Active in the professional community and the Bay Area community at large, our attorneys have been consistently recognized for their hard work.
Northern California Super Lawyers
Most notably, two of our firm’s partners, Stevan N. Luzaich and Dario de Ghetaldi, were recognized every year between 2006 and 2021 as Northern California Super Lawyers, an honor given only to 5% of attorneys practicing in Northern California.
Before his retirement, George Corey received this award from 2005 to 2018.
From 2009 to 2012, Amanda L. Riddle was named to the Rising Star list, an honor limited to the 2.5% of the outstanding emerging lawyers in Northern California and was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2013 to 2021. In 2021, she was named to the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California and Top 50 Female Attorneys in Northern California.
Levon Sagatelyan was named a Northern California Super Lawyer for the 16th year in 2021.
George R. Corey Lawyer of the Year Award
On November 2, 2005, in recognition of George Corey’s over forty years of dedicated service to the community, excellence in the practice of law, undaunting commitment to friends and colleagues, and efforts to further justice and the legal profession, the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association established “The George R. Corey Lawyer of the Year Award” to honor on an annual basis a distinguished lawyer who exemplifies the same qualities. To date, the award has been given to colleagues in our county such as Eugene Majeski, Bernard Cotter, Frank M. Pitre, and Donald J. Dowling.
James M. Dennis Memorial Award
In 1997, George Corey received the James M. Dennis Memorial Award. The award is presented by the San Mateo County Bar Association in recognition of the attorney whose courage and determination even in the face of adversity contributes significantly to justice in the community and raises the ethical standards of the Bar.
In 2014, Amanda L. Riddle received the James M. Dennis Memorial Award. Though the past recipients of this award average some 33 years’ experience in the practice of law, Ms. Riddle received this award having just over 12 years of experience. However, during that time, she has accomplished a great deal. Ms. Riddle served as co-liaison counsel for all plaintiffs in the PG&E San Bruno Fire Cases. By the third anniversary of the massive explosion and fire, Ms. Riddle had secured settlements for 142 plaintiffs represented by her firm. Ms. Riddle’s commitment to her community includes co-founding San Mateo County Bar Association Legal Clinic Committee, which provides on-site legal services to residents of homeless shelters on the Peninsula, organizing Lawyers in the Gutter, a fundraiser for Samaritan House put on by the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, and establishing the San Mateo County Bar Association Barristers’ annual Holiday Dinner for LifeMoves residents, providing low-income families with a holiday meal.
Millbrae Business of the Year
The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Millbrae named our business the Millbrae Business of the Year in 2008.
Millbrae Man of the Year
Mr. Corey has been recognized time and time again for his efforts in both the professional and civic arenas. In 2005, the City of Millbrae honored Mr. Corey as the Millbrae Man of the Year. In celebration of the award, a dinner was held, at which numerous city and county officials spoke in endorsement of the honor. A celebration was also held in the streets of Millbrae, at which hot dogs were served to all guests and a drinking fountain, bearing a plaque engraved with Mr. Corey’s name, was unveiled next to a bench which also bears a plaque with his name.
In 2018, Stevan Luzaich was named Millbrae Man of the Year. Mr. Luzaich’s commitment to the Millbrae community spans the last 40 years from servicing the estate planning needs of Millbrae residents to acting as counsel for the Millbrae Lions Club.
Guardian of Justice
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County presented George Corey with its Guardian of Justice Award in 2001. This award is given each year in recognition of an attorney or firm whose commitment to Legal Aid is steeped in a commitment to justice for all the children, families and seniors in San Mateo County.
San Mateo County Bar Association Awards:
Amanda L. Riddle received the annual Barristers’ Award on September 22, 2015. The award is given each year to a former Barrister (young lawyers’ section member) to recognize their outstanding contributions to the Barristers organization, extraordinary contributions to the public sector, service to the judiciary, or service to the legal profession. The Barristers’ Award is given during the Barristers’ Judges’ Lunch held at the Old Courthouse Museum in Redwood City. The first such lunch was in January 2006 when Ms. Riddle was installed as the president of the Barristers.
Elinor Falvey Award
Each year, at the Women Lawyers’ Spring Judges’ Luncheon, Elinor Falvey Award is presented to a person or organization that advances the interests of women. In 2019, Amanda L. Riddle is the recipient of this prestigious award.
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Awards:
The George R. Corey-Linda M. Gemello Award
We presented this year’s George R. Corey – Linda M. Gemello Award to Jonathan Garcia, Senior Staff Attorney. The George R. Corey – Linda M. Gemello Award is presented in recognition of an attorney who exemplifies a commitment to work every day to obtain justice for all.
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