Shiraz Tangri Selected as One of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Shiraz Tangri, a Principal in Meyers Nave’s statewide Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group, for a second time to the 2021 edition of LA500 – its list of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles.

As the Journal’s Publisher explained “the 2021 class of the LA500 was faced with challenges over the past year that many may never have to address again. It was a year of difficulty, tragedy, optimism and achievement. It was a year of growth, in so many ways, for our leaders, our communities and our nation. I believe it was a year that our Community of Business ™ can be proud of.”

Deborah Fox Selected Among the “Top Women Lawyers” in California

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Daily Journal selected Principal Deborah J. Fox to its 2021 list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list honors women lawyers who have made a difference to their clients, their firms and their profession.

The Daily Journal award article features Deborah’s expertise with First Amendment issues, land use litigation and crisis management. “Her work over the past year has included precedent-setting wins and published decisions in the defense of counties, cities and public officials in a rapidly developing wave of state and federal court challenges to shelter in place orders, public health orders, and reopening plans.”

 

Deborah Fox selected among the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Deborah Fox to its 2021 list of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles. “The women covered in these pages have been recognized for exceptional legal skill and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large. Congratulations to the extraordinary women included this year and thank you for your contributions to the people and businesses of our region.”

The Journal’s description of Deborah’s professional expertise is excerpted below.

Deborah Fox is a principal in the Los Angeles office of Meyers Nave, a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee, and the founder and leader of the firm’s Trial & Litigation Practice and First Amendment Practice. The cases Fox handles confirm her reputation as a go-to attorney for high impact complex litigation and crisis management involving controversial matters that are already front-page news or likely to become headlines in the greater Los Angeles region and across the U.S. She is particularly well known for handling cases in new areas of law that define pivotal eras in history that will leave powerful legacies, such as her pioneering COVID-19 litigation that lies at the intersection of law and highly charged considerations for society. She is currently defending counties, cities and public officials in 10 lawsuits throughout California in cases filed by businesses challenging COVID-related restrictions.

Eight Meyers Nave Attorneys in Los Angeles and San Diego Receive “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Recognition

Meyers Nave proudly announces that eight attorneys in our Los Angeles and San Diego offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists for the Southern California and San Diego regions. Published in Super Lawyers Magazine, only up to five percent of the lawyers in California are named to the Super Lawyers list and only up to 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

These recognitions demonstrate our attorneys’ highly regarded expertise in numerous areas of law, including Environmental Litigation, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment, Employment Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Eminent Domain, Real Estate, Business Litigation, and State, Local & Municipal Law. We congratulate our team for this important recognition of their legal expertise and professional accomplishments in their geographic regions and their areas of specialty.

Los Angeles Office

  • Amrit Kulkarni, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Environmental Litigation and (2) Land Use/Zoning (2012-2021)
  • Deborah Fox, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Constitutional Law, (2) State, Local & Municipal, (3) Land Use/Zoning and (4) General Litigation (2017-2021)
  • Jon Goetz, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Real Estate: Business, (2) Land Use/Zoning and (3) State, Local & Municipal (2019-2021)
  • Yujin Chun, Senior Associate – Recognized in the Rising Stars categories of (1) General Litigation, (2) Constitutional Law and (3) Legislative & Governmental Affairs (2019-2021)

San Diego Office

  • Janice Brown, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment Litigation: Defense, (2) Employment & Labor: Employer and (3) Business Litigation (2007-2021)
  • Arlene Yang, Principal – Recognized in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment & Labor: Employer, (2) Employment Litigation: Defense and (3) General Litigation (2017-2021)
  • Suzanne Roten, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized in Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment Litigation: Defense and (2) Employment & Labor: Employer (2019-2021)
  • Anne Smiddy, Associate – Recognized in the Rising Stars categories of (1) Eminent Domain and (2) Business Litigation (2016-2021)

Meyers Nave’s Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Expertise Ranked Among Nation’s “Best Law Firms”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that our statewide Land Use, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law expertise  has received its sixth consecutive annual recognition as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” in the 2021 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms report. For the 2021 “Best Law Firms” publication, the evaluation process reviewed 15,587 law firms throughout the United States on a national and regional basis.

