Stephen Ellison

Stephen Ellison is a freelance writer based in San Jose. Contact him at ssjellison@aol.com.

Articles written by this author:
Profile: Rick Simons

Profile: Rick Simons

After 36 years, he finds satisfaction representing clergy abuse victims and he’s still banging around the hockey puck

Stephen Ellison

2012 September


Profile: Jude Basile

Profile: Jude Basile

Nationally recognized trial lawyer stands up against corporate greed and government bullies

Stephen Ellison

2012 October


Profile: Marjorie Heinrich

Profile: Marjorie Heinrich

Former defense attorney says respect for the other side goes a long way in settling cases

Stephen Ellison

2011 December


Trials and tribulations: A profile of Oakland trial lawyer J. Gary Gwilliam

A childhood of hard times leads to a life of alcohol abuse until a spiritual awakening changes this hard-charging plaintiff's lawyer

Stephen Ellison

2008 April


Public Justice: Redefining the idea of teamwork in the courtroom

Standing for Truth, and Justice, and the American Way is more than just a catchphrase

Stephen Ellison

2008 June


Profile: William Veen

Profile: William Veen

Sensitivity proves to be a road to empathy for this accomplished attorney

Stephen Ellison

2008 August


Profile: Mary Alexander

Profile: Mary Alexander

Attorney embarked on a mission to be a protector of people

Stephen Ellison

2008 September


Profile: Sal Liccardo: Determination and drive reach worldwide

Profile: Sal Liccardo: Determination and drive reach worldwide

From $50 public defender cases to million-dollar lawsuits, Sal Liccardo’s career spans 40 years — and he’s still in the courtroom

Stephen Ellison

2008 October


Profile: Maryanne Murphy

Profile: Maryanne Murphy

Stretching the legal mind: Attorney’s quest spans the worlds of art and law.

Stephen Ellison

2008 November


Profile: Ingrid M. Evans

Profile: Ingrid M. Evans

The gift for playing guardian embodies her life’s work

Stephen Ellison

2008 December


Profile: California Consumer Attorney of the Year — Warren Paboojian

Profile: California Consumer Attorney of the Year — Warren Paboojian

Landmark Title IX verdict leads to top honor, banner year for Fresno lawyer

Stephen Ellison

2009 January


Profile: Christopher Dolan

Profile: Christopher Dolan

Persistence pays: A top lawyer learns not to take “no” for an answer

Stephen Ellison

2009 February


Lawyers at leisure: “Back away from the desk!”

Here’s a look at some of the more interesting after-hours activities pursued by legal minds

Stephen Ellison

2009 March


Profile: Miriam Bourdette

Profile: Miriam Bourdette

Central Valley lawyer provides a strong and persuasive voice for equality

Stephen Ellison

2009 April


Profile: Alan Brayton

Profile: Alan Brayton

This “true believer” was a pioneer of asbestos litigation in the 80s, earning the respect of defense lawyers. Today, he’s busy managing the firm and making wine

Stephen Ellison

2009 May


Why AAJ moved its convention

AAJ decides to avoid political clash in San Diego; relocates convention to San Francisco

Stephen Ellison

2009 June


Profile: Michael Fitzpatrick

Profile: Michael Fitzpatrick

South Bay sole practitioner makes a career of taking cases others passed on, being the ‘go-to guy’ on liens

Stephen Ellison

2009 June


Profile: Peter J. Hinton — pupil of the world

Profile: Peter J. Hinton — pupil of the world

East Bay attorney wields influence; garners respect throughout the legal community

Stephen Ellison

2009 July


Profile: Larry Drivon – “He never walked away from a fight.”

Profile: Larry Drivon – “He never walked away from a fight.”

Retired Central Valley attorney helped take down Enron, the Catholic church

Stephen Ellison

2009 August


Profile: Christopher Whelan: The “defamation king”

Profile: Christopher Whelan: The “defamation king”

Sacramento area sole practitioner specializes in employment and labor law

Stephen Ellison

2009 September


Profile: Robert Cartwright, Jr.

Profile: Robert Cartwright, Jr.

