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Community News – April 2018

CaseyGerry has added two new associate attorneys—Alyssa Williams and Jillian F. Hayes—to its growing legal team. A cum laude graduate of University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, Williams interned at the USD Veterans Legal Clinic, worked at the mediation program for small claims at San Diego Superior Court and served as a legal extern for former San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager. At CaseyGerry, she will focus on complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts, working closely with partner Gayle Blatt.

Hayes previously focused her practice on insurance defense as an attorney at Taylor Anderson LLP. She earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law, where she served as an instructor for the school’s Street Law program— helping high-risk youth throughout San Diego understand their legal and constitutional rights. Now specializing in serious personal injury, she will work closely with partner Frederick Schenk.

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP announces the election of two new partners, Carolina Bravo-Karimi and Emily Fox. Bravo-Karimi represents and advises employers on a diverse array of employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment as well as wage and hour litigation. She is also active in the local legal community, serving as the president of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, on the Law Alumni Board for the USD School of Law and as Outreach Chair for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Women and Families Resource Fair.

Fox represents and provides counsel to employers including discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour practices. She also conducts comprehensive employment-practice analyses along with wage and hour audits. Fox also trains human resource and management professionals on new and developing laws. Beyond her legal practice, Fox serves as president of Camp San Diego and serves as Outreach Chair for the SDVLP’s Women and Families Resource Fair.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP added five attorneys to its growing ranks. The new additions include Rishi S. Bhatt, Patrick W. McManus, James J. Astuno Jr., Jennifer J. Griffin, and Scott P. Leimgruber.

Bhatt practices general business and commercial transactions, and litigation, as well as in areas of construction law including federal contractor disputes, procurement protests, and contract negotiation. McManus practices construction law, business and commercial litigation, real estate, and government and regulatory law. Astuno Jr. practices in the areas of business/commercial litigation and construction law. Griffin practices construction law, business and commercial litigation, and government and regulatory law. Leimgruber practices construction law, including claims, course-of-performance strategy, contract requirements, and construction-related transactions.

Johnson Fistel is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Chase Stern to the firm’s San Diego office. Mr. Stern focuses his practice on complex business litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Prior to joining Johnson Fistel, Mr. Stern worked at a boutique civil litigation firm in San Diego where his practice focused on complex business and class action litigation, business tort and contract matters, insurance bad faith disputes, and employment matters. Mr. Stern successfully secured multi-million-dollar settlements from some of the nation’s largest healthcare providers for their intentional concealment of the risks of injury associated with use of medical rehabilitation devices and services as well as from California employers for their systematic underpayment of employee wages.

McLaughlin Legal announces the addition of Mauro Colabianchi to the team. He will handle all facets of Federal and California tax law for the firm’s clients, with particular emphasis in McLaughlin Legal’s Tax Litigation and Controversy area.

Before joining McLaughlin Legal, Colabianchi worked five years as an associate attorney with another boutique litigation firm. His practice as a tax attorney involves representing individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and others. Colabianchi received both his LL.M (Master of Laws) and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of San Diego. The California Bar Association admitted him in 2012.

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has announced that Jason Faas, Rebecca Van Loon and Parisa Weiss have been elected as shareholders of the firm. Faas’ practice emphasizes taxation, business law, real estate and estate planning. Faas received his J.D., cum laude, from Chapman University, his LL.M in Taxation from New York University and his B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Van Loon practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration and taxation law. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Weiss’ practice includes estate planning and probate and trust administration, as well as representing clients in trust, estate and fiduciary litigation. She has twice been named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal and was selected as a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2014.

Jose C. Rojo, founder of the Law Offices of Jose C. Rojo, is celebrating his twentieth anniversary practicing law. “It has been, and continues to be, an enjoyable journey full of rewarding experiences helping the underdog and those in need of competent representation,” said Rojo, who represents clients in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and Imperial County. Rojo focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation. He has litigated cases from before filing to verdict and through appeals in many courts of appeal and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Heather L. Rosing has recently been elected to serve as the first President of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). As the nation’s second-largest professional association for attorneys, CLA is the new home of the Sections of the State Bar of California, as well as the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), effective as of January 1, 2018.

In October of 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into law, effectively separating some of the professional promotion activities of the State Bar of California into CLA, a private non-profit entity. The organization’s mission is to promote professional advancement of attorneys practicing in California. Ms. Rosing is Chief Financial Officer and Shareholder of Klinedinst PC. She currently serves as the President of the California Bar Foundation, California’s largest scholarship resource for diverse law students, and is highly active in the legal community. Having served as Vice President of the State Bar of California, she provides a unique perspective in the makeup of the state’s legal community.


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