Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno legal powerhouse McCormick Barstow dominated this year’s list of Northern California Super Lawyers honorees.
The law firm, which also maintains offices in Cincinnati, Denver, Las Vegas and Modesto, saw 32 of its attorneys named as 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers rating service, website and magazine, a national company that is part of Thomson Reuters.
McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP are perennial standouts on the Super Lawyers list, which also includes a Rising Stars section in which the Fresno law firm placed 11 more of its attorneys.
Fresno law firm Dowling Aaron had 17 attorneys honored as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Each year, no more than 5 percent of attorneys in the state are designated Super Lawyers, and only 25 percent receive the Rising Star award.
“This is an incredible achievement not just for the individual attorneys, but for our firm as a whole,” said Larry B. Lindenau, Dowling Aaron firm president. “Dowling Aaron houses an elite team of attorneys that provide expert legal counsel, and it is an honor to be recognized year after year for this accomplishment.”
And for the second year in a row, McCormick, Barstow partner Marshall C. Whitney was named to the Super Lawyers Top Ten list in Northern California.
Whitney, in practice since 1978 and named a Super Lawyer every year since 2005, is a business litigation and professional liability specialist who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law.
“We are honored that our peers in the legal community continue to recognize Marshall Whitney as an exceptional lawyer for his experience, professionalism and results,” said McCormick Barstow managing partner Ken Baldwin. “Marshall is a fine example of the firm’s commitment to providing unmatched client service and legal excellence.”
McCormick Barstow partners Michael F. Ball, Gregory S. Mason and Timothy L. Thompson were all repeat honorees on Super Lawyers’ Top 100 list. Ball is a medical malpractice defense specialist, Mason is a personal injury defense attorney and Thompson practices business litigation.
With the announcement of the 2016 recipients, McCormick Barstow attorneys Whitney, Mario L. Beltramo, Jr., Gregory S. Mason, John McGregor, Gordon M. Park, Robert L. Sullivan, Jr., James P. Wagoner and Michael G. Woods have all now made the Super Lawyers list 10 or more years.
A handful of other Fresno area attorneys also were named to Super Lawyers 2016 Top 100 list. Those lawyers include: Riley C. Walter of Walter Wilhelm Bauer, Daniel R. Baradat and Warren R. Paboojian of Baradat & Paboojian; Steven D. Mcgee of Dowling Aaron; Oliver W. Wanger of Wanger Jones Helsley and Richard C. Watters of Miles, Sears & Eanni.
The Super Lawyers list recognizes outstanding lawyers across the country that have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
The 2016 Super Lawyers list honored McCormick Barstow attorneys across over a dozen different practice areas:
Appellate — Todd W. Baxter and Scott M. Reddie
Bankruptcy — Hilton A. Ryder
Business/Corporate — Kenneth A. Baldwin
Business Litigation — Timothy J. Buchanan, Stephen E. Carroll, D. Greg Durbin, David L. Emerzian, Scott J. Ivy and Mandy L. Jeffcoach
Civil Litigation Defense — Matthew K. Hawkins and Victoria Bernhardt
Eminent Domain — Christopher S. Hall
Employment Litigation Defense — David R. McNamara and Michael G. Woods
Estate Planning & Probate — W.F. (Rick) Docker and Robert L. Sullivan, Jr.
Family Law — Jerry D. Casheros, Kenneth C. Cochrane and Matthew E. Fletcher
Insurance Coverage — Kevin D. Hansen, Gordon M. Park, Timothy R. Sullivan and James P. Wagoner
Land Use/Zoning — Jeffrey M. Reid
Medical Malpractice Defense — Michael F. Ball, Mario L. Beltramo, Jr. and Daniel L. Wainwright
Tax — John J. McGregor
McCormick Barstow’s Rising Star recipients, all individuals who are 40 years old or younger and have been practicing ten years or less, include: Niki E. Cunningham, Joseph J. Doerr, Jared Gordon, Gary A. Hunt, Kristi Marshall, Ryan D. Marshall, Betty L. Julian, Benjamin T. Nicholson, Christina C. Tillman, Laura A. Wolfe and Stephanie Y. Wu.
Dowling Aaron’s 2016 Super Lawyers included McGee, Richard M. Aaron, James D. Burnside, III, Leigh W. Burnside, Nickolas J. Dibiaso, Michael D. Dowling, Donald R. Fischbach, Daniel O. Jamison, William H. Littlewood, Steven D. McGee and David D. Schneider.
Dowling Aaron Rising Stars include Joshua S. Alipaz, Marcus N. DiBuduo, Matthew R. Dildine, Summer A. Johnson, Steven M. Matlak, G. Andrew Slater and Justin L. Thomas.
Five Lozano Smith attorneys were also recognized from its offices across the state. These include Michelle L. Cannon, partner, Northern California Super Lawyer; Mark W. Waterman, senior counsel, Southern California Super Lawyer; Ashley N. Emerzian, senior counsel, Rising Star; Wiley R. Driskill, senior counsel, Rising Star; and Nicholas W. Smith, associate, Rising Star.