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Community News – May 2015


Berger Kahn is proud to announce that all of the firm’s San Diego-based AV Preeminent attorneys have been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media to the list of 2015 Southern California “Top Rated Lawyers,” including Principals Roberta Taylor Winston and Dale Amato.

2Higgs Fletcher & Mack, announced the addition of Brian Frasch as its newest real estate attorney and partner. Bringing Higgs’ partner total to 52, Frasch possesses a vast amount of knowledge and experience in commercial and retail lease litigation as well as general real estate litigation matters.
Prior to joining Higgs, Frasch was a partner at Gordon & Rees LLP, where he represented commercial office, industrial and retail property owners in lease, purchase and sales agreement, brokerage commission, mechanic’s lien and condemnation litigation matters. He was responsible for forming the firm’s real estate group in 2000 and served as the National Chair for 10 years. Frasch has received numerous awards, including the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Real Estate/Construction Litigation Attorney” in 2008 and 2010, San Diego Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in San Diego” in 2013 and The Irvine Company’s “Customer Committed” Excellence Award. Frasch is the only San Diego-based outside legal professional to receive this honor.

3In addition to being sworn in as co-president of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association last month, Ben Aguilar is also the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer SDCBA Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding service by a new lawyer in his or her first 6 full years of practice who has demonstrated a significant commitment to serving the legal community via legal education, mentoring or community service efforts.

4Fisher & Phillips LLP has added Aaron Olsen and Patrick Byrne as new attorneys to its San Diego office. Olsen joins the firm as of counsel, and defends employers on a full spectrum of employment issues. Byrne joins as an associate, and represents employers of all sizes before state and federal courts, as well as various government agencies.
Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Olsen worked as an associate for Epstein Becker & Green in San Diego and Los Angeles focusing on labor and employment law, and before that, as an associate at Cooley LLP in San Diego. He has represented employers in more than two dozen wage-hour class actions, defended employers in actions alleging discrimination and wrongful termination, and represented companies in actions alleging theft of trade secrets. He was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers and cited as a “Rising Star” in 2012 and 2013.
Byrne practiced labor and employment law in Fresno for an international firm before joining Fisher & Phillips. He handles cases ranging from single-plaintiff complaints to large class action lawsuits and defends against claims involving unfair competition, wage and hour violations, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Labor Code.

5Four Gomez Trial Attorneys were named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal. Deborah Dixon, Ben Coughlan, Stephanie Poli and Parisima Roshanzamir were each named to the list and will be featured in the publication.

San Diego Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" features the top lawyers in private practice as chosen by their peers. The peer nominating process began earlier this year and culminates with the publication on April 13. This is the second year San Diego Business Journal has published this list. All four Gomez honorees were also named to the list in 2014.

6Steven J. Untiedt has been elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Foundation for Innovation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. SDFI is devoted to inspiring, recognizing and rewarding novel solutions to social and economic needs within the greater San Diego region, comprised of San Diego and Imperial Counties and northern Baja California, by awarding cash prizes and other rewards aimed at encouraging creative problem solving.
“The addition of Steve to the SDFI Board underscores Procopio’s commitment to the San Diego innovation community,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner. “We are very proud of Steve’s support of the organization, and know he will successfully combine his passion for innovation with his legal talent and business acumen to advance the SDFI’s mission in our community.”
Steve’s practice focuses on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and corporate and commercial law matters. His clients include start-up and operating companies, buyers and sellers of businesses and lenders and borrowers, from numerous industries.

7Brown Law Group
is pleased to announce that Gary W. Wright has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. Wright’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on traditional labor law, union campaigning, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, contract administration and arbitration law.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wright was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board working in its Peoria and Atlanta Regions. He supervised and conducted hundreds of union representational elections and prosecuted companies and unions for violating provisions of the National Labor Relations Act. He also served as an instructor of business law at Virginia Tech and Carson Newman College.


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