sonia M. Agee practices in the firm’s Business and Transactions Group. She focuses on tax-oriented planning for businesses, corporations, and individuals. Her clients include closely held businesses and corporations, individuals and start-up companies.

Partner
Lisa E. Aguiar
Lisa Aguiar

Lisa E. Aguiar
Of Counsel
(408) 918-4555

Lisa E. Aguiar advises clients on handling day-to-day employment issues, planning and implementing layoffs and other terminations, dealing with discrimination and harassment issues, and offers company-wide employment law training.

Of Counsel
Terry Anastassiou
Terry Anastassiou

Terry Anastassiou
Partner
(415) 972-6341

Mr. Anastassiou is certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization and his work is focused in appeals and writs in state and Federal courts.

Partner
Lael D. Andara
Lael Andara

Lael D. Andara
Partner
(650) 364-8200

Lael Andara is a partner in RMKB’s Redwood City office. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, entertainment and trade secret matters.

Partner
Samantha Aster
Samantha Aster

Samantha Aster
Associate
(646) 454-3272

Ms. Aster focuses her practice on premises, professional, and products liability defense.

Associate

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Stephan A. Barber
Stephan Barber

Stephan A. Barber
Partner
(408) 918-4524

Civil and business litigation; insurance coverage and bad faith; construction; fire protection; contract/UCC; employment law; and products liability matters are the areas of emphasis for Stephan A. Barber

Partner
Jordan R. Beckerman
Jordan Beckerman

Jordan R. Beckerman
Senior Associate
(650) 780-1740

 Mr. Beckeman's practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters

Senior Associate
John M. Bentley
John Bentley

John M. Bentley
Partner
(650) 780-1722

John M. Bentley has practiced law for more than 45 years, during which time he has emphasized trial work. His experience has included trials in a variety of fields with a major emphasis during that time on professional liability.

Partner
Scott W. Bermack
Scott Bermack

Scott W. Bermack
Partner
(212) 668-5927

Mr. Bermack is a partner in the firms' New York office. He is a skilled trial attorney with significant first chair jury trial experience and numerous reported defense verdicts.

Partner
Rachael E. B. Binder
Rachael Binder

Rachael E. B. Binder
Associate
(408) 287-6262

 Rachael Binder graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University.

Associate
Lawrence Borys
Lawrence Borys

Lawrence Borys
Partner
(213) 312-2026

Mr. Borys has expertise in the litigated fields of Professional Liability (with particular emphasis on Insurance Agents and Attorneys), Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Product Liability, Employer Liability and Construction Defect matters.

Partner
Michael J. Brady
Michael Brady

Michael J. Brady
Of Counsel
(650) 780-1724

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Michael J. Brady has been with the firm of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley for 40 years.

Of Counsel

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Enedina Cardenas
Enedina Cardenas

Enedina Cardenas
Associate
(408) 287-6262

 Enedina’s practice includes a broad range of civil and business litigation matters, including disputes arising from contract and products liability.

 
Associate
Chi-Hung A. Chan
Chi-Hung Chan

Chi-Hung A. Chan
Partner
(650) 780-1732

Mr. Chan was born in Taipei, Taiwan. His practice focuses on contracts, international matters, real estate and immigration.

Partner
Stephan Choo
Stephan Choo

Stephan Choo
Associate
(415) 972-6303
Associate
Blaise U. Chow
Blaise Chow

Blaise U. Chow
Partner
(646) 454-3244

Blaise U. Chow concentrates his practice in the areas of directors and officers, commercial insurance, professional liability and corporate law.

Partner
Kristina H. Chung
Kristina Chung

Kristina H. Chung
Partner
(650) 780-1706

Kristina Chung's current practice focuses exclusively on employment litigation, and she represents a variety of companies in employment related matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and severance issues.

Partner
Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
Thomas Clarke, Jr.

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
Partner
(415) 543-4800

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr., joined RMKB in 1991 and is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed for several years in Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine.

*Works at multiple offices
Partner
Kevin P. Cody
Kevin Cody

Kevin P. Cody
Partner
(408) 918-4557

Kevin P. Cody represents a wide range of clients including real estate developers, architects, engineers, contractors, product manufacturers,and commercial and residential property owners.

Partner
Pamela E. Cogan
Pamela Cogan

Pamela E. Cogan
Partner
(650) 780-1671

Pamela Cogan specializes in the representation of insurance carriers in bad faith and coverage litigation, including liability, property, disability and workers compensation insurance and bonds.

