Three Weintraub Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2024 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Three Weintraub attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in the milestone 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, earning four prestigious “Lawyer of the Year” awards.

The Weintraub attorneys named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers® are:

  • Chris Chediak – “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and “Lawyer of the Year” for Corporate Law in Sacramento;
  • Gary Waldron – “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation, Real Estate in Newport Beach;
  • Kelly Dankbar – “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation, Trusts and Estates in Sacramento.

Chris is a senior shareholder in the Firm’s Corporate group, and is a leading corporate transactional attorney in the region. He has previously been honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in Sacramento for Corporate Law in 2009 and 2014 and for Business Organizations in 2020 and 2023.

Kelly is a shareholder in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates group and focuses her practice on helping people resolve a wide range of trust and probate disputes, including elder financial abuse claims, contested conservatorships, will and trust contests, contested accountings, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and other contested and uncontested matters involving the administration of trusts and estates. She is a previous Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Gary is preeminent trial lawyer who has been continually practicing litigation for over 44 years. His has significant experience in finance, corporate and partnership governance, professional liability, construction, and real property and title disputes. He has served as past President of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and past chairman of the Orange County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee.

Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and geographic region is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” designation each year. The Best Lawyers in America recognizes outstanding attorneys by using a sophisticated survey process based entirely on peer review on a national level.  The “Lawyer of the Year” honor is awarded to the individual lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for their specific practice area and geographic region.