Founded by Robert Berkes, Steven Crane, Ronald Robinson and James Seal in 2001, BCR&S is recognized nationally as distinguished trial and appellate counsel. BCR&S and its attorneys are listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, California Magazine’s Super Lawyers and California Who’s Who Legal. In its inaugural law issue of firm rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked BCR&S as one of only 24 “Tier 1” national insurance practice law firms in the country and has since consistently continued to rank BCR&S as one of the Best Law Firms nationally and in Los Angeles.
BCR&S’ trial and appellate counsel are unique in their range of experience. We represent companies and individuals in various areas, including insurance, products liability, medical malpractice, business litigation, entertainment law, intellectual property, employment law and probate administration. We also act as lead counsel in state and federal trials, complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation and appeals throughout the country, in domestic and international arbitrations, and in other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Many of the Firm’s lawyers publish extensively in their areas of practice and are well known for their presentations at professional institutes, conferences and seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, Executive Enterprises, Mealey’s Publications, the Public Law Institute, and the World Jurist Association.
BCR&S’ areas of litigation expertise include: business disputes, products liability, environmental and toxic mass torts, including asbestos, silica and benzene, construction defects, contracts, corporations, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, unfair competition, partnership and joint venture, insurance, probate and trust actions, professional liability, medical malpractice, and real estate.
Many of BCR&S’ lawyers have spoken and published throughout the United States and abroad at professional conferences and seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association, Executive Enterprises, Mealey’s Publications, the Public Law Institute, the Reinsurance Association of America and the World Jurist Association. The firm’s pro bono work includes significant contributions to the drafting and passage of the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Acts of 2005 and 2007.