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Community News-October 2013

ROBButterfield Schechter LLP is pleased to announce that Rob Butterfield was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ©2014 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.  Rob  was previously  included in   1991-2000,   2005-2011,   and 2013. Rob is a nationally recognized expert on ERISA and pension plans. He is the co-founder of Butterfield Schechter   LLP   with   a   practice emphasis  on  employee benefits,  executive  compensation, ERISA,  estate  planning  and  corporate  planning.  He  has practiced employee benefit, tax and corporate law since 1977. Rob is a co-founder of Promises 2 Kids (formerly known as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County) and serves as an “emeritus” member of its Board of Directors. He is a current member and former president of the  Western Pension and Employee Benefits Conference—San Diego Chapter.

THOMASThe American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the National College of Advocacy recently recognized Thomas D. Penfield—a partner with San Diego-based law firm  CaseyGerry—as  a  Diplomate of Trial Advocacy at its 2013 Annual Convention in San Francisco. Penfield   was   honored   for   his commitment to improving practical knowledge of trial skills and substantive law, as well as for his dedication to teaching and pursuing advanced legal education. In order to receive the designation, Penfield completed 400 hours of jury trial training with AAJ education programs, including the National College of Advocacy, the AAJ’s trial practice school.

Penfield is the only attorney in San Diego to attain this status. Only nine attorneys in California and fewer than 200 lawyers throughout the United States have earned this designation from AAJ, the largest organization of trial lawyers in the United States. The goal of the AAJ’s Trial Advocacy program is to build and develop professional knowledge— active participants are recognized for dedication, commitment and enthusiasm in pursuing legal education.

HEATHERKlinedinst is pleased to announce that associate Heather N. Catron has joined the firm’s growing Business Litigation  practice  group.  Ms. Catron works out of the San Diego office, but handles cases statewide. Ms. Catron earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she graduated cum  laude.  She  was  a  member  of the  San  Diego  International  Law Journal where she served as Research Assistant for a prominent law school professor. She was also involved in the USD Legal Clinics and served as Legal Assistant, tutoring and assisting first-year students.

During law school, Ms. Catron interned at the District of  Columbia’s  Attorney  General’s  Office  and  at  the  San Diego  Human  Relations  Commission.  In  recognition  for her  high-quality  work  and  success  at  achieving project goals, Ms. Catron was awarded a Special Commendation by the San Diego Human Relations Commission. A native of Washington State, Ms. Catron earned her undergraduate degree  in  International  Studies  from  the University  of Washington, where she graduated cum laude.

SUSANSusan Hack, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack, was recently presented with the  prestigious  Daniel  T.   Broderick III  Award  at  the  29th  annual  Red Boudreau Trial  Lawyers’  Celebration. The award is given to a lawyer in private practice with a substantial body of civil litigation  experience,  who  epitomizes the   highest   principles   of   civility, integrity and professionalism.

The Daniel T. Broderick III award was established in 1990 following his tragic death in 1989; he was a highly regarded trial attorney who was a model of civility and leadership. The award, presented each year in Broderick’s name, is considered the highest honor for an attorney in the San Diego legal community. Upon receiving the award, Hack reminded the audience of Broderick’s accomplishments and asked that the community honor his legacy by remembering him for what he did in the legal community, and not for how his life was taken.

“This is an incredible honor for me,” noted Hack. “The award reminds us of the spirit embodied by Dan Broderick himself, a spectacular trial attorney and a man who inspired all of us.”

STEPHENWingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie congratulates its managing partner, Stephen Grebing, on his election to the American Board of Trial Advocates   (ABOTA).   Membership in ABOTA requires high personal character, an honorable  reputation and a minimum of 20 jury trials to verdict. “Steve embodies the core values of ABOTA, including civility and professionalism, integrity, honor and  superior  trial  advocacy  skills,”  notes  Alan Brubaker, past-president of CAL-ABOTA and current member of the National Board of ABOTA.  With his induction, Steve joins six attorneys at Wingert Grebing who are ABOTA members, including Charles Grebing, Alan Brubaker, Robert Juskie, James Mangione, Christopher Todd and Roger Dyer.

REGINAFisher  & Phillips LLP is pleased to announce that Regina Petty, a partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles  offices,  has  been  selected for inclusion in San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys 2013 in the labor and employment law category. Petty’s practice areas focuses on labor and employment law counseling and litigation, and business litigation.

Petty practices in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and is experienced in multi-district and class action litigation. She advises employers and public agency boards and handles litigation for private and public employers, and has obtained defenses verdicts in jury trials in Imperial County, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. She successfully argued Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership (2008) 42 Cal.4th1158 before the California Supreme Court, a case noted on Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin’s top ten list of most significant cases and trends for the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s fiftieth anniversary. Petty is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

CHRISProcopio announces the addition of Chris Jaczko to the firm’s already significant Intellectual Property Litigation practice.  The firm houses one of the largest groups in the region.

Chris Jaczko, a former partner with Cooley, has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation, trade secret misappropriation claims and a wide variety of complex business litigation. Jaczko’s experience includes representing a number of publicly-traded and venture-backed biotechnology companies in patent and licensing matters. In addition to his extensive legal experience, Jaczko was a Marketing Engineer and a Major Accounts Manager with the Semiconductor Group of Texas Instruments, where he was responsible for the strategic development and marketing of semiconductor products to the telecommunications industry.

FREDERICKWilson    Turner    Kosmo    LLP is  pleased  to  announce  that  the firm’s   partner,   Frederick   Kosmo, has been appointed chair of the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee  for  the  United  States District  Court  for  the  Southern District  of  California.  The panel, composed of attorneys and other members of the community, will assist  in  the  selection  of  a  new federal magistrate judge to replace Magistrate Judge William McCurine, Jr., who will retire in February 2014.

Kosmo has practiced law for 25 years and joined Wilson Turner Kosmo in 1992. His practice focuses primarily on business, product liability, employment, contract, real estate, healthcare and trust litigation. He has been  active in many local organizations including Association of Business Trial Lawyers, American Inns of Court and the San Diego County Bar Association.

In 2011, Kosmo served as the commissioner if the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission, a seven-member panel, which has sole and exclusive authority to adopt the City’s  redistricting  plan  that  sets  the  boundaries  of  City Council districts. “It is a great honor and responsibility to assist in the selection of fair-minded Federal Court Judges,” states  Kosmo.  “I  look  forward  to  being  a  part  of  this important process.”


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