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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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Congratulations to Partner Paul Tauber upon joining the Pacific Council on International Policy as a member.

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Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Jonathan R. Bass as the “San Francisco Best Lawyers Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Jonathan R. Bass on being selected as the ‘San Francisco Best Lawyers Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

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Coblentz lawyers Zuzana Ikels and Aaron Foxworthy successfully advocated for the Sloan family, disenfranchised members of the Cahto Tribe of the Leytonville Rancheria. Fifteen years ago, the family was expelled from Tribal rolls on fabricated grounds after a tribal elder and family member confronted the Tribe's casino operators on claims of embezzlement. In Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria v. Amy Dutschle, Regional Director for the Pacific Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, et al., the United States District Court, Eastern District of California denied the Tribe's challenge to a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision not to recognize the unlawful expulsion. Ms. Ikels and Mr. Foxworthy worked with the Department of Justice on briefing and arguing the Summary Judgment motion, and advocated for the Sloans in an Amicus filing due to the court's earlier rejection of the family's request to intervene.

The Sloans are hopeful that the decision brings to a close a 15-year odyssey for justice, in which the Sloan family members have been denied benefits, voting rights, tribal land rights, and any proceeds from the Tribe's operations. Coblentz is a signatory to the State Bar Association's Pledge on Pro Bono and was awarded the 2010 President's Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year from the California State Bar.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass is listed as one of the top three Best Trusts & Estates Firms in The Recorder's "The Best of 2011."

Coblentz is proud to announce that Pamela Duffy was selected as one of Daily Journal's Top 100 - California's Leading Attorneys of 2011. The list, an honor of excellence, recognizes the 100 elite lawyers across all practices in California – men and women who are making the most impact on the legal profession and on society right now. Ms. Duffy was among 18 women selected for this distinguished list.
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Led by Partner Pamela Duffy, the Exploratorium museum’s move to Piers 15 -17 on the San Francisco Embarcadero has been awarded a “Top Real Estate Development Deal” for 2011.
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15 Coblentz partners have been recognized by Law and Politics as 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys representing a wide range of practice areas, firm sizes and geographic locations.

Pamela Duffy was also named to the distinguished list of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California. She has been recognized since 2004 by Super Lawyers.

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Paul Tauber served as counsel to Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) in negotiations to form a single organization with Accellera. The two industry organizations are focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, and recently signed a memorandum of understanding, beginning the process of combining the groups in order to create more comprehensive standards to benefit the worldwide electronic design community, and facilitate efficient collaboration among their members.

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