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Eleven Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass partners named 2009 Best Lawyers
The Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass attorneys who made the list of the 2009 Best Lawyer are: William Coblentz, Jeffry Bernstein, William Hutton, Jonathan Bass, Pamela Duffy, Philip Feldman, Frederick Fields, James Mitchell, Harry O'Brien, Cynthia Rowland, and Tay Via.

Many of the Coblentz attorneys have been on the Best Lawyers list for over 10 years.
The list includes 889 Bay Area Attorneys representing 296 law firms. That is an average of 3:1 attorneys to each law firm. Coblentz has 11 lawyers listed in Best Lawyers – more than 3 times the average.

Bankers Honor  Bass

Jonathan R. Bass, a name partner at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, was honored by the California Bankers Association (CBA) with the Outside Counsel Achievement Award. 

Bass has successfully represented banks in dozens of cases involving forgeries, converted negotiable instruments, fiduciary fraud, late return of items, setoffs, employee negligence and dishonored items at the trial and appellate levels.

Other areas of practice include representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of cases involving securities, antitrust, real estate, eminent domain and general business matters.

Harry O'Brien and Matt Bove Receive CLAY Award
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass partners Harry O'Brien and Matthew Bove have been
have been honored with California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award, also known as the CLAY Award.

O’Brien and Bove were recognized for their work on the landmark Tejon Ranch land
preservation deal, which provides for permanent protection of 240,000 acres of the
historic Tejon Ranch property, located along Interstate 5 about 60 miles north of Los
Angeles. O’Brien and Bove led a team of CPDB attorneys representing the Tejon Ranch
Co. in negotiations with many of the nation’s major environmental organizations,
including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Audubon California,
the Planning and Conservation League, and the Endangered Habitats League, leading
to the unprecedented agreement, which was heralded as one of the largest of its kind in
California history when it was announced in May 2008.


Dallas – March 2, 2009 – Munsch Hardt, a Texas-based law firm with over 100 attorneys and offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin, announced that Allen Dickey will be joining the Finance group as a Senior Attorney in the Dallas office.

Allen practices in all aspects of real estate finance, securitization, acquisition, leasing and development. He also has experience in the following areas:
  • Mortgage, mezzanine and subordinate loan origination on office, retail, hotel and multifamily properties on a national basis
  • Franchise lending
  • Equity financing
  • Portfolio loan sales
  • Mortgage backed securitization
  • Purchase and sale of subordinate debt
  • Loan workouts/modifications/extensions
  • Mortgage and mezzanine loan enforcement
  • Real and personal property foreclosures
  • Real property acquisitions of all property types
  • Development financing
  • Construction lending
  • Sale/leasebacks
  • Representation of national and regional tenants and owners in connection with all aspects of lease negotiations, including workouts and restructuring of space, ground and net leases.

Read more: Munsch Dallas Adds Finance Lawyer


Dallas – Munsch Hardt, a Texas-based law firm with over 100 attorneys and offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin, announced that four of its Shareholders have been named among the Texas "Super Lawyers" ranks, which was published in the March/April 2009 Corporate Counsel Edition by Key Professional Media, Inc. Steven A. Harr, Stewart Hoffer, David C. Mattka and D. Ronald Reneker were recognized in Business Litigation.

Published since 2008, the Corporate Counsel Edition is a directory of a nationwide attorneys selected by those named to the Super Lawyers list in business-related practice areas. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc.

Read more: Munsch Super Lawyers 2009