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Community News – March 2020

Brown & Charbonneau, LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Mark. M Higuchi has been named as the firm’s newest partner. A graduate of UCLA and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Higuchi is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Japanese American Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. He joined Brown & Charbonneau, LLP as an associate in 2014. Higuchi handles all forms of business and commercial transactional work such as commercial contracts, entity formation (corporations, limited liability co’s, limited partnerships), licensing agreements, partnership and shareholder agreements and employment contracts. Most recently, he served as co-trial counsel on two high-profile trial victories for Brown & Charbonneau, LLP including a $4,800,000 post-trial settlement on behalf of his clients, and a $2,930,000 jury verdict for clients in a fraud and breach of contract case.

Cathy T. Moses joined Cox, Castle & Nicholson’s Litigation team as senior counsel in 2017. Her experience spans a wide range of business and real estate litigation matters, including business torts, contracts, partnership disputes, and employment litigation. She has achieved successful outcomes for the firm’s clients at all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation negotiations, dispositive motion practice, trial, and appeal.

Outside of the office, she serves on the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County. She graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School, and earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in history and literature from Harvard University. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2011 to 2012, she served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, in Washington, D.C.

Judicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, welcomes recently retired U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford to its roster of neutrals. Judge Guilford will be based in the Santa Ana office and is available for mediations, arbitrations and private judging assignments nationwide.

“Andy Guilford has built an incredible resume over the course of his career. He has done so much during his more than 45 years in the legal arena, especially in the Orange County community, that if there were an Orange County legal hall of fame, he’d be a first ballot certainty. He has been a leader and a difference maker in all he does, and to say we are excited to have him on the Judicate West team would be an understatement,” said Alan Brutman, President of Judicate West.

With nearly 14 years on the bench, which followed more than 31 years as a trial lawyer, Judge Guilford has overseen numerous jury and bench trials involving many areas such as intellectual property, securities, unfair competition, finance and professional liability. As a judge, he has been very involved with many class actions and multidistrict litigation matters. Following U.S. Senate confirmation, Judge Guilford was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in 2006 where he served by designation with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as a Patent Pilot Program Judge and on the Multidistrict Litigation Panel. Additionally, Judge Guilford served on the Ninth Circuit Jury Instructions Committee. Before his appointment, he served as an arbitrator and Judge Pro Tempore for the Orange County Superior Court.

Marjorie J. Burchett, a partner with Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) who specializes in residential, commercial, mixed-use and master planned real estate developments, was recently installed as a member of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) during its annual Crystal Globe Gala on Saturday, February 1, at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Burchett joins fellow CGS3 partner Bob Bell in the distinguished honor society.

Membership to LAI is selective and honorary and via nomination only by a current member. To be considered, a nominee must have 10 years of experience in his/her field, have made an outstanding contribution to land economics and demonstrate a commitment to public service and professional ethics.

"I am honored to join this very selective and special group of professionals,” said Burchett. “I am deeply passionate about improving the lives of others and will do my best to exemplify the meaningful standards LAI demands of its members.”

Fish & Richardson, a global market leader in intellectual property litigation, continues growing its range of industry knowledge with the addition of Jeff Burton and Tim Rawson in the firm’s San Diego-based, Southern California office.

Burton, a former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer who completed two overseas deployments, focuses his patent litigation practice on electrical and computer technologies, telecommunications, medical devices and nanotechnology. During law school, he served as a law clerk for both the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Today, Burton maintains an active Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.

Rawson’s practice involves all aspects of IP litigation and advising, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He works predominately with clients in the telecommunications, gaming, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products and semiconductor industries. He has also represented low-income startups and nonprofits on a pro bono basis regarding intellectual property matters.

Before joining Fish, Rawson practiced IP law in the Los Angeles office of a large international law firm for three years and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as the Honorable K. Nicole Mitchell of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. A Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, he has extensive mechanical engineering experience in missile control and aircraft system design.

The California Appellate Law Group, a 16-attorney appellate specialty boutique with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, is proud to announce that it is expanding to San Diego with the addition of Johanna Schiavoni.

Johanna has nearly two decades of experience handling state and federal appeals, and she is a certified appellate specialist by the State Bar of California. She is also the 2020 President of the San Diego County Bar Association, which serves 10,000 members in and around California’s second-largest city. Johanna is a former law clerk to Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek announces that David Gouzoules has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as an associate. Gouzoules has more than six years of experience representing individuals and corporate clients in all manner of disputes, including commercial litigation, government investigations and shareholder causes of action. He has represented clients in securities fraud litigation, derivative lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract matters, SEC and DOJ investigations, property disputes and probate litigation. Prior to joining SCMV, Gouzoules worked at a large, international law firm. Gouzoules is an active member of both the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the San Diego County Bar Association. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2013 and his B.A. in Political Science and History, with highest distinction, from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2010. Gouzoules is admitted to practice law in California and Georgia.


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