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Community News – April 2015

1Archer Norris is pleased to announce that attorney Patrick R. Ball has been named the 2015 Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) Mock Trial Attorney Coach of the Year. Ball, along with several other local attorneys, serves as an attorney-coach for the Rosary High School mock trial team.
A member of the Archer Norris complex litigation and trial practice group, Ball focuses his practice on product liability, regulatory compliance, class action defense and commercial litigation, including employment law and business-related torts. He has significant experience representing various consumer product companies in complex litigation cases. Ball has defended class actions venued in both state and federal court focused upon unfair competition and false advertising claims. Ball received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, in 2006 (Phi Delta Phi Honor Society) and his B.S. from Pepperdine University, B.S., cum laude, in 2002.

2Irvine business litigation attorney Gregory G. Brown again represented the owners of one of Orange County’s most successful restaurateurs against their former partners. The ownership group split up back in December 2012, where each group took two (2) of the four (4) restaurants. This transaction had been valued at approximately $4,000,000+. This settlement occurred after the other side unsuccessfully tried to take over the chain of restaurants in November 2012.
Shortly after this settlement negotiated by Mr. Brown, the Defendants violated the agreement, including improper use of Brown’s client’s name, likeness and proprietary recipes. The case was scheduled for trial on January 12, 2015.
Days before trial, the defendants agreed to a court-ordered Permanent Injunction, damages and disgorgement of their wrongfully obtained profits. Plaintiffs also recouped all of their attorneys’ fees. Gregory G. Brown is a Board Certified Trial Specialist and Partner in the Irvine, CA business and divorce law firm of Brown & Charbonneau, LLP. The firm handles all types of business and partnership disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, trade secret and unfair competition suits, employment disputes, divorce and family law, real estate and construction litigation, and general civil litigation.

3Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), has announced Lindsay Ayers and Garrett Jensen as partners. In their new leadership capacities, Ayers and Jensen will support CDF’s employment litigation and trial practice groups. Both attorneys have been with the firm for a number of years.
Ayers, who joined CDF in 2012, is a trial attorney with more than a decade of legal experience. She frequently litigates on behalf of California employers in state and federal courts on employment-related claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment as well as claims of unfair competition, breach of contract and various business torts.
Jensen’s practice includes defending companies in consumer and business class actions along with labor and employment class action and single plaintiff matters related to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour disputes. He also advises employers on preventative measures to avoid litigation, and shares his insights on emerging legal issues as a contributing author for California Employment Law.

4Brian Chase, Senior Partner at the Newport Beach personal injury law firm of Bisnar | Chase, has been named as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers in the state of California, by the National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers (NAOPIA). According to a congratulatory letter sent by the organization, NAOPIA chose Chase to receive their highest honor because of the hard work and dedication he has shown in protecting the rights of the injured.
According to NAOPIA’s website, the organization’s main goal is discovering and recognizing the top 10 personal injury lawyers in each state. The attorneys who make the NAOPIA Top 10 list must first be nominated by a licensed attorney. Then, the organization’s research staff verifies that the lawyers meet the minimum requirements for membership. Fifty of the nominated attorneys are then selected to advance as finalists. NAOPIA’s Board of Governors officially selected the Top 10 in each state. The Top 10 in each state are selected from more than one million injury lawyers nationwide.

5In an effort to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association, Newmeyer & Dillion Managing Partner Jeff Dennis issued a challenge to fellow Orange County attorneys to join the fight against Heart Disease.
The Newmeyer & Dillion team had more than 225 walkers participate in the March 7th OC Heart Walk held at Angel’s Stadium. The Newmeyer & Dillion team raised more than $30,000, with those challenged by Dennis raising another $30,000 for a total of more than $60,000 in donations for the American Heart Association.

6Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced the elevation of Craig C. Glorioso to shareholder in its Orange County office. Glorioso focuses his practice on real estate, financing, and business transactions. His experience includes representing individuals, corporations, real estate funds, and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in all aspects of the purchase, sale, financing, and maintenance of residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, and industrial portfolios. Glorioso also advises clients in connection with originations, purchase, participations, workouts, and restructurings of senior and subordinate mortgage and mezzanine debt. Glorioso received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. from Ohio University.

7Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Weldon, partner in the firm’s Orange County office, was elected as the President Elect of the Board of Directors for Girls Incorporated® of Orange County (Girls Inc. of Orange County).
She began her one-year term as President Elect on January 1, 2015. Girls Inc. of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for almost 60 years. Their mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They put their mission to practice by equipping girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Girls Inc. of Orange County positively changes the lives of 5,000 girls, ages four and half to 18 each year, by providing year-round holistic programming focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships and college and career readiness. Weldon has been part of this non-profit organization for more than four years, serving on the Board of Directors since 2011, most recently as Secretary since January 2013.

8Rutan & Tucker, LLP has committed to another annual gift of $15,000 to Chapman University Fowler School of Law (“Chapman”). With the addition of this year’s gift, the grand total of Rutan’s contributions to Chapman is $235,000 over the past several years.
Having earned a “Top Schools” ranking in U.S. News and World Report, ABA accredited Chapman is a forum where diverse and highly accomplished faculty members provide students with a combination of personalized instruction and real-world clinical and courtroom experience. Chapman’s academic programs provide the best of both worlds: foundational accredited legal instruction coupled with a varied selection of specific concentrations, joint degrees, and Master of Laws degrees.
“We hold Chapman in the highest regard, and we are delighted to continue our annual support of the school’s efforts to expand its scholarship fund. Rutan intends to support this exceptional program for decades to come as the future leaders of our legal community graduate from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law,” said Steve Nichols, the firm’s managing partner.


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