Four Sullivan Hill attorneys – James P. Hill, Donald G. Rez, John R. Engel, and Christopher V. Hawkins have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
In addition, Mr. Hill was given special recognition as Best Lawyers® 2019 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego.
A founding member of the firm, member of its Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group, Mr. Hill practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial law. He is the inaugural Chair of the California Lawyers Association and CLA Board Representative of the Business Law Section. The CLA, which launched in January 2018 upon separation of the Sections from the State Bar of California, is the largest statewide voluntary bar association in the country with more than 100,000 members. Mr. Hill’s bankruptcy experience includes representation of creditors, bankruptcy trustees and select bankruptcy debtors in Chapter 11 business reorganization cases. He also works regularly with clients on asset sales and acquisitions, on state and federal court receivership cases, and on business workouts and dissolution matters, among other commercial law matters.
Mr. Rez was recognized in the area of commercial litigation. He focuses his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation and antitrust and trade regulation. Mr. Rez has handled all types of commercial lawsuits, including cases involving trade regulation and antitrust, breach of contract, franchisor/franchisee issues, lender liability cases, professional malpractice, and intellectual property. He has been involved in complex multi-district litigation, and his antitrust experience has involved claims of virtually every kind.
Mr. Engel was recognized in the field of Real Estate Law. He has more than 40 years of experience in corporate, real estate, commercial and business law, with particular emphasis on transactional work in the areas of corporate mergers and business acquisitions, institutional financing, real estate acquisition and development, securities regulation, organization of partnerships and joint ventures and commercial contracts. In addition, his practice emphasizes debt and equity financing, loan workouts, employment law and common interest real estate developments.
Mr. Hawkins, was recognized in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. The Managing Partner of the firm and member of the Executive Committee, he practices in the insolvency and commercial bankruptcy, business transactions, and commercial and business litigation practice groups. He represents a variety of corporate debtors, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, banks, commercial landlords, trade creditors, asset purchasers and other parties in interest in all aspects of commercial insolvency, including bankruptcies, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. He also represents clients with non-insolvency financial matters in both the transaction and litigation contexts.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 87,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and they have received more than 10 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Sullivan Hill has provided efficient, aggressive and responsive legal representation for more than 50 years. The firm provides full service representation to clients in a variety of industries with an emphasis in insolvency, construction disputes, insurance coverage, real estate, business disputes, civil litigation, and transactional work. The firm has offices in San Diego, and Las Vegas.