Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth

SAN FRANCISCO - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 -- Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum LLP ("BEHB"), a firm that specializes in defending clients in complex litigation, is experiencing significant growth as evidenced by its recent hires. The firm has welcomed six associate attorneys and seven staff members during the past four months due to an increase in the number of new clients and new matters, especially in the areas of toxic tort and environmental litigation. The firm is also responding to an increase in asbestos filings in venues throughout California by expanding its Los Angeles office. New attorneys include: André R. Hill, Page Perry,Andrea K. Kornblau, Andrea K. Lenhardt, Jenn Noel Crittondon, and Myles Lanzone.

André R. Hill is a Senior Counsel attorney with more than 24 years of experience practicing law. His practice is focused in the areas of product liability defense, employment litigation, and toxic tort litigation. André earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he was a Moot Court Distinguished Advocate, and an associate editor for the UCLA Black Law Journal. He also holds a B.A. from California State University, East Bay, where he graduated cum laude in political science. André is a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association, the Association of Defense Counsel, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Andrea-K-Kornblau specializes in toxic tort and asbestos litigation, and environmental law in her role as an Associate attorney with the firm. Prior to joining BEHB as a paralegal in 2013, she clerked for the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in the Civil Law Division, Business and Tax Section. Andrea earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2013. As a law student, Andrea earned a CALI Award for California Pre-Trial Preparation; a Jefferson Medal for California Pre-Trial Preparation; and a Witkin Award of Excellence for Advanced Mediation, Negotiation and Theory, and California Pre-Trial Preparation. She was also a Superior Court Mediator, and a member of the Environmental Law Society, and Public Interest Law Foundation. In 2005, she was awarded a B.A. in international relations from the University of San Diego.

Andrea K. Lenhardt is an Associate who defends clients against product liability and toxic tort claims, including those related to asbestos. She has handled depositions, mediations, law and motion, and all phases of trial preparation in hundreds of cases in State and Federal Courts. She has also represented clients in alternative dispute resolution and regularly advised national businesses and organizations on compliance with state and federal regulatory measures. Andrea earned her J.D. in May of 2009 from Loyola Law School where she was named to the Dean's Honor List and served as Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. She also holds a B.A. in mass communications and graduated cum laude with Departmental Honors from UCLA.

Sean Herman is an Associate attorney who represents clients engaged in complex environmental, land use, business litigation, and toxic tort matters, including claims related to asbestos exposure.  His practice focuses on counseling clients through hazardous site cost recovery litigation and site remediation processes under the CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes.  Sean's litigation experience also includes client representation in class actions concerning toxic exposure, product liability, and water contamination.  Sean is admitted to the State Bars of California, New Jersey, New York and the District Court of New Jersey.  He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 2012 and graduated cum laude from Boston College in 2007 with a B.Sc. in finance and political science.

About Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum

Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum specializes in defending clients throughout the U.S. in high-stakes environmental, toxic tort, product liability, business litigation, and employment law matters. The firm's Law & Motion Department produces work that is hard-hitting and persuasive. With more than 100 trials to verdict, over 100 appeals, and thousands of mediations, BEHB offers the unique combination of large firm experience and small firm agility. Serving a diverse nationwide clientele from offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, BEHB is committed to achieving successful and cost-effective case resolution. Under the leadership of Managing Partner Noel Edlin, the firm makes intelligent investments in continuing education and information technology to work smarter, decrease costs for clients, and stay on the cutting edge of e-discovery. To learn more about the firm, visit www.behblaw.com.

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