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Coblentz partner Philip Feldman is ranked as a leading lawyer in the Private Wealth Law – Northern California category, Band 2, in the inaugural Chambers High Net Worth guide published by Chambers & Partners.

Chambers describes Phil as having "expertise advising clients on estate gift and income tax planning, adopting wealth transfer and preservation strategies, philanthropy and trust and probate administration. He represents institutional and individual fiduciaries in trust and estate disputes and administration." Peers praise Phil as being "very highly thought of and respected" and "a nice person and an excellent attorney," and note he is "absolutely great and he really knows his stuff."

London-based Chambers and Partners conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world's leading lawyers and law firms – individual lawyers are ranked on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client-service. Chambers HNW independent research is conducted by a team of private wealth researchers, interviewing hundreds of lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisers, bankers, investment managers and high-end real estate agents.

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The Legal 500 United States has named Coblentz a "Recommended Firm" in the Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning category, with a National Band 2 ranking in 2016.

Described as "a go-to firm for land use and zoning matters in the Bay area," Coblentz is one of only a few Northern California firms recognized by The Legal 500 for outstanding performance in this area.

Partners Pamela Duffy, Harry O'Brien and Danna Kozerski also received individual recognition.  Pam Duffy is recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" on The Legal 500 United States 2016's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Harry O'Brien and Danna Kozerski are recommended by the editorial as well.

The Legal 500 Series provides worldwide coverage on legal services providers in more than 100 countries, and highlights the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Rankings are based on a series of criteria, including research based on feedback from more than 250,000 clients worldwide.

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Partner Tim Crudo was the interview subject of "Ask the RevRec Experts" podcast, Episode 22: Legally Speaking, from financial software and services company Leeyo. As a well-regarded speaker on the topic of the stepped-up enforcement efforts of the DOJ and SEC on white collar crime, Tim weighs in on what this could/should mean for those in charge of corporate revenue, how to stay on the right side of this enforcement and potential worst-case scenarios, if not.

Leeyo Software helps companies transform complex revenue accounting and forecasting processes so they can be confident their financials are accurate and compliant. The “Ask the RevRec Experts” podcast reviews questions asked through the website, email, out in the field, webinars or at industry events to find answers for each, directly from guest experts.

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Coblentz partner Timothy Crudo is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the California, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category in Band 4 by Chambers USA.

Chambers describes Tim as offering "expertise in a broad range of white-collar criminal matters, including securities, antitrust and healthcare fraud." Clients credit him as a "diligent, knowledgeable, understanding and insightful" attorney who "goes above and beyond" in his representation of clients.

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.

London-based Chambers and Partners conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world's leading lawyers and law firms – individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice-areas) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client-service.

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Coblentz partners Pam Duffy, Harry O'Brien and Tay Via are listed in the California, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use category of the 2016 Chambers USA guide, published by Chambers & Partners.

Pam Duffy is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the top tier, Band 1. Clients described Pam to Chambers as “tenacious and smart" and noted she "handles mega projects," particularly in the healthcare, sports and retail industries. Chambers notes her particular experience in large public and private entity transactions and in-depth understanding of the long-term implications of development requirements and how they affect construction, financing, operation, leasing, and sale of a development project.

Harry O’Brien is also again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 2. Chambers describes Harry as "well versed in the full spectrum of real estate transactions, including obtaining zoning, land use and CEQA approvals." Clients report that he "is outstanding in providing good business counsel." Harry's transactional real estate, commercial development and land use practice emphasizes representing real estate developers in entitlement, finance and construction of large commercial, residential and institutional development projects and public-private partnerships.

Tay Via is listed as one of only two Noted Practitioners in the California category. Tay specializes in large public/private projects and represents real estate companies, nonprofit entities, and other businesses, identifying strategies for navigating the increasingly complex real estate development process.

London-based Chambers and Partners conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world's leading lawyers and law firms – individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice-areas) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client-service.

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Chambers & Partners, publishers of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, has again awarded Coblentz a Band 1 ranking in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category.

According the Chambers, the Coblentz team is known for "a comprehensive real estate offering that maintains a particular strength in obtaining land use, zoning and environmental approvals for development projects," and has an "especially strong presence in the Bay Area."

Chambers quotes clients describing Coblentz as "a very, very strong land use and entitlement firm," and noting "the firm provides superior services."

Partners Pam Duffy and Harry O’Brien are again ranked as leading lawyers in Band 1 and Band 2, respectively, and partner Tay Via is listed as a Noted Practitioner.

London-based Chambers and Partners conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world's leading lawyers and law firms – those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients. The process, which extends over several months, includes written submissions, personal interviews, client feedback, and peer assessment.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is ranked nationally by Law360 among the Top 50 Firms for Minority Equity Partners.

The annual list from Law360 places Coblentz 49th among the nation's top firms with the highest percentage of minority equity partners. The top 50 firms represent a mix of small, midsize and large firms alike, indicating that diversity is a reachable goal regardless of firm size.

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Coblentz partner Richard Patch was profiled by Law360 in the Trial Pros Q&A series, which showcases the achievements and professional insights of highly successful trial lawyers. In the Q&A, Richard discusses his experiences as a trial attorney, highlights from his career, how he prepares for trial and advice for new litigators.

Read the Q&A profile here.

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Coblentz attorneys Philip Feldman, Howard Slavitt, Julie Treppa and Alyssa Snyder assisted the donors of a $185 million gift to UC San Francisco to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The gift is the largest single gift ever made to UCSF, and one of the largest gifts ever made to support the neurosciences in the United States.

According to UCSF, "The gift will provide the lead investment for the construction of a new 270,000-square-foot building at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus that will serve as the Weill Institute for Neurosciences headquarters. The new building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, as well as clinics for patients with brain and nervous system disorders." An Innovation Fund will also provide support for research projects aimed at finding new treatments for neurological and psychiatric illnesses.

The gift also advances the University’s educational mission, establishing a new Fellows program that will offer financial support to PhD students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, allowing UCSF to continue its success in attracting the very best young scientists to its doctoral programs.

Read more about the gift to UCSF here, and watch a video overview of the Institute.

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At the 2016 Design Awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architecture San Francisco (AIASF) last week, global architectural firm Gensler was one of two Interior Architecture Merit Award recipients for their design of the new home office of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP.

The Coblentz firm relocated in August 2015 to One Montgomery Tower in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District, a space boasting unobstructed 360 degree views of the City.  Gensler worked with the Coblentz design team and other highly skilled design and construction partners to create what the AIASF jury calls a "stunning space that transcends the typical law firm experience."  The firm’s decision to relocate and build from a blank slate presented an opportunity to carefully examine our use of space. The new design reflects how Coblentz lawyers and staff work now, and anticipates new processes that will evolve in the future.

AIASF award judges commented on various design details that led to the decision to award special recognition to the Coblentz project. "The planning, shared light peaks, and central circulation all work very well. The design choice of a high contrast palette was bold and refreshing and yanked the traditional law firm out of the past. The project dances a clever line between the dynamic and the tranquil, with its fully realized lighting acting as its principal unifying design element. This could so easily have been clumsy, but here it is quite beautiful."

The AIASF Design Awards recognize outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Bay Area individuals and organizations, serving to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice in the region.

View photos and additional award information here.

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