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Community News-July 2013

MIKEAttorney Michael Bomberger, of the product liability firm Estey & Bomberger, has been appointed Plaintiff’s Co-Lead Counsel in a California mass tort lawsuit filed against Skechers USA over alleged serious injuries caused by the company’s Shape-ups toning shoes.

Attorney Jennifer Greene, also of Estey & Bomberger, was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the California coordinated cases.

“Being appointed as Co-Lead Counsel gives us the opportunity to quarterback this litigation,” said Bomberger. “We look forward to investigating what research and development – if any – Skechers performed prior to putting this dangerous product on the market. We also seek to pull back the curtain on Skechers alleged false advertising claims that put profits before consumer safety.”
The first lawsuit against Skechers, which was filed in January 2012 in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that 37 plaintiffs located in states across the country have suffered serious injuries, allegedly as a result of wearing the Skechers Shape-ups toning shoes. Since that initial filing in January 2012, there have been 24 new complaints filed against Skechers in the California coordinated proceedings, involving an additional 277 plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by the use of the Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoes.

ROGERIntellectual property trial lawyer Roger Denning has been elected to Fish & Richardson’s national Management Committee. Denning will continue to try cases, as well as serve as managing principal of the firm’s Southern California office, based in San Diego. He also serves as the firm’s national recruiting principal. As a member of Fish’s seven-member Management Committee, Denning will participate in strategic and operational decisions on a firm-wide basis for the firm’s 12 offices worldwide.

“I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this responsibility,” stated Denning. “I am excited and humbled to have such an important role in shaping the future of our firm, and I look forward to the challenges this opportunity will bring.”

Denning’s practice focuses on complex litigation, particularly patent infringement and other technology-related cases. He has tried patent cases throughout the country involving a wide variety of technologies, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer software and hardware, semiconductors, network interface and golf ball design.

STEVE AND LISAFor the third straight year, Higgs Fletcher & Mack has provided a $10,000 scholarship to a deserving University of San Diego law student.

The scholarship was made possible by contributions from 29 of the firm’s attorneys, and awarded to Lisa Charukul for the 2013 academic year.

“Our firm and attorneys have made it a priority to promote diversity in law school education,” said Steve Cologne, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We all support this important mission and are proud to collectively continue to help USD students complete their education.”

Charukul was awarded the Diversity Scholarship based on her community service involvement, academic achievement, commitment to volunteering and other personal qualities. Currently, Charukul is interning at the Public Defender’s Office and is slated to graduate in 2013.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack has been contributing to the USD School of Law since 2004 and created the Diversity Scholarship in 2010 to help significantly lessen the financial burden of law students in need.

SHELTONKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of Shelton Austin to the firm’s San Diego office. Mr. Austin joins the firm as an associate on the Electronics and Software Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Austin worked as an associate at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. He focuses his practice on intellectual property, patent preparation and prosecuting in various fields including wireless communications, computer, software, electronics, and medical devices. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Austin worked as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Austin earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State University.

JONAHShustak & Partners congratulates Jonah A. Toleno on being awarded an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, with a 5.0 out of 5.0 overall rating in Securities Law, General Practice and Business Law. Martindale-Hubbell reserves the “AV” ranking for those attorneys whose peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence and who adhere to the highest professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. Ms. Toleno extends her utmost gratitude and appreciation to her colleagues who participated in the voluntary peer review process on her behalf.

KYLE SHAUNAKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle T. Overs and Shauna M. Oakley. Mr. Overs will join the firm’s Professional Liability practice group, counseling and defending clients in malpractice claims brought against attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. Prior to joining Klinedinst, Mr. Overs volunteered in the pro bono division of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, assisting clients in domestic violence, medical malpractice, and unlawful detainer cases.

Mr. Overs earned his law degree from the University of Arizona School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Wake Forest University.

Ms. Oakley has joined the firm’s Construction and Real Estate practice groups. Prior to joining Klinedinst, Ms. Oakley handled complex civil litigation matters for a boutique firm in San Diego. She oversaw all stages of the litigation process in both Federal and State court proceedings, including extensive motion work, discovery and deposition practice, and court appearances.

Ms. Oakley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Oakley then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.

SPENCERThree months after the opening of the San Diego office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & the firm has already received a unanimous jury verdict in favor of its client, Catalina Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Coco’s and Carrows restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The case concerned two restaurant General Managers who claimed they were misclassified as exempt from California’s overtime, meal and rest period regulations.

According to Spencer Skeen, Managing Shareholder of Ogletree’s San Diego office, “The jury’s decision vindicates Coco’s treatment of general managers as employees that are exempt from California’s overtime, meal and rest period requirements.” The original founders of Ogletree’s San Diego office, Spencer Skeen and Tim Johnson, tried the case to the jury. The office has grown to five attorneys and is expected to continue growing rapidly.

KAREN EMILYWilson Turner Kosmo LLP has added Karen K. Haubrich and Emily J. Fox to the firm’s employment law practice. Founded in 1991, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is one of the largest women-owned law firms in the region.

Haubrich joins Wilson Turner Kosmo as Senior Counsel and holds over 20 years experience in labor and employment practice. Prior to joining the firm, Haubrich was a Senior Counsel at AT&T, where she was responsible for employment and labor related advice and litigation in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial Counties. She also ran training sessions on a variety of labor/employment subjects for managers and departments. Haubrich received her J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Fox joins Wilson Turner Kosmo as an associate and has previously represented private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. She has also counseled clients on day-to-day employment matters and advised employers on the latest developments in workplace law. Fox obtained her J.D. from the University of San Diego and a B.A. from the University of California San Diego.

 

 

Brian

Executive Publisher, Attorney Journal      President, Sticky Media, LLC

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