Pepper Hamilton announced that Kristina P. Ayers, Tambry Lynette Bradford and Jeffrey M. Goldman have been named to the Southern California Rising Stars list for 2014. All are resident in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in California receive this honor.
Ms. Ayers is a health care associate in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. She focuses her practice on health care-related issues, including federal and state regulatory matters, peer review, credentialing, privacy, reproductive technologies, telemedicine, governance and various operational matters, complex contracting, and litigation. She represents health care providers, including hospitals, medical staffs, managed care organizations and medical groups. Ms. Ayers received her J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University of America in 2005 and a B.S. in applied economics and legal studies from Ithaca College in 2002.
Ms. Bradford is special counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Bradford’s practice involves a wide range of complex civil litigation matters, including commercial disputes, health care, banking, intellectual property and product liability. She has experience in all aspects of litigation, from discovery to trial, and has represented public and private companies in state and federal courts in California, and other states including Nevada, Texas and Louisiana. Ms. Bradford received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002 and her B.A. in English from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1999.
Mr. Goldman is an associate with the firm. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, labor and employment matters (including wage and hour actions), intellectual property matters, and class actions. He has represented companies and individuals, ranging from Fortune 500 entities to small business owners. Further, Mr. Goldman has tried cases in California’s federal and state courts, including both jury and bench trials. Mr. Goldman received a B.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2001. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004.
Selection Process for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least 5 years leads to the nomination of the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Candidates are also added from searches by an attorney-led research staff for those who have attained certain honors or achievements. A research department examines the background and experience of each candidate. Point totals are calculated from the balloting and qualitative evaluation steps. Candidates are grouped according to primary area of practice. Members of a blue ribbon panel, selected from those with high point totals, review a list of candidates from their practice area. Final candidates are those with the highest point totals from each category. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less and 2) candidates for Rising Stars do not go through peer evaluation by practice area. See http://www.superlawyers.com/ for more detail.