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Community News – March 2015

1Brown Law Group has named Stacy Fode as Managing Partner. Ms. Fode focuses her practice on employment litigation and advisement and specializes in the representation of business clients in all aspects of employment law including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle blower, employment agreement disputes, and wage and hour matters, including class actions. Ms. Fode’s clients include employers in the energy, financial, entertainment, insurance, retail, technology, and telecommunications industries.
2In addition, Brown Law Group has named Brittney R. Dobbins as Associate. Ms. Dobbins focuses her practice on employment law and all areas of business litigation. She has particular proficiency in the area of intellectual property, in the context of brand protection. While attending law school, Ms. Dobbins launched a United States Patent and Trademark Office Student Trademark Clinic, where she counseled individuals and startups on the development of United States trademark portfolios.

3Fish & Richardson has announced that Ryan O’Connor, based in the firm’s San Diego office, has been named a principal of the firm.
Ryan O’Connor is a member of Fish’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and represents plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property litigation nationwide in a variety of technology areas, including life sciences, medical devices, specialty chemicals, Internet advertising, and computer hardware/software. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire in 2007, and his B.S. in chemical engineering and B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado in 2004.

4Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP announced today the addition of two new attorneys to its San Diego office. Dale C. Hunt, Ph.D., and Sheila R. Gibson have joined Hahn Loeser as partners and will continue to practice in intellectual property with an emphasis in life sciences and in biotechnology, respectively. Mr. Hunt and Ms. Gibson are joined in their move by registered patent agent, Katherine M. Falkenhagen, Ph.D.
Hahn Loeser has enjoyed tremendous local growth since opening its San Diego office in 2012. Since then, it has grown to nine lawyers, comprised of five litigators, two estate planners, and now two patent lawyers, plus a patent agent. Moreover, the firm plans to continue to grow in San Diego to realize its goal of becoming a full-service office for the needs of businesses, business owners and high net worth individuals.
“Hahn Loeser has been providing sophisticated legal representation throughout all of its offices in the areas of litigation, estate planning, intellectual property and corporate matters,” said Michael J. Gleason, managing partner of Hahn Loeser’s San Diego office. “We are thrilled to be growing our office to reflect the same full-service capabilities right here in San Diego.”

5Caldarelli Hejmanowski & Page LLP is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015 the firm has been renamed Caldarelli Hejmanowski Page & Leer LLP. The change reflects the addition of partner Jack Leer to the firm’s name, and the firm has launched a new website,
“The decision to add Jack’s name to the firm demonstrates the value we place on Jack’s professional expertise and his integral role in the future of our business,” said Bill Caldarelli, one of the founding members of the firm. “Since joining our firm, Jack has expanded our practice areas, won several important trials for our clients, and helped to grow our business.”
Leer joined Caldarelli Hejmanowski & Page in 2013 after spending 13 years at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, where he was a partner and a member of that firm’s executive committee. He represents clients in a broad range of business litigation, including real estate and construction disputes, partnership and corporate management matters, and intellectual property litigation. Among other industries, Leer has built a practice representing craft breweries in trademark and other commercial litigation. He currently serves as President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.

6Hoffman & Forde released a new, groundbreaking e-book to help real estate agents master the essentials of residential real estate. The e-book discusses the trends, challenges, and solutions to mastering the essentials of residential real estate. Specifically, it covers the deciding factors in achieving a successful real estate transaction.
Re-entering the residential loan market is difficult, especially in today’s economy. Hoffman and Forde describe the multiple challenges the market brings, and how to get through the uncertainties real estate professionals may face.

7Joseph Potocki and Karen Holmes of the law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes have been selected to the 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers list in the field of construction litigation.
Potocki’s practice concentrates on litigation, transactional matters and construction contract drafting and negotiation. His extensive litigation experience involves high-value disputes relating to a wide variety of issues in the real estate, business and construction arenas. His professional awards and honors include the Top 25 Attorneys in Construction and Real Estate Law, San Diego Daily Transcript, and Super Lawyers.
Holmes is a successful litigator and trial attorney specializing in professional liability defense and civil litigation. She handles contract review and negotiation as well as the defense of construction delay, extras and defect claims on behalf of architects, engineers and contractors. Holmes has extensive trial experience and has served as Judge Pro Tem as well as arbitrator and mediator for the San Diego Superior Court. She is the recipient of many professional awards and honors including being named a San Diego Super Lawyer since 2007.

8Pajman Jassim of San Diego-based law firm Jassim & Associates has been chosen as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015. The Super Lawyers rating service distinguishes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their peers for their professional achievements. The Rising Star candidates must be under 40 years old, or in practice for 10 years or fewer.
“I’m honored to be distinguished as a 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star,” Jassim said. “Super Lawyers is a valuable and highly recognized honor in our profession. To be named along with other young and upcoming attorneys means my career is heading in the right direction.” The Super Lawyers research department used 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement when considering Jassim for Super Lawyers.


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