Denyse Clancy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Oakland, CA

Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation
 | Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-302-1000
Fax: 510-835-4913
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2009
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Denyse Clancy is a partner with Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation, in Oakland, California. Widely regarded as one of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the country, Ms. Clancy has more than 22 years of total legal experience, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Northern California and beyond who are suffering as a result of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure or some other preventable tragedy caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

    As an attorney, Ms. Clancy holds the distinction of being one of only a few lawyers in the nation to serve as lead counsel in a Top 100 verdict case as well as preserving various rulings upon appeal before California's Supreme and appellate courts. She has also successfully handled many other landmark appeals against product manufacturers for asbestos exposure, and she received the Pound Civil Justice Institute Award for her exceptional work in a high-profile case against a major manufacturer before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Ms. Clancy has been responsible for securing some of the largest verdicts and settlements ever awarded for asbestos exposure cases in the country, and she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers for her outstanding professionalism and service. She has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients, and she finds great reward in being able to help so many achieve the justice they deserve.

    A 1989 magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Ms. Clancy received her master's degree from Columbia University in 1992 and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1999, where she graduated valedictorian. 

    She holds her license to practice in Texas, California, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, the Middle District of Louisiana, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Central District of California. She also holds her admission to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 9th Circuits.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2009

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    About Denyse Clancy

    Admitted: 2008, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Pound Civil Justice Institute Award
    • National Law Journal Top 100 verdicts
    • One of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, San Francisco Magazine

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • S. District Court Southern District of Texas
    • S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
    • S. District Court Central District of California
    • S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
    • State Bar of California, 2008
    • S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
    • State Bar Pennsylvania, 2010
    • State Bar of Louisiana, 2010
    • State Bar of Texas, 1999

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Fraud Claims Under Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933: Should Pleading with Particularity be Required?,” 27 SEC. REG. L.J. 411 (2000)
    • “The Deductibility of the Costs of Aircraft Maintenance,” 64 J. AIR. L. & Com. 539 (1999)


    • Tyler v. American Optical (2016)
    • Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson (2018)
    • Mahoney v. Georgia-Pacific
    • Schmitz v. Johnson & Johnson and Colgate (2019)
    • Izell v. Union Carbide
    • Booker v. Imerys Talc America, Inc. (2020), California Court of Appeal
    • Bader v. Avon (2020), California Court of Appeal
    • Hart v. Keenan (2020), California Supreme Court
    • Air & Liquid Systems Corp. et al v. DeVries (2019), a United States Supreme Court

    Educational Background:

    • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989
    • Columbia University, M.A. 1992
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    Office Location for Denyse Clancy

    Jack London Market
    55 Harrison Street, Suite 400
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Phone: 510-302-1000

    Fax: 510-835-4913

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    Last Updated: 4/26/2021

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