Attorneys

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Brian M. Affrunti

Brian M. Affrunti



Brian M. Affrunti
Partner
650.327.8316

Brian Affrunti's practice focuses on business and intellectual property litigation in both federal and state courts, including disputes arising from contract, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

650.327.8316

email

baffrunti@bwslaw.com

Ulysses Aguayo

Ulysses Aguayo



Ulysses Aguayo
Associate
213.236.2711

Mr. Aguayo represents peace officers and department officials from agencies such as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the County of Orange, and the City of Alhambra. As a member of the correctional litigation practice group, Mr. Aguayo samples from a broad spectrum of cases involving constitutional and state law claims.

213.236.2711

email

uaguayo@bwslaw.com

Gregory R. Aker

Gregory R. Aker



Gregory R. Aker
Partner
510.903.8829

Gregory Aker specializes in the litigation and trial of complex business disputes. 

510.903.8829

email

gaker@bwslaw.com

Manuela Albuquerque

Manuela Albuquerque



Manuela Albuquerque
Partner
510.273.8780

Manuela Albuquerque is the firm's Director of Complex Public Litigation.  She combines wide-ranging expertise across the full spectrum of public law issues with significant litigation experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts.

510.273.8780

email

malbuquerque@bwslaw.com

Daphne M. Anneet

Daphne M. Anneet



Daphne M. Anneet
Partner
213.236.2802

A skilled litigator, Ms. Anneet has achieved excellent results for clients in state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings. She represents public and private employers in a wide range of matters including class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment litigation, pension litigation, unfair labor practice disputes, arbitrations, disciplinary appeals, and appellate matters.

213.236.2802

email

danneet@bwslaw.com

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Alexandra M. Barnhill

Alexandra M. Barnhill



Alexandra M. Barnhill
Partner
510.273.8768

Ms. Barnhill regularly counsels clients on land use, zoning, permitting, municipal law, and environmental compliance matters.

510.273.8768

email

abarnhill@bwslaw.com

Lindsey Gavarnie-Stern Beallo

Lindsey Gavarnie-Stern Beallo



Lindsey Gavarnie-Stern Beallo
Associate
510.903.8822

Lindsey G. Beallo provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, special districts, and other public entities. Her practice focuses on municipal law, CEQA, local land use and zoning, and contract disputes.

510.903.8822

email

lbeallo@bwslaw.com

Michael F. Bell

Michael F. Bell



Michael F. Bell
Of Counsel
213.236.2821

Michael Bell counsels and represents life, accident, health, and disability insurers in coverage, bad faith, and ERISA benefits litigation. 

213.236.2821

email

mbell@bwslaw.com

Michael B. Bernacchi

Michael B. Bernacchi



Michael B. Bernacchi
Partner
213.236.2826

Michael Bernacchi has engaged in civil litigation and trials in state and federal courts for over fifteen years. 

213.236.2826

email

mbernacchi@bwslaw.com

Malaika C. Billups

Malaika C. Billups



Malaika C. Billups
Associate
213.236.2705

Ms. Billups' experience includes extensive law and motion practice, all aspects of discovery, advising on various employment matters, and conducting workplace investigations. 

213.236.2705

email

mbillups@bwslaw.com

Susan E. Bloch

Susan E. Bloch



Susan E. Bloch
Partner
510.903.8809

Ms. Bloch represents public agencies and private and non-profit developers in transactions involving the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of residential, commercial and industrial properties; and the development and implementation of affordable housing policies and programs.

510.903.8809

email

sbloch@bwslaw.com

Jaime L. Bodiford

Jaime L. Bodiford



Jaime L. Bodiford
Associate
650.681.8306

Ms. Bodiford represents and counsels employers on complex labor and employment issues.

650.681.8306

email

jbodiford@bwslaw.com

James T. Bradshaw

James T. Bradshaw



James T. Bradshaw
Of Counsel
213.236.2704

A member of the firm since 1954, Mr. Bradshaw has over fifty years' experience advising the firm's corporate and business clients in a full spectrum of business-related legal matters.

