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Community News – November 2018

Higgs Fletcher & Mack announced the addition of Robert W. Lincoln to the Business Litigation practice group. Prior to joining HFM, Lincoln practiced at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP.

Lincoln served five years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. As a Judge Advocate, Lincoln served as prosecutor for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and subsequently defense counsel, representing soldiers throughout California, Hawaii, and Nevada. In both roles, Mr. Lincoln served as lead counsel in more than 30 felony and misdemeanor court martial actions and adverse administrative hearings.

In addition, Nicole Martinez has joined the Family Law practice group at HFM. Martinez has exclusively practiced family law since she was admitted to the California Bar in 2012. Martinez has practiced in San Diego County, as well as Los Angeles County, where she specialized in high-conflict, high-asset divorce cases.

CaseyGerry has named Briana Givens its newest associate attorney. Givens will work closely with CaseyGerry partner Frederick Schenk with a focus on serious personal injury and premises liability cases.She joined CaseyGerry as a law clerk in 2016 and began her legal career after earning a fellowship from the San Diego County Bar Association Diversity Program, working as a summer associate for San Diego-based Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP.

While earning her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she worked as executive editor of Thomas Jefferson Law Review; served on the Law Student Outreach Committee; and earned numerous awards for academic excellence, including the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Earl B. Gilliam Scholarship and the 2017 National Black Law Students Association Young Women in Leadership Award. Givens is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Lawyers Club of San Diego, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. A Palm Springs native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from U.C. Riverside.

Ten attorneys from the San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 edition. SCMV attorney Dennis J. Wickham was also recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego for his respective practice.

Each year, a single attorney is recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and metropolitan area based upon attaining the highest overall peer feedback. This is the second “Lawyer of the Year” award Wickham has received.

The SCMV attorneys selected for the Best Lawyers list include: Lawrence S. Branton, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law; Robert Caplan, Real Estate Law; David J. Dorne, Tax Law; Daniel Eaton, Employment Law (Management); Sandra Joan Morris, Family Law; Neal P. Panish, Litigation (Real Estate); Brian T. Seltzer, Real Estate Law; Gregory A. Vega. Criminal Defense (White-Collar); Reginald A. Vitek, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation; Dennis J. Wickham, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Brittany Vojak has joined Klinedinst San Diego office as an associate. Ms. Vojak focuses her practice on professional liability defense, particularly in the area of legal malpractice. Prior to joining Klinedinst, Ms. Vojak worked for the Honorable Judge Bianchini. Ms. Vojak earned her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, graduating cum laude while completing the program in two years. Ms. Vojak received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Gomez Trial Attorneys Partner Ben Coughlan recently received San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 18th Annual “40 Under 40” award. According to the award’s website, over his six-year career, Coughlan has recovered more than $20 million for his clients by way of settlements, and more than $2.5 million by way of jury verdicts. Coughlan is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, and also teaches trial skills and deposition skills for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Before pursuing a career in law, Coughlan spent four years in the media relations department of the San Diego Padres.

LMG Life Sciences has named Fish & Richardson the 2018 General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year and the Intellectual Property Firm of the Year. LMG Life Sciences also selected Fish’s victory for Gilead in Idenix Pharmaceuticals et al. v. Gilead Sciences, Inc. as the Patent Impact Case of the Year. This is the second year in a row that LMG Life Sciences has recognized Fish as the General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year.

Jonathan Singer, a principal in Fish’s San Diego office, was named the General Patent Litigator of the Year – California. Singer, who heads the firm’s Life Sciences Litigation Practice, co-led the Idenix v. Gilead JMOL strategy and argued the winning JMOL enablement motion. The case involved Gilead’s blockbuster drugs Sovaldi® and Harvoni®, which cure hepatitis C and are considered by many to be among the greatest medical innovations of our lifetimes. The Fish team proved that Idenix’s patent was invalid due to lack of enablement, with the judge calling Fish’s enablement evidence “devastating” to Idenix.

Hughes Marino, the award-winning commercial real estate company that exclusively represents corporate tenants in leasing and purchasing of office space, has been named number one best small workplace in the nation by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Out of thousands of companies evaluated, Hughes Marino is the only commercial real estate brokerage company to make the list of top small and medium workplaces. The ranking considered more than 112,000 employee surveys from small and medium-sized companies. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP Partner Michael B. Lees has been named to SD Metro’s “40 Under 40” list for 2018. Lees has substantial experience in business, real estate and taxation law, representing families, individuals and businesses in personal and corporate transactional matters.

Lees received his B.S. in business administration with a double major in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona, his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his Masters in Law (LL.M.) in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. A native of San Diego, Mr. Lees is actively involved in the San Diego community. He currently sits on the Board of Jewish Family Service and the University of Arizona Alumni Association.

David P. Shapiro, Founder and Managing Partner of the Law Offices of David P. Shapiro, has been named to SD Metro’s “40 Under 40” awards list for 2018. Shapiro has authored two books: Survival Guide for Those Accused of a Sex Crime in San Diego and Facing Charges in San Diego? Here’s What You Need to Know to Regain Control of Your Future. Shapiro attended Tulane University Law School. While in law school, David was a student-attorney at the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic. He fought for the rights of prisoners during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina and was recognized for his efforts in numerous news documentaries. He further honed his skills working for the rights of older prisoners and is one of only a few students who argued successfully before the Louisiana State Board of Parole.


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