Six Coblentz partners and three practices have been recognized by Chambers & Partners in the Chambers USA 2021 Guide, adding newly recognized litigation partner Rees Morgan and Coblentz’s Northern California real estate practice to the list. Real estate and land use 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 partners Timothy Crudo and Rees Morgan are 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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Coblentz’s real estate and land use practice is again ranked by Chambers USA 2021 Guide in the top tier, Band 1, in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use category for California. Our land use practice has been continuously ranked by Chambers for many years and is now joined by the real estate practice, ranked by Chambers USA 2021 Guide in Band 3 in the Real Estate category for Northern California. Of our real estate and land use practices, one client notes “They are incredibly knowledgeable and detailed on the specifics,” and another added, “They are attentive and provide practical advice.” Three real estate and land use partners continued to receive 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. Clients quoted by Chambers noted that “Pam is a fantastic practitioner,” and, “She is incredibly prominent.” Pam 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. When interviewed about Harry, one client remarked, “Harry is smart, articulate and knows the city very well – he has a long and deep experience of projects in San Francisco and is a great resource.” Harry has been recognized by Chambers since 2003.
Alan Gennis is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 3, in the Real Estate – Northern California category. Clients remarked that “Alan is really knowledgeable, creative and very solution-oriented,” and “He is thoughtful, thorough and well-reasoned and has a really nice bedside manner with clients.” Alan has been recognized by Chambers since 2018.
Coblentz’s white collar defense and investigations practice is newly ranked by Chambers USA 2021 Guide in Band 4 in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations category for California. Chambers notes that the practice is a “robust white-collar criminal defense group with strong credentials in defending SEC and DOJ investigations and enforcement actions.” Two litigation partners also received individual rankings in the category.
Timothy Crudo increased in rankings as a Leading Lawyer in Band 3 in the Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category for California. A client noted, “He is a master of facts and a brilliant storyteller for his clients.” Tim has been recognized by Chambers since 2016.
Rees Morgan is newly ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 5 in the Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category for California. Of Rees, one client noted he “is thorough and excellent at describing legal maneuvers and consequences in easy-to-understand terms,” and another mentioned, “He is highly intelligent, deeply analytical and has a real sense of what a case is worth.”
Employment partner Fred Alvarez is recognized as a Senior Statesperson in California in the Labor & Employment category. One client raved that Fred “is a fantastic lawyer. He is highly intelligent and strategically precise and has amazing insights.” Another noted, “He is very smart and pleasant to work with.”
To view the complete list of Coblentz rankings in Chambers USA 2021, please visit the publication’s website.
Coblentz Family Wealth practice and four Family Wealth partners, James Mitchell, Philip Feldman, Jaime Mannon, and Mitchell Edwards, are ranked in the Private Wealth Law category of the Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) guide for Northern California. Chambers HNW, also published by Chambers & Partners, ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth. When asked about the Coblentz Family Wealth practice, one source commented, “Besides knowing their subject matter well, they all have tremendous people skills from the litigation attorneys down to the legal secretaries and paralegals. Another strength is that they try and resolve an issue in a fair and sensible fashion. They seem to have respect for the other side, which in my opinion has helped solve matters sooner rather than later. As a whole, I find that everyone I have worked with has had very good mediation skills.” You can read more about our Chambers HNW rankings here.