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McManis and Faulkner Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2012

James McManis and William Faulkner, name partners of McManis Faulkner, are recognized among The Best Lawyers in America 2012© (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).  McManis was selected in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Municipal.  Faulkner was recognized in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate and Litigation - Trusts & Estates.

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million confidential evaluations of the top attorneys in the country.

McManis’ inclusion in the 2012 list marks his fourteenth consecutive year of recognition, placing him in select company.  He represents Silicon Valley companies in commercial, trade secret and intellectual property issues, as well as individuals in cases involving personal injuries, civil rights and criminal defense.  A trial bar member for more than 40 years, McManis is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, American College of Trial Lawyers and American Bar Foundation.  In addition, he serves on the executive committee of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers as Secretary of International Relations.  McManis earned his J.D. from Berkeley Law at the University of California (1967) and his B.A. in History, with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University (1964). 

Included for the fifth year in a row, Faulkner leads McManis Faulkner’s business practice.  He is a seasoned civil trial lawyer focused on trade secrets disputes, commercial real estate matters and probate litigation.  Faulkner represents a wide range of businesses, including high technology companies, and advises on corporate and partnership matters.  A Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Faulkner earned his J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law (1978) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1973).

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”  Attorneys are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers.  The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.

McManis Faulkner, a San Jose, California trial firm, provides a full range of services, representing both corporations and individuals through trial and appeal.  The firm handles a wide range of litigation, including business, civil rights, class actions, criminal, employment, family, general civil, intellectual property, personal injury, probate, and professional negligence.  With experienced, well-trained trial lawyers and staff, McManis Faulkner prides itself on its diversity – beyond ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, women comprise a majority of the firm’s management and staff.