Beginning in 2015, Meyers Nave has been included in this prestigious “Best Law Firms” list in the specialty fields of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Litigation, and Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation. Our reputation in both Northern and Southern California has been recognition by Tier 1 rankings for the expertise of Meyers Nave attorneys who serve clients in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area as well as attorneys who serve clients in the greater Oakland metropolitan area.

To be eligible for a “Best Law Firms” ranking, a law firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which honors only 5% of lawyers practicing in the United States. Meyers Nave’s “Best Law Firms” ranking is supported by three Meyers Nave attorneys who are individually recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Litigation, and Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate, public entity, and public-private partnership clients for trusting Meyers Nave to serve as lead land use and environmental counsel for compliance, transactional and litigation matters on their largest, most complex, and highest-profile development projects throughout California. The “Best Law Firms” ranking process includes a confidential evaluation survey completed by clients, professional references and peer attorneys. Data is also collected from “Best Lawyers” ballots and the information that each law firm provides about the strengths of its areas of expertise. The quantitative and qualitative data is then combined into an overall score for each law firm.

Six Meyers Nave Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” in 2021

Meyers Nave proudly announces that six of our attorneys are recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Their legal expertise and professional accomplishments reflect the high regard of numerous Meyers Nave practices, including eminent domain, environmental law, land use, litigation, municipal law and natural resources law. Their recognition also demonstrates Meyers Nave’s reputation for excellent client work from attorneys in all of our offices throughout California.

We congratulate the following attorneys:

Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based on nomination, voting and evaluation by peers in the same practice area and geographic region. Best Lawyers® assesses the information and checks each attorney’s status with local bar associations. Lawyers do not pay to be included. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to excellence in the legal profession.

Meyers Nave San Diego Attorneys Receive 2021 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Recognition

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Janice Brown, Arlene Yang and Suzanne Roten were selected for inclusion in the 2021 “San Diego Super Lawyers” list and Annie Smiddy was selected for inclusion in the 2021 “San Diego Rising Stars” list. Published in Super Lawyers Magazine, up to five percent of the lawyers in California are named to the Super Lawyers list and up to 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

We congratulate Janice, Arlene, Suzanne and Annie for this important recognition of their legal expertise and professional accomplishments in both their geographic region and their areas of specialty.

Janice Brown, Principal – Recognized from 2007-2021 in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment Litigation: Defense, (2) Employment & Labor: Employer and (3) Business Litigation

Arlene Yang, Principal – Recognized from 2020-2021 in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Employment & Labor: Employer, (2) Employment Litigation: Defense and (3) General Litigation

Suzanne Roten, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized from 2015-2021 in the Super Lawyers category of Employment Litigation: Defense

Annie Smiddy, Associate – Recognized from 2019-2021 in the Rising Stars categories of (1) Eminent Domain and (2) Business Litigation

About Super Lawyers®: Super Lawyers evaluates attorneys from firms of all sizes in more than 70 practice areas throughout the United States. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine, publisher of the lists, is distributed to attorneys and ABA-accredited law schools.

Meyers Nave Los Angeles Attorneys Receive 2021 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Recognition

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Amrit Kulkarni, Deborah Fox and Jon Goetz were selected for inclusion in the 2021 “Southern California Super Lawyers” list and Yujin Chun was selected for inclusion in the 2021 “Southern California Rising Stars” list. Published in Super Lawyers Magazine, only up to five percent of the lawyers in California are named to the Super Lawyers list and up to 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

We congratulate Amrit, Deborah, Jon and Yujin for this important recognition of their legal expertise and professional accomplishments in both their geographic region and their areas of specialty.

