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Community News – June 2012

San Diego Neutrals, LLC has announced that Michael Briggs, Arbitrator and Mediator, has been appointed to the roster of neutral mediators by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Mr. Briggs has been a premier arbitrator on the panel of neutral arbitrators of FINRA and the American Arbitration Association plus other dispute resolution panels for over 15 years.  Mr. Briggs is also a mediator on the San Diego Superior Court Civil Mediation Panel.


Fish & Richardson has been named a 2012 “Go-To Intellectual Property Law Firm” for the top Fortune 500 companies.  According to April issue of Corporate Counsel magazine, this “noteworthy achievement” is an honor that puts Fish “in an elite group that delivers exceptional work for the Fortune 500.”  Fish was named a “Go-To IP Law Firm” by nine Fortune 500 companies including Allergan, Inc., Google, Inc., and Target Corporation.

“Clients come to Fish with their most important, bet-the-company patent cases and their toughest IP challenges because they know we will consistently deliver quality, results, and value,” said Peter J. Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson.  “It is an honor to have the trust of America’s largest companies and to see that reflected in this survey.”

DLA Piper is proud to announce that 58 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership across a wide spectrum of practice areas throughout 15 countries. In San Diego, Erin P. Gibson was named partner, then working in the practice areas of Intellectual Property and Technology. Her concentrations lie in civil trial practice in federal courts with an emphasis on patent litigation and International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings.   Gibson is an adjunct professor at the University Of San Diego School Of Law, an officer of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee and a member of DLA Piper’s Pro Bono Committee in San Diego.

Chris Shoff has been promoted to partnership at DLA Piper, focusing his practice on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representing emerging growth and established technology, clean technology, medical device, biotech and healthcare services companies and the venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies.  Shoff’s venture capital financing experience includes representation of companies and investors in over 200 equity and debt financings. His core practice consists of representing companies in these transactions, which have been led by some of the leading venture capital firms, strategic investors and angel investors. Shoff also regularly represents corporate investors such as Pfizer Inc. (PFE) in their strategic investments.

Shoff has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings of companies such as Altiris, Inc. (acquired by SYMC), Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO), Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN), NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NPSP), Omniture, Inc. (OMTR) and, Inc. (OSTK). Shoff is General Counsel, pro bono, to Operation Homefront, Southern California, a non-profit organization which provides financial and other assistance to the families of military service members and wounded warriors.

Fish & Richardson principal Juanita Brooks has been named one of California’s  Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators by the Daily Journal. Four attorneys from San Diego were included on the list, with Brooks being the only local female attorney.

The Daily Journal honor included a summary of Brooks‘ representation of Irvine-based Allergan Inc. against generic pharmacetuical companies in 2011Hatch-Waxman bench trials in which she persuaded judges in two cases that the patents for Allergan’s drugs were valid.  In one case, the court’s decision stated the defense expert’s credibility was “eviscerated on cross examination” by Brooks. The Daily Journal also noted her representation of Microsoft in its long-standing patent infringement suit with Lucent Technologies. Brooks has received many honors for her trial work throughout her 35 years of legal practice. Every year since 1987, Brooks’ peers have voted her as one the Best Lawyers in America.

The Lawyers Club of San Diego, representing more than 1,000 attorneys in San Diego, has become the latest Bar Association to support the candidacy of Superior Court Commissioner Terrie Roberts for the office of Superior Court Judge Office 24.

Roberts was selected by Superior Court Judges in 2008 to serve as a Superior Court Commissioner. Roberts has already received the endorsements of Sheriff Bill Gore, police and over 90 Superior Court Judges and Commissioners. In addition, the following Bar Associations have endorsed Roberts: San Diego La Raza Lawyers of San Diego, Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Pan-Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Iranian American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association, and Tom Homann Law Association.

The Lawyers Club of San Diego seeks to advance the status of women in the law and society. Lawyers Club is a specialty bar association, comprised of female and male attorneys, judges, law students and others in the San Diego community who share common interests and goals.

On May 1, 2012 more than 300 lawyers, judges and members of the community gathered to honor the San Diego County Bar Association Community Service Award Winners. The Gomez Law Firm founder and Lead Trial Attorney John Gomez was recognized for his work on behalf of numerous community organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Day, the March of Dimes, The National Latino Police Officers Association, The California Youth Athletic Center and the Chicano Federation. Other organizations benefiting from his generosity include the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Rady Children’s Hospital. TGLF team members and John’s family turned out to cheer him on, in keeping with the firm’s commitment to public service.

Yosina Lissebeck, bankruptcy attorney at Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith will be awarded with the SafeKids San Diego Person of the Year award this June, for her dedication to injury prevention in children.  Lissebeck’s daughter Rylie nearly drowned at 14 months old in a kiddie pool at day care, prompting Lissebeck to raise awareness of drowning prevention.  She chairs the Drowning Prevention Task Force with SafeKids San Diego, volunteering tirelessly for the organization, of which she is also the current President.  “Without the compressions and rescue breaths provided to Rylie by the [childcare] provider, I do not believe my daughter would have recovered from this terrible accident,” she says.

Sandra L. Shippey, Partner at Procopio and co-founder of the group, acknowledged that “Our Aviation Practice Group brings to each aircraft acquisition and sale transaction a multi-disciplinary approach that combines aviation regulatory, financing and tax planning expertise to provide clients with a complete end to end solution for their specific needs.” The group consists of an experienced team of attorneys from multiple practice areas, including business, finance, regulatory, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax and estate planning. The core group also includes Eli W. Mansour, Partner at Procopio; Dana R. Bessenecker, Real Estate Attorney; Jon P. Schimmer, Tax Attorney; Edward C. Walton, litigator.


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