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BALIF Partners Exchange


Welcome to the BALIF Partners Exchange—created specifically to target the needs of BALIF partners and firm owners. Our goal is to create a vibrant and thriving LGBT environment that invites networking, lively and intimate discussions on a variety of topics, and an exchange of business.  Some persons who have attended previously are listed in the below Partner Directory.

We meet monthly over lunch at the SF City Club, and welcome all BALIF partners and firm owners. Please email programs@balif.org if you’re interested in joining us.

— Jamie Dupree, BALIF Programs Chair


Kevin W. Coleman Partner & Co-Chair, Creditor’s Rights and Business Restructuring Practice Group Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP 650 California Street
19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108-2736
TEL: 415-364-6714EMAIL: kcoleman@schnader.comhttp://www.schnader.com
Providing strategic advice for board members, mid-market companies, creditors, purchasers, and contract counter-parties seeking to control the risks associated with a business’s insolvency, and (where necessary) litigation services to help stakeholders enhance their recoveries or mitigate losses.
Craig C. Daniel Partner Axcel Law Partners LLP 4 Embarcadero Center
14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
TEL: 415-704-8801FAX: 415-704-8804http://www.ax-law.com
Commercial and IP Litigation for small/mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs.
Dan Dean Managing Attorney Ribera Law Firm Ribera Law Firm
807 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
TEL: 415-576-1600FAX: 415-842-0321EMAIL: ddean@riberalaw.comhttp://www.riberalaw.com
Dan is the managing attorney at Ribera Law Firm.  He handles personal injury and employment cases for plaintiffs.  He has been a trial attorney at small litigation firms since he passed the bar in 1992.  Dan's representation of both plaintiffs and defendants gives him the ability to see and analyze cases from both sides, which is a great benefit to his clients.  Dan has vast experience with all aspects of litigation from the initial client interview through trial and appeal.
Rob Augustine Depew Founder & Principal Employment Law Resource Group 116 New Montgomery Street
Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94105
TEL: 415-529-4770FAX: 415-529-4771EMAIL: rob@elrgroup.comhttp://www.elrgroup.com
I provide compliance counseling and training for employers in employment and HR related matters. I advise executives and entrepreneurs in the negotiation of employment related contracts and resolution of employment related disputes. And I conduct independent workplace investigations.
Jamie Dupree Partner Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP 180 Sansome Street
17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-399-3843FAX: 415-399-3838http://www.fddcm.com
Business litigation (breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secret, unfair competition, disability access) and employment litigation (all forms of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour). Particular expertise in business “divorces” (involuntary dissolution, ownership disputes in closely-held businesses). Negotiation of employment contracts and severance agreements. Advice and counsel to employers and employees. My firm also has a transactional practice handling business formation, financing, and contracts. One of my partners, Tom Maier, has an LLM in Tax.
Michael C. Hall Founding Shareholder M. C. Hall & Associates, P. C. 605 Market Street
Ste. 900
San Francisco CA 94105
TEL: 415.512.9865EMAIL: mhall@mhalllaw.comhttp://www.mhalllaw.com
For over 30 years engaged in real estate dispute resolution, emphasizing commercial and residential landlord-tenant, tenancies-in-common, condominiums, partition, purchase/sale disputes, neighbor disputes, boundaries, easements, probate. Litigation and advocacy as well as private mediation services. Former judge pro tem and BASF mediator. Extensive jury trial and arbitration experience. Members of the firm also emphasize advising real estate professionals, homeowners associations, commercial lease drafting, tenancy-in-common agreements, condominium conversion, personal injury and premises liability litigation.
Terrance Heath Managing Partner Heath Newton LLP 240 Stockton Street
Suite #900
San Francisco, CA 94108
TEL: 415-398-1290FAX: 415-677-9976EMAIL: info@heathnewton.comhttp://HeathNewton.com
A strong proponent of marriage equality and a single gay dad with two kids, Terrance Heath is passionate about serving the best interests of children and families in his role as managing partner in the San Francisco firm Heath-Newton LLP. He is also a trained mediator and a Certified Family Law Specialist. In particular, Terrance specializes in helping blended families manage issues related to same-sex parenting and offers expertise in handling the dissolution of domestic relationships without legal status.

