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Community News – December 2012

Angela M. Jae has joined Casey Gerry as its newest associate attorney. Jae will join the team specializing in personal injury, as well as product liability litigation. Prior to joining Casey Gerry, Jae spent six years as a senior associate in the litigation department at San Diego-based Tosdal, Smith, Steiner & Wax. Jae earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2006. While there, she received the Wiley M. Manual Award for pro bono legal services for her work with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego and was also a co-founder and president of the Korean Law Society and co-founder and marshal of the school’s chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, an international legal fraternity. Additionally, she was active in the Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association and served as its vice president and secretary. She worked as a law clerk at the Equal Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and as a legal assistant at Endres and Estle in San Diego.

Casey Gerry has expanded its class action litigation practice team with the addition of veteran attorney Mark Ankcorn.

Ankcorn, whose practice has been concentrated on consumer actions, is joining the firm as an attorney of counsel and will work closely with partner Gayle M. Blatt in representing clients on complex litigation matters, including national class actions against the largest

banks in the world. The firm is actively prosecuting cases against JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America and Discover Financial Services, among others.

“Mark brings us a wealth of expertise, ranging from leading a team that prosecuted the largest financial services companies in the world to representing insurance companies in major health care fraud litigation,” said Casey Gerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. “His knowledge of finance, regulatory compliance and risk exposure will be particularly important to our class action work, as well as our personal injury and product liability practices.”

Prior to joining Casey Gerry, Ankcorn was in private practice in San Diego, handling national consumer class actions, with more than $9 million in settlements to date. He was also an associate with boutique litigation firms in Century City, Calif., and Orlando, Fla.

After graduating as a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif – given to only the top ten percent of the class – from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif. – Ankcorn began his legal career as a deputy district attorney in Orange County, Calif. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., where he lettered in football and basketball.

DLA Piper’s Darryl Steinhause has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Real Estate Investment Securities Association (REISA), a national trade association of decision makers that influence over 20,000 professionals who offer and manage alternative investments. A partner in the firm’s Corporate practice and in the Real Estate Capital Markets subgroup in San Diego, Steinhause structures funds for a wide variety of significant clients across the country, acting as lead counsel on several billion dollars of fund and debt offerings. The REISA Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has provided exceptional service to REISA, the industry REISA serves or the community. Steinhause was honored with this recognition during REISA’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

Fish & Richardson has been named the #1 Overall

Litigation firm and #1 IP Litigation firm for America’s largest corporations in Corporate Counsel’s 2012 “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” survey.  Fish was the #1 “Litigation King” according to Corporate Counsel with 16 mentions from Fortune 100 companies including Microsoft; Google, Inc.; Amazon, and Bank of America Corporation.

Corporate Counsel searched public records to determine the outside

counsel most frequently used by Fortune 100 companies in five different practice areas, including intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, contracts litigation, labor litigation, and torts litigation.  The results are based on data from 2011.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have so many of America’s largest corporations trust us to handle their most important high stakes litigation,” said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Litigation Practice Group Leader for Fish & Richardson.  “We have topped the IP Litigation survey for the past three years because we consistently deliver the quality, results, and value that our Fortune 100 clients expect.”

Corporate Counsel, which is published by ALM, is a monthly business magazine for chief legal officers and in-house counsel at corporations.

Fish & Richardson principal Juanita Brooks has been named one of California’s 2012 Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Daily Journal, the largest legal newspaper in California, looks for lawyers who have “moved the needle, had an impact on the legal industry, the state, the nation and the world” to make California’s Top 100 Lawyers list. More than 1000 lawyers were considered.

As one of California’s 2012 Top 100 Lawyers, Brooks was recognized for her tenacious patent infringement work in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  Representing Microsoft Corp., she appealed a $358 million jury award to Lucent and was able to reduce the award to $26.3 million after a second trial.  Brooks considered the award to be still too high and appealed a second time.  She was able to reach a confidential settlement for Microsoft for far less than the jury award. Since then, that case, Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. Gateway, Inc., 580 F.3d 1301 (Fed. Cir 2009) has given the Federal Circuit guidance on setting similar patent infringement damages and is often referenced in other like cases.

Fish & Richardson has been named an elite “National First-Tier” law firm in five practice areas – Patent Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation, and Patent Litigation – in U.S. news/ Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Fish was also recognized as the “Law Firm of the Year” in IP Litigation and Patent Litigation.  Only one law firm in each practice area – from among thousands of firms nationally – is selected to receive “Law Firm of the

Year” honors, making this a particularly significant achievement.

Fish’s offices in San Diego, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Delaware, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, and Washington, D.C. also received top “First-Tier” rankings.

“Receiving once again the first-tier ranking for our southern California practice – and our other offices – is a great compliment and one we do not take lightly,” stated Roger Denning, managing principal of the Fish’s San Diego office. “The fact that our clients and colleagues view us in such high regard is a major accomplishment for which we are quite proud.”