213.236.2704

email

jbradshaw@bwslaw.com

Thomas B. Brown

Thomas B. Brown



Thomas B. Brown
Partner
510.903.8840

Mr. Brown has extensive experience advising clients and litigating in land use, zoning and planning, the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), real property entitlements, police power, municipal taxation, Brown Act, Public Records Act, code enforcement, intergovernmental relations, grand juries, elections, initiatives, and referenda.

510.903.8840

email

tbrown@bwslaw.com

Joseph P. Buchman

Joseph P. Buchman



Joseph P. Buchman
Partner
213.236.2872

Mr. Buchman has extensive background in public, corporate, business, and real estate matters, acquired from years of experience representing and advising clients in bankruptcy matters, eminent domain, real estate and title litigation, purchase and sale transactions, financing transactions, probate and estate planning, tort litigation, collection actions, contract disputes, and election litigation.
 

213.236.2872

email

jbuchman@bwslaw.com

Martin L. Burke




Martin L. Burke
Of Counsel
213.236.2707

Mr. Burke engages in a general corporate and business practice, providing representation to large and small businesses and financial institutions.

213.236.2707

email

mburke@bwslaw.com

Megan A. Burke

Megan A. Burke



Megan A. Burke
Associate
510.273.8773

Megan Burke provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, special districts, and other public entities.

510.273.8773

email

maburke@bwslaw.com

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Fabio R. Cabezas

Fabio R. Cabezas



Fabio R. Cabezas
Senior Associate
949.265.3409

Mr. Cabezas has represented clients throughout California in the areas of real estate, business, insurance, intellectual property, and employment litigation for over twenty-five years.

949.265.3409

email

fcabezas@bwslaw.com

Stephen L. Cali

Stephen L. Cali



Stephen L. Cali
Partner
510.903.8831

Mr. Cali’s practice area is primarily in commercial litigation and claims with a focus on construction, construction defect, and related matters. 

510.903.8831

email

scali@bwslaw.com

Mark Casillas

Mark Casillas



Mark Casillas
Partner
415.655.8111

Mark Casillas has 35 years of experience advising publicly traded and private companies on financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, lease financings, regulatory proceedings, arbitration, litigation, and corporate governance throughout the USA, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Latin America.  He has led teams in the consummation of transactions and other engagements in the High Technology, Life Sciences, Energy, Banking, Insurance, Aviation, Transportation and other industries in these geographic regions.

415.655.8111

email

mcasillas@bwslaw.com

J. Leah Castella

J. Leah Castella



J. Leah Castella
Partner
510.273.8778

Ms. Castella specializes in public law litigation at both the trial court and appellate court levels, and has extensive experience litigating cases on behalf of public and private entities.

510.273.8778

email

lcastella@bwslaw.com

Allan E. Ceran

Allan E. Ceran



Allan E. Ceran
Partner
213.236.2837

Al Ceran has devoted his 31 years in the practice of law to complex civil litigation.  Mr. Ceran has tried in excess of 30 cases, many of them to juries, and handled numerous appeals. 

213.236.2837

email

aceran@bwslaw.com

Susan E. Coleman

Susan E. Coleman



Susan E. Coleman
Partner
213.236.0600

Ms. Coleman has defended officials and individuals in over 30 civil jury trials in federal and state courts throughout California, with very successful results. These trials include claims of wrongful death, negligence, failure to summon medical care, and various other tort and constitutional issues. 

213.236.0600

email

scoleman@bwslaw.com

Timothy Alan Colvig

Timothy Alan Colvig



Timothy Alan Colvig
Partner
510.903.8828

Timothy A. Colvig is a recognized as an expert in the fields of insurance, environmental, and construction law.

510.903.8828

email

tcolvig@bwslaw.com

Melissa M. Cowan

Melissa M. Cowan



Melissa M. Cowan
Partner
213.236.2829

Ms. Cowan's diverse practice encompasses complex commercial litigation on behalf of life, health and disability insurers, as well as defense of agents/brokers and religious organizations. 