Partner
Devin C. Courteau
Devin Courteau

Devin C. Courteau
Senior Associate
(415) 972-6318

Devin Courteau has extensive experience in handling complex commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on trade secret actions.

Senior Associate

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John G. Dooling
John Dooling

John G. Dooling
Partner
(415) 543-4800

John G. Dooling's practice consists of general trial work and transactional work for business and real estate entities.

*Works at multiple offices
Partner
Kathleen Duggan
Kathleen Duggan

Kathleen Duggan
Of Counsel
(213) 312-2072

Kathleen Duggan is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Los Angeles office where her litigation practice focuses on professional liability including medical malpractice defense, dental malpractice and actions before the Medical and Dental Board of California.

Of Counsel

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Stephen J. Erigero
Stephen Erigero

Stephen J. Erigero
Partner
(213) 312-2013

Stephen J. Erigero specializes in commercial litigation, including defense of professional liability claims, insurance bad faith and coverage litigation, complex construction litigation involving design professionals, and environmental and toxic torts.

Partner

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Diane Fazzolari
Diane Fazzolari

Diane Fazzolari
Senior Associate
(646) 454-3262

Ms. Fazzolari handles matters involving legal malpractice, professional liability, directors and officers, and commercial general liability. 

Senior Associate
Lisa M. Fitzgerald
Lisa Fitzgerald

Lisa M. Fitzgerald
Senior Associate
(212) 668-5927

Ms. Fitzgerald is a member of the firm’s tort defense team and focuses her practice on civil claims involving products liability,

Senior Associate
Robert M. Forni
Robert Forni

Robert M. Forni
Partner
(650) 364-8200

Robert M. Forni, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Redwood City office. He specializes in the representation of insurance carriers in bad faith and coverage litigation, including appeals.

Partner

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Pascale Gagnon
Pascale Gagnon

Pascale Gagnon
Senior Associate
(213) 312-2051

Pascale Gagnon practice has focused primarily in the areas of professional liability, directors and officers liability and business litigation (including contract, defamation/libel, publicity and privacy rights), funeral services and premises liability.

Senior Associate
Gregory M. Gentile
Gregory Gentile

Gregory M. Gentile
Partner
(408) 918-4554

Gregory M. Gentile is experienced in business and construction defect litigation includes the representation of insurance agents, real estate agents, home inspectors, general contractors and subcontractors.

Partner
J. Patrick Geraghty
J. Patrick Geraghty

J. Patrick Geraghty
Partner
(646) 454-3247

Patrick Geraghty concentrates in defense litigation with an emphasis on cases involving Admiralty Law, Commercial Transportation and Maritime Insurance.

Partner
Michelle L. Gordon
Michelle Gordon

Michelle L. Gordon
Senior Associate
(646) 454-3271

Ms. Gordon is a member of the firm’s tort defense team and focuses her practice on civil claims involving products liability, construction and labor law, professional liability, premises liability, and trucking liability.

Senior Associate

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Susan H. Handelman
Susan Handelman

Susan H. Handelman
Partner
(650) 780-1759

Susan H. Handelman specializes in civil appeals in state and federal appeals courts in addition to handling civil litigation matters.

Partner
Alan J. Hart
Alan Hart

Alan J. Hart
Associate
213.312.2087

Mr. Hart's practice focuses on commercial litigation, including defense of professional liability claims, insurance bad faith and coverage litigation.

Associate
Nicole S. Healy
Nicole Healy

Nicole S. Healy
Partner
(650) 780-1733

Nicole has represented companies and individuals in complex commercial disputes, including in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and control matters, disputes regarding intellectual property rights, and claims of unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices under the California Unfair Business Practices Act. 

Partner
Geoffrey W. Heineman
Geoffrey Heineman

Geoffrey W. Heineman
Partner
(646) 454-3243

For over twenty years, Geoffrey W. Heineman has focused his practice in the area of business counseling with extensive experience litigating actions involving coverage disputes, commercial contracts, securities laws, employment practices, and intellectual property issues.

Partner
James C. Hyde
James Hyde

James C. Hyde
Partner
(408) 918-4538

James C. Hyde's practice focuses on tort litigation defense with particular emphasis on catastrophic injury claims, products liability, construction site accidents, and commercial torts

Partner

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Michael J. Ioannou
Michael Ioannou

Michael J. Ioannou
Chairman
(408) 287-6262

Michael J. Ioannou's practice focuses on representing offshore and U.S.-based public and private high technology software and hardware design, development, manufacturing and information technology companies.

