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Community News-April 2013

LauraBuckleyHiggs Fletcher & Mack is pleased to announce that Laura Buckley has moved from associate to partner.

Buckley joined the firm in 2009 and practices in all areas of federal and state taxation.

Buckley represents individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service and the state taxing agencies in the United States Tax Court and other federal and state forums. She also advises and represents creditors and debtors in business disputes and insolvency matters, including discharging taxes in bankruptcy. Prior to joining Higgs, Buckley was an IRS Chief Counsel attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney where she represented the Internal Revenue Service in tax and bankruptcy matters.

Buckley served as Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Taxation Section from 2010-2012, and she is currently on the leadership board of the California Bar Association’s Taxation Section, Corporate and Pass-Through Entities and Young Tax Lawyers Committees. Buckley was a featured speaker at the 2012 Annual California Tax Policy Conference, and recently published “Gliding Off the Fiscal Cliff Towards Taxmageddon” in the Fall 2012 Edition of California Tax Lawyer.

LisaMartensFish & Richardson has been named a top national trademark law firm for the third consecutive year by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, a guide to “the world’s leading trademark legal services providers.” Fish’s Southern California office, based in San Diego, also received the “silver band” designation for “the strong collection of trademark practitioners (that) seamlessly manages the gamut of brand-related mandates…a collaborative, dedicated team serves clients in the finance, software and fashion industries, among others.”

San Diego Fish partner Lisa Martens was individually mentioned by WTR as “perceptive and business-minded,” and that she supplies “further bench depth and is lauded for her deft handling of contentious mandates.”

The WTR 1000 is a comprehensive and definitive list that covers more than 50 global jurisdictions. Firms qualify for inclusion based on the depth of their expertise, market presence, and level of work. Individuals qualify based upon positive feedback from market sources with knowledge of their practice and market.

JormaKaukonenButterfield Schechter LLP celebrated its 15-year anniversary recently with a private concert for clients and business colleagues with special musical guest and firm client, Jorma Kaukonen. Jorma is a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna as well as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kaukonen treated guests to an evening of acoustical tunes from his vast repertoire.

Partner Marc Schechter, a personal friend of Kaukonen, is a graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Music (Guitar). Schechter said, “It was a great way to celebrate our firm’s 15-year anniversary with such an esteemed guest of honor, certainly different than the usual cocktail party.”

Butterfield Schechter is San Diego’s largest law firm focusing its practice on ERISA and employee benefits law matters.

SuzanneRotenBrown Law Group, a leading San Diego business litigation boutique law firm, has named attorney Suzanne K. Roten as partner. Ms. Roten, who has more than 22 years of legal experience, joins founder Janice Brown and partner Stacy Fode as the third partner in the law firm. Since Ms. Roten joined the firm she has worked with Brown Law Group clients in the areas of federal and state employment law compliance. In addition, she provides leadership in the areas of discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, retaliation and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. Ms. Roten’s expertise includes disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation, and in public accommodation compliance under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She provides assistance with executive employment contracts, arbitration agreements and confidentiality agreements.

Prior to joining Brown Law Group, Ms. Roten worked as a senior associate with the law firm of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones defending clients in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits and before the EEOC, DOL, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Prior to that position, Ms. Roten worked with the law firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA.

BenCoughlanParisimaRoshanzamirThe Gomez + Iagmin Law Firm is proud to announce the addition of two new trial lawyers, Ben Coughlan and Parisima Roshanzamir.

Ben Coughlan is a trial attorney devoted entirely to representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries. He began working for The Gomez Law Firm in 2011 as a summer associate. Ben earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. With The Gomez Law Firm, he has worked extensively on issues involving traumatic brain injuries.

Parisima Roshanzamir is a trial attorney who dedicates her time, knowledge, and energy to helping those who have suffered a loss in a catastrophic personal injury. She completed her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, earning a B.A. in Economics.


KandacePattonWatsonKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is proud to announce that Kandace Patton Watson has been chosen as a member of the 2013 class of Fellows, to participate in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Watson heads the Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Team in San Diego and is the co-chair of the Life Sciences and Medical Device Group. She has extensive experience representing companies, corporate boards and executives in complex transactions, in numerous industries, with an emphasis on healthcare and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, Internet and media, software and technology, and food and beverage companies.

Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is a growing organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Its goal is to help its Member organizations find, hire, retain, promote, and engage the best talent.

PaulCappitelliPaul Cappitelli, the former head of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, widely known as POST, and a retired captain of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, recently joined Best Best & Krieger LLP as a law enforcement specialist. A 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, Cappitelli will work with a team of attorneys from the firm’s nine offices across California and in Washington D.C. who focus on law enforcement issues.

Cappitelli, who will be based in the firm’s San Diego office, grew up in Ontario in Inland Southern California, and first joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1978. During his time with the department, Cappitelli worked in various capacities, including patrol, traffic, custody, homicide investigation, public affairs, gang enforcement and academy director. He retired in 2007 at the rank of captain.

Cappitelli is a member of several law enforcement organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association and the California Peace Officers’ Association.

The William B. Enright Inn of Court recently hosted the 2013 Joint American Inns of Court Annual Dinner.

The evening began with the presentation of a new award created by the five Inns to pay tribute to lifetime achievement in the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court movement came to San Diego in 1984 with the creation of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court. Four other Inns were later formed: the William B. Enright Inn of Court, the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court, the William L. Todd, Jr. Inn of Court, and the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Inn of Court. The Americans Inns of Court’s core mission is to increase civility and professionalism in the practice of law.

The Inns named the award “The Honorable William B. Enright Lifetime Achievement Award” and presented it to Judge William Enright as its first recipient for his substantial efforts in bringing the American Inns of Court movement to San Diego.

The keynote speaker at the dinner was Kathleen M. Sullivan Esq., former Dean of Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School Professor.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack partner Susan M. Hack is the current president of the Enright Inn of Court and served as the dinner’s emcee with nearly 300 attorneys and judges from the five Inns in attendance.



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