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Community News – November 2015

1Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas Arno and Michael Fuller have been named comanaging partners of the firm’s San Diego office. They succeed Ned Israelsen, who led the 60-attorney office for 20 years.
Tom Arno has been with the firm in San Diego for over 20 years, and his practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent-related matters, technology licensing and client counseling in connection with intellectual property strategies. He has experience in patent protection for a variety of industries, including analog and digital electronics, computer hardware and software, communications, and drug discovery technologies.
Mike Fuller has been in the firm’s San Diego office for nearly 25 years and oversees IP matters in a number of areas, including patent prosecution, licensing, intellectual property due diligence and related negotiations for mergers and acquisitions. Mike also oversees many types of contentious matters at the USPTO, including inter partes reviews (IPRs), ex parte patent re-examinations and interferences. He was named to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer list for his work in intellectual property law and was also named as one of the Daily Journal’s Top Intellectual Property Attorneys of 2014.

2The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Amanda J. McKechnie joined the firm as an associate. McKechnie handles a wide variety of litigation including business disputes, breach of contract, claims, construction defect claims, product defect claims, general liability claims, real estate disputes, and accident claims.
She has represented developers, general contractors, various design professionals, and specialty subcontractors in all aspects of construction litigation including claims for defective construction, professional negligence, contract disputes, toxic mold and personal injury. In connection with her construction practice, McKechnie also counsels clients on contract language and formation issues. McKechnie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in 1996 and her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999.

3Troutman Sanders LLP has announced that Justin M. Barnes and Lara S. Garner have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property practice in the San Diego office. Both lawyers join the firm from Fish & Richardson.
Barnes is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses his practice on high-stakes patent litigation. His experience spans a wide range of technologies, including MPEG audio and video compression standards, digital and analog circuitry, digital signal processing, e-commerce, enterprise software, marine geophysical surveys, and other complex technologies. He also is considered one of the country’s leading patent damages lawyers, having extensive success both in pre-trial Daubert motions and also post-trial motions and appeals overturning substantial jury verdicts. He was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the second consecutive year, and also named as a Top Attorney in Intellectual Property Litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript.
Garner is also an IP litigator focusing her practice on client counseling and high-stakes patent litigation. She is experienced in all phases of trial and appeal. Most of her work has involved big-ticket litigation on behalf of major clients in the software and electronics industries involving diverse technological innovations, including audio and video compression, graphics, search, database, encryption, and e-commerce technologies, among others, as well as medical and mechanical devices and transformers. Before entering private practice, Garner was a mechanical designer with Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

4The law firm of Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that Shailendra “Shay” Kulkarni and Ashley B. Kerins have joined the firm as associates in the San Diego office. Kulkarni will be a member of Sullivan Hill’s construction, insurance, and litigation practice groups. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of construction, insurance coverage litigation and analysis, and complex civil litigation. He also practices in the areas of surety litigation and construction-industry contracts.
Prior to joining Sullivan Hill, Kulkarni practiced in the areas of construction and surety litigation in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2015, he was named to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. Kulkarni received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. He earned his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 2007.
Ashley B. Kerins will be a member of Sullivan Hill’s business and corporate transactions and tax practice groups. Kerins focuses her practice primarily in the areas of real estate, corporate, partnership and business transactions, and in tax planning, tax controversy resolution and estate planning. As a member of the business and corporate transactions group, her practice extends to real estate transactions, financings and business organizations. Prior to joining Sullivan Hill, Kerins practiced in the areas of civil tax controversy, criminal tax, bankruptcy, individual and entity tax planning and corporate law. She was named a Top Young Attorney in 2013 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, Best Lawyer in 2015 by San Diego Metro Magazine, and Best of the Bar in 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal.

5Teodora Purcell, an attorney in the San Diego office of Global immigration law firm Fragomen, was named “Attorney of the Year” by Casa Cornelia Law Center, at the organization’s Eighth Annual La Mancha Awards on October 15 at the University of San Diego. Casa Cornelia Law Center is a San Diego nonprofit that provides legal assistance to victims of human and civil rights violations. Ms. Purcell was recognized for providing pro bono legal services to Casa Cornelia’s indigent clients, who have come to the United States from Mexico, Latin America, Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, China, and other countries around the world. Much of the law firm’s work for Casa Cornelia involves unaccompanied children, asylum cases, U visa, and VAWA cases under the Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), with Fragomen attorneys assisting indigent victims of persecution, domestic violence or other crimes who are protected under the U.S. immigration laws.
“The cases we handle tend to be legally complex, time-intensive and difficult to prove,” said Ms. Purcell. “Although such cases can be heartbreaking, they are very rewarding. It’s satisfying to know we are truly helping people in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.”

Brian

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