Publications

  1. ABA Blog Post: How Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum Won with Predictive Analytics

    In mid-2013, our small team of trial specialists had just begun defending the City of Fort Bragg, California in a complex environmental case. Our opponent, deep-pocketed Georgia Pacific and their 700-lawyer firm, was formidable. To build our case and prove the City was not responsible for contamination at a 120-year-old lumber mill, we needed to review more than 11 million documents in a wide variety of file formats spanning 12 decades. Millions of dollars in clean-up costs the City and its taxpayers couldn’t afford were at stake. Adding to the challenge, our trial deadline left us very little time to get the job done.

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  2. Scorched Earth: How Climate Change Pits Big Oil against Big Agriculture in California’s Central Valley

    As the producer of a large percentage of America’s food, California’s Central Valley is often referred to as the breadbasket of our nation. Resting alongside the “breadbasket” is a veritable oil bucket. Although no popular moniker currently exists to identify it as such, the Central Valley is a major oil-producing region. Both industries are formidable in their own right and essential to the economic strength of the region; side by side, this situation is rapidly changing for the worse. While there has historically been harmony between these two industries running their substantial operations side by side, this situation is rapidly changing for the worse. New tensions are developing that could have far-reaching consequences.

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  3. Pro Rata or Pro Tanto? Why Equity Dictates the Choice is not a Toss Up in Private Party CERCLA Settlements

    As if the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and LiabilityAct1 was not complicated enough, ascertaining how settlements are credited and what, if any, setoffs are available is very difficult to predict. In most tort cases, courts use what has been called the pro tanto approach and give the remaining defendants a dollar-for-dollar credit for settlement dollars received by the plaintiff. However, the overwhelming trend in CERCLA cases is to forgo the arithmetically based pro tanto approach and to give the nonsettling defendants credit for the settling defendant’s proportional, or pro rata, share of the liability irrespective of the actual settlement amounts paid. While the trend is apparent, whether the district court will use either approach, or create one of its own, is not a settled question and creates an unwanted level of unpredictability in most CERCLA cases.

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  4. When Testimony and the Limits of Memory Collide

    Many Law suits involve events that occured in the distant past and witnesses who remember details that directly implicate your clients. Due to the lack of other information, when a witness recalls with shocking clarity a product name, conduct that resulted in exposure to hazardous substance, or other events, the veracity of this testimony becomes a defining factor.

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  5. Lawyers Need Predictive Coding to Succeed

    The question of how to deal with “big data”—data sets of one terabyte or more—is a pressing one for top minds across every industry and academic discipline. From anticipating major shifts in economic patterns to predicting the weather, experts are continually looking for better ways to leverage the glut of digital information we have at our disposal.

    Big data refers to analyses you can do at a large scale that you cannot do at a smaller scale in order to extract new insights or create new forms of value in ways that change markets, organizations, the relationship between citizens and governments, and more.

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News

  1. Raymond J. Park Elevated to Partner

    Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum is pleased to announce the elevation of Raymond J. Park to Partner. Raymond defends clients against claims involving construction, product liability, toxic tort, environmental, breach of contract, subrogation, and general liability. His construction practice includes representation of contractors, developers, design professionals, and manufacturers in commercial and residential high-rise, mid-rise, and conversion projects.

    Raymond earned his J.D. in 2004 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and served on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. He earned top ten brief honors during Loyola's Scott Moot Court Competition and acted as the team brief editor for the National Moot Court Team. In 2001 he graduated cum laude from U.C. Irvine, with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. At UCI, Mr. Park was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

  2. All Four Name Partners Recognized as 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers

    Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum's name partners have all been selected to the 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Marte Bassi was listed in the category of Personal Injury General: Defense; Noel Edlin for Environmental Litigation; Jeremy Huie for Personal Injury Products: Defense; and Fred Blum for Environmental Law.

    These accomplished attorneys have all been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine on multiple occasions. 2015 marks the eleventh year Marte has earned the distinction since 2004. For his achievements in Environmental Litigation, Noel has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for the past nine consecutive years.

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  3. Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum Wins Legaltech Innovation Award

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum won an Innovation Award from Legaltech News in the category of "Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Law Firm" for bringing predictive analytics in-house. This award demonstrates the firm's ability to continually adapt to a changing legal services marketplace. It also shows that BEHB takes calculated risks and works hard every day to bring more value to clients. Managing Partner Noel Edlin accepted the firm's award at a special dinner held last night at San Francisco's City Club that marked the close of Legaltech West.

    "We brought predictive analytics in-house when very few law firms were adopting this technology," said Managing Partner Noel Edlin. "We knew we did the right thing when predictive analytics helped us win a complex environmental case; winning a Legaltech Innovation Award is the icing on the cake."

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  4. Noel Edlin Appointed to UC Hastings Board of Governors

    Managing Partner Noel Edlin was appointed to the UC Hastings Board of Governors on May 29. The UC Hastings Alumni Association's 50-member Board of Governors works to strengthen connections within the school's community by providing students and alumni with outstanding opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    "I am thrilled to be giving back to my alma mater as a member of the UC Hastings Board of Governors," said Edlin. "With the legal services marketplace changing at such a rapid pace I want to help current students and fellow alumni stay ahead of the curve."

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  5. Blum and Poppler Achieve Important Appellate Victory in High-Stakes CERCLA Case

    San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2015 - Fred M. Blum and Erin K. Poppler, partners at Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum, won an important appellate victory for their client, Texas Eastern Overseas (TEO) on Thursday, April 2. In its appellate opinion, the Ninth Circuit vacated the more than $10M judgment against TEO. This opinion relieves TEO and its insurers of the purported claims plaintiff AmeriPride Services Inc. (AmeriPride) made against them. The case is now remanded back to the district court to:

    • Explain the equitable factors it considered in allocating the $3.25 million AmeriPride received in settlement monies.
    • Determine the extent to which the $10.25 million AmeriPride paid in settlement monies was to reimburse costs that complied with CERCLA's National Contingency Plan requirements.
    • Recalculate when interest began to accrue on the judgment.
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Who We Are

Experienced

Founded by trial lawyers, Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum is a firm specializing in complex litigation.  With more than 100 trials to verdict, over 100 appeals, and thousands of mediations, we offer clients the unique blend of large firm experience and small firm agility.   Our Law & Motion Department delivers work product that frequently results in dismissals.  With every matter, we strive to achieve early resolution while keeping costs under control.

Diverse

Our belief that diverse perspectives result in the most innovative thinking is one of the cornerstones of our firm culture.  We work to advance diversity through recruitment, mentoring, and retention of top talent.  Our team is made up of people from backgrounds that are highly diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and sexual orientation.  Given the diversity of our own firm, we can bring fresh ideas and creative solutions to the table when helping clients confront their toughest legal issues.

Cutting-Edge

We invest in innovative technology and continuing education to work smarter and decrease costs.  To prepare for court, we work with experts and artists to craft powerful visual exhibits and use cutting-edge software to manage the e-discovery process.  Using predictive coding in conjunction with traditional e-discovery methods, we can review large document caches more quickly and accurately, while dramatically reducing litigation costs.

Service-Oriented

Serving a diverse nationwide clientele from our offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we are committed to exceeding our clients' expectations.  We look forward to working with you and welcome you to contact us anytime.