December 2017: Members in the News

 

Meagan Leary

Meagan Leary

Duane Morris Attorney Honored

BASF member Meagen Leary of Duane Morris recently received a Women’s Impact Network for Success Award for her efforts to advance women in the legal profession. Meagen, a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, received the Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award at a ceremony at Duane Morris’ annual firm-wide meeting on October 27.

 

 

John Hong

John Hong

Littler Receives Diversity Award
BASF Leader Circle Firm Littler recently was honored with the 2017 Hope Award for Diversity from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA Silicon Valley). The firm was selected based on its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the legal profession and the greater community. Shareholder John Hong, based in San Francisco, accepted the award on Littler’s behalf at the APABA Silicon Valley gala ceremony.

 

 

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Honored for Pro Bono Work
The Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association recently honored BASF Leader Circle Firm Keker, Van Nest & Peters who partnered with the ACLU in a pro bono capacity to file suit challenging President Trump’s first travel ban.

Minami Tamaki Honored for Philanthropy
BASF Leader Circle Firm Minami Tamaki was recently honored by the Asian Pacific Fund at its Annual Gala. The firm was presented with the Leadership in Philanthropy Award, which recognizes individuals who have attained great success in their field while also being a role model for giving back.

For more than 40 years, Minami Tamaki has been a trailblazer in legal services and civil rights on behalf of the Asian American community. The firm made history by reopening the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. the United States, and overturning the conviction of Fred Korematsu. The outcome led to reparations for interned Japanese Americans.

Jamie Wintz McKeon

Jamie Wintz McKeon

Morgan Lewis Attorney Inducted into Hall of Fame
Philly.com recently announced that BASF member Jamie Wintz McKeon, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, was inducted into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

Sedgwick Recognized by Benchmark Litigation
BASF Leader Circle Firm Sedgwick was recently recognized by Benchmark Litigation – 2018 with numerous honors, including a firmwide national ranking for excellence in Insurance in the U.S., as well as accolades for BASF members Bruce Celebrezze, Kevin Dunne and Michael Healy.

The Daily Journal Announces Top Boutique Firms
The following Leader Circle firms were included in the Daily Journal’s Top Boutiques in California report: Durie Tangri; Keker, Van Nest & Peters; Kerr & Wagstaffe; Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld and The Veen Firm.

Orrick Ranked Top Summer Associate Program
BASF Leader Circle Firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Summer Associate Program was voted #1 in five markets in the U.S. in The American Lawyer’s 2017 Summer Associates Survey.

The firm was top-rated in New York for the third consecutive year; in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year; and in Houston and Los Angeles for the first time.

Farella Attorneys Inducted into American College of Environmental Lawyers

Chris Locke

Chris Locke

Buzz Hines

Buzz Hines

BASF members Buzz Hines and Chris Locke, both of Farella Braun + Martel, were both recently inducted as Fellows of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).

ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law.

 

 

Member Elected to American Law Institute
Jordan Elias, a partner at Girard Gibbs, and a member of the Executive Committee for BASF’s Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program, was recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI).
ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

Past President Honored by George Washington Law School

Thomas Smegal

Thomas Smegal

Past BASF President Thomas F. Smegal, Jr. was recently honored with the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award by the George Washington University Law School. The award was presented in Washington, D.C., on October 27. The award was in recognition of his contributions to patent law and public service.

 

 

 

Benchmark Litigation Names Top Trial Lawyers
The following BASF members were named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list: Walter Brown, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Ca-braser Heimann & Bernstein; Daralyn Durie, Durie Tangri; Richard Heimann, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; John Keker, Keker, Van Nest & Peters; Stephen Neal, Cooley; and Robert Van Nest, Keker, Van Nest & Peters.

The individuals were ranked as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America for the Benchmark Litigation 2018 research cycle. The winners were chosen on a geographically diverse and intensive peer-and-client review-driven study.

Governor Brown Appoints Two Members to Judgeships
BASF member Teresa Caffese, Law Offices of Teresa Caffese, was recently appointed to a judgeship in the San Francisco Superior Court. Beth S. Jordan, Greene Jordan Taubman & Dias, was appointed to a judgeship in the Marin County Superior Court.

Lieff Cabraser Attorney Appointed to ABA Committee

Tiseme Zegeye

Tiseme Zegeye

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein attorney Tiseme Zegeye was recently appointed as Employee-side Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Member Services Committee.