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Community News – February 2015

1Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) announced today the addition of Amelia Sanchez as Senior Counsel. Sanchez brings to CGS3 more than 18 years of commercial real estate and transactional experience representing national, regional and local companies. She has deep expertise in supporting and advising business clients on real estate portfolio and asset acquisitions, dispositions and a variety of leasing transactions including office, retail, industrial, flex and telecommunications leases.
As former Senior Legal Counsel handling the real estate interests of Cricket Communications, Inc. (now Cricket Wireless) and former Regional General Counsel for the northwest territory of Newland Communities, LLC, Sanchez also has an intimate understanding of what it takes to “get deals done” in ways that meet the business needs of the clients she represents. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

2Melissa N. Engle joined Bellatrix PC as a litigation and employment law associate. Ms. Engle comes to the firm with a background in intellectual property, litigation and trial work. Ms. Engle also teaches at the University of San Diego and Southwestern Community College courses in Intellectual Property Law, Legal Research and Civil Litigation Procedures.
Bellatrix PC is a woman-owned law firm with offices in Saint Louis, Missouri and San Diego, California. The firm handles civil matters in all areas of business, employment, real estate and election law, including trials, appeals and general counsel work. Bellatrix PC’s clients come from a diverse portfolio of industries such as manufacturing, restaurants, political, retail, software, and human capital.

3Patrick E. Monroe, of counsel in the San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger LLP, has been appointed to the State Bar of California Business Law Section Corporations Committee for a four-year term. Monroe will work to educate members of the Bar on recent developments and current issues in all fields of corporate law, as well as help the Corporations Committee communicate with the general public, the California Legislature, regulatory agencies, business trade associations and other interested groups.
Monroe’s legal practice focuses on providing corporate law-related legal services to privately owned businesses and nonprofits, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and intra-company dispute resolution. In addition, Monroe represents clients, ranging from start-ups to mature companies, in a variety of legal matters, including contracts, entity formation, corporate governance, licensing, intellectual property, fundraising, securities and tax matters. Before becoming an attorney, he held senior management positions for 10 years in both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

4Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Angert has been made a partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2015.
After obtaining a degree in Neuroscience and Mammalian Physiology from University of California San Diego, Angert traveled the world working for M&M International Trading Corporation. While at M&M International, he led the development of that company’s subsidiary, Golden Brazil, a coffee manufacturing and trading company. Angert made Golden Brazil a multi-million dollar international success, which was eventually spun-off. While at M&M International, Angert became a co-owner of both companies and eventually committed his full time to the practice of law.
At Solomon Ward, Angert represents various clients in business disputes locally and abroad, ranging from breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty disputes, to intentional interference claims and fraud. In addition to legal skills, Angert’s business background allows him to obtain unique, efficient and effective results for his clients, and his fluency in Russian and ability to speak several languages has proved to be a valuable asset for many clients.

5Partner Jim Peterson, with Higgs Fletcher & Mack, and his family were recently named the 2014 Make-A-Wish San Diego’s “Friends and Family” honoree. The recognition was based on all of their contributions this past year after being introduced to the organization when their daughter, Tina, battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, the entire family has gotten involved in Make- A-Wish. Tina has become an unofficial Make-A-Wish “ambassador” and is presently an intern in their wish-granting department while studying business and music at San Diego State University. Kim Peterson is a founding member of the organization’s “Wish Circle,” a group of women. Last April, Jim was elected to the Make-A-Wish Foundation San Diego Board of Directors and is the only “wish parent” currently doing so. Tina’s older sister, Danielle, also volunteers for the organization as a “wish granter” and in various other capacities.

6The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA®) recently announced Lawrence (Larry) Kouns of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLC as winner of SDLSA®’s 2014 Boss Cum Laude award. Mr. Kouns is a trial partner in the Business/ Complex Litigation practice group at McKenna, and was nominated by his legal secretary of 19 years and SDLSA® member, Renee Evans. “As an experienced and accomplished litigator, [Mr. Kouns] has a true appreciation of and respect for the law,” stated Ms. Evans in her Boss Cum Laude entry essay. “He conducts himself with the utmost integrity, is committed to learning each client’s wishes, and communicates very effectively. Our clients have complete trust in him.” In her entry, Ms. Evans also highlighted Mr. Kouns’ availability to fellow attorneys and staff, and his longtime community involvement, including support of the Helen Woodard Animal Center, Imperial Beach Elementary School Playground Project, and SDLSA®. Past winners of the award include Hon. David M. Gill, Hon. Rudi M. Brewster, Hon. Leo S. Pappas, Ret., Daniel L. Stanford, Esq., Cary W. Miller, Esq., R. William Bowen, Esq., and Douglas A. Glass, Esq.

7Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, has received four 2015 Tier 1 Metro rankings from U.S. News— Best Lawyers in the categories of Employment Law Management; Labor Law Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Product Liability Litigation—Defendants. Achieving a Tier 1 Metro ranking signifies that a firm has a combination of a quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise in the geographic region in which it practices. “We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News—Best Lawyers in our key legal practice areas,” states Wilson Turner Kosmo founder and partner Claudette Wilson. “As these rankings are based upon feedback from our clients and peers, we are especially pleased to be selected.”


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