Second-generation plaintiff lawyer is a zealous advocate in his own right

Stephen Ellison

2009 October


Profile: Donald Galine

Profile: Donald Galine

San Mateo attorney always fought for the underdog — now he’s in the fight of his life

Stephen Ellison

2009 November


Profile: Don Ernst

Profile: Don Ernst

Small-town lawyer has built a state-wide reputation for protecting consumer rights

Stephen Ellison

2009 December


Profile: Gilbert L. Purcell

Profile: Gilbert L. Purcell

A prolific asbestos litigator and a would-be race car driver shows no signs of slowing down after 25 years

Stephen Ellison

2010 January


Profile: Robert Allard

Profile: Robert Allard

Santa Clara trial lawyer believes “it’s not about winning awards, it’s about helping others get back on their feet.”

Stephen Ellison

2010 February


Profile: Mary Dryovage

Profile: Mary Dryovage

Sole practitioner has been protecting federal employees for 30 years

Stephen Ellison

2010 March


Profile: Andrew Gillin

Profile: Andrew Gillin

“I love the contingency-fee model, where someone with $50 in the bank can take on General Motors.”

Stephen Ellison

2010 April


Profile: e. robert wallach

Profile: e. robert wallach

State Bar Hall of Fame litigator boasts 222 trials in 51 years – and he’s not done yet

Stephen Ellison

2010 June


Profile: Madelyn Chaber

Profile: Madelyn Chaber

After “smoking out” the tobacco industry, litigation pioneer strives to improve work-life balance – for everyone

Stephen Ellison

2010 July


Profile: William Berg

Profile: William Berg

Sole practitioner, shrewd businessman and public servant advises lawyers to figure out what area of law they like in order to be successful

Stephen Ellison

2010 August


Profile: Kathryn Dickson

Profile: Kathryn Dickson

A pivotal event turns a would-be environmental lawyer into top employment attorney

Stephen Ellison

2010 September


Profile: Fernando Chavez

Profile: Fernando Chavez

The son of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez has long since emerged from his famous father’s shadow

Stephen Ellison

2010 October


Profile: Rich Schoenberger

Profile: Rich Schoenberger

Practice life balance; take your cases seriously but yourself not so much. Remember that no case is worth compromising your integrity

Stephen Ellison

2010 November


Profile: Amy Eskin

Profile: Amy Eskin

“Fierce and committed,” she’s taken on big pharma and other giants over 28 years at Hersh & Hersh

Stephen Ellison

2010 December


Profile: Niall McCarthy

Profile: Niall McCarthy

The president-elect of Consumer Attorneys of California is a seasoned litigator, philanthropist and fundraiser

Stephen Ellison

2011 January


Profile: Stewart Tabak

Profile: Stewart Tabak

Solo practitioner wants to bring clients’ lives back to normal — or as normal as possible

Stephen Ellison

2011 March


Profile: Tim Tietjen

Profile: Tim Tietjen

Shrewd litigator picks his battles – and ultimately wins the war

Stephen Ellison

2011 April


Profile: Anna Dubrovsky

Profile: Anna Dubrovsky

Russian immigrant runs her own firm, raises two children and takes on insurance companies

Stephen Ellison

2011 May


Profile: Scott Sumner

Profile: Scott Sumner

Studious trial lawyer and longtime champion of key plaintiff-law issue

Stephen Ellison

2011 June


Profile: Jack DeMeo

Profile: Jack DeMeo

Courtesy and generosity have molded the so-called “dean” of trial lawyers in Sonoma County

Stephen Ellison

2011 July


Profile: Stephen Murphy

Profile: Stephen Murphy

“Be passionate about your case, but remain skeptical”

Stephen Ellison

2011 August


Profile: Tom Brandi

Profile: Tom Brandi

Veteran trial lawyer hits the ball out of the park

Stephen Ellison

2011 October


Profile: Barbara and Therese Lawless

Profile: Barbara and Therese Lawless

Daughters of a law school dean, this sister act brings a passion for trial work to employment law

Stephen Ellison

2011 November


Profile: Chuck Geerhart

Profile: Chuck Geerhart

“With us, it’s our client’s only case. We have a much more personal connection.”

