Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson Opens San Francisco Office

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson Opens San Francisco Office

CHICAGO -The Chicago-based law firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (MBT) continues to expand nationally with the opening of its new office in San Francisco at 575 Market St. The office is led by seven new partners, including a group of recognized national leaders in insurance and labor and employment law from the San Francisco law firms of Sedgwick LLP and Long & Levit LLP.  

Joining MBT from Sedgwick are Julia Molander, who specializes in insurance counseling and litigation. She will serve as managing partner of MBT's San Francisco office. Other new partners include four attorneys from Long & Levit:  

  • Howard Garfield, insurance, employment and professional liability.  
  • Irene Yesowitch, insurance counseling and litigation, and professional liability.
  • Jason Geller, labor and employment litigation.
  • Karen Uno, insurance counseling and litigation. 

Also joining the San Francisco office will be Dan Crawford, the executive vice president and general counsel of the California-based business insurance brokerage firm of Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, which is ranked among the fastest growing privately held companies in California.  In addition to his duties as general counsel, Crawford will become a partner at MBT, specializing in insurance and employment litigation.  

Rounding out the group of partners leading MBT's new San Francisco office will be Fulton Smith III of the San Francisco-based Barber Law Group.  Smith specializes in insurance coverage and litigation. In addition, four associates will join MBT's San Francisco office: Juan Araneda and David Borovsky, from Long & Levit, who both specialize in insurance and employment litigation; Teri Mae Rutledge, from the Barber Law Group, and T.J. Reichert from the Law Office of Semha Alwaya, who both concentrate in insurance coverage and litigation.

The San Francisco office represents MBT's largest acquisition to date - with other recent national expansions into Dallas and Phoenix - and will offer the full range of MBT's practice areas, including insurance, labor and employment, litigation and legal fee audits.

MBT has experienced a steady and defined growth since its founding in Chicago with 16 attorneys in 1994. In 2007, MBT expanded nationally into Dallas and Phoenix legal markets.  With the addition of the San Francisco office, the firm now numbers more than 100 attorneys, ranking it among the top 35 largest law firms in Chicago.  

MBT is headquartered in Chicago, with full service offices in Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. For more information, visit