2010 Clay Award in Elder Law

CALIFORNIA LAWYER MAGAZINE announces . . .

2010 CLAY AWARD WINNERS

California Lawyer magazine has named 45 attorneys around the state to receive the 15th annual California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Awards. Their achievements had a significant impact in 2010, or their work is expected to have such an effect in the coming years. The awards recognize 27 accomplishments in 23 areas of legal practice.

The honored attorneys include government lawyers, law professors, attorneys from international law firms, public interest lawyers, and members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The recipients of the CLAY Awards will be featured in the March 2011 issue of California Lawyer.

Named in the category of Elder Law are:

Michael J. Crowley and W. Timothy Needham of JANSSEN, MALLOY, NEEDHAM, MORRISON, REINHOLTSEN, CROWLEY & GRIEGO, LLP

Christoper J. Healey of LUCE, FORWARD, HAMILTON & SCRIPPS

Michael D. Thamer of Law Offices of Michael D. Thamer

These four attorneys won a $676.8 jury award against a large nursing home chain (Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare Group) by proving that Skilled Healthcare Group understaffed its 22 nursing homes in California. After a six-and-a-half month trial, the jury found that the chain was responsible for 1.2 million violations at a potential cost of $500 each. Two months after the verdict, Skilled Healthcare Group agreed to pay $50 million in a cash settlement and $12.8 million to cover the cost of an earlier injunction.