Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP Names Eight New Partners

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Eight of the Firm's top litigators elevated to partnership at WSHB

Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP is pleased to announce eight attorneys have been elected to the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

“Elevation to partnership at WSHB is a reflection that each of the attorneys identified below has demonstrated exceptional legal, supervisory and management skills over their case loads,” said Dan Berman, Firm Chairman and Co-founder. “Each has also consistently exhibited a strong desire to provide the firm's clients with first class legal representation, while always working hard to be a team player dedicated to maintaining the unique culture of WSHB that makes this firm special.”

Summit Dhillon - Based in WSHB’s Fresno office, Summit is widely known throughout the Central Valley for his skilled representation of both large and small corporations, partnership entities and individuals in various courts and transactions. Summit has negotiated and drafted multi-million dollar lease deals and real estate transactions with Fortune 500 companies. Summit is also experienced in employment matters, including representing clients before the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in matters concerning unionization and other general employment and labor activities.

Steven Disharoon - From the Firm’s Northern California office, Steven is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, specializing in complex civil litigation, intellectual property, professional liability and transportation. He recently secured a high profile trial verdict in a closely watched trademark infringement dispute. His trial record includes winning dispositive summary judgment motions. Outside the courtroom, he is a skilled negotiator of complex and contentious matters.

Vanessa Herzog – Based in WSHB’s Los Angeles office, Vanessa' practice focuses on civil litigation involving transportation, ADA claims and complex civil litigation. Known nationally for her prowess in resolving transportation related matters, Vanessa brings substantial experience handling complex litigated matters for individuals, small businesses, trucking companies, owner-operators, limousine companies, fixed route bus and paratransit service providers, common carriers, and public entities. She also enjoys a reputation for consistent results in high risk and complex matters, including catastrophic injury cases.

Jason Klein – Jason is an experienced trial lawyer known throughout the State of Florida for handling a variety of complex civil litigation. He brings broad based experience in the areas of employment litigation and wrongful termination defense matters and Americans with Disabilities Act claims and compliance, as well as significant experience handling intellectual property litigation, including Lanham Act claims and trademark and copyright infringement matters. He also is known for his prowess in skillfully handling general liability and construction defect and professional liability matters and has extensive experience representing clients in breach of contract disputes, creditors-debtors’ rights actions, as well as experience in complex construction defect litigation for national homebuilders, contractors, developers, and other construction-related professionals.

Andrew Mallon – Based in the Firm’s Rancho Cucamonga office, Andrew's practice focuses on construction, toxic tort, products liability and class action matters, where he regularly represents residential and mixed-use developers, property owners and general contractors in complex, multi-party litigation. Andrew has secured multiple victories for his clients early in the litigation through aggressive law and motion practice, effective negotiation and early dispute resolution techniques. He also routinely advises clients regarding risk management and potential general liability exposure and has represented clients in both Federal and State matters.

Graham Miller – A partner in WSHB’s Portland office, Graham is a litigation and trial attorney. He has been successful in representing clients in catastrophic injury, employment, professional liability, transportation, railroad and construction litigation matters. Graham’s experience includes all aspects of the litigation process and he has successfully represented his clients at depositions, mediations, arbitrations and trials. In 2017, Graham attended the CLM Litigation Management Institute and earned the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional.

Timothy Shea - Shea is a partner in WSHB’s Seattle office, where his practice emphasizes civil defense of professional malpractice, construction defect, product liability, and personal injury/wrongful death claims. He has successfully defended class action lawsuits and represented clients before the Washington State Court of Appeals. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” lawyer in Washington by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

Sean Smith - A partner in WSHB’s Denver office, Sean's multi-faceted practice focuses on construction litigation, medical malpractice, and transportation law. Growing up in West Virginia, Sean routinely worked on construction projects with his family. He uses this hard-earned construction knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of issues presented in construction cases, to better evaluate matters and to assist his clients through all aspects of both the pre-litigation and litigation process. Prior to joining the firm, Sean worked for a major insurance carrier for over nine years, handling catastrophic injury and transportation/trucking claims. Sean is a frequent speaker to industry associations sharing his expertise on emerging trends in litigation.

About Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP
Founded in 1997 by David Wood, Kevin Smith, Stephen Henning and Daniel Berman, WSHB is one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States. WSHB currently employs over 200 attorneys in 21 offices in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. With active practices in professional liability, employment, commercial, medical malpractice and healthcare, construction, environmental, real estate, transportation, subrogation, toxic tort and intellectual property litigation, WSHB has tried over 900 cases to verdict and is internationally recognized for an exceptionally high rate of success. WSHB is proud to be one of the most diverse law firms in the country, receiving a top 5 ranking on the American Law Journal’s Diversity Scorecard as well as being the recipient of DRI's Law Firm Diversity Award.

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