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Community News – December 2016

OMAR NAZIFLatham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that 27 associates have been elected to the partnership and 28 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2017. The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments who are based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, providing clients with a breadth of resources and experience in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers.
AMANDA MOLTERIn San Diego, Omar Nazif has been promoted to Partner. Nazif is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on project finance transactions in the energy and gaming and hospitality industries. He represents financial institutions, sponsors and developers in connection with all phases of the development and financing of projects, with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector. Nazif received his JD from Stanford Law School in 2006.
Amanda L. Molter has also been promoted to Counsel. Molter is a member of the Corporate Department who represents private fund sponsors, investors and joint venture participants in forming, investing in and operating private investment vehicles. She has broad experience advising private equity sponsors operating across a wide range of industries on all aspects of the investment fund lifecycle, including global fundraising activities, investments and exits. Molter received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007.

ROBERT FRANCAVILLACaseyGerry partners Thomas Penfield and Robert Francavilla have been recognized as “Outstanding Trial Lawyers” at the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s (CASD) annual Evening with the Trial Stars Awards Dinner held at the U.S. Grant Hotel.
The award was presented to the longtime CaseyGerry partners based on their successful work on a case against American Reprographics, LLC, a digital reproduction firm whose truck driver hit a young Carlsbad woman crossing the street, causing a serious and permanent foot injury. Following a threeday trial, a Vista Superior Court jury ordered the San Diego company to pay $425,741.67 in damages to the plaintiff.
With a practice concentrating on serious personal injury/head injury and products liability, Francavilla is now a six-time winner of CASD’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award and has been named one of the Top 25 Plaintiffs Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Penfield has significant experience in personal injury, products liability, class actions and civil litigation; he is an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law and is one of a handful of California attorneys named a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice.

JIM PETERSONHiggs Fletcher & Mack partner and employment law and litigation attorney, Jim Peterson, has been named Chairperson of Make-AWish ® (MAW) San Diego. A board member since 2013 and previously Vice Chair, Peterson aims to increase the organization’s outreach program to all eligible “wish kids” and further fundraising efforts to ensure the local chapter can sustain its unprecedented growth in the number of wishes granted in the coming year.
“This organization is very near and dear to me and my family. It’s with great pleasure that I get to serve as Chair and focus on increasing awareness for MAW San Diego,” shared Peterson. “Last year, we increased our outreach to connect with more than 70 percent of those eligible for a wish (children with life-threatening illness), and increased the number of wishes granted from 175 to 225. I want to continue our efforts and spread the word about the impact MAW has on healing kids and their families struck by a health tragedy. I’m also looking forward to growing our donor base and increasing our fundraising efforts.”

CURTIS QUAYThe National Trial Lawyers organization has chosen attorney Curtis Quay, from Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Quay is a personal injury attorney with over 20 years of experience handling serious accidents. Prior to joining Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, Mr. Quay established himself by working as a personal injury defense attorney for various insurance companies.
The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) is an invitationonly organization of attorneys who meet a set of stringent qualifications. NTL is based on a multiphase process that includes third-party research and peer nominations.

ROGER DENNINGFish & Richardson principals Juanita Brooks and Roger Denning were recognized alongside San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer as well as various local government officials and professionals in the real estate, construction, design and financial industries who are positively impacting the region on The Daily Transcript’s list of “100 Influential Leaders in San Diego.”
“Being able to teach technology to a jury for the relatively short time that you’ve got them in the courtroom — at least enough to help them understand the technologies underlying the case — can be crucial to winning a trial,” Denning said in The Daily Transcript interview. To demonstrate his track record of success, The Transcript showcased Denning’s recent case regarding the world’s leading kidney dialysis care provider, Fresenius, in a product liability suit.
Denning’s education in electrical engineering may not seem like it would lend itself to a career in corporate litigation, the publication noted, but it has proved pivotal in his ability to protect clients in patent infringement and product liability cases involving medical devices, computer software and sporting goods.

MICKEY MAHERFor the first time, Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) has been honored as a National Tier 2 law firm in the area of Land Use and Zoning Law in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 rankings.
“As a real estate and business boutique with 16 lawyers, we are gratified to be propelled to the national stage in these rankings,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner at HechtSolberg. “Many of the firms ranked nationally are global firms with multiple offices. This ranking recognizes that despite our size, our depth of knowledge and team approach allow us to deliver solutions that accomplish clients’ real estate and business goals,” he said.
HechtSolberg was also designated a Metropolitan San Diego Tier 1 law firm in Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law, as well as a Tier 2 law firm for San Diego in the area of Corporate Law.

Brian

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