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Community News – December 2014

1Taking the helm of the only statewide bar association for women in California, CaseyGerry partner Wendy Behan was recently sworn in as president of the California Women Lawyers (CWL)at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Silent Auction at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.
In her new role, Behan will serve a one-year term and head the organization’s board of governors – representing the interests of more than 30,000 women working in all facets of the legal profession throughout California. She has served on CWL’s board of governors and executive committee since 2011 and is past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego – which also seeks to advance the status of women in law and society – currently serving on their advisory board.
Concentrating her practice on serious personal injury cases, class actions and pharmaceutical and medical device products liability, Behan has been involved in litigation against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants (DePuy ASR, Biomet, Wright, Stryker), Hydroxycut® and transvaginal mesh products.

2Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) has been named a Tier 1 San Diego law firm in the areas of real estate law and land use and zoning law in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2015 rankings.
Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
“This is a tremendous honor as the rankings are based on peer and client input,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner with HechtSolberg. “Our more than 40 years of leadership in the San Diego real estate industry— transactions and business entities, land use, zoning and common interest developments – center on meeting the needs of our clients with high-value, practical legal advice.”

3Kehr Law, APC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of William McDonald and Maria Posis of the McDonald Legal Group. William is licensed to practice in California and Oregon. He brings with him 10 years of bankruptcy law knowledge and experience. In the past decade, William has successfully filed over 1,000 consumer and business bankruptcy cases under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. William earned his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington and brings estate planning as well as tax experience to our firm. In his free time, William enjoys golfing and outdoor activities. Maria brings over 11 years of experience managing business relations at the senior management level. Kehr Law is thrilled to have William and Maria as the newest members of its team and looks forward to bringing you a wider range of expertise as well as an unparalleled quality of service.

4San Diego Elder Law Center attorney Philip P. Lindsley has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California (TEXCOM), for a three-year term, which began on September 14, 2014. “This is a great honor,” said Lindsley, “and an opportunity to serve the Trust and Estate and Elder Law Bars, as well as the interest of the general public. I look forward to whatever I can contribute to the Section from my experience in the fields of Elder and Special Needs law.”
The Trust and Estate Section of the California Bar has a membership of more than 5,000 attorneys from Eureka to El Centro. The Executive Committee directs the policies and affairs of the section and supervises the section’s activities, such as its educational programs, membership communications, publications, and standing or substantive committees. Committees include Estate Planning, Income and Transfer Taxes, Trust and Estate Administration, Litigation, Incapacity (including Conservatorship, Guardianship, and Elder Law), and Ethics.

5Higgs Fletcher & Mack announced today the hiring of its newest Associate, Gerissa S. Conforti, to its family law group. Conforti will play an important role in advising and counseling clients on family-related legal issues with an emphasis on delivering positive, costeffective results.
Conforti comes to Higgs from the Law Office of Michael Stephen Berg where she was an Associate Attorney. Prior to that, she worked for the Law Office of Kurt David Hermansen. Other experience includes working at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in its Writs and Appeals Unit. Conforti graduated from California Western School of Law in 2009 where she made the Dean’s Honor List, won the Academic Achievement Award in Sexuality and Law and was selected as the Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker. Conforti obtained her LLM in Trial Advocacy in 2011 from Cal Western and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for California Western School of Law Alumni Association and California Attorney for Criminal Justice.

6Jason Evans, an associate attorney with San Diego-based CaseyGerry, has been elected vice chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s (SDCBA) Forum for Emerging Lawyers, representing thousands of young lawyers throughout San Diego. As part of SDCBA Forum’s executive committee, Evans will serve a one-year term as 2015 vice chair, followed by the 2016 chair appointment. In both capacities, he will concentrate on leading San Diego’s emerging lawyers through education, events and community outreach.
Evans, who joined Casey Gerry in 2012, is a key member of the firm’s complex litigation team, focusing on consumer class actions, product liability and serious personal injury litigation. Active in the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the Lawyers Club of San Diego, he also serves on the board of directors for Youth Tennis San Diego, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving San Diego’s youth through educational and athletic programming, including hundreds of after-school-tennis programs.

7The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has added Tamatha Clemens as of counsel to the firm’s family law practice. Clemens has over 17 years of legal experience in the area of family law. Her practice involves both settling and litigating all types of family law matters, including child custody and support issues, spousal support matters, division of property, domestic violence restraining orders, domestic partnerships and navigating through high-asset, complex family law matters.
Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan, Clemens was an attorney with the Law Offices of Sandra Joan Morris. Clemens is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and State Bar of California. She is also active in the Lawyers Club of San Diego and volunteers with the organization’s annual Read-In at Central Elementary School. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Riverside.

8Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce that Robin Wofford has been appointed chair of The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).
NAMWOLF is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes diversity and equality in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority- and women-owned law firms and private/public entities. Wofford has been active in NAMWOLF for over ten years. She has served on the organization’s board of directors for three years and has spearheaded many committees and cochaired annual and business meetings.
As chair of NAMWOLF, Wofford will oversee a diverse board of directors as NAMWOLF continues to grow and establish itself as a leader in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. NAMWOLF currently has almost 130 law firm members, covering 36 states. The organization continues to recruit new members to join NAMWOLF and corporate and public entity partners to utilize these talented firms. Wofford is a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo and has over 25 years of trial experience. Her practice focuses on employment and general business litigation.


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