213.236.2829

email

mcowan@bwslaw.com

Deirdre Joan Cox

Deirdre Joan Cox



Deirdre Joan Cox
Partner
510.903.8835

Deirdre Joan Cox has practiced in the construction field for more than 14 years.  Ms. Cox’s practice involves representing public and private property owners, design professionals, and contractors in complex construction matters.

510.903.8835

email

dcox@bwslaw.com

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Douglas W. Dal Cielo

Douglas W. Dal Cielo



Douglas W. Dal Cielo
Partner
650.327.2672

Douglas W. Dal Cielo specializes in business litigation and family law. 

650.327.2672

email

ddalcielo@bwslaw.com

J. David Darroch

J. David Darroch



J. David Darroch
Partner
510.903.8832

David Darroch practices in the areas of construction and business litigation and dispute resolution. 

510.903.8832

email

ddarroch@bwslaw.com

Donald M. Davis

Donald M. Davis



Donald M. Davis
Partner
213.236.2702

Mr. Davis serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Camarillo and Industry, and assists numerous other Southland cities with land use and public law matters, particularly regulations implicating federal and state rights of freedom of speech and expression. 

213.236.2702

email

ddavis@bwslaw.com

Timothy L. Davis

Timothy L. Davis



Timothy L. Davis
Partner
650.681.8317

Timothy Davis is a partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Silicon Valley office and is Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law practice group.

650.681.8317

email

tdavis@bwslaw.com

Sheila Delshad

Sheila Delshad



Sheila Delshad
Associate
213.236.2725

Ms. Delshad has served as lead labor negotiator for multiple collective bargaining agreements and continually advises employers on an array of labor relations matters such as the meet and confer process, grievances, discipline, layoffs, reorganizations and contracting out.

213.236.2725

email

sdelshad@bwslaw.com

Edwin W. Duncan

Edwin W. Duncan



Edwin W. Duncan
Of Counsel
805.437.4405

805.437.4405

email

eduncan@bwslaw.com

Ruben Duran

Ruben Duran



Ruben Duran
Partner
213.236.2723

Ruben Duran has been a trusted counselor and advisor to public entities for over 15 years, working on a range of municipal law and education law issues.  Mr. Duran has served as city attorney, assistant city attorney, general counsel, and special council to numerous cities and school districts.

213.236.2723

email

rduran@bwslaw.com

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Richard E. Elder

Richard E. Elder



Richard E. Elder
Partner
510.903.8836

Rich Elder is a partner with Burke, Williams & Sorensen practicing commercial litigation and construction law.  Mr. Elder regularly handles commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, toxic torts, litigation involving federal and state securities laws, trade secrets and similar matters.

510.903.8836

email

relder@bwslaw.com

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Ronald F. Frank

Ronald F. Frank



Ronald F. Frank
Partner
213.236.2840

Mr. Frank is a partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Los Angeles office and is Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group.

213.236.2840

email

rfrank@bwslaw.com

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Eric A. Gale

Eric A. Gale



Eric A. Gale
Partner
650.681.8308

Mr. Gale successfully represents private companies and public entities in numerous general litigation matters.

650.681.8308

email

egale@bwslaw.com

Brian S. Ginter

Brian S. Ginter



Brian S. Ginter
Associate
213.236.2803

Mr. Ginter has represented public and private employers in a wide variety of employment cases; including claims regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblower actions.

213.236.2803

email

bginter@bwslaw.com

Kristina Doan Gruenberg

Kristina Doan Gruenberg



Kristina Doan Gruenberg
Associate
213.236.2805

Kristina Doan Gruenberg works on a wide-range of correctional litigation cases involving constitutional and state tort law claims in both federal and state courts.

213.236.2805

email

kgruenberg@bwslaw.com

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Brian I. Hamblet

Brian I. Hamblet



Brian I. Hamblet
Partner
213.236.2843

Mr. Hamblet has a strong background in defending governmental entities and their employees in tort litigation, particularly premises liability, wrongful death, constitutional law, and civil rights litigation.  

