Christine Peek and Sarah Wager Recognized as
Northern California Super Lawyers 2012 Rising Stars
McManis Faulkner Partners James McManis and William Faulkner have been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2012 Edition. Compiled through peer nomination and research, approximately five percent of the Northern California Bar received the distinction. McManis has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2004 and Faulkner was included in 2004 and from 2006 to present.
Additionally, Partner Christine Peek and Senior Counsel Sarah Wager were named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2012 Edition – Rising Stars. Recognizing the premier up-and-coming attorneys in the region, approximately two percent of the Northern California Bar received this distinction.
Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers, from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist in the search for legal counsel. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that attorneys must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less.
As a member of the trial bar for more than 40 years, McManis represents Silicon Valley companies with commercial, trade secret and intellectual property issues. Listed in the Best Lawyers in America for thirteen consecutive years, he also represents individuals in a variety of matters, including civil rights actions, employment disputes and criminal defense. McManis was recently appointed to the newly established Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform by the California State Bar. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, American Bar Foundation and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1967) and his B.A. in history, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University (1964).
Faulkner, a seasoned trial lawyer, leads the firm’s business practice and, as a member of the trial bar for more than 30 years, has represented many Silicon Valley companies with commercial, trade secret and intellectual property issues, as well as individuals. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Faulkner received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1978) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1973).
Peek maintains a general civil litigation practice, focusing on constitutional law and lawsuits against government entities. She has experience litigating state and federal constitutional issues in a wide variety of contexts, including business regulation, nuisance, takings, election law, public employment, compassionate use, selective enforcement, illegal search and seizure, and excessive force cases. Peek is an active member of the Santa Clara Bar Association, currently serving on its Appellate Courts Committee. She obtained her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (2004) and her B.A. in English from San Jose State University (2000).
Practicing civil litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, commercial and business-related disputes, Wager’s experience extends to patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, contract disputes, securities fraud, shareholder derivative suits, class actions and False Claims Act cases. In addition, she has also assisted pro bono clients in special education, fair housing and privacy-related matters. Wager received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (2000) and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1996).