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Community News – July 2014

2Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. is pleased to announce that Sasan K. Behnood has joined the firm as an Associate. Sasan’s practice involves commercial litigation, real estate law and intellectual property law. Sasan has significant experience managing and strategizing the litigation of sophisticated business & commercial, intellectual property, banking & finance, and real estate matters oftentimes in the context of complex multi-party litigation in state or federal court.
His work in banking and lending, prior to entering the legal profession, uniquely positions him in his real estate practice, and has fostered his in-depth familiarity with acquisition finance, securitized debt, senior & subordinated debt, banking regulatory procedure, judicial & non-judicial foreclosure, as well as structured financial transactions.
As a USPTO admitted patent attorney with an undergraduate degree in molecular biology, Sasan’s practice also focuses on the litigation and prosecution of intellectual property including patents, copyrights and trademarks. Sasan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside in Molecular Biology. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

3Maria Stearns, a Partner with Rutan & Tucker, LLP, has been named one of California’s top women lawyers for 2014 by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal news provider. As the youngest female equity partner at OC’s largest firm, Maria represents employers in all areas of labor and employment, including: wage and hour class actions; discrimination/harassment litigation; agency proceedings; labor law/collective-bargaining; preventative counseling; and management training.
Maria is a frequent public speaker, including an annual presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel in Los Angeles and Orange County. Maria is a committed community leader; she is founder and President of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, a Board Member for the Orange County Bar Foundation (non-profit serving at-risk youth), and provides pro bono legal advice to non-profits. Maria is also on the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County) and a member of the National Human Resources Association.

4Matt Easton, partner at Easton & Easton, LLP, was recently selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor given only to 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California under the age of 40. In addition, Matt was chosen this year for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in California. This recognition among his peers comes in the wake of several significant results acquired in recent years on behalf of plaintiff’s in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.
At the end of 2013, Matt received a Commendation from the City of Lancaster for his advocacy in acquiring a mediated settlement of $2,750,000 for the wrongful death of a 55-yearold man whose only surviving heirs were his 80-year-old parents with no economic losses. More recently, Matt acquired $1,240,000 one month before trial for a client whose breast reconstruction incision ruptured open after she was T-boned in an intersection.

5Aitken*Aitken* Cohn congratulates Chris Aitken and Richard Cohn on their contributions to the First Edition of California Tort Forms From Expert Litigators. In the latest issue of California Tort Forms, both Chris Aitken and Rich Cohn contributed their expert knowledge to their representative fields. Cohn contributed in the field of Medical Malpractice while Aitken was an expert author in the automobiles field.
The new edition covers the fields of Animals & Premises Liability, Automobiles, Carriers, Construction Liability, Governmental Liability, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability. It also includes over 130 essential forms and time saving samples. Not only does this book cover the key elements and defenses to the action, it also provides “real life” situations such as Vehicle Collisions in Intersections and Misdiagnosis of Internal Pain. This is Cohn’s first CEB publication. Aitken is a contributing author to the California Evidence Benchbook and the consulting editor of Personal Injury Proof, a leading treatise on personal injury litigation.

6Keller Rackauckas LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has hired two new associates, Lisa M. Foutch and Lilian M. Loh. Foutch was hired as a litigation associate, focusing on complex business trials. She earned her J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law. In law school, Foutch was a member of and summer intern for the International Human Rights Clinic, a founder of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and volunteered for the LACBA Domestic Violence Project.
Loh was also hired as a litigation associate, concentrating on complex business trials. At Cornell Law School, Loh was President of the Cornell Law Students Association, Chair of the Student Leadership Council and a top finisher in moot court competitions. As an editorial associate for the Cornell Legal Information Institute, she researched and wrote Supreme Court case summaries published online in The LII Supreme Court Bulletin and in print in The Federal Lawyer.

7The partners of Fisher & Phillips LLP have elected Irvine office partner John Polson to a three-year term on the firm’s Management Committee.
The committee serves as the board of directors for the 31-office national labor and employment law firm. Polson joins partners Roger Quillen and Charles Caulkins on the Management Committee. Polson assumes the role previously held by Atlanta partner Thomas Rebel who served on the committee for 15 years and is transitioning to other firm responsibilities.
As a partner in the Irvine office, Polson represents employers and staffing industry clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including transactional matters, litigation, compliance advice and audits, executive and management training, and other employment related legal matters. He handles administrative and civil employment litigation matters, including arbitrations, in California and elsewhere, but has particular expertise representing temporary staffing, employee leasing, and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) clients in labor, employment, tax, and transactional matters.

Brian

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