213.236.2843

email

bhamblet@bwslaw.com

Ralph D. Hanson

Ralph D. Hanson



Ralph D. Hanson
Partner
949.265.3413

Ralph Hanson's professional experience includes over twenty-nine years devoted to the representation of municipalities, redevelopment agencies, and special districts in Southern California.

949.265.3413

email

rhanson@bwslaw.com

Georgette R. Herget

Georgette R. Herget



Georgette R. Herget
Of Counsel
213.236.2804

Ms. Herget has extensive experience in insurance coverage, insurance fraud, insurance bad faith litigation, and employment litigation. 

213.236.2804

email

gherget@bwslaw.com

Chad W. Herrington

Chad  W. Herrington



Chad  W. Herrington
Associate
510.903.8803

 

Chad Herrington is a member of the Public Law and Litigation groups, and provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, special districts and other public entities.

 

 

510.903.8803

email

cherrington@bwslaw.com

Michael J. Higgins

Michael J.  Higgins



Michael J.  Higgins
Partner
510.903.8833

Michael J. Higgins has practiced commercial litigation, in California state courts and in federal courts throughout the country, since 1991.  His experience ranges across many areas of the law and includes both prosecution and defense of complex claims for breach of contract, unfair competition, securities fraud, antitrust, intellectual property infringement, and breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts.  Mr. Higgins handles trials and appeals; he also successfully resolves disputes through arbitration and mediation.

510.903.8833

email

mhiggins@bwslaw.com

Amy E. Hoyt

Amy E. Hoyt



Amy E. Hoyt
Partner
951.801.6627

Ms. Hoyt has extensive experience in public and environmental law, representing clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from complex litigation to advisory work.

951.801.6627

email

ahoyt@bwslaw.com

David J. Hyndman

David J. Hyndman



David J. Hyndman
Partner
510.903.8834

David J. Hyndman practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on construction disputes and related matters.  

510.903.8834

email

dhyndman@bwslaw.com

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Thomas D. Jex

Thomas D. Jex



Thomas D. Jex
Partner
951.801.6612

Thomas Jex is a partner with the firm and serves as the City Attorney for the City of Wildomar.  He also provides special counsel services for the Jurupa Unified School District.

951.801.6612

email

tjex@bwslaw.com

Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell

Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell



Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell
Partner
213.236.2811

Ms. Johnson-Hartwell defends private and public employers in a wide array of employment disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, unfair competition, breach of contract, and other employment-related issues.

213.236.2811

email

cjohnson-hartwell@bwslaw.com

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Deborah L. Kartiganer




Deborah L. Kartiganer
Partner
415.655.8112

Deborah L. Kartiganer is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office.  A member of the firm’s Real Estate & Business Law Practice Group, Ms. Kartiganer focuses her practice on development and entitlements work and land use law.

415.655.8112

email

dkartiganer@bwslaw.com

William F. Kay

William F. Kay



William F. Kay
Partner
650.327.2672

A highly respected statewide authority on public sector labor and employment law, Mr. Kay is a creative, intelligent, and accomplished negotiator.  Using a combination of legal knowledge, interest/criteria based skills, and more than 35 years of practical problem-solving experience, he has successfully resolved complex disputes and negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for public agencies. 

650.327.2672

email

wkay@bwslaw.com

Michelle Marchetta Kenyon

Michelle Marchetta Kenyon



Michelle Marchetta Kenyon
Partner
510.273.8780

Michelle provides legal representation for cities and other public agencies as city attorney and special counsel.

510.273.8780

email

mkenyon@bwslaw.com

Keiko J. Kojima

Keiko J. Kojima



Keiko J. Kojima
Partner
213.236.2842

Keiko J. Kojima's practice includes a broad range of litigation matters, including insurance coverage disputes, bad faith liability actions, and contractual disputes. 

213.236.2842

email

kkojima@bwslaw.com

Martin Kosla

Martin Kosla



Martin Kosla
Associate
213.236.2810

Mr. Kosla primarily practices in the areas of business, real estate and public law.  He also has experience in handling trademark and environmental law matters.