Amrit Kulkarni, Principal – Recognized from 2012-2021 in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Environmental Litigation and (2) Land Use/Zoning

Deborah Fox, Principal – Recognized from 2017-2021 in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Constitutional Law, (2) State, Local & Municipal and (3) Land Use/Zoning

Jon Goetz, Senior Of Counsel – Recognized from 2019-2021 in the Super Lawyers categories of (1) Real Estate: Business, (2) State, Local & Municipal and (3) Land Use/Zoning

Yujin Chun, Senior Associate – Recognized from 2019-2021 in the Rising Stars categories of (1) General Litigation, (2) Constitutional Law and (3) Legislative & Governmental Affairs

About Super Lawyers®: Super Lawyers evaluates attorneys from firms of all sizes in more than 70 practice areas throughout the United States. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine, publisher of the lists, is distributed to attorneys and ABA-accredited law schools.

Deborah Fox Selected Among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Daily Journal selected Deborah Fox to its 2020 list of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” The list honors “those whose superior achievement and stellar results place them in a super-elite category.” The State Bar of California licenses more than 266,000 attorneys to practice law in California, making Deborah’s recognition that much more outstanding. The honor is one of the California legal profession’s most highly respected and coveted recognitions of legal expertise, exceptional client service, consistent results and team leadership.

Deborah chairs Meyers Nave’s First Amendment Practice and Trial & Litigation Practice. Her cases frequently attract intense media attention and public scrutiny, including matters of first impression and matters requiring her additional expertise in crisis management. For example, Deborah represents the County of Santa Barbara in a dispute with Southern California Edison regarding potential liability for the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent Montecito debris flow and she recently achieved a victory for the County of Los Angeles in a final ruling that awarded $6.6 million in attorneys’ fees, sanctions and civil penalties plus permanent injunctive relief in a case that involved the illegal transport and dumping of concrete and other construction debris in an ecologically sensitive region in the Santa Susana Mountains.

Below is the “Top 100 Lawyers” description of Deborah’s legal expertise, which focuses on her pioneering defense of counties, cities and named public officials throughout California in a new wave of federal litigation challenging Shelter In Place Orders and Reopening Plans related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox successfully defended government entities in cases in which two churches and a gym are fighting orders to close or limit operations because of the coronavirus. “The first two are pastors and congregations who want to have in-person church. The last is a mega-fitness center who wants to have in-person classes and say they have a constitutional right to work out on an elliptical machine,” she said. Gish v. Newsom, et al., 2020 WL 1979970 (C.D. Cal. filed April 24, 2020); Cross Culture v. Newsom, et al., 2020 WL 2121111 (E.D. Cal. filed May 5, 2020); Best Supplement Guide v. Newsom, et al., 2020 WL 2615022 (E.D. Cal. May 22, 2020).

Fox isn’t one to gloat. She offered high praise for her main adversary but notes that the public entities have prevailed  across the board – at the district court, the 9th Circuit and even the Supreme Court of the United States. Noting that even Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh have deferred to the ability of the public entities to decide how they’re going to combat this deadly virus.

Fox’s victories mostly rest on a 1905 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governing bodies had the right to mandate vaccinations during a smallpox outbreak. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905). “It is within the police power of a state to enact a compulsory vaccination law, and it is for the legislature, and not for the courts, to determine,” the court wrote. Nevertheless, Fox said she has sympathy for the plaintiffs she is fighting. “There’s some folks who try to pit this as a political and ideological debate and demonize people, but these plaintiffs have very heartfelt religious convictions,” she said. “They’re well intended people of faith but it is the responsibility of public health to protect the public. The consequences are extremely high.”

Adam Lindgren Selected Among the “Top Lawyers” in Sacramento

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Sacramento Magazine selected Adam Lindgren to its 2020 list of “Top Lawyers” in State, Local and Municipal Law. This is the third year that Adam has been selected to this important list of the “finest lawyers in the Sacramento region” as determined by their peers. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Municipal Law since 2016.

Adam is the Principal in Charge of Meyers Nave’s Sacramento office and a member of the firm’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group with 25 years of comprehensive experience in municipal law and complex land use development. He serves as City Attorney for several cities and provides Special Counsel legal services to a variety of special districts.

Please click here to view Sacramento Magazine’s 2020 “Top Lawyers” list.

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