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Community News – December 2018

Vanst Law recently opened its virtual doors. At this modern law firm, all attorneys are partners with their own book of business. They set their own rates and decide when and how many hours they work. There is no centralized office, which significantly cuts down overhead costs. Attorneys in traditional firms often must work harder to pay for the firm’s large office space and personnel overhead. At Vanst, attorneys take home 70 percent of what they collect from clients, compared to the traditional 30–50 attorneys are paid at traditional firms. Vanst uses technology to efficiently provide services and create a culture of collaboration and support.

Cynthia Morgan-Reed, a land use attorney, launched Vanst to provide a firm where attorneys are treated equitably, paid what they are worth, and work in a culture that empowers them to do what they do best: practice exceptional law. Vanst has attorneys practicing in business and corporate, land use, lobbying, real estate, and tax and are hiring.

Batta Fulkerson Law recently sponsored a large pet adoption event for Traci’s Paws, a local dog rescue that concentrates on rescuing senior dogs. The firm covered all of the adoption fees so that families could help give these dogs a good home. Additionally, Batta Fulkerson donated funds to the Little Italy Association to create a small dog park in Little Italy.

Kristin Rizzo, President of the San Diego County Bar Association, was recently named to San Diego Metro’s 40 under 40 list. Rizzo is founder of Rizzo Law PC, a boutique employment law firm. Rizzo specializes in the representation of individuals in litigation matters in the areas of sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also provides specialized counsel to employees on employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, leaves of absence and positioning within companies. As a workplace investigator, Rizzo is called in to assist in workplace matters when a complaint has been made, or issue raised, by an employee generally involving serious allegations against high-level personnel.

When Best Best & Krieger LLP decided to open a San Diego office in 1993, the firm saw an opportunity to be a part of a vibrant community with great potential to represent substantial clients and hire top attorneys. The firm is now celebrating 25 years of service, ranks within the top 25 law firms in San Diego and represents public agencies and small- to large-size businesses located locally and throughout California.

BB&K’s San Diego office opened with seven attorneys. Now 31 attorneys work out of its office in the heart of downtown. The growth is a direct reflection of the region’s expansion over the last few decades. BB&K’s attorneys have been instrumental every step of the way in San Diego’s evolution, helping officials ensure that basic services, infrastructure and businesses blossom and thrive.

The San Diego County Bar Foundation recently brought together the San Diego legal community’s finest at its 21st annual “An Evening in La Jolla” benefit, raising more than $130,000 to help at-risk communities gain access to proper legal services. The Foundation also recognized board members Brian Funk and Jean Walcher for their leadership and contributions to making its mission possible.

The Bar Foundation President’s Award was presented to attorney Brian Funk for his leadership of the Indigent Criminal Defense Fund—one of two grant funds offered to organizations in San Diego that provide legal assistance to accused individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Jean Walcher was presented with the Service Award for her leadership of the communications and development committee, as well as for her pro bono public relations services through her PR and marketing agency, J. Walcher Communications, for the past three years. As an advocate for social justice, Walcher’s more than 25 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry has contributed to the Bar Foundation’s increasing reach and voice in the region.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® has ranked Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) among the 2019 “Best Law Firms,” both nationally and regionally. The boutique San Diego law firm’s Land Use and Zoning Law practice ranked nationally in Tier 2. In the San Diego Metropolitan Area, HechtSolberg was ranked in Tier 1 in Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law and in Tier 2 in Corporate Law.

“We are honored to maintain our prestigious national ranking for the third straight year,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner at HechtSolberg. “Most firms that rank nationally are prominent global firms. This ranking recognizes that despite being a boutique, our demonstrated expertise positions us on the national stage,” he said.

Wilson Turner Kosmo was named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the annual rankings are recognized for their professional excellence and consistently high ratings from both clients and peers. Wilson Turner Kosmo received top San Diego market rankings in five practice areas, including: Metropolitan Tier 1 (San Diego) – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment, and Metropolitan Tier 2 (San Diego)-Mass Tort Litigation/ClassActions – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants.

Earlier this year, firm partners Michael S. Kalt, Meryl C. Maneker, Vickie E. Turner and Claudette G. Wilson were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

The law firm of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Adam Yarbrough. Yarbrough assists large and small companies with business and employment matters, including litigation in both state and federal courts. He has handled a wide variety of commercial matters, including claims for fraud, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, defamation, discrimination, and misclassification of workers. Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick has locations in San Diego, La Jolla, Irvine and Dallas.


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