Stephen Ellison

2012 January


Profile: Eric Ratinoff

Profile: Eric Ratinoff

Sacramento trial lawyer believes that behind every case, there’s a story dying to be told

Stephen Ellison

2012 February


Profile: William B. Smith

Profile: William B. Smith

Forty-year veteran embraces new technology, urges a return to civility and remains passionate about the law

Stephen Ellison

2012 April


Profile: Todd Schneider

Profile: Todd Schneider

President-elect of the SFTLA was fired from his first job – and plaintiffs couldn’t be happier

Stephen Ellison

2012 June


Profile: Jonathan Gertler

Profile: Jonathan Gertler

Pioneering trial lawyer strives to stay composed and confident without being cocky

Stephen Ellison

2012 July


Profile: John McGuinn

Profile: John McGuinn

Veteran employment attorney still going strong after five decades of practicing law

Stephen Ellison

2012 August


Profile: Cynthia Rice

Profile: Cynthia Rice

Veteran public interest lawyer trains trial lawyers at California Rural Legal Assistance to win non-injury cases. Hint — become your own best expert

Stephen Ellison

2012 November


Profile: Willie Smith

Profile: Willie Smith

Pioneer in employment law – and UCLA football star – credits “perseverance” for his 40-year career

Stephen Ellison

2012 December


Profile: Roger Dreyer

Profile: Roger Dreyer

Answering a “calling,” a top trial lawyer continues to make the biggest impact he can

Stephen Ellison

2013 January


Profile: Kathryn Stebner

Profile: Kathryn Stebner

Political and social advocate finds her legal niche as an elder-abuse specialist

Stephen Ellison

2013 February


Profile: Mike Danko

Profile: Mike Danko

Aviation-law specialist takes flight from big defense firm to make his mark in plaintiffs’ trial law

Stephen Ellison

2013 March


Medical liens: Necessary evil or litigation advantage?

The economy, the Supreme Court and HMOs combine to accelerate the use of medical liens in personal injury cases

Stephen Ellison

2013 April


Profile: Doris Cheng

Profile: Doris Cheng

Passionate advocate for the American jury system takes her message across international borders

Stephen Ellison

2013 April


Profile: Ellen Lake

Profile: Ellen Lake

Employment rights specialist makes her mark in civil rights, public service law and the appellate bar

Stephen Ellison

2013 May


Profile: Bill Callaham

Profile: Bill Callaham

Prolific trial lawyer made a bold jump from the defense side – and never looked back

Stephen Ellison

2013 June


Profile: Richard Watters

Profile: Richard Watters

Central Valley native returns home to become one of the state’s top trial lawyers

Stephen Ellison

2013 July


Profile: William C. Johnson

Profile: William C. Johnson

Fortunate accidents and friendships pave a successful path for this trial lawyer.

Stephen Ellison

2013 August


Profile: Kelly Balamuth

Profile: Kelly Balamuth

A trial lawyer and a “genuine human being”

Stephen Ellison

2013 September


Profile: Arnie Levinson

Profile: Arnie Levinson

Forty years in practice at a “24/7 job” and this lawyer still loves insurance bad-faith law

Stephen Ellison

2013 October


Profile: Guy Wallace

Profile: Guy Wallace

Life-altering accident is driving force behind lawyer’s fight for rights of people with disabilities

Stephen Ellison

2013 November


Profile: Bob Ingram

Profile: Bob Ingram

Never a dull moment for veteran trial lawyer

Stephen Ellison

2013 December


Profile: Skip Walker

Profile: Skip Walker

Once an aspiring politician, the idea of helping those who couldn’t help themselves drew him into plaintiffs’ law

Stephen Ellison

2014 January


Profile: Robert Buccola

Profile: Robert Buccola

Record-setting trial lawyer remains humble and competitive

Stephen Ellison

2014 February


Profile: Craig Peters

Profile: Craig Peters

Trial lawyer makes transition from criminal defense look easy because he loves what he does

Stephen Ellison

2014 April


Profile: Julie Montgomery

Profile: Julie Montgomery

Public-service attorney breaks new ground in social justice and workers’ rights

Stephen Ellison

2014 May


Profile: Dugan Barr

Profile: Dugan Barr

Prolific veteran trial lawyer wields his power of influence

Stephen Ellison

2014 June


Profile: Craig Needham

Profile: Craig Needham

Veteran trial lawyer maintains balance in his profession, in life and on the bike

