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Community News-November 2013

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 in 1992. His practice focuses primarily on business, product liability, employment, contract, real estate, health care 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.

As chair of the merit selection panel, Kosmo will oversee the process of selecting the next federal magistrate. His panel will conduct thorough interviews on all applicants in search of the most qualified. The process is completely confidential and the names of the five most qualified candidates will be forwarded to the District Court for consideration and final approval.

JUANITAFish & Richardson principal Juanita Brooks has been named one of California’s 2013 Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal, the largest legal industry publication in California.

As one of California’s 2013 Top 100 Lawyers, Brooks was recognized for her major win in June for Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. which was closely watched by the legal industry and held that that federal trial and appellate courts are required by statute to dismiss pending patent cases if the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has cancelled the asserted claims through reexamination. The Daily Journal also noted Brooks’ December 2012 defense win in a patent infringement case regarding three video compression patents involving Apple’s iPod, iPhone and MacBook.

Brooks received her B.A. from San Diego State University in 1974 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977. She joined Fish & Richardson in 2000 after a successful career in white collar crime to focus solely on intellectual property litigation.

ANDREA 1Andrea Nelson Myers, an attorney with the San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, has been named a San Diego Magazine Woman Who Moves the City and finalist for Woman of the Year. The awards “spotlight the dynamic and esteemed women who fuel San Diego’s successful businesses, support its charitable nonprofits and elevate the intellectual and cultural landscape” of the city.

Myers was recognized for her successful civil litigation practice and tireless dedication to the Junior League. She re-launched the Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival into a successful signature fundraiser and raised critical funds to support the Junior League’s mission and community projects, including its efforts to support foster youth. In addition to the Junior League, Myers is active in the Bishop’s School Alumni Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh San Diego Chapter.

Myers’ legal practice at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek emphasizes complex business disputes involving a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to private commercial clients.

FREDERICK SCHENKCaseyGerry partner Frederick Schenk has been selected by his peers as San Diego “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a prestigious national ranking of attorneys selected through an exhaustive annual peer-review process.

According to Best Lawyers, those honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. The honor reflects the highest level of respect a lawyer has earned among other attorneys based on his or her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

“Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year,” said the firm’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. “The fact that this honor is given by peers makes this accolade particularly significant.

SANDRAHiggs Fletcher & Mack recently added Sandra J. Brower as a partner. Brower specializes in eminent domain litigation for both public entities and private owners and prior to joining Higgs was with the law firm of Sullivan & Hill.

Brower served as an attorney for San Diego County, representing the County, special districts and the Department of Planning and Land Use in litigation and real estate matters. Brower also served as a mediator in eminent domain and related real estate matters and is frequently called upon to lecture organizations throughout California on real estate issues.

Brower is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and the Real Property and Civil Litigation Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association. She was named to the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys in Real Estate & Construction Litigation in 2012 as well as in Municipal/Government in 2013. In addition, Brower was named a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer for Real Estate, Eminent Domain and Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. She is recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyer in the field of real estate (2007-2013).

JOHN C WYNNEDuckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne is pleased to announce that John C. Wynne has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership is granted by invitation only to experienced trial attorneys who meet the organization’s requirements for high personal character and honorable reputation. He joins DSMW attorneys Scott L. Metzger and James E. Chodzko as ABOTA members.

Mr. Wynne is a senior lawyer in the firm’s litigation department. He co-chairs that department and heads the employment practice group. He has practiced employment law for over 25 years, has extensive trial experience in that area and has long been recognized as a top San Diego employment defense attorney. In addition, Mr. Wynne has litigated and/or tried or arbitrated numerous real estate, business/corporate, intellectual property (including four patent jury trials to verdict), and trust and estate cases.

Mr. Wynne earned a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.

MICHALE, DAVID, AND JAMESAttorneys Michael L. Kirby, David J. Noonan and James R. Lance from Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Kirby and Noonan were selected for their works in “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” while Kirby, Noonan, and Lance received awards for “Commercial Litigation.”

Best Lawyers has published its list for over three decades and is known as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

Founded in 1976 and based in downtown San Diego, KNL&H provides clients of all sizes the same high level of expertise available at the largest law firms and the personalized attention of a small firm. Well-known for its success with complex and large cases, KNL&H’s lawyers are uniquely versed in plaintiff and defense litigation, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution.



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