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Compiled by Nicole Ortiz / San Diego's Best Lawyers 2017


► DLA Piper: The firm was honored for providing praiseworthy service to the alternative investment securities industry, receiving the Alternative and Direct Investment Securities Association’s (ADISA) President’s Award. Darryl Steinhause (real estate law; tax law, 2007) is a San Diego-based partner and general counsel to ADISA and a member of its board of directors.

► Greenman, Lacy, Klein, Hinds, Weiser & Heffron: At a recent Oceanside city council meeting, Janet Bledsoe Lacy (family law, 2011) announced an endowment created by former Oceanside residents LeeAnne and John Metz that could potentially earn up to $2 million within the next three to five years and will allow the City of Oceanside’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund to draw from its earnings.

► Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo: Guests gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the firm’s San Diego office, including managing member Eddie Wang Rodriguez (corporate law, 2015).

► Perkins CoieLaura Godfrey Zagar (clean tech law, 2016) was recognized in the SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 Awards for her remarkable work done in the firm’s national Environmental and Energy Practice Group. She has been a key player in California’s fight against climate change, where she has created many projects that are essential to the cause. She is also actively involved in the community through her role as an executive committee member of Equality California, which focuses on LGBT civil rights.

► Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd: Patrick J. Coughlin (commercial litigation, 2006) is representing small business merchants in a case against credit card associations where they alleged that a conspiracy was connected to the credit and debit card chip conversions. Federal Court Judge William Alsup ruled that the merchants may proceed with their case, denying the credit card companies from dismissing the lawsuit.

► The McClellan Law Firm: The firm was listed in’s “Top 50 Verdicts in California in 2015” for the Ringdahl v. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Inc., which Craig R. McClellan (commercial litigation, personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 1993) secured. Mr. McClellan represented the family of Eric Ringdahl after he was fatally struck by a car while riding in a bike lane, acquiring a verdict of more than $15.7 million. This verdict ended up being the 16th largest verdict in the state during that year.


In-House & Government:

► Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis has elected Stephen N. Etheredge in their Los Angeles office, Julie K. Hoffman in their Century City office, and Michelle Moore McDermott in their San Francisco office to the firm partnership.

Private Practice:

► Greenspoon Marder has opened new locations in a few areas, including San Diego, New York, Las Vegas, and Denver.

► Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge has decided to separate into multiple firms to allow each firm to practice within their preferred locations with their respective clients. These new firms will be as follows: Kirby & Kirby in Downtown San Diego; Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach in San Diego's East Village; Hoge Law Firm in La Jolla, CA; The Law Office of Steven W. Sanchez in Bonita, CA; and The Law Office of Christopher T. Wright in San Diego's East Village.

IN THE NEWS FEATURE: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

Phillip L. Kossy (employment law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2011) was invited to join The Expert Network where he was honored as a Distinguished Lawyer. His nomination was based on peer reviews and ratings, accomplishments, and other recognitions acquired throughout his career.

Mr. Kossy has an in-depth background that makes him qualified and exemplary in the employment law field. In 1973, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and continued on to receive his Juris Doctor with Honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1976. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the first time in 2011 for employment law, and has also received other recognitions, such as the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

His work with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch focuses on management-side discrimination and harassment litigation, wage and hour litigation (individual and class action), litigation and claim avoidance, employment law counseling, wrongful termination litigation, recent legislative and regulatory developments, sexual harassment, and workplace violence issues. 
The Expert Network quoted Mr. Kossy as saying, “I went into law because I wanted a career with many intellectual pursuits, but I also wanted to assist others with their legal problems.”

With an eye trained on fluctuating trends, Kossy is well-informed on the comings and goings of the field. He can practice law in California state and federal courts. Additionally, he is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.