Chairman

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Kenneth M. Jones
Kenneth Jones

Kenneth M. Jones
Partner
(213)312-2018

Kenneth M. Jones  is an experienced trial lawyer with more than twenty years of litigation experience.

Partner

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Kim Karelis
Kim Karelis

Kim Karelis
Partner
(213) 312-2012

Kim Karelis represents insurance companies in contractual / extra-contractual litigation concerning insurance coverage disputes arising from all types of commercial and personal lines policies.

Partner
Gerald G. Knapton
Gerald Knapton

Gerald G. Knapton
Partner
(213) 312-2016

Considered one of the industry’s preeminent experts in fee dispute matters for over 15 years, Gerald Knapton has not only served as an expert on the reasonableness and necessity of legal fees, ethics and prevailing market rates, but has been designated to prepare a binding report on fees in disputes by opponents.

Partner
John A. Koeppel
John Koeppel

John A. Koeppel
Of Counsel
(415) 543-4800

John A. Koeppel’s litigation practice includes commercial litigation, catastrophic injury, product liability, earth movement and construction defect along with general casualty matters.

Of Counsel
Wendy C. Krog
Wendy Krog

Wendy C. Krog
Senior Associate
(408) 947-4801

Wendy Krog is an associate in the firm's San Francisco office. She is a member of the litigation team and focuses on business banking issues.

Senior Associate
Jamie M. Kurtz
Jamie Kurtz

Jamie M. Kurtz
Senior Associate
(213) 312-2052

 Ms. Kurtz’s practice areas include Intellectual Property and Business Litigation.  

Senior Associate

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Norman Lau
Norman Lau

Norman Lau
Associate
(650) 780-1790

 Mr. Lau's practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes and counseling. 

Associate
François G. Laugier
François Laugier

François G. Laugier
Partner
(650) 780-1691

Francois is a corporate transactions and international attorney who specializes in technology transactions while still advising clients in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Partner
Amber W. Locklear
Amber Locklear

Amber W. Locklear
Partner
(646) 454-3246

Amber W. Locklear concentrates her practice and assists her clients in the areas of complex insurance coverage with an emphasis on directors and officers, errors and omissions, complex property policies, commercial insurance and corporate law.

Partner
Jesshill E. Love
Jesshill Love

Jesshill E. Love
Chief Operating Officer
(650) 780-1611

 

Jesshill Love's practice focuses on commercial litigation, and he has experience in litigating a wide range of real property issues in both State and Federal courts.

Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer A. Lowitt
Jennifer Lowitt

Jennifer A. Lowitt
Of Counsel
(646) 454-3256
Of Counsel
Brock R. Lyle
Brock Lyle

Brock R. Lyle
Partner
(650) 780-1647

Brock R. Lyle's primary focus is commercial litigation, with particular specializations in employment-related matters, insurance defense, intellectual property, and legal research.

Partner

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Tahereh (Tara) Mahmoudian
Tahereh Mahmoudian

Tahereh (Tara) Mahmoudian
Of Counsel
(213) 312-2033

Tara Mahmoudian was a structural engineer for several years before going to law school. She worked on retrofitting projects on older commercial buildings to ensure compliance with the seismic codes.

Of Counsel
Andrew L. Margulis
Andrew Margulis

Andrew L. Margulis
Partner
(646) 454-3242

Andrew L. Margulis handles a broad range of commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters, with an expertise in directors and officers and professional liability litigation and coverage including coverage litigation.

Partner
Enrique Marinez
Enrique Marinez

Enrique Marinez
Partner
(650) 780-1679

Enrique Marinez handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation involving products liability, unfair competition law, misappropriation of trade secrets, real estate transactions, insurance coverage and bad faith.

Partner
Spencer C. Martinez
Spencer Martinez

Spencer C. Martinez
Senior Associate
(415) 972-6305

Spencer Martinez  has represented major retailers, services providers and other businesses in commercial litigation involving alleged fraud, unfair business practices, breach of contract, negligence and protection of intellectual property rights and trade secrets.

Senior Associate
Daniel P. McKinnon
Daniel McKinnon

Daniel P. McKinnon
Senior Associate
(408) 947-4861

Daniel McKinnon's practice focuses on business and intellectual property litigation in both federal and state courts, including disputes arising from contract, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Senior Associate
David M. McLaughlin
David McLaughlin

David M. McLaughlin
Partner
(650) 780-1717

David McLaughlin  has a diverse commercial litigation and trial practice which focuses on employment, product liability, intellectual property and real estate matters.