Stephen Ellison

2014 July


Profile: Richard Alexander

Profile: Richard Alexander

Belli protégé carves own path against big corporations

Stephen Ellison

2014 September


Profile: Jim Butler

Profile: Jim Butler

Rebellious son of a plaintiffs’ lawyer finds his own way into the profession

Stephen Ellison

2014 August


Profile: Shaana Rahman

Profile: Shaana Rahman

Trial lawyer pays her dues, makes her own success and shows others the way

Stephen Ellison

2014 October


Profile: James Bostwick

Profile: James Bostwick

He becomes a trial lawyer by chance, but goes on to become a legend of the medical-malpractice bar

Stephen Ellison

2014 November


Profile: Frank Pitre

Profile: Frank Pitre

Be true to yourself, work hard, persevere – and stay out of the fruit and vegetable business

Stephen Ellison

2014 December


Profile: Steven Brady

Profile: Steven Brady

Trial lawyer becomes a disciple of visual advocacy in the courtroom

Stephen Ellison

2015 January


Profile: Daniel Dell’Osso

Profile: Daniel Dell’Osso

Former fighter pilot says accountability matters

Stephen Ellison

2015 February


Profile: Gerry Mannion

Profile: Gerry Mannion

This activist at heart holds insurance carriers accountable

Stephen Ellison

2015 March


Profile: Christopher Keane

Profile: Christopher Keane

Product of Motown builds a niche practice focused on injured and abused children

Stephen Ellison

2015 April


Profile: Kathleen Lucas

Profile: Kathleen Lucas

Oklahoma school teacher turned employment lawyer says find good cases and prepare each one as if it’s going to trial

Stephen Ellison

2015 May


Profile: Jean Hyams

Profile: Jean Hyams

Employment law specialist escaped the world of high-tech to become a steward for employee and civil rights

Stephen Ellison

2015 June


Profile: Mark Fong

Profile: Mark Fong

Accomplished trial attorney, avid cyclist, relishes a diverse trial practice and says that to a client “you’re their knight…”

Stephen Ellison

2015 July


Profile: James Nevin

Profile: James Nevin

Prolific asbestos trial lawyer became youngest member of ABOTA

Stephen Ellison

2015 August


Profile: Steger Johnson

Profile: Steger Johnson

Veteran litigator and mediator takes a step back from a decorated, fast-paced career

Stephen Ellison

2015 September


Profile: Todd Emanuel

Profile: Todd Emanuel

A passion for the underdog fuels his practice as a plaintiff’s attorney just as it did in criminal defense. And if he talks about getting into a “boxing match,” you might want to take him literally “boxing match,” you might want to take him literally

Stephen Ellison

2015 October


Profile: William Green

Profile: William Green

“[Today], it really has to be a perfect storm of bad things happening in a case for it to go to trial.”

Stephen Ellison

2015 November


Profile: Charles Davis

Profile: Charles Davis

After 40 years of lawyering, he’s trying to slow down the workload: “But it seems like the more I slow down, the faster I get.”

Stephen Ellison

2015 December


Profile: Micha Star Liberty

Profile: Micha Star Liberty

Full-fledged advocate with a busy practice bucks the stereotypes, still manages to find balance in her life

Stephen Ellison

2016 January


Profile: Mike Kelly

Profile: Mike Kelly

Tells new lawyers, “It’s not about you…it’s always about the client.”

Stephen Ellison

2016 February


Profile: Elise Sanguinetti

Profile: Elise Sanguinetti

Knowing the importance of what she is doing gets the future president of CAOC through long days and nights

Stephen Ellison

2014 March


Profile: Anne Marie Murphy

Profile: Anne Marie Murphy

She made the transition from defense, enjoyed some early success and never looked back

Stephen Ellison

2016 March


Profile: Mark Talamantes

Profile: Mark Talamantes

Employment attorney made his mark early in the now-crowded specialty of wage-and-hour litigation

Stephen Ellison

2012 March


Profile: Steven Kazan

Profile: Steven Kazan

This asbestos pioneer helped create the trust funds that compensate victims and their families. And he’s not ready to “sit back and let somebody else screw it up”

Stephen Ellison

2016 April


Profile: Al Stoll

Profile: Al Stoll

Veteran trial lawyer embraces a more team-oriented approach to help achieve the coveted work-life balance

