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San Francisco (July 17, 2018) - San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP welcomes George M. Borkowski to the firm's partnership, and Wendy Bleiman and Alex Loshiloff as Special Counsel.

George M. Borkowski joins Coblentz from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where he served as Senior Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs. He has represented leading entertainment, video game, technology, and software companies, as well as industry trade associations. George has worked with clients in the music industry for most of his career. He has also provided services to clients in the motion picture, gaming, advertising, marketing, and mobile communications industries, among others.

“Having worked with George as co-counsel, and for him as a client, I couldn’t be happier to have him on board," said Jeffrey G. Knowles, Litigation Partner at Coblentz. "Very few litigators have George's depth of IP experience generally – or in the music industry specifically. We’re lucky to have him.”   

George has over 30 years of experience in complex business and intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a focus on content protection, media and entertainment, and technology. He has litigated cases involving copyrights, trademarks and trade dress, trade secrets, patents, technology, software, false advertising, and right of publicity, as well as antitrust and corporate control disputes.

George was previously a partner at law firms Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP in Los Angeles, Venable LLP, and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP where he also founded and chaired the IP and Technology Practice Group.

Coblentz also welcomes Wendy Bleiman and Alexander Loshiloff as Special Counsel, bringing depth to the firm's Tax and Family Wealth practices.

Wendy Bleiman joins as Special Counsel from Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles.  Wendy's practice focuses on tax controversy, exempt organizations, and estate planning. Her tax controversy practice includes supervising audits by the IRS, as well as by state and local taxing authorities. She represents clients at IRS Appeals and at Tax Court, and in state and local income, franchise, property, and sales tax matters. Wendy works with non-profits to obtain and maintain tax-exempt status, and advises exempt organizations with respect to raising, investing, and utilizing charitable assets. She also works with clients to achieve their charitable and wealth transfer objectives by using specialized planning vehicles and structuring charitable gifts.

"Wendy brings incredible depth to our Tax and Family Wealth groups in the areas of tax-exempt organizations and tax controversy," said Philip B. Feldman, Family Wealth Partner at Coblentz. "She is a fantastic client advocate and we are thrilled to add Wendy to our team."

Alexander Loshiloff joins as Special Counsel. Alex is a tax attorney with experience in private tax practice and tax planning in-house at one of the largest software companies in the world. He has advised on hundreds of domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions for both public and private companies and banks, including private equity deals and joint ventures. He has significant experience with taxable and tax-deferred transactions, including taxable stock and asset dispositions, as well as spin-offs and recapitalizations, and he has provided tax support for issuers of equity and debt domestically and overseas. In the international area, Alex has significant experience advising domestic and multinational clients on various tax aspects of cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and post-acquisition internal restructurings. Alex has successfully represented companies and individuals in IRS appeals with respect to various tax controversies.

"Alex has steered clients through a tremendous number of M&A transactions – it’s tough to replicate that kind of experience," said Sara Finigan, Coblentz Co-Managing Partner. "Both of our Tax and Business groups are looking forward to bringing his wisdom and experience to corporate clients."

Prior to joining Coblentz, Alex worked at Oracle Corporation in Silicon Valley as its Senior Director for Tax Planning, and before that, he was a partner at K&L Gates in New York.

"Wendy, Alex, and George are wonderful people, excellent lawyers, and leaders in their practices. I’d be proud to announce the addition of any one of them; it is an immense addition to the firm to have them all," said Finigan. "We are so pleased to welcome them to the firm."


About Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services, specializing in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax and family wealth. Law360 named Coblentz a California Powerhouse firm in 2017. The National Law Journal named Coblentz to its prestigious, nationwide Midsize Hot List four times. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Coblentz as one of the nation’s top law firms in the Best Law Firm list, with national rankings in 13 practice areas and six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco law firm category. For more information: www.coblentzlaw.com.

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Coblentz litigation partner Timothy Crudo is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer, Band 4, in the California, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category in the Chambers USA 2018 directory.  Tim has been recognized in the guide since 2016.

