Bienert | Katzman PC Recognized as One of America’s Best Law Firms

Trial litigation firm Bienert | Katzman PC (“BK”) is proud to announce that it has once again been recognized as one of America’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for 2019-2020, with five of its attorneys also selected to the Best Lawyers® list.

BK has been selected as a Best Law Firm every year since 2010. In Orange County, the firm has attained a Tier 1 rating in the “Criminal Defense: White Collar” and “Litigation – Bankruptcy” practice areas. In addition, five BK attorneys – Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, James D. Riddet, David M. Guess, and John L. Littrell – have been selected to the Best Lawyers® list for 2019-2020.

Mr. Bienert has been selected to the Best Lawyers® list every year since 2009, and was named as Orange County’s “White Collar Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in 2011. Mr. Katzman has been selected to the Best Lawyers® list every year since 2013, and was named Orange County’s “Litigation – Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in 2013. Finally, in a remarkable accomplishment, Mr. Riddet has selected to the Best Lawyers® list for over 30 consecutive years, since 1987.

“The number of BK attorneys honored for excellence in their legal profession is remarkable for a firm our size,” noted founding BK partner Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. “I am honored to work with such outstanding attorneys who are recognized leaders in their field of practice, both regionally and nationally.”

James Riddet, Of Counsel with BK, agreed. “As a lawyer practicing for over 50 years, I have come across attorneys of all types of skill sets. The attorneys at BK are amongst the best I have seen.”

Best Lawyers® is regarded as one of the most respected peer-reviewed publications in the legal profession. Selection by Best Lawyers® is considered a significant honor by clients and the legal industry. Additional information about the Best Lawyers® methodology and selection process can be found at

BK attorneys have also been selected to Southern California SuperLawyers® list in previous years, and have been recognized by “America’s Top 100®,” the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Los Angeles Magazines as the top practitioners of their fields.

BK consists of trial lawyers with a proven record of obtaining outstanding results for its clients. It has litigated more than 100 complex trials and dozens of appeals, and its attorneys include nationally recognized former prosecutors, public defenders, federal judicial clerks, big firm litigators, and the former U.S. Trustee for all of Southern California. As a small firm, it provides efficient, personalized attention at competitive rates. Learn more at:

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