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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Deborah Fox Selected Among the “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Deborah Fox to its 2020 list of the “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles.” The list of “trailblazing courtroom stewards” is comprised of 75 lawyers selected from more than 300 nominations. As the publication explains, “there is a very special breed of attorney that needs to transcend expert comprehension of the legal system – the litigator. These are the lawyers you want in your corner in court.” We congratulate Deborah for being selected to this prestigious list.

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s profile of Deborah’s expertise is provided below.

Deborah Fox is a Principal in the Los Angeles office of Meyers Nave. She is a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee and is chair of the First Amendment Practice and Trial & Litigation Practice. The cases that Fox handles confirm her reputation as a go-to attorney for a specialty area of legal expertise – high impact litigation and crisis management for complex and controversial matters that play out in state, national and international news.

What sets her apart is her reputation for handling precedent-setting matters that are often both first-of-their kind for her clients and first-of-their kind for local communities and society at large. Fox is currently defending counties, cities and public officials throughout California in a new wave of federal litigation that challenges Shelter In Place Orders and Reopening Plans related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please click here for Deborah’s profile in the 2020 list.

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Camille Hamilton Pating Selected Among California’s “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Principal Camille Hamilton Pating has been selected to the Daily Journal’s 2020 list of California’s “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers.” Camille is Chair of Meyers Nave’s Labor and Employment Practice and Workplace Investigations Practice. She is a go-to independent attorney fact-finder for high-profile investigations and a well-respected expert in employment law for 35 years. She is also a thought leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and initiatives and develops and leads innovative training programs. Camille is an experienced litigator advising and defending employers in litigation, arbitrations and disciplinary hearings and appeals. Camille can be contacted at cpating@meyersnave.com or 800.464.3559.

The Daily Journal’s interview with Camille is provided below.

CAMILLE HAMILTON PATING

Workplace Culture – Describing her counseling work, Camille said, “I’ve been practicing for 35 years and we used to call it preventive litigation practice. Now it’s getting a lot more attention. My mentor, Louise Renne (a former San Francisco City Attorney), showed me how to think about using our work as lawyers in different ways. Now I do the work I love – helping employers elevate their workplace cultures to avoid the kinds of problems that lead to litigation. You can do it via a compliance structure, but it is much better to have a vibrant and respectful workplace culture.”

COVID-19 and Racial Justice Protests – The COVID-19 impacts and the current social unrest are being felt by many of Camille’s clients. She explained that “a lot of employers face new difficulties including direct impacts to their budgets, forcing layoffs, and the difficulties of staying connected. I also observe fewer employee claims during shelter-in-place, maybe because people are not interacting. I am also observing that from the racial justice and equality protests there has come a strong concern by employers to look closer at issues of disparities at work.”

Shifting of Diversity Viewpoints – Client interest in work disparities has led to an emphasis in Camille’s advice practice on diversity. “It’s like the MeToo movement at the end of 2017,” she said. “Then, cases that would have been seen as stale – people would ask why complainants waited so long to come forward, and it affected credibility – benefited from a greater understanding that retaliation fears and concerns about not being believed can take a long time to process. We see that now. Viewpoints have shifted towards understanding. Complaints now are seen differently and investigated differently. We are in a new movement now regarding issues of race discrimination. Systemic and structural inequality are much more widely understood.”

Opportunities for Employers – Beyond individual cases, Camille said, “I’m getting inquiries from employers about workplace climate and culture issues. Some are eager to respond to employee concerns. A lot of employers want conversations about how to improve their workplace culture. When I see the demonstrations and protests in support of racial equality, I see that they are an opportunity for employers to raise awareness and improve things at work.”

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Shiraz Tangri Selected 1 of 46 Lawyers On the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles List

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Shiraz Tangri to the 2020 edition of LA500 – its list of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles. Shiraz, a Principal in Meyers Nave’s statewide Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group, was selected as one of only 46 attorneys on the list. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Business Journal also selected Shiraz to its 2020 list of the Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles.

As the Journal’s Editor explained, these are “the most influential, most powerful, and most impactful business professionals in the region. These are dynamic leaders who are driving innovation, creativity, community and industry. The 2020 class of the LA500 faces challenges today and tomorrow unparalleled with any experienced in the past. Now more than ever it’s important that we highlight the great work that leaders are doing to keep our business community healthy, strong and together.”

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Deborah Fox Selected Among the “Top Women Attorneys” in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Deborah Fox to its 2020 list of the “Top Women Attorneys” in Los Angeles. The list of “trailblazing women lawyers” is comprised of 72 lawyers selected from 402 nominations. As the publication explains, these are “LA’s most influential women attorneys” who are recognized for “exceptional legal skill and achievement, exemplary leadership, and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.”

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. She is a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee. She founded, built and leads two of the firm’s prominent statewide practices – its Trial and Litigation Practice and its First Amendment Practice. 

The cases that Fox handles confirm her reputation as a go-to attorney for a specialty area of legal expertise – high impact litigation and crisis management. She is selected by government entities, such as cities, counties and special districts, to handle their most complex, controversial and critical matters that are already front-page news or likely to become a headline as the case unfolds.