One client noted to Chambers that "I was very happy to have had him represent me. He learned the details and lingo of my industry extremely quickly and was able to advise me in a manner that made me feel comfortable and secure."

Tim is a trial lawyer focusing on white collar defense and government enforcement, particularly investigations and cases brought by criminal prosecutors, government regulators, and shareholders in white collar, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Independent and objective, Chambers USA is carefully researched and widely considered to be the most reputable law firm directory in the world. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

The Coblentz real estate practice is also listed by Chambers USA in the top tier, Band 1, for California, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, and real estate partners Pamela Duffy, Harry O'Brien, and Alan Gennis are listed as Leading Lawyers in real estate categories.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass maintains its Band 1 ranking, the highest attainable, for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (California) in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 directory.

Known for its strong presence in the Bay Area and comprehensive real estate offering, clients commented on the Coblentz team's strong zoning reputation and history as a real estate powerhouse, noting, "The firm is embedded in our community and has deep relationships with key stakeholders." Another client said, "They are excellent lawyers, and down-to-earth, good people. They are my number one go-to firm for San Francisco real estate matters."

The widely-respected legal publication also recognized three individual Coblentz real estate and land use partners, Pamela Duffy, Harry O'Brien, and Alan Gennis.

Pamela Duffy is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the top tier, Band 1, in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Pam is noted for her strength in zoning and land use matters and is particularly recommended for complex, high-value public and private company transactions. She has been recognized in the guide since 2003.

Harry O’Brien is also again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 2 in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Clients describe Harry as "a remarkably smart and experienced real estate attorney." He has been recognized in the guide since 2003.

Alan Gennis is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 4, in the Real Estate – California category. He is described by clients as "a great example of a business person's lawyer," and "the quintessential adviser who always sees the big picture."

Independent and objective, Chambers USA is carefully researched and widely considered to be the most reputable law firm directory in the world. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

Coblentz litigation partner Timothy Crudo is also recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA directory as a Leading Lawyer in the California, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category.

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Coblentz attorneys Duff Beach, Jeff Bernstein, Misti Schmidt, Howard Slavitt, Joy Spezeski, and Katharine Van Dusen were honored by the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) as 2017 Outstanding Volunteers. Each year at the annual volunteer appreciation celebration, JDC recognizes and thanks the top 15 percent of people who have made extraordinary contributions to the organization, including JDC's Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, Immigrant Legal Defense Program, and Diversity Educational Programs. Last year, over 2,000 volunteers assisted more than 9,000 low-income clients through legal representation, and related social services, in nearly every area of civil law.  Volunteers also provided over 700 students with counseling, coaching and mentoring in efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.

“JDC is thrilled to recognize all our guests who partnered with us to provide access to justice, and to a more diverse legal profession. We’re also deeply grateful and honored to have the Courts join us in expressing gratitude for public service”, said Gloria Chun, Director and Managing Attorney of JDC’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

The JDC advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. JDC is the largest legal services providers in San Francisco. JDC’s programs serve approximately 9,500 disadvantaged San Franciscans a year, with the overarching goal of assisting the community’s most vulnerable members with accessing the judicial system and strengthening their personal, professional, and economic security.

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Coblentz is pleased to announce that Sara Finigan has joined Danna Kozerski in serving as the firm’s Co-Managing Partners. Sara practices in the firm’s Corporate group and specializes in serving clients in the negotiation and funding of joint ventures for the development of real property. She also helps both corporate and individual clients develop and implement strategies to navigate complex business matters. She was previously chair of the firm’s Corporate practice group and was named a Top 100 Lawyer in California. In the community, Sara serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

For over a decade, Danna has been working alongside Alan Gennis and Jeff Knowles as the firm’s three Co-Managing Partners. The Partnership is extremely grateful to Alan and Jeff for their remarkable years of service at the firm’s helm. Both Alan and Jeff continue their respective real estate and litigation practices.

