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Community News – February 2015

1Berger Kahn attorney Erin Mindoro was officially sworn in as one of the newest Associate Board members for the Orange County Bar Foundation, a highly esteemed Orange County nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy, and drug free through education, counseling, and mentoring. Shareholder David Ezra was also in attendance. The OCBF is a leader in the field of juvenile crime diversion and citizenship education for over 30 years, consistently achieving positive results in the community served and primarily supported by the O.C. legal and business community including attorneys, judges and those serving the law firms and the courts. Berger Kahn congratulates Erin on her new leadership role serving the community. Having previously hosted legal interns from inner-city Santa Ana through the programs of the Bar Foundation, Berger Kahn looks forward to many great collaborations ahead.

3Best Lawyers has named Greg Dillion, 2015 Orange County Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.” While this honor relates to California, Greg litigates throughout the Western United States. Greg has an active trial and appellate practice representing developers, institutional lenders, general contractors, and other businesses in complex business, construction, and insurance coverage disputes. Greg Dillion, who has consistently been included in The Best Lawyers in America© list, has also been honored as one of the top 50 Orange County lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers. The national Corporate Counsel Almanac named him one of the nation’s top lawyers, and he was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel.

2Anna Amarandos, Caroline Djang and Peter Howell have recently been named partners at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, California’s largest full-service business law firm based in Orange County.
Amarandos is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Section, where she specializes in Environmental Law and is experienced in regulatory compliance involving land, water and air quality issues, the negotiation of environmental agreements for real estate and corporate transactions, redevelopment of contaminated properties, CEQA compliance, and Prop. 65. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Master of Arts from Southern Illinois University and Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Irvine.
Djang is Co-Chair of the Corporate Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Department. Djang’s diverse and comprehensive bankruptcy practice includes the representation of debtors, secured lenders, chapter 11 trustees, landlords, creditors’ committees, and other creditors in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings. Prior to joining Rutan & Tucker, Djang was a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for seven years, clerking for U.S. Bankruptcy Judges Ellen Carroll, Vincent P. Zurzolo, Sheri Bluebond and Richard M. Neiter. Djang was selected as a Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative and is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. She has been honored as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star three times. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Howell is a member of the firm’s Government & Regulatory Law Section and Environmental Law and Land Use/Natural Resources Practice Groups. Howell’s practice includes litigation and advisory matters involving governmental agencies, as well as litigation between private parties, and focuses on environmental and land use matters. He has represented a wide variety of private and public-sector clients, including property owners, developers, business owners, cities, water districts, redevelopment agencies, and school districts. He received his Juris Doctor from University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 and his Bachelor of Arts from Bradley University in 1998.

4Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP (TLD) proudly announced that effective Jan. 1, 2015, attorneys Jennifer A. Lumsdaine and Jennifer N. Sawday became partners of the firm.
For more than a decade, Ms. Sawday has focused her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration. She provides TLD clients with legal support for both routine and complex matters, including drafting wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives. She also assists with legal issues involving the loss of a loved one. Outside the firm, Sawday is an adjunct professor at Cerritos College. She received her juris doctor from Loyola Law School and is a three-time honoree on the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.
Ms. Lumsdaine’s practice centers on trust and estate litigation and family law. She primarily assists clients with contested probate and marital dissolution matters, as well as guardianships, conservatorships and general civil litigation. Previously, Lumsdaine taught legal theories and practices as an adjunct professor at Cerritos College. She serves on the board of directors for Downey Family YMCA and South District Bar Association. Lumsdaine received her juris doctor from Loyola Law School and was recognized on the 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” lists.

5Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that Gabriel J. Padilla has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Padilla has more than ten years of complex commercial litigation experience, with special expertise in environmental and land use matters.
Mr. Padilla, who was previously a litigation associate with Bingham McCutchen and Arnold & Porter, has significant experience representing corporate clients and municipalities in environmental litigation matters, including Proposition 65 claims, RCRA, CERCLA, CWA and CAA regulatory matters, and will be assisting the firm’s growing environmental practice led by Kim Bick. Mr. Padilla also has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters, including defense of consumer class actions, products liability, and contract disputes.
Mr. Padilla received a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2003, where he was Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review, and a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies in 1995 from University of California, Los Angeles. During law school he was an extern for the Environmental Section, California Attorney General.

7Archer Norris is pleased to announce that attorney Miguel P. Prietto will serve as presidentelect of the Associate Board of the Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) for 2015.
An associate in the Newport Beach office of Archer Norris, Prietto is a member of the firm’s Business and Litigation practice groups where he focuses his practice on both the transactional and litigation business needs of his clients. Miguel routinely acts as advisor to the firm’s business clients in various professions and industries. He has experience as a business professional having assisted various companies grow from start-ups to multi-million dollar operations involving business entity selection and formation, intellectual property protection and licensing, fundraising, international expansion, and contract enforcement and collections. Prietto received his J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, in 2008; his M.B.A. from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business; and his B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003.


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