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Clark Hill Names Timothy Flaherty as Member in Charge of San Francisco Office

June 10, 2020

San Francisco, CA, June 10, 2020 – Clark Hill announced today that the firm has appointed Timothy (“Tim”) Flaherty as the Member-in-Charge of the firm’s San Francisco office. Flaherty succeeds Donald Ridge, who has led the office since its opening in July 2017, the result of Clark Hill’s combination with Morris Polich & Purdy LLP. 

“It’s an honor to be named as Member-in Charge of the San Francisco office, and to have the opportunity to work with Clark Hill’s leadership team to continue to grow our presence,” said Flaherty. “I’m excited by the challenges presented in leading one of the firm’s offices at this particular time, and will focus on continuing to expand and unite many of the firm’s practice areas in our office as a blueprint for growth.”

A Member of Clark Hill’s Real Estate group, Flaherty is an experienced trial lawyer who specializes in business, commercial and real estate litigation, as well as counseling to avoid litigation. He has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to individuals in a wide variety of disputes and forums and represents financial institutions in numerous matters.

Flaherty also represents manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in product liability matters, including handling California class action and coordinated proceedings and federal multi-district litigation. Most recently, he successfully represented a national retailer in multi district litigation, obtaining a dismissal and no liability or payment to plaintiffs, and favorably settled numerous Life Sciences matters in San Francisco and Alameda Superior Court involving pharmaceuticals.

“We are delighted that Tim will be leading Clark Hill’s San Francisco office and support his vision for the future of the office and its practices,” said John Hern, Chief Executive Officer of Clark Hill. “Under Don’s leadership, we have added lawyers and practices in key areas, including Immigration and Government & Regulatory Affairs. We are thankful to Don for his service to the firm, and look to Tim to continue to grow the office in areas of strategic importance.”

Flaherty is actively engaged in the community and has served as both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of the City of Pleasant Hill, as a Councilmember since 2012, as the City of Pleasant Hill’s Planning Commissioner, and as the Chair of the Civic Action Commission.

He has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Citizen of the Year (City of Pleasant Hill), the 2010 Pleasant Hill Mayor's Award for outstanding service to the city, and has been a Northern California Super Lawyer.

In addition, Flaherty is Vice-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Fee Disputes Executive Committee and is an Arbitrator/Mediator of the Bar Association of San Francisco Fee Dispute Panel.

A California native, Flaherty clerked for the Hon. Ira A. Brown, Jr. in the San Francisco Superior Court and for the San Francisco Public Defender, and earned both his J.D and B.A. from the University of San Francisco.    

About Clark Hill PLC

Clark Hill is an international law firm with multidisciplinary practices that draw on the industry and policy knowledge of its attorneys and professionals, including lobbyists and practice leaders, on deeply held shared values, and on a global network of premier firms and advisors to provide innovative legal solutions and client service excellence worldwide.

As one of the largest law firms in the United States with more than 650 attorneys and professionals in 23 offices across the nation, as well as offices in Dublin and Mexico City, Clark Hill is everywhere its clients require high quality legal representation. Please visit the firm’s website at or follow the firm on Twitter @ClarkHillLaw.

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