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Community News – February 2019

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP is proud to announce Ian R. Friedman has been elevated to a partner. Friedman’s diverse practice area includes professional liability defense, business litigation and defense and prosecution of personal injury cases. He was previously named the 2016 Young Attorney of the Year by San Diego Defense Lawyers and has been designated a Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Star since 2017. Friedman joined Wingert Grebing as an associate in 2013 after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Greco Traficante Schulz & Brick is pleased to announce Michael E. Rogaski as the firm’s new Partner. Mr. Rogaski brings over 20 years of experience and leadership in handling complex litigation matters. He is a University of California, Davis, graduate and obtained his Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law where he graduated with distinction and as a member of the Traynor Academic Society. The members of the firm are excited to have Mr. Rogaski on their team and are proud of his accomplishments.

The law firm of Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot (SSCM) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Small & Schena LLP, and that attorneys William F. Small and John A. Schena joined the firm as partners. With a focus on business litigation, employment law, intellectual property and related practice areas, Small and Schena will add nearly two decades of combined litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout California to SSCM’s extensive roster of expertise.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Will and John joining our firm,” said SSCM Managing Partner Ross Schwartz. “John actually started his career with our firm in 2009 as a law clerk. When he left to join Will in 2014, we continued to work with both of them and are thrilled that things have come full circle. They are both exceptional attorneys and great people, and are a welcome addition to our team.”

SSCM will continue its extensive practice in civil trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, with an emphasis in business and commercial litigation, employment litigation and labor counseling, construction litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, officers and directors liability, professional liability, insurance defense, intellectual property, including trademark and copyright, and unfair competition litigation.

Gomez Trial Attorneys Partner Bibi Fell has been named as one of the three finalists for the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. The winner will be announced at its 60th annual awards and installation dinner on February 22.

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), announces the addition of Sean Gaffney as senior counsel. Previously with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Gaffney joins CGS3’s growing real estate litigation group and will be based in the firm’s San Diego offices. With nearly 20 years of litigation experience, Gaffney has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of trial work and alternative dispute resolution relating to California real estate law, including claims arising from failed real estate transactions and development projects; landlord/tenant disputes; corporate, partnership and LLC governance disputes; easements/adverse possession claims; construction and property management insurance coverage disputes; fraud/warranty claims arising from residential real estate transactions; construction defect and delay claims; and eminent domain and public/government construction claims.

Most recently, Gaffney was a member of the commercial litigation group at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego, where he worked for eight years. Prior to that, he practiced with Sullivan Hill for six years. Gaffney began his career with the boutique litigation firm Davidovitz & Bennett LLP in San Francisco.

The law firm of Balestreri Potocki & Holmes is pleased to announce that Anthony Chalifoux has been named a Member of the firm. Chalifoux joined the firm as an associate in 2011 and attained Senior Attorney status in 2018. As a firm Member, he will continue to represent a wide variety of clients in civil litigation and transactional matters with a particular emphasis in intellectual property law.

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP has added four attorneys to its growing legal team. Lindsey C. Herzik has been practicing since 2015, focusing on business disputes and litigation, construction law, federal civil procedure, and antitrust and shareholder litigation.

Melissa H. Rose practices in diverse areas of construction law including claims and disputes, collections, insurance defense, both private and public works litigation, and labor and employment. Thomas E. Diamond practices in areas of construction law including claims and disputes, collections, as well as general business and commercial litigation. Cory P. DiBene practices in the areas of construction law including contractor and subcontractor disputes, federal procurement and claims, and commercial real estate.

In addition, Adam C. Witt was named Partner effective January 1, 2019. Witt focuses principally on serving the broad-based transactional needs of business owners and executives, contractors and developers, tenants and landlords, and buyers and sellers of real property. His practice includes the drafting and review of a broad range of contracts; advising on real estate transactions; construction and general business dispute negotiation and litigation; and guidance on business formation, operation, and governance. Clients include real estate developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and a rich mix of both large and small business owners, investors, and lenders.

More than 400 attorneys in San Diego are honoring Higgs Fletcher & Mack Attorney Peter Doody as San Diego Defense Lawyer of the Year on January 26 at the Omni Hotel. These 400 attorneys are members of the San Diego Defense Lawyers association. The group is focused on advancing the education and professional conduct of its members who focus on civil litigation and torte defense work. Each year, the association honors a member for their advancement of the profession. Doody served as president of the association in 2003 and continues to advance the profession with volunteer work, exceptional client representation and educating others via speaking engagements and mentoring. “It’s such an honor to be recognized by my peers for work I’m passionate about,” said Peter. “I’m humbled by the recognition and look forward to continuing to further our profession in San Diego County.”

Sullivan Hill is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Allenby as the firm’s new managing partner. He succeeds Christopher Hawkins, who served a five-year term as managing partner. Allenby has served on Sullivan Hill’s Executive Committee, as chair of the Litigation practice group and as firm counsel to Sullivan Hill. A native of San Diego, he has been practicing in San Diego as a civil litigator for over 27 years.

Allenby has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, with an emphasis in construction disputes, insurance coverage litigation, employment disputes and general business litigation. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Top San Diego Lawyer in 2015-2018 by San Diego Magazine.


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