Becherer Kannett & Schweitzer

Law Firm in Emeryville, CA

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Firm Overview

General Civil Litigation Practice

The firm engages in a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on civil jury trials in federal and state courts. The firm's practice includes products liability, toxic tort, environmental, construction, premises liability, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, professional liability, employment, and commercial litigation.
Main Office

Main Office
1255 Powell Street, The Water Tower
Emeryville  CA  94608

Phone
  • 510-658-3600
Fax
  • 510-658-1151
Business
Becherer Kannett & Schweitzer will represent your Business legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Trial Practice
-Civil Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Products Liability
-Professional Liability
-Toxic Torts
-Insurance
-Employment.
-Lemon Law
-Trade Secrets
-Partnership Dissolution
-Corporate Dissolutions
-Automobile Liability.
-Insurance Litigation
-ERISA
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Casualty Insurance
-Property Insurance
-Commercial Property Insurance
-Environmental Law
-Environmental Property Damage
-Groundwater Contamination
-Legal Professional Liability
-Asbestos Litigation
-Mold Litigation

Patrick J. Becherer

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Law Clerk, California Superior Court, County of Alameda, Judge Robert Bostick, 1972; Judge Lionel Wilson, 1973.

Areas of Law:
Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1972, California

Law School Attended:
University of Michigan
Class of 1968
J.D.

University Attended:
Wabash College
Class of 1965
A.B.

Birth Information:
Born in 1943
St. Louis, Missouri, June 26, 1943

Associations & Memberships:
American Board of Trial Advocates; Product Liability Advisory Council; The State Bar of California (Litigation Section); American Bar Association (Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections); Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Section); Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

Bar Fellowship:
American College of Trial Lawyers.
Education
  • University of Michigan
    Juris Doctorate , 1968

Mark S. Kannett

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Product Liability
-Toxic Tort Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Environmental Law
-Professional Liability
-Insurance
-Bad Faith Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1982, California

Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California
Class of 1982
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Colorado
Class of 1972
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1951
Chicago, Illinois, January 20, 1951

Associations & Memberships:
Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California (Litigation Section); American Bar Association (Litigation; Tort and Insurance Practice Sections).
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1982

Lori A. Schweitzer

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Member: Product Liability Advisory Council; Defense Research Institute (Products Liability Committee); California Women Lawyers.

Areas of Law:
Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1982, California

Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California
Class of 1982
J.D.

University Attended:
State University of New York
Class of 1977
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1956
Garden City, New York, October 8, 1956

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association (Litigation, Tort and Insurance Sections); The State Bar of California (Litigation Section).
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

Emily D. Bergstrom

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Products Liability
-Construction Defects
-Toxic Torts

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1997, California

Law School Attended:
Suffolk University
Class of 1997
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California at Santa Barbara
Class of 1994
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1972
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 5, 1972

Associations & Memberships:
Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California; California Women Lawyers.
Education
  • Suffolk University
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

Shahrad Milanfar

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Products Liability
-Toxic Torts
-Civil Litigation
-Mediation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1999, California

Law School Attended:
Golden Gate University School of Law
Class of 1998
J.D. with specialization Certificate in Litigation

University Attended:
University of California at Santa Cruz
Class of 1994
B.A.

Languages:
Farsi
Education
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate with specialization Certificate in Litigation , 1998

Katherine Chu

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, California

Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California
Class of 2008
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California at Santa Barbara
Class of 2004
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of California.
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

Constance R. Fraenkel

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1983, California

Law School Attended:
Golden Gate University School of Law
Class of 1982
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Rhode Island
Class of 1978
B.A.
Education
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

Julie E. Hayashida

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Civil Litigation
-Toxic Tort
-Product Liability

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, California

Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Class of 2008
J.D.

University Attended:
Brown University
Class of 2003
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1981
1981
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

Lysle J. Kapp

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1999, Pennsylvania
-2003, California

Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Class of 1999
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Cornell University
Class of 1996
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1974
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 20, 1974
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1999

Paul S. Lecky

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Products Liability
-Toxic Torts
-Professional Liability
-Consumer Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1991, California

Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley
Class of 1984
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1960
Perth, Australia, July 22, 1960

Associations & Memberships:
Alameda County Bar Association.
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Bridget A. McKinstry

Attorney in Emeryville, CA
Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence. Member: California Supreme Court Historical Society; Women's Law Association board; Earl Warren Inns of Court.

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Toxic Torts
-Products Liability
-Labor and Employment
-Employment Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1999, California

Law School Attended:
Southwestern University School of Law
Class of 1998
J.D.

University Attended:
St. Mary's College
Class of 1995
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Alameda County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Jennifer K. Thai

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Civil Litigation
-Toxic Torts

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, California

Law School Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law
Class of 2008
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley
Class of 2005
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1983
1983

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of California.
Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

Linda I. Yen

Attorney in Emeryville, CA
Senior Staff Member, American University International Law Review, 2000-2002.

Areas of Law:
Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2002, California

Law School Attended:
American University
Class of 2002
J.D.

University Attended:
Florida State University
Class of 1995
B.S., Communications
with honors

Languages:
Mandarin Chinese

Associations & Memberships:
Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California; American Bar Association; Barristers Club (Member, Litigation Section, 2003)
Education
  • American University
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Susan P. Beneville

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Complex and Multi-District Litigation
-Civil Litigation
-Insurance Defense
-Products Liability
-Legal Professional Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-Toxic Torts
-Asbestos Defense
-Insurance Bad Faith Defense
-Drug and Medical Device Defense

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1991, California
-U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California.

Law School Attended:
Georgetown University
Class of 1991
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Boston University
Class of 1987
B.A.
magna cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1965
Tucson, Arizona, August 9, 1965

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of California.
Education
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1991

Angus M. MacLeod

Attorney in Emeryville, CA

Areas of Law:
-Torts
-Products Liability
-Employment Discrimination
-Wrongful Termination

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1981, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-1984, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
-1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California
Class of 1981
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles
Class of 1977
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1950
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 3, 1950

Associations & Memberships:
Alameda County and Contra Costa County Bar Associations; State Bar of California.
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate , 1981
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