BASF Bulletin Board: Our Members and Leaders Circle Firms Making Headlines

The Daily Journal Announces Top 100 Lawyers in California

The following BASF Members were included on the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California:” Michael Bien, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld; Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Eric Fastiff, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney; 2010 President Arturo González, Morrison & Foerster; John Keker, Keker Van Nest & Peters; Mark Lemley, Durie Tangri; Elliot Peters, Keker Van Nest & Peters; Michael Rhodes, Cooley; Michael Rubin, Altshuler Berzon; Paul Scrivano, Ropes & Gray; Robert Van Nest, Keker Van Nest & Peters; James Wagstaffe, Kerr & Wagstaffe; and Craig Waldman, Jones Day.

The list was published in the September 20 issue of The Daily Journal.

National Law Journal Names Elite Boutique Trailblazers

The following members were included on the National Law Journal’s list of “Elite Boutique Trailblazers”:

Barristers Club Board Member Ben Feuer, California Appellate Law Group; John Keker, Elliot Peters and Robert Van Nest, all of Keker Van Nest & Peters.

California Women Lawyers Board Announced

BASF members Amee Mikacich, Sedgwick, and Nicole Sugnet, Supreme Court of California, were both recently installed as District Governors by the California Women Lawyers (CWL) Board. 

CWL promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and is an active advocate for the concerns of women in society.

NeighborWorks America Honors Corinne Quigley


Morrison  & Foerster’s Corinne Quigley was recently honored by NeighborWorks America for her work on behalf of the organization in Colusa County. She was recognized for securing a big win for NeighborWorks that allowed the organization to move forward with plans to build affordable housing for low-income families and farm workers. 

Asian Pacific American Bar Names “Best Lawyers Under 40”

The following BASF members were named to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40” (BU40) list: David Mesa, Sedgwick; Suhi Koizumi, Minami Tamaki and Rita Lin, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California.

The BU40 Award recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Asian Pacific American civic or community affairs.

Swords to Plowshares Honors Seth Neulight


Seth Neulight, a partner in the San Francisco Office of Nixon Peabody LLP, will receive the Bill Brockett Pro Bono Award from Swords to Plowshares on September 14, 2017, for his outstanding work with veterans.

Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veteran service organization, will present the award at a legal reception held at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters.

The annual award is given to a volunteer attorney for their outstanding service to veterans and dedication to Swords to Plowshares’ Veterans Pro Bono Program. The award is named in memory of William “Bill” Brockett Jr. who co-founded Keker, Van Nest & Peters along with John Keker.

Lawyers Club of San Francisco Inn of Court Names President


Mary Catherine Wiederhold, The Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold, was selected to be President of The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court for 2017-2018. She represents residential tenants and concentrates on real estate litigation.

Berkeley Commission on Labor Adds Attorney


Kyle Schriner was appointed to the Commission on Labor in Berkeley on August 28.

The Recorder Announces Litigation Department of the Year

BASF Leader Circle Firm Keker Van Nest & Peters was recently recognized by The Recorder as its Litigation Department of the Year.

Additionally, the following Leader Circle firms were recognized for their work in specific categories: Latham & Watkins - Antitrust; Munger Tolles & Olson - Entertainment; Keker Van Nest & Peters - Intellectual Property; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe – Labor & Employment; Cooley – Privacy and Data Security; and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton - White Collar.

Additionally, Robert Van Nest, Keker Van Nest & Peters was recognized as a “Groundbreaker;” and John Keker, Keker Van Nest & Peters was recognized as a “Giant Slayer.”

State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee Announced

Kelly J. Robbins of Robbins Family Law, is pleased and honored to be elected a member of the Family Law Section Executive Committee of the State Bar (FLEXCOM). FLEXCOM furthers the knowledge of section members in all areas of family law, and assists the State Bar by working with the legislature to develop family law legislation.

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Announce Judge of the Year

Judge Angela Bradstreet

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Angela Bradstreet, a BASF Past President, was recently honored with the Judge of the Year award by San Francisco Trial Lawyers.