Heath-Newton LLP helps clients resolve family law issues such as premarital agreements, divorce, child custody and asset protection.
Edward P. Joy Principal Edward P. Joy, Attorney at Law 290 Green St, # 8
San Francisco, CA 94133
TEL: 415-608-6727FAX: 415-963-4071EMAIL: ed@edwardjoylaw.comhttp://www.edwardjoylaw.com
I am passionate about estate planning. And I put that passion to work to ensure that my clients’ legacies are protected.

My practice includes estate planning, probate, trust administration & probate litigation.  My focus is on homeowners, investment account owners, and/or families with children—with a special emphasis on the LGBT community.
Deb L. Kinney Partner Johnson, Kinney, & Zulaica LLP 180 Sansome Street
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-693-0550FAX: 415-693-0500http://www.jkzllp.comhttp://www.jkzllp.com/espanol3554 Round Barn Boulevard
Suite 205
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
TEL: 707-237-7371
We are a group of lawyers with expertise in estate planning, probate and trust administration, business and tax planning, prenups and divorce, elder law, conservatorships, special needs planning and charitable planning. With offices in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, we have a diverse clientele and provide all of our services in Spanish as well. We also represent beneficiaries, fiduciaries and real estate owners needing TIC agreements.
David A. Lowe Managing Partner Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, L.L.P. 351 California Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-394-6078FAX: 415-434-0513EMAIL: dal@rezlaw.comhttp://www.rezlaw.com
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP is a top-tier employment law boutique representing employees in individual and class action matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and compensation disputes. We have achieved special expertise in the representation of senior executives and ex patriate employees.
Ryan Lowther Partner Farella Braun + Martel LLP Russ Building
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415.954.4447FAX: 415.954.4480EMAIL: rlowther@fbm.comhttp://www.fbm.comhttp://www.fbm.com/Ryan_Lowther
Ryan Lowther has a broad-based general business practice that assists early stage and mature companies meet their corporate, securities, financing and operational needs.  He has significant experience with mergers and acquisition transactions and financing transactions.  He is also a member of FBM’s energy practice and represents solar manufacturing and project developments companies with respect to project development and contract issues and the acquisition and sale of project assets.  FBM represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation.
On Lu Partner & Director, Asia Pacific Practice Novak Druce 555 Mission Street
Thirty-Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
TEL: 415-814-6144FAX: 415-814-6165EMAIL: on.lu@novakdruce.comhttp://www.novakdruce.com
IP is our core:

Patents. Trademarks. Copyrights. Trade Secrets. Monetization. Litigation.

