Awards & Recognition

134 Sheppard Mullin Attorneys Named 2020 "Best Lawyers in America"

Best Lawyers
August 15, 2019

134 Sheppard Mullin attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, 4 Sheppard Mullin attorneys were selected as “Lawyer of the Year”:

Stephen E. Fox (Dallas)
Litigation – Labor & Employment

Scott R. Miller (Los Angeles)
Litigation – Patent

Jeffrey J. Parker (Los Angeles)
Litigation – Environmental

Kent R. Raygor (Century City)
Media Law

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys Recognized in 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Eric L. Altman (New York) 
Real Estate Law 

Edward V. Anderson (Palo Alto)
Litigation - Intellectual Property 

Martin R. Bader (Del Mar)  
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Charles F. Barker (Los Angeles)   
Employment Law – Management

Lawrence M. Braun (Los Angeles) 
Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law 

John T. Brooks (San Diego) 
Insurance Law

Richard W. Brunette, Jr. (Los Angeles)   
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy 

Terrence E. Budny (Chicago) 
Real Estate Law 

Laura M. Burson (Los Angeles)      
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent  

Craig P. Cardon (Century City)
Media Law

Steven W. Cardoza (Orange County)
Commercial Finance Law

Peter H. Carson (San Francisco)   
Banking and Finance Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law 

James M. Chadwick (Palo Alto)  
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music
First Amendment Law
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Steven J. Chananie (New York)      
Health Care Law

Bruce G. Chapman (Los Angeles)   
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent

David B. Chidlaw (San Diego)       
Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment 

John W. Chierichella (Washington, D.C.)
Administrative / Regulatory Law 

Shaun C. Clark (Century City)       
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Kevin M. Cloutier (Chicago)
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

John D. Collins (Del Mar)
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law – Management 

Andre J. Cronthall (Los Angeles)
Insurance Law 

Robert G. Copeland (San Diego)   
Corporate Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Venture Capital Law

Joseph F. Coyne, Jr. (Los Angeles) 
Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation 

Randal Crispen (San Diego) 
Insurance Law

Jeffrey S. Crowe (Century City)   
Litigation – Insurance

James E. Curry (Los Angeles)       
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Labor and Employment 

Aytan Dahukey (Century City)       
Health Care Law

Bryan D. Daly (Los Angeles)           
Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar 

Charles A. Danaher (San Diego)   
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law 

Robert A. Darwell (Los Angeles)   
Advertising Law
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television 

Brian M. Daucher (Century City)   
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Health Care
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Judy V. Davidoff (San Francisco)   
Land Use and Zoning Law 

MaryJeanette Dee (New York)       
Criminal Defense: White-Collar 

Gemma L. Descoteaux (Dallas)
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Charles S. Donovan (San Francisco)           
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Domenic Drago (Del Mar)   
Real Estate Law 

Dana J. Dunwoody (Del Mar)          
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Real Estate 

Lawrence C. Eppley (Chicago)
Real Estate Law 

Marc J. Feldman (San Diego)          
Insurance Law

Sidney S. Fohrman (Los Angeles)   
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law – Music

Jeffrey W. Forrest (San Diego)
Land Use and Zoning Law

Stephen E. Fox (Dallas)
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Alfred Fraijo, Jr. (Los Angeles)
Real Estate Law

Dwight M. Francis (Dallas)  
Commercial Litigation

Darren M. Franklin (Los Angeles)  
Litigation – Patent 

Geraldine Ann Freeman (San Francisco)
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 

Arthur J. Friedman (San Francisco)        
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Jay E. Gerzog (New York)   
Health Care Law 

Doug Van Gessel (San Francisco)   
Real Estate Law

Jerry J. Gumpel (Del Mar)  
Real Estate Law

Guy N. Halgren (San Diego)           
Employment Law - Management Labor Law – Management

Gary L. Halling (San Francisco)   
Antitrust Law

Harold E. Hamersmith (Los Angeles)       
Construction Law Litigation – Construction 

John R. Hempill (New York)           
Corporate Law 

David Hengstler (Orange County)
Real Estate Law

Sascha Henry (Los Angeles) 
Commercial Litigation  

Matthew W. Holder (Del Mar)
Real Estate Law

Nancy E. Howard (Los Angeles)
Trusts and Estates

Gregory F. Hurley (Century City)  
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

David M. Hymer (San Diego)  
Real Estate Law

Martin D. Katz (Los Angeles)          
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television 

Ori Katz (San Francisco)
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 

Thomas R. Kaufman (Century City)
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Tracey Kennedy (Los Angeles)
Employment Law – Management

