Press Release
October 2, 2008

Two Holland & Knight LLP Attorneys Named to Top 100 Lawyers in California List

Jennifer Hernandez and Jerry Levine are recognized as top attorneys in the state.

San Francisco – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hernandez, a partner in the firm's San Francisco office, and Jerry Levine, Executive Partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, were named to the annual "Top 100 Lawyers in California" list published by the Los Angeles and San Francisco editions of the Daily Journal, the largest daily legal publication in the state.

Martin Berg, editor of the Daily Journal said that the paper selected attorneys who "through their work... are shaping our future: what kind of air we will breathe, how we will settle our disputes, how this business of law will operate."

The report included the following editorial summaries on the Holland & Knight attorneys:

Jennifer L. Hernandez, San Francisco

Earlier this year, she appeared to pull off the impossible by arranging a pre-emptive settlement for her client, Tejon Ranch Co., that ensures 240,000 acres of the developer's privately-held land will be protected by an environmental land trust. The land use and environmental attorney was able to secure a promise from watchdog groups not to oppose plans to build homes for up to 70,000 new residents in the area north of Los Angeles. The historic accord with the Natural Resources Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, and several other wildlife groups promises conservation in exchange for development, without threat of costly environmental litigation. She also represented the Oakland Athletics in the team's negotiations to build a new stadium in Fremont, one of the largest and most closely-watched deals in Northern California.

Jerome L. Levine, Los Angeles

Having long established his reputation as California's premier Indian gaming lawyer, the head of Holland & Knight's Indian gaming practice remains at the forefront of the field. This year, Levine worked out a $100 million resort deal between the County of Sonoma and the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. He also represented the Pechanga and San Miguel tribes in negotiations with the state over slot machines, and participated in shaping California's Indian gaming legislation. He also manages more than 50 attorneys as the executive partner of his firm's Los Angeles office.

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