June 10, 2012

Peer Review Index Gives Andre, Morris & Buttery Attorneys High Marks

Their clients already know it. Now, so does the rest of the world.

Andre, Morris & Buttery attorneys Lisa Toke, Kathy Eppright and Bill Douglass have all earned “AV Preeminent” ratings for excellence from the prestigious Martindale Hubbell legal index service.

The peer review ratings, according to Martindale Hubbell, are “objective indicators of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.”AV Preeminent is the highest level of professional excellence.

Lisa LaBarbera Toke is a principal in the Andre, Morris & Buttery Civil Litigation Practice Group. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from UCLA in 1993 and a law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, returned to the Central Coast and joined Andre, Morris & Buttery in 2001, and became a principal in 2007. Lisa practices primarily in the fields of business litigation, construction defect and mobile home law.

Kathy Eppright is chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Civil Litigation, Hospitality, and Wine & Agribusiness Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling in addition to real property and business litigation. She graduated from Fordham University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. In 1992, she received her law degree from Fordham’s School of Law and joined the Andre, Morris and Buttery firm that same year.

Bill Douglass is a principal and member of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Transactions, Environmental and Land Use, Hospitality, and Wine & Agribusiness Practice Groups. Bill grew up in San Luis Obispo and received his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Cal Poly. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1996, and joined Andre, Morris & Buttery a year later. Bill concentrates his practice on business law, real property transactions, land use and intellectual property law.

The Andre, Morris & Buttery law firm, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, has served the Central Coast for more than 60 years. The firm provides representation in civil litigation, business and real estate transactions, employment law, environmental and land use, estate planning, trusts and probate, the hospitality industry, and in the wine & agribusiness sectors to local and national Fortune 500 companies, family businesses and individuals.

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