Partner
Christopher R. Mezzetti
Christopher Mezzetti

Christopher R. Mezzetti
Associate
(650) 780-1677

Mr. Mezzetti's practice involves real estate, construction, professional liability, corporate transactions, and catastrophyc injury. 

Associate
Ramon A. Miyar
Ramon Miyar

Ramon A. Miyar
Associate
(650) 780-1664

 Ramon Miyar's  practice focuses on employment and intellectual property litigation. 

Associate
Kirsten L. Molloy
Kirsten Molloy

Kirsten L. Molloy
Senior Associate
(646) 454-3263

  Kirsten M. Lee concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation as well as complex insurance coverage and defense.  Ms. Lee handles matters involving coverage disputes, legal malpractice, professional liability, and commercial general liability. 

Senior Associate

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Michael T. Ohira
Michael Ohira

Michael T. Ohira
Partner
(213) 312-2000

Michael Ohira’s practice is primarily devoted to litigating insurance coverage disputes arising under both commercial and personal lines insurance policies.

Partner

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Frank J. Pagliaro
Frank Pagliaro

Frank J. Pagliaro
Partner
(650) 364-8200

Frank Pagliaro is a partner who practices in California and New York and specializes in the legal fields of construction and design defect, products liability and surety bonds. He also serves as a mediator in those fields.

Partner
Dean A. Pappas
Dean Pappas

Dean A. Pappas
Partner
(650) 780-1628

Dean A. Pappas's practice is devoted to providing assistance to insurance companies in the analysis of property and liability insurance coverage issues and assistance in the investigation and handling of insurance claims.

Partner
Julian Pardo de Zela
Julian Pardo de Zela

Julian Pardo de Zela
Senior Associate
(408) 918-4545

Julian Pardo de Zela  handles civil litigation, focusing on premises liability, products liability, commercial torts, and catastrophic injury claims.

Senior Associate
Jung H. Park
Jung Park

Jung H. Park
Partner
(646) 454-3241

Ms. Park handles a broad range of commercial litigation, including antitrust, unfair business practices, complex coverage and bad faith litigation, employment, professional malpractice, product liability, construction defect, along with general litigation matters.

Partner
Jeff W. Poole
Jeff Poole

Jeff W. Poole
Associate
(213) 312-2081

Jeff Poole is an enthusiastic and motivated individual and is thrilled to begin his journey into the legal profession.

Associate
Ernest E. Price
Ernest Price

Ernest E. Price
Of Counsel
(213) 312-2007

Mr. Price has tried cases as lead counsel in both Federal and State courts in the areas of copyright, trademark, employee fraud, insurance coverage and general business liability. 

Of Counsel

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Laura L. Reidenbach
Laura Reidenbach

Laura L. Reidenbach
Senior Associate
(650) 780-1652

Ms. Reidenbach specializes in the defense of insurers. Her practice concerns complex coverage questions.

Senior Associate
E. Lacey Rice
E. Rice

E. Lacey Rice
Senior Associate
(213) 312-2058

Ms. Rice’s practice areas include Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Entertainment Law.

Senior Associate
Todd A. Roberts
Todd Roberts

Todd A. Roberts
Partner
(650) 780-1601

Mr. Roberts specializes in institutional defense and complex litigation involving employment disputes, insurance and contracts, business torts, anti-trust, real estate, and indemnity agreements.

Partner
Blake J. Russum
Blake Russum

Blake J. Russum
Senior Associate
(650) 780-1605

Blake's practice concentrates on representating insurance carriers in bad faith, fraud, and coverage litigation as well as ERISA litigation.

Senior Associate

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Stephen M. Shaner
Stephen Shaner

Stephen M. Shaner
Associate
(213) 312-2083

Stephen graduated cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Associate
Arnold  E. Sklar
Arnold Sklar

Arnold  E. Sklar
Partner
(213) 312-2061

With over 30 years of experience, Arnold E. Sklar's practice is devoted to intellectual property, franchise and distribution, business transactions and litigation, and related matters.

Partner
Michon M. Spinelli
Michon Spinelli

Michon M. Spinelli
Partner
(650) 780-1644

Ms. Spinelli's practice focuses on complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation, products liability, landlord tenant litigation, premises liability, and real estate litigation.  

Partner
Gary S. Spitzer
Gary Spitzer

Gary S. Spitzer
Senior Associate
(213) 312-2082

Mr. Spitzer practice concentrates in areas of professional liability defense,  complex commercial litigation, employment law and insurance coverage analysis. 

