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Community News-January 2013

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire associate Rebecca Blain has been selected as a finalist for Outstanding 2012 Young Attorneys by The San Diego Daily Transcript.

The San Diego Daily Transcript conducts an annual peer nominated process to determine the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: “Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional and Committed to the Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.”

Rebecca, a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, practices in the area of complex business litigation, condemnation and business disputes.

She is also widely known for her pro bono work and has twice received the prestigious State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono service. Beyond serving with the San Diego County Foster Youth Mentoring Program, she has worked with asylum applicants through the Casa Cornelia Law Center and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network of Los Angeles. Her other pro bono endeavors included involvement with clinics providing legal services for homeless youth and San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS.

Fish & Richardson has been named the top patent litigation firm in the country by Corporate Counsel magazine.  This is the ninth straight year that Fish has received the #1 ranking as the firm that handles the most patent litigation in the U.S.   The firm has 12 offices worldwide, including one in San Diego.

Corporate Counsel found that Fish handles significantly more patent litigation than any other law firm.  The annual survey, which was published in December 2012, ranks firms according to who represents clients in the most federal district court patent cases each year.  In 2011, Fish handled a total of 173 new patent cases, a 35% increase over the number of cases the firm handled in 2010 and 48 more cases than the firm’s nearest competitor.  Overall, the number of patent infringement actions filed in 2011 was the highest ever recorded.

“More companies trust Fish for complex high-stakes patent litigation for one reason: we win,” said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Litigation Practice Group Leader at Fish & Richardson.  “Clients know they can trust us to handle their most complex litigation problems because we are the absolute best at what we do.”

Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based law firm for more than 70 years, received the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Corporate Diversity Award last Saturday night. The award was presented at the Gilliam Bar Association’s 36th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner.

The annual award recognizes businesses that have shown a commitment to diversity in the San Diego legal community.

Established in 1976, this organization is named in honor of the late Earl B. Gilliam, the first African-American San Diego County Superior Court Judge and United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.  This Association preserves the highest standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, and has worked to represent the interests of African-American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in San Diego.

Susan Hack, Higgs’ partner and Diversity Committee chair, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. The Higgs firm has spearheaded several diversity-oriented initiatives within the last year, including an annual $10,000 scholarship that is given to a deserving University of San Diego diverse law student.

Klinedinst PC is very pleased to announce that Heather L. Rosing, Chief Financial Officer and Shareholder, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America® 2013. (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)

Rosing, a certified specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, was honored by the publication in the fields of Professional Liability Law, and Legal Malpractice Law. She was also one of only two attorneys featured in the field of Ethics and Professional Liability Law.

“Without a doubt, Heather is held in the highest regard by her peers, both inside and outside the firm,” said John D. Klinedinst, CEO of Klinedinst PC. “We are incredibly proud of her recognition by Best Lawyers, and congratulate her on the award.”

Higgs Fletcher & Mack, one of San Diego’s oldest and largest law firms, announces an expansion of space in order to accommodate its growing number of lawyers.

This additional space will allow the firm to continue adding attorneys with complimentary practices.

The expansion added approximately 3000 square feet on the 25th floor of the Columbia Center building downtown. The addition  includes seven attorney offices, one conference room, three secretarial stations, and a paralegal office.

“The firm is growing at a steady rate and for that reason, we needed more space,” said managing partner John Morrell. “We went from 62 attorneys in September 2011 to 69 in November 2012.

Higgs has undergone a number of recent positive changes including an entire rebranding and an extension of its practice areas to include the formation of the Environmental Law and the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) practice groups.

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.

The San Diego office of Fisher & Phillips LLP  announces the election of Danielle Hultenius Moore to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2013. Moore is a member of the firm’s nationally-recognized labor and employment law practice and joined the firm as an associate in 2006.

Moore represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, retaliation, unfair competition and wage-hour lawsuits, employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline and termination practices. She has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, such as the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and in arbitration. She regularly conducts management training and lectures on labor and employment issues. Moore started her career working on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Charles Grassley in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP, Moore practiced general business and construction-related litigation in San Diego.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is at it again. The California Daily Journal recently ranked Procopio fourth among all California firms in terms of growth in 2012, with a 27.3% growth rate. And the firm recently earned the ranking as San Diego’s largest law firm, with over 130 attorneys.

In the past year, Procopio added an office in Del Mar Heights. Most recently, to keep up with their growth momentum, the firm just announced that their Silicon Valley office, which was previously used on an as-needed basis by their San Diego-based attorneys, is now staffed full time by five lawyers who came from Sughrue Mion PLLC.  Leading the group up North is Miku H. Mehta, a partner on the Intellectual Property team.

“Procopio’s ability to thrive and grow in these times is a testament to the strength of our business,” said Managing Partner Tom Turner. “We continue to climb the ranks as a leader in the legal industry, and we will continue to add experts in fields relevant to the needs of our client base.”

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, a San Diego-based litigation law firm serving national, region and local clients, has added Robert K. Dixon as an associate to the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group.

Dixon joins the firm from Tucker Ellis LP, where he defended high profile corporate clients in products liability matters involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and asbestos-containing products. His practice at Wilson Turner Kosmo primarily focuses on the defense of national automotive manufactures against negligence and strict products liability lawsuits in both state and federal court. Dixon also represents automotive manufacturers in breach of warranty claims brought under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and Magnusson-Moss Act.

Dixon is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. Dixon developed an award-winning high school outreach program and also developed and managed a high school internship program.

Dixon obtained his J.D. from the Southern California School of Law and her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University.

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie congratulates its associate, Deborah Dixon, on being named one of San Diego’s Top Young Attorneys in 2012.

Deborah has been an associate at Wingert Grebing since 2007.  She is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on defending lawyers in professional liability actions, litigating complex business and contract disputes, and on defending and prosecuting employment and personal injury matters.

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie is a renowned trial firm with substantial experience in litigation, including legal malpractice defense, business disputes, employment cases, real estate development, construction matters, employment, intellectual property matters, and significant personal injury claims.  The attorneys at Wingert Grebing represent their clients effectively by developing a strategy for each unique case, engaging in creative alternative dispute resolution and filing targeted dispositive motions. Wingert Grebing’s attorneys are trained as trial lawyers.


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