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Community News – April 2017

KYLE W. NAGEOTTEKyle W. Nageotte, an associate in the San Diego office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has been elected as chair of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA). CYLA, the largest association of young lawyers in the nation, advocates for important issues, including legislative funding, educational programs and pro bono opportunities for young and new lawyers.
As chair, Nageotte will work with the CYLA board of directors to establish priorities for the year, maintain member programs and services, and act as liaison with various State Bar Sections. He previously held the position of vice chair and District 4 representative on the CYLA board.
In his practice, Nageotte represents and advises employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, primarily claims involving: class actions, discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and wrongful termination. He also serves as co-chair of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony and is a member of the University of San Diego School of Law’s LGBT Alumni Scholarship Committee. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.A. from The George Washington University.

ROBERT J. FRANCAVILLACaseyGerry partner Robert J. Francavilla was named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) during the organization’s 58th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner.
Every year, CASD, a local organization of trial lawyers dedicated to preserving and protecting the legal rights of consumers, holds a dinner to install its board of directors and celebrate the accomplishments of San Diego attorneys. Also honored this year were Arthur H. Bryant as consumer advocate of the year, Honorable Ronald S. Prager as judge of the year and assembly member Shirley N. Weber as legislator of the year.
The CASD Trial Lawyer of the Year Award is given to a San Diego Countybased attorney who has achieved outstanding jury verdicts involving a civil or criminal matter. Francavilla has achieved numerous high-profile results over the last year, including a $7.6 million jury verdict in a product liability case. Known for taking on high-profile, complex cases, he focuses his practice on serious personal injury, head trauma and wrongful death cases and has achieved dozens of multi-million dollar results in recent years.

MICHAEL E. ROGASKIGreco Traficante Schulz & Brick announces that Michael E. Rogaski joined the firm as an associate attorney. His practice involves representing and defending individuals and companies in all aspects of civil litigation. Rogaski’s experience includes contract and construction disputes, business litigation, insurance coverage and litigation, and personal injury litigation. He is A/V Rated by Martindale and was named a “Top Lawyer” by San Diego Magazine for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 in the area of construction litigation. Rogaski received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and law degree from McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with distinction and a member of the Traynor Honor Society.

SCOTT L. METZGER, JOHN C. WYNNE, CATHLEEN G. FITCH, WILLIAM P. KEITHMultiple Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne shareholders have been named as 2017 Super Lawyers® including Scott L. Metzger, Business Litigation; John C. Wynne, Employment and Labor; and Cathleen G. Fitch, Professional Liability Defense. New shareholder William P. Keith was also named a 2017 Rising Star.
Founded in 1977, Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne is an AV-rated, San Diego-based law firm representing clients in a broad range of matters involving transactions and litigation.

PRIYANKA TALUKDARSullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that associate Priyanka Talukdar has been appointed to the South Asian Bar Association, San Diego Chapter (SABA-SD) board of directors for the 2017 term. Talukdar is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation and business transactions practice groups. Her practice focuses on providing legal services to businesses and commercial enterprises, located in the United States, as well as foreign jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Sullivan Hill, Priyanka worked as a foreign lawyer and as an associate at several international law firms located in Singapore and India. Priyanka has worked in a wide range of cross-jurisdictional matters including commercial and contractual matters and disputes, shareholder agreements and disputes, joint ventures, derivative actions, and breaches of fiduciary duty. She also served as an associate for the National Judicial Academy (India), which is India’s foremost training institute for the judiciary.

HOLLY M. BAUERLatham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that nine counsel have been elected to the partnership. The group consists of accomplished practitioners from around the world who advise clients on a range of corporate, litigation and trial, finance, regulatory and tax matters. The new partners include Holly M. Bauer in the firm’s San Diego office.
Bauer is a member of the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice in the Tax Department. She advises a wide variety of clients on the tax, securities and corporate law aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters—particularly in the course of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and initial public offerings (IPOs). She regularly advises on the design, implementation and ongoing administration of benefits and compensation plans across industries, particularly for biotechnology, technology and real estate investment trust (REIT) clients. Bauer received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

AUBREY A. HADDACHDinsmore & Shohl LLP welcomes Of Counsel Attorney Aubrey A. Haddach to the firm’s San Diego office. Haddach joins Dinsmore from Venable LLP and will practice out of the Intellectual Property Department.
Haddach has extensive experience in all aspects of patent law and related business matters and helps clients protect, patent and commercialize inventions, particularly in the life sciences. She also helps clients assert their IP rights and defend against infringement allegations. Her patent litigation experience runs the gamut from pre-litigation investigations through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Haddach’s technical knowledge encompasses pharmaceutical, medical device, agrochemical, clean tech and oil/gas industries. Haddach earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.


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