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Community News – January 2016

1Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) has named Jordan Tessier an associate with the firm, which provides counsel on all real estate matters, including business and finance transactions; land use, planning and entitlements; common interest developments; and litigation and risk management.
“Jordan has distinguished himself as a summer associate here and we’re delighted he is joining our team permanently. Jordan has developed a great understanding of the challenges faced by our clients. Combining that with his analytical expertise and writing skills, he is destined to be a great asset at HechtSolberg,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner of the firm.
Tessier, who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015, graduated from University of California, Irvine, School of Law, where he was staff editor of the UC Irvine Law Review, and recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He was also a participant in the law school’s Community and Economic Development Clinic, a pro bono clinic that provides legal assistance to local businesses. He was a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office, Tax Division, in San Francisco.

2Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP
is pleased to announce that partner Robert Shields has received the DRI Lifetime Community Service Award. DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. The organization’s Lifetime Community Service Award recognizes a member whose unselfish activities in the community have demonstrated active and outstanding commitment to the improvement of the social and cultural wellbeing of the general public.
Shields received the honor based on his efforts with A Night to Remember, a non-profit organization he founded in 2011 with his wife, Cheryl. A Night to Remember is a San Diego County prom for high school students with special needs, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other physical challenges. Shields was also recognized for his involvement with DRI’s Public Service Committee and pro bono program. As chair of the Public Service Committee for the past three years, Shields developed the “GIVE ONE” campaign, a service project that embraces the idea that every DRI member can give “one” of something. Whether it be one pair of shoes to a homeless person or one backpack to a disadvantaged student, the commitment to “GIVE ONE” of anything is small, but collectively “GIVE ONE” donations grow into something significant.

3Gregory A. Vega, an attorney with the San Diego law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, has been elected president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA) at the organization’s annual conference held earlier this month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Vega served from 1999-2001 as United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, the seventh largest office in the nation at the time. Today his private law practice focuses on business litigation, white collar criminal defense, cross border international transactions and advising corporate clients in regulated industries.
Vega began his legal career as a trial attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Chicago, Illinois. In that position, he tried numerous tax cases before the United States Tax Court. Vega joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana in 1983, where he handled federal jury trials including the prosecution of a 32-defendant drug distribution organization (United States v. Zambrana, et al) and judicial corruption cases (United States v. Christakis, et al). In 1987, Vega joined the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego, California where his work focused on major frauds and economic crimes.
In 2001, Vega joined Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.

4Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Kristin Cline will be a partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2016.
“Kristin has consistently provided high level business advice and transactional documentation, with quick turnaround time and a keen sense of strategic thinking. This is precisely the skill set that our clients expect and deserve, and is why Kristin has been such a highly valued and outstanding associate with our firm for over 8 years,” said Dan Gardenswartz, Solomon Ward’s Managing Partner.
Cline’s practice encompasses a wide range of general business, corporate, securities, and real estate transactional matters. She represents a broad range of clients, including entrepreneurs, small businesses, emerging growth companies and established companies in business organization and operational matters, securities and corporate finance transactions, including private placements, and merger and acquisition transactions. Cline also advises clients on employment documentation and trademark matters, and has experience in public offerings of securities and compliance and reporting matters.
Cline received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from University of California at Los Angeles.

5Three Sullivan Hill attorneys—Gary Rudolph, Catherine Hanna-Blentzas and Shailendra (“Shay”) Kulkarni— have been elected to leadership positions of the San Diego County Bar Association for the 2016 term.
Shareholder Gary Rudolph has been elected chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section. This is Rudolph’s second term as chair and he previously served as co-chair of the section. Rudolph focuses his practice in the area of bankruptcy and insolvency problems, representing trustees, creditors and debtors in commercial bankruptcies.
6Shareholder Hanna-Blentzas has been elected chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section. Hanna- Blentzas focuses her practice in construction, insurance coverage and business litigation.
Associate Kulkarni has been elected Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section. Kulkarni 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.


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