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Community News – June 2018

Rosalio Munoz and David Munoz, partners at Mission Legal Center in Mission Valley, have once again been named Super Lawyers for 2018. This marks the third year that Rosalio (Ross) Munoz, a former Texas Judge, and founding partner of Mission Legal Center, has been named a San Diego Super Lawyer. Mission Legal Center’s Managing Partner, David Munoz, was also named to the San Diego Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars for the fourth time. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement and selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP has hired Olga Y. Bryan as an associate attorney to work on a variety of civil litigation matters, including contract and lease disputes, intellectual property disputes and other commercial cases. In her previous work for a civil litigation firm in Los Angeles, Bryan handled matters relating to white collar defense, civil rights, real estate and employment matters. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants and is known for her legal acumen, consistency, organization and strong analytical skills.A member of the San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Bryan received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she graduated with honors in the intellectual property concentration.While in law school, Bryan was an active member of the Women’s Law Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. She was also the recipient of the Judge Barry Russell Award for Outstanding Achievement.COMMUNITY newsROSALIO MUNOZ AND DAVID MUNOZ

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP has announced that Scott Biel has joined the firm as a partner. Biel joins Solomon Ward’s expanding real estate department. With more than 25 years of broad commercial real estate experience, his practice focuses on commercial lease transactions and lease‐related issues, particularly involving research and development (R&D) and manufacturing facilities of technology‐based companies. He represents both landlords and tenants of office, medical, retail, industrial and mixed‐use projects, including several Fortune 500 companies.Prior to joining Solomon Ward, Biel was a partner and head of the Corporate Real Estate Practice at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC. Biel has been ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America for real estate law and recognized by San Diego Super Lawyers since 2013. He was also named to the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys list in 2010.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) Partner AnneElise Goetz was selected as a new Fellow to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). Goetz is one of 29 total attorneys chosen in North America this year.The ACMA is a national organization that selects real estate finance attorneys based on their exceptional legal skills and qualifications, commitment to giving back to the legal profession and their community, and outstanding reputation for excellence, integrity and collegiality.AnneElise was selected for the complex and significant loan transactions she has led, her strong leadership and commitment to her community, as well as her prominent national media presence. In 2017 alone, AnneElise was lead Borrower’s counsel on commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loans totaling in excess of $54,500,000 and was lead Borrower’s counsel on a $217,000,000 Credit Facility.

Dinsmore Partner Joe Leventhal was appointed to the Centennial Celebration Committee for the Federal Bar Association’s 100th Anniversary Celebration March 2020 in Washington, D.C. In addition, Joe was named chair of the Centennial Celebration’s Fundraising Subcommittee. Joe is one of two attorneys from San Diego on the Celebration Committee.

Former Navy Judge Advocate Robert Milder has joined Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) as an associate. He will be involved in all of the firm’s practice areas: real estate, business, finance and risk management. Milder has practiced law for the United States Navy for five years, most recently as the command judge advocate at Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Earlier he was counsel for the respondent and legal assistance attorney for the Navy in Pensacola, Florida.Milder graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and philosophy. He was awarded a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico. During law school, he received the Judge Oliver Seth Award for Ethics. He has been admitted to the bar in California and New Mexico.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP announced that seven firm partners received distinction as 2018 San Diego Super Lawyers. The seven named Super Lawyers include the firm’s managing partner, P. Randolph Finch Jr., as well as partners Jason R. Thornton, Jeffrey B. Baird, Chad T. Wishchuk, Louis J. Blum, David S. Demian, and Nowell A. Lantz. Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Construction Litigation, P. Randolph Finch Jr. was also named to the 2018 San Diego Super Lawyers Top 50 attorneys list. Super Lawyers Jason R. Thornton, Jeffrey B. Baird, Louis J. Blum, and Nowell A. Lantz were also recognized for their Construction Litigation expertise. Super Lawyers Chad T. Wishchuk and David S. Demian were recognized for excellence in Employment & Labor Law and Business & Commercial Litigation, respectively. Additionally, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP’s newest partner, Daniel P. Scholz, was recognized as a 2018 San Diego Rising Star for Business Litigation; and Associate attorney, Kelly A. Floyd, earned Rising Star recognition for expertise in Construction Litigation.




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