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Community News – July 2018

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that Arezoo Jamshidi has been certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Jamshidi is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate departments. Her practice focuses on representing individual clients and diverse businesses on a wide range of civil litigation and appellate matters before both state and federal courts.She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. Jamshidi is conversationally fluent in Farsi and Spanish. She is licensed to practice law in California, Georgia and Maryland.

San Diego business law firm Allen Barron, Inc. is now offering its clients dispute resolution and litigation services. Allen Barron, Inc., an integrated tax, legal, accounting and business advisory service provider, recently implemented dispute resolution and litigation services. “These new services expand the opportunity for a business client to leverage economies of scale while gaining the benefit of a broader perspective to any business problem or challenge,” said attorney Janathan L. Allen, of Allen Barron, Inc. Allen Barron’s dispute resolution and business litigation team assists with any business dispute or lawsuit. This includes many common issues such as breach of contract, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, LLC member disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, and contract disputes. “The addition of dispute resolution and business litigation services to our robust integrated business services ensures any business owner, executive or client can bring a problem, dispute, opportunity or business question to the table and receive advice based upon the broad perspective of our integrated professionals,” concluded Allen. “We help our clients to answer questions, leverage opportunities and now resolve the challenges which arise along the way.”

Klinedinst PC has welcomed Catherine M. Asuncion and Irean Zhang to the firm. Asuncion focuses her practice on representing attorneys in professional liability matters. Asuncion is currently serving her second term as President of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD). She is also a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego where she is active in the Diverse Women’s Committee and the Human Trafficking Collaborative. As a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), Ms. Asuncion is involved in the Appellate Practice Section and the newly formed Technology Committee. Irean Zhang joins the firm’s Professional Liability team, where she will work in defending clients in malpractice claims brought against attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. She is a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association – San Diego Chapter, the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, and the American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter.

Fourteen Wilson Turner Kosmo attorneys have been included in the San Diego 2018 Super Lawyers list. Three firm partners, Michael S. Kalt, Frederick W. Kosmo, Jr. and Claudette G. Wilson, were recognized among the Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers, with Wilson also included on the Top 25 Women San Diego Super Lawyers list. Partners Lois M. Kosch, Vickie E. Turner, Robin A. Wofford and Leonid M. Zilberman were named to the Super Lawyers list for their distinguished business and employment litigation practices. Several Wilson Turner Kosmos attorneys were also recognized as Rising Star honorees. They include: partners Carolina Bravo-Karimi, Robert K. Dixon, Emily J. Fox, Daniel C. Gunning and Marissa L. Lyftogt, along with senior associate Hail M. Anderson and associate Mark A. Rein. The Rising Star list honors attorneys under 40 and those who have been in practice for 10 years or less. “We are honored and humbled that our team’s longstanding commitment to providing excellent legal services and delivering positive results to our clients has garnered the recognition of our peers,” Wilson said.

Wendy M. Behan, a partner with San Diego-based CaseyGerry, was recently honored with a San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Service Award during the organization’s Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration of Community Service. A CaseyGerry partner since 2010, Behan is a legal industry leader and has held numerous high-profile leadership roles promoting the work of female attorneys. She has served as president of the California Women Lawyers (CWL), the CWL Foundation and Lawyers Club of San Diego. In addition, she has been named multiple times to lists of the top lawyers in San Diego and the U.S. A key member of CaseyGerry’s complex litigation team, her practice focuses on class actions, serious personal injury and medical device/pharmaceutical products liability. She has worked on a number of high-profile cases, including the national class action case targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara and her J.D. from California Western School of Law.

Fish & Richardson principal Chad Shear has been named to San Diego Metro Magazine’s annual “Best Attorneys” list, which recognizes attorneys throughout San Diego for their exceptional professional accomplishments as well as their positive impact on the community. Shear is a leader in Fish’s life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation section and co-chair of the firm’s international post grant group. In addition, Juanita Brooks, a litigator and principal at Fish & Richardson, was named to the Daily Journal’s 2018 list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The publication highlighted recent high-profile cases that saw Brooks deliver extraordinary outcomes for clients in both the technology and pharmaceutical fields, including Microsoft and Gilead Sciences.

The San Diego County Bar Foundation announced its 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial inductees, recognizing recently deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar who have demonstrated significant commitment to their communities as well as superior legal skills and high ethical standards throughout their careers. Each inductee was recognized with a permanent plaque in the Hall of Justice at the San Diego County Courthouse. The 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial inductees are: Hon. Norbert Ehrenfreund, Robert W. Bell, Jr., Hon. Elizabeth A. Riggs, James Hennenhoefer, and Donald “Pat” Newell.


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