Four Partners Named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers

Berger, Hori, Marshall and Parcher Honored as Standouts for 2016.

Manatt partners Michael M. Berger, Susan K. Hori, Ellen R. Marshall, and L. Peter Parcher have been named "Lawyers of the Year" for 2016 by Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year, making this accolade particularly significant.

Lawyers honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on exceptional voting averages received during Best Lawyer’s exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Michael M. Berger
2016 Los Angeles Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year
Berger is one of California’s preeminent appellate lawyers and is co-chair of Manatt’s Appellate practice. One of the top land use and condemnation lawyers in the United States, his appellate cases have involved planning, zoning, eminent domain, various kinds of business litigation, landslides, contract, due process, equal protection, defective construction, nuisance, insurance and environmental law.

Susan K. Hori
2016 Orange County Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
Hori’s practice focuses on land use planning issues, including development entitlements and regulatory permits for real estate development projects and the resolution of environmental issues affecting real property. The hallmark of her practice is a track record of success in navigating the complex process of multiagency permits and approvals.

Ellen R. Marshall
2016 Orange County Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year
Marshall specializes in business transactions, including capital markets, finance, mergers and acquisitions and securitization. She has practiced banking, corporate and finance law in Los Angeles and Orange County for more than 30 years, representing businesses in their acquisition and disposition of companies and business units. Marshall also has significant experience with pension fund investment, fiduciary, trust and ERISA compliance.

L. Peter Parcher
2016 New York Entertainment – Music Lawyer of the Year
A nationally renowned trial lawyer, Parcher is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the equally elite International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious organizations of trial lawyers in the country. His high profile cases have frequently been followed by print and broadcast news media, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, and The American Lawyer.

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