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Community News – October 2012

Wingert Grebing is pleased to announce that four of its partners have been named to the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Charles Grebing has earned a spot on the list for the past 20 years, while Alan Brubaker has been so honored for the past 15 years. Jim Mangione has appeared on the list for 10 years, while Bob Juskie has garnered recognition since 2007.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Attorneys are chosen for inclusion in Best Lawyers based upon peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Attorneys may not pay to participate in or be included in Best Lawyers.

Daily Transcript has recognized Klinedinst CEO John D. Klinedinst and Klinedinst CFO Heather L. Rosing as 2012 Top Attorneys in San Diego County.

Mr. Klinedinst was named Top Attorney in Corporate Litigation, while Ms. Rosing was distinguished as Top Attorney in Insurance litigation for her work in the professional liability arena. All of the honorees were to be recognized at a special event hosted by the Daily Transcript on Monday, July 30, 2012.

Previously, the Daily Transcript recognized Mr. Klinedinst as a “Transcript 10” in its Top Attorneys for 2008. This is the fourth year that the Transcript has recognized Ms. Rosing, who has been featured consecutively every year since 2009.

“This is an incredible recognition for John and Heather,” said Art Moreau, Chief Operating Officer of Klinedinst. “Their stalwart leadership, both at Klinedinst PC and in the San Diego legal community, make them perfect for the Top Attorneys recognition. This is indeed a tremendous honor.”

Wendy Behan, a partner with Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP, was recently elected first vice president of California Women Lawyers (CWL), the only statewide bar association for women.

In this capacity, Behan will play a leadership role on the CWL Board of Governors, which works tirelessly to advocate for and advance issues that affect women in the legal profession. Behan, who specializes in personal injury and pharmaceutical litigation for San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm, has served on CWL’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee since 2011. She is a past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego – which also seeks to advance the status of women in law and society – and currently serves on their advisory board.

Behan joined Casey Gerry in 1999 and was promoted to partner in 2010. Her past experience includes co-litigating lawsuits filed on behalf of American Prisoners of War who had been abused and exploited as slave laborers by Japanese companies during World War II.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz would like to congratulate shareholders Doug Pettit and Tom Ingrassia for having been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.

Doug, a founding member of Pettit Kohn, was selected in the area of Legal Malpractice Law. He is renowned for his trial litigation expertise and represents clients in the areas of professional liability, business litigation, product liability and appellate matters.

Tom, who in addition to being a founding member, serves as the firm’s CFO. He was recognized in the practice area of Employment Law. Tom works with CEOs, CFOs and Human Resources professionals to provide employment, labor and management counseling, and defends all forms of employment litigation through trial.

Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

John D. Hershberger, a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, has been appointed as a master of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of the Court whose members include many of San Diego’s most respected law firm senior partners and judges.

Hershberger is a member of BB&K’s business services and litigation practice groups. His practice emphasizes real property, title insurance, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and general business litigation.

American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. Founded in 1983, the Welsh chapter’s goal is to create a permanent mechanism to enable senior members of the legal community to pass on to younger members the higher standards and technical skills necessary to enhance the practice of law by those in the trial community. A lawyer for 29 years, Hershberger is a member of the bars of California, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

Christina Denning of Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for more than 70 years, was selected by San Diego Magazine as a nominee for the 2012 “Women Who Move the City” award.

San Diego Magazine takes nominations from throughout San Diego County recognizing dynamic women who work to create positive change and contribute to the community.

With over 10 years of litigation experience, Denning has built her Construction Law practice from scratch while still maintaining the personal injury and business litigation side of her business.

Denning was also a recipient of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s 2012 “Top Young Influential” award that recognized her contributions to the legal community and involvement in and dedication to improving the San Diego community.

Denning lives in San Diego with her husband and their Shar-Pei in South Park. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, golfing, glass fusion, cooking, snowboarding and spending time with her “Little Sister” through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) today announced that Elizabeth S. Balfour has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. CEO works exclusively with formerly incarcerated people and helps them gain basic work skills to obtain full-time, private sector jobs. Headquartered in New York City since its inception as an independent non-profit in 1996, CEO launched a replication of its evidence-based model in San Diego in November, 2011.

“I am honored to join CEO’s board,” said Elizabeth Balfour, a litigator who works out of Sheppard Mullin’s Del Mar Heights office. “Here in San Diego, as well as throughout California, there is an urgent need to help men and women coming home from prison get an opportunity to turn their lives around. I believe CEO helps provide an important answer to one of society’s most pressing social issues. I couldn’t be happier to help guide the organization, especially as they look to expand in San Diego and throughout our State.”

Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, today announced that shareholders Thomas Bender (Philadelphia) and Jeremy Roth (San Diego) will become co-presidents and co-managing directors of the firm, effective January 20, 2013 for an eight-year term. Bender and Roth succeed Marko Mrkonich, who has served as president and managing director since 2005 and will continue in the role until the end of 2012, when he will return full time to the practice of law at the firm.

“It has been exciting to see the firm’s transformation over the last 23 years, particularly the successes achieved under Marko’s leadership,” said Roth. “His vision and guidance has catapulted Littler’s growth with domestic and international expansion spanning five time zones, enabling the firm to meet the needs of its clients in strategic geographic markets. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the firm’s financial success, which is truly a remarkable feat during what has been a period of significant change for the legal industry and overall business environment. I am honored to be following in his footsteps and look forward to working with Tom on this collaborative effort.”












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