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Community News – August 2012

Best Best & Krieger LLP ranked 15th among the nation’s most racially diverse law firms, with nearly 20 percent of its attorneys hailing from minority backgrounds, according to The American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard, published in the magazine’s June issue.

BB&K, with 200 attorneys in nine offices including San Diego, placed in the Top 20 for the 5th year straight. In all, 233 of the nation’s largest and highest-grossing firms responded to this year’s survey, placing BB&K’s No. 15 ranking in the top 6.5%. The survey showed clearly showed BB&K’s percentage of minority attorneys, at 18.5% is nearly 5 % higher than the national average of 13.6%. The percentage of BB&K’s minority attorneys who are partners, at 14.4%, was the 9th highest overall. Arlene Prater, managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office, noted the results also placed the firm 9th overall for the highest percentage of minority partners.

Fisher & Phillips LLP  has added Brooke Tabshouri as a new associate to its La Jolla-area office. Tabshouri brings extensive knowledge to the law firm, focusing her practice on representing employers and management in a variety of aspects of labor and employment law. These capacities include wrongful termination litigation, wage and hour violations, including class action disputes, wrongful termination, and employer training and counseling.

Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP, Tabshouri held a position as a research attorney for Hon. Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One, in San Diego, Calif.

Tabshouri received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2011. During that time, she worked as a legal writing fellow for the Legal Research and Writing Program and served as a moot court participant. In her third year, she attended University of San Diego School of Law as a visiting student, where she was a member of the Journal of Climate and Energy Law. Tabshouri also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.

The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Danielle G. Nelson and Douglas C. Reinbold have joined the firm as associates.

Nelson practices in the areas of insurance defense, construction defect, business litigation, real estate litigation, construction law, general liability litigation, and business and real estate transactional matters. Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston in 1997. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2001.

Reinbold’s practice includes litigating and resolving a variety of complex construction and design professional cases, as well as handling a wide array of transactional matters.  Reinbold received his Bachelor of Arts from Butler University in 2002 and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2006.

Balestreri, Potocki & Holmes is a boutique law firm that provides high-quality representation to a diverse range of business clients with an emphasis on the legal advocacy and consultation of business owners and companies working in or related to the construction, transportation and hospitality industries.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for more than 70 years, announces the hiring of a new associate, Ed Boniske.
Boniske will join the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.

The addition of Boniske brings Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s total lawyer count to 67 up from 63 at this time last year.

“There are a number of exciting changes happening at Higgs this year,” said John Morrell, Managing Partner of Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We are continuing to add talented attorneys like Ed while undertaking a re-branding initiative. We look forward to continued growth and expansion in several practice areas.”

Boniske is a talented litigator focusing in commercial litigation in federal and state courts and in private arbitration. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of California Berkeley. Ed comes to Higgs Fletcher & Mack from Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne where he was a member of their employment and real property practice groups.

Boniske will join the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.

The addition of Boniske brings Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s total lawyer count to 67 up from 63 at this time last year.

“There are a number of exciting changes happening at Higgs this year,” said John Morrell, Managing Partner of Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We are continuing to add talented attorneys like Ed while undertaking a re-branding initiative. We look forward to continued growth and expansion in several practice areas.”

Boniske is a talented litigator focusing in commercial litigation in federal and state courts and in private arbitration. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of California Berkeley. Ed comes to Higgs Fletcher & Mack from Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne where he was a member of their employment and real property practice groups.

Boniske will join the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.

John H. Gomez, Founder and Lead Trial Attorney of The Gomez Law Firm was featured on the recent cover of Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

John was also named one of 20 Men Who Impact San Diego by SD Metro Magazine. John garnered this recognition for the second year in a row, recognized as an individuals who is making outstanding contributions to their communities and their professions.

The Gomez Law Firm, with its continued commitment to the San Diego community has also purchased 10 Charger season tickets in the “family section” of the Stadium. The family section prohibits profanity and alcohol and is a safe place for kids. These tickets will be used to benefit kids who ordinarily may never see the San Diego Chargers in action. Law-enforcement initiatives involving kids, non-profit organizations whose focus is children and interested parties may submit their request for consideration to yolandawm@hotmail.com.

Fish & Richardson today announced that its Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation practices have received top national rankings in the inaugural edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Fish’s regional practices in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Texas were also named in the guide.

In addition, 20 Fish attorneys — the highest of any U.S. firm — were selected for inclusion as “top patent practitioners” including Juanita Brooks and Jonathan Singer of the firm’s San Diego/Southern California office.

Compiled by a team of researchers from Intellectual Asset Management magazine, the IAM Patent 1000 is a guide to top patent practitioners as well as leading patent law and attorney firms in 33 of the world’s most important jurisdictions and 16 U.S. states. Based on interviews with in-house professionals and attorneys in private practice, the IAM Patent 1000 looks at the full range of patent services, from creation through management to dispute resolution. According to IAM, “this unique guide is destined to become an indispensable source of information for the identification of world-class patent expertise.”

San Diego-based Estey Bomberger recently reached a premises liability settlement, recovering $2 million for a San Diego, CA woman who was seriously injured when she tripped and fell several years ago while shopping at a big box retail store in the San Diego area. The woman hit her head on the concrete floor and suffered a concussion and other injuries. The financial settlement Estey Bomberger obtained will allow her to receive the medical care she will need to deal with the lifelong effects of her injuries.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP announced today the formation of its new incubator program, Procopio LaunchPad, which will assist entrepreneurs and start-ups in the formation, early funding, and growth of their companies. The incubator, to be housed in Procopio’s new Del Mar Heights office, will provide a basic legal start-up package, collaborative workspace, specialized mentoring, counseling and contacts for entrepreneurs to grow their company as well as secure funding so they can take their endeavor to the next level within six to twelve months.

“San Diego is a hotbed for innovative entrepreneurs, and so many of them can benefit hugely from some extra nurturing to move from concept to funding,” said Procopio’s Managing Partner, Tom Turner. “We are pleased to be able to provide these highly motivated individuals not only free workspace, but also valuable internal and external resources that are crucial to promoting long-term sustainability, success and fundability of their burgeoning companies.”

Randy Kay, an intellectual property partner in Jones Day’s San Diego office, received recognition from the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal as one of California’s 2012 “Top Intellectual Property Litigators.”  The Daily Journal selected Kay based on his recent wins in patent and trade secret cases for clients including Micron Technology and Histogen.  The Daily Journal reported that in the past year, Kay’s handling of “bet the company” cases has included handling claims disputing more than 450 trade secrets.  On June 26, 2012, Kay addressed members of the European Parliament and the European Commission as well as heads of IP for major European enterprises.  At a conference held in Paris, Kay spoke on how U.S. intellectual property principles could serve as a model in the ongoing effort to harmonize European IP laws.

 

 

Brian

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