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Community News – May 2020

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to welcome new employment partner Gina L. Miller and new real estate attorney David J. King to the Orange County office. Miller and King joined the firm in February 2020 and March 2020 respectively. Miller comes to Snell & Wilmer from Call & Jensen as a partner with experience in complex wage and hour class actions, as well as single plaintiff lawsuits in the areas of discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment and breach of contract. She has represented clients before the Labor Commissioner and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Miller graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in communications and received her J.D. at the University of San Diego School of Law. King brings over 20 years of experience practicing law to Snell & Wilmer’s real estate group. He focuses his practice on all manner of commercial real estate leasing transactions, including office space, retail, mixed-use, lifestyle/entertainment centers, hospitality and development and operations for some of the largest landlords and tenants in the country.

Reuben Camper Cahn, partner at Keller/Anderle LLP, a nationally recognized bet-the-company business litigation firm based in Irvine, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Reuben Camper Cahn has tried over 100 cases to jury verdict and has argued twice before the Supreme Court (in 2011 and 2018) in addition to numerous arguments before both the 9th and 11th Circuits. This combination of skill and experience at the highest levels establishes Mr. Cahn as one of the most exceptional lawyers of his generation.

Two CaseyGerry partners—David S. Casey Jr. and Gayle M. Blatt—have been ranked among the Top Ten San Diego Lawyers in the 2020 edition of San Diego Super Lawyers. Additionally, Blatt is ranked among the Top 25 Women Attorneys in this latest edition. This marks the second consecutive year Blatt and Casey Jr. have been recognized as among the Top Ten Super Lawyers and the fifth consecutive year Blatt has been ranked as one of the Top 25 Women Super Lawyers. Eleven CaseyGerry attorneys in total are featured in this edition, including partners Robert J. Francavilla, Thomas D. Luneau, Thomas D. Penfield and Frederick Schenk, and associates Angela Jae Chun and Srinivas Hanumadass, with Jason C. Evans, Jillian F. Hayes and Adam B. Levine featured as San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Super Lawyers annually ranks the top attorneys in San Diego with just five percent of San Diego attorneys meeting Super Lawyers’ rigorous standards.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP announces that Rebecca Van Loon has joined the firm as a partner. With a nine-year practice focusing in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration and taxation law, Van Loon assists families and individuals with all aspects of estate planning, including wills, trusts, advance health care directives and financial powers of attorney. She also assists clients with estate, gift and property tax planning, including charitable gift planning. A Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Van Loon’s practice also incorporates international estate planning, as well as the representation of individuals, private professional fiduciaries and corporate trustees as fiduciaries through trust and estate administrations. “Rebecca is a highly-skilled estate planning attorney with extensive experience and specialized certification,” said Stephen Schreiner, Solomon Ward’s managing partner. “Her addition to Solomon Ward will enhance our firm’s trust and estate planning practice, as well as the level of expertise we provide to our clients.”

Hartley LLP Partners Jason Hartley and Jason Lindner were named to Thomson Reuters’ list of “Super Lawyers” for 2020. “Being named a Super Lawyer is a great honor, particularly as the methodology relies on input from our colleagues throughout the state who practice in the same area of law,” said Jason Hartley, Founder of Hartley LLP. Jason Hartley represents exclusively plaintiffs in commercial contingency representation, class action litigation, antitrust, and unfair competition. He is involved in all aspects of civil litigation and has handled cases in both federal and state courts, in litigation and at trial.

Jason Lindner’s practice includes litigation of antitrust, unfair competition, complex business, California wage and hour, Fair Labor Standards Act, and other general class action litigation. He has been involved in all aspects of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in federal Section 1 (Conspiracy) and Section 2 (Monopoly) Sherman Act cases and in state law actions alleging unfair business practices.

John H. Stephens, a prominent San Diego business and real estate attorney, has been selected to the University of California Hastings College of the Law Foundation Board of Trustees. As a UC Hastings alum (‘78), Stephens is proud to serve an institution that provided the bedrock for an illustrious legal career for him and so many others. As the oldest and largest law school in the University of California system, Hasting is strengthening its reputation as one of the country’s most illustrious legal education institutions. “I am excited to join the Board at a time of transformative growth and expansion for Hastings,” Stephens said. “I’m glad to put my business and real estate law experience to work for the school as it embarks on dramatic new developments that will benefit students, the legal profession and the community for decades to come.” A La Jolla resident, Stephens lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York before returning to San Diego. He is a partner at Mulvaney Barry, handling real estate and business litigation and transactions.

Founding Partner Marc S. Schechter has been included in the 2020 San Diego Super Lawyers list for an eighth year. Mr. Schechter specializes in employee benefits, ERISA, and business matters, with special emphasis on ESOP transactions. Mr. Schechter is admitted to practice before the courts of California and New Jersey; the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California; the United States Tax Court; the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court.

Partner Corey F. Schechter has been recognized on the Super Lawyers–Rising Stars list in 2016 and 2018–2020. Mr. Schechter’s practice focuses on employee benefits law (ERISA) and executive compensation matters, ERISA litigation, qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), and business and employment law.

This is Partner Paul D. Woodard’s first year to be recognized and included on the Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars list. Mr. Woodard’s practice focuses on employee benefits law, employee stock ownership plan, pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, ERISA litigation, business law and litigation, qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), estate planning and trust litigation.


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