Stephen Ellison

2012 May


Profile: Lee Harris

Profile: Lee Harris

Insurance and bad-faith lawyer with a strong sense of community

Stephen Ellison

2010 May


Profile: Kristine Meredith

Profile: Kristine Meredith

She not only loves researching the facts, but knows how to make them understandable to a jury

Stephen Ellison

2016 May


Profiles: Lori Andrus and Jennie Anderson

Profiles: Lori Andrus and Jennie Anderson

Since meeting as associates at Lieff Cabraser, the two women have become masters of class actions

Stephen Ellison

2016 June


Profile: Matthew Davis

Profile: Matthew Davis

Avid cyclist and bicycling advocate steered his way from the City Attorney’s Office to a partnership at the Walkup firm

Stephen Ellison

2016 July


Profile: Tom Paoli

Profile: Tom Paoli

The public defender was not hiring, so he threw himself into personal injury law and never looked back

Stephen Ellison

2016 August


Reporting for duty

Track down all the incident reports, videos and maybe even a witness to better understand what happened

Stephen Ellison

2016 October


Profile: RJ Waldsmith

Profile: RJ Waldsmith

From To Kill a Mockingbird to finding success through technology, teamwork and a passion for helping clients

Stephen Ellison

2016 December


Profile: Anne Costin

Profile: Anne Costin

Employment law specialist, she fosters a nontraditional relationship with clients as she continues to fight for them as a solo practitioner

Stephen Ellison

2017 January


Profile: Joseph Brent

Profile: Joseph Brent

The former prosecutor enjoys challenge of tough liability cases

Stephen Ellison

2017 February


Profile: Claude Wyle

Profile: Claude Wyle

35-year veteran thrives on holding bullies accountable while remaining human

Stephen Ellison

2017 March


Profile: Karine Bohbot and Elizabeth Riles

Profile: Karine Bohbot and Elizabeth Riles

It’s all about symmetry for this pair of employment lawyers at the top of their game

Stephen Ellison

2017 April


Profile: Rene Turner Sample

Profile: Rene Turner Sample

Influenced by her strong faith and personal family struggles, lifelong Fresno resident keeps her focus on the client’s best interest and keeps her ego out of it

Stephen Ellison

2017 May


Profile: Nina Shapirshteyn

Profile: Nina Shapirshteyn

Ukrainian immigrant cherished her chance at success in the U.S. and developed a passion for products-liability cases

Stephen Ellison

2017-June


Profile: Kevin Morrison

Profile: Kevin Morrison

Shrewd, passionate trial lawyer embraces challenges in the courtroom and on the bike

Stephen Ellison

2017 July


Profile: Wes Lowe

Profile: Wes Lowe

Insurance bad-faith specialist follows his passion, not the money, to success

Stephen Ellison

2017 August


Profile: Leslie Levy

Profile: Leslie Levy

Thinking outside the confines of law-school teachings helped jump-start a long, successful career for this civil rights advocate

Stephen Ellison

2017 September


Profile: Scott Righthand

Profile: Scott Righthand

Personal injury specialist refuses to back down, even when faced with improbable odds; still takes med-mal “250 cases” when the client “gets to me”

Stephen Ellison

2017 October


Profile: Karen Carrera

Profile: Karen Carrera

Immigrant from Peru draws on personal experience to ensure Latinos are treated fairly in employment and housing

Stephen Ellison

2017 November


Profile: Theo Emison

Profile: Theo Emison

Fourth-generation lawyer from rural Tennessee makes his own way in the big city

Stephen Ellison

2017 December


Profile: Bill McDevitt

Profile: Bill McDevitt

A blue-collar upbringing provides personal-injury attorney with motivation to level the playing field

Stephen Ellison

2018 January


Profile: Brian Gearinger

Profile: Brian Gearinger

Third-generation attorney comes full circle with his solo plaintiff law practice

Stephen Ellison

2018 February


Profile: Chantel Fitting

Profile: Chantel Fitting

She hates to lose, but it happens when you take cases that other PI attorneys won’t touch

Stephen Ellison

2018 March


Profile: Boone Callaway

Profile: Boone Callaway

He never set out to be a med-mal lawyer – and then that Kaiser case landed on his desk and he was hooked

