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Community News – July 2012

Adriana Sanchez and Shannon Erickson, associates with the San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger, gained political asylum, for 25-year old Helen Hailu Berhe, who feared deportation to Eritrea to face incarceration and possibly death for practicing her Pentecostal Christian faith.

Berhe left her homeland of Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa, and traveled 11 months through a dozen countries, before arriving at the Otay Mesa border crossing in July 2011. Because she speaks no English and did not have a lawyer, her due process was delayed until February 2012 when Sanchez and Erickson took over.  As volunteers for Casa Cornelia Law Center, a San Diego-based nonprofit that provides legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations, the duo was assigned Berhe’s case.  They quickly filed an application for asylum and received a mid-May hearing date at which asylum was granted.

 

 

 

Cary Lowe, a  land use lawyer and mediator, has been appointed by the San Diego City Council to the Water Policy Implementation Task Force, and has been elected Chairman.  The Task Force, which is comprised  of representatives from eleven sectors of the community concerned with water issues, has been charged by the City Council with the task of formulating a plan for implementing a city policy to ensure sufficient long-term water supplies.  Mr. Lowe represents the Building and Facilities Industry on the Task Force.  In addition to his land use legal practice, Mr. Lowe is a member of the Land Use and Environmental Mediation Group of the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Robert Half Legal District President Diane Domeyer was honored last night, along with 150 other local leaders, at the San Francisco Business Times 'Most Influential Women in Business' awards reception. The event is held annually in honor of outstanding women professionals who make a difference in their companies, industries and communities. The winners were also featured in a special publication in the April 27th issue of the San Francisco Business Times.

As District President for Robert Half Legal, a division of Robert Half International, Diane oversees operations for the company throughout California, Washington and Arizona. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years with the organization, Domeyer has worked her way from the ground floor of the firm to the executive ranks, supervising operations of increasing size and revenue along the way.

Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos  is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary of the formation of their civil litigation firm."  The anniversary was celebrated on June 1, 2012.  Also, attorneys Jill Dickerson (University of San Diego 2001) and Chris Schmitthenner (University of San Diego 2004) were promoted to partner.  The firm has 34 attorneys, including 10 partners, with offices in San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisher & Phillips LLP  is pleased to announce that four of its San Diego attorneys, founding partner Chris Hoffman, and partners David Monks, Regina Petty and Spencer Skeen,  have been selected for inclusion in this year’s 2012 San Diego Super Lawyers®. All four attorneys' practice areas focus on labor and employment law counseling and litigation, and business litigation.

Hoffman represents employers in matters ranging from class action wage and hour disputes, to harassment litigation, union representation attempts, and general employment advice. Additionally, Hoffman advises employers in the area of family and medical leaves as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers compensation laws. Hoffman also counsels clients regarding day to day employment issues, assisting them to find practical solutions to their legal problems in a proactive manner. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2008.

Monks counsels employers on a wide variety of matters, including employee discipline and termination, wage and hour issues, disability accommodation protocols, family and medical leave issues, investigations of harassment and other misconduct, and independent contractor issues. He has substantial experience defending employers and managers against lawsuits and administrative claims involving discrimination, harassment, defamation, breach of contract, and violations of wage-and-hour laws. As an avid proponent of proactive training and compliance, he presents training seminars on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workplace investigations, wage-and-hour compliance, disability management and accommodation, and other areas.

Petty practices in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and is experienced in multi-district and class action litigation. She advises employers and public agency boards and handles litigation for private and public employers. She successfully argued Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership (2008) 42 Cal.4th 1158 before the California Supreme Court, a case noted on Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin's top ten list of most significant cases and trends for the Fair Employment and Housing Act's fiftieth anniversary. Petty is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She has been named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 75 Women Litigators in California and one of the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Ten attorneys in both the labor and employment and business litigation categories. Petty is also a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award and she was honored by the Stanford University Black Community Services Center with its Legacy Award.

Skeen represents employers in both state and federal court as well as before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Investment Regulatory Authority, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. In 2007, 2008 and 2011, The San Diego Daily Transcript recognized Skeen as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in both the labor and employment and corporate litigation. In 2011, he was selected as one of San Diego's Top Attorneys by SD Metro Magazine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Davis, and earned his law degree, with Great Distinction, Order of the Coif, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP, serving San Diego since 1939, recently announced that Randy Abreu, a first-year student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, was selected as Higgs’ 2012 Diversity Fellow.

Mr. Abreu was chosen from a large group of highly qualified law students through a rigorous selection process.

The program is an initiative developed by the San Diego County Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel-San Diego’s Diversity Fellowship Program, and was created in response to the low number of diverse attorneys practicing law in the region.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to participate in this wonderful program,” said Susan Hack, Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Committee Chairperson. “Higgs is committed to encouraging diversity in our firm and the San Diego community. This program is a perfect fit.”

Brian

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