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Community News – November 2014



Butterfield Schechter & Van Clief LLP is pleased to announce that Rob Butterfield was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Rob was previously included in 1991-2000, 2005-2011, 2013 and 2014.
Rob is a nationally recognized expert on ERISA and pension plans. He is the co-founder of Butterfield Schechter & Van Clief 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.


Angela Jae Chun, an attorney with San Diego-based CaseyGerry, has been elected president of the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD), an organization established to help advance Korean American attorneys and law students in the legal profession.
In her role as president, Jae Chun will spearhead the organization’s board of directors and work to help further the goals of KABA-SD by promoting Korean Americans in the legal profession and the community. She will serve a one-year term, ending in September 2015. Founded in 2007, KABA-SD provides events and workshops, as well as legal, educational, political, charitable and other services to the Korean American community. For more information, visit

3Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce that the firm has received the Artistic License Award from the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA). The award recognizes Fish’s pro bono work protecting intellectual property on behalf of low-income artists, inventors and entrepreneurs in California. CLA presented Fish with the Artistic License Award at a reception in Los Angeles, where the firm also received recognition from the City of Los Angeles, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly. Other honorees of the award included the Actor’s Gang and California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez.
“We are honored to receive the Artistic License Award in recognition of our dedication to the arts and to pro bono service,” said Katie Niejadlik, pro bono manager of Fish. “The goal of any law firm pro bono program is to identify meaningful opportunities that use the unique skills of your attorneys on behalf of clients who otherwise would not have access to our justice system.”
Since the creation of the California Inventors Assistance Program in early 2013, Fish attorneys have devoted over 1800 hours, worth more than $750,000, on 49 pro bono matters for 37 clients.

4The Law Office of Henry Ahrens, is proud to announce they have joined the global anti-poverty organization Soles4Souls Inc. as a San Diego official drop-off location. The Law Office of Henry Ahrens is collecting new or gently worn shoes at their office located at 4379 30th Street, Suite 3, San Diego, California 92104. Henry Ahrens, Esquire will collect shoes all year long to help Soles4Souls monetize used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, as well as distribute new shoes and clothing. After practicing law for over twenty-five years in New York, Mr. Ahrens made the leap to San Diego, California, two and a half years ago, continuing his practice which focuses on immigration and bankruptcy law.
“Collecting for Soles4Souls is something I am proud to be doing for the community. Soles4Souls helps people in need all over the United States and abroad,” said Attorney Henry Ahrens. “Offering a drop-off location also allows for my neighbors in the community to join me in giving back.” Founded in 2007, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 25 million shoes in well over 100 countries.

5Higgs Fletcher & Mack, has announced that Donald Sheppard was named to San Diego Metro Magazine’s “40 under 40” list. With more than 13 years of experience in immigration and nationality law, Sheppard was recognized for his professional accomplishments and for devoting a significant amount of time to various charities. Mr. Sheppard is also a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to this honor, Sheppard was named a Top Attorney for Immigration by San Diego Metro Magazine and recognized by Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014. He currently serves many additional roles, including Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, board member for the California Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar, and active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, he’s a board member with The Professional Alliance for Children, an all-volunteer organization comprised of local attorneys and financial professionals who donate thousands of hours of free legal and financial advice to families caring for a sick or injured child.

6San Diego law office Jassim & Associates has added attorney Nathan G. Batterman. Batterman graduated from California Western School of Law in 2011, and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Wisconsin—Madison. Batterman formerly worked for local firms the Levinson Law Group, Campbell Law Offices and Gallagher Krich. In his new position, Batterman expands his practice areas to include family law, contract law, and legal and medical malpractice.
Lead attorney Pajman Jassim brought Batterman to Jassim & Associates to better serve a growing client roster. “Nathan is enthusiastic, energetic, hard-working and dedicated to his clients,” Jassim said. “Nathan’s experience and dedication to difficult cases manifests itself in the results he’s achieved—often beyond what is expected.”

7Renowned leadership expert and management consultant Jeff Wolf announced the release of Seven Disciplines of a Leader, available November 24, 2014. The step-by-step guide to adopting key disciplines necessary for effective leadership is Wolf’s second book and poised to resonate with professionals looking for guidance in an ever-challenging business landscape. Pre-order today for delivery before the holiday season. Wolf penned the book after more than 14 years of experience in the C-suite and management training for large national and multinational corporations. He brings direct experience and solutions to his clients at the helm of Wolf Management Consulting, LLC. Wolf will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to three non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of lives for wounded service men and women. Wolf sees giving back to those who serve and protect our country as an essential and part of ‘walking the talk’ of leadership. Read more by

8Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce that Vickie Turner has been elected Chair of the National Bar Association (NBA) Commercial Law Section and a member of the NBA Board of Governors. Turner was recently elected to both positions during the association’s 89th Annual Convention in Atlanta. The NBA is the oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges. The Commercial Law Section is one of twenty-three sections of the NBA and is committed to bringing its members together with in-house counsel at major corporations who seek to increase the diversity of their outside counsel ranks.
As Chair of the Commercial Law Section, Turner will lead an Executive Committee of 20 lawyers from law firms and corporations across the United States. Her program year theme is “Raising the Bar” as she leads the Commercial Counsel Conference on February 26-28, 2015, in Naples, Florida. The Conference attracts over three hundred in-house and outside counsel attendees with transactional and litigation practices. As a member of the Board of Governors, Turner will help formulate and carry out the association’s policies and procedures.


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