Best Lawyers Names Berger, Lytle, and Washburn Lawyers of the Year August 15, 2019 – Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers in America has named five Manatt attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020—Michael M. Berger,James W. Lytle, Jeff C. Nguyen and Charles E. Washburn, Jr. This prestigious recognition is awarded to the individual lawyer with the highest overall peer feedback in each practice area and geographic region. Michael M. Berger 2020 Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles A partner in the firm’s appellate practice, Berger is one of California’s preeminent appellate lawyers, and one of the top land use and condemnation lawyers in the United States. His practice covers planning, zoning, eminent domain, various kinds of business litigation, landslides, contract, due process, equal protection, defective construction, nuisance, insurance and environmental law. This is Berger’s third time as the Los Angeles Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year, and his fifteenth consecutive year on the Best Lawyers in America list. James W. Lytle 2020 Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, Albany Lytle, a partner in the government and regulatory practice, oversees the firm’s New York State government, regulatory policy and government contracts practice. He is also a member of Manatt Health. Lytle represents a wide range of clients before the legislature, the executive branch and the courts, both within New York State and beyond, generally regarding issues at the intersection of the public and private sectors for heavily regulated industries. This is Lytle’s second time being recognized as the Albany Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, and his eighth consecutive year on the Best Lawyers in America list. Jeff C. Nguyen 2020 Nonprofit / Charities Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco As an attorney in the firm’s tax, employee benefits and executive compensation practice, Nguyen represents tax-exempt organizations and advises a broad range of organizations on all aspects of their operations. These include choice of entity and formation; IRS and state income tax exemptions; state and local property and sales and use tax exemptions, governance, fundraising, contracts, risk management, mergers, divisions, and dissolution. This is Nguyen’s eleventh consecutive year on the Best Lawyers in America list. Charles E. Washburn, Jr. 2020 Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles Washburn co-chairs the firm’s national consumer financial services practice, and much of his work revolves around rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Act. His work includes proactively helping clients comply with laws, advising clients on federal and state laws governing consumer credit, and counseling clients with regional and nationwide businesses on applicable state laws. This is Washburn’s twenty-second consecutive year on the Best Lawyers in America list. Read the full list here.