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Hanson Bridgett LLP Elevates 7 to Partner, 5 to Senior Counsel — 11 of the 12 Promotions Go to Female Attorneys (December 8, 2008) 

San Francisco — Hanson Bridgett is pleased to announce possibly its most diverse class of new partners and senior counsel in its 50-year history, with 85% of the new partners being women, close to 15% attorneys of color and 100% of new senior counsel being women and 60% attorneys of color. The firm welcomes Jennifer Berland, Jahmal Davis, Lori Ferguson, Mary McEachron and Allison Schutte to its partnership ranks, effective January 1, 2009. They join Lisa Pooley and Carol Malenka Collins, who were elected effective as of September and July, respectively. Alexandra Atencio, Kymberli Nathan, Annette Mathai-Jackson, Amelia Miazad and Michelle Nettesheim elevate to senior counsel, also with the new year. 

"This is an extraordinarily talented group of attorneys, and we are thankful for the opportunity to promote them," noted Andrew Giacomini, the firm's Managing Partner. "We are proud of our ability to recruit, support and retain these lawyers, many of whom began their careers at Hanson Bridgett, while others have found their way to us from other firms or law departments and made our firm their permanent home. To have nearly 10% growth in our partnership in this economic climate is a testament both to our new partners' qualifications and to the vibrancy of our firm." 

The new partners and senior counsel are also diverse in practice areas, coming from all corners of the firm. Three of the seven partners began their legal careers at Hanson Bridgett. Additionally, one of the newly promoted partners is out on parental leave and two are working balanced-hours schedules, all at the time of their promotions. 

"Hanson Bridgett is pleased to provide a foundation for all of our attorneys to enjoy great professional success at the same time as they strive for work/life balance," Giacomini continued. "And it's part of how we view the practice of law. We think balanced people give balanced advice—and in that way give the best service to our clients." 

About Hanson Bridgett's New Partners 

Jennifer Berland is a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group and specializes in real estate acquisition work, finance, development, leasing, management and disposition matters, as well as other general corporate work. Jennifer represents a variety of clients, including developers, senior and retirement care communities, common interest and condominium developers, non-profit entities, and large institutional investors. Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2001 and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. 

Jahmal Davis is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment practice group. He represents public and private employers in state and federal employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage and hour claims. Jahmal also provides preventive advice and training to clients in employment matters. Jahmal received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1997 and his B.B.A., with honors, from Tennessee State University in 1993. 

Lori Ferguson is a member of the firm's Health Care and Litigation practice groups. She practices civil and health care litigation with an emphasis on representing health care providers and health care-related companies in complex litigation and administrative hearings. Lori has represented hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and a variety of long-term care providers in cases involving claims of elder and dependent adult abuse, elopement, wrongful death, brain injury, medication errors, birth injury, medical device malfunctions, false advertising, and breach of contract. She also represents long-term care facilities in administrative proceedings involving citations and deficiencies. Her practice also involves peer review, credentialing, and medical staff matters, in both a counseling and litigating role. Lori received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996 and her B.A., high distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1993. 

Mary McEachron is a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group. She focuses her practice primarily on land use and nonprofit law, where she utilizes her prior experience as the founding chief executive officer and general counsel of the Buck Institute for Age Research. Her extensive experience in corporate finance and development, construction, policy development, strategic planning, community organizing and electoral politics helps her assist clients in developing collaborative approaches to reaching their land use goals. Mary received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979 and her B.A., cum laude, from Marquette University in 1971. 

Lisa Pooley is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment practice group. She specializes in labor and employment law. She has significant experience in state and federal employment litigation as well as administrative proceedings. Lisa has considerable expertise in defending wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims, with specific emphasis in disability and gender discrimination cases. Lisa also has experience counseling clients on personnel policies, progressive discipline and wage and hour issues. Lisa received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1993 and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984. 