NDQ was founded by two gay men who became partners in business, and later, partners in life. We’ve grown to become the 5th largest IP firm in the country—with 150+ diverse and dynamic lawyers in 8 offices.
Laura J. Maechtlen Partner Seyfarth Shaw LLP 560 Mission Street
Suite 3100
San Francisco, CA 94105-2930
TEL: 415-544-1011FAX: 415-839-9011EMAIL: lmaechtlen@seyfarth.comhttp://www.seyfarth.com
Seyfarth Shaw is a full service international law firm. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff employment actions. Ms. Maechtlen also has trial experience, and in addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Maechtlen also provides day-to-day counseling, training and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship. She also regularly reviews employer policies for compliance under state and federal law.
Brian D. McDonald Partner Jones Day 555 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-875-5762FAX: 415-963-6894EMAIL: BDMcDonald@JonesDay.comhttp://www.jonesday.com/
Brian McDonald is a policyholder coverage litigator. He has counseled clients in numerous major coverage actions and has helped clients secure large insurance recoveries for extraordinary losses. He has experience relating to a broad array of insurance lines, including commercial general liability, umbrella, excess, errors and omissions, directors and officers, employment liability, first-party property and business interruption, and environmental insurance. He represents policyholders during insurance claims negotiations and negotiates the design and purchase of insurance programs for clients. He also counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and other risk management issues.
Aaron P. Minnis Partner Minnis & Smallets LLP 369 Pine Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-551-0883FAX: 415-683-7157http://www.minnisandsmallets.com
Aaron Minnis is a partner at Minnis & Smallets LLP. We advise and represent individuals in employment law matters, including wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, family and medical leave of absence, sexual harassment, failure to accommodate, severance and compensation issues.
Sally Morin Sally Morin Professional Corporation 25 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
TEL: 415-413-0033FAX: 888-848-8598EMAIL: sally@sallymorinlaw.comhttp://www.sallymorinlaw.com
Sally is passionate about representing active individuals (aka “adrenaline junkies”) who are injured in bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian and auto accidents. Sally helps her clients get back on their feet and back in the game! Sally gladly pays referral fees to attorneys who send her awesome clients!
Adam W. Neufer Principal Law Offices of Adam Neufer, Divorce & Family Law 785 Market Street
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
TEL: 415-796-0938FAX: 415-796-0936EMAIL: aneufer@adamneuferlaw.comhttp://www.adamneuferlaw.com
The Law Offices of Adam Neufer provides legal representation in all aspects and stages of divorce and family law matters, with an emphasis on strategic negotiations to reach private settlements and focused litigation to achieve resolution in court. Areas of representation include child custody/visitation, child/spousal support, characterization of assets/debts, division of assets/debts, modification of orders, marital settlement agreements, and probate matters such as guardianship of the person.
C. Todd Norris Shareholder Bullivant Houser Bailey PC 601 California St.
Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94108-2823
TEL: 415-352-2720EMAIL: todd.norris@bullivant.comhttp://www.bullivant.com
Intellectual Property and Business Litigation with an emphasis on lawsuits between competitors. This litigation typically involves a variety of claims, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and unfair competition. These cases often arise when an employee and/or an owner of one company leaves and goes to work for a competitor and is accused of taking with him or her the intellectual property of the former company. In addition to San Francisco, my firm also has offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington where we handle nearly every kind of litigation.
Elizabeth C. Pritzker Owner Pritzker Levine LLP 180 Grand Avenue
Suite 1390
Oakland, CA 94612
TEL: (415) 692-0772, Ext. 1001FAX: (415) 366-6110EMAIL: ecp@pritzkerlevin.comhttp://www.pritzkerlevine.com
I am the sole proprietor of a “small but mighty” plaintiffs’-side law firm that handles civil litigation matters involving antitrust, consumer protection, employment law matters, personal injury, dangerous drugs or devices, false claims and financial wrongdoing. The firm also counsels clients on media law issues and First Amendment-related matters and, if these matters get litigated, we tend to represent our clients on the defense-side of these cases. My primary practice areas involve complex litigation, and my clients are varied: I represent individuals, businesses, nonprofits, labor unions, employees and government entities. I am looking to diversify my practice with smaller, preferably hourly work, such as business to business contract disputes.
Linda M. Scaparotti Owner Law Offices of Linda M. Scaparotti 180 Montgomery St.
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-434-9600FAX: 415-434-9303EMAIL: linda@scaplaw.comhttp://www.scaplaw.com1611 Telegraph Ave.
Suite 4000
Oakland, CA  94612
TEL: 510-268-8404415-434-9303
Estate Planning (Trusts, Wills, Powers of Atty, Health Care Directives, Retitling Property) & Family Law (Consultations re Marriage, Pre & Post-Nups, Adoptions, Donor & Surrogacy Agreements, NO dissolution). Particularly, but not exclusively, for LGBT clients (worked with over 2500). Lectures and writes extensively on LGBT legal issues. 34 years in practice. Also donates 500+ hours a year to non-profits.
Carl Wolf Partner Callaway & Wolf 150 Post Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
TEL: 415-541-0300FAX: 415-777-6262EMAIL: carlwolf33@aol.comhttp://www.callawayandwolf.com
Carl Wolf, partner with Boone Callaway, in the Law Offices of Callaway & Wolf practices plaintiff’s personal injury law, representing people injured as a result of another’s negligence, including auto, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, slip/trip and falls, premises liability, dog bites and other causes of injury. The firm also handles medical malpractice cases. Referral fees are gladly paid to colleagues pursuant to the California Rules of Professional Conduct.

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