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Community News – November 2016

Johnson & Weaver LLPJohnson & Weaver LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to its San Diego office.
Phong L. Tran: Mr. Tran has extensive experience litigating complex securities, mergers and acquisitions, and consumer class action cases. Before joining Johnson & Weaver, Mr. Tran worked at the preeminent plaintiff class action firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and the well-respected boutique litigation firm of Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman, LLP. In addition, he previously served as a prosecutor, first as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and then as a Deputy City Attorney with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Tran earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Johnson & Weaver LLPKristen O’Connor: Prior to joining the firm, Ms. O’Connor served as Managing Counsel at clinivation, Inc., where she negotiated clinical trial agreements and provided market clearance submission development and support to global medtech and pharmaceutical industry clients. Ms. O’Connor graduated summa cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2015. Ms. O’Connor earned a bachelor’s degree from California Lutheran University in 2008, and is an active member of the American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, American Inns of Court—J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, and Lawyers Club of San Diego.

MONICA SHERMAN GHIGLIAOn Thursday, October 13th, Monica Sherman Ghiglia, an attorney at Fragomen, will be awarded the “Inn of Court Pro Bono Publico Award” at Casa Cornelia Law Center’s 9th Annual La Mancha Awards. Monica and twelve other attorneys were selected from a pool of over 200 volunteer attorneys for their commitment to access to justice. Casa Cornelia Law Center is a San Diego nonprofit that provides legal assistance to victims of human and civil rights violations.

SOTERA ANDERSONWilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce Sotera Anderson, senior counsel at the San Diegobased litigation law firm, has been named to the State Bar of California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) Board of Directors. With these esteemed appointments, Anderson will serve in leadership roles at the community, city and state professional levels.
On the all-volunteer Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, Anderson will serve a one-year term evaluating judicial candidates who are being considered for appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown. Anderson’s term will begin in February 2017.
The PALSD Board of Directors is committed to supporting and advancing the careers of Asian American legal professionals while also promoting and advocating for community interests. As a member of the 10-person board, Anderson will also work to uphold the preservation of the community’s culture, heritage and diversity. Anderson’s term began September 1.

ROSALIO MUNOZDAVID MUNOZCiting rapid expansion and a desire to provide convenient access to injured victims throughout San Diego County, Mission Legal Center has expanded its personal injury practice by opening additional offices in Carlsbad and Chula Vista. Helmed by father and son trial attorneys Rosalio Munoz and David Munoz, Mission Legal Center’s new Chula Vista office is located at 333 H Street, Suite 5000, Chula Vista, CA 91910. In North County San Diego, Mission Legal Center’s new office is located at 1902 Wright Place, Second Floor, Carlsbad, CA 92008. The two new offices are in addition to the firm’s main office in Mission Valley.

JAMES D. CROSBYJames D. Crosby, who during the past five years has practiced with Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney LLP and Klinedinst PC, is returning downtown to resume his active litigation and trial practice.
Throughout much of his more than 30-year legal career, Mr. Crosby has been an active leader and volunteer in San Diego’s legal community. He currently serves as a Master of the Louis M Welsh Inn of Court and Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Inn of Court, and as a trial skills instructor for the San Diego Inn of Court. Mr. Crosby’s other volunteer commitments include or have included USD School of Law’s Alumni Association, for which he will be 2017-2018 Board President; Casa Cornelia Law Center, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and the San Diego County Law Library. In 2017, Mr. Crosby will serve on the State Bar of California Judicial Neutral Evaluation Commission. Mr. Crosby is also a volunteer and frequent contributor to San Diego Lawyer, the monthly publication of the SDCBA.

DAVID CASEY JR.Joining the ranks of legal luminaries such as Richard Gerry, Harvey J. Levine, Peter J. Hughes and his father, David S. Casey Sr., David Casey Jr.—managing partner of CaseyGerry—has been inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Past Presidents’ Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at a special reception held by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California.
The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame commemorates the career contributions of outstanding CASD members based on their accomplishments as trial lawyers and their service to the public, as well as their leadership.
Inductees are carefully selected by a committee of past CASD presidents. Other attributes considered by the committee are the nominee’s advocacy and high ethical standards. The honor has been bestowed since 1999.
Casey Jr., a La Jolla resident, has helped clients in a complex range of cases relating to aviation, maritime, premises liability, faulty equipment, government tort claims, complex motorcycle accidents, product liability, trucking and automobile crashes.

DILLON D. JONESBRITTNEY S. SLACKFinch, Thornton & Baird, LLP has added two new Post Bar Law Clerks. Dillon D. Jones is a graduate of the firm’s 2015 summer associate program and will be working primarily in the areas of government contracts, construction law, and business litigation. Ms. Jones received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board. While in law school, she was a judicial extern for the Hon. Amy D. Hogue of the Los Angeles Superior Court, extern for Hon. Thomas J. Whelan and Hon. Janis L. Sammertino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Brittney S. Slack is also a graduate of the firm’s 2015 summer associate program and will be working in the areas of government contracts, construction law, and business litigation. Ms. Slack received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. While in law school, she was a legal intern for Hon. Ronald Prager of the San Diego Superior Court. She was also a writer for the San Diego International Law Journal and served as a Moot Court Associate Board Member.

SHANNON D. SWEENEYThe law firm of Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that Shannon D. Sweeney has joined the firm as a shareholder in the San Diego office. She will be a member of the firm’s commercial and business litigation, real estate and construction practice groups.
Sweeney has substantial experience in complex corporate litigation, large commercial disputes, and consumer and securities fraud class action lawsuits in both state and federal courts. She also has significant appellate experience. Sweeney is admitted to practice in California, Texas and New York.


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