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July 31, 2017

Super Lawyers at KCEH

Nicholas J. Peterson, KCEH Law

In case you missed the recent press, we are proud to announce that once again Charlie Cochran and Guy O. Kornblum are designated Super Lawyers and Nicholas J. Peterson is named a Rising Star!

 Each year, Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service compiles the prestigious Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement are recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes nominations, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

More Recent Accolades at KCEH

  • Congratulations to Guy O. Kornblum named one of the “10 Best Attorneys” in California by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for his “Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service.”
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Charlie Cochran, Rachael Erickson, and Guy O. Kornblum are named in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. 

News

KCEH San Francisco welcomes Attorney Jonathan Kam, Paralegal Ethel Wadsworth, and Office Administrator Linda Dearborn.
May 19, 2017

Nicholas J. Peterson Admitted to the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court

Nicholas J. Peterson, KCEH Law

American Inns of Court, KCEH LawWe are proud to announce that KCEH Senior Associate Nicholas J. Peterson hasNicholas Peterson, KCEH Law been admitted to the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are dedicated to promoting the highest levels of professionalism in the practice of law, with a mission to inspire the legal community through example, education and mentoring. The principal purpose of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court is to instill and cultivate the best qualities of the great trial advocates: honesty, courage, industry, judgment, eloquence, wit, and fellowship.

Nicholas Peterson represents corporate and individual insurance policyholders seeking coverage and bad faith damages. He also assists clients in pursuing claims in both federal and state court related to various commercial disputes, contract matters, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, elder and dependent adult abuse, product liability, intellectual property and employment disputes. His clients include patients, doctors, architects, engineers, hotel owners, and financial advisors, as well as parents, children and loved ones of the deceased and injured.

Interestingly, the practice of law is a “second career” for Mr. Peterson. From 1994 through 2008, he performed and recorded a number of albums as a drummer, percussionist, and singer with numerous bands in his hometown of Seattle, Washington. In fact, in his last music project before attending law school, he recorded an album of original material with a well-known Seattle band that achieved “Gold” status in the United States, both “Gold” and “Platinum” status in the United Kingdom and was the #1 Album of the Year in 2008 for National Public Radio (NPR), Mojo Magazine and Pitchfork Magazine. To date, Nick still enjoys playing around town and providing instruction to other budding drummers whenever he gets the opportunity.

Mr. Peterson is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and serves as a co-chair of its Barristers Club’s Insurance Practice Section. He is also a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Northern California chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice:

Insurance Coverage for Policyholders
Insurance Bad Faith Claims
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Commercial Disputes
Employment Disputes
Medical and Legal Malpractice
Punitive Damage Actions
Financial Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

Bar Admissions

California, 2013
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2013

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
J.D. cum laude – 2012
Northwest University, Kirkland, WA
B.A. in Philosophy/Religion, summa cum laude, 2000
Honors: Valedictorian

April 4, 2017

What it Means to be Board Certified in Civil Trial Law

National Board of Trial Advocacy, Guy O. Kornblum, Charlie Cochran, Joe Harbison

KCEH is both unique and fortunate to have three of our principals Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Guy Kornblum, Charlie Cochran and Joe Harbison each have achieved this level of both recognition and achievement. Certification means that each has fulfilled a rigorous qualification process.

To earn Certification in Civil Trial Law, the attorney must:

  1. Furnish evidence of his or her good standing in the state of his or her bar admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of his or her principal practice.
  2. Show that immediately preceding application, the attorney has five years in the actual practice of Civil law (Guy, Charlie and Joe have combined over 100 years).
  3. Make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in civil trial law, with at least thirty percent of his or her time spent practicing civil trial litigation during the three years preceding the filing of the application.
  4. Make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to the particular specialty certification by personal participation in at least forty-five days of trial (a day of trial is not less than six hours) during which the applicant examined or cross-examined witnesses, delivered an opening statement or closing argument or conducted a voir dire jury examination.
  5. Show that during the forty-five or more trial days the applicant must personally have:

(a) served as lead counsel in at least five jury cases;

(b) substantially participated in at least five jury cases which have proceeded to verdict;

(c) presented at least four closing arguments;

(d) presented at least eight opening statements;

(e) conducted cross-examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;

(f) conducted direct examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;

(g) conducted cross-examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses;

(h) conducted direct examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses; and

(i) conducted at least five voir dire jury examinations or (in courts which do not permit counsel to conduct voir dire examination) submitted proposed jury questions for the court at least ten times or a combination of examinations and submissions acceptable to the Standards Committee.

