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Community News – January 2015

1Fisher & Phillips LLP
announced that the law firm has been named 2015 “Law Firm of the Year” for Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News—Best Lawyers. The firm also received “First-Tier Rankings” for its Employment and Labor Law practices. Additionally, 21 of the firm’s offices received “Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings” for Employment Law, Labor Law, Employee Benefits and/or Labor and Employment Litigation. In addition to the Irvine office, they are: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tampa.
Fisher & Phillips is dedicated solely to representing employers in labor and employment matters with 300 attorneys in 31 offices. Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a “First- Tier” ranking signifies a quality law practice and breadth of legal experience and knowledge.

In partnership with the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the National MS Society, premier intellectual property law firm Fish & Tsang LLP announced a new role as title sponsor for Walk MS Orange County 2015, to be held at UC Irvine 2in April. Each year, Walk MS Orange County hosts nearly 5,000 participants and volunteers—mobilized to raise critical funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. F&T’s involvement with the nonprofit marks the first time an Orange County-based business has held the title sponsorship of an event that’s been part of the Orange County philanthropic landscape for more than 50 years.
“As an IP firm, everyone at Fish & Tsang deeply values science, which is often at the core of the groundbreaking work undertaken by our clients,” said F&T Founding Partner Robert (Bob) D. Fish. “When presented with the opportunity to help support scientific discoveries being made to find a cure for a devastating disease like MS, we jumped at it passionately and hope to help move a step closer to a world free of MS.”

3Archer Norris welcomes Matthew Eschenburg and William Tran as special counsel in our Newport Beach office. 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. H

e 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.

William 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.


Three Minyard Morris attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
Michael A. Morris, Lonnie K. Seide, and Mark E. Minyard were included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The firm limits its practice to Family Law.

5Smiley Wang-Ekvall has announced that two of the firm’s partners, Evan D. Smiley and Philip E. Strok, have been named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America©(Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). As the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, the Best Lawyers in America list is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Since 2010, Smiley and Strok have both received the designation of being selected to be a part of the Best Lawyers in America—Bankruptcy and Creditor- Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law practice area.
“The Best Lawyers in America list is a reliable and reputable resource that indicates to clients and fellow legal peers that named attorneys possess the highest ideals in skills, integrity and qualifications for the particular practice area,” said Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. “We are especially proud that fellow partners Evan D. Smiley and Philip E. Strok were selected to be a part of this distinguished list.”


The Orange County Bar Association has named Berger Kahn Principal Lance LaBelle to Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair for 2015. Principal Lance LaBelle will become Section Chair for the Orange County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for 2015. A forum for the exchange of ideas, examination of trends in the field, and professional development of members interested in alternative dispute resolution, the section will explore numerous ADR topics throughout the year under the leadership of Berger Kahn Principal Lance LaBelle.

Keller Rackauckas LLP, has been selected to the U.S. News—Best Lawyers®’ 2015 “Best Law7 Firms” list. Keller Rackauckas LLP received a “Tier 1 Ranking” which, according to U.S. News—Best Lawyers®, “reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.” The Tier 1 Ranking is an honor generally reserved for much larger law firms, which is a testament to Keller Rackauckas LLP’s performance and reputation.
Keller Rackauckas LLP’s lawyers are recognized by their peers as the best of the best. The U.S. News—Best Lawyers®’ award is one of many received by Keller Rackauckas LLP in 2014. Other awards this year for the firm or its attorneys have included: the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” “Top Boutique Firms” and “Top Women Lawyers” lists; Best Law Firms® “Top Orange County Lawyer honor for Non-White Collar Criminal Defense”; “Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers”; Lawdragon 500 list of top national attorneys; the Litigation Counsel of America; the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers; and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


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