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Community News – September 2016

 Attorney Derek Paradis of Higgs Fletcher & Mack, was recently elected to the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association’s Board of Directors.
The term is for three years, during which he and others leading the organization will help address issues facing the region’s hospitality market.
Since graduating from Thomas Jefferson School of Law as valedictorian in 2009, Paradis has been successful in handling a wide range of litigation and transactional matters; from wage and hour class actions to employment discrimination cases. While his clients often include hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Paradis works with a wide array of businesses on employment issues such as wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, intentional business torts, fraudulent transfers and unfair competition. He was nominated for the 2011 San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Young Attorneys” award, which recognizes the area’s most promising associates.

 Gomez Trial Attorneys announce the elevation of Ben Coughlan to the position of “Senior Trial Attorney.” A trial attorney with the Firm since 2012, Coughlan has already tried multiple cases to verdict. He has been honored as one of San Diego’s Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego have recognized him with the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award. Coughlan’s practice focuses on personal injury with a particular specialty in brain injury cases. In his new position, Coughlan will supervise a trial team and lead the Firm’s dedicated brain injury practice group.

 Best Best & Krieger LLP is pleased to welcome Daniel W. Kehr as a partner to the Business practice group. Based in the firm’s San Diego office, Kehr provides corporate general counsel, technology, real estate, as well as trust, estate and succession planning legal services.
Prior to joining BB&K, Kehr managed his own law firm, Kehr Law. Kehr provides legal services for a variety of clients, including individuals, entrepreneurs, investors and businesses, including start-ups and mature companies, across a broad range of industries, such as technology, software, Internet, gaming, insurance, manufacturing, distribution, real estate and professional services.
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Kehr attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his undergraduate studies. He was an NCAA intercollegiate baseball athlete. He earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in two years, and passed the California bar exam while studying for his master’s degree in tax law at the University of San Diego.

4Dinsmore & Shohl LLP continues to expand in California, welcoming Brendan R. Haberle to the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Haberle comes to Dinsmore from Rusing Lopez and Lizardi, PLLC, where he advised a wide range of clients, from local start-ups to established national and international businesses with a focus on intellectual property, technology and corporate transactions.
Prior to law school, Haberle worked with the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. Haberle earned his J.D. from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College.

5Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne is pleased to welcome to the firm Certified Legal Malpractice Law Specialist and longtime business and commercial litigation attorney, Cathleen (Cathy) Fitch.
Ms. Fitch is a Certified Legal Malpractice Law Specialist with extensive experience defending a range of businesses and professionals in negligence and fraud claims, environmental claims, Americans with Disabilities Act claims and qui tams suits. She has handled numerous tort, contract and statutory claims at the trial and appellate level. Additionally, Ms. Fitch has handled administrative matters including those before the California State Bar, the National Futures Association and the SEC.
Ms. Fitch is a former name partner of Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott, LLP, and partner at Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman, where she practiced for more than 25 years. She subsequently served as Of Counsel to the Grant Law Firm.

6Schwartz Semerdjian is pleased to announce that Catherine “Kate” Kowalewski has joined the firm as an associate.
Kowalewski is a highly accomplished attorney/Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of professional legal and business experience. She provides legal representation to businesses, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. Leveraging her unique background, she provides her clients with a broad range of business and corporate transactional services, including business entity formation, corporate finance matters, commercial contract drafting, corporate governance practices, securities matters, and providing general business and legal advice. Kowalewski was selected for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Best of the Bar and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer 4 years running in the practice areas of Business and Corporate Law. Kowalewski is an active member of Lawyers Club of San Diego having previously served as President and currently serving as Chair of the Judicial Elections Endorsement Committee.

7Epstein Grinnell & Howell recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with an open house held at their San Diego office. The firm was delighted to welcome over 200 friends, including clients, city attorney representatives, retired attorneys, staff members, current members of the Judiciary, vendors, representatives of the California Association of Community Mangers (CACM), the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and lawyers from other law firms.


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