Stephen Ellison

2018 April


Profile: Chris Viadro

Profile: Chris Viadro

Practicing law wasn’t what he had hoped for, until losing a job led to his “light-bulb moment”

Stephen Ellison

2018 May


Profile: P. Bobby Shukla

Profile: P. Bobby Shukla

Indian-Brazilian immigrant overcomes barriers to establish herself as a top advocate in employment law

Stephen Ellison

2018 June


Profile: Andje Medina

Profile: Andje Medina

“You have to have faith and follow your heart” — and become fully invested in your clients

Stephen Ellison

2018 July


Profile: Jayme Walker

Profile: Jayme Walker

Young partner at old firm makes her mark in employment law

Stephen Ellison

2018 August


Profile: Khaldoun Baghdadi

Profile: Khaldoun Baghdadi

“Make sure the focus is on the client and not on you, because it’s not about you.”

Stephen Ellison

2018 September


Profile: Mark Burton

Profile: Mark Burton

Whether it’s suing Uber over employment status or proving that the weed killer Roundup causes cancer, he thrives in complex litigation

Stephen Ellison

2018 October


Profile: Jonathan Davis

Profile: Jonathan Davis

Former labor union rep goes all in as a ‘proactive’ lawyer for the underdog

Stephen Ellison

2018 November


Profile: Rachel Abrams

Profile: Rachel Abrams

Would-be marine biologist uses her scientific expertise to litigate against Big Pharma, medical-device firms

Stephen Ellison

2018 December


Profile: Rick Baskin

Profile: Rick Baskin

Trial lawyer helps people shake the blues before he hits the stage to play them

Stephen Ellison

2019 January


Profile: Lexi Hazam

Profile: Lexi Hazam

Multidistrict litigator stares down Big Pharma, others with help from her anthropological background

Stephen Ellison

2019 February


Profile: Bryan Schwartz

Profile: Bryan Schwartz

Employment law specialist has a keen ability to put himself in his clients’ shoes

Stephen Ellison

2019 March


Profile: Seth Rosenberg

Profile: Seth Rosenberg

A knack for engaging, listening to and helping people. And winning big verdicts by focusing on key issues

Stephen Ellison

2019 April


Profile: Jesse Chrisp

Profile: Jesse Chrisp

Small-town lawyer succeeds through diligent studies and a passion for taking down Goliaths

Stephen Ellison

2019 May


Profile: Carter Zinn

Profile: Carter Zinn

A second stint in law school helps academic find his path into personal-injury law

Stephen Ellison

2019 June


Profile: Sarah London

Profile: Sarah London

From organizing a fifth-grade walkout to hammering away at Big Tobacco, no fight is too big or small

Stephen Ellison

2019 July


Profile: Lyle Cavin

Profile: Lyle Cavin

Bay Area native doesn’t travel far to come a long way in 47-year career

Stephen Ellison

2019 August


Profile: Katie Spielman

Profile: Katie Spielman

Stanford grad forsakes corporate practice to advocate for consumers and take down scheming insurance companies

Stephen Ellison

2019 September


Profile: John Roach

Profile: John Roach

Working at prominent plaintiffs’ firms and finding a mentor leads to successful solo practice

Stephen Ellison

2019 October


Profile: Greg O’Connell

Profile: Greg O’Connell

Longtime prosecutor makes a smooth transition into personal-injury law

Stephen Ellison

2019 November


Profile: Peter Koenig

Profile: Peter Koenig

As a defense lawyer, decisions on resolving a case were “out of my hands.” Not anymore

Stephen Ellison

2019 December


Profile: Issa Michael

Profile: Issa Michael

Palestinian native makes good on the immigrant dream, keeping it small, simple and successful

Stephen Ellison

2020 January


Profile: Brian Graziani

Profile: Brian Graziani

PI lawyer defies the odds – and the MICRA cap – in a big medical-malpractice case

Stephen Ellison

2020 February


Profile: Anne Kepner

Profile: Anne Kepner

Early career includes both insurance-defense work and mass-tort litigation for breast-implant plaintiffs

Stephen Ellison

2020 March


Profile: Kimberly Wong

Profile: Kimberly Wong

Quiet by nature, her meticulous preparation moves defendants towards substantial settlements, often in catastrophic cases

