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SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2012 – Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass congratulates Jeffrey Sinsheimer on his appointment as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings. Mr. Sinsheimer will be teaching a Telecommunications Law Seminar in the Fall 2013 semester. Known as a go-to lawyer in the telecommunications field, Mr. Sinsheimer will be teaching government regulation of the telecommunications industry. His focus will be on developments that have occurred over the fifteen years since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was adopted: the evolution of policy issues facing Congress and the states, and the constitutional, jurisdictional and statutory questions facing administrative agencies and the courts.

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The development of a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to become the home of the San Francisco 49ers, took a huge step forward as the official groundbreaking ceremony took place on the site April 19, 2012. 

Coblentz acted as real estate and corporate counsel to the NFL team and its affiliates throughout the high-profile project, initiated in 2007. Construction on the state-of-the-art, 68,000-seat stadium is scheduled for completion by the start of the 2014-2015 season.
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Here is the complete list of the winners and finalists and their categories recognized in the San Francisco Business Times 2011 Real Estate Deals of the Year Awards:

Finalist for Best Community Impact: Forest City's 5M Project

Finalist for Best Retail Space: Lucky Strike

Finalist for Best Public/Cultural/Health: Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Winner of Best Office Sale, San Francisco: 155 Fifth Street

Winner of Best Office Sale, Outside San Francisco: Swift Plaza

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Congratulations to Robert Hodil for being named Vice-Chair of The State Bar of California's Real Property Law Section’s Zoning and Land Use Subsection.

Coblentz appellate litigators Richard Patch, Susan Jamison, Zuzana Ikels and David Mehretu are pleased to congratulate their client DISH Network on its decisive win in the Seventh Circuit in a consumer class action challenging DISH’s early service cancellation fee. Having obtained a dismissal of the putative class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the defense team went to work defending the favorable judgment on appeal. In a published decision authored by Judge Easterbrook, the Seventh Circuit firmly rejected a challenge by a customer that DISH’s contract unlawfully permitted it to take customers’ Social Security benefits from their bank accounts in violation of the Social Security Act.

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Coblentz attorneys Paul Escobosa, Todd Hovey, Douglas Sands and Misti Schmidt represented Ronnie Lott on the sale of Mercedes Benz of Medford and the associated real property. Paul Escobosa and Todd Hovey advised Lott on the corporate transaction, while Doug Sands and Misti Schmidt assisted with the real estate work involved in the sale. The buyers were Ron Heller and Bill Bird who also own two Mercedes dealerships in Texas. Ronnie Lott also owns Tracy Toyota in Tracy, California. Lott has been involved in the automobile business since retiring from the San Francisco 49ers. Lott was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on July 29, 2000.

Late last fall, Coblentz attorneys Paul Escobosa and Todd Hovey assisted clients John Anderson and Barry Rodenberg in the sale of Courtesy Chevrolet in San Jose, the largest Chevrolet dealership in Northern California.

Coblentz has attorneys expert in automotive legal services. Paul Escobosa has served as outside General Counsel to scores of dealerships, including more than 100 dealership buy/sell transactions. Coblentz's areas of expertise include buying and selling dealerships, executive compensation and incentive agreements, succession planning, employment issues, and financing.

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Congratulations to Howard Slavitt for being named the Co-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Estate Planning, Probate and Trust - Litigation Subsection.

Congratulations to Brandi Brown and Charles (CJ) Higley for being elevated to the Firm Partnership.

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, a firm founded over 130 years ago, was recently named in Fortune Magazine and CNNMoney.com as one of the top law firms in the United States. In Fortune’s December 26, 2011 issue, Coblentz was identified as a top firm based on ratings provided by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-rating service within the legal industry. 50% of Coblentz’s Partners attained an AV Preeminent® ranking, the highest distinction of professional excellence for legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience from peer reviews. The select list was also published in the 2012 Fortune Investor’s Guide supplement in which over 250,000 law firms in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s registry were reviewed and ranked.

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Congratulations to Coblentz attorneys Jeffry Bernstein, Courtney Nash Gardner, Kathleen McConnell, Misti Schmidt and Daniel Vermillion upon receiving the Outstanding Volunteer award from the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of The Bar Association of San Francisco.

The top 10% of VLSP’s volunteers were honored as recipients with Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service certificates.

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