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Community News – July 2019

The Law Offices of Sarah T. Schaffer, APC are pleased to announce that Yijin Jennifer Lee has joined the firm as an associate. Lee handles all areas of family law including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and property division. Lee graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 2014. She speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, and is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), San Diego Family Law Bar Association (SDFLBA), and Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD), where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. The Law Offices of Sarah T. Schaffer is a full-service Mediation, Divorce, and Family Law firm dedicated to delivering practical & effective results to clients.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has welcomed Christopher Lyon, a new commercial litigation partner, in its San Diego location. He rounds out the office’s strong team of litigation attorneys and is the firm’s third litigation partner in the city. Lyon has specialized in defense of insurance companies in personal injury cases, which he predominantly worked on for the last 10 years as house counsel for a major Fortune 100 company. At Dinsmore, he’ll lead a team of attorneys working on product liability and breach of warranty claims. “It’s exciting to add a trial lawyer like Chris to our growing San Diego office,” said office managing partner and board member Joe Leventhal. “Chris adds significant skills to our bench of trial lawyers.” While representing the Fortune 100 company, Lyon took hundreds of depositions and tried many cases to successful verdicts.

Fish & Richardson principal Megan Chacon, of the firm’s Southern California office in San Diego, has been named a recipient of the 2019 “Women Worth Watching” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Fish principals Christina Brown-Marshall, Ph.D., Betty Chen, and Christina McDonough also received the award. The Fish attorneys were singled out for “leading the way to excellence in the workplace, marketplace and the world” and for helping “develop the next generation of women leaders.”

Chacon focuses her practice on complex patent litigation across a range of technologies. She has extensive experience in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries and has had significant roles in various high-stakes litigation matters. She was selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2019 Fellows Program, which trains and advances the next generation of legal industry leaders.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP announced that Stephen L. Schreiner will take the reins as managing partner of the firm, effective July 1, 2019. Schreiner has more than 35 years of legal experience and over 14 years with Solomon Ward, serving as general counsel and the firm’s chief ethics officer. He represents clients in complex business, commercial and real estate litigation. He has extensive experience as lead attorney in numerous state and federal court judge and jury trials, arbitrations and appeals. Schreiner is also experienced in California gaming law and represents gambling establishments before a variety of administrative tribunals and governmental regulatory agencies, including the California Gambling Control Commission. “I am honored and humbled to step into the role of managing partner at a firm that has been pivotal in the success of my career,” said Schreiner. “It’s a privilege to be trusted by my fellow partners to help bring Solomon Ward into the future, and I look forward to continuing the success the many managing partners before me have forged.”

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a San Diego-based commercial real estate law firm, announced today it has elected Joseph von Meier as its newest partner. Von Meier joined CGS3 in 2017 as senior counsel and will continue to work from the firm’s San Diego offices. Specializing in commercial real estate law with an emphasis on development and construction-related transactional matters, von Meier represents clients from across the country—concentrating his practice on high-profile, complex real estate transactions with a focus on student housing, multifamily, luxury residential and retail development and construction. “We are more than thrilled to elect Joe into our partnership,” said Sean Southard, CGS3 partner. “Throughout his tenure with us as senior counsel, he has proven his commitment to our firm and our clients by delivering an outstanding client experience and developing solutions that make economic and business sense to all parties involved.

Fatima Brizuela has joined San Diego-based plaintiff’s firm Hartley LLP. In her practice, Brizuela focuses on antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection litigation, specializing in complex class action matters involving price-fixing, illegal tying, and unlawful monopolization. She has represented classes of individuals and businesses harmed by anticompetitive conduct from initial pre-suit evaluation of claims all the way through to class certification and final approval of final settlements. “Fatima’s work is at a level far beyond her years of experience,” said Jason Hartley, Founder of Hartley LLP. “She is a welcome addition to the firm and her contributions have already had a positive impact on the office.”

Tyson & Mendes LLP was recently recognized by Law360 as one of the “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys.” The national legal publication ranked the civil defense firm headquartered in San Diego as #12 in the “50-149 Lawyers” category. About 50% of Tyson & Mendes’ 140-plus attorneys are female, greatly outpacing the 36% national average as reported by Law360. In addition, roughly 80% of Tyson & Mendes’ non-attorney staff are women, resulting in about 63% of the firm’s overall employees being female. The firm’s commitment in this area is further demonstrated by its Women’s Initiative, which aims to provide the firm’s female attorneys and clients with mentoring and business development opportunities. Tyson & Mendes hosts events to address women’s issues in both the legal and insurance industries, and the gatherings have resulted in meaningful relationships being formed inside and outside the firm.

The California construction industry law firm of Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP is proud to announce that it has been named to the list of Top 50 Construction Law Firms® by Construction Executive (CE), an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) publication. With 100 percent of the firm’s attorneys working across eleven construction law sub-practice areas, Finch, Thornton & Baird is the largest of only two California construction law firms to be accorded this recognition. The firm is ranked #15 among the Top 50 Construction Law Firms® listed across the United States. In determining its inaugural list of Top 50 Construction Law Firms®, Construction Executive reached out to hundreds of law firms throughout the United States with a dedicated construction practice to find out who the leaders are, and what legal issues are keeping them busy.

The law firm of Wilson Getty LLP is pleased to announce that Colin M. Harrison has been elevated to partner and also has been elected as President of the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Harrison’s practice focuses on the defense of the long-term care industry, both residential care facilities for the elderly and skilled nursing facilities. Colin has litigated, tried and participated in cases involving allegations of elder abuse and medical injuries to dependent adults. His practice also includes defending clients in general liability matters, including wrongful termination and personal injury claims. Colin is a board member and chair for the Long-term Care Litigation committee of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and a prime member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.


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