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Community News – August 2018

Johnson Fistel, LLP is proud to announce the addition of Tiffany R. Johnson to their firm. “Tiffany is a terrific addition to our team. She brings nearly two decades of government trial experience to help our firm meet the needs of our clients,” said Frank J. Johnson, Johnson Fistel’s managing partner. Mrs. Johnson focuses her practice on complex business litigation and civil rights matters. She also has experience representing clients in family law matters. Prior to joining Johnson Fistel, Mrs. Johnson was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California for over 12 years where she primarily litigated civil rights cases through trial. In addition, Mrs. Johnson served as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Navy for close to 10 years where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While in the Navy, Mrs. Johnson represented hundreds of sailors and marines in criminal proceedings through verdict, administrative boards, and disability hearings.

Continuing its accelerated growth over the last two years, civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has opened its third office in San Diego, marking its 10th office across the country. The new office, located at 4435 Eastgate Mall, Suite 400 in the UTC area, will focus primarily on the firm’s Automobile Liability Litigation practice, which has increased in size exponentially in the last two years.
“While we continue to expand our services across the country, a significant portion of our growth has been in San Diego,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “And, with 50 open attorney positions across the firm, the space will help us accommodate more new talent.” Tyson & Mendes’ other San Diego offices are located at 5786 La Jolla Blvd. and 5661 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock. The latter will remain the firm’s official headquarters.

Sullivan Hill is pleased to announce the relocation of its San Diego office, as of August 20, 2018, to 600 B Street, 17th Floor in Downtown San Diego. After more than 30 years as a tenant at 550 Corporate Center, the firm has decided to relocate. The new location will be a more modern and efficient space allowing us to continue to provide the best, most cost-effective service and solutions to clients.
Sullivan Hill has provided efficient, aggressive and responsive legal representation for more than 40 years. The firm provides full-service representation to clients in a variety of industries with an emphasis in insolvency, construction disputes, insurance coverage, real estate, employment, business disputes, civil litigation, and transactional work. The firm has offices in San Diego and Las Vegas.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack announced the addition of Zane Bryant as an associate in its Immigration & Nationality Law practice group. Bryant’s experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses who seek employment-based solutions to their inquiries on immigration. His expertise includes representation in cases filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State and Department of Labor, including employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, PERM labor certifications, applications for adjustment of status, consular processing and naturalization applications.
Before joining Higgs Fletcher & Mack, Bryant committed himself to pro bono including his representation of asylum seekers, applicants for temporary protected status and DACA applicants. During law school, Bryant interned at various immigration organizations where he gained experience representing individuals in their applications under the Violence Against Women Act, assisted in case strategy and research in removal defense cases. Bryant was also a member of the Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies’ Human Rights clinical program and was recognized for his achievements and commitment to Pro Bono services.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP is recognized as one of the San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2018. Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP provides trusted legal representation and experienced advice to help successful construction, business, and individual clients achieve their goals. The firm’s construction expertise includes local agency, municipal, and state contracts; federal procurement and claims; claims and dispute resolution; employment and labor counseling, and litigation; insurance coverage; collections; real estate; and corporate matters. Other practices include general business and commercial litigation and transactions; liability defense; and trusts and estate planning, administration, and probate law. Finch, Thornton & Baird represents clients in state and federal trial courts, arbitrations, before administrative agencies, governing boards, and alternative dispute resolution forums. The firm also received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating in recognition of the firm’s professional excellence and highest level of skill and integrity, and the firm is listed in the exclusive Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of preeminent Construction and Employment lawyers.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP Partner Michael B. Lees has been named one of San Diego’s Top 40 Under 40 by The Daily Transcript. The annual list recognizes the best of San Diego’s young professionals.
With a practice spanning 14 years, Lees has substantial experience in business, real estate and taxation law, representing families, individuals and businesses in personal and corporate transactional matters, as well as both buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, real estate and capital assets. He is also well versed in preparing and negotiating formation and operative documents for corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, including complex joint ventures and investment funds. Lees has been involved with Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) for nearly a decade and has served as a board member for the past four years. He also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation. Lees is a member of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros and serves on the board of directors of the University of Arizona Alumni Association’s San Diego Chapter.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney welcomes commercial law and transactional attorney Bradley E. Wolf as shareholder, and civil litigator Teresa M. Beck as of counsel to the firm’s San Diego office. Wolf represents banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of secured and unsecured lending transactions, including leveraged financing, first and second lien financing and other transactions. He has more than 20 years of commercial lending experience, with half of those spent as in-house counsel at Wells Fargo Bank. Beck, who will also serve as co-chair of California Litigation and chair of Arizona Litigation, has nearly 30 years of experience working with employers in employment-related litigation, personal injury defense, construction matters, contracts, and civil litigation of all types and serves as outside general counsel for several corporations.


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