Super Lawyers Names Three AALRR Attorneys as 2023 Southern California Rising Stars


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) is pleased to announce that Partners Brian Wheeler and Shawn Ogle and Senior Associate Evan Gautier have been named as Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. With only 2.5% of attorneys named as Rising Stars, these honorees are truly the best of the best.

Brian Wheeler leads the firm’s Intellectual Property and Data Security & Privacy team. His practice focuses on intellectual property, data security and privacy, and high-stakes complex commercial litigation, water litigation, and white collar defense and investigations. He has significant experience representing companies and organizations in intellectual property matters and all aspects of business litigation and pre-litigation counseling in myriad substantive areas of the law.

Shawn Ogle is a seasoned litigator in the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group with a proven history in a broad range of commercial, class action defense, and high-profile trust & estate matters.  Mr. Ogle prides himself on his commitment to providing his clients with dedicated service from the initial stage of client counseling and case analysis through trial and the appellate process.

Evan Gautier is a corporate transactional and tax attorney. Mr. Gautier’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law including entity formation and corporate governance issues, transactional tax planning, real estate, property tax planning and general tax and business matters.  Mr. Gautier regularly assists clients with drafting and reviewing transaction documentation, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, and other commercial contracts.  Mr. Gautier has assisted clients with tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Employment Development Department (EDD), and various County Assessors’ Offices throughout California.

Managing Partner Jim Baca remarked, “These attorneys provide outstanding value to their clients and the firm, and this recognition is well-deserved.”

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This highly selective recognition spotlights exceptional attorneys aged 40 and younger or those in practice for 10 years or less. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
With more than 40 years of unwavering commitment to client service, 
AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms.  Our diverse team brings a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities, with particular strength in the areas of educationlabor and employmentconstructioncomplex litigationcorporatetaxation, and water.  Our public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties, and special districts.  We also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations.  At 215 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, IrvineMarin, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Diego to serve our clients throughout California.  For more information about AALRR, visit our website at:



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