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Community News – July 2016

1Antoinette Middleton, founder of the Law Offices of Antoinette Middleton, recently announced the firm, which focuses on probate and estate planning, is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. “Our success and longevity can be attributed to a dedicated team and a passion for educating seniors and families about the importance of making estate planning a priority,” said Middleton.
Middleton is especially passionate about reducing the number of seniors and dependent adults who become victims of elder and dependent adult financial abuse and reducing the number of families who lose their homes to Medi-Cal estate recovery. She views these two areas as serious threats to family security due to the nation’s rapidly aging population and the rise of Alzheimer’s.
“Protection is best achieved by encouraging seniors and families to work with qualified and verified legal and financial professionals, and to start early. Our goal is to continue educating families on the importance of early estate planning to consist of an advanced healthcare directive, a will, durable power of attorney, and in many cases a living trust.”

2Marking the fifth CaseyGerry partner to join the ranks of a national organization comprised of leading lawyers and judges, Thomas Penfield has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership to ABOTA – which is committed to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial – is by invitation only.
A former member of the board of directors of the San Diego County Bar Association, Penfield is also past president of the North San Diego County Bar Association, the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Plaintiffs’ Policy of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and former vice chair of the TIPS’ Trial Techniques Committee. He is featured in Best Lawyers in America – a revered annual peer ranking of the nation’s top attorneys and was named a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice. Penfield concentrates his practice on personal injury, products liability and class actions.
A past recipient of the Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award from the Sierra Club’s San Diego Chapter, he is a graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1974).

3Sanford Heisler, LLP, has announced the promotion of Charles Field, Esq., who is based in the firm’s San Diego office, to Partner and Chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation practice.
Field was General Counsel of Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management and its successor, Allianz Global Investors Capital, from 2002 to 2013. He has considerable private practice experience and a deep knowledge of investment law, which he uses to assess whether sellers have breached their legal obligations and whether an aggrieved investor can recover damages.
Field also has considerable experience protecting elders from financial abuse and investors of all ages from stockbrokers, investment advisers and financial planners whose actions are not in investors’ best financial interests. Field is licensed to practice law in California, Indiana and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

4The McClellan Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Conor J. Hulburt has joined the firm. Hulburt has nearly a decade of experience representing individuals and businesses in cases involving major personal injury, wrongful death, product defect, bad faith, and business disputes.
He spent the first part of his career representing defendants, affording him an inside understanding of the insurance defense mindset. In 2015 and 2016, he was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as the “Best of the Bar” in personal injury. Hulburt is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Civil Litigation section leadership, and the founder of SDCBA WetSuits, a group of surfing lawyers. He volunteers with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, handling issues ranging from employment to property disputes.

5Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) has named David M. Gao 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.
Gao, who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016, graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where he was co-editor in chief of the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal, which focuses on the legal, social and political issues affecting Asian Pacific American communities. He was an intern with the UCLA Athletics Compliance Department and an extern for Hon. Judge Roger Benitez, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. He also volunteered with the El Centro Legal Asian Americans Advancing Justice Citizenship Clinic. Gao graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine, where he was editor in chief of the New University newspaper

6Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that associate Elvira Cortez has been elected to the 2016-2017 Lawyers Club of San Diego Board of Directors. A member of Sullivan Hill’s construction, insurance, and litigation practice groups, Cortez practices primarily in the areas of construction and insurance litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction defect actions, construction claims and insurance coverage disputes. She was named to the San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar list for 2016. Cortez earned her B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 2009.
Founded in 1972, the Lawyers Club is a specialty bar association that works, through its many programs and events, to advance the status of women in the law and society. Membership is comprised of over 1,300 individuals including attorneys in both private and public sectors, judicial officers, the San Diego District Attorney, past presidents of the San Diego County Bar Association, community leaders, law school students, and other members of the legal community.


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