Stephen Ellison

2020 April


Profile: Menaka Fernando

Profile: Menaka Fernando

Taking sexual-harassment cases to a new level for lower-wage earners

Stephen Ellison

2020 May


Profile: Mary Catherine Wiederhold

Profile: Mary Catherine Wiederhold

Tenant lawyer keeps landlords in check across the rent-happy Bay Area

Stephen Ellison

2020 June


Profile: Sara Peters

Profile: Sara Peters

Long hours feel a lot different when you’re working on something you care about

Stephen Ellison

2020 July


Profile: Tiseme Zegeye

Profile: Tiseme Zegeye

Employment law and discrimination specialist continues the fight for basic human liberties

Stephen Ellison

2020 August


Profile: Philip Pillsbury

Profile: Philip Pillsbury

Out of order is how this insurance-bad-faith lawyer approaches trials

Stephen Ellison

2020 September


Profile: Jennifer Fiore

Profile: Jennifer Fiore

Collaboration is key for PI lawyer handling cases from maritime to wildfires

Stephen Ellison

2020 October


Profile: Susan Kang Gordon

Profile: Susan Kang Gordon

Running her own firm at a young age – and her own life

Stephen Ellison

2020 November


Profile: Dan Wilcoxen

Profile: Dan Wilcoxen

Hard work, honesty and a little luck have been the pillars of success for 48-year veteran of the bar

Stephen Ellison

2020 December


Profile: Karman Guadagni

Profile: Karman Guadagni

Change of course leads a once aspiring journalist on the road to elder law

Stephen Ellison

2021 January


Profile: Jamie Goldstein

Profile: Jamie Goldstein

Five-day trial by Zoom results in $1.37 million verdict

Stephen Ellison

2021 February


Profile: Casey Kaufman

Profile: Casey Kaufman

Science and math education are the drivers for East Bay solo PI practitioner

Stephen Ellison

2021 March


Profile: Vincent Tong

Profile: Vincent Tong

Workers’ rights advocate learned fast how to utilize the plaintiff’s law community

Stephen Ellison

2021 April


Profile: Dan C. Schaar

Profile: Dan C. Schaar

After a decade in the Caribbean, he advocates for PI victims by telling human stories

Stephen Ellison

2021 May


Profile: Debra Bogaards

Profile: Debra Bogaards

It’s not enough to do well, but you have to do good, for others

Stephen Ellison

2021 June


Profile: Annie Wu

Profile: Annie Wu

After years in defense, child of Taiwanese immigrants makes her mark in the plaintiff’s bar

Stephen Ellison

2021 July


Profile: Laurel Halbany

Profile: Laurel Halbany

Asbestos lawyer battles a silent, invisible killer and its enablers

Stephen Ellison

2021 August


Profile: Nathaniel Leeds

Profile: Nathaniel Leeds

Veteran trial lawyer bucks the plaintiff’s bar trend and successfully focuses on medical malpractice cases

Stephen Ellison

2021 September


Profile: David L. Winnett

Profile: David L. Winnett

Former prosecutor and defense attorney finds career fulfillment in plaintiffs’ firm with his name added to the door

Stephen Ellison

2021 October


Profile: Jennifer Reisch

Profile: Jennifer Reisch

Activist turned advocate goes all in for low-wage and immigrant workers

Stephen Ellison

2021 November


Profile: David A. Lowe

Profile: David A. Lowe

Seasoned employment law specialist says it never stops being interesting and enjoyable work

Stephen Ellison

2021 December


Profile: Pavel Krepkiy

Profile: Pavel Krepkiy

Moscow native maintains focus on a singular mission: Helping those harmed by the actions of others

Stephen Ellison

2022 January


Profile: Jacqueline Ravenscroft

Profile: Jacqueline Ravenscroft

Tenants’ rights lawyer loves advocating for the basic human right to safe, stable housing

Stephen Ellison

2022 February


Profile: Loren Schwartz

Profile: Loren Schwartz

“People have biases against PI attorneys and our clients. We have to be a beacon of integrity.”

