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Community News – May 2016

1Bick Law Group is pleased to announce that Alan N. Bick, a pre-eminent environmental lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the firm as its new co-managing partner.
Mr. Bick joins the firm following his retirement from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a partner in the Orange County office. Mr. Bick practiced environmental law at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for more than 25 years and cochaired the Environmental Practice Group.
Mr. Bick has extensive experience in cost recovery actions under CERCLA, RCRA, and the state equivalents; defense of agency enforcement actions; mass and toxic tort defense; natural resource damage actions; and CEQA, NEPA and ESA litigation. He also advises clients on environmental compliance issues and environmental audits, and provides legal advice on due diligence and allocation of risks in real estate and corporate transactions.
Mr. Bick graduated from Stanford Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Between college and law school, Mr. Bick worked on Wall Street in investment banking.

2Pamela Liosi and Eric Traut recently spoke at the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association April 26th event on Expedited Jury Trials. Called the “Nuts and Bolts of California Expedited Jury Trials,” Traut and Liosi presented a 1-hour MCLE addressing the statutory requirements of expedited jury trials. Pamela Liosi is a plaintiff’s attorney with 20 years’ experience handling personal injury, wrongful death, assault, sexual assault, dog attacks and slip-and-fall cases. With a track record of legal leadership, Liosi served two terms as President of the Italian American Bar Association of Orange County – Lex Romana in 2013 and 2014 and maintains memberships and board positions with the California State Bar Association, Italian Bar Association of Orange County – Lex Romana, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Banyard Inn of Court, and many others.

3Newmeyer & Dillion is pleased to announce that April E. Frisby has joined the firm as of-counsel in the Newport Beach office.
April has over fifteen years of corporate and securities experience representing public and private companies and other business professions in a wide range of business matters including entity formation and compliance, contracts, private placements and M&A. She also is experienced in estate planning and administration.
April has served as an adjunct law professor at both Whittier Law School and Western State College of Law teaching courses such as Transactional Legal Writing, Contract Drafting, Securities Regulation and Wills & Trusts. April is a contributing writer to the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) blog and is currently authoring a chapter on conversions of corporations for its corporate series.

4The Daily Journal and California Lawyer magazine recently honored Snell & Wilmer attorney Lindsey Martínez, who helped secure a groundbreaking victory for transgender women seeking asylum and legal protection in the United States.
In March 2015, Martínez argued the case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seeking to overturn an intermediate immigration court’s decision to refuse her client’s claim for legal status in the United States based upon alleged past and future persecution and torture. The case was one of three brought by the Public Law Center, along with pro bono counsel from three separate law firms, on behalf of transgender asylum seekers and all three cases were argued on the same day before the same Ninth Circuit judicial panel.
Decisions were rendered on the same day for all three cases, and the published opinion in Avendano-Hernandez v. Lynch is far reaching and precedent setting.
At Snell & Wilmer, Martínez concentrates her practice on business, franchise, intellectual property and construction litigation in state and federal court. She is also active in pro bono work assisting indigent non-immigrant victims of crime.
Martínez received the California State Bar’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award in the recently admitted category in 2014 and the Wiley W. Manual Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service from 2012-2015.

5Maria Z. Stearns, an Employment Partner at Rutan & Tucker LLP, has been selected as President of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance (HLSWA), a global organization for women alumnae of Harvard Law School which provides a forum for discussion, networking, and mentorship. She has been President of the group’s Southern California chapter since its inception 5 years ago.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to lead a group that is dedicated to building a strong global network of Harvard Law School alumnae,” says Stearns, who graduated from Harvard Law in 2002.
Stearns is active in various professional associations, including serving as a Board Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter; committee member of the Orange County Bar Association; and legal update speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel and the National Human Resources Association. She has been listed as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Women lawyers in California each year since 2014 and a Super Lawyer since 2014. For 2016, Stearns was one of five employment attorneys selected to Law360’s national list of top attorneys under 40.


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