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Community News – September 2015

1Fish & Tsang LLP (F&T), an Irvine-based intellectual property law firm, recently was recognized for its efforts to stomp out MS at the National MS Society - Pacific South Coast Chapter’s annual awards luncheon. Nearly 100 MS champions gathered to celebrate the success of the 2015 Walk MS, and honored top fundraisers, supporters and volunteers. As the first Orange County-based title sponsor for the Irvine Walk MS, F&T’s efforts contributed to the more than $1.5 million raised in 2015.
Affecting more than 2.3 million people worldwide, MS is a debilitating disease that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the body. To learn how you can help, please visit

2Matt Easton, Partner at Easton & Easton, LLP, received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV Preeminent” Rating recently. The “AV Preeminent” rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is only earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

3Celebrating inclusion on the Best Lawyers list for a second year in a row, Eric Traut has been included among the Best Lawyers of America list for Southern California, an esteemed list celebrating only the top 3% of the Bar.
Traut was selected for inclusion in the practice area of Personal Injury— Plaintiffs, acknowledging the excellence Eric demonstrates in his practice of law and as a personal injury attorney. Eric has served on many high-profile cases including the Seal Beach Shootings civil case. On the cutting edge of new civil proceedings, Eric is among the very first to utilize the new Expedited Jury Trial method, a technique for which he was recently featured in the Daily Journal, and has given many lectures and seminars on this new, and necessary, trial method to other attorneys.
Eric also gives back to the community, having instituted a new annual $1,000 scholarship through the Orange County Bar Foundation for high-performing, low-income students to receive assistance in going to college. In addition, he is a fellow of the O.C. Bar Foundation and donated $15,000 to produce a video describing each of the important programs which help empower underprivileged youth in his home county and is displayed on the Bar Foundation website.
Says Traut, “It is an honor to be acknowledged by the finest peerreviewed list in the country for the work I do helping my clients achieve justice following a personal injury or wrongful death.”

4Fisher & Phillips LLP recently celebrated 25 years of success in Orange County by hosting a private event held at the Orange County Museum of Art earlier this summer. Reflecting on the firm’s expansion, James McDonald, managing partner and co-founder of the Irvine, office credits the Orange County location as the impetus for the firm’s growth into the Western U.S. market. The firm continues on a path of strategic growth and recently announced the opening of its 31st office on the West Coast.
“We were sent to start an office in L.A., but after looking around there a bit we realized L.A. already had plenty of lawyers. Orange County was just taking off as a business center in its own right, and it seemed like a much better place for us to get started,” commented James J. McDonald, Jr., co-founder and managing partner of the firm’s Irvine office. The firm also expanded its practice beyond O.C. to San Diego, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and then to Nevada and Arizona as well.

56For the second consecutive year, Berger Kahn has been included in the Best Lawyers of America list for Southern California, an esteemed list celebrating only the top 3% of the bar.
Managing Partner Craig Simon was selected for inclusion in the practice area of Insurance Law and David Ezra for Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation—Insurance. New to the list this year, Sherman Spitz is named to the list for Litigation—Insurance, Lance LaBelle for Insurance Law, and Stephan Cohn for Insurance Law.

Says Managing Partner Craig Simon, “Berger Kahn congratulates all of those named to the list for their recognition and thanks our shareholders for bringing so much honor to the firm.”

7Branded and private label apparel products manufacturer Delta Galil Industries, an Israeli company, has agreed to acquire the P.J. Salvage brand and other assets from Irvinebased Loomworks Apparel for an undisclosed amount. Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. partner Bryan Friedman and associate Jennifer Stroffe represented Loomworks Apparel in all legal aspects of the transaction. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Loomworks Apparel, Inc., doing business as P.J. Salvage, manufactures and distributes loungewear and intimates for women. It markets and sells its products through retail boutiques and department stores in the United States. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Irvine, California. P.J. Salvage is known for its luxury fabrics that are available in leading high-end department store chains and specialty boutiques.
Per FSG shareholder Bryan Friedman, “We have represented a number of clients this year in M&A deals; the market has been very active. We were pleased to help Loomworks Apparel achieve their legal objectives in this important transaction.”


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