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Thirty-Six Luce Forward Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America

LawFuel.com – 06 August, 2009 – SAN DIEGO — Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a leading California law firm, is proud to announce that 36 of its attorneys were selected by their peers as The Best Lawyers in America for 2010.

Partners Michael Andrew, Robert Bell, Kathryn Bernert, Charles Bird, Robert Buell, James Cowley, Randal Crispen, Charles Danaher, Brian Fish, Barry Fitzpatrick, William Gay, Mary Gillick, Mark Hagarty, Christopher Healey, Michael Isaacs, Carol Kao, Kurt Kicklighter, Peter Klee, Lawrence Kouns, Robert Levy, Charles Maher, Mark Mann, Eli Mansour, Louis Mezzullo, John McNeece, John Murphy, John Rogers, Gregory Roper, Nancy Scull, Scott Sonne, Robert Steiner, Darryl Steinhause, Edward “Pat” Swan, Daniel Titelbaum, Frederick Vandeveer and Steven Wall were all recognized.

While Healey was recognized for the first time, four Luce Forward partners – Andrew, Fitzpatrick, Roper and Scull – have been listed as Best Lawyers in America for 10 years or more, and two partners – Mezullo and Steiner – have been selected for at least 20 years.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast nearly three million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The firm was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, earning the following rankings based on the number of attorneys listed: No. 1 in California in Insurance Law with four attorneys; No. 1 in California in Trusts and Estates with seven attorneys; No. 1 in Irvine in Corporate Governance and Compliance Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Irvine in Corporate Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Irvine in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Irvine in Mergers & Acquisitions Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Irvine in Real Estate Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Rancho Santa Fe with four attorneys; 1 in Rancho Santa Fe in Employee Benefits Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Rancho Santa Fe in Non Profit/Charities Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Rancho Santa Fe in Tax Law with one attorney; No. 1 in Rancho Santa Fe in Trusts and Estates with four attorneys; No.1 in San Diego with 26 attorneys; No. 1 in San Diego in Banking Law with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in Equipment Finance Law with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in First Amendment Law with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in Insurance Law with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in Media Law with one attorney; No. 1 in San Diego in Product Liability Litigation with two attorneys; and No. 1 in San Diego in Real Estate Law with seven attorneys.

James Cowley, John Rogers, Barry Fitzpatrick, Mary Gillick and Carol Kao were all selected in the Trust and Estates category; Louis Mezzullo was selected for Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Employee Benefits Law; William Gay was selected for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law; John Murphy was selected for Eminent Domain and Condemnation and Real Estate Law; Frederick Vandeveer was selected for the Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates categories; Michael Andrew, Michael Isaacs and Charles Maher were each selected for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Robert Bell, Robert Buell, Brian Fish, Mark Hagarty, Nancy Scull and Steven Wall were all selected for the Real Estate Law category; Kathryn Bernert and Robert Levy were both selected for Labor and Employment Law; Charles Bird was selected for the Appellate Law and Commercial Litigation categories; Randal Crispen, Charles Danaher, Peter Klee and Scott Sonne were all selected for Insurance Law; Christopher Healey and Robert Steiner were both selected for Commercial Litigation; Kurt Kicklighter was selected for the Banking Law category; Lawrence Kouns was selected for Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigations; Mark Mann was selected for the Tax Law category; Eli Mansour was selected for Equipment Finance Law; John McNeece was selected for Corporate Law; Gregory Roper was selected for the First Amendment and Media Law categories; Darryl Steinhause was selected for Real Estate and Tax Law; Edward “Pat” Swan was selected for the Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Product Liability categories; and Daniel Titelbaum was selected for Mergers & Acquisitions.

Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.luce.com.

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