Publications

  1. Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Put a Fork in Bitcoin

    Legal technology aficionados took notice last month when a segment of the bitcoin community created a hard fork to accommodate a “block” size increase in the hopes of facilitating transaction capacity growth. That fork created “Bitcoin Cash,” a cryptocurrency that is distinct from the main bitcoin blockchain. What does this mean and why are bitcoin and blockchain relevant to the practice of law? Managing Partner Noel Edlin explores the topic in this Law Technology Today article.

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  2. Virtual Reality Revolutionizing the Practice of Law

    Managing Partner Noel Edlin is keenly interested in how virtual reality will revolutionize the practice of law. Noel explores this topic in an article from the December 12, 2016 edition of Law Technology Today, an online resource for the legal community provided by the American Bar Association.

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  3. Neuroscience and the Rules of Evidence

    Many of us assume a witness can readily distinguish personal experience from knowledge gained through other means such as friends, television, or the internet. What if these assumptions are incorrect and witnesses cannot easily parse out what they personally perceived, what they learned from other sources, and what they extrapolated from either context? Founding Partner Fred M. Blum explores how the evidence code is based on an outmoded understanding of how the human brain works in this SF Attorney Magazine piece.

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  4. 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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News

  1. Five Partners Achieve 2018 Super Lawyer Status

    The following Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum attorneys are 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers:

    Marte J. Bassi
    Personal Injury - General, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Products
    Selected to Super Lawyers 2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2018

    Fred M. Blum
    Environmental Litigation, Environmental, Business Litigation
    Selected to Super Lawyers 2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2018

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  2. Edlin to Speak on Litigation Funding at DRI Conference

    Love it or hate it, litigation funding exists and is here to stay. 2017 was a huge growth year for the industry, marked by significant expansion of several firms in U.S. and global markets. On Friday March 2 Managing Partner Noel Edlin will explore this timely topic at the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law conference in Nashville, TN. Click here for more information about this event.

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  3. BEHB Team Wins MSJ in Living Mesothelioma Case

    BEHB attorneys won summary judgment in a personal injury case venued in Alameda County that was set for a fast-tracked "preference" trial only six months after the complaint was served.  The plaintiff claimed he developed malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lung, as a result of his exposure to asbestos over the course of his career. BEHB’s client, the sole remaining defendant, manufactured a roofing mastic which the plaintiff allegedly used to repair his employer’s roof. BEHB moved for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiff could not establish the element of causation to support his claims. The plaintiff opposed, claiming the evidence supported both causation and punitive damages.

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  4. Earl L. Hagström Joins the Firm

    Earl L. Hagström, a talented attorney with 27 years of experience specializing in environmental law, citizen suit enforcement actions, and toxic tort litigation, has joined our firm as a partner. Earl is uniquely equipped to help clients overcome the complex legal and scientific issues that arise in such cases. Not only is he ranked in the top 5% of Northern California environmental attorneys, his experience includes more than eight years working as a petroleum exploration and development supervisor, both on and off-shore, in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Gulf Coast.

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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.