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Community News – May 2016

1Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of Christopher R. Sillari as partner of the firm. Founded in 1987, the firm represents prominent public works and commercial contractors.
Mr. Sillari practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation and transactions, federal procurement and claims, construction law, real estate, intellectual property, and appeals. Mr. Sillari’s practice includes advising clients on a variety of corporate, construction, real estate, and intellectual property matters, and handling disputes, including claims arising from contract breaches, commercial code violations, contract interpretation, real estate disputes, the misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark violations, and unfair business practices.
He graduated law school cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the San Diego Law Review. Mr. Sillari was named a Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2015 and 2016.

2Higgs Fletcher & Mack, announced that Partner Anne Elise Goetz received the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s “Forward under 40” Award.
Eight University of Wisconsin- Madison alumni from a pool of undergraduate and graduate students under the age of 40 were honored for living the Wisconsin Idea: the principle that the UW should have a positive impact in Wisconsin and around the world.
Goetz is a regular legal analyst on HLN and FOX networks and started her own legal education podcast, Your Life and the Law, that focuses on law in everyday life. In 2012, Goetz was appointed Chair of the Leadership Development Committee for Lawyers Club and served for two years. Goetz has been involved in Run Women Run and helped organize its political bootcamp, a full-day event teaching women how to build a campaign and run for office.
“I’m incredibly honored to receive the recognition from the University of Wisconsin. To be one of eight individuals from all alums under 40 is really special,” Goetz said. “I always strive to make an impact and I’ve truly enjoyed using my passion for law to help others reach their goals.”

3Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP welcomes attorney Julie A. Kearns to the firm’s San Diego office. Her practice will focus primarily on antitrust and consumer class action litigation. Kearns has spent more than nine years litigating complex matters, including class action cases, in federal courts nationwide. Her diverse practice includes having handled matters governed by federal antitrust and securities laws, as well as state consumer protection statutes and California rules governing corporate liability. She will practice nationally out of the firm’s San Diego office, which opened in 2009.

4The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that John I. Forry has joined the firm as of counsel. Forry is well known in the United States and internationally as a leading attorney and academic in the areas of international finance, investment, and tax planning and compliance. Throughout his 45-year career, Forry has represented U.S. and foreign businesses, financial institutions and individuals doing business either abroad from the U.S. or from abroad into the U.S., with a significant focus on Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
In addition to founding a California law firm focused on U.S. investments from abroad, Forry was a senior partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he headed the firm’s California offices and its Pacific Rim and Latin America international practices and served on its governing board.
Forry has served on the advisory group to the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue and on numerous professional organizations’ committees and projects. He has authored six books and approximately 50 articles on international finance, investment and taxation.

5Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Mark R. Wicker has joined the firm’s Technology Transactions & Privacy practice as a partner in San Diego. Previously, Mark was a partner at Morrison Foerster.
Wicker advises clients in all aspects of acquiring, developing, commercializing and licensing new technologies and products. He has significant experience structuring strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, licenses, and research development, manufacturing and distribution relationships, often using novel approaches and pioneering methods that further his clients’ business objectives. His clients range from startups to well-established firms in the life sciences, technology, wireless, social media, clean technology, chemical and material sciences industries. Wicker earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and received his A.B. from Stanford University.
Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

6The law firm Tyson & Mendes LLP is pleased to announce their newest California partner Susan L. Oliver, who will be based in the firm’s San Diego office. A trial lawyer with more than 23 years’ experience providing exceptional client service, Oliver has extensive experience representing both small businesses and corporations, hospitals, property owners, national youth-serving organizations and multiple dioceses across the nation.
Oliver has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Southern California Super Lawyers each year since 2010. She has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2012 and as a “Top Lawyer” in San Diego Magazine each year since 2013. Oliver is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, which recognized her in the 2011 Bar Register of Prominent Women. Additionally, she was inducted as fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America—an exclusive honorary society for trial lawyers.


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