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Community News – November 2012

Wingert Grebing congratulates its associate, Aleksandr Yarmolinets, on his LL.M. from Georgetown in Securities and Financial Regulation. Aleksandr will be focusing on corporate matters, including public and private equity and debt offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, he will also advise clients on disclosure and compliance requirements under California and Federal securities laws.

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.

The San Diego Employers Association (SDEA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping organizations attract, coach, and train a more efficient workforce, announced today that it has formed an affiliation with Brown Law Group. The agreement provides SDEA members with one hour of free legal consultation per month, with additional legal advisory time provided at a significantly reduced rate.

“This collaboration,” said Chris Bryant, President of SDEA, “is an excellent example of how our organization provides value to San Diego businesses of all shapes and sizes. Brown Law Group’s broad range of legal expertise will complement our existing HR services. We’re excited to have them onboard.”

Since 1914, SDEA has supported local organizations by offering valuable services such as keeping up-to-date with ever-changing employment laws as well as attracting, developing, and retaining employees while avoiding lawsuits, fines and penalties. Additionally, SDEA can assist companies through challenging labor negotiations and provide help in how to best conduct disciplinary action and terminations, including how to properly document these events.


Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce that Christian P. Fonss and Mariel I. Estigarribia, principals of transactional and securities firm Fonss & Estigarribia LLP, have joined the firm as Shareholders.

Both Fonss and Estigarribia were previously with Foley & Lardner LLP before launching their boutique law firm in 2009. There, they served domestic and international clients in a broad array of corporate, transactional and securities law matters, ranging from entity formation to venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Both attorneys take a hands-on approach to law, viewing clients’ needs from both a legal and business perspective. Their clients have ranged from entrepreneurs and start-up ventures to large privately-held and publicly-traded companies, as well as private investors, investment banks and not-for-profit corporations.

In addition to joining the firm as shareholders, Fonss and Estigarribia will immediately serve as co-Chairs of the Corporate and Securities and Transactional and M&A practice groups. Fonss and Estigarribia will continue handling domestic and international client matters from the firm’s San Diego and Santa Ana offices.

Fisher & Phillips, LLP has added Jonathan Liu as a new associate to its San Diego office. Liu brings extensive knowledge to the law firm, with civil litigation experience working on cases involving employment discrimination, breach of contract, defamation and general negligence.

Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP as an associate, Liu spent two summers as a law clerk at Sullivan, Ballog & Williams, a civil litigation defense firm in Santa Ana, Calif.

Liu received his law degree from Duke University in 2011. While there, he was executive editor for the Duke Forum for Law & Social Change and a team leader for the Duke Law Innocence Project. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, magna cum laude, from UCLA in 2007.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP, announced its latest client today, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).The organization’s selection of Higgs comes on the heels of the law firm’s launch of its Environmental Law practice group and significant year-after-year growth.

CCSE is an independent, nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego with the primary mission of accelerating the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions. For more than 15 years, CCSE has worked with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, utilities, businesses and consumers to deliver integrated solutions through education, market facilitation and policy innovation.

Higgs’ Partner, Greg Pyke, spearheaded the engagement with the help of fellow partner Jon Grissom and the assistance of other partners and associates of the firm. “We are honored to have been selected to provide CCSE’s legal representation,” said Pyke. “As with all of the firm’s clients, we will work hard to fulfill CCSE’s legal needs and meet their expectations, and are confident that our team of legal professionals will do so.”

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Richard J. Pinto II and Kelly A. Floyd.

Pinto received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2012, graduating magna cum laude and a member of the Order of the Coif. He served as the forty-ninth Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review, received CALI awards for the highest grade in seven courses, and authored The FTCA, Veterans, and Future Medical Expenses, 49 San Diego L. Rev. 501 (2012).

Floyd also received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law 2012, graduating cum laude and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review and member of the Moot Court Board. Floyd achieved CALI awards for the highest grades in multiple courses and top honors in negotiations.


Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is proud to announce that ten attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

The Procopio attorneys selected for inclusion and their primary practice areas, as classified by Best Lawyers, are: Richard D. Barton, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; David C. Boatwright, Tax Law;  Paul E. Burns Copyright Law; Litigation-Intellectual Property,Litigation-Patent, Patent Law; George L. Damoose, Tax Law; Lionel P. Hernholm, Jr., Family Law; Phillip L. Kossy, Litigation, Labor & Employment; Robert A. Levy, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law – Management; Eli W. Mansour, Equipment Finance Law; Craig A. Ramseyer, Construction Law, Litigation-Construction; George “Jody” L. Root, Jr., Health Care Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Noah Woods has joined Brown Law Group as a new associate and will represent employers in the areas of traditional labor law, including grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, union contract negotiations and other union-related matters. Woods comes to Brown Law Group from the Jordan Law Group located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a management-side labor and employment law firm, defending clients in labor and employment-related claims in federal and California state courts, the NLRB, EEOC, DFEH and DLSE, and in labor-related grievance arbitrations.

Woods earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, has been a Member of the California State Bar since December 2009 and is a member of California State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

“Noah is a welcomed and valuable addition to the Brown Law Group team,” said Janice Brown, founder and CEO of Brown Law Group. “His study and experience in the areas of labor law fits well with the focus of this firm. And, more importantly, Noah is a delight to have in the office. Our clients will truly enjoy working with him.”




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