The precedent-setting impact of her work was confirmed on February 19, 2020 when the California Supreme Court announced that it accepted for review one of Fox’s first-impression cases with the potential for statewide impact.

Please click here for Deborah’s profile in the 2020 list.

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Nine Meyers Nave Attorneys Selected as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that nine of our attorneys are included in the 2020 lists of Northern California Super Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers and San Diego Rising Stars. Their legal expertise and professional accomplishments also reflect the high regard of numerous Meyers Nave practices and demonstrate Meyers Nave’s reputation for excellent client work from our offices throughout California.

We congratulate the following attorneys:

Northern California Super Lawyers
Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero – Eminent Domain, State, Local & Municipal Law (2020)
Eric Casher – State, Local & Municipal Law, Government Contracts, Construction Litigation (2019-2020)
Shaye Diveley – Environmental, Land Use/Zoning, Natural Resources, (2012-2020)
Eric Firstman – Construction Litigation (2007-2020)
Amrit Kulkarni – Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning (2012-2020)

Northern California Rising Stars
Alex Mog – State, Local & Municipal Law (2020)
Trevor Taniguchi – State, Local & Municipal Law (2020)

Southern California Super Lawyers
Julia Bond – Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Appellate (2018-2020)
Deborah Fox – Constitutional Law, Land Use/Zoning, Environmental (2017-2020)
Amrit Kulkarni – Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning (2017-2020)

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, which publishes the lists, is distributed to attorneys and ABA-accredited law schools.

Shiraz Tangri Selected Among the “Top Minority Attorneys” in Los Angeles

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Los Angeles Business Journal selected Principal Shiraz Tangri to its 2020 list of the “Top Minority Attorneys” in Los Angeles, which recognizes “the most influential minority attorneys in the city of Los Angeles.” As the publication explains, “There are some particularly stellar minority attorneys in the LA region and we’ve listed some of the very best of them here, along with basic information about their careers, practice and recent successes they’ve achieved. We narrowed our choices down to those who are particularly impactful and who maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. We also considered honorees’ contributions to the Los Angeles business and legal community at large. Congratulations to the superb legal professionals who made this list and thank you for working to keep the people and businesses of Los Angeles on the right track.”

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

Shiraz Tangri was born in Jamshedpur, India, he immigrated to upstate New York as a child, and obtained a BA from New York University and a JD from Georgetown University. He has been practicing land use and environmental law in Southern California since 1999, when he moved to Los Angeles from New York. Tangri has a niche practice area that matches the needs of the greater Los Angeles area – advising clients on major infrastructure, transportation, and urban in-fill projects, including housing, cultural and educational institutions, and transit-oriented development. 

Tangri works on high-profile projects that set the stage for the future of Los Angeles and are milestones in transforming the business, educational, residential and transportation sectors of the Los Angeles economy. He is regularly interviewed by business and legal publications for his views and insights. He also regularly presents at major conferences. 

Please click here for Shiraz’s profile in the 2020 “Top Minority Attorneys” list.

Jose Sanchez Selected Among Sacramento’s “Best of the Bar”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that the Sacramento Business Journal selected Principal Jose M. Sanchez to its 2019 list of “Top Lawyers” who are considered “some of the region’s most prominent and well respected attorneys.” Jose is a member of Meyers Nave’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group and currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of Livingston and Cloverdale, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Modesto, and Town Attorney for the Town of Windsor. Jose is a member of Meyers Nave’s Diversity Committee.

The “Best of the Bar” attorneys were nominated and vetted by a panel of peers who assessed each candidate’s experience and reputation within the legal community. In addition to serving as a guide to the expertise of local attorneys, the special publication also asked the honorees about the most important legal issues of the day, how they got started in the legal profession, and who their legal heroes are.

Jose’s published Q&A interview is excerpted below.

Jose Sanchez Principal at Meyers Nave

Jose M. Sanchez, Principal
Municipal & Special District Law Practice Group

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814
jsanchez@meyersnave.com, 916.556.1531

Q: Who first got you interested in law?
A: Not knowing what the profession entailed, in elementary school I decided I wanted to be an attorney. The excitement and sense of pride that gave my parents made me continue to pursue that goal until achieving it in 2005.

Q: Who is your hero within the legal profession?
A: Cruz Reynoso

Q: What is the most important legal issue facing the region, state or nation?
A: Homelessness and the creation of affordable housing. I see these issues as being one due to their correlation. The laws involved in this critical topic are complex and evolving.

Three Meyers Nave Attorneys Selected as “Super Lawyers” in Southern California

Meyers Nave proudly announces that three attorneys are included in the 2020 list of Southern California Super Lawyers. Their legal expertise and professional accomplishments also reflect the high regard of numerous Meyers Nave practices, including Appellate Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, and Land Use and Zoning Law.

We congratulate the following attorneys:

Southern California Super Lawyers

Julia Bond – Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Appellate (2018-2020)
Deborah Fox – Constitutional Law, Land Use/Zoning, Environmental (2017-2020)
Amrit Kulkarni – Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning (2012-2020)

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, which publishes the lists, is distributed to attorneys and ABA-accredited law schools.