213.236.2810

email

mkosla@bwslaw.com

Lisa S. Kurihara

Lisa S. Kurihara



Lisa S. Kurihara
Associate
213.236.2732

Ms. Kurihara works on a wide range of issues related to general municipal law.  Her practice focuses on providing advisory services to cities, special districts, and other public entities.

213.236.2732

email

lkurihara@bwslaw.com

Kristin Kyle de Bautista

Kristin Kyle de Bautista



Kristin Kyle de Bautista
Associate
213.236.2794

Ms. Kyle de Bautista's practice focuses on insurance bad faith litigation, ERISA litigation, and other first-party insurance defense matters. 

213.236.2794

email

kkyledebautista@bwslaw.com

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Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D.

Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D.



Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D.
Partner
213.236.2817

Dr. Lipton is a Chair of the firm's Education Law Practice Group. His practice is focused on representing all types of public and private schools and colleges, but also encompasses a wide range of civil litigation areas including mental health, employment, insurance, real estate, and general business litigation.

213.236.2817

email

jlipton@bwslaw.com

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Daniel W. Maguire

Daniel W. Maguire



Daniel W. Maguire
Partner
213.236.2801

Mr. Maguire counsels and represents life, health, and disability insurers in trial and appellate matters.

213.236.2801

email

dmaguire@bwslaw.com

Rafael Mandelman

Rafael Mandelman



Rafael Mandelman
Partner
510.273.8780

Rafael Mandelman practices in the areas of land use, real estate, affordable housing, and redevelopment law.

510.273.8780

email

rmandelman@bwslaw.com

Stephen A. McEwen

Stephen A. McEwen



Stephen A. McEwen
Partner
949.265.3412

Mr. McEwen is responsible for supervising code enforcement efforts for Burke’s municipal clients.  Mr. McEwen also advises municipal clients throughout the state on issues related to medical marijuana.

949.265.3412

email

smcewen@bwslaw.com

John E. McOsker

John E. McOsker



John E. McOsker
Partner
213.236.2825

John E. McOsker has been a litigator and legal advisor, primarily in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and aviation industries since 1993. 

213.236.2825

email

jmcosker@bwslaw.com

Monica Sanchez McQueen

Monica Sanchez McQueen



Monica Sanchez McQueen
Senior Associate
213.236.2807

Monica Sanchez McQueen has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, whistleblower violations, freedom of speech, and association. 

213.236.2807

email

mmcqueen@bwslaw.com

Joseph M. Montes

Joseph M. Montes



Joseph M. Montes
Partner
213.236.2736

Joseph Montes serves as the City Attorney for the City of Alhambra, General Counsel to the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency, City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita, General Counsel to the Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency, Assistant General Counsel to the Rosemead Community Development Commission, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rosemead, and is the former City Attorney for the City of Moorpark, and former General Counsel to the Moorpark Redevelopment Agency.

213.236.2736

email

jmontes@bwslaw.com

Mark J. Mulkerin

Mark J. Mulkerin



Mark J. Mulkerin
Partner
949.265.3410

Mr. Mulkerin's practice includes litigation and commercial matters for public and private entities in a wide variety of subject matters. 

949.265.3410

email

mmulkerin@bwslaw.com

Gregory M. Murphy

Gregory M. Murphy



Gregory M. Murphy
Partner
213.236.2835

Mr. Murphy focuses his practice on the areas of land use and development, redevelopment and economic issues, and public contract and prevailing wage law. 

213.236.2835

email

gmurphy@bwslaw.com

Karen W. Murphy

Karen W. Murphy



Karen W. Murphy
Partner
510.273.8757

Karen Murphy represents a broad range of local government agencies with an emphasis on redevelopment, affordable housing, land use and planning and real estate. 

510.273.8757

email

kmurphy@bwslaw.com

Nicholas J. Muscolino

Nicholas J. Muscolino



Nicholas J. Muscolino
Associate
510.903.8818

Micholas J. Muscolino is a member of the Litigation and Public Law Practice Groups.  He provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, successor agencies, special districts, and other public entities.

