Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

For Immediate Release: Aug. 15, 2016
Media Contact: Denise Nix • 213.787.2552 •

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Best Best & Krieger LLP congratulates the 20 attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list. In addition, Partner Edward J. Quinn, Jr. and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes are being recognized as Lawyers of the Year for their contributions to the legal industry, and their professional achievements. This is the second year in a row that Joe has earned this prestigious honor.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2017 edition, more than 83,000 leading attorneys globally were eligible to vote, and 7.3 million votes were analyzed. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. To learn more about Best Lawyers, click here.

Below are the BB&K attorneys included on The Best Lawyers list, by office, along with the practice areas they were recognized for:


  • Sonia R. Carvalho, Municipal Law

Los Angeles

  • Eric L. Garner, Litigation – Environmental and Water Law


  • John E. Brown, Municipal Law
  • Stephen P. Deitsch, Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law


  • Arthur L. Littleworth, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Natural Resources Law and Water Law
  • Michelle Ouellette, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • George M. Reyes, Corporate Law


  • Joseph E. Coomes, Jr., Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law
  • T. Brent Hawkins, Municipal Law
  • Gary F. Loveridge, Health Care Law
  • Edward J. Quinn, Jr., Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law
  • Ann Taylor Schwing, Appellate Practice
  • Harriet A. Steiner, Litigation – Municipal and Municipal Law
  • Iris P. Yang, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Municipal and Municipal Law

San Diego

  • Robert J. Hanna, Commercial Litigation
  • Shawn D. Hagerty, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Arlene P. Prater, Employment Law - Management
  • Gary Schons, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

Walnut Creek

  • Gene Tanaka, Litigation - Environmental
  • Roderick E. Walston, Natural Resources Law and Water Law



Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.

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