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14 NEW PARTNERS AT LEWIS, BRISBOIS Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith has elevated 14 attorneys in the firm’s San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas offices. Four were named partner in S.F.: Sasha Cummings, 35, specializes in business and commercial, complex tort and products and premises litigation. She earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1997. Paul Desrochers, 40, who focuses on environmental litigation, earned his J.D. in 1996 from Lewis & Clark College Northwestern School of Law. Danielle O’Bannon, 33, handles personal injury, products and premises liability, construction defect, landlord-tenant and other litigation. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1999. Melynnie Rizvi, 34, specializes in employment law, including federal and state wage-and-hour law. She received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Five were named partner in Los Angeles: Rand Carstens, 47, specializes in civil litigation defense in employment, premises and products liability, public entity and general business matters. He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1985. Jason Chermela, 33, focuses on healthcare, medical malpractice, premises liability, personal injury defense and employment litigation. He earned his J.D. in 1999 from the Southwestern University School of Law. Judd Gilefsky, 35, handles environmental litigation, including toxic tort and regulatory matters and professional negligence. He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997. Sheila Starvish, 37, focuses on professional liability and health care defense. She received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997. Ivan Tjoe, 32, focuses on commercial and business litigation. He earned his J.D. in 1999 from Hastings College of the Law. Scott Cote, 37, who works in the Sacramento office, handles construction defect, motor carrier and nursing home matters. He graduated in 1998 from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Karen Tang, 32, also in the Sacramento office, focuses on professional liability, including representation of real estate and insurance brokers. She earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1999. The firm last year named 10 partners nationwide.

Petra Pasternak

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