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Nielsen Merksamer Attorneys Recognized As 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Nielsen Merksamer is pleased to announce that Steve Merksamer and Chris Skinnell have been named Northern California Super Lawyers, and Elli Abdoli and Rachael Blucher were named Northern California Rising Stars for 2021. The lists recognize leading attorneys in the State. This is Merksamer’s eleventh time being selected as a Super Lawyer, having been chosen previously in 2009-2012 and 2015-2020; it is Skinnell’s third time being selected as a Super Lawyer, having previously selected in 2019 and 2020 and having been named a Rising Star five times, from 2013-2017; it is Ms. Abdoli’s sixth time being selected as a Rising Star, having been previously selected in 2016-2020; and it is Ms. Blucher’s second time being selected as a Rising Star, having previsouly been selected in 2020.

Each year, only the top 5 percent of all attorneys in California are named as Super Lawyers. They are selected through peer nominations and evaluations along with third-party research. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same with the exception of peer evaluations. Rising Stars must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or fewer. No more than 2.5 percent of all California lawyers are named to the Rising Stars list.