Ninety-nine MoFo Lawyers Named in Best Lawyers in America 2008 Directory


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Ninety-nine attorneys from Morrison & Foerster have made the 2008 Best Lawyers in America directory -- including 21 attorneys named to the list for the first time. Of the firm’s listed attorneys, 12 have been considered a Best Lawyer in America for 10 years or more, another 9, for 20 years or more.

Best Lawyers in America listings represent 79 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, DC., and is compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey, developed and refined for nearly 25 years, in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Best Lawyers publishes an advertisement-free book each year to honor all those chosen – something that no other survey does. The forthcoming 14th edition of Best Lawyers (2008) is based on nearly 2 million confidential evaluations by only the top attorneys in the country. Best Lawyers also conducted thousands of extensive telephone interviews with leading attorneys throughout its balloting process.

The names of new listees appear in the online edition of Best Lawyers in America at and will be included when the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers is published this late fall.

The attorneys, by office, are:


Steven M. Kaufmann: Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation


Robert A. Naeve: Labor & Employment
Thomas J. Umberg: Commercial Litigation
Dean J. Zipser: Commercial Litigation

Los Angeles

David B. Babbe: Insurance Law
Charles S. Barquist: Intellectual Property Law
Jane H. Barrett: Commercial Litigation
Hillel T. Cohn: Securities Law
Henry M. Fields: Banking Law
Thomas R. Fileti: Real Estate Law
Joseph Gabai: Banking Law
Seth M. Hufstedler: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Shirley M. Hufstedler: Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Kathryn I. Johnstone: Banking Law
Charles E. Patterson: Commercial Litigation
Pauline M. Stevens: Banking Law
Allen Z. Sussman: Corporate Law
Donna J. Zenor: Banking Law

New York

Jack C. Auspitz: Commercial Litigation
John F. Delaney: Information Technology Law
Paul H. Frankel: Tax Law
Yaacov M. Gross: Corporate Law
Vivian L. Hanson: Information Technology Law
Thomas A. Humphreys: Tax Law
David H. Kaufman: Securities Law
Carl H. Loewenson, Jr.: Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense
Barbara R. Mendelson: Banking Law
Carroll E. Neesemann: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Dennis P. Orr: Commercial Litigation
Rory J. Radding: Intellectual Property Law
Anthony M. Radice: Commercial Litigation
Andrew J. Weiner: Real Estate Law
Miriam Hauser Wugmeister: Labor & Employment Law

Northern Virginia

John S. Harper: Tax Law
Jack L. Lewis: Securities Law
Daniel P. Westman: Labor & Employment Law
Lawrence T. Yanowitch: Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Palo Alto

Thomas E. Ciotti: Intellectual Property Law
Gerald P. Dodson: Intellectual Property Law
Philip J. Levine: Real Estate Law
Gladys H. Monroy: Intellectual Property Law
Michael C. Phillips: Corporate Law
Darryl P. Rains: Commercial Litigation
William D. Sherman: Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Corporate Law,  Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
Raymond L. Wheeler: Labor & Employment Law
Thomas E. Wilson: Labor & Employment Law


Charles S. Farman: Private Funds Law

San Diego

David C. Doyle: Intellectual Property Law
Kate H. Murashige: Biotechnology Intellectual Property Law
Don G. Rushing: Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
Scott Stanton: Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Mark R. Wicker: Intellectual Property Law

San Francisco

Peter Aitelli: Real Estate Law
James P. Bennett: Commercial Litigation
Roland E. Brandel: Banking Law
James J. Brosnahan: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense
John W. Campbell: Corporate Law
Michèle B. Corash: Environmental Law
G. Larry Engel: Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Jordan Eth: Commercial Litigation
Craig B. Etlin: Real Estate Law
Robert L. Falk:  Environmental Law
Paul T. Friedman: Commercial Litigation
Melvin R. Goldman: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Paul Goldstein: Intellectual Property Law
Arturo J. González: Commercial Litigation
Michael A. Jacobs: Intellectual Property Law
Richard S. Kinyon: Trusts & Estates
Thomas F. Kostic: Tax Law
F. Daniel Leventhal: Banking Law
Adam A. Lewis: Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Jack W. Londen: Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law
Bruce Alan Mann: Corporate Law, Securities Law
J. Thomas McCarthy: Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law
Harold J. McElhinny: Intellectual Property Law
Genevieve M. Moore: Trusts & Estates
Penelope A. Preovolos: Antitrust Law
William I. Schwartz: Information Technology Law
Carl (Kim) J. Seneker: Real Estate Law
Linda E. Shostak: Labor & Employment Law
Robert S. Townsend: Mergers & Acquisitions Law
William S. Veatch: Structured Finance Law
Edgar B. Washburn: Natural Resources Law, Timber Law

Walnut Creek

Gordon R. Erspamer: Energy Law
David A. Gold: Land Use & Zoning Law
Bruce Reed Goodmiller: Land Use & Zoning Law
Peter W. Hanschen: Energy Law

Washington D.C.

Marco E. Adelfio: Mutual Funds Law, Private Funds Law
Beth S. Brinkmann: Appellate Law
L. Richard Fischer: Banking Law
Adam S. Hoffinger: White-Collar Criminal Defense
Oliver I. Ireland: Banking Law
Frederick E. Jenney: Project Finance Law
Robert M. Kurucza: Mutual Funds Law
Robert H. Loeffler: Energy Law, Natural Resources Law
William F. Maher, Jr.: Communications Law
James E. Merritt: Tax Law
Nicholas J. Spiliotes: Project Finance Law
Cheryl A. Tritt: Communications Law

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