Chambers and Partners highlight Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP in 2007 Chambers’ Rankings
Aug 15, 2007
Honolulu, Hawai’i – For the fifth year in a row, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has earned distinction from Chambers and Partners in the “2007 Chambers USA Client’s Guide.” Goodsill was ranked among the top Hawai’i firms in three practice areas, Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/Commercial, and Real Estate.
Chambers cites that the firm distinguishes itself by training and fielding “attorneys of a consistently quality” and boasts market leaders in land use, real estate financing and development. It also found that the firm’s ability to undertake complex and time-consuming work, coupled with expertise on the Hawai’i market, has earned it a strong reputation for both corporate and tax work. Clients say “these lawyers are extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields, not to mention tireless and relentless in pursuit of their clients’ interests.” Highly capable attorneys at all levels means that Goodsill is able to handle the full range of litigation matters.
This year’s recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has earned distinction from Chambers and Partners. Goodsill was ranked among the top Hawai’i firms in six practice areas, while fourteen attorneys were recognized for their individual efforts.
The following attorneys were individual recognized for excellent in their respective practice areas:
Lisa Bail, Real Estate. Referred to as “bright and tenacious”, Bail has an expanding practice and is carving a niche in water rights.
Corlis Chang, Litigation: General Commercial. Chang earns plaudits for “her brilliant legal mind and terrific business sense,” but she also has excellent client relationship skills.
Jacqueline Earle, Litigation: General Commercial. Known as “the best in the state for healthcare law”, she is respected for her “high ethics and competent, prompt service.”
Lani Ewart, Real Estate. Her clients single out her excellent business sense as a particular strength. Sources also rate her “thorough and accurate work” and reported that her reasonable demeanor makes her very enjoyable to work with.
Carolyn Gugelyk, Labor & Employment. She impresses with her “fabulous demeanor and work ethic.” Her employment-focused practice includes disability, national origin discrimination and breach of contract work.
Bruce Lamon, Litigation: General Commercial. Lamon is the co-chair of the litigation department and has a strong reputation for being a consistently capable performer.
John Lacy, Litigation: General Commercial. Lacy has long been known as a leading maritime attorney. Clients say, “he knows how to handle cases in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and he gets results.”
Miki Okumura, Corporate/Commercial. She is best known for her tax controversy work, although she also takes on work in the areas of tax planning. Contemporaries view her as “a bright lawyer who is easy to work with.”
Labor & Employment. She is renowned for her strength as an employment litigator due to her skillful handling of juries. She has also raised her profile for labor law by securing the role of lead negotiator for one of the hotels in its workers’ contract negotiations.
David Reber, Corporate/Commercial. Reber is said to be “the foremost corporate and securities lawyer in Hawai’i.” Clients appreciate “his excellent grasp of the legal issues and his ability to work well with all types of people.”
Edmund Saffery, Litigation: General Commercial. Saffery is developing a niche insurance and retail practice and is known for his high level of expertise in this complex area. He receives the highest commendation from clients for his ability to provide “excellent work to tight deadlines.”
Randy Steverson, Real Estate. Steverson handles a substantial amount of leasing and development work for many of the larger resorts. He is recommended for his innovative and “can do” approach.
Leighton Yuen, Real Estate. Yuen is one of the firms’ leading attorneys for resort-based development.
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.
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