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes collecting client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.  Fish’s high rankings and designation as “Law Firm of the Year” signal a unique combination of depth and breadth of expertise and unparalleled excellence.

John Gomez, Founder and Lead Trial Attorney of The Gomez Law Firm recently received two Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. John Gomez, along with managing partner Jim Iagmin, was recognized for his results in Zaccaglin

v. Starbucks. This was followed by a second Trial Lawyer Award this year for Novak v. Pizza Hut, for which he was recognized, along with Joe LaVelle. Gomez has also previously received the Trial Lawyer of the Year recognition on two occasions from the CASD.

Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce the launch of its Complex Litigation practice group, made up of attorneys across California with significant pre-trial, trial, and appellate experience in large, high-exposure matters.

Complex litigation regularly involves intensive pre-trial litigation and discovery, thousands of documents, huge repositories of electronically-stored information (ESI), multi-district litigation (MDL),

and multi-million dollar damages. Multi-week trial support and an ability to excel under intense litigation pressures and media scrutiny are often needed to aggressively represent clients and protect their reputations and interests.

“More and more, we are seeing these intense cases involving layers of complicated issues, the need to respond or seek relief immediately to protect the client, significant case management and discovery challenges, and ‘bet the business’ damages,” says  James D. Crosby, the San Diego-based Shareholder who has been selected to chair the group. “These cases, and the risks and challenges they present, can be daunting for clients of any size. Thanks to the unparalleled experience of our group’s members, our Complex Litigation team can create and tailor a plan to handle any complex matter efficiently and effectively.”

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP, is proud to announce the admission of three new partners effective January 1, 2013; Danielle C. Humphries, David W. Smiley and Nowell A. Lantz.

Ms. Humphries is a prominent trust and estate lawyer serving the estate planning, trust administration and probate needs of high net worth individuals.  She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego, where she received her J.D. and an

LL.M. in Taxation.  Prior to joining the firm, Danielle was associated with two boutique trust and estate planning firms.

Mr. Smiley practices in the areas of business litigation, construction law, construction defect, and insurance coverage. He is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder and Creighton University where he received his J.D. degree.  Prior

to joining the firm, David was associated with a Denver, Colorado firm and gained extensive experience in the field of insurance litigation.

Mr. Lantz practices in the areas of construction law, business litigation, and government and regulatory.  He also practices Probate Litigation. The scope of his representation includes all aspects of litigation, from complaint filing through jury trial and judgment collection.  He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and of the University of San Diego, where he received his J.D. degree. Nowell started with the firm as a law clerk and has spent his entire professional career with Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP.

Mitch Dubick, Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s senior tax partner, and his wife of 38 years, Julie Dubick, were the recent recipients of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty award.  This award is one of the League’s highest honors; the Dubicks are the first individual San Diego recipients.

The award goes to individuals exemplifying a commitment to promoting respect, counteracting hatred and bigotry, and supporting

fair treatment of all.  The Dubicks were recognized for their commitment to the ideals of the League for over three decades, as well as giving their time and expertise in the community.

Mr. Dubick has been Chairman of the Board for  Seacrest Village, San Diego Senior Community Centers and   Second Chance, and is a National Commissioner and National Executive Committee Member of the Anti-Defamation League. In 1995, he received the League’s first National Young Leadership Award. Mr. Dubick has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. At Higgs, he concentrates his practice on tax controversy matters, representing individual and corporate clients before the IRS and state taxing authorities, as well as business, real estate, and tax planning.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch announced the addition of 6 attorneys to their San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices. Raymond K. Chan, Dave Deonarine, and Cecilia O’Connell Miller have joined the firm as senior counsel and Jamie L. Altman, Jamie D. Quient, and Victor Sai have joined as associates.

With over 130 attorneys in 3 offices throughout San Diego County, Procopio reported a growth of 20 attorneys from August 2011-July 2012. “We are thrilled to be able to bolster our intellectual property and litigation practices with the addition of these six outstanding young attorneys,” said Procopio managing partner Tom Turner.

Altman’s practice includes representation of plaintiffs and defendants in all manners of commercial and civil litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, and complex litigation. Her practice also encompasses various bankruptcy matters, including debtor/creditor relations.

Chan’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience litigating utility patent, design patent, trade dress, and trademark cases, and has represented clients from the automotive, biotechnology, chemical engineering, computer, and consumer product industries.

Deonarine’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation. He represents clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical manufacturing, entertainment, apparel, food, and consumer product industries. Miller focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and pre-litigation counseling with a specialization in insurance coverage recovery.

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie congratulates Charles R. Grebing for being named a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist by the California State Bar. Mr. Grebing was one of the original 14 certified legal malpractice specialists in San Diego.










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