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Community News – April 2019

Fifteen Wilson Turner Kosmo attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the San Diego Super Lawyers list that distinguishes just five percent of regionally-practicing attorneys through peer nominations and evaluations. Partner Claudette G. Wilson, who ranked among the list’s highest rated attorneys, was also recognized among San Diego’s Top 25 Women lawyers.

Four firm partners Michael S. Kalt, Lois M. Kosch, Robin A. Wofford and Leonid M. Zilberman were named along with Wilson for their employment litigation (defense) practices. This is Zilberman’s 10th-consecutive year making the regional Super Lawyers list. Partners Frederick W. Kosmo, Jr., Meryl C. Maneker and Vickie E. Turner were distinguished for their business litigation, class action and personal injury practices, respectfully.

A number of the firm’s attorneys under age 40 were also celebrated as Rising Stars. The Rising Star honorees, who have practiced law for under 10 years, include: partners Carolina Bravo-Karimi, Robert K. Dixon, Emily J. Fox, Daniel C. Gunning and Marissa L. Lyftogt as well as associates Parada K. Ornelas and Mark A. Rein.

Moore Schulman & Moore’s founding Partner, Peggy Moore, CLS-F announces her transition to Of Counsel within the firm. Attorney Peggy Moore has more than 3 decades of family law experience, during which she has received recognition for her expertise in the field. As a Board Certified Family Law Specialist who has been named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys by The Daily Transcript, clients who work with Attorney Moore can feel confident that their case is in great hands.

As an Of Counsel with Moore Schulman & Moore, Attorney Peggy Moore will continue to work diligently consulting with clients to provide highly skilled representation. Attorney Moore’s mission is to aid her clients as they move toward resolution in their family law matter. The relationship as an Of Counsel with Moore Schulman & Moore is a close, continual and professional one, a description that certainly applies to our theme here at Moore Schuman & Moore, APC.

Attorney Lane Hilton has joined Higgs Fletcher & Mack as an Associate in the Firm’s Transportation Litigation Practice Group. In her new role at the firm, Hilton will analyze and develop complex litigation strategies, conduct extensive fact investigations, draft dispositive motions, take and defend depositions, assist clients in all stages of litigation from case inception through settlement, analyze cases of first impression, and interpret newly passed laws and regulations. Her previous experience includes defending complex civil cases, including representing some of the largest developers and general contractors in San Diego and on the West Coast. She also has experience litigating personal injury, products liability, negligence, battery, and other tort actions. “Lane Hilton has an impressive breadth of experience related to transportation litigation and other areas of law, and we know that her skillset and experience will be of value to the Firm and its clients,” said Steven Cologne, Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s Managing Partner. “Lane will be a wonderful asset to the Firm, and we are proud to have her on board.”

Klinedinst congratulates Frederick Heiser and Keith Taylor for being promoted to Shareholders for their outstanding work ethic and are an integral part of our firm’s success! Frederick Heiser is a Member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation, Commercial General Liability, and Employment Practice Groups out of the Los Angeles and Orange County offices. His clients include local entrepreneurs, small family businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Heiser is regularly called on by general counsel, business owners, and claims representatives to protect their interests and to provide hands-on, strategic, and efficient direction for complex civil cases. Keith Taylor focuses on the identification and control of risks. Mr. Taylor is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the premier national advocacy group dedicated to the preservation of the right to trial by jury. Mr. Taylor’s trial experience includes general liability, products liability, premises liability, public entity liability, transportation liability (from bicycle to commercial motor vehicle), and catastrophic construction loss.

Jury finds San Diego accountant not liable in professional malpractice trial. Following a two-week trial in San Diego, a California Superior Court jury has found accountant Roy Hosaka and his firm, Hosaka Nagel & Co., not liable in a $2 million malpractice case. Tyson & Mendes attorneys Dan Fallon and Garry McCarthy represented Mr. Hosaka and Hosaka Nagel & Co. in the high-stakes professional malpractice case, which alleged fraudulent nondisclosure and breach of fiduciary duty.

According to Mr. Fallon, plaintiff suffered significant financial misfortune beginning in 2009, which she claimed resulted from improper advice provided by Mr. Hosaka. “Plaintiff in this case refused to take responsibility for her own high-risk investments and after many years of litigating against investment advisors and former lawyers, decided her financial downfall was the result of advice allegedly given to her by Mr. Hosaka. We were able to prove to the jury that these claims were absolutely meritless.”

San Diego-based family law firm Antonyan Miranda has hired experienced human resources professional Heather Shelby as the firm’s first Director of Human Resources. Shelby has over fifteen years of experience and most recently was a Human Resources Manager with Scripps Health. In her previous role, Shelby was part of a team responsible for overseeing human resource functions for the company’s 15,000 employees. Her experience and responsibilities included managing diverse aspects of human resources including budgets, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, employee engagement, training and development, performance improvement, talent management, and executive benefits. Shelby also administered protocols for performance evaluations, corrective measures, and disciplinary action. “Our team is the lifeblood of Antonyan Miranda and our most vital asset,” said Ilona Antonyan, one of Antonyan Miranda’s Founding Partners. “We are proud to welcome Heather to the firm, and we know her guidance will help to make our team dynamic even stronger. As the firm continues to grow, Heather’s expertise will be invaluable.”

The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that Brian T. Seltzer has been elected to the role of chairman of the board. Seltzer is a long-time shareholder and also chief operating officer of the firm. His practice encompasses real property, business law and commercial financing, with a particular emphasis in real property transactions. “This is an honor of which Brian is most deserving,” said Robert Caplan, president of SCMV. “We look forward to many years of his excellent guidance and leadership.” Seltzer has earned extensive recognition, including being named one of the best real estate law attorneys in the country by Best Lawyers in America, as well as a Top Attorney and an Influential Leader by the San Diego Daily Transcript. He has also been recognized in San Diego Super Lawyers for Real Estate law every year since 2007.

Fleischer & Ravreby, a family law practice in Carlsbad, Calif., announced today that Scott L. Neinas, previously with the Men’s Legal Center in San Diego, has joined the firm as an attorney. “We’re very pleased that Scott has joined our growing practice,” says Myra Chack Fleischer, founder and lead counsel of Fleischer & Ravreby. “He brings a solid background in family law and will be a tremendous resource for our clients.” While at the Men’s Legal Center, Neinas managed a 90-client caseload, handling all aspects of this busy family law practice. Prior to that he was an attorney with The Edmunds Law Firm in Encinitas—where he also advocated for family law clients. Before settling in California, he ran his own law firm in Monroe, Mich., focusing on family law, general litigation and criminal defense.

Attorney and experienced association executive Jill Epstein will become the San Diego County Bar Association’s (SDCBA) new Executive Director, effective March 20, 2019. Epstein comes to the SDCBA from Miracle Babies, a foundation that provides financial and emotional support to families with critically ill babies in the NICU, where she currently serves as the Executive Director. “Jill Epstein is a highly-regarded and highly-accomplished professional association executive,” said Lilys McCoy, 2019 SDCBA President. “Her background and experience make her an ideal fit for the Executive Director role at the SDCBA, and she brings a unique perspective to our operations and governance. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the SDCBA, and we are very proud to have Jill at the helm.”


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