Carol Malenka Collins is a member of the firm's Employee Benefits practice group. She has experience advising employers on qualified plans, welfare plan issues (including matters related to COBRA and HIPAA), flexible benefits, dependent care, severance and leave plans. Carol is an expert in health and welfare, and executive compensation programs. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett she was in-house benefits counsel for large private sector employers in California for 10 years. Carol received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1983 and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. 

Allison Schutte is a member of the firm's Public Agency practice group and specializes in municipal law and assists public agencies in a variety of legal issues such as public water supply, environmental compliance, public contracting, solid waste management, issuer's counsel, disclosure matters and real estate. Allison has developed special expertise in implementing recycled water projects and resource recovery and waste reduction projects. Allison is a member of the California WateReuse Association Legislative/Regulatory Committee and the California Resource Recovery Association. She is past chair and current member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Allison received her J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2000, her M.P.P. from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1991. 

About Hanson Bridgett's New Senior Counsel 

Alexandra Atencio is a member of the firm's Litigation practice group and specializes in public agency litigation. She provides both affirmative and defense litigation services to a variety of public sector clients including cities and counties, transit agencies, and special districts. For her government clients, Alexandra litigates in a variety of areas, including: code enforcement; tort defense cases such as dangerous condition of public property/design immunity and other personal injury matters; civil rights defense; litigation under the first, fourth, and fourteenth amendments; and land use litigation. She also provides risk management advice to public sector clients. In addition, Alexandra represents individuals and companies in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, health care, products liability, unlawful detainer, and construction. Alexandra represents her clients in both Federal and State court, and regulatory and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Alexandra received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from San Diego State University in 1997. 

Kymberli Nathan is a member of the firm's Construction and Litigation practice groups. She is an experienced civil litigator whose practice includes advising clients regarding the planning of construction projects; preparing and negotiating construction and design professional agreements; and litigating construction claims, including those relating to building defects, cost overruns, delay, disruption, acceleration and other impact claims. She has represented owners, designers, contractors and public entities with respect to commercial and residential projects. A considerable portion of her practice also involves products liability, complex civil litigation, and toxic tort cases. Her experience with these matters involves various aspects of litigation, trial and alternative dispute resolution. Kymberli received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2001 and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. 

Annette Mathai-Jackson is a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group. She recently became a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Her practice includes advising clients on real estate acquisition, ground leasing, financing, development, leasing, management and disposition matters. Annette has particular expertise representing landlords and tenants in both the shopping center and office context, and has extensive experience assisting senior care clients in real estate acquisition, financing and disposition, including HUD loan assumptions and refinancing. She also represents public agencies in the disposition of railroad rights-of-way, nonprofit borrowers in public finance bond transactions, and private developers in project development and construction financing. Annette received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2002 and her B.A., summa cum laude, college honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996. 

Amelia Miazad is a member of the firm's Insurance Recovery and Public Agency practice groups. In the Insurance Recovery group, she represents policy-holders in disputes against their insurance carriers in both alternative dispute resolution and litigation settings, including developing strategies for resolving disputes with insurance funds and pursuing claims against insurers. In the Public Agency group, Amelia represents cities, counties, bridges, school districts and transportation districts in various matters involving constitutional law issues and code enforcement. In addition to practicing law, Amelia, who was born in Afghanistan, is active in legal, development, and policy issues relating to Afghanistan and she volunteers for various non-profits that are committed to development in Afghanistan. She is also involved with the US State Department's Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, and is participating in the Afghan Women Lawyers Training and Empowerment Conference in January 2009. Amelia is also a member of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) Alumni Board. Amelia received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2002 and her B.A., with honors and distinction, from Sonoma State University in 1998. 

Michelle Nettesheim is a member of the firm's Health Care practice group. She practices in all areas of health care, senior housing, and long-term care law. Michelle has expertise in licensing, regulatory compliance, development, and operational matters. She has also represented long-term care facilities in litigation and administrative proceedings involving citations and deficiencies, elder and dependent adult abuse, negligence, wrongful death, fraud and contract actions. In addition, Michelle has a background in education law and has represented school districts in connection with student and special education matters. Michelle received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) in 2000 and her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 1990. 

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