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Community News – March 2017

STEPHEN J. ESTEYEstey & Bomberger, LLP has announced that Stephen J. Estey has been tapped as the newest member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association ( An affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the association is the nation’s first professional group comprised of attorneys and expert witnesses dedicated to helping victims seek and achieve justice through the civil system.
As part of the outreach services it provides to the community, the National Center for Victims of Crime hosts seminars throughout the country. These Civil Justice for Victims of Crime seminars help to increase an awareness of the civil actions that are available to victims, connecting National Crime Victim Bar Association members with victim service providers and advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement and other community resources. In accepting this opportunity to further contribute to a cause to which he committed his career, Estey remarked, “I am excited to join this prestigious and collaborative group, to continue to be a part of the solution that helps those affected by crime transition from victims to survivors.

SUZANNE VARCO & S. WAYNE ROSENBAUMEffective January 1, 2017, Suzanne Varco and S. Wayne Rosenbaum have formed Varco & Rosenbaum Environmental Law Group LLP. The firm was formerly known as Opper & Varco LLP The Environmental Law Group. In addition to Varco & Rosenbaum, Linda Beresford will continue with the firm as a partner and Eric Grant has joined the firm as an associate. Richard Opper has left the practice.
“Over the 13 years since we first established our practice, environmental law and related areas have continued to be our focus. Our new name highlights our significant expertise in this ever-evolving area of law,” says Varco, who remains as managing partner of the firm. “We are proud that we will also continue to be a woman-owned firm.”
The firm provides services in a broad range of environmental law areas ranging from litigation and appeals to transaction, compliance, advice and advocacy. The firm will maintain its offices in downtown San Diego and will continue to serve clients throughout California.

ROBERT K. DIXONWilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce that it has elected three new partners—Robert K. Dixon, Daniel C. Gunning, and Marissa Lyftogt.
Dixon defends corporations in product liability, personal injury, consumer class action, and other complex litigation in both state and federal courts, particularly with respect to claims under state and federal consumer protection laws. His practice also includes defending so-called “junk fax,” “blast text,” robocalls, and Do-Not- Call class actions brought under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
DANIEL C. GUNNINGGunning concentrates his practice on defending employers in discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation and wage and hour class actions. Mr. Gunning has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. In addition to litigation, Mr. Gunning advises employers on ADA/FEHA accommodation and interactive process issues, leave rights, wage and hour and California Labor Code compliance.
MARISSA LYFTOGTLyftogt represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defending against claims of harassment, retaliation, discrimination, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination and wage and hour class actions. She also has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, in arbitration and representing employers before state and federal administrative agencies.

ETHAN LITNEYCaseyGerry has announced the addition of Ethan Litney to its growing legal team. As the firm’s newest associate attorney, Litney will work closely with CaseyGerry’s complex litigation team with a focus on class actions, mass torts and complex pharmaceutical litigation. Most recently an attorney with R. Rex Parris Law Firm in Lancaster, Calif., where he represented over 7,000 individuals affected by the Porter Ranch gas leak, the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history, Litney has focused his practice exclusively on complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts.
Litney is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He earned his J.D. from U.C. Davis, and holds bachelors’ degrees in both political science and philosophy from U.C. Santa Cruz.

JOSEPH POTOCKIJoseph Potocki and Karen Holmes of the law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes have been selected to the 2017 San Diego Super Lawyers list in the field of construction litigation. Potocki’s practice concentrates on litigation, transactional matters and construction contract drafting and negotiation. His extensive litigation experience involves high-value disputes relating to a wide variety of issues in the real estate, business and construction arenas. His professional awards and honors include the Top 25 Attorneys in Construction and Real Estate Law, San Diego Daily Transcript, and Super Lawyers.
KAREN HOLMESHolmes is a successful litigator and trial attorney specializing in professional liability defense and civil litigation. She handles contract review and negotiation as well as the defense of construction delay, extras and defect claims on behalf of architects, engineers and contractors. Holmes has extensive trial experience and has served as Judge Pro Tem as well as arbitrator and mediator for the San Diego Superior Court. She is the recipient of many professional awards and honors including being named a San Diego Super Lawyer since 2007.

MICHAEL CATOCrosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) announced today the addition of three attorneys to its expanding commercial real estate practice: Michael Cato as partner and Jamie Altman Buggy and Collin Waring as associate attorneys.
JAMIE ALTMAN BUGGYCGS3’s newest partner, Cato is a San Diego real estate and finance attorney who represents both local and national real estate developers, owners and investors. Previously a partner at Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP, he specializes in the buying, selling, leasing and financing of commercial properties in the office, industrial, retail and multi-family sectors.
Most recently with San Diego-based Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP, Buggy represents business owners and individuals in all areas of real estate disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, insurance coverage, partnership disputes and breach of fiduciary duty.
COLLIN WARINGFormerly an associate at Troutman Sanders in Del Mar, Waring adds longevity to CGS3’s established transactional team. His expertise includes the full range of commercial real estate transactions, and he advises clients on variety of operational and corporate agreements including licensing agreements, operating agreements, subscription agreements and private placement memorandums.

PAUL E. ROBINSONPaul E. Robinson, a senior partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP, has been unanimously reappointed to the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority by the county Board of Supervisors. A member of the airport board since 2010, he serves as vice chair and Executive Committee member. Robinson is also chair of the Audit Committee and one of four board members appointed to the ad hoc search committee, charged with finding a replacement for the Airport Authority President/CEO Thelia F. Bowens.
Robinson, a lifelong civic leader and authority on land use and real estate law, currently serves as chair of the Mission Bay Park Committee, the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund Oversight Committee, the De Anza Revitalization Plan ad hoc committee and the Downtown Parking Management Group.


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