• Coblentz Recognized in Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Law Firm List

    SAN FRANCISCO, November 13, 2012 – Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP has been recognized as one of the nation’s top law firms in the 2013 Best Law Firm list, published in print and online by Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report. The firm received six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco Metropolitan law firm category.

    Coblentz was recognized as a San Francisco Metropolitan “Tier 1” firm in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates, and Tax Law. Seven practices were further recognized with a national ranking – Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law, Trusts & Estates Law, and Tax.

    “This is a wonderful recognition to be included in the publication of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms among a collection of prestigious national firms,” noted Danna Kozerski, Co-Managing Partner at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP. “We are proud of this honor and greatly appreciate that our peers and clients have shown us such confidence and support.”

    The Best Law Firms, a joint effort between U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, surveyed and ranked nearly 11,000 firms in 80 national practice areas and 118 metropolitan practice areas. Research was based on feedback and interviews from thousands of law firm clients, lawyers and administrators. Individual firm diversity and pro bono efforts were also considered.

    To be eligible for a Metropolitan ranking, a firm had to have at least one lawyer listed in Best Lawyers. In 2012, Jonathan Bass was awarded Best Lawyers’ San Francisco Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Litigation. In prior years, Best Lawyers honored the late William K. Coblentz for Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year, Pamela S. Duffy for Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, and William T. Hutton for Tax Lawyer of the Year.

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  • Sara Finigan Elected to LCCR’s Board of Directors

    Coblentz partner Sara Finigan has been elected to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ (LCCR) Board of Directors.  The LCCR of San Francisco Bay Area advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants and refugees – with a specific focus on low income communities and a long-standing commitment to African-Americans – by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, and impact litigation and policy advocacy legal strategies.  The Board of the LCCR is committed to these principles of social justice that guide their work.  The Coblentz firm is also a pro bono partner of the LCCR – contributing their time to provide legal services to the community.

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  • Tax Alert: Changes Affecting Property Tax Exemptions in 2013

    As the end of the year approaches, nonprofits engaged in conservation efforts should take note of changes affecting property tax exemptions in 2013.  Recent changes include an ammendment to the Revenue and Taxation Code that expressly allows certain revenue-producing activities on lands exempt under the welfare exemption, and relief for nonprofits entering into operating agreements with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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