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Community News – January 2015

1Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Lees has joined the firm as partner. Lees’ practice focuses on real estate and business transactions, taxation and health care law. He advises individuals and businesses in corporate and transactional matters, and represents both buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, real estate and capital assets.
Lees also prepares and negotiates formation and operative documents for corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, including complex joint ventures and investment funds. Prior to joining Solomon Ward, Lees was a partner and shareholder at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. Lees received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds an undergraduate degree in business administration with a double major in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona.

2DLA Piper advised Neothetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOT), a clinicalstage specialty pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the aesthetic market, in the pricing of its initial public offering of 4,650,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $14.00 per share.
3The San Diego-based DLA Piper team representing Neothetics was led by partners Michael Kagnoff and Larry Nishnick, and associates Patrick O’Malley and Lindsey Wyman.
This is the ninth US IPO handled by DLA Piper in 2014. Since 2008, the firm’s Capital Markets group has represented companies, underwriters and placement agents in more than 240 public offerings (equity and debt) in the US and worldwide, including more than 40 IPOs.

4Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
has announced that attorney Erwin Cena was honored by the Casa Cornelia Law Center as one of the 2014 Pro Bono Publico award winners.
Pro Bono Publico award winners are recognized for assisting clients in Casa Cornelia’s domestic violence, asylum and unaccompanied children programs. Mr. Cena was recognized for his work on U Visa applications for two women who were victims of domestic violence. He drafted the clients’ applications and also worked with them to formulate accompanying declarations. This involved multiple client meetings, phone interviews and working with Casa Cornelia staff, attorneys, translators and the clients to fill in gaps in the information. With Mr. Cena’s assistance the applications were ultimately completed and filed with the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mr. Cena focuses his practice on patent litigation. He also has experience in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury and construction defect matters. He is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

5Fisher & Phillips LLP has added Megan Walker as a new associate to its San Diego office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP, Walker worked as a summer associate at Epps & Coulson LLP in Los Angeles. Walker received her law degree from Ohio State University in 2014.
While there, she was an articles editor for the Ohio State Law Journal. During her third year, she attended the University of San Diego School of Law as a visiting student and worked as a law clerk in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
She received a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies, magna cum laude, from New York University in 2006. She also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she earned an associate degree in applied science, summa cum laude, in fashion merchandising management in 2009.

6San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. (SDVLP), a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to thousands of lowincome San Diegans annually, is pleased to announce that SDVLP volunteer Michael O’Halloran has been honored as one of the recipients of the 2014 California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.
This award recognizes California attorneys, law firms, associations of California attorneys, law schools and law students who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to low-income clients or to nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to provide services to the poor or disadvantaged, free of charge, without expectation of compensation, in the preceding calendar year.
O’Halloran, who was nominated for the State Bar award by SDVLP and Lawyers Club of San Diego, is founding partner at the Law Office of Michael T. O’Halloran and his practice focuses on complex bankruptcy matters.

7Sandra Joan Morris has joined the San Diego law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek as of counsel to the firm’s family law practice. Morris, who has been practicing law for 44 years, has extensive experience in a broad range of family law issues both as a counselor and litigator. Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan, Morris had her own practice, which she established in 1970.
Morris has long been recognized as one of the preeminent family law attorneys in the United States. In 1981, she was the second attorney in San Diego, and first woman, to be admitted as a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving as the second Chair of the Southern California Chapter, and as President of the National organization in 2002. In 2004 she was chosen as the organization’s Family Law Person of the Year. She is a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and one of the 100 Diplomates in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.
Morris has been certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California since 1980, and she chaired the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists in 1996. She is a “Founding Mother” of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

8The California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) has named San Diego attorney Janice Brown to its Diversity Leader Hall of Fame. In its inaugural year, CMCP’s Diversity Leader Hall of Fame recognizes visionaries who saw the need, set the tone and paved the way, starting in 1989 and strongly-committed individuals who came after, continuing the work and moving CMCP to a higher level.
“I sincerely and whole-heartedly support the mission of CMCP,” said Ms. Brown, “and I’m thrilled it has included me among its first members of Diversity Leader Hall of Fame. To some degree, it feels strange to be honored for what you love and believe in.”
A frequent public speaker, Janice Brown is trusted for her specialized expertise and knowledge. She speaks frequently with the media on legal issues, as well as to legal groups and other organizations. She is considered an expert in the area of preventative law. Ms. Brown was also selected as a San Diego Super Lawyer each year from 2007 through 2014.

9San Diego IP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that David M. Beckwith has joined the Firm. David is a seasoned trial attorney with over 28 years of patent trial and litigation experience across a broad range of technologies. Before joining the Firm, David was a partner with McDermott Will & Emery. David holds an AV Preeminent peer rating and is a distinguished graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.
The Firm has also recently settled numerous complex cases on highly-favorable terms. In October 2014, the Firm obtained a lucrative settlement for its client Jewel Systems, Inc. in a complex theft of trade secret and confidential information case involving numerous claims filed in federal court against six defendants including a competitor. Earlier in 2014, San Diego IP Law Group LLP also successfully settled a patent infringement lawsuit for its client Xilidev, Inc. involving mobile payment systems under which defendant BilltoMobile agreed to license the patent in suit.


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