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Community News – March 2015


Hittelman Law Group has changed its name to Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP as of January 1, 2015. According to Partner Steven G. Hittelman, “After several years of unparalleled success for our clients, I am proud to announce that we are changing our name to give my partner, Kerri L. Strunk, CFLS, the recognition she rightfully deserves in our firm name. We will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients, dedicated leadership in the county, and steadfast support to our colleagues.”

2Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP, is pleased to announce that Robert K. Scott has joined the firm as a partner in the Newport Beach office. Bob brings his diverse insurance practice to Newmeyer & Dillion, supplementing the firm’s full range of insurance representation. Bob’s practice includes all aspects of firstparty bad faith insurance litigation, which supports the firm’s continued growth plan. In addition to his strong litigation practice, Bob is a frequent lecturer and speaks nationwide on a variety of insurancerelated topics. Bob has practiced law in California for over 35 years. Bob has represented developers and other business, hospitals, athletes, doctors, entertainers, business executives and other individuals in an array of complex coverage issues.
3In addition, Partner John E. Van Vlear has joined the firm’s Environmental practice. John is a litigator, clean-up strategist, and real estate counselor for all aspects of contaminated sites. John’s expertise is a great addition to the Land Use and Eminent Domain practices at Newmeyer & Dillion. John practices in both state and federal courts, and represents clients before a wide range of environmental agencies. His matters typically involve a complex array of soils, water, and/or air contamination. His portfolio of projects includes airports, commercial land, industrial properties, landfills, mines, gas stations, residential properties, and Superfunds sites.

4Jennifer Keller and Kay Rackauckas, nationally prominent attorneys at Keller Rackauckas LLP in Irvine, have been named in several categories of the 2015 “Southern California Super Lawyers.” Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from a wide range of practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 5The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Jennifer Keller was named to the 2015 Top 50 Orange County Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers, and to the Business Litigation list. Kay Rackauckas was named a Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense.

6Archer Norris announced today that Partner Limor Lehavi has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Lehavi is based in the firm’s Newport Beach office.
The patented multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, identifying attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections are made by the research team at Super Lawyers®, a Thompson Reuters business. Only five percent of attorneys in California are named to this list each year.
Lehavi focuses her practice on insurance-related matters, including insurance coverage, claims analysis and evaluation, insurance bad faith litigation, agent and broker E & O, and unfair business practice cases. She was previously named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2007-2010.

7Fish & Tsang LLP announces the addition of Andrew Mar as an associate attorney to the firm’s expanding IP practice. Mar has nearly a decade of IP legal experience and specializes in prosecuting patents in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a juris doctor from Loyola Law School.

8More than 250 business and community leaders gathered on Feb.5 to celebrate the grand opening of longstanding law firm Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle’s Orange County regional office. The firm, which recently relocated to a new space to accommodate a larger footprint, and regional growth, unveiled its contemporary and collaborative design at the celebratory event.
City and state dignitaries were in attendance, including Irvine Mayor Stephen Choi, who presented Partners Mark Doyle and Daniel Gold with a certificate of recognition for its thriving practice and continued presence in Irvine.
The evening also included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, office tours, and wine and hors d’oeuvres.

9Fewer than five percent of attorneys receive the Super Lawyers recognition, and this year, all six Berger Kahn principals plus three partners have been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list. Managing Partner Craig Simon and Principal David Ezra were selected to Super Lawyers “Top 100” list for the third consecutive year and Principal Sherman Spitz is newly added to the “Top 100” list this year.
10Enjoying a sixth consecutive year on the Super Lawyers “Top 50 Orange County” list are Managing Principal Craig Simon and Principal David Ezra. Principals Sherman Spitz and Lance LaBelle are selected to the “Top 50 Orange County” Super Lawyers list for their third consecutive year. Principal Teresa Ponder is named to the Super Lawyers list for her fourth consecutive year, while principal Stephan Cohn is named to the Super Lawyers list for his third consecutive year. Partners Dale Amato and Steven Gentry are recognized to the list of Super Lawyers for the second year, and Partner Richard Collins is newly added to the list for 2015.

11For the ninth consecutive year, Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Irvine, Calif. Managing Partner James J. McDonald, Jr. was selected for inclusion in 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers®. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in California are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
For more than 30 years, McDonald has practiced labor and employment law exclusively representing management. McDonald’s practice involves litigation of all types of employment disputes, including jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, with special emphasis on wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, mental health issues in the workplace and trade secrets and unfair competition matters. He also counsels employers on labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. McDonald is lead editor of the treatise Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation (BNA Books 2001) and author of more than 50 published articles on labor and employment law. He also serves as Vice Chair and General Counsel of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.


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