Four Clark Hill Attorneys Recognized in San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2020

Apr 1, 2020

Members Ann Asiano, Roger Perkins, Gerald Schneeweis, and Carolyn Taylor were featured in San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2020 list by Martindale Hubbell®, the company that has long set the standard for peer review ratings with more than 130 years of history and a database of over 1 million attorneys. All of the attorneys on the list have been evaluated and given the highest ratings by their colleagues using Martindale-Hubbell®’s Peer Review Ratings system, which includes each lawyer’s legal abilities as well as their ethical standards. To view the full list organized by law specialty, click here.

Asiano has focused the entirety of her career on the representation of insureds for excess and surplus carriers. She has been at the forefront of the litigation, whether it entails a product liability claim relating to a high tech company in Northern California, an agricultural piece of equipment in the Central Valley, an industrial press in Los Angeles or consumer products in San Diego. Drugs and medical devices are also in her repartee, having served as National Counsel for the diet drug Fen-Phen litigation. Asiano’s clients include commercial transportation and trucking companies, premises owners in slip and falls, security guard cases, and defense of business owners for criminal actions of third persons arising out of assault and sexual violence.

Perkins is a member and trial lawyer. He concentrates his practice on the defense of product liability actions, primarily involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and nutriceuticals. Perkins defends manufacturers, distributors and biotech companies in individual claims as well as in toxic and mass torts. He also represents clients in environmental and commercial litigation, and complex civil litigation.

Schneeweis has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts. These include pharmaceutical, medical device, and other manufacturers in product liability litigation asserting claims of design and manufacturing defect, failure to warn and off-label promotion. He has acted as coordinating, regional and local counsel in federal and state-wide coordinated proceedings, asserting product liability claims against life sciences manufacturers and research entities. He served as lead coordinating counsel in multi-plaintiff product liability litigation on behalf of a dermal filler manufacturer/clinical trial sponsor and several of its former executives, officers, and directors. He has also counseled manufacturers and insurers on various product liability issues, including adequacy of warnings, marketing, and FDA rules on promotion of off-label use.

Taylor's practice, while focusing primarily on the defense of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, includes representing clients in toxic and mass torts. She served as National Coordinating Counsel for a major defendant in the Latex Glove Litigation. Since 2005, Taylor has served as National and Local Counsel for a generic drug manufacturer in the HRT, Quinine, Reglan and Darvon litigations.