Senior Associate
Kathleen Strickland
Kathleen Strickland

Kathleen Strickland
Partner
(415) 972-6328

Kathleen Strickland has been a trial attorney for more than 29 years. She has tried over 30 civil cases in 14 states, all to a defense verdict. Before turning to civil law, Ms. Strickland prosecuted more than 150 criminal trials.

Partner
Robert A. Suarez
Robert Suarez

Robert A. Suarez
Of Counsel
(646) 454-3267

Mr. Suarez specializes in maritime, multimodal, and commercial litigation. He represents ship owners and operators, terminal operators and classification societies in litigation, arbitration and appeals.

Of Counsel

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J. Mark Thacker
J. Thacker

J. Mark Thacker
Partner
(408) 918-4543

J. Mark Thacker has extensive experience in the areas of product liability, environmental liability, commercial litigation, including intellectual property and professional liability.

Partner
Colette R. Thomason
Colette Thomason

Colette R. Thomason
Associate
(650) 780-1737

Colette's practice is concentrated on real estate law, with an emphasis on real estate litigation, real estate contract, and sales.

Associate
Ivan L. Tjoe
Ivan Tjoe

Ivan L. Tjoe
Partner
(213) 312-2047

Mr. Tjoe provides advice regarding business practices, prosecuting and defending business practices, business torts specializing in international and complex commercial disputes.

Partner
Stacy Monahan Tucker
Stacy Tucker

Stacy Monahan Tucker
Partner
(650)780-1719

Stacy Monahan Tucker’s practice focuses on the defense of corporations and insurers in breach of contract, complex coverage and extra contractual litigation and ERISA litigation.  She has significant experience in employment litigation, including trade secret litigation, investigation and litigation of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, qui tam whistleblower litigation, and executive compensation, stock option and severance issues.  She also has extensive experience in trademark, trade dress and unfair competition litigation, especially in the internet context.

Partner

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Elise R. Vasquez
Elise Vasquez

Elise R. Vasquez
Partner
(650) 780-1631

Elise Vasquez’ practice focuses on employment and intellectual property matters. Elise represents a variety of companies in claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, overtime and severance issues.

Partner
Lita M. Verrier
Lita Verrier

Lita M. Verrier
Partner
(617) 850-9087

Lita M. Verrier specializes in complex business and high technology litigation, intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition, as well as real estate transactions and professional malpractice.

Partner

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Dennis J. Ward
Dennis Ward

Dennis J. Ward
Partner
(408) 918-4519

Dennis J. Ward's trial experience includes over 20 jury trials to verdict in the areas of professional liability, products liability, premises liability, general personal injury litigation, and construction defect litigation, including matters resulting from toxic mold claims.

Partner
George G. Weickhardt
George Weickhardt

George G. Weickhardt
Partner
(415) 972-6370

Mr. Weickhardt is an expert in litigation involving consumer financial services, including credit cards, automotive finance and residential real estate loans.

Partner
Eric C. Weissman
Eric Weissman

Eric C. Weissman
Partner
(646) 454-3250

Eric C. Weissman represents domestic and international clients in insurance disputes and complex commercial litigation.

Partner
Kimberly F. Whitfield
Kimberly Whitfield

Kimberly F. Whitfield
Senior Associate
(408) 918-4539

Kimberly Whitfield primary practice areas include general and civil litigation, focusing on personal injury, premises liability, products liability, insurance coverage matters as well as commercial, environmental, corporate and business litigation.

Senior Associate
Richard K. Wilson
Richard Wilson

Richard K. Wilson
Partner
(650) 364-8200

Richard K. Wilson has been the Managing Partner of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley since January of 1997. His practice commencing in 1990 focused primarily on the area of defense of insurance companies in coverage matters, with an emphasis on environmental coverage.

Partner
Steven G. Wood
Steven Wood

Steven G. Wood
Of Counsel
(650) 780-1629

Steven is a member of the Business, Litigation and Real Property Sections of the California State Bar and has handled real estate and related matters throughout California and in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, with asset values ranging from $5M to $450M.

Of Counsel

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Justin A. Zucker
Justin Zucker

Justin A. Zucker
Associate
(415) 972-6314

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zucker interned with the legal division of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Associate
Matthew D. Zumstein
Matthew Zumstein

Matthew D. Zumstein
Partner
(650) 780-1641

Matt Zumstein's practice focused on products liability and toxic tort litigation, with an emphasis on defending asbestos-related lawsuits. He represented a broad variety of clients, including manufacturers of complex industrial equipment, general contractors and premises owners.

Partner