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Community News – December 2014

1More than 100 attendees of all ages gathered at leading employment, labor and business immigration law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) on Oct. 23 to support the firm’s partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) during its 20th anniversary year. Event co-host Company 77 served stone-cooked pizza out of its unique mobile pizza fire truck—a retired 1983 Pierce Arrow Pumper—and delighted guests with upbeat music, plastic fire hats and a photo booth to capture smiles.
Local support included Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, who presented Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante with a certificate of recognition congratulating the firm on 20 years of success in Orange County. The Irvine Fire Department also stopped by to support the cause and opened its fire truck for event-goers to explore.
CDF presented a check for $3,000 to WWP National Campaign Team member Sonny Seyedi, to support the nonprofit’s work with wounded service members, veterans and their families.

2Jason Daniel Feld, a partner at Ulich, Ganion, Balmuth, Fisher & Feld LLP, has achieved the rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubble, which is the highest rating given to a lawyer based entirely upon peer-review measuring the lawyer’s experience, ethics, integrity, expertise in the field of practice, and overall professional excellence. Mr. Feld was previously named a Rising Star in the Super Lawyers—Southern California Magazine for three straight years and is licensed to practice law in the states of California, Texas and Arizona. Mr. Feld is an industry leader in construction defect litigation, serving as personal counsel for several large homebuilders/developers as well as panel counsel for several prominent insurance carriers.

3Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP (TLD) recently added Brian Ramsey to the firm as an associate attorney. Ramsey specializes in personal injury law and will add his experience to TLD’s litigation practice. Ramsey will serve TLD clients, advocating justice for them during times of need.

4Kay Rackauckas, managing partner of Keller Rackauckas LLP, a nationally prominent law firm in Irvine, is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the list of “Top Boutique Firms of 2014,” as chosen by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. Fewer than 50 firms statewide made the list and only 9 litigation firms; Keller Rackauckas LLP was the only Orange County litigation firm to make the list. Boutique firms are those that specialize in a niche area of law, such as litigation, appellate, corporate transactions, bankruptcy, tax controversy, environmental, immigration, intellectual property, and labor and employment.

5Fish & Tsang LLP recently added Dr. Minyoung Shin as an associate to support the firm’s intellectual property practice. Dr. Shin received her law degree from University of California, Irvine, and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern University. Dr. Shin specializes in domestic and foreign patent prosecution across various technology industries, including biological science, medical devices, chemical engineering and computer sciences.

6Berger Kahn is celebrating 30 years in Orange County. Opened in 1984 by Craig Simon and Sherman Spitz, today, the O.C. office is the headquarters for the statewide firm, which practices in the areas of Insurance, Subrogation, Employment, Litigation, Business and Personal Injury. Berger Kahn grew as a firm to include four additional longtime shareholders and owners: Lance LaBelle, Stephan Cohn, Teresa Ponder, and David Ezra. The administrative staff is headed by Executive Director Beverli Linn (26 years), Controller Frances Perkins (24 years) and O.C. Office Manager Lynn Klinger (24 years). The firm also pioneered many firsts in Orange County: the first law office to use exclusively Apple-based computers (an all- Mac office since 1984, where the hard drives held a whopping 1MB of data!) and the first firm to dress casually in jeans or similar clothes every day (not just casual Fridays). In addition to L.A. and O.C., the firm also has offices in Marin County and San Diego.

7Traut Firm proudly announces the hiring of Pamela Liosi, a plaintiff’s attorney with 18 years’ experience handling personal injury, wrongful death, assault, sexual assault, dog attacks and slip-and-fall cases, who joined the Traut Firm November 1, 2014. Liosi has been involved in many trials serving plaintiffs including: McCabe v. Isom., a two-week jury trial representing the plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident resulting in a $504,000 verdict with a pre-trial offer of less than half; and Patino v. McArthur, an Expedited Jury Trial compensating the client for all of her medical bills, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.
Liosi served two terms as President of the Italian American Bar Association of Orange County—Lex Romana in 2013 and 2014. Liosi maintains memberships and board positions with the California State Bar Association, Italian Bar Association of Orange County—Lex Romana, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Banyard Inn of Court, and many others, and she speaks and writes on scholarly legal topics to these groups and legal publications including Verdict Magazine, Western State University Alumni Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

8Archer Norris welcomes Matthew Eschenburg and William Tran as special counsel. Eschenburg joins the firm’s business, litigation, product liability and real estate practice groups, while Tran focuses on financial services, intellectual property, litigation and real estate.
Eschenburg manages and litigates all aspects of complex litigation with a focus on construction claims, including strong experience handling cases in construction defect and premise liability. In addition to his construction defect practice, Eschenburg lends his legal talents to several other areas of the law. He works on vehicular accident cases, and deals with complex product liability cases involving product manufacturers, suppliers and sellers. Eschenburg also handles cases involving premises owners in general liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury and employment cases, as well as general business and real estate litigation.
Tran has more than 14 years of civil litigation and trial experience. He specializes in complex commercial disputes, consumer class actions, intellectual property disputes, partnership disputes and corporate control issues. Tran litigates a wide variety of complex business claims, particularly claims for breach of contract, unfair competition and false advertising, merger and acquisitions disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, lender liability, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.


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