Among other awards that San Francisco-based BPM LLP has received over its 20 years of existence, the firm was named one of the Bay Area's "Best Places to Work" by a local business journal in 2006.Asked what such awards mean to BPM, managing partner Stephen Mayer recalled the central plot point of the 1980s film, "The Gods Must Be Crazy." In the movie, the pilot of a passing airplane drops a glass Coke bottle in the middle of an African desert, where it is discovered by a tribe that has never had contact with the outside world.

"These awards are sort of like that Coke bottle," Mayer said. "It's something that no one had, and then everyone realized that they needed."

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