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Community News – June 2017

1For the last three years, the San Diego Business Journal has honored local attorneys chosen by their peers as most outstanding in their field. Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that Elvira Cortez and Ashley Kerins have been included in this year’s “Best of the Bar” list published by the San Diego Business Journal.
A member of Sullivan Hill’s construction, insurance, and litigation practice groups, Cortez practices primarily in the areas of construction and insurance litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction defect actions, construction claims and insurance coverage disputes. Cortez currently sits on the board for Lawyers Club and co-chairs the Lawyers Club Diverse Women’s Committee. She has been named to the San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar list for the last two years.
ASHLEY KERINSKerins is a member of Sullivan Hill’s business and corporate transactions and tax practice groups. As a member of the business and corporate transactions group, her practice extends to real estate transactions, financings and business organizations. Kerins was named a Top Young Attorney in 2013 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, Best Lawyer in 2015 by San Diego Metro Magazine, and Best of the Bar in 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal.

CHRIS HENDRICKSFox Law is proud to announce it has moved offices to the Plaza Building in Solana Beach. The new address is 225 West Plaza Street, Suite 102. In addition, Fox Law welcomes Chris Hendricks as Special Counsel. Chris has a decade of experience working on complex cases for and against insurance companies, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies. He is now taking his knowledge of the insurance industry to fight for individuals who have been seriously harmed.

R. Michael BombergerEstey & Bomberger, LLP announced that R. Michael Bomberger has been selected as the newest member of the Professional Advisory Council of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation ( Founded in 1983, the SDBIF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families in San Diego County.
“More than 5 million Americans have had a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in a permanent need for help in performing daily activities,” remarked SDBIF CEO Susan Hansen. “Our organization is concerned with helping survivors beyond the immediate onset into life-care issues.”
A key reason for Bomberger’s selection for council membership was his experience representing brain injury survivors in cases involving bike, pedestrian, auto and motorcycle collisions, falls, and even birth-related injuries. He has gone to trial against hospitals, schools, companies, municipalities and individuals on their behalf.
In accepting this honor of Advisory Council Membership, to further contribute to a cause to which he dedicated his career, Bomberger noted, “I am thrilled to join this forward-thinking and collaborative group, to continue to be a part of the solution that helps the more than 11,000 San Diego County survivors of brain injury and their families.”

THOMAS BALESTRERIBalestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Thomas Balestreri (Construction Law) and Karen Holmes (Professional Liability) have been listed in San Diego Magazine as 2017 Top Lawyers in San Diego.
Balestreri has dedicated most of his 32-plus years in practice to the representation of developers, property owners and general contractors in litigation, negotiations and risk management. He has tried a number of high-exposure cases with great success and has received numerous professional awards and honors including Top San Diego Lawyers and Super Lawyers for the last several years.
Holmes 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.

ROBERT M. SHAUGHNESSYDuckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne is proud to support the newly formed San Diego Appellate Inn of Court as a founding sponsor. The San Diego Appellate Inn of Court was established in early 2017 and joins several other local Inns of Court in fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills.
Robert M. Shaughnessy chairs Duckor Spradling’s Appellate practice and will serve as a Barrister on the nascent Appellate Inn of Court. He and other experienced appellate attorneys and justices will interact with other appellate practitioners to promote higher standards and practice skills necessary to enhance the practice of appellate law in the San Diego legal community.

LAWRENCE S. BRANTONSeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that SCMV attorneys Lawrence S. Branton and Brian Katusian have co-authored two chapters in the CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) 2017 edition of “Financing and Protecting California Businesses.”
In the chapter “Tax and Accounting Elections,” Branton and Katusian examine the various tax and accounting elections available to California businesses of all sizes. In the following chapter, “Tax Compliance,” they discuss the myriad Federal and State tax compliance issues unique to California businesses of all sizes. Branton and Katusian also explain how and when to notify taxing authorities to satisfy tax compliance and reporting requirements, as well as how to establish record-keeping procedures.
BRIAN KATUSIANBranton is of counsel with SCMV. His practice emphasizes tax law, estate planning and employee benefits. Katusian is a shareholder with SCMV. His practice emphasizes tax law, tax exempt organizations and ERISA/Employee Benefits. Both attorneys are certified by the State Bar of California as Legal Specialists in Taxation Law.

International Network of Boutique Law Firms

International Network of Boutique Law Firms, San Diego Chapter, Now 11 Firms Strong. “The chapter is affiliated with INBLW nationally and internationally, so clients can receive qualified referrals no matter their requested location or practice area,” said Chapter Chair Charles T. Hoge of Hoge Law Firm in La Jolla, California.
“Our group of small firms practice in a full range of legal specialties and are carefully vetted to uphold organization standards. We are all confident we’re giving and referring experience of the highest caliber.” Each member firm specializes in a specific practice area and is linked nationally and internationally into a single network that is able to offer a full range of practice areas.


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