Fourteen attorneys from Best Best & Krieger LLP offices throughout California were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
In addition, two attorneys were also named 2013 “Lawyers of the Year” for specific practices and geographic areas.
Best Lawyers, established in 1983, is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 attorneys cast nearly 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.
BB&K attorneys based in Riverside who were ranked as leaders in their fields include Eric Garner, a water rights attorney and managing partner of the nine-office law firm, for environmental litigation and water law; Michelle Ouellette for energy, environmental, environmental litigation and natural resources law; Gregory K. Wilkinson and Arthur L. Littleworth for energy, environmental litigation, natural resources and water law; and George M. Reyes for corporate law. Best Lawyers also named Littleworth a 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Riverside in environmental litigation.
In the firm’s Ontario office, Stephen P. Deitsch, who serves as city attorney to Indian Wells, Arcadia, Big Bear Lake and Shafter, was named for municipal, land use and zoning law. Also named in the municipal law category was John E. Brown, who serves as city attorney to Ontario and as town attorney for Apple Valley.
In San Diego, Robert J. Hanna, a real estate attorney, was named for commercial litigation.
The attorneys honored in the Sacramento office were Edward J. Quinn Jr. and Joseph E. Coomes, Jr. for municipal, land use and zoning law; T. Brent Hawkins for municipal law; Harriet Steiner, the city attorney of Davis, for municipal law and municipal litigation; and Iris P. Yang, city attorney of Paso Robles, for municipal, land use and zoning law, and municipal litigation. Best Lawyers also named Coomes a 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Sacramento in municipal law.
In Walnut Creek, environmental attorney and former member of the California Attorney General’s office, Roderick E. Walston, was named for natural resources and water law.