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Community News – February 2016

1Fish & Richardson announced today that five of its principals, including Juanita Brooks were named intellectual property (IP) “Life Science Stars” for 2015 in the fourth annual edition of LMG Life Sciences. The firm’s Life Sciences practice also received top rankings, with the publication noting “Fish & Richardson is consistently praised for their expertise in all matters of IP representation.”
Brooks is based in the firm’s San Diego office.
Fish was “Highly Recommended” for Patent Prosecution, Patent Strategy and Management, and General Patent Litigation and “Recommended” for Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation (Branded). Fish also was named a finalist in the LMG Life Sciences Awards 2015 for General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year, Patent Strategy and Management Team of the Year, and Intellectual Property Firm of the Year. The annual awards recognize the leading attorneys, law firms, and in-house counsel teams that have played a significant role in the life sciences industry over the last 12 months.
According to LMG Life Sciences, one of Fish’s clients noted that the firm “provides timely, high-quality legal advice,” while an in-house attorney at a global pharmaceutical company praised Fish for its “expertise, creativity, and legal experience with the technology and portfolio of interest.”

2The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that James Dooley has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s family law practice.
“We are pleased to welcome James to Seltzer Caplan,” says Gerald McMahon, chairman of the board and head of the family law practice at Seltzer Caplan. “His experience in family law matters will serve our firm and clients well.” Dooley is a certified specialist in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. His practice focuses on a personal counsel that guides clients to rewarding and cost-effective solutions.
Dooley also has extensive family law litigation experience. He was named a Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” in 2009-2011.
Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan, Dooley was an associate at Kolodny Law Group in Beverly Hills. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran. Dooley received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 2003 and his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001.

3Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) 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.
“We are particularly proud of being ranked among San Diego’s best law firms because this ranking is generated by a rigorous evaluation process based heavily on peer and client reviews,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner at HechtSolberg. “This designation reflects the high level of respect we have earned from our clients and the San Diego legal community during the firm’s more than 40 years of leadership in the real estate and business industry.”

4Sullivan Hill is pleased to announce that Associate Kathryn Millerick will be serving as a Director on the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum Board of Directors for a three year term commencing January 1, 2016. Millerick concentrates her practice in the firm’s insolvency and commercial bankruptcy practice group. She represents a variety of debtors, debtors in possession, creditors, and trustees in commercial bankruptcy cases.
The San Diego Bankruptcy Forum is a non-profit organization of professionals working in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency. Membership includes attorneys, accountants, trustees, bankers, real estate professionals, auctioneers, appraisers, consultants and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency process.

5Craig W. DuFord, Mallory Holt, and Corey C. Garrard have joined Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, LLP as associate attorneys. “The firm is incredibly excited to welcome Craig, Malory and Corey,” said Stephen Grebing, Wingert Grebing’s managing partner. “Each of the new associates brings their own unique experience and background to our diverse practice groups. We are also very happy to continue our tradition of hiring from California Western School of Law.”
6DuFord, who has practiced law in Nevada since 2012, was admitted to the California Bar in December and brings extensive experience representing clients in the areas of personal injury defense, insurance bad faith, and professional malpractice.
Holt, graduated magna cum laude from California Western in 2015 and was admitted to the California Bar in December. During law school, Holt gained experience working as a judicial extern with the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and as an intern for several San Diego law firms and public agencies.
7Garrard, also graduated magna cum laude from California Western and was admitted to the California Bar in December. As a member of California Western’s mock trial team, Garrard was a recipient of the Distinguished Advocate Award and the Dennis P. Mahoney Interschool Competition Award.


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