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Community News – March 2019

Craig DeWitt Higgs, partner at Higgs Fletcher and Mack, passed away peacefully at home on February 6, from the effects of sarcoma. Higgs was born in Coronado, California, and raised in Chula Vista, where he attended Hilltop High School. Higgs Craig went on to attend the University of Redlands and the University of San Diego School of Law. He was inspired to take up the practice of law by his father, Dutch Higgs, co-founder of the law firm Higgs, Fletcher & Mack.

During his legal career, Craig served as President of the San Diego County Bar Association and as Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (the JNE Commission), was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving a term as President of the San Diego chapter, and was selected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. He was honored by Best Lawyers in America (2008-2018) and Super Lawyers (2007-2018) and was named Legal Professional of the Year and as a Legend of the Bar by the San Diego County Bar Association. Craig received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of San Diego School of Law and served on the University of San Diego School of Law Board of Visitors.

Fish & Richardson continues to add leading scientific and legal talent to its lineup of attorneys, including Cheryl Wang and James Yang in the firm’s San Diego-based, Southern California office. Wang joins the Litigation Practice Group where she will focus her legal work on patent litigation matters. Prior to joining Fish, Wang worked as a judicial intern for the San Diego Superior Court and as a pro bono volunteer.

She received her J.D. in 2018 from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was the article editor for the Virginia Tax Review and the Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She is fluent in Mandarin and is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Yang also joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, focusing his practice on patent litigation matters.

A 2018 graduate of Harvard Law School, Yang earned his J.D., cum laude, and served as an article editor for the biannual Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Yang received his B.S. in Biochemistry from McMaster University in 2012. He is fluent in Korean and is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Lawrence E. Winegrad has joined Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) as a senior associate. In his new post, Winegrad concentrates on real estate and business transactions, with a focus on financing, commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, and corporate transactions. Most recently, he was a senior associate with Archer Norris PLC of Walnut Creek. Earlier in his career, he worked for Sills Cummis & Gross PC of New York City, concentrating on commercial real estate finance.

Winegrad graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in politics and a minor in legal studies. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and he is admitted to the bar in California, New York and New Jersey. Winegrad is a member of the California Lawyers Association in the Real Property, Business Law and Trust & Estates sections. He is also a member of the Real Property Law, Environmental Law/Land Use, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate sections of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of Bradley A. Lebow as partner of the firm. Lebow joined the growing firm in 2018. For over a decade he has represented businesses – from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups and individuals – in a broad range of commercial litigation matters as well as provided advice on risk management and contract issues. He also has extensive experience representing regional, national, and international law firms in complex professional liability litigation.

Craig R. McClellan, a nationally recognized San Diego Trial Attorney and Founding Partner of The McClellan Law Firm, has been selected among America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® for 2019. The distinction places him among the most proven and exceptional personal injury litigators in the nation. McClellan is also the first and only San Diego attorney admitted to the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only organization which limits its membership to the nation’s top 100 plaintiffs’ trial attorneys.

SCMV announces that Sarah Shekhter has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as an associate. Sarah is a trial attorney, whose practice primarily focuses on complex business matters. She has successfully tried over 40 cases to jury verdict and resolved nearly 2,000 cases through negotiations, motion work and investigations. She is committed to helping corporations, officers and directors in a wide range of industries with their most challenging and sensitive legal disputes.

Prior to joining SCMV, Sarah worked at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office for six years where she represented clients charged in high-profile cases, involving conspiracy, fraud, murder and other felonies punishable by life imprisonment. Sarah also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Joyce L. Kennard of the California Supreme Court and worked as a law clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Fish & Richardson has elevated Megan Chacon and Alex Gelberg to principal in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in San Diego.

Chacon focuses her practice on complex patent litigation across a wide range of technologies. She has extensive experience in the life sciences and pharmaceutical fields, including Hatch-Waxman litigation. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2011 and her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah in 2008.

Gelberg focuses on patent litigation and post-grant matters in the areas of electrical engineering and computer science. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2011, his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2005, and his B.S., with highest honors, in computer engineering from the Moscow Automobile and Highway Engineering Institute in 2001.

Jude Basile, of Counsel at Gomez Trial Attorneys was named the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Central Coast Trial Lawyer’s Association (CCTLA). This is the fifth time the organization has presented this award to Jude.

Among his results for the year, Jude obtained a $7 million jury verdict along with Partner Jeremiah Lowe and Trial Attorney Patrick Stormes-Swan in a wrongful death case on behalf of the family of Shaun Reyna. The jury found that the American Addiction Centers’ facility was negligent and violated regulations that led to his suicide.

He resolved another wrongful death case, obtaining a $5 million settlement for the family of a 74-year-old grandmother who was killed in a traffic collision.

RJS LAW congratulates Chief of Marketing Renae Arabo, for being recently appointed to the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board. Arabo was also the recipient of the 2017 Women Who Impact San Diego award. The Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors helps to establish policies and determine fundraising priorities that align with Sharp Hospital and HospiceCare. These policies are meant to establish high-quality, accessible, and affordable medical services for San Diego County residents.

California Western School of Law in San Diego is hosting an immigration law and policy symposium on Saturday, March 9 at 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 9210) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Themed “Border Myths,” the all-day event will discuss myths about immigration, such as who is coming to the United States, the impact of migrants on American culture and commerce, the rights and responsibilities of migrants, and the legal responsibilities of the United States to migrants and the larger international community. Speakers include the Ambassador of Mexico and a judge from the National Association of Immigration Judges. Admission is FREE for law students, and practitioners can earn 4.5 hours of CLE credit. All attendees must pre-register.


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