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Community News – April 2016

1Berger Kahn was recently listed Among “Top Law Firms” in O.C. Business Journal. The Orange County Business Journal ranks the most esteemed law firms in the region and Berger Kahn was proudly named to their list of “Top Law Firms.”

2Gunnar Gundersen, partner with intellectual property, technology, and media law firm One LLP, drafted an amicus brief on March 7 in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a copyright case currently pending in the Supreme Court. The brief was filed on behalf of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
In this case, the Supreme Court will examine what standard should be used to determine attorneys’ fees in copyright cases. The case arose from a dispute over whether Mr. Kirtsaeng, the defendant and prevailing party in the case, is entitled to attorneys’ fees.
“The Supreme Court’s decision will have a significant impact on the current standards of determining attorneys’ fees,” says Mr. Gundersen. “More specifically, in this case, the Supreme Court will determine if using the reasonableness of the losing party’s claim should always be a significant factor in how attorneys’ fees are awarded.”

3At the recent Orange County State of the Market real estate conference, held in Irvine, more than 300 commercial real estate professionals attended the event.
Friedman Stroffe & Gerard shareholder and attorney Jennifer Stroffe, who moderated the “Capital Markets - How and Where Deals Are Getting Done” panel, said experts are divided on whether there will be a downturn in the commercial real estate market this year. Her ad hoc poll of conference attendees was unanimous—no one expects a downturn in 2016! Jennifer’s panel members included: Brian Good, President, Eagle Group Finance; Jason Krupoff, SVP, Bellwether Enterprise; Kevin Kaberna, Senior Managing Director, Greystar Real Estate Partners; and Seth Grossman, Managing Director, Meridian Capital Group.

4Jennifer Keller, a nationally prominent attorney at Keller/ Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been named to the 2016 “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.” The list is said to be “the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas.” Keller has been named annually to the list since 2012.
Jennifer Keller specializes in bet-the-company trials across varied practice areas that include commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, intellectual property and class actions, among others. She has won hundreds of millions of dollars for her clients in jury trials, settled other cases in the tens of millions, and successfully defended many more.
Her firm, Keller/Anderle LLP, is among the premier boutique litigation firms in California. Ms. Keller and Managing Partner Kay Anderle have over 250 jury trials between them. Unique among law firms handling high profile, bet-the-company cases of such a caliber is that both name partners are women, and the firm is women-owned. Among its clients are MGA Entertainment and its CEO Isaac Larian; Michael Ovitz, the Creative Artists Agency founder and former Chairman of the Walt Disney Company; Henry Nicholas, the co-founder of Broadcom; American International Group (AIG); MassMutual Insurance Company; and the McGraw Hill Companies (in The United States v. The McGraw-Hill Companies, the government’s civil suit alleging that the rating agency Standard & Poor’s improperly rated certain mortgage-backed securities).

5With more than $4,000 raised for the OC Bar Foundation OC Marathon team, Eric Traut, of the Traut firm, is a leading fundraiser for the Orange County Bar Foundation OC Marathon team, along with his staff. The Traut Firm’s team will be participating in various ways in the Orange County Marathon, using the run as an opportunity to support the local charity, a non-profit committed to promoting health, safety and education for Orange County’s at-risk youth. According to Traut, “I was the 2014 President and saw first-hand the many great things that this group does through its youth programs.”

6Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the expansion of its Orange County office with the addition of Dwight Kim as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property group. Kim comes to Snell & Wilmer from Gamblit Gaming, LLC where he was Intellectual Property Associate Counsel.
Kim focuses his practice on intellectual property law. He has significant experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications (U.S. and foreign) in various fields, including software, telecommunications technology, computer networking and medical devices. He also has experience in managing and building a patent portfolio. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley —College of Engineering, where he was a student member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Kim earned his J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law, where he received a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and was a member of both the Intellectual Property Law Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Kim is licensed to practice law in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brian

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