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Community News – February 2016

1Andrew R. Nelson has been promoted to Shareholder at Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C., a leading transactional and litigation law firm based in Irvine.
Nelson leverages his 14 years of litigation experience to help clients resolve disputes, not only successfully, but cost-efficiently. His practice focuses on avoidance and resolution of commercial disputes, including those involving trade secrets, complex commercial contracts, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property issues and business practices. Nelson has represented clients coming from the financial services, defense, professional staffing, and apparelfootwear- accessories manufacturing and retail industries. A U.S. Army veteran, Nelson has a particular interest helping veteran-owned and veteran-directed businesses.
Outside the office Nelson has chaired the Orange County Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Marketing Section (2015) and is a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. Nelson earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific (2001), and his B.A. in political science and history from the University of Washington (1998).

2Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been named “Tier One” in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area. The firm received a Tier One ranking in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation for the second year in a row, and this year also received a Tier One ranking for Real Estate Litigation. The firm also was recognized for its excellence in Banking & Finance Litigation.
Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
The U.S. News—Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.

3Jennifer V. Stroffe has been promoted to Shareholder at Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C., a leading transactional and litigation law firm based in Irvine. With over 13 years of experience in complex business and real estate transactions, Stroffe acts as outside general counsel to various businesses ranging from local startups to national companies. Her practice focuses on the structuring, negotiating and closing of commercial transactions, including the acquisition, disposition and financing of businesses, real property and personal property. Stroffe provides advice to Firm clients on all types of business matters, from corporate governance, commercial contracts, licensing, leasing and the myriad other corporate and real estate issues faced by most businesses.

4Eric Traut’s client has sued Applebee’s restaurant after finding a bloody fingertip in a salad at Applebee’s Paso Robles on December 20, 2015. Last month the news made national headlines by being featured on Saturday Night Live.
“It was so gross,” says Cathleen Martin of Atascadero. “I’m on pins and needles worrying about what my family might have been exposed to,” saying she was particularly alarmed because she is expecting her first child in March. Martin, her husband, and young child had all eaten from the Chinese Chicken Salad before the bloody fingertip was seen.
Upon finding the bloody fingertip, the family then notified the restaurant which ID’d the fingertip as belonging to an employee at the location. A letter sent to the family from Applebees’ counsel nine days later indicated they would not require the cook to undergo any medical tests.
Martin’s attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has represented consumers in numerous similar cases and has found that foreign objects in food, including body parts, are not as uncommon as one would hope. Although Traut would call finding a condom in your soup a rare occurrence, he handled such a case in 2009, against Claim Jumper, raising awareness and concerns about finding non-food items in a meal. “I’d like to think diners may go out without fear of finding something dangerous, anatomical, or biological in their meal,” says attorney Eric Traut.
Traut is suing for damages including emotional distress, medical expenses for testing, and lost income.

5For the sixth year in a row, Aitken Aitken Cohn has been named a Tier One Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.
Compiled in partnership with Best Lawyers®, the U.S. News & World Report rankings were determined through a rigorous process including peer-review selections, client evaluations, and other various objective data.
In addition to the firm being recognized as a Best Law Firm, Wylie Aitken, the firm’s founding partner, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1987! This year, Aitken Aitken Cohn attorneys Christopher Aitken, Darren Aitken, Richard Cohn, Casey Johnson, Michael Penn, and Ashleigh Aitken have also been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©. Aitken Aitken Cohn would like to thank our peers and clients for recommending our firm to receive this significant honor.
Aitken Aitken Cohn strives to ensure our clients’ best interests are always first and foremost, and works tirelessly to achieve the best results for our clients. We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by our peers and will continue to provide superior legal representation.

6Easton & Easton LLP has been named a 2015 Litigator Award Winner. Having confirmed this prestigious National Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Automobile Accident and Catastrophic Injury Litigation.

7Newmeyer & Dillion is pleased to announce that a number of its partners have again been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® peer review as some of California’s Best Lawyers in multiple categories. Our partners were recognized in the following practice areas in 2016 for Newport Beach, CA: Michael S. Cucchissi Real Estate Law; Jeffrey M. Dennis Insurance Law; Gregory L. Dillion Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Construction, and Litigation – Real Estate; Joseph A. Ferrentino Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Real Estate; Thomas F. Newmeyer Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation – Real Estate; John A. O’Hara Litigation – Construction; Bonnie T. Roadarmel Insurance Law; Carol Sherman Zaist Commercial Litigation.
In addition, Greg Dillion and Tom Newmeyer were selected respectively as Orange County’s “Lawyers of the Year 2016” in Insurance Law and Construction Law. Greg Dillion and Joe Ferrentino previously have been honored as Orange County “Lawyers of the Year 2015” in Real Estate Litigation as well. “We take pride in hiring great attorneys who will deliver the highest quality service and results for our clients. This recognition confirms that we are doing just that. It is a great honor and well deserved recognition for our partners to be selected by their peers as the Best Lawyers in their fields,” said Managing Partner, Jeff Dennis.


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