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Community News – December 2019

Butterfield Schechter LLP is pleased to announce that partners Marc S. Schechter and Paul D. Woodard were selected as finalists for 2019 San Diego Business Journal Leaders in Law Award.

Partner Marc S. Schechter is an outstanding attorney in the areas of employee benefits, employee stock ownership plans, pension and profit-sharing plans, ERISA, ERISA litigation and business and tax law. Mr. Schechter is a nationally renowned speaker and continues to educate others on employee benefit matters.

Partner Paul D. Woodard exemplifies leadership as a lawyer and community member. Mr. Woodard is a skilled ERISA and employee benefits lawyer and litigator. He also excels in his practice counseling individuals and businesses on matters including purchases and sales of commercial and residential properties including negotiating the letter of intent, drafting and reviewing purchase and sale agreements, assisting throughout the escrow closing process and negotiating and reviewing commercial lease agreement terms and preparing amendments and renewals to leases.

MARJORIE J. BURCHETTCrosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a San Diego-based commercial real estate law firm, announced today the addition of its newest partner, Marjorie J. Burchett. Previously a partner with Withers Bergman LLP, she joins CGS3’s mixed use, distressed assets and finance practice groups and will be based in the firm’s San Diego offices.

According to CGS3 founding partner Sean Southard, Burchett is another testament to the firm’s enduring commitment to attracting best-in-class lawyers. “Marjorie is an outstanding real estate attorney who specializes in handling complex transactions across all asset classes. She is especially skilled at working with mixed use, urban infill, master planned communities and condominium developments—all areas in which we are experiencing robust growth,” Southard said. “She also brings a wealth of expertise in finance on both the borrower and lender sides.”

KYLE YAEGEHickman & Robinson LLP is pleased to announce Kyle Yaege has been added as a named partner. Yaege joined the firm six years ago, after five years of operating his own firm, and two years as a senior litigation associate at a Carlsbad real estate firm.

Yaege is responsible for a broad spectrum of business and real estate-related litigation, land use and transactional matters. Yaege has been named a finalist in the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Outstanding Young Attorneys, and named to SuperLawyers Rising Stars several times. He is active with a number of professional organizations in the San Diego legal and real estate communities, and was recently elected as a Member at Large for the Real Property Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Hickman & Robinson LLP was founded 11 years ago, and focuses solely on business law, real estate law, and litigation. The new firm name is Hickman Robinson Yaege LLP.

JESSE O’SULLIVANKirby & Kirby LLP is pleased to announce that Jesse O’Sullivan has joined the firm as a litigation associate after graduating magna cum laude from University of San Diego School of Law in May 2019. O’Sullivan will be working primarily on the firm’s business litigation and real estate litigation cases.

During law school, O’Sullivan served as a judicial extern for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and later for the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. O’Sullivan came to the firm with prior intern experience for a prominent San Diego plaintiff’s firm, a local government agency, and a local political advocacy organization. O’Sullivan was a member of San Diego Law Review. O’Sullivan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego.

TARA R. BURDKlinedinst PC is pleased to announce the addition of Tara R. Burd as Counsel in the San Diego office. Burd brings extensive probate and trust litigation experience to the firm, with a special emphasis on trust administration, probate avoidance, and probate litigation. Much of her career has been focused on helping clients navigate their way through complex issues such as breach of contracts, business disputes, partition actions, employment, and personal injury lawsuits. Outside the probate sphere, Burd crafts strategies for clients to reduce or eliminate the risk of litigation through creative and proactive solutions. She is a prolific writer on these complex topics, and regularly speaks to groups and organizations. “We are excited to welcome Tara to our San Diego team,” said Klinedinst Shareholder and Department Chair Heather L. Rosing. “She has a great deal of experience in probate and trust litigation, real estate litigation, and business litigation, which are all areas that are in high demand by our client base.

DAVID S. CASEYMarking his fifth appearance on the list, CaseyGerry managing partner David S. Casey Jr. once again has been recognized as one of the “100 Leading Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, one of the legal profession’s preeminent publications. The 2019 edition appeared September 18 in a special Daily Journal supplement. The prestigious award is given by the editors of the statewide publication to recognize California’s most influential legal practitioners. Casey Jr. is known for taking on high-profile, complex cases, including representing the family of deceased NFL hero Junior Seau, a case in which he achieved a confidential settlement while raising consumer awareness about football head injuries and concussion safety. In addition, he represented the family of baseball legend Tony Gwynn—the Padres player who died of salivary gland cancer following a lifetime addiction to smokeless tobacco—in a case against U.S. Tobacco which also settled for a confidential amount.

NOONANLANCE PARTNERSNoonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP was awarded three first tier rankings in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers. Since 2016, NoonanLance has continuously ranked as a top tier law firm in commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense and now Bet-the-Company litigation, where an entire business may be at risk. In addition, the law firm was awarded a ranking in real estate litigation.

NoonanLance’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.

JENNIFER KELLERJennifer Keller, a nationally prominent trial attorney at Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been named to the Orange County Business Journal’s “OC 500,” an exclusive “Directory of Influence” compiled by the Journal’s editorial staff.

According to the Orange County Business Journal’s Editor Mark Mueller, “The 4th edition of the Business Journal’s OC 500 represents a selection of local newsmakers, influencers, business executives and others that drive Orange County’s diverse and always-changing economy. Each member of the list has made a positive mark on OC’s Community of Business over the course of the past year.”

Jennifer Keller is one of America’s most successful trial attorneys. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases. Chambers USA quotes sources who call her “the consummate trial lawyer,” “an incredible cross-examiner,” and “widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in California.”

ILONA ANTONYANAttorney Ilona Antonyan, Antonyan Miranda Co-Founder, was named to San Diego Metro magazine’s 2019 “40 Under 40” list. She was recognized at an event celebrating and honoring San Diego’s top 40 business leaders under 40 years of age hosted by the publication on October 1st.

Antonyan is one of San Diego’s top family law attorneys. An Armenian refugee, Antonyan immigrated to the United States in 1992 and has earned a reputation for her strategic, aggressive and effective advocacy on behalf of her clients. Antonyan is considered a trailblazer in the legal world, as she is the youngest person in California to become a Certified Family Law Specialist, a special designation from the State Bar of California. In addition to holding a law degree, Antonyan is a licensed real estate broker and she also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Family Law at California Western School of Law.

DUNN DESANTIS PARTNERSDunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick has been named one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. World Report and Best Lawyers in America®. The firm was honored in the prestigious Metropolitan Tier 1, San Diego, category for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Metropolitan Tier 2, San Diego, category for Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. All of the rankings and tiers by U.S. News & World Report are published online at


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