Keller Rohrback Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers

August 19, 2021

Keller Rohrback is proud to announce that six of our attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, and is therefore widely regarded as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. You can view the full list of Best Lawyers in America here.

Read below to learn more about each of the attorneys.

Ian Birk: Recognized for Litigation - Insurance & Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Ian is a trial lawyer representing people who have been injured because of insurance bad faith, medical negligence, product liability, workplace discrimination, and in auto and trucking collisions. Ian believes the courtroom is a place to make society safer and fairer for everyone. His work has resulted in landmark rulings protecting consumers, including arguing to reinstate a jury verdict after a judge improperly overruled the jury, and testifying before the Washington Legislature in support of consumers making insurance claims.

William Fleming: Recognized for Trusts and Estates

Bill Fleming practices in Keller Rohrback’s business group, where he focuses on estate and small business planning, charitable giving and trust and estate administration. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Bill practiced with the New York City law firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett and the Seattle firm of Preston, Gates and Ellis before joining Keller Rohrback.

Ron Kilgard: Recognized for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Ron Kilgard is a 40-year civil litigation lawyer. Over a long career, he has handled all manner of civil cases, and for the last 20 years, Ron has mostly litigated pension plan class actions. Ron helped Keller Rohrback pioneer company stock ERISA litigation in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and he was part of the team that obtained settlements of over $265 million in the Enron 401(k) litigation. In 2017, after six years of litigation, Ron prevailed in an action challenging as unconstitutional the cutbacks to the pensions of Arizona state court judges.

Cari Campen Laufenberg: Recognized for Litigation - ERISA

As a partner in Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, Cari Laufenberg maintains a national practice representing consumers, employees, and institutions in complex consumer and employee class actions involving corporate fraud, privacy and data breach issues, breach of fiduciary duty, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Since joining Keller Rohrback, Cari has played a key role in obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries for consumers, employees, and shareholders in many of the firm’s largest and most complex cases.

Mark Samson: Recognized for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

As a licensed veterinarian, Mark has the medical knowledge to help his clients get the results they deserve. Given his strong medical science background, Mark's practice focuses on tort law, including medical negligence, product liability, and other significant personal injury cases. He has nearly 35 years of experience litigating medical malpractice cases with victories including the landmark Edwards verdict and a transfusion-associated AIDS case that remains one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Arizona history. 

Benson Wong: Recognized for Real Estate Law

Mr. Wong is a member of Keller Rohrback’s Corporate Finance and Business Practice Group. He advises clients in the formation and operation of businesses ranging from “mom and pop” operations to firms that employ hundreds of employees. Mr. Wong also represents clients involved in mergers and acquisitions and in connection with commercial real estate transactions. In addition, Mr. Wong serves as legal counsel for a number of non-profit tax-exempt organizations.