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Allen Matkins Ranked in Top Tier of California Real Estate Law Firms by Chambers and Partners for 14th Consecutive Year

Construction, Environmental and Labor & Employment Practices Receive Top Rankings; 12 Individual Attorneys Recognized for High Achievement

LOS ANGELES – May 27, 2015 – Chambers and Partners has released its annual rankings of the premier business law firms in the U.S. and, for the 14th consecutive year, Allen Matkins is in the number one tier of real estate law firms in California. Chambers and Partners also recognized the firm's construction, environmental, and labor and employment practices among the best in the state.

Real estate attorneys Richard MalloryMichael Matkins and Tony Natsis; construction attorneys Raymond Buddie and Kenneth Curtis; environmental attorneys Pamela Andes, David CookeJames Meeder and Sandi Nichols; labor and employment attorney Dwight Armstrong; real estate: zoning/land use attorney Jeffrey Chine; and banking and finance attorney Pauline Stevens were also individually recognized by the publication.

Through interviews with peers, significant purchasers of legal services, and competing law firms, London-based Chambers and Partners rates business lawyers at U.S. law firms by state within a selected set of key practice areas, assessing the attorneys' and firms' legal abilities, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. The following is what Chambers USA 2015 said about Allen Matkins on its website:

Real Estate Practice : Allen Matkins covers diverse real estate matters for an impressive client base, frequently advising on the leasing, acquisition and sale of iconic real estate assets. The firm is particularly noted for its expertise with office, industrial and multi-dwelling entities. One of its marquee deals was advising Boston Properties and Hines on the lease of 714,000 square feet at 415 Mission Street to, the largest leasing transaction in San Francisco's history. The 61-story office building will be named Salesforce Tower and the tallest building in the Western United States.

Construction Practice : Allen Matkins advises national and international clients across the full spectrum of construction issues arising from the development of public and private works. The firm is highly regarded for its skilled handling of multiparty cases centering around insurance coverage and labor issues. Recent work highlights include advising the developer of the San Diego Sapphire Tower, a 32-story mixed-use condominium tower, on multiple construction defect claims totaling $200 million.

Environmental Practice : Allen Matkins provides substantive proficiency in areas such as CEQA, water rights and endangered species regulations, which is brought to bear when advising on the permitting process for large redevelopment projects. The firm is also experienced in handling CERCLA litigation stemming from groundwater and sediment contamination. One source says Allen Matkins is "One of the most knowledgeable and current firms that we use. They're also relentless - they never tire and are always ready to engage. They don't let up until you tell them to."

Labor and Employment Practice : Allen Matkins has a broad labor and employment practice noted for its trial experience. The firm represents local and national companies across a range of industries. The "detailed, diligent and tireless" Dwight Armstrong, the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group leader, handles employment litigation and traditional labor matters for financial services industry clients. He is admired for being "very hands on in resolving issues," according to sources.

Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The firm's areas of focus include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources; corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors' rights, joint ventures and tax; labor, employment and OSHA; and trials, litigation, risk management and alternative dispute resolution in all of these areas.