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Community News – April 2016

1Teodora Purcell was honored as a KPBS Women’s History Month Local Hero last month. She fills a vital role near the world’s busiest border crossing as a pro bono lawyer focused on helping immigrants navigate complex legal systems. Purcell says a lot of her time is spent volunteering her services at Casa Cornelia Law Center. Casa Cornelia is a public firm whose primary commitment is to Southern California’s immigrant community.
Purcell came to San Diego in 1999, as an immigrant from Bulgaria, to attend University of San Diego’s School of Law, after earning a law degree in her home country. She’s licensed to practice in both countries and is a dual citizen.

2Amit Singh has been elevated to shareholder in Stradling’s Corporate and Securities Law practice and is a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Emerging Growth Companies practice groups. He practices in the firm’s San Diego office.
Mr. Singh has extensive experience advising emerging growth companies and the investors that finance them. His practice primarily concentrates on venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property sale and licensing transactions and general corporate law.
Mr. Singh also represents managers and investors in the formation of venture capital, private equity and hedge funds. After a fund is formed, he often continues to add value as outside general counsel to the fund, assisting its managers in the fund’s transactions and advising on issues that arise throughout the life of the fund.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Singh was the founder and managing attorney of Benchmark Law Group PC, a corporate law boutique, and practiced corporate law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York City and Cooley LLP in Palo Alto.
Mr. Singh earned an LL.M. (Corporate Law) from New York University School of Law in 1999 and a J.D. in 1998 from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

3One LLP, has opened a new office in San Diego and has added Partners Nicholas Janda and Neil Ray to the growing practice. Janda and Ray will be joining seasoned IP attorneys Mitchell Brook and Stephen Lobbin at the new office, located in the Del Mar area.
Janda brings nearly a decade of IP counseling experience, and has represented clients in matters of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications patent litigation. Previously with O’Melveny & Myers and Knobbe Martens, he advises clients on sensitive disputes throughout the country and complex business transactions. Mr. Janda obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, his Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technology University and his Bachelors of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Ray focuses his practice on data privacy and cyber-security. Formerly with Sheppard Mullin, his advanced knowledge of global privacy and cyber security trends allows him to assist clients in developing and implementing privacy and data security policies and procedures in compliance with applicable laws. Ray obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Law in London, England, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

4A San Francisco federal judge has appointed leading San Diego plaintiffs’ attorney David S. Casey, Jr. to the national VW Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal. The managing partner of San Diego’s oldest plaintiffs’ firm CaseyGerry, Casey Jr. is the only San Diego attorney selected to serve on the committee, one of the largest in class action history.
Following a rigorous vetting process, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who is presiding over the VW MDL (No. 2672, In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices And Products Liability Litigation) pending in federal court in San Francisco, appointed the 22-member nationwide steering committee to oversee hundreds of class action lawsuits filed on behalf of car owners, dealers, lessees and others.
“I am honored by this appointment and to be working on this very important matter before Judge Breyer,” David Casey, Jr. said. “I look forward to working under the direction of lead counsel Elizabeth Cabraser and with this committee of very talented attorneys to quickly bring these claims to a fair resolution for the consumers and businesses nationwide that were adversely impacted by the VW emissions scandal.”

5DeEtte L. Loeffler has been promoted to Partner at Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw, a leading San Diego taxation, estate planning, and litigation firm. Loeffler does planning for the unavoidable - death, taxes, and disability. Her planning is designed to minimize income, property, and transfer taxes, provide structure for businesses, avoid problems upon disability, provide for special needs beneficiaries, and simplify transfers upon death. She also assists donors with charitable planning and prepares premarital agreements to minimize future disputes.
Loeffler received a J.D. from Pepperdine University and LL.M, Taxation from USD. She is a member of the taxation and estate planning sections of the California, American, and SDC Bar Associations, PASD, EPGN, Lawyer’s Club, Lions Club, ProVisors and STAR. She currently serves on the board and planned giving committee of the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the board of her church. Loeffler is an Army veteran.

6Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that it has promoted Heather U. Guerena to the firm partnership. Guerena practices in the firm’s Trial Practice Group in the San Diego office. She handles matters involving franchise and contract disputes, land use, trademark, copyright and patent infringement, unfair competition and consumer legal remedies, and consumer lending and banking litigation. Guerena has appellate experience in both state and federal courts on a variety of matters, including appeals, writs, petitions for review, merits and amicus curiae briefing. She also has extensive experience with traditional and administrative mandamus proceedings, injunctive relief, prejudgment writs of attachment and post-judgment writs of execution. Guerena represents clients in negotiations with state and federal agencies to resolve issues involving violations of consumer, privacy and securities laws. She is a 2005 graduate of California Western School of Law and a 2002 graduate of the University of Southern California.

7The law firm of Chihak & Martel is pleased to announce that Amy Rose Martel has been named partner of the firm. Ms. Martel joined the firm in 2008, and was made partner in January 2016. Ms. Martel earned her J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law and her B.A. from University of Washington.
Ms. Martel is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Ms. Martel is on the Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and was named in both San Diego Super Lawyers and San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar for 2015, and 2016.
“I am extremely honored and grateful that Cynthia has named me partner of her firm. Cynthia is an incredible attorney and I am humbled to have my name alongside hers,” Martel said. Chihak & Martel represent Plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases.


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