September Bulletin Board: Our Members and Leader Circle Firms Making Headlines

ABA Commission Honors Mark Schickman

Mark Schickman

Mark Schickman

Past BASF President Mark Schickman, a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman, was recently recognized by the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence with their 20/20 Vision Award for his trailblazing advocacy against domestic and sexual violence.

Schickman’s activities includes training employers to prevent workplace sexual harassment; helping to draft the ABA Model Workplace Policy on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and obtaining its approval by the ABA House of Delegates.

He has carried several domestic violence resolutions through the house, including the reauthorization of VAWA, the provision of housing rights for DV victims and the effort to afford greater protection to sexual assault victims in the military and on Native American lands.

Daily Journal Announces Top Plaintiff Lawyers

From left, Thomas Brandi, Mary Alexander and Elizabeth Cabraser

From left, Thomas Brandi, Mary Alexander and Elizabeth Cabraser

The following members were recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers:” Thomas Brandi, The Brandi Law Firm; Mary Alexander, Mary Alexander & Associates; and Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.

LGBT Bar Recognizes Local Attorneys

From left, Zachary Allen, Peter Catalanotti and Julie Wilensky

From left, Zachary Allen, Peter Catalanotti and Julie Wilensky

The following BASF members were re-cently recognized by the LGBT Bar as the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40:” Julie Wilensky, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson; Zachary B. Allen, Arnold & Porter; Peter Catalanotti, Manning & Kas, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester.

Leader Circle Firms Honored as Top Corporate Philanthropists

The following Leader Circle firms were recognized as top Corporate Philanthropists by the San Francisco Business Journal: Hanson Bridgett and Shartsis Friese.

Steve Lowenthal of Farella Braun + Martel

Steve Lowenthal of Farella Braun + Martel

In addition, Farella Braun + Martel received the Education Partner of the Year Award – related to the firm’s diversity pipeline summer internship, scholarship and credit recovery programs. Farella’s Managing Partner Steve Lowenthal accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum Wins Legaltech Innovation Award

Noel Edlin accepts the LegalTech News Innovation Award

Noel Edlin accepts the LegalTech News Innovation Award

BASF Leader Circle Firm Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum recently won an Innovation Award from Legaltech News in the category of “Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Law Firm” for bringing predictive analytics in-house. This award demonstrates the firm’s ability to continually adapt to a changing legal services marketplace. Managing Partner Noel Edlin accepted the firm’s award.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Announce Best Law Firms for Women

The following BASF Leader Circle firms were recognized by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers as one of the 50 best law firms for women: Cooley; Crowell & Moring; Davis Wright Tremaine; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath; Farella Braun + Martel; Foley & Lardner; Goodwin Procter; Hanson Bridgett; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; O’Melveny & Myers; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Perkins Coie and Schiff Hardin.

Member Honored for Litigation Management

Shay Gilmore

Shay Gilmore

Shay Gilmore was recently awarded the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Professional of the Year Award in the Litigation Management category for his work as in-house counsel for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. He is now with Norcal Mutual Insurance.

Nanci Clarence Appointed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

The U.S. Sentencing Commission appointed past BASF President Nanci Clarence, Clarence Dyer & Cohen, as Vice Chair of the Practitioners Advisory Group (PAG), effective October 2015. PAG’s purpose is to provide the perspective of attorneys representing individuals and organizations charged under federal criminal laws.

Farella Partner Inducted Into College of Labor & Employment Lawyers

Douglas Dexter

Douglas Dexter

Douglas Dexter, Farella Braun + Martel, was recently inducted as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers is an international organization comprised of the most accomplished professionals in the labor and employment law community. The mission of the college is to provide guidance, knowledge and clarity in the area of labor and employment law.

The American Lawyer Announces 2015 A-List Firms

The following BASF Leader Circle Firms were recently recognized by American Lawyer magazine as “2015 A-List” firms: Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; and Morrison & Foerster.

The American Lawyer highlights 20 firms that “combine enviable revenues with impressive pro bono dockets, contented associates and diversity in their lawyer ranks. The firms are chosen based on survey scores for revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction and diversity, giving double weight to the revenue and pro bono scores.”