The 2011 Finance Monthly Law Awards recognizes firms that have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise and have performed outstandingly over the year. Finance Monthly sent a voting ballot to over 36,000 contacts resulting in this distinction for Coblentz's Business Practice.

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Danna Kozerski was named a 2011 Dealmaker of the Year. The Daily Journal selected Danna as one of 20 California real estate attorneys whose complex real estate deals had a significant impact on local communities and the real estate market, and also demonstrated creativity, adaptability and tenacity.

Three of Kozerski 's 2010 accomplishments earned her the award: a 157,000 square-foot lease negotiation with Nokia Inc. on behalf of the landlord at the Sunnyvale Town Center; a lease of 270,000 square feet at the Townsend Center to Zynga Game Network Inc. (the largest San Francisco lease in five years) on behalf of TMG Partners; and the complex 66-year lease for the Exploratorium's new home on Piers 15 and 17 in a public/private partnership financial transaction.

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San Francisco School of the Arts, a public high school in San Francisco, won the San Francisco City Mock Trial Championship after three preliminary rounds of competition and a very close, hard-fought final round against Balboa High School.  The students have been preparing for the competition since October of 2010.  Coblentz attorneys Clifford Yin and Eleanor Hicks, along with staff member Raz Yekrang and a number of dedicated attorney-coaches from other firms, have provided hours of coaching and guidance.  Yin has been coaching high school students in the mock trial program for over sixteen years.  The team will now move on to the State Championship which takes place at the end of March, in Riverside.  Many students said that competing as a member of the team was one of the best experiences of their lives.

As part of this diversity pipeline program sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, students serve as attorneys and witnesses in a simulated criminal trial.  Students prepare opening and closing statements, conduct direct and cross-examinations, and make and respond to objections.  This year's trial included a pre-trial motion to exclude one of the criminal charges on the basis that the applicable statute violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Clifford Yin specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on real estate litigation. Eleanor Hicks practices general corporate and securities law.

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Danna Kozerski was among the top Bay Area real estate leaders whose market predictions for 2011 appeared in The Registry's January 2011 issue.

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Howard Lasky represented Solazyme in a $60 million deal, series D financing round, which was named one of the Notable Clean Tech Deals of 2010 by the San Francisco Daily Journal.  Solazyme, located in South San Francisco, makes renewable oils from algae.

Coblentz is listed as one of the top three Best Trusts & Estates Firms in The Recorder's "The Best of 2010."  Click here to view PDF.

Paul Escobosa and Eleanor Hicks advised Treadwell & Rollo in its acquisition by Langan Engineering & Environmental Services in deal that closed on November 1, 2010.

Treadwell & Rollo is a consulting firm that specializes in environmental, geotechnical and earthquake related engineering solutions. Coblentz and Treadwell & Rollo have shared many client projects over a 25-year span such as AT&T Ballpark, Mission Bay, Presidio of San Francisco and many others.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 – Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP Partner Pamela Duffy has been selected as the 2011 San Francisco Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.  This is the second consecutive year Duffy has received the “Lawyer of the Year” honor, which is awarded to a single lawyer in 16 high-profile legal specialties.  She has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 1995.

Duffy’s practice is focused on commercial real estate, land use and development, with a special emphasis on large public and private entity transactions.  She has played an active role in some of the Bay Area’s largest development projects and real estate transactions, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, the 300-acre Mission Bay development project and the Public Health Services Hospital conversion to a LEED-certified residential community.  Currently, she acts as lead counsel for the proposed new San Francisco 49ers Stadium, the 150-acre smart growth Napa Pipe project, and The Exploratorium’s move to Piers 15-17.  One of the only Bay Area women to be a name partner at a major law firm, Duffy also has been honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” for the past six years.

“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 profession,” said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.  “We would like to congratulate Pam Duffy on being selected as the ‘San Francisco Best Lawyers Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year’ for 2011.”

Duffy earned her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1978) and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from California State University, Los Angeles (1970).

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Coblentz congratulates our clients Ammunition LLC, Eleven Inc. and Mekanism Inc. for being selected as three of the San Francisco Business Times 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area.  The Fast 100 spotlights the Bay Area's most interesting, promising companies representing the best of the entrepreneurial spark and drive long associated with the Bay Area.

Coblentz is pleased to be a sponsor of the San Francisco Business Times 19th Annual Fast 100 Awards Presentation.

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Tay Via was quoted in the October 10, 2010 issue of The Registry regarding the new California Environmental Quality Act guidelines recently adopted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and how they impact development projects.  The new air quality standards make urban development harder and the process more complex.

Click here to view the article from The Registry, October 2010.

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