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Francis E. Fernandez

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Partner

Asbestos Attorney Frank FernandezAfter graduating from law school, partner Francis E. Fernandez worked for several years as a labor lawyer for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and the California Department of Occupational Health & Safety (Cal-OSHA.) During the next six years he represented the most powerless and unorganized segment of our community–criminal defendants– in dozens of trials.

At Kazan Law Mr. Fernandez represents workers who are seriously ill as a result of exposure to asbestos and other toxins. He advocates for persons against powerful defendants who refuse to compensate his clients for injuring them. Mr. Fernandez’s labor, occupational health and safety experience, and trial skills help him obtain substantial recoveries for clients.

One of the trial verdicts about which he is most proud involved an 80 year old widower who was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His case was resolved before trial with all defendants except one. Mr. Fernandez felt he did not have a strong, triable case against this defendant and offered to dismiss it in exchange for a waiver of costs. The company stubbornly refused our offer and Mr. Fernandez therefore tried the case, rallying together the best evidence he could. The jury awarded his client damages of $905,000.

In addition to his work at Kazan Law, Mr. Fernandez serves on the Board of a number of non-profit community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area which help people who are having difficulty obtaining food, shelter, clothing and basic human rights.

Education

  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1975)
  • San Francisco State University (B.S., 1971)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California Bar (1975)

Organizations

  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • California State Bar Association Legal Services Trust Fund Commission (1990-1994)
STEVEN KAZAN, Founding, Senior and Managing Partner
STEVEN KAZAN, Founding, Senior and Managing Partner

    Steven Kazan has played a significant role in asbestos litigation for over four decades. Mr. Kazan filed his first case on behalf of an asbestos victim in 1974 and since then has represented thousands of injured workers and their family members in court cases. He has dedicated the majority of his practice to […]

DAVID McCLAIN, Partner
DAVID McCLAIN, Partner

David McClain has been a partner at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation since 1983. Mr. McClain graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and University of California Hastings School of Law. Mr. McClain was admitted to practice in California in 1972. Mr. McClain has specialized in complex litigation involving catastrophic […]

JOSEPH SATTERLEY, Partner
JOSEPH SATTERLEY, Partner

Joseph D. Satterley has always been attracted to the practice of law. He firmly believes that everyone deserves to have quality legal representation and fights to the bitter end when his clients are facing tough opposition. He has provided compassionate yet aggressive assistance to clients for 18 years. Mr. Satterley is one of the most […]

GORDON GREENWOOD, Partner
GORDON GREENWOOD, Partner

Gordon Greenwood has made a career of representing real people. He began working as an Associate at Kazan Law in 1998. For more than 18 years, he has represented hundreds of persons who either worked with or around asbestos containing products, or whose families worked with these toxins. Mr. Greenwood has also prosecuted claims on […]

JUSTIN BOSL, Partner
JUSTIN BOSL, Partner

Justin Bosl joined Kazan Law as a law clerk in June 2004 and accepted an associate position in February 2006. In January 2013 he became a partner. Mr. Bosl has been responsible for numerous cases, every phase of litigation, from initial client interview through trial. In addition to his practice in the Bay Area, he […]

DENISE ABRAMS, Partner
DENISE ABRAMS, Partner

Denise Abrams spent 18 years as a principal at Kazan Law until deciding to devote a majority of her time to pro bono practice from 2009-2012. Ms. Abrams remained involved in asbestos litigation on the firm’s behalf, and in January 2013, fully resumed her asbestos practice. She has been a mentor to Kazan Law attorneys […]

TED W. PELLETIER, Partner
TED W. PELLETIER, Partner

Ted W. Pelletier joined Kazan Law in 2013, as of counsel to manage the appellate and motion department. He became a partner in the firm in January 2016.  Mr. Pelletier brings to his practice over 17 years of experience, handling dozens of appeals in the California Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court, representing many […]

DENYSE CLANCY, Partner
DENYSE CLANCY, Partner

Denyse F. Clancy is a nationally recognized appellate and trial lawyer with prominent experience in asbestos litigation and other toxic torts. Prior to joining Kazan Law as a partner in 2016, Ms. Clancy was a shareholder and lead appellate and trial counsel at Baron & Budd, a highly respected trial firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. […]

JOHN LANGDOC, Partner
JOHN LANGDOC, Partner

John L. Langdoc joined Kazan Law as partner in January 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Langdoc was a shareholder and lead trial lawyer for the well-respected Baron & Budd law firm, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. John Langdoc was a scientist before he was a lawyer. At Baylor College of Medicine, Langdoc researched the brain. Earlier, in […]

FRANCES SCHREIBERG, Of Counsel
FRANCES SCHREIBERG, Of Counsel

Fighting for mesothelioma patients who were exposed to asbestos at work is what we do at Kazan Law. Seeing first-hand every day the senseless tragedy of honest hard-working people facing death because of neglect and carelessness by those who manufactured, designed, sold and installed asbestos- containing products inflames our sense of justice. Our outrage inspires […]

