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Community News – October 2018

DAVID J. NOONANNoonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP (NoonanLance) has announced that David J. Noonan, James R. Lance and Ethan T. Boyer have received awards from the legal profession’s most respected peer-review publication, Best Lawyers. For 2019, partners David J. Noonan, James R. Lance and Ethan T. Boyer received the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® distinction in the following categories: David J. Noonan: Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; James R. Lance: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate; and Ethan T. Boyer: Commercial Litigation.
Notably, Noonan was named 2019 Lawyer of the Year – Bet-the-Company Litigation for San Diego. Best Lawyers recognizes one attorney in each city for their outstanding practice in a specific field. This is Noonan’s fourth time as Lawyer of the Year, as he won for Legal Malpractice Law– Defendants in 2017 and Bet-the-Company Litigation in both 2009 and 2011.

ERIN KENNEDY CLANCYSullivan Hill Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that Shareholder Erin Kennedy Clancy has been recognized for her achievements in the legal community by being selected for San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 18th Annual “40 Under 40” award. Clancy is part of Sullivan Hill’s Construction, Insurance, Real Estate, and Commercial and Business Litigation practice groups. She has substantial experience in representing businesses and individuals in complex multimillion dollar residential and commercial construction defect claims, property damage and contract claims throughout California.

KATHRYN RICHMANHughes Marino, the national flagship brand for providing commercial real estate services exclusively for corporate tenants and buyers, has announced that Kathryn Richman has joined their team as general counsel. “As our company has undergone tremendous growth and continues to expand nationally, we have been searching for new leadership within our legal team for quite some time and were fortunate to find a great leader in Kathryn. We are incredibly excited to have her join us as general counsel, as our legal team plays an integral part in providing a very high level of client service,” says Chairman & CEO Jason Hughes.

MARIANNE BARTHSeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that Marianne Barth has been certified as a specialist in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Of counsel at SCMV, Barth has more than 29 years of legal experience in family law as well as civil and business litigation resolving highly complex financial and child custody matters commonly present in domestic cases. Barth’s commitment to serving includes working with the Lawyers Club of San Diego to help women, minorities and teens address gender-discrimination issues, and with the City of San Diego’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force to reduce youth access to prescription medications. She also serves on the San Diego County Bar Association’s legal ethics committee and volunteers as a Superior Court pro tem judge helping families resolve issues without court intervention. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and B.A. from Villa Maria College.

SUSAN NAHAMAKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce the elevation of Susan S. Nahama to Managing Shareholder of its San Diego office. Ms. Nahama will bring her values of transparency, relationship management, and consensus-building to the management of the firm’s San Diego team. Nahama, who has been with Klinedinst since 1997, will have direct management and oversight of the San Diego office, which supports all Klinedinst locations across the Western United States. Ms. Nahama focuses her practice on professional liability, including the defense of lawyers and accountants in pre-litigation and litigation matters. She also has two decades of experience in general liability, commercial and residential construction, insurance, business disputes, mold-related claims, product liability, and employment matters.

The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Corinna Arbiter has joined the firm as an associate. Arbiter’s practice includes construction, personal injury and real property litigation. She has a successful track record of efficiently resolving multi-party construction defect claims for her clients. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Arbiter worked in the title insurance industry.
She received her B.S. from the University of Arizona in 1984 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2010. She is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia and New Mexico.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP has added new attorneys Justin M. Stoger and Marlene C. Nowlin. Stoger practices in diverse areas of construction law for both public and private works, business and commercial litigation, and insurance defense. He represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including as lead trial counsel. Mr. Stoger first worked for the firm from 2005 to 2013, and his return immediately strengthens Finch, Thornton & Baird’s already deep team of construction law experts. Nowlin has been a practicing litigator since 1991, focusing on business and real estate disputes and litigation, construction law, intellectual property and trademark law, and defense of class actions. Licensed to practice before all California United States District Courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she has represented Fortune 500 clients and emerging companies alike with consistently beneficial results.

On October 20, 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.

The law firm of Anderson Reynard LLP is pleased to announce that Melanie Claassen has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Claassen’s practice focuses on trust and estates including estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation. Ms. Claassen is an exceptional advisor for her clients and an outstanding addition to Anderson Reynard LLP. The passion and attention to detail she brings to each client’s matter will benefit our clients and firm alike and will greatly strengthen our tradition of excellence. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Claassen was an associate attorney at a boutique trust and estates firm in New York City. Ms. Claassen is a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.

Adding one of the region’s top real estate lawyers to its ranks, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has named long-time San Diego attorney Robert “Bob” J. Bell as its newest partner. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Bell focuses his practice on real estate development/construction, investment and brokerage matters and will work from CGS3’s headquarters in San Diego. Bell’s career spans the spectrum of real estate development, investment, construction and brokerage matters including multi-family, urban infill, mixed-use, hospitality, industrial, retail, office and land transactions. He has represented some of the nation’s most successful homebuilders and commercial developers. “We are excited and humbled to have Bob join our team of best-in-class attorneys,” said Sean Southard, a founding partner at CGS3.


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