Jeff Kern (New York)
Criminal Defense – White Collar

Seong H. Kim (Los Angeles)           
Litigation - Intellectual Property 

Peter H. Klee (San Diego)   
Insurance Law 

Eric A. Klein  (Century City)
Health Care Law 

Richard W. Kopenhefer (Los Angeles)       
Employment Law - Individuals
Labor Law – Management 

Stephen S. Korniczky (Del Mar)   
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent Patent Law

Charles L. Kreindler (Los Angeles)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar 

Stephen R. LaSala (Del Mar)           
Corporate Law 

Michael M. Lauter (San Francisco)           
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Jennifer Lee
Venture Capital Law

Thomas Glen Leo (Los Angeles)      
Banking and Finance Law
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Brent R. Liljestrom (Century City)       
Real Estate Law 

Scott Maberry (Washington, D.C.) 
International Trade and Finance Law

Aaron J. Malo (Century City)       
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation

Raymond C. Marshall (San Francisco)      
Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Lisa M. Martens (Del Mar)  
Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law

Alan H. Martin (Century City)       
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Barrett Marum (San Diego) 
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Thomas J. Masenga (Los Angeles)  
Real Estate Law

William B. Mateja (Dallas)  
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation – Securities

Kyle J. Mathews (Los Angeles)       
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Candace Matson (Los Angeles)
Construction Law

Theodore C. Max (New York)
Copyright Law

James L. McGinnis (San Francisco)           
Antitrust Law

Michael G. McKinnon (Century City)       
Corporate Law

Linda G. Michaelson (Los Angeles)   
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Scott R. Miller (Los Angeles)           
Litigation – Patent

Michael R. Moore (San Diego)       
Health Care Law

Scott A. Morehouse (Century City) 
Real Estate Law

Sean P. O'Connor (Century City)   
Commercial Litigation

Mark T. Okuma (Los Angeles)       
Real Estate Law

Jeffrey J. Parker (Los Angeles)       
Environmental Law Litigation – Environmental

Jill M. Pietrini (Los Angeles)           
Copyright Law

John E. Ponder (San Diego) 
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Maria Pracher (San Francisco)       
Land Use and Zoning Law

Fred R. Puglisi (Los Angeles)          
Commercial Litigation

Kent R. Raygor (Los Angeles)       
Media Law

Thomas G. Reddy (San Francisco)
Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law

Nancy Baldwin Reimann (Los Angeles)   
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Jennifer E. Renk (San Francisco)   
Real Estate Law

Mark S. Ross (San Francisco)          
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law – Management

David H. Sands (Los Angeles)       
Corporate Law

Robert G. Sbardellati (San Diego)  
Corporate Law

Michael W. Scarborough (San Francisco)
Antitrust Law

Daniel E. Schnapp (New York)
Privacy and Data Security Law
Technology Law

Steven G. Schortgen (Dallas)           
Patent Law

Nancy T. Scull (San Diego)  
Real Estate Law

Richard J. Simmons (Los Angeles) 
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Martin J. Smith (Los Angeles)       
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Adam F. Streisand (Los Angeles)   
Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Robert J. Stumpf, Jr. (San Francisco)       
Appellate Practice

Mark F. Sundback (Washington, D.C.)   
Energy Law

Christine L. Swanick (New York)   
Native American Law

Liisa M. Thomas (Chicago)
Privacy and Data Security Law

Dave Thomas (Washington, D.C.)  
Communications Law

John D. Tishler (Del Mar)
Corporate Law

David C. Ulich (Los Angeles)           
Tax Law

Robert J. Uram (San Francisco)      
Land Use and Zoning Law
Natural Resources Law
Water Law

Nicholas J. Van Brunt (Los Angeles)          
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Randolph C. Visser (Los Angeles)   
Environmental Law

Edward D. Vogel (San Diego)          
Commercial Litigation

Karin Dougan Vogel (San Diego)   
Appellate Practice

Wilda Wahpepah (Washington, D.C.)       
Native American Law

Roburt J. Waldow (Century City)  
Tax Law

Brian D. Weimer (Washington, D.C.)       
Communications Law

Pamela L. Westhoff (Los Angeles)  
Real Estate Law

Michael B. Wilmar (San Francisco)           
Land Use and Zoning Law

William R. Wyatt (Palo Alto)
Banking and Finance Law

John A. Yacovelle (Del Mar)           
Commercial Litigation

Daniel N. Yannuzzi (Del Mar)       
Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law

Kenneth Yood (Los Angeles)           
Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law