ANDREA HUSTON, Associate
ANDREA HUSTON, Associate

Andrea Huston has worked in asbestos litigation since 1995, yet never ceases to be amazed at the terrible injustice visited upon asbestos victims and their families. She feels her purpose is to help these people in any way that she can. Ms. Huston was taught as a child that inequity was not only wrong, but […]

PETRA DeJESUS, Associate
PETRA DeJESUS, Associate

After graduating from law school, Petra DeJesus focused most of her legal career in public interest law. She represented low income individuals at California Rural Legal Assistance, Mission Community Legal Defense, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. As a senior Public Defender trial attorney, she has experience in all aspects of criminal litigation and […]

IAN RIVAMONTE, Associate
IAN RIVAMONTE, Associate

Ever since he was an undergraduate, Ian Rivamonte has devoted his legal volunteer, clerkship and externship work in public service. From non-profit organizations to local and federal government agencies, his experiences in each of these positions assured him that his calling in life is to help others in need. He views his work at Kazan […]

MATTHEW THIEL, Associate
MATTHEW THIEL, Associate

Education Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., 2005) UC, Berkeley, (B.A., History, 1990) Bar Admissions California (2005)

MICHAEL T. STEWART, Associate
MICHAEL T. STEWART, Associate

Michael Stewart joined the firm in 2006. He mainly works on large writing projects in the trial and appellate courts. In recognition of Michael’s skill and professionalism, he was selected to Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition in 2013, 2014 and 2015. A recent victory to which Michael contributed is Scott v. Ford Motor Company […]

WILLIAM F. RUIZ, Associate
WILLIAM F. RUIZ, Associate

Education Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., 2005) Claremont McKenna College (B.A., Economics and Government, 2002) Bar Admissions California (2006)

MARK SWANSON, Associate
MARK SWANSON, Associate

Mark Swanson joined Kazan Law in 2012 and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to work on behalf of asbestos victims with a firm that has a long record of success. As an attorney, he has long represented people who suffer injustice or are otherwise disadvantaged. While attending law school he worked with organizations […]

JOSEPH NICHOLSON, Associate
JOSEPH NICHOLSON, Associate

Joseph Nicholson joined the firm in April 2011 as a law clerk. He received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Joe’s student note on civil procedure in the era of cloud-computing was published in the Winter 2012 issue of Hastings Business Law Journal. During law school, […]

RYAN HARRIS, Associate
RYAN HARRIS, Associate

Ryan joined the Kazan firm in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he was an editor of the Hastings Law Journal and an active member of the National Lawyers Guild. While at Hastings, he worked with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Federal Public Defender to […]

RACHEL BERKNESS, Associate
RACHEL BERKNESS, Associate

Rachel Berkness joined Kazan in 2014 after graduating from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. There, she was a member of the Boalt Hall Moot Court Team and President of the Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society. A former lead vocalist and front person for a well-established band based in her home state of Minnesota, […]

HENRY STEINBERG, Associate
HENRY STEINBERG, Associate

Henry Steinberg is an associate at Kazan Law where he dedicates his practice to seeking justice for individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma and for their family members facing the devastating effects of this disease in their loved ones.  Henry is honored to work with the committed team at Kazan on behalf of those victims who are irreparably […]

SIMARJIT KAUR, Associate
SIMARJIT KAUR, Associate

Simarjit Kaur began her legal career as a Certified Law Clerk for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she represented indigent adult and juvenile clients in Superior Court in felony cases. Thereafter, Ms. Kaur moved on to a law firm where she focused primarily on breach of contract law, and represented clients in both […]

DONOVAN R. HUNTER, Associate
DONOVAN R. HUNTER, Associate

Donovan Hunter came to Kazan Law as an associate after three and half years of working as an attorney director for Themis Bar Review.  During his time with Themis he helped law students understand and pass the California, Oregon, and Uniform Bar Exams by focusing on their legal writing skills, time management, and overall comprehension.  […]

ARCELIA HURTADO, Associate
ARCELIA HURTADO, Associate

Arcelia Hurtado has a deep and rich history of work experience as well as philanthropic endeavor. Ms. Hurtado began her career in 1998 as a Deputy Public Defender for the City and County of San Francisco. Since that first position, Arcelia has represented indigent death row inmates as a Deputy State Public Defender, been the […]

DENISE SMITH, Associate
DENISE SMITH, Associate

Denise Smith joined the firm in May 2013 as a summer law clerk.  She accepted an associate position in 2016.  Denise is proud to dedicate her practice to fighting for clients who have been harmed by exposure to asbestos. Denise earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While there, […]

PHILIP A. HARLEY, 1947-2009 In Memoriam
PHILIP A. HARLEY, 1947-2009 In Memoriam

Our beloved friend and partner, Philip A. “Phil” Harley, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 2, 2009. Phil spent his last moments at home, in the company of his loved ones, his husband Mark Kalend, their daughters, Sara and True, and Phil’s mother and brothers. Philip A. Harley was a nationally recognized and certified civil […]

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