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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass is recognized in BTI’s Client Service A-Team 2017, where corporate counsel ranked Coblentz in the top firms nationally for client service excellence. The annual report ranks nearly 300 law firms recognized for delivering the absolute best levels of client service, the results of in-depth interviews with legal decision makers at the world’s leading organizations. The leaders in client service earn recognition from corporate counsel 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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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is once again recognized by the National Law Journal's Midsize Hotlist. This is the third consecutive year the firm has been awarded this recognition, and fourth year overall. The National Law Journal's elite award recognizes only 20 firms nationally with between 51 and 150 attorneys that not only excel at legal and client service, but "have used their creativity and skill to stay competitive in courtrooms and at deal tables across the U.S."

In its profile of Coblentz, the National Law Journal notes the firm's hand is reflected in major commercial buildings, arts and cultural centers and campus expansions across the Bay Area, "transforming the landscape for more than a century," and recognizes the firm's work on recent major projects like Uber Technologies' purchase of a new Oakland headquarters and the San Francisco Giants and Seawall Lot 337 Associates' Mission Rock project.

Also noted is the firm's expansion into Napa Valley to better serve the wine industry with the opening of two new offices, as well as the development of a new multi-disciplinary social enterprise group to meet the growing needs of social entrepreneurs, and the firm's pro bono leadership, exemplified by the firm named as "captain" of the upcoming Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights' election protection program.

Coblentz has been named to the National Law Journal's Midsize Hotlist in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2011.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is ranked nationally among both the top 25 law firms for female partners and the top 100 firms for female attorneys in two reports released by Law360.

On Law360's annual list of "Ceiling Smashers: The Best Law Firms for Female Partners," Coblentz is ranked 12th, with 39.5% female partnership. Ceiling Smashers identifies the top 25 U.S. law firms that have the highest percentage of female partners out of more than 300 law firms surveyed, and have made strides towards greater gender equality in their partnerships.

Coblentz is also listed at 38 among Law360's "100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys," based on the firm's female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and its total number of female attorneys.

Law360 ranked firms by "examining a variety of factors, including the percentage of partners, both equity and nonequity, who are women; the percentage of associate-level attorneys who are women; and the divide between those two. For the firms that nabbed spots on the list, the number of women at all levels of the firm shows that firm leaders are finding some new ways to open doors and increase diversity."

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The Best Lawyers in America© has honored 15 Coblentz attorneys in its 2016 ranking of the nation's top legal talent. The annual referral guide is based on peer review and feedback from leading attorneys in the same geographical region. Several of our ranked attorneys have been included annually on The Best Lawyers in America© list for over 15 years.

Congratulations to these Coblentz attorneys for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America® guide:

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The National Law Journal has named Coblentz to its 2015 Midsize Hotlist. This is the second consecutive year the Firm has been awarded this elite recognition, and third year overall. The NLJ list recognizes only 20 law firms nationally with between 51 and 150 attorneys “that excel at deal making, litigation, counseling and other legal services,” as well as “have demonstrated creative strategies that keep them competitive against much larger law firms. They build cultures that attract and retain top talent. And they take pains to understand and serve their clients' needs.”

In its profile of Coblentz, the National Law Journal quotes San Francisco 49ers Director of Legal Affairs, Hannah Gordon, as saying of the Firm, “They are just really good people who give solid advice.” Coblentz Co-Managing Partner, Alan Gennis, notes the Firm “has established itself as one of San Francisco's premiere real estate and litigation firms in part because it focuses on the future,” recognizing emerging practice groups, managing space and technology with greater efficiency and placing a strong emphasis on pro bono work and Firm diversity.

Coblentz was also named to the Midsize Hotlist in 2014 and 2011. Click here to read more.

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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. The firm was also recognized in the Real Estate California category. 

Partners Pam Duffy and Harry O’Brien are once again ranked in Bands 1 and 2, respectively. Of Pam Duffy, one client notes she is regarded as “a land use force in the city,” and another states Harry O’Brien is “very skilled, understands the politics of San Francisco and is deserving of recognition."