510.903.8818

email

nmuscolino@bwslaw.com

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Scott M. Nenni




Scott M. Nenni
Associate
213.236.2729

213.236.2729

email

snenni@bwslaw.com

Carl K. Newton

Carl K. Newton



Carl K. Newton
Of Counsel
213.236.2708

Carl Newton received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1955, served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, and then returned to obtain his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 1962. 

213.236.2708

email

cnewton@bwslaw.com

Janae H. Novotny

Janae H. Novotny



Janae H. Novotny
Partner
650.327.2672

Ms. Novotny has almost 30 years of experience as an attorney representing cities, special districts, school districts, and community college districts in public agency labor relations, employment law, public agency access law, public employee rights law, and education law.

650.327.2672

email

jnovotny@bwslaw.com

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Nathan A. Oyster

Nathan A.  Oyster



Nathan A.  Oyster
Partner
213.236.2719

Nathan Oyster has focused on defending peace officers and public entities in litigation relating to officer-involved shootings, the use of force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, jail conditions, First Amendment issues, class actions, and public employment.  He has substantial experience defending litigation brought under Section 1983, the Unruh Act, the Ralph Act, and the Bane Act at both the trial and appellate levels.

213.236.2719

email

noyster@bwslaw.com

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Traci I. Park

Traci I. Park



Traci I. Park
Partner
213.236.2883

Ms. Park has a wide-ranging litigation practice which includes representing clients in FEHA, Title VII, ADA, wrongful termination, wage and hour, due process, and civil rights cases.

213.236.2883

email

tpark@bwslaw.com

Paloma P. Peracchio

Paloma P. Peracchio



Paloma P. Peracchio
Associate
213.236.2722

Paloma Peracchio has represented clients through all phases of the litigation process, including discovery, depositions, mediation, arbitration, motion practice, and trial. 

213.236.2722

email

pperacchio@bwslaw.com

Brian A. Pierik

Brian A. Pierik



Brian A. Pierik
Partner
805.437.4407

Mr. Pierik is the City Attorney for the City of Camarillo, the City Attorney for the City of Atascadero, and the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita. 

805.437.4407

email

bpierik@bwslaw.com

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Gerald J. Ramiza

Gerald J. Ramiza



Gerald J. Ramiza
Partner
510.273.8723

Jerry Ramiza's practice emphasizes real estate transactional, land use, and public/private partnership development matters.

510.273.8723

email

jramiza@bwslaw.com

Charles W. Reese

Charles W. Reese



Charles W. Reese
Partner
510.903.8827

Charles W. Reese’s over thirty-five years of legal practice include significant litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels on behalf of both local public entities and private businesses. 

510.903.8827

email

creese@bwslaw.com

Richard J. Reynolds

Richard J. Reynolds



Richard J. Reynolds
Partner
949.265.3408

Richard Reynolds practices mainly in the areas of bankruptcy law, transactional real estate and lending law, business litigation, and real estate litigation on behalf of clients throughout California. 
 

949.265.3408

email

rreynolds@bwslaw.com

Rachel H. Richman

Rachel H. Richman



Rachel H. Richman
Partner
213.236.2828

Ms. Richman is a partner with Burke who has focused her legal practice on the representation of cities and redevelopment agencies.  Ms. Richman is the City Attorney for the City of Rosemead and Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Alhambra and Santa Clarita.

213.236.2828

email

rrichman@bwslaw.com

David A. Rosenthal

David A. Rosenthal



David A. Rosenthal
Partner
510.903.8830

David A. Rosenthal practices in the areas of general business and commercial, securities, technology, corporate, partnership, limited liability company, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and construction law.  

510.903.8830

email

drosenthal@bwslaw.com

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Edith Sanchez Shea

Edith Sanchez Shea



Edith Sanchez Shea
Partner
213.236.2815

Ms. Shea is an experienced civil litigator and her practice includes the areas of bad faith insurance law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") litigation, employment law, construction defect, and business litigation.

213.236.2815

email

eshea@bwslaw.com

Anna C. Shimko




Anna C. Shimko
Partner
415.655.8115

Anna Shimko focuses her practice on all areas of land use, real estate development, and environmental law, representing both public agencies and private landowners and developers in administrative and court proceedings.  

