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Community News – August 2015

1Fish & Richardson announced today that it ranked in the top 20 percent of law firms for diversity, according to the 2015 American Lawyer (Am Law) Diversity Scorecard. Fish was ranked 37 out of 220 firms, based on the number of minority attorneys in its offices. The 2015 Am Law Diversity Scorecard is comprised of survey results of the Am Law 200 and National Law Journal (NLJ) 250 law firms.
“We are thrilled to once again receive such a high ranking for our diversity efforts. We put a lot of effort into recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, and it’s great to see that reflected in this survey,” said Ahmed J. Davis, National Chair of the Diversity Initiative and Principal of the firm. “Law firms that excel at their diversity efforts understand that it is not merely the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense. But as far as we’ve come, there is always more progress to be made in creating a respectful and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people, experiences, perspectives, talents, and capabilities.”
Fish is consistently recognized as one of the country’s top law firms for diversity, and recently was named a 2015 “Top Firm” for Minority Attorneys by Law360. Fish received a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index, which rates businesses for the treatment of LGBT employees in the workplace.

2Thomas Jefferson School of Law is among the nation’s top 25 institutions for financial aid support, according to
The site recently polled more than 10,000 current and former law students to determine what schools provide the best financial aid packages and smoothest application processes.
During the last school year, Thomas Jefferson School of Law awarded students $6,629,402 in scholarships, resulting in an average grant of $15,136. In addition to traditional financial aid offerings, Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers guaranteed merit scholarships for first-time entering students. Based on the student’s highest LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average, the scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students.

3Allen Matkins has announced the hiring of real estate and finance attorney Richard J. Miltimore in its San Diego office. As a member of the firm’s renowned Real Estate Department, Rick will work on a variety of matters, including those on behalf of lenders, borrowers, purchasers, sellers, developers, landlords and tenants in connection with asset acquisitions, dispositions, development and financing, as well as space leases, ground leases and build-to-suit leases.
Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Rick was a project finance and real estate associate at Latham & Watkins LLP where he represented clients in transactions routinely exceeding $1 billion in value. This entailed managing all aspects for real property and power plant acquisitions, dispositions, development projects and financings. His experience also includes lease negotiations for office space, bio-medical laboratory space, medical office buildings and data centers. One of his more prominent projects was representing a real estate fund in connection with a multi-billion dollar joint venture to acquire a portfolio of dozens of residential apartment communities across the United States in a single transaction, as well as a similar transaction that closed in multiple stages.
Rick received his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and his juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.

4Jassim & Associates has moved to the iconic Emerald Plaza building in downtown San Diego at 402 West Broadway, Suite 1120. Attorney and founder Pajman Jassim chose the building for its prestige and proximity to local court buildings.
“Emerald Plaza is right in the center of the feel of justice,” Jassim said. “It’s literally right in the middle of the courthouses, and has a professional feel and prestigious presence.”
The firm’s new office space is larger, and has a conference room that Jassim attorneys can use for client conferences or depositions. Emerald Plaza is just across the street from the new San Diego Courthouse, which is slated for a fall 2016 completion date.


Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is pleased to announce that Rupa G. Singh has joined the firm’s partnership, and will continue her business litigation and appellate practice in the firm’s San Diego office. Most recently a senior staff attorney with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Singh handled civil appeals in areas ranging from employment discrimination to environmental law. She serves as co-chair of Hahn Loeser’s Appellate Practice.
Ms. Singh has represented clients ranging from biotechnology startups to international telecommunications companies in complex contractual, licensing, employment, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes. She is admitted to practice in California and New York, as well as before various federal district and appellate courts.
Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, Ms. Singh has chaired the San Diego County Bar’s Appellate Practice Section; served as one of the youngest presidents of the Federal Bar Association of San Diego; co-founded and presided over the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego; and served as a vice president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. Among other honors, Ms. Singh has received distinguished service awards for her civic and pro bono services. She also writes and teaches on topics such as appellate practice, business litigation, and civil procedure.

6Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce that Christina Semmer has joined the firm as an associate. Semmer joins the firm’s employment and business practice groups. Her business litigation practice includes representing companies in breach of contract, business tort, and other complex litigation matters. Her employment law practice includes representing employers in a variety of employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour litigation.
Before joining Wilson Turner Kosmo, Semmer served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nita L. Stormes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Prior to her judicial clerkship, Semmer worked as an associate for Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis, representing clients in complex litigation matters.
Semmer received her J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Macalester College. She is licensed to practice law in California and Minnesota.


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