• Danna Kozerski Awarded Lawyer of the Year, 35 Coblentz Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023

    Coblentz real estate partner Danna Kozerski was awarded a “Lawyer of the Year” recognition by Best Lawyers in America® for the second time. In its annual listing of the nation’s top legal talent, Best Lawyers® named Danna the 2023 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco. As one of the preeminent lawyers in the United States, Danna was previously named San Francisco “Lawyer of the Year” in Real Estate Law in 2021. Danna is a well-recognized real estate lawyer who specializes in public/private partnerships and the formation of joint ventures. She represents developers and companies in a range of commercial real estate transactions.

    Congratulations to Danna and to all 35 Coblentz attorneys listed in the 2023 Best Lawyers in America® guide, including 12 attorneys recognized as Ones to Watch. Categories of recognition are listed below.

    2023 Best Lawyers Recognitions

    2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Recognitions

    Best Lawyers lists are based entirely on peer-review evaluation. The 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America is based on more than 12 million evaluations and recognizes just over 71,000 attorneys, the top five percent of private practicing attorneys in the US.

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  • Maggie Callicrate Promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

    San Francisco (August 15, 2022) – San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to announce that Maggie Callicrate has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the firm.

    As CEO, Maggie will play a leading role in setting the strategic priorities for Coblentz and will continue to oversee the firm’s administrative and business operations, including finance and accounting, marketing and business development, human resources, technology and information systems, and facilities. Her promotion takes effect as of August 11, 2022.

    “Maggie has provided distinguished service as our Chief Operating Officer, and we are thrilled to promote her to CEO,” said Sara Finigan, managing partner of Coblentz. “She has provided exemplary leadership and invaluable insight, perspective, and guidance to the Firm, and we look forward to her future endeavors as CEO at Coblentz.”

    Maggie has devoted her career to promoting excellence in the profession of law through her service. Since joining Coblentz in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, she has had a pivotal role in assisting the firm in fulfilling its mission and objectives as a leading Bay Area-based law firm. She has overseen the firm’s growth, and numerous lateral hires and promotions. She also led the implementation of cutting edge technologies, its move to a hybrid work model, and the firm’s relocation and custom buildout of office space at One Montgomery Tower, which was honored at the 2016 Design Awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architecture San Francisco (AIASF).

    Prior to joining Coblentz, Maggie was the COO of New England-based Pierce Atwood LLP. She was also previously a partner in a global consulting firm, where she advised law firm clients on strategic, competitive and leadership issues, and she served as the Chief Executive of Bell Gully, a leading law firm in New Zealand. She has a broad legal industry background from her work in a number of senior executive roles with law firms in her native Colorado, the San Francisco Bay Area, New England, and New Zealand.

    Maggie is an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, an honorary professional and educational association of law practice management professionals whose purpose is to set standards of achievement for others in the profession and to inspire excellence and innovation in law practice management. She is a past-President of the College. Maggie was a founding Trustee and Board Member of Excelerator: the New Zealand Leadership Institute, in partnership with the University of Auckland Business School. She is also a presenter and author on subjects related to leadership and governance in the legal industry.

    Maggie earned her M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and received her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Colorado.

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  • Fred Alvarez Honored as a Leading Corporate Employment Lawyer in the Lawdragon 500

    Coblentz Employment partner Fred Alvarez has been named a leading corporate employment lawyer in the 2023 edition of the Lawdragon 500 guide. The guide honors the nation’s top advisors to businesses, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations.

    Fred is one of the preeminent employment lawyers in the United States and combines a distinct blend of employment law experience, public service, and legal profession leadership. He focuses substantial attention on providing strategic and compliance advice, conducting sensitive internal investigations and serving in jointly- or court-appointed monitorships, as either Monitor, Independent Consultant, or Special Master of national employment class action decrees.

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  • Coblentz Strengthens IP and Employment Practices with the Addition of Sabrina Larson and Allison Moser

    San Francisco (August 1, 2022) – San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to welcome Sabrina Larson and Allison Moser to the firm’s partnership. Sabrina Larson joins Coblentz’s Intellectual Property practice and Allison Moser joins Coblentz’s Labor and Employment practice.

    Sabrina Larson joins Coblentz from Morrison & Foerster LLP. She focuses on trademark and copyright clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, as well as complex litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Sabrina represents clients in domestic and international trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, including in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal court. She litigates trademark infringement claims, state unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and false advertising claims in both business-to-business and consumer cases, consumer and privacy class actions, and other complex commercial actions. She represents clients in a diverse range of industries, including fashion, food, and consumer goods, technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, retailers, wineries, and museums.

    “Sabrina is a perfect fit for our firm. She has deep experience in intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution and enforcement, and intellectual property counseling. She strengthens our growing intellectual property practice and offers great value to our clients,” said Thomas Harvey, intellectual property partner. “We are delighted to welcome her to Coblentz.”

    Allison Moser brings broad employment law expertise encompassing counseling, litigation, and working with employers to navigate complex legal issues. She partners with clients on challenging workplace issues, including internal harassment and discrimination complaints, termination and discipline decisions, wage and hour disputes, reasonable accommodation issues, managing leaves of absence, and protection of proprietary information. Allison also negotiates and prepares employment-related agreements, drafts and updates employment policies and manuals, and conducts trainings on employment law compliance.

    Her insights and advice are drawn from deep experience representing employers and executives in federal and state courts, arbitration forums, and before administrative agencies in the full range of employment areas, including single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action matters. Allison joins Coblentz from Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP.

    Allison’s arrival continues the firm’s strategic investment in Coblentz’s growing labor and employment practice and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to bringing state of the art employment law advice and litigation expertise in complex employment matters to its clients.

    “Allison’s unique depth and breadth of employment counseling and litigation experience strengthens our employment practice and takes it to yet another level,” said Troy Valdez, leader of Coblentz’s labor and employment practice. “Her broad experience at firms with national quality labor and employment reputations gives our clients additional access to the highest level of advice and representation as they are faced with ever more complex and fast-moving challenges in this space. Allison has seen it all and we are thrilled to welcome her to the firm.”

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