Kevin R. Boyle

Kevin Boyle is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details listed above.

Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi LLP founding partner Kevin specialises in resolving large, high-profile plaintiffs cases by trial or settlement. As an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, he represents a number of clients in a wide range of matters — from wrongful death to catastrophic personal injuries to victims of sexual assault and abuse to serious fraud.  The common thread of all of Kevin’s cases is that he represents people who have been severely wronged by powerful entities, and he seeks to not only hold those entities financially responsible, but to force them to change their ways.

Among his notable cases, Kevin represented two United States soldiers who were severely injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq in a case against the helicopter manufacturer who asserted that it was immune from liability because it was a government contractor — obtaining the largest known settlement in a case of this kind.

In the highly publicised Dominguez v. City and County of San Francisco, Kevin served as co-trial counsel in the case which resulted in a record jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 4-year-old girl.  The city and county of San Francisco completely denied responsibility but the jury found it to be 100% responsible. The case was recognised by numerous publications as one of the Top 10 Verdicts in America.

In another ground-breaking case, Kevin represented journalists whose personal phone records were improperly examined in an illegal investigation ordered directly by the Board of Directors of the Hewlett Packard corporation.  The case resolved in a confidential settlement that included monetary and non-monetary components.

He also represented numerous victims of the San Bruno gas explosion, caused by faulty gas pipes that were the responsibility of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and was involved in spearheading the effort that resulted in the court’s decision that the issue of punitive damages against PG&E would go to the jury.  The resolution of the case involved both monetary and non-monetary components to prevent such a disaster from happening again.

Additionally, Kevin served as co-trial counsel in Yoon v. United States, a case involving a United States military fighter jet that crashed into a family home after the pilot had safely ejected. The jet had been maintained improperly and the case resulted in the jury delivering the largest known wrongful death verdict against the United States military.

Kevin holds an A-V ranking from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking a lawyer can attain in terms of ability and ethics. He has been recognised by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, named among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Attorneys, and he has been profiled as one of The Best Lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times.

Steven H. Wilhelm

Steven Wilhelm is our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Steven directly using the contact details listed above.

We bring to the practice of law the same dogged tenacity that the owner of the firm, Steven H. Wilhelm, used in order to achieve ranking in the top two in the world in his sporting events prior to entering into the practice of law.

This same drive and determination referenced is used and applied to secure the best possible results for our clients.

Our approach is passionate on our client’s behalf, yet rational through the use of the power of positive mental attitude towards achieving the best possible result in what is often times some of the most negative factual settings that a client will have to deal with in the client’s entire lifetime.

Awareness and Corresponding Preparation – We bring into our representation an awareness from many years of experience (going on 47, presently) that there is always someone else out there smarter, faster, quicker, more articulate, better at arguing, or more dogged and / or more tenacious than you are, and we use an approach that demands the kind of preparation to meet and deal with that exact opponent on each and every assignment.

We provide a customised representation at pricing that our competition, whether they be big firms, middle size firms or small firms, cannot match.

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Camille M. Vasquez

Camille Vasquez is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Camille directly using the contact details listed above.

Camille is an associate in the law firms Litigation and Arbitration Practice Groups.

Her current practice focuses on plaintiff-side defamation suits, with additional experience litigating contract disputes, business-related torts, and employment-related claims.

Camille is adept at formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients.

She also has extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.

Prior to Brown Rudnick, Camille Vasquez was an attorney at a national firm in Los Angeles.

Firm Overview:

Powered by over 250 lawyers in key financial centres, including New York, London, Paris, Boston, California, and Washington, D.C., Brown Rudnick is a law firm designed for speed and performance.

Our advice is practical and business-driven – not abstract or opaque.

And our progressive operating model takes collaboration to a new level – benefiting like-minded clients who want muscular, integrated service, timely delivered.

From major corporate restructurings, class actions and cross-border mergers, to exotic asset-class securitisations and the front lines of global climate initiatives, we are committed to your business and passionate about results.

Look to us for:

  • A strategic portfolio of premier Corporate, Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Capital Markets legal practices;
  • Dedicated client service based on a comprehensive understanding of client needs and objectives;
  • A client mix ranging from start-up and emerging growth businesses, to national, global and Fortune 500 business leaders;
  • Integrated public policy advice and advocacy at key domestic political centres;
  • A unique law firm model that eliminates internal politics and supports inter-office, inter-practice and international collaboration;
  • Community leadership through a focused, influential Centre for the Public Interest.

Tim Pickwell

Tim Pickwell is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tim directly using the contact details listed above.

Over the course of a 33-year career, Tim has represented some of the biggest names in the franchise and restaurant industry—and also advised some of the smallest. He gained his initial franchise experience negotiating international license agreements as corporate counsel for 6000 unit franchisor Century 21® Real Estate. He then headed up the international franchise division of $2.2 billion revenue, publicly-traded Jack in the Box® Restaurants where he supervised franchise marketing and operations.

He also served as corporate counsel to the company’s purchasing, IT and marketing departments. From 2000-02 Tim was general counsel of a Silicon Valley-based pre-IPO telecommunications start-up, and also represented several other start-up and telecommunication companies.

More recently, Tim served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary to the Coco’s® and Carrows® restaurant chains, where, among other things, he supervised real estate, risk management, human resources, franchise sales and franchise operations.

Since 2005, Tim has had a private law practice representing national and international restaurant and franchise clients, with an emphasis on franchise registration, disclosure and relationship issues.

