McManis Faulkner Tallies Seven Partners in the Best Lawyers in America 2024

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McManis Faulkner partners James McManis, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Pipkin, Michael Reedy and Tyler Atkinson have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2024©. Additionally, partners Abimael “A.J.” Bastida and Hilary Weddell were recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2024 list.

McManis has been recognized by Best Lawyers for 28 consecutive years. He is included in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation – First Amendment; Litigation – Intellectual Property; and Litigation – Municipal” categories for 2024. An accomplished trial lawyer, McManis handles cases in the commercial, trade secrets and intellectual property arenas. A member of the trial bar for more than 50 years, he represents individuals in a wide variety of matters, including civil rights actions, employment disputes, family law and criminal defense. McManis 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).

Recognized for 17 consecutive years, Faulkner was honored in the following categories: “Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Real Estate; and Litigation – Trusts & Estates.” Faulkner leads the firm’s business-oriented practices and handles complex civil litigation, including business disputes, commercial real estate matters and probate litigation. He represents a wide range of businesses and advises on corporate and partnership matters. Faulkner earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1978) and his B.A. in Sociology from Stanford University (1973).

Pipkin was recognized in the “Commercial Litigation” category. Leading McManis Faulkner’s civil trial team and firmwide managing partner, Pipkin represents companies and individuals in a wide range of disputes, including those involving technology, trade secrets, complex commercial issues and civil rights matters. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School (2001) and her B.A. from Brigham Young University (1998). She also previously served as president of the Board of Trustees for the Silicon Valley Law Foundation,

Reedy was recognized in the “Appellate Practice” and “Family Law” categories for the fourth straight year. With more than 30 years of experience in civil litigation and appellate law, Reedy also represents clients in family law matters. He has tried cases in both state and federal court and handles appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal on matters involving civil rights, constitutional issues, business litigation, land use and family law. Reedy also has experience handling anti-SLAPP matters and he is a frequent speaker on the topic. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law (1992) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1978).

Atkinson was recognized in the “Commercial Litigation” category. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, public entity litigation and high-stakes disputes, and his clients range from individuals and closely held businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Atkinson received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School (2008) and his B.A., with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005).

In his second appearance on the “Ones to Watch” list, Bastida was recognized in the “Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Labor and Employment” categories. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in business, criminal and employment-related disputes. Bastida also has experience with civil rights, probate and trust litigation and representing high-level executives in white-collar matters. He earned his J.D. (2014) with a High Tech Law Certificate and his B.S. in Engineering (2011) from Santa Clara University.

Weddell was recognized as “One to Watch” in the “Civil Rights Law” and “Commercial Litigation” categories. Weddell represents individuals and companies in civil matters, including contract and employment disputes, business torts, fraud, commercial real estate actions, class actions, and shareholder and partnership disputes. She also has extensive experience in employment litigation. Weddell earned her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School (2013) and her B.S. from San Jose State University (2008).


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