Chambers Recognizes Nossaman's Eminent Domain & Valuation, Environment & Land Use, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Real Estate Groups

05.24.2021
Chambers USA

Chambers & Partners has recognized 15 Nossaman attorneys along with our Eminent Domain & Valuation, Environment & Land Use, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Real Estate groups in its 2021 Chambers USA guide of leading law firms and lawyers.

The 2021 edition distinguishes Nossaman’s Infrastructure practice as one of only five practices in the top-tier nationally in the Projects: Public Private Partnership (PPP) category. The practice is also ranked in the top tier globally by Chambers. The team received high praise from clients. One client opined that Nossaman’s Infrastructure attorneys are “wonderful and very collaborative,” and another said they appreciate that the team “provides experienced insight on the pros and cons” of various project delivery options.

Infrastructure team members Barney Allison, Corey Boock, Patrick Harder, Yukiko Kojima and Geoffrey Yarema were selected as leading lawyers in the category. Chambers called the practice “one of the go-to firms for representation of public sector clients including state authorities, government departments and universities in the PPP space.”

Patrick, Chair of Nossaman's Infrastructure group, is lauded by clients for being “incredibly knowledgeable and responsive [and] very experienced.” Corey is highlighted for being “experienced in public and private sector representation.” Barney is noted for being a “a key player in the PPP space” with a “wealth of knowledge.” Geoff is singled out by clients for always being “on [our] side and strategic with scheduling milestones and keeping [us] focused.” Yukiko is praised for being “knowledgeable, experienced, thorough and timely, and spotting all the issues.”

Chambers also recognized Nossaman as a leading law firm in environmental and land use law nationally and in California, Texas and Washington.

Commenting on the Firm’s national Environment & Land Use practice, Chambers said it is a “well-known team with a national presence in environmental law and land use matters such as groundwater contamination, natural resources damages and toxic tort litigation.” The Water practice was also highlighted by Chambers in this section of the report—it was noted for offering Firm clients “counsel on complex coastal zone projects and groundwater management.”

Speaking about our Environment & Land Use practice in California, Chambers wrote that it is a “robust group able to handle an array of environmental and natural resource matters [with] notable strengths…in CWA and Endangered Species Act issues.”

The Washington team was noted as a “respected” group “[that] assists clients with the full gamut of environmental matters” such as “contaminated site remediation and resolution of natural resource damage claims as well as compliance and litigation relating to air and water quality, wildlife conservation and fisheries management.”

Mary Lynn Coffee (California), Robert Thornton (California), Svend Brandt-Erichsen (Washington), Linda Larson (Washington), Rebecca Hays Barho (Texas) and Brooke Marcus Wahlberg (Texas), all members of the Firm’s Environment & Land Use group, were recognized as leading attorneys in their respective states.

The team received outstanding reviews from clients. Mary Lynn was praised for having “the ability to quickly assess an issue and offer a variety of legal options for consideration,” while Rob’s clients stated that he is “a very effective and well known lawyer.” Svend was called “fantastic…he knows the subject matter very well and provides pragmatic counsel.” Linda’s clients said she has the “best knowledge of fishery litigation in the business” and is “smart [and] applies common sense” to the matters she handles. Brooke was noted for having “great insight and experience on endangered species and wetland issues” and being “creative and supportive [and] providing great legal advice.” Rebecca received accolades for being “thorough and diligent, good at thinking on her feet, and a pleasure to work with."

Recognized again as a leading firm in healthcare in California, Nossaman was highlighted for areas of strength including advising on “an impressive range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters.” Clients lauded our healthcare attorneys, saying they are “exceptional professionals with a well-balanced team to address a variety of issues.”

Group Chair Tom Curtis along with Raja Sékaran and Ron Grace were designated as leading healthcare lawyers in California, and received outstanding feedback from clients. On Tom, clients said that he is a “a national expert and close, trusted adviser on a broad spectrum of healthcare matters” and “he has excellent knowledge of medical staffing bylaws and areas of discipline." Speaking of Raja, clients called him “amazing - he stays in communication, he is responsive and able to break down very complex issues and fact patterns in practical terms. He is a very good problem solver.” Ron received notice for being “extremely professional and knowing the law. He guides [clients] to the best outcome every time."

In the Political Law category, Bill Powers was recognized for his work with “PACs, nonprofits and corporate clients with political law compliance and FEC investigations.” Market sources praised him, saying he is “highly experienced and skilled with political law compliance requirements and compliance strategies."

Additionally, the Firm’s Eminent Domain & Valuation and Real Estate practices received recognition in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use category in California. The practices were noted for having “respected advisers on all aspects of the land use permitting process, including zoning, CEQA, coastal developments and eminent domain.” Clients praised the practices, saying attorneys are “effective and zealous advocates for clients and are very easy to work with.”

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