Press Releases Aug 15, 2017

22 BB&K Attorneys Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Two Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

For Immediate Release: Aug. 15, 2017
Media Contact: Denise Nix • 213-787-2552 •

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Best Best & Krieger LLP congratulates the 21 attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list. In addition, Partner Harriet Steiner 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 third year in a row that Joe has earned this prestigious honor.
Best Lawyers lists are based entirely on peer review. 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
  • George M. Reyes, Corporate Law
  • Michelle Ouellette, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental and Natural Resources Law


  • Jeff Chang, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Ann Taylor Schwing, Appellate Practice
  • Edward J. Quinn, Jr., Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law
  • Gary F. Loveridge, Health Care Law
  • Harriet A. Steiner (Lawyer of the Year), Litigation – Municipal and Municipal Law
  • Iris P. Yang, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Municipal and Municipal Law
  • Joseph E. Coomes, Jr. (Lawyer of the Year), Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law
  • T. Brent Hawkins, Municipal Law

San Diego

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

Walnut Creek

  • Janet Coleson, Municipal Law
  • 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, employee benefits and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 170 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BestBestKrieger on Facebook or @BBKlaw on Twitter.

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