Five Coblentz partners have been recognized as Leading Lawyers by Chambers & Partners in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide. Real Estate partners Pamela Duffy and Harry O’Brien are listed as leading lawyers in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category, Real Estate partner Alan Gennis is listed as leading lawyers in the Real Estate – Northern California category, Litigation partner Timothy Crudo is listed in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – California category, and Employment partner Fred Alvarez is listed in the Labor & Employment – California category.
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The Real Estate and Land Use practice at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass has again been awarded the highest ranking by Chambers & Partners USA 2020 Guide – Band 1 in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use category for California. Chambers notes that the Firm is a “prominent real estate practice offering particular strength in obtaining land use, zoning and environmental approvals for development projects” with an especially strong presence in the Bay Area. Clients described the team as “the premier zoning firm in town,” while another states, “they’re really excellent in land use.” Three Real Estate and Land Use partners received individual rankings.
Pamela Duffy is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the top tier, Band 1, in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Pam has a highly-esteemed practice and is skilled at handling entitlements and land use issues and other transactions. Clients say she is “outstanding” and a “great lawyer who is well known and respected.” She has been recognized by Chambers since 2003.
Harry O’Brien is also again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 3 in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Harry is well respected for his handling of a wide spectrum of real estate matters, ranging from land use to transactional issues. He has significant experience advising clients on acquisitions, entitlements, and CEQA compliance. He has been recognized by Chambers since 2003.
Alan Gennis is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 3, in the Real Estate – California category, and is recognized for his significant experience handling real estate transactions, such as acquisitions and joint ventures. He also advises on entitlements and due diligence, and his recent work has included providing counsel on mixed-use and office development projects. Alan has been recognized by Chambers since 2018.
Litigation partner Timothy Crudo is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer, Band 4, in the Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category for California. Clients consider him “patient and thorough” and appreciate his “excellent communication skills.” Tim has been recognized by Chambers since 2016.
Employment partner Fred Alvarez is recognized as one of seven Senior Statespeople in California in the Labor & Employment category. Chambers notes that Fred is “a much-admired employment law expert,” and he is described by one client as “one of the most respected labor and employment attorneys in California.” Another source notes he “has a wonderful manner when engaging with clients and he has a good understanding not just of the law, but on how it can impact his clients.”