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Community News – February 2018

A federal judge has appointed CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. as liaison counsel for the Wells Fargo Multi-District Litigation (MDL) now pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford, who is presiding over Wells Fargo Collateral Protection Insurance Litigation MDL #2797, named San Diego-based plaintiffs’ attorney David S. Casey, Jr. as liaison counsel. Casey Jr. is the only San Diego attorney appointed to help oversee the litigation, and as liaison counsel will facilitate communications with all attorneys and the court.

The Wells Fargo MDL consists of national federal class action lawsuits that were consolidated earlier this year following mounting reports that the banking giant had allegedly forced its car loan customers to buy unnecessary auto “Collateral Protection Insurance” policies.

For the past seven years, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has put together a list of the Best Law Firms in the country. For a firm to be eligible for this honor, at least one attorney must be listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which The McClellan Law Firm’s founding attorney Craig McClellan has been included in every year since 1993. Best Lawyers reviewed thousands of law firms before selecting the finalists for the 2018 rankings. From there, the firms were further broken down into three tiers. The McClellan Law Firm has been selected to the highest tier, an honor it has received since 2012.

Over the past 25 plus years, the McClellan Law Firm has secured more than 110 settlements and verdicts exceeding $1 million each, including a verdict of more than $15 million in a wrongful death case in 2015, the largest net verdict for a single family in San Diego history.

The law firm of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of Zachariah Rowland as partner of the firm effective January 1, 2018. Rowland joined the growing firm in 2017. For more than ten years, he has litigated all types of commercial, employment, personal injury and construction matters on behalf of design professionals, product manufacturers, and general contractors. He also counsels clients in the areas of contract review, drafting and negotiation.

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick’s services cover a broad spectrum of legal needs for its commercial clients, who range from small, local start-ups and non-profits to large, national companies. The firm’s attorneys are focused on the representation of law and accounting firms, architects and engineers, general contractors and sub-contractors, transportation industry businesses, fiduciaries and other financial professionals, insurance agents and brokers, medical and healthcare professionals, manufacturers, commercial real estate developers, hotel, hospitality, retail and service industry businesses, and software and technology developers.

The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that Philip B. Adams has joined the firm as an associate. Adams joins the firm’s litigation department. Prior to joining SCMV, Adams worked as a law clerk with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo and the Honorable William V. Gallo.

Adams received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as the managing articles editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, from the University of Southern California.

Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP Partner Vickie E. Turner has been named a U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America 2018 - Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. In addition, attorneys Claudette G. Wilson, Michael S. Kalt, Meryl C. Maneker were also named San Diego Best Lawyers 2018. The firm also received Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings for its Employment Law-Management and Litigation- Labor & Employment practice areas.

The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Norma A. Morales has joined the firm as an associate. An experienced litigator, Morales’ practice focuses on the resolution of complex construction-related disputes, contract disputes and product liability. She also provides business consulting for developers and contractors for ongoing and new projects.

Morales received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996 and her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2002.

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP’s San Diego Managing Partner Ed Chapin has been named the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. He will be honored at CASD’s 59th Annual Awards & Installation Dinner on February 16, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego.

For more than twenty years, Chapin has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has received significant professional awards including the Daniel T. Broderick Award for “epitomizing the highest principles of civility, integrity and professionalism” presented by ABOTA, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego Defense Lawyers and the San Diego County Bar Association. He received the Lifetime Achievement award presented by the San Diego Defense Lawyers. Chapin has been named one of the prestigious Best Lawyers in America every year since 1989 and Super Lawyers ranking every year since 2007.

Best Best & Krieger LLP once again received high-ranking “Metropolitan Tier 1” designations from U.S. News- Best Lawyers in America® in its 2018 Best Law Firms rankings. “Tier 1” indicates that these practices were recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. In San Diego, BB&K received a national ranking for Land Use & Zoning Law. The firm also ranked highly in a number of other practices and metropolitan areas, including Litigation – Environmental in Los Angeles; Corporate Law in the Inland Empire region of California; Natural Resources Law in Oakland (Walnut Creek); Health Care Law in Sacramento; and Employment Law – Management, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law and Commercial Litigation in San Diego.

Honored with recognition from the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP has been named a top tier law firm in two practice areas for the eighth annual U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. Well-known for its work on large, complex matters where an entire business may be at risk, NoonanLance was chosen as an exceptional firm in San Diego for commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense.

A firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S., to be eligible for a ranking. Three NoonanLance attorneys—Founding Partners David J. Noonan, James R. Lance and Ethan T. Boyer—were named in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.


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