Michele C. Kirrane

Apr 28, 2021

Michele Kirrane is a Partner at Wendel Rosen. She is an experienced litigator who has handled large exposure matters in both state and federal courts, from intake to trial. Michele has a diverse litigation practice that includes commercial, products liability, premises liability and catastrophic loss actions. She is trusted by a wide range of clients including product manufacturers and suppliers, business owners, municipalities, schools, individuals, community organizations, and retailers.

Michele understands the high stakes of litigation and takes a tailored approach to each matter she handles. She is tenacious in her investigation and development of strategies carefully designed to protect her clients’ interests.


Richard A. Sipos

Oct 01, 2020

Richard Sipos is a partner at Wendel Rosen and has over three decades of experience in complex litigation and real estate business transactions. Richard has successfully tried numerous jury and bench construction cases involving hotels, schools and prisons; and other business litigation matters including legal malpractice, securities fraud and partnership disputes. He has expertise in high-stakes transactional real estate and business matters including leasing, sales, disability access and hazardous materials contamination. Richard has facilitated clients’ business purchases and sales of wineries, a waste transfer station, a fire suppression company and a trucking brokerage.

Richard’s ability to advise businesses and to understand all facets of commercial real estate was enhanced by his 20 years of service as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Beard Land & Improvement (an industrial developer) and Modesto and Empire Traction (a short line railroad). After retiring from those Boards, Richard’s most recent Director role is for Axonis Therapeutics which is developing some of the most promising treatments for spinal cord injuries and other neurological diseases.


Donald S. Simon

Jul 29, 2019

Donald primarily focuses on matters related to business and construction law, solar energy, green building, cannabis industry, and environmental policy. Donald co-founded the firm’s Green Business Practice Group and led the firm’s internal sustainability efforts, including becoming the nation’s first law firm to gain green business certification.


He has broad experience representing public and private clients on a multitude of contract, litigation, regulatory and general business issues.

Developing the Green Economy

Donald is a national leader and frequent speaker for the green economy and has devoted himself to creating the framework necessary for incenting business to become the engine of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. He co-chaired the effort to write and pass California’s Benefit Corporation law (AB 361), creating a new legal framework for businesses seeking to do well while doing good.

Green Building Leadership

He co-founded the two organizations that have made California the global green building leader — the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter and Build It Green. He is general counsel to both organizations, as well as the California Solar Energy Industry Association. Donald hosted the West Coast Green conference and trade show for green innovation. On the international level, he teamed with the City of San Francisco in 2005 to organize and host the United Nations‰’ largest international conference of local government leaders to address urban environmental sustainability issues. Early in his career, Donald worked with Environmental Defense Fund to develop a framework for reducing international air pollution along U.S. ‰-Mexican border. He also represented several organizations on issues related to old-growth forest protection and logging on public lands.

Other Leadership Activities

After many years in policy arena, Donald recognized the political system’s ability to address complex environmental and social issues is undermined by the corruptive influence of money in politics. Since 2012, he has served on the board of directors of the California Clean Money Campaign, where he continues to work to pass the California DISCLOSE Act which will inform voters who is really funding campaigns.


Matthew F. Graham

Jul 29, 2019

A member of the construction practice group, Matt has represented owners, contractors, design professionals and sureties in a wide array of construction transactions and litigation throughout California and the western states.

From 1986 until 2002, Matt served as Chief Litigation Counsel in California for one of the five largest general contractors in the United States. He supervised complex construction litigation cases involving issues of payment, licensing, construction defects, design failures, mechanic’s liens and stop notices, and has advocated and defended claims for delays and extras involving damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He has also attacked and defended numerous bid awards under Public Contract Code’s Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practice Act.

He has tried or arbitrated more than 30 construction disputes and successfully mediated or resolved countless more.
On the transactional side, Matt has drafted and negotiated the contracts for the design and construction of a wide array of public and private projects including individual and multi-family housing, hotels, hospitals, retail and office buildings, and manufacturing facilities.