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Community News-February 2013

1-BillKammerSolomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP is well-positioned to comply with the San Diego County Bar’s December ethics opinion 2012-1 addressing technical competence when representing litigation clients with electronically stored information (ESI). The firm is one of the more technically sophisticated firms in processing and analyzing ESI. In May 2012, it installed Access Data’s new Summation Pro software, essentially serving as an alpha tester. Based on its input, Access Data patched and upgraded the program to the version now being installed at other firms throughout the world.

Bill Kammer, a litigation partner, heads the firm’s eDiscovery and ESI services team. He oversees its client services and the use of the software, stating: “We are cutting edge in our ability to perform eDiscovery.”

The new ethics opinion provides that lawyers lacking technical expertise to represent clients in eDiscovery evolutions must associate those who are eDiscovery adept. Kammer views his firm’s expertise as a tremendous service both to its own clients and potentially to other firms, commenting that the “new technology saves clients significant costs and allows Solomon Ward’s trial lawyers essential and expanded eDiscovery capabilities.”

2-TonyStieglerCooley LLP announced today that it received a jury verdict in favor of Websense Inc., a San Diego maker of corporate security software, in a patent infringement case pending before a jury in Delaware federal court.

Finjan Inc., a provider of secure Web gateway solutions, sued Websense along with similar security software companies Symantec Corp., Sophos Inc., McAfee Inc., and Webroot Inc., claiming that each company infringed on Finjan’s patents. Finjan sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Following the three-week long trial, Chief Judge Sleet and the jurors agreed with the Cooley team, which argued that Websense’s security products do not extract a list of suspicious computer operations at the gateway of a computer network, and, therefore, do not infringe on Finjan’s patents.

The Cooley team was led by litigation partner Tony Stiegler and included partner John Kyle, and associates Paul Batcher, Brian Lam, Erin Goodsell, José Rodriguez, and Jennifer Fontaine.

“We are tremendously appreciative of the entire effort involved to win this important case,” said Christian Waage, General Counsel at Websense. “Tony and the Cooley team were superb.”

3-JohnGomezJanesIagminThe Gomez Law Firm kicks off 2013 by announcing a name change to Gomez + Iagmin, reflecting the naming of James Iagmin as Managing Partner of the firm, alongside Founder and Lead Trial Attorney John Gomez. Gomez + Iagmin will be moving to larger offices in downtown San Diego located at 655 West Broadway, Suite 1700 starting on February 1, 2013.

With close to 20,000 square feet, the firm’s 25 attorneys and staff will be able to provide turnkey services to their clients in the areas of serious personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and mass torts, as the space includes 4 conference rooms, a boardroom for 26, and also a client lounge. Gomez + Iagmin continues to be at the forefront of the legal field, with an onsite law library, and a full courtroom with judge’s bench, jury box, counsel tables and gallery in order to offer continuing legal education courses and serve as a venue for mock trials or focus groups.

4-DanielAgleKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce that San Diego attorney Daniel S. Agle has been named General Counsel of the California-based law firm.

After serving as Assistant General Counsel during 2012, Mr. Agle will now take on the role of General Counsel in advising the firm’s attorneys, managers, and Executive Committee members on all internal risk management matters.

Mr. Agle is a key member of Klinedinst’s Professional Liability Group, primarily representing attorneys, accountants, and insurance brokers in complex litigation and arbitration in both federal and state courts. Mr. Agle has secured numerous major victories for his clients in these forums over the years. He also advises a variety of professionals on ethics and risk management matters, and represents judges, lawyers, and accountants before the Commission on Judicial Performance, the California State Bar Court, and the California Board of Accountancy.

Active in the local legal community, Mr. Agle is currently involved in the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, the San Diego County Bar Association, State Bar of California, and American Bar Association. Mr. Agle earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and attended undergraduate school at Brigham Young University where received his Bachelor of Science cum laude in 2003.

5-MartyLorenzoMintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. announced that Marty B. Lorenzo has joined the firm as a Member, expanding its Corporate & Securities Section in San Diego. A Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Mr. Lorenzo is the latest addition to the office, which has one of the largest concentrations of military veterans practicing law in the San Diego area.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Lorenzo has developed extensive experience assisting public and private emerging growth companies in domestic and international transactions involving private equity and venture capital financings as well as mergers and acquisitions. His clients are in various industries which include media, government contracting, telecommunications, software, information technology, semiconductors, life sciences, health care services, retail, hospitality and clean technology. He regularly provides counsel on operational matters including corporate governance, internal investigations, federal securities compliance, foreign corrupt practices and post-merger integration issues. Mr. Lorenzo also frequently advises his international clients on issues related to expansion and consolidation projects, reorganization of assets, and cross-border business law matters.

In 2010, Mr. Lorenzo received the San Diego County Bar Association’s Service to Diversity Award. The Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego and the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego have honored him with the Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, The Daily Transcript named him to its list of San Diego County Top Attorneys in recognition of his corporate transactional practice.

6-RonBallRon Ball, the former city attorney of Carlsbad, has joined Best Best & Krieger LLP as an of counsel attorney, the firm announced today.

Ball, who retired from his Carlsbad position in December after 26 years, will practice in BB&K’s San Diego office where he will be a member of the firm’s municipal law practice group, one of the largest in California.

BB&K attorneys serve as city attorney to more than 30 cities in the state, and provide special counsel services to dozens more. Ball has an extensive background in legal issues that affect cities. During his tenure in Carlsbad, Ball worked on several high-profile and cutting-edge legal matters, including the creation of California’s first financing district, the defense and implementation of the city’s growth management plan, the drafting of the city’s first development agreement for Legoland, the drafting of the second agreement for the proposed Carlsbad desalination plant, the largest of its kind in the United States, drafting and implementing changes to Carlsbad’s city charter and participating in proceedings before the California Energy Commission.

“Ron acquired extensive expertise in the critical areas of municipal law during his distinguished career as a city attorney,” said Jeff Ballinger, head of BB&K’s municipal law practice group. “We welcome him to BB&K and look forward to working with him.”

Prior to joining Carlsbad in 1986, Ball was an attorney with Mendocino County. He attended Stanford University, earning a degree in civil engineering and the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained a master’s degree in business administration. Ball holds a law degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, graduating in 1977.

Ball is the California State Chair, International Municipal Lawyers’ Association. He is also a member and former director of the North County Bar Association of San Diego County, and a director and former president of the San Diego StanfordClub. He lives in Carlsbad.

7-DeborahDixonWingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie proudly announces that Deborah Dixon has been named partner. Deborah started with Wingert Grebing as a law clerk, and after passing the bar in 2007, has been practicing complex litigation, trying numerous jury and bench trials. “Deborah continues to be an integral member of the firm,” says Managing Partner Stephen Grebing; “her partnership was well-deserved.” Deborah’s practice includes defending lawyers in professional liability actions, litigating complex business and contract disputes, and defending and prosecuting employment and personal injury matters.

Brian

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