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Community News – September 2018

The Law Offices of Andy Cook is pleased to announce that Joshua Yee has joined the practice as an associate attorney. Prior to joining Andy Cook’s practice, which handles family law matters exclusively, Yee worked at two other San Diego family law firms. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco and his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego. Josh is a member of the Family Law section of the California Lawyers Association, as well as the Family Law section of San Diego County Bar Association. He is also a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association. The Law Offices of Andy Cook is a 23-year-old practice in Bankers Hill headed by Cook, who has been certified for nearly 16 years as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association (2013-2016).

Robert J. Francavilla, a partner with CaseyGerry, was recently inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, (IATL).Each year, IATL inducts fellows who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom and the trial of criminal cases. The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy who are inducted following a comprehensive screening process, which identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Francavilla has been lauded on numerous occasions for his trial work and last year was honored as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD). He has been recognized as an “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” by CASD on six separate occasions. Also, he was named one of California’s top 25 plaintiff’s lawyers by the Daily Journal. He is a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
attorney Aubrey Haddach has been appointed to serve another term as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Biotechnology Law Committee for the 2018-2019 bar year. Haddach was first appointed to the leadership position last year after serving as vice-chair for the 2016-2017 bar year.

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
announces that shareholder Dan Eaton has assumed the presidency of the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA), an organization serving some 38,000 Harvard Law School alumni across the globe. Eaton received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989. He has served on the HLSA Executive Committee and as president of the association’s San Diego chapter. Eaton, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrates his practice on defending and advising clients on a broad range of employment issues. He has written and spoken extensively on employment law, business and legal ethics, and other legal topics throughout much of his career, often appearing in local print and broadcast media as a legal analyst. Since 2007, he has taught classes in ethical decision-making and, since 2009, employment law at San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business.

Fish & Richardson
principal Juanita Brooks has been named to the 2018 list of “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation. Brooks, a principal in the firm’s San Diego office, was also named one of the “Top 10 Female Litigators” in the country. Brooks has handled more than 150 trials in her career. Brooks is an elected member of Fish’s Management Committee. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977 and her B.A. from San Diego State University in 1974.

On October 20th, 2018, Casa Cornelia Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm, dedicated to providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations, is hosting its 25th Anniversary Celebration / La Mancha Awards at Shiley Theater, USD Campus (5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA) from 6-9pm.Sponsorship opportunities are available to sustain Casa Cornelia Law Center’s mission of providing quality free legal representation for clients, including unaccompanied children who come to the U.S. fleeing violence, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Southern California, and asylum seekers facing socio-political, religious, and ethnic persecution.

Wilson Turner Kosmo partners Michael S. Kalt, Meryl C. Maneker, Vickie E. Turner and Claudette G. Wilson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Named to the list each year since 2007, Wilson was also named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. Kalt has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his labor and employment practice each year since 2014. This marks the second year Maneker was included in a Best Lawyers listing for her work in mass-tort litigation and class actions-defendants. Turner has been chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year from 2010 through 2018 in the area of product liability litigation-defendants. In addition to her “Lawyer of the Year” employment law-management recognition, Wilson was named by Best Lawyers in the area of labor law-management.

Paul E. Robinson of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) has been named the 2019 San Diego Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor he also received in 2014 and 2016, by Best Lawyers in America©.
The international attorney-ranking company also designated three lawyers from HechtSolberg among the Best Lawyers in America© in San Diego for 2019 in a total of four practice areas. In addition to Robinson, who was honored in Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law, the Best Lawyers designees are David W. Bagley II, honored for Real Estate Law, and Darryl O. Solberg, honored for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law and Real Estate Law.
Solberg joined HechtSolberg in 1973, concentrating on both general business and real estate transactions, including business planning and entity structuring and formation, operation and termination of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. His practice also includes real property purchases and sales contracts, representation of closely held businesses and publicly traded companies involved in all aspects of real estate and numerous non-profit organizations.


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