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Community News – August 2015

1On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, more than 40 seniors, community leaders and advocates gathered at Laguna Woods City Hall with Laura’s House, a nonprofit rebuilding the lives of domestic violence and elder abuse victims, and Kerri Kasem, proud daughter of late radio legend Casey Kasem and founder of Kasem Cares Foundation, to shed light on an issue affecting hundreds and thousands of older persons each year—elder abuse.
At the event, Kasem commemorated her father’s life and shared a message of hope—that one day all 50 states will pass laws protecting elders from abuse—and encouraged seniors to become educated on financial issues and healthy relationships. Laura’s House Legal Director Adam Dodge also provided information on no-cost community programs and resources available for seniors experiencing, or at risk of, abuse.

2The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) has named Aitken Aitken Cohn its 2015 Community Partner of the Year. The award is reserved for only those community partners that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the CRF-OC and its civic literary programs. Aitken Aitken Cohn will join the ranks of previous award honorees, including Pacific Life Foundation and Jones Day. The firm was selected for demonstrating “remarkable leadership and commitment to the organization for nearly fifteen years.”
The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is a non-profit, non-partisan education organization dedicated to empowering Orange County youth to be active, responsible citizens. Since 1981, the CRF-OC continues to provide high-quality, interactive civic and lawrelated education programs that connect students directly with volunteer professionals and community leaders.

3Four new attorneys have joined Gomez Trial Attorneys’ growing team. Russell Gold joins the firm as a highly experienced civil litigator. Prior to joining GTA, Russ was a founding partner of a premiere boutique litigation firm.
Ahmed Diab also joins the firm. Ahmed comes to GTA after serving as the Managing Partner for a national law firm’s San Diego office. Ahmed will help GTA’s clients in the firm’s defective medical device and pharmaceuticals division.
Ben Wohlfeil joins the firm after working as an Assistant District Attorney in Alaska. Ben will work in the firm’s personal injury division. Finally, Kristen Barton joins the firm as a first-year attorney. She works in the firm’s Complex Department, with a focus on mass torts, class actions and environmental litigation.
Gomez Trial Attorneys, founded in 2005, exponential growth is the result of “doing great work for great clients one case at a time,” according to founding attorney John Gomez.

4Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Usama Kahf and Boris Sorsher, in the firm’s Irvine, Calif. office, are listed in Southern California Rising Stars as two of the top attorneys in the region for 2015. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Southern California are selected for the designation.
Kahf counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, employee discipline and termination, and trade secrets. He also regularly advises clients on workplace investigations and employee classification issues, as well as on document retention and preservation obligations under state and federal law.
Sorsher focuses his practice area in all areas of labor and employment law, including defense of class actions. He has successfully represented clients in mediation, arbitration, as well as state and federal court proceedings.

5Jennifer Keller, a nationally prominent attorney at Keller Rackauckas LLP in Irvine, has been named to the list of “Top Women Lawyers of 2015,” as selected by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. Keller tries complex business and white collar criminal cases and is one of the state’s most highly regarded trial lawyers. This is the seventh time Keller has been selected for the Top Women Lawyers award.
The Daily Journal list is devoted to honoring excellent lawyering and leadership skills among women attorneys in California, seeking to recognize work that is having a broad impact on the community, nation and society. Keller’s firm has just ten lawyers but the firm is continuously recognized with national and statewide honors.
Jennifer Keller is one of California’s premier trial lawyers. She has tried over 150 cases to jury verdict, ranging from complex civil matters—including business and intellectual property cases—to white collar to murder. She has received innumerable awards for excellence as a trial lawyer and excels at “bet the company” litigation. Ms. Keller is listed annually in “The Best Lawyers in America®” and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2012, California Lawyer Magazine named her a “California Attorney of the Year” for extraordinary achievements in litigation. She is the only person ever to be named by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association as Business Litigation Trial Lawyer of the Year (in 2010) and as Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the year (in 2000).


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