San Francisco Partners Meryl Macklin and Rachel Matteo-Boehm and Santa Monica Partner Sharon Weiss all were highlighted, with photo and practice profile, May 8 in the Daily Journal as three of the top 100 women lawyers throughout all of California. The special supplement recognized “excellent lawyering and leadership skills among women attorneys in California,” featuring litigators and corporate transactions and regulatory specialists. Nominations came from law firms, public agencies, nonprofits and universities, and included the California attorney general. We are one of only five firms with three or more lawyers selected.

Macklin practices in the areas of complex business litigation and arbitration and has extensive trial experience before judges and juries, including a 10-week jury trial for Oracle and a 6-week jury trial for Union Pacific, both of which resulted in jury verdicts for our clients. She was the Chair of the Litigation Department of legacy firm HRO and a member of legacy firm HRO's Executive Committee. Her cases have included antitrust, securities, intellectual property, and other major contract and tort disputes nationwide. The clients she serves have ranged from well-established public and private companies to start-ups in a variety of industries.

Matteo-Boehm’s practice includes both counseling and litigation with a focus on media law, intellectual property, and other matters relating to content/data in both the online and offline environments. She assists both media and non-media clients in navigating the many legal issues associated with obtaining and disseminating information and other content in all of its forms. She has defended print, broadcast, and Internet content providers and distributors against defamation, privacy, and related claims, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright and trademark actions.

Weiss has extensive experience in a wide area of insolvency matters from various perspectives, including representation of creditors, individual and corporate debtors, trustees, and creditors' committees. She has served as lead trial counsel in bankruptcy and commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution, and has considerable experience in handling fraud and Ponzi scheme litigation and bankruptcy appeals which have resulted in published Ninth Circuit opinions. Weiss has served as lead counsel in out-of-court workouts and in the bankruptcy courts in cases involving such varied issues as disputed asset sales and financing, the avoiding powers, executory contracts, pension plans, claims priority, plan confirmation, surcharges and the court's inherent powers.