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Community News-December 2013

MichaelPorrazzoStutman Law is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney Michael J. Porrazzo. Michael works out of the San Diego Regional Office of the Pennsylvania-based subrogation firm. He will be working with the firm’s New Loss Department and Large Commercial Loss team. Prior to joining Stutman Law, he represented victims of elder abuse and nursing home neglect, catastrophic injury accidents and wrongful death.
Michael earned his degree from California Western School of Law where he was an Honors Instructor and tutor. He also received the Faculty Award for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the law school and community. Michael volunteers with the City of San Diego’s Therapeutic Recreation Services, working with children and adults suffering from mental and physical disabilities.

GregPykeRonald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, a non-profit that provides a home away from home to families pursuing essential pediatric treatments at San Diego hospitals, recently inducted Higgs Fletcher & Mack onto its “Wall of Honor.” The “Wall of Honor” recognizes companies that have contributed more than $25,000 in services and/or monetary contributions.
Greg Pyke, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack, has spearheaded several initiatives and contributed an array of expertise to the Ronald McDonald House since 2000. Pyke was a driving force behind the establishment of the current Ronald McDonald House located across from Rady Children’s Hospital. In 2009, Pyke’s efforts (as well as those of his law firm’s colleagues) made it possible to build and open the state-of-the art Ronald McDonald House with 47 guest rooms, pleasant outdoor courtyards, athletic facilities, computer lab and cheerful play spaces for children. This expansion quadrupled the capacity to house families and allowed the charity to open a Family Care Center for day visitors.

KirbyNoonanLanceAttorneys 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.

NicoleCusackCaseyGerry has promoted former law clerk Nicole Cusack to the position of associate attorney. According to firm partner, David S. Casey, Jr., Cusack will work closely with partner Robert Francavilla on cases related to head trauma and serious personal injury and will also specialize in product liability litigation. Cusack has worked at CaseyGerry for over four years and steps into her new position with extensive experience handling all aspects of personal injury litigation. Prior to working at CaseyGerry, she worked as a judicial extern for the Chambers of the Honorable Stephanie E. Joannides in Anchorage, Alaska.
Cusack received her J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. There she served as an executive member of the Appellate Moot Court Board and the International Law Journal. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration magna cum laude from St. Ambrose University. Prior to graduate school, she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Washington.

ErinGibsonErin P. Gibson, a Partner at international law firm DLA Piper has been named a 2013-2014 Global Fellow by The Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Global Fellows (limited to 12 attorneys from Europe and 12 from the United States) are an exclusive group of international Intellectual Property attorneys from Europe and the US that promote a higher level of international IP practice among the global legal community. These are intellectual property lawyers, including patent attorneys, who have been in practice for 8-15 years, who have a strong international focus in their practice, and have achieved recognition inside and outside their organizations as emerging leaders in the global legal community.

ChristopherHoffmanFisher & Phillips LLP has won first place in the social/interactive media category of the Legal Marketing Association Southeastern Chapter “Your Honor Awards” for its FMLA Leave Calculator App.
One of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms representing employers, Fisher & Phillips created the app which allows employers to calculate basic leave requests and determine how much FMLA leave an employee has available.
The LMASE “Your Honor Awards,” which were presented earlier this month, showcase the leading designs and creative strategies from firms throughout the Southeast, playing a key role as an inspiration for law firm marketing materials. The awards were selected by a panel of judges from the legal community in New York City.
The Fisher & Phillips FMLA Leave Calculator App, which was developed with Saturno Design, is available by visiting

PaulRobinsonHecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) announces that after an exhausting peer review, four of its attorneys have been honored with inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in their respective practice areas, with attorney and partner Paul Robinson named “San Diego Lawyer of the Year” in the area of land use and zoning law.
In addition to Robinson, who also was recognized in the real estate law practice area, the HechtSolberg attorneys named among The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 are: David Bagley, real estate law; Darryl Solberg, real estate law, corporate law and business organization law including LLCs and partnerships; and Susan Daly, real estate law.
Best Lawyer® recognizes just one lawyer in each practice area in each community as a “Lawyer of the Year.” Robinson earned this prestigious recognition for his highly regarded expertise in land use, environmental impact and governmental law. His representation includes negotiation with and appearance before all public agencies having land use jurisdiction including federal, state and local agencies.

HeatherRosingHeather Rosing, who serves as Klinedinst’s Chief Financial Officer and Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability practice group, has been elected as Treasurer of The State Bar of California. With 243,000 members, The State Bar of California is one of the largest bar associations in the nation.
Elected by the Board of Trustees, Ms. Rosing will serve a one-year term overseeing the State Bar’s budget and internal financial controls, in conjunction with the organization’s CFO. The new officers were sworn in at the State Bar’s annual meeting in San Jose in mid-October.
Following her service as President of the San Diego County Bar Association, Ms. Rosing was elected to the State Bar’s Board of Trustees in 2011. Since beginning her term, Ms. Rosing has actively participated in the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform, the Limited License Working Group, and several other important initiatives and studies. In the past year, she also served as Vice-Chair of the Board-level Nominations and Appointments Committee.


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