Hanson Bridgett Names Eight Attorneys to New Roles, Strengthening Range of Administration Committee and Senior Ranks

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Hanson Bridgett Names Eight Attorneys to New Roles, Strengthening Diversity of Management Committee and Senior Ranks

SAN FRANCISCO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Hanson Bridgett LLP, a leading California law firm serving clients nationwide, announced today that eight attorneys have been appointed to new roles with the firm effective Jan. 1. This includes four partners who have joined the firm’s Management Committee, a senior counsel, promoted to partner and three employees to senior counsel.

The new members of Hanson Bridgett’s Management Committee are Michael Gorback and Constance Liu, partners in the Business Section; Sandra Rappaport, partner in the Labor & Employment department; and Mohammad Walizadeh, partner in the Real Estate and Environment department.

“I am delighted that Sandy, Mohammad, Constance and Michael have taken on these important roles, and I look forward to each of them bringing their unique perspectives and expertise to the benefit of our customers, our communities and the company. Hanson Bridgett has long been committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce that welcomes, supports, and nurtures attorneys of all races, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and other personal characteristics. While we have made significant strides in increasing the representation of various attorneys at all levels of the company over the past few years, we know we have a lot more to do, ”said Managing Partner Kristina Lawson. “Our commitment has to be integrated into our decision-making, our processes and the way we identify goals for the company – and so it has to start at the very top.”

Gorback, Liu, Rappaport and Walizadeh will take over the committee roles vacated by partners Kurt Franklin and Janet Eisenbeis, each of which has been invaluable for nearly a decade.

Hanson Bridgett is also pleased to announce that Chris Rheinheimer, who joined the company’s Real Estate and Environment Practice Group as Senior Counsel in April 2019, has been appointed as a partner. Rheinheimer’s practice encompasses complex litigation and litigation with a focus on representing and advising clients on environmental, energy and real estate issues, including representing leading energy companies, national health organizations and numerous real estate developers and investors. He also represents clients in land use and CEQA litigation and has extensive experience challenging voter initiatives in court. He received his JD from New York University School of Law and his BA from University of California at Davis.

“Chris’s successes since joining the company nearly two years ago have exceeded the high expectations we had of him,” said Lawson. “I am very happy to welcome him to the partnership and to support him in this new phase of his career.”

In addition, three people have been promoted to Senior Counsel: Ann Mary Olson of the firm’s Health Care Litigation Practice Group, which has a JD from the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law; Nicole Witt, on the firm’s Government Practice Group, who received her JD from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law; and Elisha Yang, real estate and environmental practice group at the firm who earned her JD from the University of San Francisco Law School.

Commented Lawson, “I am also delighted to announce that Ann Mary, Nicole and Elisha are stepping into their well-deserved new roles. I am confident that they will continue to impress their colleagues and customers with their outstanding expertise and vision. I would like to thank the members of the Attorney Evaluation Committee for their careful work in overseeing the evaluation and promotion process, and the mentors and sponsors who have helped this talented group of attorneys reach new career heights. ”

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett is a multidisciplinary law firm that thrives as a center for legal excellence across California with more than 180 attorneys across the state. Our clients range from Fortune 500 multinational corporations to individuals and include a variety of California public bodies.

Hanson Bridgett is a dedicated supporter of diversity and inclusion. Our commitment to diversity begins with the attitude of our people. Currently, 46 percent of our lawyers are women, 27 percent are colored and 4 percent are self-identified LGBTQ + people. The partners of our company are 40 percent women, 21 percent colored and 6 percent self-identified LGBTQ + people.