July Bulletin Board: Our Members and Sponsor Firms Making Headlines


Farella Partner Honored by Marin Justice League

Environmental Law Partner Chris Locke, of Farella Braun + Martel, was recently honored as an inductee into the Legal Aid of Marin’s (LAM) Marin Justice League. Locke’s induction honors his 25 years of service to LAM, where he has served as a volunteer attorney and as a member and past president of the board of directors.

Arnold & Porter Partner Elected to Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco-based appellate partner Sean SeLegue was recently elected to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The organization admits members only upon a showing of substantial appellate experience and findings of good character and professional reputation, outstanding appellate ability, and a continuing commitment to quality appellate practice.

Karen Silverman Named Among Most Influential Women

Karen Silverman, Latham & Watkins, was recently included on the San Francisco Business Times “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” list.

The following BASF members who have previously been included on the list were inducted in to the San Francisco Business Times “Forever Influential Honor Roll” of exceptional women leaders: Michelle Banks, Gap Inc.; Mary Cranston, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Pamela Duffy, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass; Cloey Hewlett, Nossaman; Karen Johnson-McKewan, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Ellen Kahn, Sideman & Bancroft; Laureen Seeger, McKesson Corporation.

Daily Journal Announces Top Women Lawyers List

The following BASF members were included on the Daily Journal’s Top Annual list of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in California: Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Nanci Clarence, Clarence Dyer & Cohen; Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Joan Tucker Fife, Winston & Strawn; Ella Foley Gannon, Bingham McCutchen; Sarah Good, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Debra Grassgreen, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones; Gay Crosthwait Grunfeld, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld; Susan J. Harriman, Keker & Van Nest; Kamala Harris, California Attorney General; Rachel Krevans, Morrison & Foerster; Jan Nielsen Little, Keker & Van Nest; Susan H. Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster; Mika Mayer, Morrison & Foerster; Pamela Phillips, Arnold & Porter; and Karen Silverman, Latham & Watkins.

National Law Journal Recognizes Top Firms For Intellectual Property

The following BASF Sponsor Firms were included in the National Law Journal’s annual “Intellectual Property Hot List”: Fenwick & West; Morrison & Foerster; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Winston & Strawn.

BASF Member’s NonProfit Law Blog Makes Top 30 List

BASF member Gene Takagi’s blog was included on the Best Degree Programs list of top 30 Law Blogs of 2013.  Non Profit Law Blog helps to educate nonprofit organizations and the lawyers representing them on the intricacies of the unique sets of laws governing non-profits.

BASF Member Appointed to ABA Group

Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.), was recently appointed by the American Bar Association as a member of the Center for Human Rights. The Center for Human Rights addresses critical human rights issues, developing policy, projects, and educational initiatives to advance human rights both nationally and internationally.

BASF Member Recognized by National Bar Association

BASF member Candice Petty, corporate counsel at 24 Hour Fitness,  was recently announced by the National Bar Association as a “2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” and will be honored at the National Bar Association Gala in July.

Parenting Magazine Names BASF Members as a Top Child Advocate

Parenting magazine recently recognized BASF member Kevin Urbatsch, Myers Urbatsch, as a “Top Child Advocate” in its June edition.  Urbatsch is the National Director of the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP), a national organization of special needs planning professionals. His law practice is devoted to the unique planning needs of persons with disabilities.

Sponsor Firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass Hires Non Lawyer as its CEO

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, a BASF Sponsor Firm, has hired non-lawyer, MBA and entrepreneur, Carter W. Brown, as its chief executive officer. Coblentz is the first in the Bay Area – and among only a few firms nationally – to embrace an executive management model.