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Community News-June 2013

MIKE BOMBERGERA   San   Diego   man   represented by Mike Bomberger of Estey & Bomberger has received $3.5 million after  being  struck  and  run  over  in a Costco parking lot by an elderly driver. Miguel Rodriguez, 49, suffered broken  bones  throughout  his  body and a punctured lung as a result of the accident,  which  occurred in  March 2010,  according  to  the  San  Diego Police Department’s accident report.

“This accident was the result of an  elderly  driver  who  mistakenly pressed the accelerator rather than the brake.  Unfortunately, this accident scenario is not uncommon for elderly drivers,” said Bomberger. “There’s a strong need for elderly drivers to maintain their independence. But such needs must be balanced against public safety and the multiple accidents and serious injuries that occur as a result of elderly driving errors.” We believe there should be more frequent testing for elderly drivers to ensure their ability to drive safely and to protect the public from such tragic accidents.” Estey & Bomberger is currently representing people in three separate cases that involved devastating injuries from elderly drivers.

STEVEN STRAUSSSteven  Strauss  of  Cooley  LLP in San Diego is representing the family members of Junior Seau, who recently brought a wrongful death suit in California state court against the National Football League and helmet maker Riddell Inc., claiming the brain trauma that the famed former  linebacker  suffered  on  the field  led  him  to  commit  suicide. The  complaint   asserts   that  Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy after being hit repeatedly in the head over the course of his football career, and that although the NFL was aware of the evidence and risks associated with repetitive traumatic brain injuries for many decades, it deliberately ignored and hid the information from its players.

JIM EISCHENHiggs Fletcher & Mack announces the hiring of new partner James (Jim) J. Eischen, Jr. With more than 25 years of legal experience, Eischen is a national expert in medical physician reimbursement compliance who represents a variety of medical practices and health care IT companies across the U.S. and internationally.

Regularly utilized by the American Association of Private Physicians   (AAPP)   to   lecture   on   medical   compliance issues   for   the   last   four   years, Eischen is expanding his physician compliance outreach to integrative/ holistic education conferences both locally and nationally. Mr. Eischen also maintains a health news aggregation service for physicians that   is   utilized   by   the   AAPP. His    background    also    includes 24 years of dispute/litigation expertise involving corporate, real property and commercial litigation as well as transactional representation  for  commercial  and  residential  real  estate developers.

Prior to joining Higgs, Eischen maintained a successful practice,   the   Eischen   Law   Group.   He   earned   his undergraduate degree from Creighton University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis.

ERWIN SHUSTAK JENNIFER HEGEMIERErwin  J. Shustak and Jennifer S. Hegemier have been selected by San Diego Magazine as “Top Lawyers in San Diego.”   Erwin was honored for  his  excellence  in  Securities, Finance and Complex Business Litigation  and  highlighted  as  one of San Diego’s “Top Attorneys That You Need to Know.” As the founding and managing partner of Shustak & Partners, Erwin’s trial and arbitration experience includes business, securities, and financial fraud; breach of  contract;  real  estate  transactions and disputes; employment disputes; unfair competition, non-compete and restrictive covenant cases; probate and estate disputes and intellectual property disputes including copyright and trademark infringement.

Jennifer  Hegemier  was  honored for her excellence in Civil Appeals and Writs. Jennifer heads the firm’s Appellate Practice Group with 18 years of expertise in a wide variety of issues on appeal, including Complex Business Litigation; Real Estate and Land Use; Bankruptcy; Civil Procedure; Civil Rights; Commercial Contracts;      Constitutional       Law;     Environmental      Law; Governmental Agencies: Construction Defect; Anti-SLAPP; Personal Injury; Premises Liability; Animal Law; Family Law; Insurance  /  Bad  Faith;  Labor  and  Employment; Products Liability; Intellectual Property; Professional Malpractice and many others.

JOHN GOMEZJohn H. Gomez, Founding Partner  and  Lead  Trial  Attorney for Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys, has  been  selected  as  a  member  of the Summit Council, an exclusive group comprised of top civil justice attorneys in the United States. Summit Council members are nationally recognized by their peers as top civil justice advocates. All members have obtained at least one $10 million dollar jury verdict and at least three jury verdicts in excess of $1 million dollars as lead counsel in jury trials, have served as the President or Chair of a state or national civil justice association, or have served as Chair of a plaintiff’s steering committee for a major mass tort or class action litigation.  Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys is a plaintiff’s law firm specializing in serious personal injury, wrongful death, complex product liability and mass torts.

ANN CATHCART CHAPLINFish  &  Richardson  has  been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) “2013 Intellectual Property Hot   List”   as   one   of   20   firms “that have demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal- making” in cases that “often have billions at stake.”  This is the second year that Fish has been named to the NLJ “IP Hot List,” which the publication started in 2012.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the best IP firms in the country,” said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Litigation Practice Group Leader at Fish & Richardson.

The NLJ noted that Fish retained its long-held title for filing more patent litigation than any firm nationwide and played a leading role in a number of precedent-setting intellectual property cases in 2012. Fish’s 2012 wins include: a landmark victory for Mayo Clinic at the U.S. Supreme Court, an en banc Federal Circuit win for W.L. Gore that clarified a two-prong test for establishing willful infringement, and a Federal Circuit win for Cephalon that protects their $140 million a year AMRIX drug until 2024 and set a new legal standard for proving patent invalidity in Hatch-Waxman cases.

FLOYD BROWNJAMIE RITTERBECKKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce the addition of Jamie M. Ritterbeck  and  Floyd  A.  Brown  to the San Diego office of Klinedinst PC. Ms. Ritterbeck joins the business litigation team, and will work primarily   with   Shareholder   James D. Crosby on complex and general business litigation cases. Prior to joining Klinedinst, Ms. Ritterbeck worked for a busy litigation defense firm in Newport Beach where she handled all phases of litigation, from discovery and depositions to settlement negotiations and court appearances.

Ms. Ritterbeck earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. While in law school, Ms. Ritterbeck interned   at   the USD School of Law’s Appellate Clinic, where she successfully represented her client before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals, resulting in her client’s release from federal custody. As a result of her outstanding work, Ms. Ritterbeck was honored as the Outstanding Clinic Intern.

Floyd Brown will work primarily with the employment law, construction, and real estate practice groups. Mr. Brown has a wide range of litigation experience, including law and motions, drafting and responding to discovery, meeting and conferring with both counsel and clients, and managing client communications. Before being elevated to an attorney, Mr. Brown worked as a litigation paralegal with Klinedinst, supporting all phases of litigation, from legal research, document review/management to witness interviews, and trial support.

Mr.  Brown  graduated  law  school  from  Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Brown served in the United States Air Force for 23 years, retiring as a Technical Sergeant. While in the Air Force, Mr. Brown served as a non-commissioned officer, and defense paralegal in the Air Force JAG Corp. Mr. Brown served in locations around the world, including Germany, Cuba, England, Bosnia, and is a Gulf War Veteran.

Brian

Executive Publisher, Attorney Journal      President, Sticky Media, LLC

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