Stephen Ellison

2022 March


Profile: Erik Peterson

Profile: Erik Peterson

Medical-malpractice specialist says it’s a collegial legal community, very different from PI

Stephen Ellison

2022 April


Profile: Kirsten Fish

Profile: Kirsten Fish

Elder abuse specialist of 20 years remains a steadfast advocate for a marginalized population

Stephen Ellison

2022 May


Profile: Conor Kelly

Profile: Conor Kelly

Stepping out of his father’s shadow to make a name for himself serving clients

Stephen Ellison

2022 June


Profile: Darci Burrell

Profile: Darci Burrell

Women’s rights, employment law advocate and her partners show there’s strength in numbers

Stephen Ellison

2022 July


Profile: Michael Levin-Gesundheit

Profile: Michael Levin-Gesundheit

Class-action employment attorney takes on Walgreens for its role in opioid epidemic

Stephen Ellison

2022 August


Profile: Shawn Miller

Profile: Shawn Miller

From working on the landmark FedEx case to the San Bruno explosion, he’s compiled big results in employment and mass torts

Stephen Ellison

2022 September


Profile: Tanya Gomerman

Profile: Tanya Gomerman

She always loved arguing for other people, and now she’s built an eight-attorney employment and PI practice

Stephen Ellison

2022 October


Profile: Adante Pointer

Profile: Adante Pointer

Being his authentic self, he carves a path as a civil rights advocate in his hometown

Stephen Ellison

2022 November


Profile: Mikayla Kellogg

Profile: Mikayla Kellogg

An advocate by nature, she leaves defense law to go it on her own for sexual abuse and tenants’ rights victims

Stephen Ellison

2022 December


Profile: Taylor Ernst

Profile: Taylor Ernst

Advocacy is job one for Central Coast traumatic brain-injury specialist

Stephen Ellison

2023 February


Profile: Monica Burneikis

Profile: Monica Burneikis

She found personal-injury law at just the right moment, and it led to a stunning career

Stephen Ellison

2023 March


Profile: Brittany Rogers

Profile: Brittany Rogers

Products-liability case taught her to be a discovery hound, leaving no stone unturned

Stephen Ellison

2023 April


Profile: Lauren Cerri

Profile: Lauren Cerri

Sexual-abuse specialist practiced personal-injury law until she found her passion in speaking for abused children

Stephen Ellison

2023 May


Profile: Martin Murphy

Profile: Martin Murphy

Third-generation San Franciscan launched firm with law school buddies after years of experience on both sides of the aisle

Stephen Ellison

2023 July


Profile: Brian Malloy

Profile: Brian Malloy

Trial lawyer and appellate specialist genuinely enjoys fighting for the little guy

Stephen Ellison

2023 August


Profile: Mark Zanobini

Profile: Mark Zanobini

Curiosity leads to confidence and big wins

Stephen Ellison

2023 September


Profile: Michael Haddad and Julia Sherwin

Profile: Michael Haddad and Julia Sherwin

Husband-and-wife civil rights lawyers make huge strides in the fight against police misconduct

Stephen Ellison

2023 October


Profile: Valerie Rose

Profile: Valerie Rose

Trial attorney strives to keep it simple, and human, as she takes on complex and challenging cases

Stephen Ellison

2023 November


Profile: Shahrad Milanfar

Profile: Shahrad Milanfar

Iranian immigrant found a fair judicial system in the U.S. and built a satisfying professional life around it

Stephen Ellison

2023 December


Profile: Andrea Posey

Profile: Andrea Posey

Personal-injury stalwart coming into her own as a voice for clients, wins $10 million dog-bite verdict

Stephen Ellison

2024 January


Profile: Ted Pelletier

Profile: Ted Pelletier

Appellate specialist helps keep plaintiffs’ trial lawyers on their game

Stephen Ellison

2024 February


Profile: Doug Saeltzer

Profile: Doug Saeltzer

Talk about jumping into the law: From paratrooper to plaintiff’s trial attorney

Stephen Ellison

2024 March


Profile: Kimberly Levy

Profile: Kimberly Levy

Trial lawyer often represents the underprivileged, achieves success through her persistent, competitive nature

Stephen Ellison

2024 April


Profile: Jessica Juarez

Profile: Jessica Juarez

Her background in human rights helps her to humanize her clients and tell a more compelling story to jurors

Stephen Ellison

2024 May


Profile: Megan Burns

Profile: Megan Burns

Longtime criminal-defense lawyer says trial skills helped her make a seamless transition to PI practice

Stephen Ellison

2024 June