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Community News – June 2015

Recently, award-winning employment and labor law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP hosted a seminar for more than 30 Inland Empire business and HR leaders at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside. The presentation focused on hot litigation trends in the region and provided business leaders with important information on proactive steps to ensure legal compliance. This was the first Inland Empire-based seminar for CDF in 2015.1

2W. Douglas Easton, of Easton & Easton LLP, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

3Bick Law Group, a new firm focused on environmental law, has officially launched in Newport Beach, bringing together three respected attorneys with many years of experience at top-tier global law firms. Under the leadership of founding partner Kimberly L. Bick, the firm is committed to providing clients with high-level environmental counsel at affordable prices in a boutique legal setting.
Joining Bick at the new firm are Gabriel Padilla, an environmental law specialist formerly with Bingham McCutchen and Arnold & Porter, and James Sabovich, formerly with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he was Deputy Co-Chair of the Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Practice Group and Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments Practice Group. Padilla and Sabovich each have more than a decade of experience in complex environmental and general litigation matters, including mass tort and resource damages litigation in the United States and abroad, CERCLA cost recovery litigation, Proposition 65 litigation and NEPA/ CEQA litigation.
“Our goal at Bick Law Group is to provide a level of service unequaled in today’s legal market, and partnering with our clients at a fraction of the fees charged by other firms,” explains Bick. “A profound dedication to client needs, combined with our unique expertise and years of experience, results in excellent client outcomes.”

4Brown & Charbonneau, LLP is pleased to announce that, for the 8th year in a row, business trial lawyer Gregory G. Brown has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in California. Only 5% of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers, which undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Mr. Brown is a partner in the Irvine Business & Family Law firm of Brown & Charbonneau, LLP. Mr. Brown is a Certified Trial Specialist and has received many awards for his success, including the Prestigious Martindale-Hubbell “AV Rating” and the AVVO “Superb 10.0/10.0” rating. Mr. Brown is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been honored by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Leaders in Law.”

5The 22 high school seniors who graduated from the Higher Education Mentoring Program didn’t just celebrate completion of the 18-month educational and cultural mentoring program for Hispanic, low-income, first generation Santa Ana collegebound students, they received scholarships ranging from $1000-$1500 each plus a “college starter kit” with all dorm room supplies, bedding, backpack, and more valued at another $570 dollars, at the Orange County Bar Foundation Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation keynoted by the Honorable Francisco F. Firmat (ret.), May 20.
With over $1M in scholarships awarded since inception in 2002, 60 graduates of the program now holding BA or BS degrees, and another 90 currently in a 4-year institution, the Higher Education Mentoring Program is a success story serving an area with only a 21% rate of college attendance.
Chris Wesierski, OCBF 2015 Board President, said, “This year, one of our biggest scholarship funding sources discontinued funding new scholarships. To fill the funding gap, our board and our food and wine society members very generously stepped up so that students may continue to have a bright future ahead.”

6Anaheim City Council recently approved the hiring of AAC founding partner, Wylie Aitken, as the new lead negotiator to represent Anaheim in the Angels Stadium lease negotiations. Aitken is replacing Charles Black, who led the previous round of negotiations. Aitken was first proposed by Mayor Tom Tait to replace Black in March and was heralded as the best choice. A prominent local trial attorney, Aitken brings a great deal of experience brokering high-level deals in legal cases and talent for bringing people together. His law firm, Aitken Aitken Cohn, has handled a number of high-profile negotiations, notably serving as liaison counsel in the 2003 Metrolink train crash and as state liaison counsel in the 2014 nationwide Toyota litigation, as well as other business litigation.

7Two partners from Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP recently delivered more than 25,000 diapers to HomeAid Orange County as part of the Builders For Babies Diaper Drive. Newmeyer & Dillion attorneys Ryan Manning and Laura Watkins Ives drove a 14’ U-Haul truck filled with diapers to Costa Mesa on Friday, May 1. This is the third consecutive year that Newmeyer & Dillion has participated in the donation drive for HomeAid Orange County, an organization providing temporary shelter for homeless people.


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