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Community News – March 2018

Environmental Law Group LLC announces that Jana Mickova Will has joined the firm. Will has practiced law in San Diego for nearly 20 years. Will’s practice is focused on land use, environmental, and public agency law. She has extensive expertise in land use litigation and appeal, environmental compliance, and entitlement approval.

While serving over a decade as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego in land use, Will successfully handled many high-profile development projects involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Mitigation Fee Act, California Public Records Act, and the San Diego Land Development Code, attaining several published Court of Appeal decisions.

Will received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Czech.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP has announced that Aubree Green and Leah Strickland have been made partners of the firm. Strickland is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Strickland is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee and Appellate Practice Section. She received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law, where she was a recipient of the merit-based Graduate Research Fellowship, served as a member of the Law Review, and was admitted into the William & Mary Chapter of Order of the Coif.

Green, who will join the partnership effective July 1, is a member of the firm’s business and corporate and real estate practice groups. Green received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review and her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC announces the promotion of Carrie M. Timko, Esq. to Shareholder. Carrie joined the firm as a Senior Attorney in February of 2007, practicing in both the litigation and transactional departments. After years of representing clients in litigation, Carrie transitioned into solely transactional work, although she still handles petitions to obtain court approval of governing document restatements and amendments. As a result of her diverse background, she has been exposed to various aspects of community association representation, including drafting governing documents, representing clients in enforcement actions, drafting and negotiating contracts, and handling government claims.

As a Shareholder, Carrie will continue to work with clients while leading the firm’s attorney collaboration meetings and coordinating MCLE training opportunities. The firm is proud to have Carrie as a valued member of our team and together, we look forward to assisting clients and their future needs.

Larson & Solecki LLP is pleased to welcome real estate legal veteran Victoria Boynton as Of Counsel to the firm. Boynton had served as associate general counsel for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties since 2007. Her expertise spans contract development and negotiation; risk management; acquisitions; corporate governance; litigation management; mediation and alternative dispute resolution; and all matters relating to real estate and escrow. In 2014 she was voted by her peers as a leading in-house corporate counsel for The Daily Transcript’s “Power of Attorneys” special edition.

Prior to entering the real estate domain, she handled litigation matters successfully through trial. She served as in-house counsel for The Upper Deck Company, a sport memorabilia firm, as well as a North County developer of golf courses, resorts and commercial shopping centers in San Diego County. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she prosecuted high-level drug cases and represented the government on civil tort claims.

John H. Gomez and Ben J. Coughlan, of Gomez Trial Attorneys were featured speakers at the TBI MedLegal Conference, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of California, held February 23-24 at the Hard Rock Hotel, in San Diego. Gomez Trial Attorneys has a dedicated Brain Injury Division, which is an entire practice group dedicated exclusively to helping brain injury survivors to obtain the treatment, resources and support they need, along with an opportunity to rebuild their lives after suffering a brain injury. Coughlan has served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation for years.

Fish & Richardson has named Joanna Fuller as a principal in the firm’s Litigation Group in its Southern California office, located in San Diego, effective January 1, 2018. Fuller represents pharmaceutical and high-tech clients in patent litigation nationwide in cases encompassing a wide range of technology. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009 and her B.S., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.

The Law Office of David P. Shapiro, an exclusive criminal defense firm in San Diego, has announced that Stefano L. Molea has become a partner. The firm was founded by David P. Shapiro in 2007. Prior to joining the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, Mr. Molea was an associate at another reputable San Diego firm, having gained broad experience defending a variety of misdemeanor and felony matters, while achieving excellent results for hundreds of his clients.

Shapiro and Molea are both on the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego. Both have been named Best of the Bar, Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and Top 40 Under 40 in criminal defense, and they have accumulated approximately 130 combined 5/5 stars client reviews on Avvo, the attorney rating website.

Sullivan Hill has been named one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. World Report and Best Lawyers in America®. The firm was honored in the prestigious Metropolitan Tier 1, San Diego, in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.


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