In Addition:

  1. The attorney must have actively participated in one hundred additional contested matters involving the taking of testimony (cases included in your substantial involvement may not be included as part of your contested matters). This may include trials (jury or non-jury); evidentiary hearings or depositions; and motions heard before or after trial, which may include arbitration hearings, welfare hearings, and workers compensation matters not tried to a court.
  2. The attorney must demonstrate substantial participation in continuing legal education and the development of the law with respect to the specialty, in the three-year period immediately preceding application either:

(a) By attendance and/or electronic participation in not less than forty-five hours in programs of continuing legal education in the specialty or ethics, approved by the Standards Committee, or

(b) By equivalent participation through, but not limited to, the following means, approved by the Standards Committee:

(I) Teaching courses or seminars in trial law or ethics;

(II) Participation as panelist, speaker, or workshop leader, at educational or professional conferences;

(III) Authorship of books, or of articles published in professional journals, on trial law;

(IV) A combination of the three subsections above.

References, Examination, and Application:

  1. The attorney must submit the names of ten to twelve references substantially involved in the relevant field of trial law, and familiar with the applicant’s practice in that field including at least three judges before whom the applicant has tried a matter in the relevant field.
  2. That attorney must pass a written examination to test his or her proficiency, knowledge, and experience in civil trial law, so that the applicant may justify his or her representation of specialization to the public.
  3. The attorney must submit a copy of a legal writing document, no more than three years before the date of application which he or she has prepared, but not necessarily published. The quality of the legal document will be evaluated to help determine whether the applicant is qualified for certification. The rules provide that “[t]his will be a substantial document in the area for which the applicant seeks certification, containing concise and accurate writing, stating facts (either actual or hypothetical), stating applicable law, analysis of how the law applies to the facts, written in an appropriately argumentative manner and well constructed (i.e. organized, grammatical, demonstrative of good syntax and usage) . Acceptable documents include, but are not limited to: briefs (trial or appellate), motions for summary judgment, bar journal, law review and legal magazine articles, motions in limine, etc….”

These requirements have changed some over the years, but Guy, Charlie, and Joe fulfilled those that applied when they were certified. And more important they have continued to be re-certified every 5 years in order to maintain this certification.

We are very proud that our firm has 3 principals who have achieved this level of performance in Civil Trial Law, which is unique for a firm of our size.

December 28, 2016

Rising Stars at KCEH Law

Kaitlyn G. Johnson

Congratulations to KCEH lawyers Kaitlyn G. Johnson and Nicholas J. Peterson, both recognized as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in 2016. Super Lawyers, the Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, recognizes outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Its annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes nominations and an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Rising Stars at KCEH Law:

December 26, 2016

Charlie Cochran Lifetime Achievement from America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Charlie Cochran Lifetime Achievement from America's Top 100 Attorneys

Charlie CochranKCEH Partner Charlie Cochran received Lifetime Achievement recognition from America’s Top 100 Attorneys in 2016.

Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments merit a lifetime achievement recognition. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. This honor is not given every year, or every 10 years; it is given but once-in-a-lifetime.

To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for lifetime membership are carefully screened through third-party research and statistical analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community. Congratulations to Charlie Cochran!


November 2, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes KCEH Law Among “Best Law Firms”

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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes KCEH Law Among “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson, & Harbison LLP among its “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2017.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“U.S. News is the global authority in rankings,” says Tim Smart, executive editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Evaluating law firms is a natural extension of what we do best.”

The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.

“For seven years now, we have added law firm rankings to our rankings of individual lawyers,” says Steven Naifeh, CEO and co-founder of Best Lawyers. “It has been a daunting task. This year we reviewed 13,803 law firms across the United States and across 122 practice areas, for a total of 2,005 firms receiving a national law firm ranking. Each year, we have expanded our reach while also trying to simplify the process, as much as possible, for the law firms that provide us with the information that we use to create the rankings. We are proud that the legal profession has come to view our law firm rankings each year with such deep and widespread respect.”

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.

Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.

The 2017 “Best Law Firms” list will be featured in two publications. The national First Tier rankings will be featured in the Third Edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue, which will be distributed in January to more than 35,000 C-level executives. National and metropolitan First Tier rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed in December to more than 30,000 in-house counsel, and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.

The 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

ABOUT “BEST LAW FIRMS”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions through- out all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT BEST LAWYERS

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe. The Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

October 24, 2016

Guy Kornblum Named Top Attorney in North America

Guy O. Kornblum

Guy Kornblum Named a Top Attorney in North America

Top Attorneys of North America 2017 Our own Guy O. Kornblum was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming  Top Attorneys of North America 2017 edition of The Who’s Who Directories.

Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for over forty years in a wide range of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, professional liability (legal and medical),  financial and physical elder abuse, business disputes, and all aspects of insurance including ‘bad faith’ claims. Mr. Kornblum himself has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit, having represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations.

He is certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys and of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary.

Mr. Kornblum is also the author of ‘Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement,’ published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Third Edition, 2015-2016 and co-author of two books on insurance law. He regularly teaches continuing legal education courses for various bar organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, and bar course providers.

Guy received his B.A. from Indiana University and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, California and Indiana State Bar Associations, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Bar Association, and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

The Who’s Who Directories, a New York based biographical publication company, distinguishes and profiles leading professionals who demonstrate recognizable success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of individual accomplishments and achievement within the North American community.