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Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has added Marianne Barth to the firm’s family law practice. Barth has over 20 years of legal experience. Her significant expertise in family law stems from experience as a civil and business litigator where she learned to understand and successfully resolve complex financial and emotional issues typically present in domestic cases. Barth works collaboratively with clients and adversaries to reach realistic, reasonable and cost effective solutions.
Though Barth’s current practice focuses on family law, she also has experience handling other complex litigation matters including business, health care and product liability. Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan, she was a partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP and also founded her own practice. Barth has served as a settlement judge pro tem in Superior Court, Family Law Division. She received her J.D. from the California Western School of Law and a B.S. from Villa Maria College.


Frederick Schenk, a partner with San Diego-based CaseyGerry has been reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the board of directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair Board). Schenk has served on the board since 2011, and was elected president in 2013. His new term will expire in January 2018, and he will continue to serve as president until January 2016.
The board of directors of the 22nd DAA runs the San Diego County Fair – as well as all operations at the state-owned fairgrounds in Del Mar. Members of the volunteer, nine-member board were appointed by Governor Jerry Brown or by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to four-year terms. Schenk, a longtime San Diego resident, was also vice president of the board of directors, and was appointed previously to serve on the Fair Board by former Governor Gray Davis, serving from 2002 to 2006.


Parada Ornelas has joined The Naumann Law Firm, PC as Associate Attorney. Ms. Ornelas specializes in construction defect and civil litigation. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California.
Prior to joining The Naumann Law Firm, Ms. Ornelas worked at a firm in San Diego representing institutional lenders in complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. She is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and is currently serving as the Secretary of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
Ms. Ornelas earned a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where she was recognized on the Dean’s List and was a recipient of the Lawyers Club’s Janeen Kerper Scholarship. She competed as a member of the Mock Trial Team and served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association. While in law school, Ms. Ornelas interned at the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Office of the U.S. Trustee, Southern District of California.

4aThe law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Peter B. Nichols and Clayton T. Graham have joined the firm as Associates. Nichols practices in the areas of construction law representing developers, general contractors, property owners and subcontractors in a variety of civil litigation and transactional matters. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1993, his Masters of Education from the University of Texas in 1997, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 2011.
Graham’s practice focuses on representing owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and product manufacturers in a variety of construction pre-litigation and litigation matters involving both residential and commercial properties. Graham received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2009.


Gomez Trial Attorneys is proud to recognize that the San Diego County Bar Association appointed David Fox to be the Vice-Chair of its Civil Litigation Section. The SDCBA hosts approximately 10,000 members. Fox has a diverse background that includes complex litigation at a large international law firm, trying criminal cases as a federal prosecutor, and now significant trial experience as a personal injury attorney at GTA. Among other things, Fox will be working with SDCBA leadership to help improve professional development, mentorship, and put together various educational and networking programs to enhance the experience.

6Eleven attorneys from Duckor Spradling Metzger Wynne have been recognized as San Diego Top Lawyers for 2014. They have each received the highest peer rating – AV Preeminent – through Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. DSMW is one of only a few firms where the majority of its attorneys are recognized as Top Lawyers in San Diego. DSMW would like to congratulate the following attorneys for their recognition as a Top Lawyer: Gary J. Spradling, Scott L. Metzger, John C. Wynne, Bernard L. Kleinke, Li-An C. Leonard, K. Jill Osmars, Anna F. Roppo, Michael A. Reed, Bryn C. Spradling, Douglas W. Lytle and James E. Chodzko. Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne is a San Diego-based regional law firm founded in 1977.


Higgs Fletcher & Mack announced today that attorney Michael Campbell has joined the firm. Campbell has more than nine years of experience and will
join the firm’s Healthcare practice group.
Campbell has a strong background in a variety of com-
plex litigation based practices including professional liability, employment law, personal injury, insurance defense, and commercial contract disputes. Campbell attended The College of Law in England, and joins Higgs from the law firm of Hegeler & Anderson in San Diego
“Michael brings a variety of expertise and experience to the firm,” said Managing Partner John Morrell. “In addition to having a strong legal background, he possesses the characteristics of a highly desirable team member that we value so much here at Higgs.”
Higgs Fletcher & Mack is proud to bring on its second attorney during its 75-year anniversary celebration. The the firm has pledged to collectively provide 7500 hours of community service in 2014 as well as financial support to local non-profits throughout the year.
“It is great to join Higgs at such an exciting time,” said Campbell. “The camaraderie and level of clientele is truly first-rate.”


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