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Five Firm Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Partners Michael Cooper, Patricia Curtin, Michael Dean, Charles Hansen and Roger Hughes have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013© (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Recognized in the categories of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, this is the sixth consecutive year Cooper has been included on the list. As a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor Rights Practice Group, Cooper represents parties in workouts and bankruptcy matters, including debtors, trustees and creditors. In addition, he has successfully mediated more than 100 matters through his appointment by the Bankruptcy Court to its Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program.

Marking her thirteenth consecutive year on the list, Curtin is recognized in the category of Land Use & Zoning Law. Curtin advises clients on applicable planning, zoning and environmental laws, prepares land use applications, and obtains project approvals, including environmental and regulatory permits. She manages and directs development projects from inception to ribbon cutting and also represents several public agencies as special land use counsel and is general counsel to ten Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts. Curtin has worked with landowners and developers of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property, including wine growers, wineries and related businesses; shopping center owners; hotel/resort owners; educational institutions; public agencies; and hospitals and other medical facilities.

Dean, a name partner of the firm, has been named a Best Lawyer in America in each edition since the publication’s inception in 1983, placing him in the top echelon of Best Lawyers honorees. Recognized in the category of Real Estate Law, his practice encompasses commercial real estate development, leasing and financing matters. Dean is a sought-after author and lecturer and has spoken before organizations including the National Retail Tenants Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the State Bar of California and Georgetown University Law Center.

In his seventh consecutive year on the list, Hansen is recognized in the category of Litigation – Real Estate. He handles a wide range of high-profile real estate, commercial and secured transaction matters relating to commercial and real estate lending, real estate transactions, mortgages, trust deeds, commercial leasing and real estate development. A passionate legal advocate and a highly regarded resource in real estate law, Hansen has taught a variety of advanced courses in real estate and finance law at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and is a frequent mediator, arbitrator and judge pro tem. Hansen also devotes much of his time to expert consultation and witness work in complex cases across the country.

Hughes is recognized in the category of Construction Law, and is included on the list for the eighth consecutive year. The leader of the firm’s Construction Practice Group, Hughes represents clients throughout the U.S. in a variety of construction matters, including transactional work and project disputes. His clients include major public and private owners, mechanical/structural engineers, contractors and transportation authorities. While Hughes has served as lead counsel on more than 100 jury trials, he also assists clients in program development, in drafting complex construction documents and in avoiding litigation through the use of creative alternative dispute resolution programs.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”