Danna Kozerski represents developers and companies in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions including financing, leasing, and acquisitions and dispositions of office buildings, museums, shopping centers, residential developments and mixed-use projects. She specializes in public/private partnerships and the formation of joint ventures. In addition to serving as a Co-Managing Partner for over a decade, Danna was previously chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Danna is an elected member of the Policy Advisory Board for the University of California, Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and an elected Fellow of The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers.

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For the second consecutive year, Richard Patch was named among the best attorneys for client service by corporate counsel in BTI's 2018 Client Service All-Star list.

The annual list from BTI Consulting Group Inc. is based on direct feedback from more than 300 corporate counsel of large businesses and Fortune 1000 companies with $1 billion or more in revenue identifying attorneys who stand out for delivering superior client service. This is

Richard's second year named to the list, one of only 17 attorneys making repeat appearances on the BTI All-Star list from last year. Clients single out these MVPs for providing consistent service over time—proving themselves as the best at client service time and time again. The Client Service All-Stars excel in six common traits identified by corporate counsel and legal decision makers: having superior client focus; demonstrating an unmatched understanding of the client's business; having exceptional legal skills; delivering efficient, value-added service; being innovative thought leaders; and a new driver—delivering superior client experience.

As a senior trial and appellate lawyer, Richard Patch is widely regarded as one of the leading satellite, cable and telecommunications lawyers in the country. Richard was also recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2014 and 2017, and Coblentz has been recognized in BTI’s Client Service A-Team for several consecutive years where corporate counsel continue to rank Coblentz in the top firms nationally for client service excellence.

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Napa, CA March 19, 2018 – Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to announce that Jeff Dodd has joined the firm as an associate in its Wine Country office. Jeff was previously with Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty.

Jeff is a land use and environmental law attorney. He assists entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, and non-profit entities seeking to own, develop, and add value to real property. He helps his clients understand the regulatory and political issues associated with their projects and implement strategies to achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner.

"Jeff is an impressive, highly respected lawyer who brings significant local experience and relationships to the firm," said Brandi Brown, head of Coblentz's Wine Country office. Scott Greenwood-Meinert, who joined the firm in October, said, "Jeff will be a great addition as we continue to build our Napa team to serve our Wine Country clients, particularly in the land use and environmental areas. We are delighted to welcome Jeff to Coblentz."

"I'm thrilled to join the high-level group of attorneys at Coblentz and I'm even more thrilled that Coblentz is harnessing their resources in the North Bay," said Dodd. " The firm does more than just provide first-class legal counsel to their clients, they invest and give back to the communities where they serve and I am excited to be a part of that."

A Napa Valley native, Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Connolly Ranch Education Center, a program connecting children to nature through farm-based education, and Community Health Initiative, which is dedicated to achieving 100% healthcare coverage for all Napa County residents regardless of income or age. He also represented the City of Napa on the Napa County Park and Open Space District Advisory Committee and served as an alternate to Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee. While in law school, Jeff served as an extern for Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.

Coblentz’s full-service Wine Country office serves the needs of clients across the spectrum including wineries, the food and beverage industry, real estate development and hospitality/resort companies, and family wealth clients. Coblentz’s Wine Country office is located on the Riverfront at 700 Main Street, Suite 210, Napa CA 94559. Tel. 707-603-2722.

About Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, headquartered in San Francisco, is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services, specializing in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax and family wealth. Law360 named Coblentz a California Powerhouse firm in 2017. The National Law Journal named Coblentz to its 2016 Midsize Hot List, the fourth year the firm has made this prestigious nation-wide list. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Coblentz as one of the nation’s top law firms in the Best Law Firm list, with national rankings in 13 practice areas and six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco law firm category. For more information: www.coblentzlaw.com.

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Brandi Brown, head of Coblentz's wine practice, was elected to the board of Women for WineSense, and will serve in the Secretary role. Women for WineSense is the premier wine education and networking organization for wine industry professionals and wine aficionados. The goal of the nonprofit, with 10 chapters across the United States, is to promote the appreciation and responsible enjoyment of wine and support the success and professional development of women and men in wine and associated industries.

