Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, November 17, 2009


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Best Best & Krieger Reappoints Eric Garner Managing Partner


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Best Best & Krieger yesterday announced that it has selected Riverside attorney Eric Garner to serve a third two-year term as managing partner of the firm, effective immediately.

As managing partner, Garner is responsible for California’s 32nd largest law firm, with nearly 200 attorneys working at eight offices across the state, a firm spokesperson said.

Garner commented that it has “been a privilege to lead such an outstanding group of legal practitioners, and I look forward to continuing with another term.”

The attorney maintains an active water law practice with the firm and also serves as chair of the International Bar Association’s Water Law Committee.

Since joining the firm in 1987, Garner has litigated cases and negotiated agreements involving major water bodies across the state, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Mojave River, the Santa Ana River, and groundwater basins beneath Santa Maria, Chino, Monterey and the Antelope Valley, the spokesperson said.

Garner also co-wrote “California Water” and its updated 2007 edition, “California Water II,” regarding the historical, legal and policy issues guiding the field of water law.

In addition to re-appointing Garner, the firm’s partnership also re-elected Riverside business attorney George Reyes to another two-year term on the firm’s executive committee at its annual meeting Saturday, the spokesperson added.

Reyes, who has been with the firm since 1978, successfully negotiated the 1997 sale of Riverside Community Hospital to Columbia HCA, which was the first-of-its-kind transaction to include an $80 million endowment to create a foundation that offers free health care to the community, the spokesperson said.

 He is also on the board of directors for several foundations and organizations, including the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, the Riverside Community Health Foundation and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

The firm also voted to admit San Diego attorney Sophie A. Akins and Sacramento attorney Andrew J. Morris into the partnership effective Jan. 1, the spokesperson said.


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