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Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Jean Bertrand, Bruce Wagman and John Worden have been named Northern California Super Lawyers by San Francisco Magazine. For Bertrand (2005) and Worden (2004) this is their second appearance on the list. "Super Lawyers" are selected by their peers.

Bertrand is a trial lawyer with extensive experience, including in the real estate and toxic tort fields. Bertrand is immediate past-Chair of the California State Bar Real Property Law Section, former chair of California State Bar Committees on Administration of Justice and Rules and Procedures of Court, a former Regent of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and a member of Commercial Real Estate Women. Bertrand is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, where she served on the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Bertrand received a bachelor of arts degree with high honors in history at the University of Michigan in 1975; she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Wagman is a pioneer in the rapidly expanding field of animal law, as a litigator (winning the biggest civil animal cruelty case in the nation), educator (teaching animal law at four law schools), and author (responsible for the first casebook on the subject, now in its third edition); he also litigates in the areas of products liability defense, employment law, and insurance coverage. Mr. Wagman is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of Hastings College of the Law, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in torts, property, contracts, civil procedure and federal courts and was an articles editor on the Hastings Law Journal. He was elected to the Order of the Coif in 1991 and the Thurston Society in 1989. Mr. Wagman served as judicial clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1991 to 1992 and as an extern to the Honorable James Browning of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990.

Worden’s practice focuses on insurance coverage, securities litigation and other commercial trial work – with a current trial winning streak of 15 straight spanning the past five years. Worden graduated in 1989 at the top of his class (magna cum laude) from the Seattle University School of Law, where he was editor of the law review. Worden has authored numerous articles (in the Santa Clara Law Review, the Idaho Law Review, SF Attorney Magazine, the ABTL Report, California Construction Law Reporter, The Recorder, and American Lawyer, among others).

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