The Firm's Northern California SuperLawyers

Lang, Richert & Patch is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been honored as “Northern California Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics, a publication of San Francisco magazine. The honor, awarded by a peer selection process, is given only to the top five percent of all lawyers in Northern California. Those selected represent the strong and diverse litigation and business law strengths of the firm.

The six lawyers selected are: business litigator, Val Saldaña; medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers Robert Patch and Laurie Quigley; bankruptcy and business loan experts Rene Lastreto and Michael T. Hertz; and employment law specialist Charles Taylor.

“This is a tremendous honor,” says Saldana, who has been with the firm since 1977 and now heads the firm’s business and construction litigation department. “To receive this kind of unsolicited recognition from your peers demonstrates our reputation and success in doing quality litigation and bankruptcy work in the community for more than forty years.”

“I would add that this is as much an honor for the entire firm, as it is for the six individuals involved,” adds Saldana. “We have always taken a collaborative team approach to our complex litigation matters.”

The number of LR&P lawyers making the list is particularly impressive when placed in perspective: these six attorneys represent two-thirds of the owners of the firm who engage in litigation and represent by far the largest contingent in the central valley.

The honor was bestowed after a lengthy selection process, which began in December 2004. At that time, over 46,000 ballots were mailed to attorneys in Northern California licensed for five years or more. The ballots asked the attorneys to name the best lawyers they had personally observed in action. Each nominated lawyer was given a score based on the number and type of votes received.

A research department then reviewed the credentials of those nominated and assigned points based on defined evaluation criteria. The lawyers were then divided into practice specialties, where the top names in each specialty were ultimately selected.

A look at the various practitioners honored shows the rich diversity of skills and backgrounds the firm brings to its litigation matters. On the business side, Saldana, a Fresno native, has spent more than 25 years at the firm, building a practice that has included some of the areas largest contractors and businesses. He is also a past president of the Fresno County Bar Association.

Lastreto, chair of the firm’s management committee, has also spent more than two decades in practice in business disputes, developing a well known authority on bankruptcy and related debtor-creditor matters. Hertz, a Harvard graduate and former law school professor, has developed a knack for resolving the more complex bankruptcy and debtor related disputes.

Taylor, who is now in his 20th year of practice, has developed a comprehensive employment practice, representing clients in a wide array of employment related disputes. His fine work has resulted in acquiring the legal work of some of the region’s largest and most prestigious institutions. Taylor has always been a stellar community volunteer, having served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fresno, Madera and Kings Counties since 1991, twice being the organization’s president during this period.

Patch and Quigley have developed the valley’s top team of medical malpractice and large scale personal injury lawyers. They have secured substantial verdicts and settlements in courts throughout the state, obtaining the kind of awards needed to help victims and their families move on after tragedy has struck.
Patch, the firm’s most senior practitioner notes that, “a lot of late nights and long hours are at the root of this honor. Its nice to see that the legacy set by men like Phil Fullerton, Frank Lang and Bill Richert continues on.”

And as for the future, Saldana notes that “we have worked hard to achieve preeminent status in the business litigation and bankruptcy departments. And we intend to keep on building.”

The six LRP honorees were honored in a special section in the August 2005 issue of the San Francisco magazine. Their names also appeared in a special edition magazine entitled Northern California Super Lawyers that will be mailed to every active attorney in Northern California. The entire list of Super Lawyers can also be viewed at