June Bulletin Board: BASF Members and Sponsor Firms Making Headlines


Three BASF Members Honored by Diversity Council

Past BASF President Joan Haratani, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, former BASF Board Member Cloey Hewlett, Nossaman, and California Minority Counsel Program Executive Director Marci Rubin were all honored by the California Diversity Council in April. Haratani was honored with a Multicultural Leadership Award. Hewlett and Rubin were recognized as Most Powerful and Influential Women.

Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California Honors Cloey Hewlett

Cloey Hewlett, Nossaman, was also honored by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California at an award reception in late April in Los Angeles. Hewlett was honored as a founding member and the organization’s first president.

Daily Journal Announces Top IP Litigators List

The following BASF members were included on the Daily Journal’s Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers list, published in the April 17 issue: Michael J. Bettinger, K&L Gates; James Elaqcua, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom & Affiliates; Geoffrey Howard, Bingham McCutchen; Annette Hurst, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Michael Jacobs, Morrison & Foerster; Daniel Johnson, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Robert Van Nest, Keker & Van Nest; Eric Walters, Davis Wright Tremaine; Joe Liebeschuetz, Alston & Bird; Rachel Krevans, Harold McElhinny, Catherine Polizzi, Michael Ward and Peter Yim, all five of Morrison & Foerster.

Kamala Harris Included on the 2013 Time Most Influential List

California Attorney General Kamala Harris was recently named to Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

BASF Member Appointed to Official Delegation

Dean Fealk, a partner at DLA Piper, has been selected by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to join an official delegation to  the People’s Republic of China to meet with Chinese government and business leaders to highlight bi-lateral trade and investment opportunities between the two regions. The delegation includes the governor and  75 business, economic development, investment and policy leaders from throughout California.

Past President Appointed to Chair American College of Trial Lawyers Committee

BASF Past President Nanci Clarence, Clarence Dyer & Cohen, was recently appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Federal Criminal Practice Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Michael Kelly Elected to Inner Circle of Advocates

Michael Kelly, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, was recently  elected to the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the United States. Its mission is to promote the highest standards of courtroom competence and the mutual fellowship and exchange of knowledge among outstanding trial lawyers. Membership is limited to attorneys of exceptional qualifications who are respected among their peers and who are experienced and skillful in the handling of courtroom litigation.

Silicon Valley Business Journal Announces Most Influential Women

The following BASF members were including on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Most Influential Women list: Mary Huser (formerly of Bingham McCutchen); Colleen Chien, Fenwick & West IP Scholar and an Assistant Professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law School and Catherine Polizzi, Morrison & Foerster.

Recorder Names 50 Lawyers on Fast Track

The following BASF members were included on The Recorder’s 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track in California list: Brooke Abola, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Simona Agnolucci, Keker & Van Nest, David Almeling, O’Melveny & Myers, Lindsey Blenkhorn, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Allison Elgart, Equal Justice Society; Dean Harvey, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Holly Hogan, K&L Gates; Bradley Marsh, Winston & Strawn; Edward Robinson, Covington & Burling; Alfredo Silva, Morrison & Foerster; Stacey Sprenkel, Morrison & Foerster; Quyen Ta, Keker & Van Nest; David Tsai, Perkins Coie and Daniel Vermillion, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass.

Yale Law Women Announces 2013 Top Ten Family Friendly Law Firms

Yale Law Women (YLW) recently announced its eighth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List. YLW congratulates these Top Ten Firms for their leadership in developing and implementing family friendly practices and policies. The following BASF Sponsor Firms were included on that list: Arnold & Porter; Goodwin Procter; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Perkins Coie.

Business Times Announces Best Places to Work

The following BASF Sponsor Firms were were honored by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area: Farella Braun + Martel; Fenwick & West and Sheppard Mullin. The award ceremony was held April 24.

BTI Brand Elite Recognizes Top 18 Branded Law Firms

The following BASF Sponsor Firms were included on BTI Consulting Group’s “BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms 2013” list: Latham & Watkins; DLA Piper and Morrison & Foerster.