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Community News – August 2016

50Best Best & Krieger LLP has appointed James Gilpin to serve as office managing partner of the San Diego office. Gilpin will oversee general operations and business development for the office. The San Diego office has 32 attorneys practicing in various areas of public and private sector law. Gilpin helped open the BB&K’s San Diego office in 1993 and previously served as the local office managing partner from 1999–2002. He served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 2001–2012.
“We are pleased Jim has accepted this leadership position,” stated Eric Garner, BB&K’s firm-wide managing partner. “His management skills, energy and experience make him the right person to lead the San Diego office at this time.”
The lawyers in BB&K’s San Diego office practice in a wide range of areas, including environmental, municipal, business and labor and employment law.
Gilpin’s practice focuses on helping public agencies in connection with complex litigation arising from the construction of projects and public contracts. He also serves as general counsel to the Rancho California Water District.

51After successfully helming their own family law practices in San Diego, divorce and family law attorneys Kim Marie Staron and Bonnie Rabinovitch-Mantel are merging their individual firms to better serve the San Diego County community under the umbrella of Primus Family Law Group, LLP.
“We’re thrilled to announce that our separate firms have formed an alliance under the Primus Family Law Group brand. Bonnie and I are excited to partner together for the best interests of our fellow San Diegans needing zealous advocates who will put their clients first,” Attorney Staron said.
According to Bonnie Rabinovitch-Mantel, founder of Families 1st Law & Mediation, which is merging with Staron’s practice, “At Primus Family Law Group, we put our clients first. Kim and I have always shared the same goals when representing individuals during highly emotional times in their lives: to make sure that our clients understand the process, understand their rights, and know that their attorney will do everything possible to exceed their expectations. Our clients come first, period.”

52The law firm of Balestri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Morales joined the firm as an associate.
Morales focuses his practice in the area of construction law, representing developers, general contractors, property owners, and subcontractors in a variety of civil litigation and transactional matters.
Morales received his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Mesa University in 2011 and his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude¸ from California Western School of Law in 2016.
A recipient of the Justice Anthony Kennedy Full-Tuition Scholarship, Morales graduated top of his class at California Western School of Law. He was senior editor and associate writer for the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and was copy editor for The Commentary. Mr. Morales also received the Trustees’ Award, one of California Western’s highest honors, for his outstanding academic performance and service to the school.

53The 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.

54Christopher Walton, founder of Walton Law, APC was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal for his successful advocacy in securing legal victories for elders and their families, by being named to the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Best of the Bar list. Those included in the Best of the Bar list throughout the greater San Diego region were nominated by colleagues inside and outside of their respective firms. However, no attorney made the list based solely on votes from others at the same firm, according to the San Diego Business Journal.
This is the second honor Walton has received this year. Earlier in 2016, his dedication, devotion and victories for clients earned him the honor of being named a 2016 San Diego Super Lawyer for the third consecutive year. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state are included amongst this elite list.
Walton said of the honors, “I maintain a small caseload, which affords me the ability to custom tailor a strategy to fit the individualized needs of my clients. My sole aim and objective is to exceed my clients’ expectations by actively listening, presenting them with the most viable options for recourse, and most importantly, providing each client and their family with the best possible representation to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve as a victim.”

55Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce that Loleena Ansari May has joined the firm as an associate. May joins the firm’s Business Litigation, Employment Law and Product Liability practice groups.
Prior to joining Wilson Turner Kosmo, May was a staff attorney at Appellate Defenders, Inc. where she conducted legal research and complex analysis, and authored briefs on more than 30 direct appeals before the California Courts of Appeal and petitions to the California Supreme Court.
While in law school, May worked as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office Criminal Division and the US District Court for the Southern District of California for the Honorable Judge Anthony J. Battaglia.
A community volunteer, May is a district activist leader for the National Sclerosis Society, a volunteer attorney at the San Diego County Bar Association’s Civil Appellate Self Help Clinic and a volunteer conflict teacher for Children At Risk. May received her J.D., with honors, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2013, her M.A. in Industrial- Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University in 2009 and her B.A., with honors, from the University of California, San Diego in 2007.

56Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick R. Gutierrez has joined the firm as a litigation associate.
Mr. Gutierrez received a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2014, where he was a senior editor of Stanford Law Review and an associate editor of Stanford Law & Policy Review, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2011. He was previously a litigation associate with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach.
“We are very pleased to welcome Patrick to the U/Z litigation team,” said Dean Zipser, co-founding partner of Umberg Zipser. “Patrick is off to a great start as a litigator and will add depth to our growing litigation practice,” added co-founder Tom Umberg.


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