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One of the Top 20 Boutique Law Firms in California

The Daily Journal named our firm one of the Top 20 Boutiques in California in 2016, the only appellate boutique in the state to make that list.

“Tier 1” firm for Appellate Practice from U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranks our firm as a “Tier 1” firm for Appellate Practice among all law firms nationwide, as well as in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ranked by the Exclusive Chambers & Partners

The prestigious Chambers & Partners describes CALG as a “[d]istinguished appellate boutique which acts for an impressive client base of major corporates, mid-market companies and individuals in complex appeals.” It also includes several CALG attorneys by name, including Rex Heinke and M.C. Sungaila.

Elite Boutique Trailblazers

The National Law Journal named Ben Feuer to its inaugural list of “Elite Boutique Trailblazers” for his leadership of the California Appellate Law Group. Among the twenty or so honorees are well-known litigators John Keker, Robert Van Nest, and Eliott Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, Barry Levy of Horvitz & Levy LLP, and John Hueston of Hueston Hennigan LLP.

Top Women Lawyers in California

The Daily Journal has named M.C. Sungaila one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California each year for the past 13 years, more than any other appellate lawyer.

The Daily Journal also named Anna-Rose Mathieson one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Johanna Schiavoni has repeatedly been included as one of San Diego’s “Top 25 Women Attorneys” by Super Lawyers.

Kelly Woodruff has been named one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Northern California” by San Francisco Magazine every year since 2018.

California Lawyer of the Year Winners

Rex Heinke was twice named “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine and the Daily Journal, once in 2010 and again in 2013.

M.C. Sungaila was also twice named “California Lawyer of the Year,” in 2015 and 2016.

Top 40 Under 40

The Daily Journal named Ben Feuer one of the Top 40 lawyers in California under age 40 in 2018, and Anna-Rose Mathieson one of the Top 40 lawyers in California under age 40 in 2017 and 2018. Ben Feuer was also named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List in 2019 and 2020.

Beacon of Justice Award

Los Angeles County Law Library presented Rex Heinke with its Beacon of Justice Award in 2018, given to “respected and admired leaders who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice.”

Outstanding Barrister Award

The Bar Association of San Francisco presented Ben Feuer with its “Outstanding Barrister” award in 2013, for his “extraordinary contribution” to “the ideals of legal justice and professional excellence.”

Bernard E. Witkin Award

The San Diego Law Library Foundation presented Johanna Schiavoni with its 2021 Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in the Practice of Law and as a Community Changemaker, one of four annual awards that celebrate “excellence in the San Diego legal community and the good works done by the honorees.”

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers in America named M.C. Sungaila “Lawyer of the Year” three times in the field of Appellate Law in Orange County.

Several of our lawyers are certified as specialists by the State Bar of California

The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization certifies attorneys as specialists in several areas of law.