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Best Best & Krieger LLP is pleased to announce that 38 attorneys were listed in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. Of this group, three attorneys also received a Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” designation based on the extremely positive feedback researchers received about their practices. The 2023 lists, which published today, are compiled based entirely on peer review and reflect top legal talent in geographic and practice groupings.

BBK's 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" honorees are:

Orange County, CA

  • Sonia Rubio Carvalho, Municipal Law​

Oakland, CA

  • Malathy Subramanian, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Roderick E. Walston, Litigation – Municipal

BBK's 2023 Best Lawyers in America are:

Bend, OR

  • Howard G. Arnett, Native American Law
  • Kurt Barker, Employment Law – Management & Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Ellen H. Grover, Energy Law & Native American Law
  • Josh Newton, Commercial Litigation
  • Thomas J. Sayeg, Trusts and Estates

Irvine, CA

  • Sonia Rubio Carvalho, Land Use and Zoning Law & Municipal Law
  • Matthew “Mal” Richardson, Land Use and Zoning Law & Municipal Law
  • Scott C. Smith, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Alisha M. Winterswyk*, Land Use and Zoning Law​

Los Angeles, CA

  • Joseph P. Byrne, Water Law
  • Scott H. Campbell, Construction Law
  • Eric L. Garner, Litigation – Environmental & Water Law
  • Leeann Habte, Health Care Law
  • John H. Holloway, Litigation – Environmental
  • Michael Jenkins, Land Use and Zoning Law & Municipal Law
  • Gregg W. Kettles, Appellate Practice
  • Wendy Y. Wang*, Water Law

​​Ontario, CA

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

Riverside, CA

  • Steven M. Anderson, Natural Resources Law & Water Law
  • Kendall H. MacVey*, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law​

Sacramento, CA

  • Jeff Chang, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Joseph E. Coomes, Jr., Land Use and Zoning Law & Municipal Law
  • Nancy A. Park, Real Estate Law
  • Stacey N. Sheston, Labor Law – Management​

San Diego, CA

  • Mary Beth Coburn, Litigation – Construction
  • Shawn D. Hagerty, Land Use and Zoning Law & Water Law
  • Arlene Prater, Employment Law – Management & Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • George M. Reyes, Corporate Law​

Walnut Creek, CA

  • Janet E. Coleson, Municipal Law
  • Sarah E. Owsowitz, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Malathy Subramanian, Land Use and Zoning Law & Municipal Law
  • Gene Tanaka, Litigation – Environmental
  • Roderick E. Walston, Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law & Water Law​

Washington, D.C.

  • Gerard Lavery Lederer, Communications Law​

BBK’s 2023 Ones to Watch in America are:

Ontario, CA

  • Abraham J. Galvan Sanchez, Municipal Law
  • Ryan Guiboa, Municipal Law​

San Diego, CA

  • Nicholaus W. Norvell, Municipal Law

The Best Lawyers methodology aims to accurately capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. This year’s results were determined using more than 12.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. To learn more, visit

*Denotes first time appearing on The Best Lawyers list.

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