Tim’s unique in-house background enables him to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to franchisors and franchisees. His expertise includes intellectual property licensing and trademark matters, international franchising, retail lease drafting and negotiations, franchise registration and compliance, litigation advice, and general corporate and business matters. Clientele include established franchisors, large restaurant companies, multi-unit franchisee organisations, as well as single-site retailers, and start-up franchisors.

Tim Pickwell is a member of the California Bar, and a Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. He is admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

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Catherine W. Johnson

Catherine Johnson is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine specialises in California and federal environmental law, representing a broad range of clients and industries, including manufacturing facilities, national transportation companies, food companies, a recycling facility, and leaders in the commercial real estate and multi-family housing industry. She has represented a leader in the multi-family homes industry for over twenty years, and served as the sole environmental lawyer for a publicly-traded REIT for over fourteen years. She has represented several of her current clients for over a decade or more.

Catherine’s areas of expertise include brownfields development, soil vapor intrusion, Proposition 65, pollution legal liability insurance policies, hazardous and solid waste, landfills, Superfund sites, electronic waste, underground storage tanks, asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, mould, radon, methane gas, OSHA, Porter-Cologne Act, Truck & Bus Regulation, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and all aspects of the investigation, clean-up, and closure of contaminated properties. Catherine has special expertise in environmental due diligence and transactional matters for real estate, stock, and asset acquisitions. Catherine has handled enforcement actions brought by federal, state, and local agencies, under a variety of laws, including one of the first U.S. EPA enforcement actions brought under the California Truck & Bus Regulation.

Catherine’s transactional and compliance practice at EGC is backed by years of litigation experience, where she served either as lead counsel or co-counsel in several major cases, including citizens’ suits claims (Prop 65, storm water), CERCLA cost recovery claims, and claims for property damage associated with subsurface contamination and soil vapor intrusion.  Catherine was lead attorney for the landmark case, U.S. v. Chapman, 146 F.3d 1166, 1169 (9th Cir. 1998) (establishing a test for EPA’s recovery of its litigation fees in a CERCLA cost-recovery action) and she was lead co-counsel for SF Bay keeper v. Levin Enterprises, (N.D. CA, 2013) (first decision to address the scope of storm water permit requirements applicable to the transportation industry).

Before establishing EGC, Catherine was a partner at Hanson Bridgett, LLP, in San Francisco for seven years, and a partner at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, in Oakland for thirteen years. Catherine started her environmental practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Before practicing law, she served as a consultant to ICF, Inc., providing support to the U.S. EPA in development of some of the first environmental regulations under certain provisions of CERCLA and RCRA.

Catherine is the Immediate Past Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Environmental Section.

Firm Overview:

Environmental General Counsel is an environmental boutique law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have decades of experience with all aspects of environmental law, including compliance, enforcement, clean-ups, complex litigation, natural resources, risk allocation in loans and acquisitions — with special expertise in sophisticated transactions, Proposition 65, pollution legal liability policies, vapor intrusion, asbestos-containing materials, Environmental Health & Safety programs, environmental claims in bankruptcy, and development projects.

​EGC attorneys are veteran environmental practitioners. Our attorneys have practiced with some of the leading environmental departments and law firms in the country, including Paul Hastings, Holland & Knight, Beveridge & Diamond, Pillsbury Winthrop, Jeffers Mangel Butler & Mitchell, Barg Coffin, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Hanson Bridgett.  We have also served as counsel for environmental regulatory agencies, including the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission .

EGC represents a wide range of industries, including real estate (single-family homebuilders, multi-family residential owners, developers, commercial property owners), consumer products, fashion and accessories, personal care industry, social media, pet food, chemical manufacturing and distribution, industrial manufacturing, food processing, high tech, maritime and transportation industry, and recycling.

​Our clients include Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies, national and international privately-held companies, publicly-traded companies, public agencies, family businesses, trusts, and individuals.​

We are engaged and active in our field as frequent speakers and writers and we contribute to the environmental legal community as leaders of local and state bar associations. Two of our partners are former Chairs of the California Bar’s Environmental Section — and one partner currently serves as advisor to the Section’s annual Yosemite conference. Two of our partners are former chairs of the San Francisco Bar’s Environmental Section — and one of our partners serves as the current Chair of the Section. We are also active in a leadership position with the County of Alameda’s Environmental Bar. ​

Kristin M. Bohm

Kristin Bohm is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kristin directly using the contact details listed above.

California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Hilly San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and cable cars.

Kristin practices in the area of litigation. Ms. Bohm has extensive experience in employment and labour law, representing Fortune 500 employers, self-insured employers, and insurance companies on all employment related issues including: coverage disputes, personal injury, wrongful termination, retaliation, workers’ compensation, discrimination, FEHA, Cal OSHA, wage and hour, social security disability, Labour Code section 132 claims, civil subrogation, corporate employment contracts, labour disputes, serious and wilful misconduct, and products liability litigation. Ms. Bohm brings this experience to her practice of liability and risk in the sports, recreation and outdoor activity areas, representing equipment manufacturers, retailers, venues and trade groups while developing the doctrine of primary assumption of risk. She also counsels ski resorts and well known brands of snow water and outdoor gear on risk management and avoidance in addition to insurance issues.

Kristin Bohm is a 2007 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Journal of International Law and Policy and a senior staff editor for the Business Law Journal, and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is fluent in Spanish. She is also an avid skier, snowboarder, and marathon runner.

Firm Overview:

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris’ modern organisation stretches from the United States to Europe and across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys. The firm’s leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.