415.655.8115

email

ashimko@bwslaw.com

Kevin D. Siegel

Kevin D. Siegel



Kevin D. Siegel
Partner
510.903.8806

Kevin represents cities and other local agencies regarding a wide range of public law matters, including taxes and assessments, land use and planning, CEQA and environmental law, eminent domain, contracting, public records, elections, tort claims, and due process, takings and other issues of constitutional law.

510.903.8806

email

ksiegel@bwslaw.com

Joseph F. Silvey

Joseph F. Silvey



Joseph F. Silvey
Partner
949.265.3411

Mr. Silvey participates in and helps conduct public meetings, reviews and negotiates contracts, including funding contracts with organizations such as the MTA and Caltrans, monitors DBE Programs, and oversees environmental work and permitting activities.

949.265.3411

email

jsilvey@bwslaw.com

Charles E. Slyngstad

Charles E. Slyngstad



Charles E. Slyngstad
Partner
213.236.2709

Mr. Slyngstad's practice involves the relationships between employers and employees, businesses and contracting parties, and lawyers and clients.

213.236.2709

email

cslyngstad@bwslaw.com

Janet Cory Sommer

Janet Cory Sommer



Janet Cory Sommer
Partner
650.681.8314

Ms. Sommer focuses on labor relations, employment, education, and other public law matters. 

650.681.8314

email

jsommer@bwslaw.com

Alan A. Sozio

Alan A. Sozio



Alan A. Sozio
Partner
213.236.2819

Mr. Sozio's practice focuses primarily on eminent domain and related land-use litigation.

213.236.2819

email

asozio@bwslaw.com

M. Carol Stevens

M. Carol Stevens



M. Carol Stevens
Partner
650.327.2672

M. Carol Stevens is one of the leading legal practitioners in the field of public employment law.  She is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses at conferences and statewide training programs. 

650.327.2672

email

cstevens@bwslaw.com

Benjamin L. Stock

Benjamin L. Stock



Benjamin L. Stock
Partner
510.273.8785

Benjamin L. Stock is an accomplished litigator in both state and federal courts.  His litigation and transactional practice emphasizes municipal law, eminent domain, land use, and construction law.

510.273.8785

email

bstock@bwslaw.com

Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp



Katy A. Suttorp
Senior Associate
949.265.3403

Katy Suttorp has represented and counseled a wide range of employers, including private entities, municipalities, school districts, community college districts, and special districts in numerous matters.

949.265.3403

email

ksuttorp@bwslaw.com

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Richard R. Terzian

Richard R. Terzian



Richard R. Terzian
Partner
213.236.2845

Since admission to the State Bar of California in 1960, he has continuously been engaged in the practice of law, specializing in the representation of public agencies.

213.236.2845

email

rterzian@bwslaw.com

Albert Tong

Albert Tong



Albert Tong
Partner
510.903.8802

Albert Tong has represented private and publicly-traded companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including insurance and reinsurance, securities, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, Proposition 65, and franchise disputes.

510.903.8802

email

atong@bwslaw.com

Kelly A. Trainer

Kelly A. Trainer



Kelly A. Trainer
Partner
949.265.3416

Ms. Trainer has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, labor negotiations, wage and hour, freedom of speech and association, HIPAA, and privacy. 

949.265.3416

email

ktrainer@bwslaw.com

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Michele R. Vadon

Michele R. Vadon



Michele R. Vadon
Partner
213.236.2820

Ms. Vadon advises City Councils, Commissions, and Governing Boards of public agencies on legal requirements including matters relating to the Brown Act, Conflict of Interest Laws (Fair Political Practices Act), Public Records Act, land use, planning, and zoning matters, as well as environmental matters. 

213.236.2820

email

mvadon@bwslaw.com

Eric S. Vail

Eric S. Vail



Eric S. Vail
Partner
951.801.6625

Eric S. Vail, a Partner of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, is Chair of the firm’s forty-one member Public Law Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. 

