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Community News – February 2017

AARON OLSENZeldes Haeggquist & Eck has promoted attorney Aaron Olsen, who earlier this year served as co-lead class counsel in litigation against Donald Trump and Trump University, to partner. The promotion took effect January 1, 2017.
A graduate of California Western School of Law, Olsen has spent the last seven years of his practice as an associate in ZHE’s employment law and consumer litigation departments. He focuses his practice on representing employees in all aspects of labor and employment litigation in federal and state courts and is experienced in prosecuting complex class action suits, including consumer fraud actions, product defect cases, wage and hour actions, and unfair competition and false advertising claims, among others. Late last year, Olsen was part of a multi-lawyer team that negotiated a $25 million settlement on behalf of students who attended Donald Trump’s Trump University. He was the first lawyer to field the phone call from and investigate the claims of Tarla Makaeff, who would eventually become the class representative in the case, and was instrumental in prosecuting the nearly seven-year litigation against Trump and his company.

HEATHER L. ROSINGKlinedinst is pleased to announce that shareholder and CFO Heather L. Rosing has been elected President of the California Bar Foundation (CBF).
CBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better justice system for all Californians. As the center of philanthropy for California’s legal community, CBF focuses on increasing the presence and viability of underrepresented communities in the legal profession. CBF is the only statewide foundation with deep ties in both the philanthropic and legal communities.
Ms. Rosing has served CBF as a member of the Scholarship Committee, as well as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Having served as Vice President of the State Bar of California, she provides a unique perspective in the makeup of the state’s legal community, and will continue to champion the CBF Diversity Scholarship Program. CBF is California’s largest scholarship resource for diverse law students, investing more than $300,000 per year in tomorrow’s lawyers. In 2014, the organization distributed nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the California justice system.

MATTHEW J. WILESROBERT G. MARASCODinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to announce San Diego attorney Matthew J. Wiles has been named partner. Wiles was elected to partnership effective January 1, 2017. A member of the Litigation Department, Matt has extensive experience advocating on behalf of clients in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies. He also serves as outside general counsel to clients, partnering with them to establish business and strategic direction and assisting them with employment, contractual, and day-to-day corporate matters.
In addition, Robert G. Marasco joined the firm’s San Diego office. He will practice out of the Litigation Department and handle internal and government investigations with expertise in the healthcare and data privacy areas, and litigate white collar criminal matters.
Having served as a federal prosecutor, Marasco brings a high level of insider’s knowledge to help advise his clients in a wide variety of legal matters. Marasco was an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of California. In this role, Marasco acted as lead prosecutor on hundreds of investigations of both individuals and corporations.

BENJAMIN COUGHLANGomez Trial Attorneys is proud to announce the launch of its dedicated Brain Injury Practice Group. Chaired by Senior Trial Attorney Benjamin Coughlan, the sitting Vice President of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and coauthor/editor of the Journey Toward Recovery: A Brain Injury Guide for Survivors, the Gomez Trial Attorney Brain Injury Practice will focus its efforts on representing victims and families of victims who have suffered injuries including: concussions, post concussive syndrome, brain trauma of all kinds stemming from athletic/sports injuries, falls, auto accidents, workplace incidents, assaults and more.

JUDGE RONALD S. PRAGERJudicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, welcomes retired San Diego County Judge Ronald S. Prager to its roster of exclusive neutrals.
Judge Prager has nearly three decades of experience on the bench where he presided over complex civil lawsuits ranging from personal injury matters to environmental and construction defect cases. He was elected to the El Cajon Municipal Court in 1988, before being appointed to the San Diego Superior Court by then-Governor George Deukmejian in 1989. While on the Superior Court bench, Judge Prager spent 22 years as an independent calendar judge, adjudicating a broad spectrum of civil matters and managing more than 1,000 cases. He also served as a settlement judge, resolving hundreds of cases, and was an Advisor Judge to the State Bar of California’s Litigation Section.
While on the Superior Court bench, Judge Prager presided over many notable cases, including serving as a trial coordination judge for dozens of tobacco-related class actions; approving a $26 billion settlement between big tobacco companies and the State of California and other governmental entities; and overseeing and directing to settlement several class actions alleging violations of California’s antitrust laws by manipulating California natural gas prices.

MATTHEW C. DOUGLASSeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that Matthew C. Douglas has joined the firm as an associate. Douglas joins the firm’s business department, and his practice will focus on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, compliance with securities laws and general business matters.
Prior to joining SCMV, Douglas was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles. Early in his career, Douglas also practiced business law in Sacramento. Douglas received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and holds an LL.M. in business and international law from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Douglas was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2007.

KATHRYN MARTINMICHAEL CAMPBELLHiggs Fletcher & Mack has announced that Kathryn Martin and Michael Campbell have been promoted to partner.
Martin joined Higgs Fletcher & Mack in 2005, and specializes in the defense of businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation, including general civil, business, class action, healthcare, public entity and transportation law in all California state and federal courts. Recently, she successfully defended one of the State’s largest school districts in a three-week jury trial. Martin also represents clients in arbitrations and administrative proceedings. She graduated from the University of San Diego magna cum laude, with a dual major in political science and communications. Martin was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend California Western School of Law, graduating with honors in 2005. Campbell’s practice focuses on defending individuals and entities in all forms of litigation. He has successfully represented clients in the state and federal courts, including the California Court of Appeal. Prior to joining Higgs Fletcher & Mack, Campbell practiced in the employment law group at a national firm in San Diego and at a nationally recognized professional liability defense firm in Sacramento, where he represented doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical groups and skilled nursing facilities in both malpractice and employment law matters. He also served as a solicitor in the United Kingdom, where he still holds an active license to practice with one of the country’s most respected trade union defense firms.

BABAK TEHRANCHIPerkins Coie has announced that Babak Tehranchi, Ph.D., has been promoted to partner. Based in the firm’s San Diego office, Dr. Tehranchi is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law practice. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent portfolio evaluation, due diligence and patent litigation support in technology areas including wireless technologies, optics, digital rights management, software, electronics, medical devices and mechanical systems. He prepares and conducts post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office including inter partes review, postgrant review, covered business method review and patent reexamination. He is also the inventor of more than 30 U.S. and international patents.

Brian

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