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Community News – August 2017

A San Francisco federal judge has appointed CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. to the national Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) overseeing the Eco Diesel Litigation against Fiat Chrysler now pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Casey Jr. and Rachel Jensen of Robbins Geller are the only San Diego attorneys to serve on the committee, which now oversees litigation for In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability, MDL No. 17-MD-02777-EMC— a case similar to the VW Diesel Emissions litigation. Plaintiffs allege Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV installed emission-cheating devices—hiding the true emission levels that exceeded government standards—in select Jeep and Dodge vehicles, selling them as “eco-diesel” vehicles.

A third-generation attorney, Casey Jr. has helped his firm recover billions of dollars on behalf of clients and has spent 43 years practicing law. He is past president of the American Association of Trial Lawyers (now known as the American Association for Justice) and has been lauded with numerous professional accolades throughout his career, including a perpetual award in his honor, the “David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award” from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

DAN EATONSeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that shareholder Dan Eaton was elected president-elect of the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA)—a more than 125-year-old organization serving some 38,000 Harvard Law School alumni across the globe. After serving one year as president-elect, Eaton will serve a two-year term as president beginning in July 2018.

Eaton, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrates his practice on defending and advising clients on a broad range of employment issues. He has written and spoken extensively on employment law, business and legal ethics, and other legal topics throughout much of his career, often appearing in local print and broadcast media as a legal analyst. Since 2007, he has taught classes in ethical decision making and employment law at San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989. He has served on the HLSA Executive Committee and as president of the association’s San Diego chapter.

DEREK J. ONYSKOFinch, Thornton & Baird, LLP has added two new attorneys to its growing ranks. Attorney Derek J. Onysko practices in the areas of construction law, business and commercial litigation, and federal procurement while representing clients in matters involving state, local government, federal and private construction projects. His practice covers litigation matters from complaint filing through judgment collection, involving a wide variety of issues including breach of contract, contract interpretation, general contractor/subcontractor disputes, owner/general contractor disputes and lien law.

JEANNE W. MURRAYAttorney Jeanne W. Murray works with in-house counsel, business owners and executives to provide legal expertise in construction law, business and commercial litigation, and government and regulatory law. Ms. Murray’s practice focuses on bringing effective and efficient resolution to matters involving public and private works disputes, subcontractor listing and substitution issues, surety bond claims, and construction defect claims. The scope of her representation includes all aspects of litigation from complaint filing through jury trial and judgment collection. Clients include general contractors, subcontractors and construction suppliers.

DEBORAH YATESSolomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Deborah Yates has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Yates joins the firm’s business litigation and intellectual property and technology practice groups. With 10 years’ experience in litigating, Ms. Yates has represented a wide range of business clients, from small private schools to international pharmaceutical companies.

For several years before joining Solomon Ward, Ms. Yates served as Counsel at the law firm WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where she was litigator within the IP Department of the Year named by The American Lawyer in January 2014. At WilmerHale, Ms. Yates litigated in both state and federal courts, with issues ranging from breach of contract to patent infringement.

Yates received her J.D., first in class, from George Mason University School of Law; her M.B.A., with the highest distinction, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and her B.S., summa cum laude and valedictorian, from the University of Maryland.

JOSEPH LEVENTHALDinsmore & Shohl LLP attorney Joseph Leventhal has been elected to the Federal Bar Association’s Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in October.

Founded in 1920, the Federal Bar Association (FBA) is a voluntary professional organization of more than 18,000 members nationwide, including lawyers, judges, and law students who practice in the federal system or have an interest in federal law. The FBA seeks to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public.

Leventhal, office managing partner of Dinsmore’s San Diego office, is a litigator whose practice spans all areas of business litigation, including the defense of class actions, patent litigation, complex contract matters and white collar defense. Previously, he served as an attorney in the White House as deputy assistant to the vice president.

David J. Vogel, a real estate lawyer with Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg), has been admitted to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) as a fellow. He is one of only three ACMA Fellows in San Diego County and 38 in the state of California. The criteria for selection includes distinguished practice in the law regarding real estate mortgage transactions, bar association involvement, publications, speaking engagements and community service.

Vogel practices in a wide variety of real estate matters, including finance transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, development matters, common interest developments and general business transactions. In addition, Vogel leads the day-to-day operation of HechtSolberg’s Finance Transactions and Common Interest Developments practices.”

Vogel has received a number of accolades since joining HechtSolberg in 2010, including “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal in 2016, “Best Attorneys in San Diego, 2016” by San Diego Metro Magazine and “San Diego Rising Stars” 2015-2017 by Super Lawyers.

DAVID J. VOGELKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce the elevation of David Majchrzak and Brian Murphy to Senior Counsel in the firm’s San Diego office. David Majchrzak is a seasoned ethicist and civil litigator with significant motion, trial, and appellate experience. Mr. Majchrzak performs law office risk management reviews, trains law firm staff in ethics requirements, and advises on a variety of topics. He currently serves as a member of the marketing committee for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and as the Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s invitation-only Legal Ethics Committee, which he will chair in 2018. Mr. Majchrzak is co-editor of SDCBA’s Ethics Quarterly and frequently presents to attorneys in the Southern California region on legal ethics.

Since joining Klinedinst San Diego in 2007, Brian Murphy has focused his practice on professional liability as well as foreclosure law. He has extensive experience defending attorneys from all manner of claims, ranging from simple negligence and fee disputes to fraud and intentional torts. With regard to foreclosure, Mr. Murphy defends lenders and loan servicing companies on wrongful foreclosure and related claims. His clients now include many respected Southern California attorneys, as well as national lenders and their loan servicing companies. Mr. Murphy is active in the legal community and serves as the San Diego Leadership Committee Co-Chair of Lambda Legal.


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