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Community News – January 2019

The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that attorney Daniel J. Brast has joined the firm. Brast has over nine years of experience representing real estate developers and general contractors in complex construction-related disputes. In addition, he has extensive experience dealing with insurance issues related to construction and real estate development. Brast has represented developers and builders in all shapes and sizes, from local shops to national corporations. Immediately prior to joining Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, Brast was staff counsel for a multinational insurance company representing its insureds in complex construction-related claims.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP announce that partner Chad T. Wishchuk has been unanimously approved for election to the 2019 Board of Directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) San Diego chapter. Wishchuk has been an active ABC-SD member for many years and presents frequently to the construction industry association’s membership on topics including skilled and trained workforce, apprenticeship, and new California employment laws.

Wishchuk is an experienced litigator and advisor who works with business owners and principals, executive management, human resources managers, and in-house counsel on a wide range of labor and employment matters. The firm’s construction industry clients include general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. Beyond the construction field, clients include companies in banking and finance, food and beverage, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and technology.

Procopio has been named by the San Diego Union-Tribune as a winner of the 2018 Top Workplaces Award. The awardees are selected solely on employee feedback through the results of an anonymous survey, which measures aspects of workplace culture including employee engagement, alignment of work with mission, and company leadership.

“This recognition by the San Diego Union-Tribune provides confirmation that our sincere commitment to a top workplace culture is being recognized by our employees,” said Procopio Managing Partner John D. Alessio. “Our firm’s success derives from our people. We’re focused on ensuring a supportive and inclusive culture that allows us to best serve our clients and our community.”

Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP has once again been named one of the 2019 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Since the firm’s 2016 inception, NoonanLance has been continuously ranked on “U.S. News and World Report” and Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” list as a top tier law firm in commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense.

NoonanLance is well-known for its work on large, complex matters where an entire business may be at risk. The firm’s attorneys are among the most experienced commercial litigators in San Diego, having handled a wide range of cases in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. In perhaps the highest compliment an attorney can provide to one of its peers, NoonanLance is regularly hired by lawyers and law firms to represent them in legal malpractice defense.

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and a review of additional information provided by law firms.

Attorney Mauro Colabianchi of McLaughlin Legal, a San Diego-based firm providing tax litigation and controversy, estate planning, trust administration, tax preparer and CPA defense services for small to mid-sized companies and business owners, is named the new chair of the California Lawyers Association’s Taxation Section Young Tax Lawyers group for the San Diego Chapter. The committee provides education and support for new tax lawyers throughout California.

The Young Tax Lawyers Committee is part of the California Lawyers Association Taxation Section and is composed of an executive board that works with regional chapters. Those groups hold period meetings on current tax developments and facilitate educational talks on noteworthy tax topics while providing networking opportunities to meet fellow young tax attorneys and to meet more senior tax practitioners who often speak at the meetings.

Fish & Richardson principal Jonathan Singer has been named a 2018 Life Sciences MVP of the Year by Law360. This is the fourth time that Singer, who heads Fish’s life sciences litigation practice, has been singled out for a coveted MVP award. He was selected from nearly 1,000 submissions.

Singer conducted the winning oral argument for a stunning reversal of a $2.5 billion jury verdict—the largest patent damages award in history—against client Gilead Sciences. Hailed as one of the biggest litigation comebacks of all time, Fish won a “sparingly invoked” motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) in March 2018 from Judge Leonard P. Stark—wiping out the jury’s December 2016 $2.5 billion willful infringement verdict against Gilead—after proving that Idenix’s patent was invalid due to lack of enablement. Judge Stark called Fish’s enablement evidence “devastating” to Idenix.

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced the reappointment of CaseyGerry partner, Frederick Schenk, to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board of Directors. The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) oversees all operations at the state-owned fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. A longtime San Diego resident, Schenk was originally appointed to the San Diego County Fair Board by former Governor Gray Davis in 2002 and reappointed by Governor Brown in 2011, serving as board president between 2013 and 2016.

Currently he also serves on the boards of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in San Diego and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Schenk, who has been with CaseyGerry for more than 35 years, concentrates his practice on products/premises liability, catastrophic injury and asbestos litigation.

Sidra Zaheer, LL.M. has joined Klinedinst San Diego office as eDiscovery Counsel. Ms. Zaheer’s practice focuses on complex electronic discovery issues including, consulting on ESI protocols, drafting Rule 26(f) discovery plans, negotiating search terms and the use and parameters for predictive coding. Ms. Zaheer is admitted to practice in California and New York. She is an active and involved member of Women in eDiscovery (WIE), the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).

Multiple Shustak Reynolds & Partners attorneys have been named as 2019 Super Lawyers Honorees including Erwin J. Shustak, Managing Partner, 2019 Super Lawyers; Jonah A. Toleno, Partner, 2019 Super Lawyers; George Miller, Partner, 2019 Rising Stars; Kate Bowles, Senior Associate, 2019 Rising Stars; Amber Condron, Counsel, 2019 Rising Stars.

Founded in 1991, Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. is a specialty law firm with a national practice focused in the areas of securities, corporate finance and business law. The Firm operates from offices in New York and California and is comprised of experienced, sophisticated attorneys who have earned a solid reputation as strategic problem solvers, ardent negotiators and successful deal makers.


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