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Community News – December 2015

1The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that Robert S. Brewer has joined the firm as of counsel. Brewer’s practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation and whitecollar defense matters including government investigations, fraud, business and commercial torts, health care and intellectual property disputes.
Prior to joining SCMV, Brewer was a partner in the San Diego office of Jones Day. Brewer gained significant trial experience as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, serving as a Deputy District Attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney—including Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division—prosecuting cases involving espionage, bank robberies, smuggling, narcotics, murder for hire and civil rights violations.
Brewer became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1998 and received the Daniel T. Broderick Award for Ethics and Civility in 2008. He is a Master in the Enright Inn of Court and was a board member of Federal Defenders for 10 years. Brewer received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.

2Gordon Gerson, founder of San Diego-based GERSON LAW FIRM APC, received the Power of Attorney Award from Freddie Mac. The award presentation was held at the government-sponsored enterprise’s annual Multifamily Conference in Chicago, Illinois on September 16, 2015. The Power of Attorney Award annually recognizes one or more lawyers for outstanding contributions to Freddie Mac’s Small Balance Loan (SBL) program—loans less than $5 million—for multifamily properties. Gerson was one of two attorneys recognized—Ted Abruzzo of Abruzzo & Linn in New York was the other recipient.
For several years, GERSON LAW FIRM has been nationally recognized as having one of the largest, if not the largest, commercial real estate loan closing practices in the country for all types of commercial real estate, including (but not limited to) apartments, retail, industrial, office and lodging. The firm’s national reputation is built in part on its large national presence in closing apartment loans of all sizes (including $50 million and more) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

3Fish & Richardson has announced that two associates have joined the firm’s Southern California office: Megan Chacon and Veronica Sandoval. Chacon joins the firm’s litigation group. Her practice emphasizes complex patent litigation across a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceutical compounds and delivery systems, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices and consumer products. Prior to joining Fish, Chacon practiced as a patent litigator at a leading intellectual property law firm in New York focusing on Hatch- Waxman litigation. Chacon received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2011 and her B.S. from the University of Utah in 2008.
4Sandoval also joins the firm’s litigation group. Prior to joining Fish, she served as a judicial extern to Honorable Charles K. Wiggins of the Washington Supreme Court and as an extern at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to law school, Sandoval earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology, with a focus in neuropharmacology, and was a medical liaison for two different pharmaceutical companies. Her doctorate research focused on the neurotoxic effects of methamphetamine on the neurochemistry and dopaminergic system; her research had implications for drug addiction treatment and Parkinson’s disease. Sandoval received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2013, her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2002 and her B.A. from the University California, Berkeley in 1997.

5a5For their excellence in the practice of law and their Martindale AV listing, Berger Kahn Attorneys Roberta Winston and Dale Amato have been included in the L.A. Times, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, National Law Journal and Law.com as attorneys listed in “Top Rated Attorneys.” Berger Kahn congratulates each of them on their honor.

6Klinedinst PC has officially welcomed two new employment attorneys, Nadia P. Bermudez and Patrick Goode, II. Ms. Bermudez has represented businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in a wide range of employment matters such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination, defamation, and trade secrets. She is also a professional trainer in sexual harassment prevention, as well as other employment topics. A fixture in the local community, Ms. Bermudez has held leadership positions in Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. She currently serves Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Advisory Committee for the Southern District of California, recommending nominees for the positions of U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshal.
7Mr. Goode provides clients with guidance on employment, business, and commercial litigation. He counsels corporations and individuals in labor and employment matters, contract disputes, and entity formation and dissolution issues. He has advised public entities in labor and employment matters, including collective bargaining agreements. Before entering the law, Mr. Goode was a high-level executive at a Floridabased construction company, managing the company’s financial departments, overseeing contract formation and enforcement, and supervising employment practices.

8Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 25 associates have been elected to the partnership and 31 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2016.
The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments who are based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, reflecting a breadth of legal capabilities in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers. In San Diego, Jennifer Koh is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on patent litigation and related counseling, with a particular emphasis on matters pertaining to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, molecular diagnostics and DNA sequencing. Her experience includes trial and appellate work in cases arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She received her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2005.

9HechtSolberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP has been honored as a Tier 1 San Diego law firm in the areas of real estate law and land use and zoning law in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2016 rankings. The firm was also designated a Tier 2 law firm for San Diego in the area of corporate law.
Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence through consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of skill, integrity and qualifications.
To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. Earlier this year, HechtSolberg attorney Paul E. Robinson was named the 2016 San Diego Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Other HechtSolberg attorneys honored on the 2016 Best Lawyers ranking are Darryl O. Solberg for Business Organizations, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law and David W. Bagley II for Real Estate Law.


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