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Community News – November 2015

1James R. McCormick, Jr., Esq., of Peters & Freedman, L.L.P., has been granted membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), a prestigious organization comprised of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide. Fellows of the College are recognized as the most respected community association attorneys in the country.
CCAL was established in 1993 by Community Associations Institute (CAI), with membership consisting of attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution and practice of community association law. CCAL fellows are also recognized for committing themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct. CCAL provides a forum for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals working for the advancement of community association governance. Its goals include promoting high standards of professional and ethical responsibility, improving and advancing community association law and practice, and facilitating the development of educational materials and programming pertaining to legal issues.
With over 19 years in the community association industry, McCormick has served on various industry committees, presented at numerous CAI events and published many homeowners association-related articles in both print and digital format. McCormick chaired the San Diego CAI Legislative Support Committee (CLAC) for several years and currently serves on the CAI Coachella Valley CLAC committee and the CAI Orange County PR Committee. McCormick also cofounded and serves on the CAI Coachella Valley PR/Marketing Committee.

2Certified Family Law Specialist Hollie A. Lemkin has joined Orange County firm Bohm Wildish LLP as a partner to add her expertise to the firm’s growing Southern California family law practice. Lemkin’s experience includes all aspects of marital dissolution, including spousal and child support, parenting plans, post-judgment modifications, and moveaways/ relocation challenges. She handles paternity, domestic violence, same-sex marriage issues and mediation.
Lemkin, a former corporate executive, employs her exemplary negotiation skills toward crafting personalized and distinct plans for marital dissolutions and child custody, the hallmark of any outstanding family law practice. Lemkin has exclusively practiced family law in Orange County since 2001, receiving the Certified Specialist designation in 2011. Before that, she worked in management and operations for General Electric Capital and the Koll Company. She earned her Juris Doctor from Western State University, after completing a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

8Smiley Wang-Ekvall, is celebrating its first anniversary by expanding its business litigation practice. Two new attorneys will join the firm to focus on representing clients in all areas of business litigation.
As a firm that specializes in business litigation, real estate transactions, and bankruptcy and insolvency matters, the attorneys at Smiley Wang-Ekvall have extensive experience in this field and consists of partners from the former firm, Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP.
Sharon O. Sung and Cristina A. Guido will join the SWE office in Costa Mesa. The firm is headquartered in Costa Mesa, with an office in Los Angeles and serves clients locally, regionally and nationwide.

4Attorneys at Easton & Easton, LLP have received multiple recognitions recently. Partner Doug Easton was chosen for the 10th consecutive year as one of The Best Lawyers in America.
Brian and Matt Easton were each selected to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® - The Top Trial Lawyers in America® (an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States). In addition, Doug and Matt Easton were each selected among the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in California for 2015 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

5Berger Kahn attorney Erin Mindoro has been elevated to the rank of Principal at the firm. Having served as an associate since 2011, and having practiced law since 2008, Erin is a contributor to the firm’s long-running Key Decisions newsletter, an Associate Board member with the O.C. Bar Foundation, author of numerous employment law columns for consumers and attorneys alike in prestigious publications and journals, and honoree of recognitions and awards including the list of Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers “Up-and-Coming 25 in Orange County,” and Avvo “Clients’ Choice.”
“We have a phenomenal group of attorneys at Berger Kahn and I am very proud to see Erin join our esteemed group of partners” says Craig Simon, Managing Partner of Berger Kahn. “Erin has demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration and dedication during her years at Berger Kahn, and we look forward to great things ahead,” Simon added.

6Jennifer Keller, a nationally recognized attorney with the Irvine law firm of Keller Rackauckas LLP, has been named by Best Lawyers® 2015-16 as a Best Lawyer® in the practice areas of commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and non-white collar criminal defense. Kay Rackauckas, managing partner of Keller Rackauckas LLP, has also been named by Best Lawyers®’ 2015-16 as a Best Lawyer® in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar.


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