July 2023

Four San Francisco Lawyers named Rising Stars


Sideman & Bancroft is pleased to congratulate four San Francisco lawyers, Michael HewittAndrea Cristiani,  Alex Bukac, and Travis Thompson who have all been named Rising Stars in the 2023 Super Lawyers Guide. Super Lawyers combines peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research to evaluate candidates with under 10 years of practice, based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection is conducted annually on a state-by-state basis with the aim of creating a reliable and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Michael Hewitt is a San Francisco lawyer in the Brand Integrity and Innovation Group and is also a co-leader of  the Blockchain and Digital Assets Practice Group.  Mr. Hewitt specializes working with clients to protect their brand portfolio through unique and effective enforcement mechanisms.

Andrea Cristiani is a San Francisco lawyer also  in the Brand Integrity and Innovation Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of brand protection, including: trademark counseling, trademark clearance, and anti-counterfeiting enforcement.

Alex Bukac is a San Francisco lawyer that has prosecuted and defended class actions, litigated employment cases involving claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, advised major securities firms with respect to customer complaints against financial advisors, personal injury claims and contract disputes, and participated in government investigations of vessels relating to both property damage and regulatory compliance.

Travis Thompson is a San Francisco lawyer in Sideman & Bancroft’s Tax Practice Group. He handles all aspects of taxpayer controversies against the Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and the California State Board of Equalization, including audits, administrative appeals, and both routine and complex collection matters.