951.801.6625

email

evail@bwslaw.com

Erica L. Vega

Erica L. Vega



Erica L. Vega
Senior Associate
951.801.6629

Erica L. Vega serves as the Assistant and Deputy City Attorney for a number of municipalities, as well as Deputy General Counsel to several Housing Authorities.

951.801.6629

email

evega@bwslaw.com

Donald A. Velez

Donald A. Velez



Donald A. Velez
Partner
415.755.2610

Donald (Dino) A. Velez has over 20 years of litigation experience representing public entities, and over 12 years experience representing and advising public school districts and public entities on labor, employment, and personnel matters; board issues; charter schools; student issues; and litigation. 

415.755.2610

email

dvelez@bwslaw.com

Stephen E. Velyvis

Stephen E. Velyvis



Stephen E. Velyvis
Partner
510.273.8780

Mr. Velyvis provides wide-ranging expertise and unique problem solving skills and advice to a diverse body of municipal and public agency clients in administrative proceedings and before state and federal trial and appellate courts.

510.273.8780

email

svelyvis@bwslaw.com

Matthew D. Visick

Matthew D. Visick



Matthew D. Visick
Partner
510.903.8838

Mr. Visick provides advisory, transactional, and litigation services related to general municipal issues to cities, counties, and other public agencies in the Bay Area.

510.903.8838

email

mvisick@bwslaw.com

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Sigrid R. Waggener




Sigrid R. Waggener
Partner
415.655.8114

Sigrid Waggener, a partner with the firm’s Real Estate and Business Law Group, focuses her practice on land use law, natural resources law and environmental law.  

415.655.8114

email

swaggener@bwslaw.com

John J. Welsh

John J. Welsh



John J. Welsh
Managing Partner
213.236.2818

Mr. Welsh is Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Managing Partner and Chairperson of the Management Committee.  He has served in these positions since 1996 and is a regular presenter and commentator at continuing education law forums and law practice management conferences. 

213.236.2818

email

jwelsh@bwslaw.com

Mitchell A. Wrosch




Mitchell A. Wrosch
Senior Associate
213.236.2814

Mitchell Wrosch is a senior associate attorney with a practice in civil litigation.  He covers civil rights, employment, and insurance coverage claims.
 

213.236.2814

email

mwrosch@bwslaw.com

H. James Wulfsberg

H. James Wulfsberg



H. James Wulfsberg
Partner
510.903.8826

H. James Wulfsberg is a nationally recognized expert in construction law.  He has over 30 years’ experience in all phases of the construction process, including design, bid design, design-build, engineering procurement construction contracting, construction management, and public works projects.

510.903.8826

email

jwulfsberg@bwslaw.com

J. Todd Wulfsberg

J. Todd Wulfsberg



J. Todd Wulfsberg
Associate
510.903.8837

Mr. Wulfsberg's practice focuses on construction and general civil litigation, as well as drafting design and construction contracts for cities, counties, and other public entities throughout Northern California.  

510.903.8837

email

twulfsberg@bwslaw.com

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Neil F. Yeager

Neil F. Yeager



Neil F. Yeager
Of Counsel
213.236.2717

Neil Yeager specializes in complex real estate, business, and finance transactions for both private and public clients, including business acquisitions, commercial, office and retail leasing, and municipal finance.

213.236.2717

email

nyeager@bwslaw.com

John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh



John R. Yeh
Partner
650.327.2672

John R. Yeh has been practicing law in California since 1991.  He specializes in representing and advising school districts in charter school, labor and employment, and litigation matters. 
 

650.327.2672

email

jyeh@bwslaw.com

Rufus C. Young Jr.

Rufus C. Young Jr.



Rufus C. Young Jr.
Of Counsel
213.236.0600

Mr. Young's practice is concentrated on storm water, drinking water and solid waste legal issues, environmental analysis and compliance, and Homeland Security legal issues.

213.236.0600

email

ryoung@bwslaw.com

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Samantha W. Zutler

Samantha W. Zutler



Samantha W. Zutler
Partner
415.655.8113

Samantha W. Zutler provides labor and employment advice and litigation services to a broad range of public and private sector clients.

415.655.8113

email

szutler@bwslaw.com

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