RBGG’s Michael Bien and Gay Grunfeld have once again been recognized by the Daily Journal as two of the Top 100 lawyers in California.  Bien has been named to the list nine times – 2010, 2013, and 2015-2021 – and Grunfeld five — 2014-2016 and 2020-2021.

In the DJ’s profile of Bien published on September 15, prominence is given to his role in stopping the then Trump Administration’s ban of the Chinese language super-app WeChat.  The DJ notes that “the case he considers his most significant recently went from initial problem to dispositive ruling in barely six weeks. In that matter. Bien and a team of lawyers he assembled blocked President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning the Chinese app WeChat in the United States before implementing regulations could take effect.”  President Biden rescinded the Trump Administration’s executive order in June 2021.

According to the DJ’s profile of Grunfeld on September 15, “Grunfeld’s most important case over the past year was the epic struggle to protect disabled inmates in California’s prisons. Armstrong v. Newsom, 4:94– cv-02307 (N.D. Cal., filed June 29. 1994). . . . In September and March she won ‘remedial orders’ from Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken requiring that surveillance cameras be installed throughout six prisons and that the guards in those prisons wear body cameras.”