Wednesday, September 11, 2013

          Six Alumni Named to Daily Journal's Coveted Top 100 List

          The attorneys honored practice across a wide range of fields, including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property, litigation and securities.
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          Board of Director Bruce L. Simon '80: "It all started at UC Hastings."

          Six distinguished UC Hastings alumni were named among the Top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.

          The attorneys honored practice across a wide range of fields, including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property, litigation and securities.

          Joseph W. Cotchett ’64, Litigation|Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, Burlingame
          Specialties: Plaintiff-side antitrust, securities fraud

          In his representation of the city of San Jose in its antitrust case against Major League Baseball, Cotchett said he is taking on the legendary U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

          “Baseball is the only sport in America that has an antitrust exemption,” he said. “It was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1922. It has not relevancy in today’s game of baseball.”

          Jennifer L. Keller ’78, Litigation|Keller Rackauckas Umberg Zipser, Irvine
          Specialties: Commercial, intellectual property and white collar defense

          If you ask Keller what she’s working on, be prepared to take a journey around the world.

          This is true in both a literal sense—she was just in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh representing the interests of a Saudi princess accused of criminal action in the U.S.—and in a figurative sense: She’s working on cases that touch a vast array of practice areas.

          Anthony J. McCusker ’95, Corporate|Goodwin Procter, Menlo Park
          Specialties: Technology companies, securities, partnership laws

          The venture capital market is in the process of evolution, McCusker said.

          “The trend in technology costs declining and the increased presence of angel investors, as well as the trend to brand name VCs raising larger funds, has led to traditional VC rounds to come later in the corporate lifecycle, and angels and incubators are often leading the early rounds of financing.”

          Bruce L. Simon ’80, Business Litigation| Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, San Francisco
          Specialties: Plaintiff-side antitrust, securities, fraud, consumer class actions

          Simon was co-lead class counsel in what he called “a massive litigation effort” in a high-profile antitrust dispute that brought class members a total recovery of more than $473 million. The direct purchaser class action alleged a decade-long conspiracy to raise and fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels and certain products containing those panels.

          Formally called Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays, they are used in flat-panel televisions, as well as computer monitors, laptop computers, mobile phones and other devices. The defendants included LG Display, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi and Epson.

          Christopher D. Sullivan ’90, Litigation|Greenfield Sullivan Draa & Harrington, San Francisco
          Specialty: Complex commercial litigation

          The legal industry is in a time of flux, and Sullivan is at the forefront of cutting-edge issues affect law firms in bankruptcy.

          This year, Sullivan, a name partner at his firm, continued to tackle a number of cases on behalf of the estate of Heller Ehrman, a San Francisco law firm that dissolved in 2008. He has brought about 100 lawsuits on behalf of the estate since April 2010, and to date has recovered more than $40 million for the estate’s creditors, he said.

          Jeffrey R. Vetter ’90, Corporate|Fenwick & West, Mountain View
          Specialty: Securities

          In the months leading up to the largest technology IPO in U.S. history, Vetter said his moves were being followed by newspapers, bloggers and anyone else willing to comment on social networking site Facebook going public.

          The intense public attention was a new dynamic for the veteran securities attorney, who is a partner and co-chair of the securities and corporate finance practice at Fenwick. He co-led the transaction with Fenwick chairman Gordon K. Davidson.

          Read the full biographies in the Daily Journal (subscription required).

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