Nine Meyers Nave Attorneys Recognized as 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars'

July 12, 2010

Oakland, CA – Nine attorneys from Meyers Nave law firm, representing four practice areas, have been selected to the 2010 lists of the Northern California’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, designations that the Super Lawyers organization uses to denote a “high degree of professional achievement.”

Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the Super Lawyers list and just 2.5 percent are represented in the Rising Stars list. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that Rising Stars are 40 years old or younger or have been in practice 10 years or less.

Meyers Nave attorneys selected for Northern California Super Lawyers are:

  • Managing Principal Jayne Williams—Government / Cities / Municipalities
  • Julia Bond—Environmental Litigation
  • Kimberly Colwell—Government / Cities / Municipalities
  • Arthur Hartinger—Employment and Labor
  • Joseph Quinn—Government / Cities / Municipalities
  • Michael Riback—Government / Cities / Municipalities
  • Elizabeth “Libby” Silver—Government / Cities / Municipalities

Meyers Nave attorneys selected for Northern California Rising Stars are:

  • Tricia Hynes—Government / Cities / Municipalities
  • Matthew Lavrinets—General Litigation

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are selected after a thorough evaluation process. The lists, “published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country,” are distributed to all in-state attorneys, lead counsel of Russell 3000 companies and law school libraries.

Jayne Williams is the firm’s Managing Principal. In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Ms. Williams has counseled at all levels of city government and currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of San Leandro. Recently, she led the Meyers Nave team when the firm was retained by BART to conduct a confidential internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant—an incident that garnered national attention.

Julia Bond is a Principal in the firm’s Land Use Practice. She has successfully defended numerous public agencies in land use and environmental litigation. Notably, Ms. Bond represented the City of Rancho Cordova in a project that resulted in a landmark California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) decision from the California Supreme Court and set the standard for water supply analysis in environmental impact reports.

Kimberly Colwell is the firm’s Litigation Manager and chairs the Tort / Civil Rights Litigation Practice Group. During her career, Ms. Colwell has handled torts, civil rights, employment, land use and contract disputes. She has conducted over 75 trials. Many of Ms. Colwell’s cases involve police civil rights litigation, and she has developed a statewide reputation for successful representation of police officers and cities in such cases. She was part of the Meyers Nave team retained by BART for the internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant.

Arthur Hartinger is a Principal in the firm and Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Practice. He has represented clients in complex state and federal litigation in numerous labor and employment matters. Mr. Hartinger successfully defended Orange County against a federal lawsuit brought by the Retired Employees Association challenging the County’s reform to its retiree medical program, which was recognized by the Daily Journal as one the 2009 “Verdicts of the Year.” Mr. Hartinger also handles labor relations matters, and is involved in a number of projects seeking concessions from labor unions in the current economic climate.

Joseph Quinn chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Group and aids clients in complex litigation, writs and appeals. An Appellate Law Specialist certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in many high-profile municipal law cases.

Michael Riback is a founding Principal with Meyers Nave. Currently, he serves as City Attorney for the City of Union City and as Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Pinole. In addition, he is the general counsel for the Oro Loma Sanitary District, the Napa Sanitation District, the Stege Sanitary District and the Kensington Fire Protection District. Mr. Riback is a former president of the Contra Costa City Attorneys' Association and the Bay Area City Attorneys' Association.

Libby Silver is also a founding Principal with Meyers Nave. Ms. Silver has advised public agencies in California since 1975 and served as City Attorney for the City of Dublin for almost 20 years. She is currently the interim City Attorney for the City of Santa Clara. Ms. Silver’s practice emphasizes municipal revenue and tax issues, land use law, and personnel and retirement law. She is a former president of the Bay Area City Attorneys’ Association.

Tricia Hynes is a Principal in the firm’s Litigation Practice and the head of its Pitchess Motion defense group, through which she and her team assist cities in opposing demands to access confidential peace officer personnel records. She focuses on issues affecting the law enforcement community and has developed particular skill in excited delirium, taser-related and Welfare and Institutions Section 5150 hold cases.

Matthew Lavrinets is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Public Contract and Construction practice groups. Bringing together his knowledge of litigation and public contracts experience, Mr. Lavrinets has represented clients in construction litigation matters such as delay claims, power regulatory actions and breach of contract matters. 

About Meyers Nave

Founded in 1986, the law firm of Meyers Nave is recognized for its work with all types of public entities in California. The firm provides the full scope of legal services to cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and special districts statewide. Meyers Nave's areas of practice include labor and employment, torts, redevelopment, city attorney and general counsel representations, eminent domain, litigation, writs and appeals, public contracts and land use, and environmental law. 


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