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Community News – September 2016

1Stradling recently represented Sequent Medical, Inc. in its merger with a U.S. subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, a global medical device company. Under the terms of the deal, Terumo acquired Sequent in an all-cash transaction for $380 million ($280 million up front and up to an additional $100 million if certain milestones are achieved).
Based in Aliso Viejo, Sequent develops next-generation interventional devices for treating cerebral aneurysms. Terumo reportedly commands a 16% market share in catheters used to treat cerebral aneurysms, making it the third-largest in the field. Terumo intends to merge Sequent and MicroVention, a California-based maker of coils that Terumo acquired in 2006, to strengthen its product development.
The Stradling team representing Sequent included Larry Cohn, Bruce Feuchter, Jeff Estes, Lisa Murison, Pace McCaskill, Sonya Attal, and Ron Birnkrant. Ryan Gaglio advised on tax matters, Nicolai Schwarz- Gondek advised on European contractual matters, Nicole Zajack advised on employment matters, Williana Chang advised on employee benefits matters, Kristin Larson advised on environmental matters, and Peter Dansie assisted on post-signing antitrust matters.

2Shareholder Heather Peck of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has been recognized among the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” by the National Diversity Council.
To be considered, attorneys must be a leader and role model within the organization and profession, contribute to the direction and growth of the organization, and be a recognized leader in their field of expertise. In addition, they must operate with high integrity and ethics, as well as be an active corporate citizen.
Based in the firm’s Irvine office, Peck specializes in labor and employment law. Her experience involves matters regarding privacy and data protection, traditional labor, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour and wrongful termination. She is currently the co-chair of Littler’s Reunion affinity group and a liaison for the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Peck earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, her M.A. from the University of Amsterdam and her B.A. from San Jose State University.

3The First Tee of Orange County (TFTOC), an organization dedicated to teaching local youth ages 7 to 18 life skills and healthy habits through golf, has added three members to its growing Board of Directors including Colin Higgins, associate at Snell & Wilmer and Melissa Davis Lowe, partner at Shulman Hodges & Bastian.
An associate at Costa Mesa-based Snell & Wilmer, Colin Higgins focuses his practice on business litigation in state and federal courts, and in administrative and ADR proceedings. He attended University of California, Berkeley where he earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science and later earned a law degree from Loyola Law School. Outside of work, Higgins is an Emerging Leaders council member with Orange County United Way and a supervising attorney at University of California, Irvine School of Law’s Pro Bono Program. 4Melissa Davis Lowe is a partner of Shulman Hodges & Bastian’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization department in Irvine where she covers all aspects of bankruptcy law, including representation of creditors and trustees. Lowe earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Arizona and a law degree from Loyola Law School. She also is an active community member and has held positions with the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, serving as a former president, and the California Bankruptcy Forum.


5Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is proud to announce that it has been ranked fourth among medium sized companies in the Best Places to Work in Orange County – 2016 Survey. The firm was the only law firm to make the top 25 of its category. This marks the fifth consecutive year Newmeyer & Dillion LLP has made the list showing that its deep commitment to professionalism and client service is shared and appreciated by its workforce.
Jeff Dennis, Newmeyer & Dillion’s Managing Partner, believes the award is representative of the team effort and atmosphere that is fostered at the firm. “We believe that client satisfaction goes hand-in-hand with workplace satisfaction. By combining an environment in which individual effort is recognized, with a team approach in which everyone is respected, we have achieved the perfect balance for success. We are honored that our employees appreciate our efforts in this regard.”
Created in 2009, the awards program evaluates entries based on workplace policies, practices, demographics and also collects employee surveys to measure overall satisfaction and experience. The Best Companies Group worked alongside the Orange County Business Journal in collecting and analyzing the data and is a partner in the project.

6Snell & Wilmer
is pleased to announce that Michael Preciado, an attorney in the firm’s Orange County office, became co-chair of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL) on July 1, 2016.
The OCCDL is a collaborate effort of professionals from leading Orange County law firms and other community partners committed to achieving cultural diversity in recruiting and retaining law students and attorneys in Orange County.
At Snell & Wilmer, Preciado concentrates his practice on product liability litigation defending car manufacturers in catastrophic injury cases. He has been a member of the OCCDL since 2014 and has been a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County since 2012. He received his J.D. from Chapman University School of Law magna cum laude and his B.S. from Northern State University.

Brian

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