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Community News – July 2016

30The Traut Firm’s Eric Traut has been elevated to ABOTA Diplomate. An ABOTA Diplomate recognition is only given by the ABOTA board after an advocate has been lead counsel in over 100 civil jury trials tried to verdict, with a long and established practice of the law and a dedicated membership to ABOTA. Many times this designation takes place after 40-50 years of practice, but Eric is proud to have achieved this designation after only 26 years.
In addition, Traut has been recently admitted to the elite list of “America’s Top 100” attorneys for Southern California as a lifetime member.

31Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys, Jennifer L. Ferrentino, Robyn E. Frick and Michael B. McClellan were selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers 2016 Rising Stars list for business litigation. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
In addition, twelve of the firm’s Newport Beach attorneys were selected to the 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list, an honor given to no more than five percent of the lawyers in California. These attorneys include: Michael S. Cucchissi, Jeffrey M. Dennis, Gregory L. Dillion, Joseph A. Ferrentino, Mark S. Himmelstein, Charles S. Krolikowski, Thomas F. Newmeyer, John A. O’Hara, Jane M. Samson, Robert K. Scott, Michael J. Studenka, and Carol S. Zaist.
Making the list since it was originally published in 2004 is co-founding litigation partner Greg Dillion who was again selected to the Top 50: 2016 Orange County Super Lawyers List. In addition, Jennifer L. Ferrentino, Robyn E. Frick, Jane M. Samson and Carol S. Zaist were listed in the 2016 Top Women Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers.

32Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce Shareholder Kevin L. Gramling has been formally accepted into membership of the highly respected American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
ABOTA selects members on an invitation-only basis among elite trial lawyers who demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and skill. Qualifying members must have completed a minimum of ten civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel, and be approved by votes of the local and national boards. The organization only accepts attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, a willingness to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy, and a commitment to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.
Kevin Gramling has tried civil cases to verdict as lead counsel in superior courts throughout California. He is the managing shareholder at the firm’s Santa Ana office and has extensive experience defending transportation, product liability, premises liability, mold and indoor air quality, and professional liability claims. Mr. Gramling is active in the legal community and served as lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

33Ashleigh Aitken, Of Counsel at Aitken Aitken Cohn, was recently announced as the honoree for the OCWomen2Women “Driving Forward in Style” Annual Event. In addition, she was also announced as the honoree for Chapman University Fowler School of Law’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 2016 Reception and The Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Third Annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner.
Chosen for “her dedicated service to the Orange County Community,” Chapman University Fowler School of Law’s Public Interest Law Foundation presented Aitken with their PILF Award for Excellence in Public Service. PILF is an organization dedicated to creating new and innovative opportunities for law students to engage in critically needed public interest work. Aitken was also honored with the Rising Leader Award at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Third Annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner.
Aitken was honored at the OCWomen2Women event benefitting the Veterans Legal Institute for her work promoting the lives and appreciation of veterans. In 2015, she played a pivotal role in the planning and creation of the veteran’s memorial, “Heroes Hall” on the O.C. Fair Grounds and she continues to call upon the community to take concrete action to assist the 3,500+ homeless veterans living on OC streets. OCWomen2Women works with select charitable organizations to enrich the lives of under-privileged women.

34For the fourth consecutive year, Berger Kahn Partner Erin Mindoro has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list including the “Southern California Top 50 Women Up-and-Coming” and “Top 25 Up-and- Coming Orange County.” Erin has achieved this designation from Super Lawyers through a detailed research process, peer evaluation, and because of her demonstration of excellence within the first ten years of practicing law.

35In addition to his repeat selection among Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2016, Matthew D. Easton, partner at Easton & Easton, has been selected among Super Lawyers’ Up-and-Coming Top 100 in Southern California and Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County for 2016. Matt has also been rated AV Preeminent once again by Martindale-Hubbell and chosen once again among The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Brian

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