According the Chambers, the Coblentz team “combines capabilities in transactional work with leading expertise in land use and development matters. Provides counsel to prominent commercial real estate developers on areas such as entitlements for major mixed-use development projects.”

Chambers quotes a client: "I appreciate their ability to think outside the box. Land use entitlement is more of an art than a science, and they're very helpful in presenting options that may not be as obvious."

London-based Chambers and Partners notes that it 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. Chambers USA was first introduced in 2003.

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Coblentz is named to BTI Consulting Group’s report, BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.

Based on corporate counsel feedback, Coblentz is known for standing out for its client recommendations, earning a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Most Recommended Firms. BTI develops the report based on in-depth interviews with 648 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. BTI Brand Elite 2015 only includes law firms with the definitive imprint on corporate counsel in key factors clients rely on to differentiate law firms.

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Coblentz has been selected as one of 20 firms named on the National Law Journal's 2014 Midsize Hot List. According to the NLJ, the exclusive list from across the country highlights firms that "are succeeding at a time when many of their bigger competitors are struggling amid high headcounts and overhead. These midsize firms, ranging from 51 to 150 lawyers, know they can beat the bigger players on price — but they understand that it takes more than lower fees to bring in and retain business. They've got to offer great lawyering."

In its profile of Coblentz, the National Law Journal makes note of the firm's "forward-thinking approach," with focus on diversity, community and top talent. As managing partner Danna Kozerski told the National Law Journal, "The way we retain and promote young attorneys is with a collaborative and interesting practice."

The article notes that 40 percent of Coblentz's partners and 50 percent of the firm's associates are women, and highlights the firm's attorneys as pro bono and volunteer champions, including mention of Coblentz's 2013 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service Award from the San Francisco Bar Association's Justice and Diversity Center.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass is ranked third nationally in Law360's article naming the 25 Ceiling Smashers – law firms with the top female partner percentages.

The 25 Best Law Firms For Female Partners by Jake Simpson

Law360, New York (April 20, 2014, 4:29 PM ET) -- Law360 is pleased to announce its 2014 class of Ceiling Smashers, the 25 U.S.-based law firms out of nearly 400 surveyed that have the highest percentage of female partners.

The Glass Ceiling Report: 2014, based on a survey of more than 380 law firms, found that while women make up 43 percent of the nonpartner ranks at U.S. law firms, they comprise just 21 percent of partnerships. 
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While no U.S. firm has 50 percent or more women at the partner level, the inaugural class of Ceiling Smashers all fall well above the average. Women make up at least 29 percent of the partnership at all the Ceiling Smashers, and at the top 10 firms, at least one-third of partners are women.
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Congratulations to all the 2014 Ceiling Smashers.

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Justice & Diversity Center Honors Outstanding Legal Services and Diversity Educational Program Volunteers

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California Carol Corrigan was on hand to present awards

April 18, 2014 -- San Francisco – The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) celebrated its most outstanding volunteers at its annual Appreciation Celebration on April 17.

More than 250 people attended the event, held at the Louis B. Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings College of the Law. Guest of honor Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, Supreme Court of California, provided inspirational remarks at the awards ceremony and greeted awardees. JDC honored the top 15 percent of the volunteers in its Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and Diversity Educational Programs with Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Certificates. JDC also recognized four individual volunteers and a law firm with special awards.
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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass received the 2013 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service Award. The firm was the second to sign onto JDC’s Right to Civil Counsel Pilot Program, and in 2013, the firm’s attorneys volunteered on behalf of low-income tenants, consumers and taxpayers. In addition to its pro bono legal services work, in 2013, Coblentz also sponsored one of JDC’s Bay Area Minority Law Students Scholarships, a $30,000 three-year commitment, and hosted a reception introducing the scholarship recipients to their donors.”

Coblentz recipients honored with Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Certificates were Jeff Bernstein, Jana Contreras, Bejan Fanibanda, Fred Fields, Mark Hejinian, Misti Schmidt and Katharine Van Dusen.

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