Brandi advises a diverse group of public and private clients, including many well-respected wineries, vineyards, and hospitality businesses in Wine Country. She advises clients on the latest issues impacting advertising and branding, including promotions and interactive advertising campaigns, sponsorship agreements, social media and mobile advertising challenges, and privacy issues, as well mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private securities offerings, leveraged buy-outs, and general corporate counseling.

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San Francisco, CA January 8, 2018 – Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to announce the election of Fredrick Crombie, Paul Levin, and Peter Wang to the firm's partnership. These promotions are effective January 1, 2018.

“The partnership couldn’t be more delighted to add three supremely talented lawyers to our ranks. In three different but all critically important practice areas, Fred, Paul, and Peter represent the best young talent in our industry, ” said Jeffrey G. Knowles,  co-managing partner. “We are proud that they have chosen to make their careers here – and to call them our partners.”

The 2018 new partners are:

Fredrick C. Crombie, Litigation.
Fred Crombie is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Fred’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on financial disputes, tax controversy, complex commercial litigation, and trusts and estates litigation. Before he joined the firm, Fred was a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated a variety of tax controversies involving wealthy individuals, consolidated filing groups, insolvent financial institutions, telecommunications carriers and resellers, payroll processing companies, foreign service corporations, and nonresident aliens. Fred earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. While there, he was an Associate Editor of the University of Michigan Journal For Law Reform.  Fred received his B.A. in political science from the George Washington University in 1999.

Paul C. Levin, Real Estate.
Paul Levin's broad real estate transaction expertise includes purchase and sale, construction and design, leasing, and land use entitlements. Paul represents owners, developers, and users on a range of development projects, with a particular strength in handling all facets of a project from inception to completion. Prior to joining the firm, Paul worked for Edgemoor Real Estate Services, a division of the Clark Construction Group, focusing on real estate development and public-private partnerships, and at a large international law firm. Paul earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2005, where he earned his B.A. in political science with an interdisciplinary focus on urban development.

Peter Wang, Business.
Peter Wang is a business attorney with a broad range of experience counseling clients through all lifecycles of a business and across different industries. For his company clients, Peter counsels them from formation, through growth stage financings, and eventually, sales and other exits. M&A comprises a significant part of Peter’s practice, on both the buy-side and sell-side, in strategic and financial transactions, and in distressed scenarios. Peter also serves as outside general counsel to his company clients, helping them structure, negotiate and execute various commercial contracts, as well as joint venture arrangements, partnerships and strategic alliances. Additionally, Peter is well-versed in guiding individual, family office and private equity clients through their investment opportunities. Many of Peter’s clients operate in the advertising, consulting, marketing and design industries, giving him unique insight into market trends and practices. Peter earned his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2010, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2004, where he earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Classics.


About Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services, specializing in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax and family wealth. Law360 named Coblentz a California Powerhouse firm in 2017. The National Law Journal named Coblentz to its 2016 Midsize Hot List, the fourth year the firm has made this prestigious nation-wide list. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Coblentz as one of the nation’s top law firms in the Best Law Firm list, with national rankings in 13 practice areas and six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco law firm category. For more information: www.coblentzlaw.com.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass is recognized in BTI’s Client Service A-Team 2018, where corporate counsel ranked Coblentz in the top firms nationally for client service excellence. The annual report ranks the top law firms serving the world's largest clients, recognized for delivering the absolute best levels of client service. The report is the results of more than 350 in-depth interviews with legal decision makers and corporate counsel at the world’s leading organizations. The leaders in client service earn recognition on an ongoing basis, fostering and maintaining strong client relationships day-in and day-out.

The independent survey from BTI Consulting Group solicits feedback from leading legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue to determine which law firms top the charts in client service. Firms are scored on 17 client service activities including client loyalty, legal skills, understanding a client’s business and advice on business issues. No submissions, nominations or client names are accepted for the survey.

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