Four partners with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP have been recognized as Super Lawyers, a rating service that acknowledges attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The 2018 distinguished Super Lawyers list includes fewer than five percent of the lawyers in the Southern California Region. Honorees include Michael Case, business litigation, and real estate and land use; Wendy Lascher, issues and appeals; David Shain, personal injury and criminal law; and John Andersen, taxation, trust and estate litigation, and trusts and estates.
FCOP co-founder Case has been named to the Super Lawyers list every year since 2009. With more than 40 years of real estate, business and litigation expertise, Case has tried over 100 jury and court trials to successful conclusion. As a former state bar leader, county bar president and law school adjunct professor, Case has earned the prestigious AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored by election as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He serves as a board member with Casa Pacifica, the Ventura Police Activities League, the Ventura Education Partnership, Community Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society of Ventura County.
Lascher has been named to the Super Lawyer list for twelve consecutive years. In a career spanning more than 45 years, Lascher, a State Bar of California-certified specialist in appellate law, has represented clients in front of the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, multiple U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and in every California Court of Appeal district. She has also handled cases in state and federal trial courts. An AV-rated attorney and alumna of the University of Michigan Law School, she has served as president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Appellate Courts, and president of the Ventura County Bar Association. She has also volunteered as a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ventura County since 2008 and serves as a board member at First National Bank of Ventura, Channel Counties Legal Services, the KCLU advisory board and the Planned Parenthood Ventura Advisory Council.
During his nearly 40 years as a personal injury and criminal defense attorney, Shain has obtained judgments and settlements for his clients totaling millions of dollars. An AV-rated attorney, Shain is active in the Ventura County Bar Association, serving as its president in 1996, is a board member and former president of the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award for his pro bono work and extensive public service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He has been named a Super Lawyer in 2007 and 2013 to 2016.
Andersen is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In 2017, he was appointed to the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, commonly referred to as TEXCOM. Prior to joining FCOP in 2013, Andersen held positions with Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton in Ventura County and Perkins Coie, a large multi-national law firm, in Seattle, WA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He volunteers his time with the California State University, Channel Islands, Planned Giving Advisory Council and the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council.
“We proudly congratulate Mike, Wendy, David and John on being named to the Super Lawyers list in recognition of their continued excellence, expertise and leadership in their practice areas,” said Michael Velthoen, FCOP managing partner. “They represent the high standards of professional integrity and quality counsel our firm provides to our clients throughout the Central Coast.”
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, identifies outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
For over 35 years, FCOP has been providing quality solutions and personal attention to clients throughout California. Conveniently located in Westlake Village and Ventura, our two full-service offices offer expert counsel across 15 specialized practice groups. With commitment and pride, we also serve the community through pro bono services and by volunteering and sponsoring a variety of civic, professional and charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.fcoplaw.com.