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Community News – October 2016

1Archer Norris is pleased to announce the recent addition of associate Colin J. Paterson. He works in the firm’s Newport Beach office, adding essential depth and breadth to the firm’s litigation practices.
Paterson focuses his practice on civil litigation including construction, products liability, bodily injury, business, environmental and transactional matters. His litigation skills include trial briefs, motions in limine, trial exhibits and jury instructions. Before joining Archer Norris, Paterson was a contract attorney in San Diego for employment attorney Ira M. Lechner, Of Counsel to the firm of Katz & Ranzman, P.C. He received his J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. from San Diego State University in 2007. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013.

2Kay Anderle, managing partner of Keller/Anderle LLP, has been named by Best Lawyers® 2016-17 as a Best Lawyer® in the practice areas of white collar criminal defense, and general practice criminal defense.
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.
With over two decades of experience and nearly 100 cases to jury verdict, Kay Anderle has earned a reputation as a leading trial attorney. She began her legal career 26 years ago in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where she spent 12 years prosecuting criminal cases.

34For the third consecutive year, Berger Kahn has been included in the Best Lawyers of America list for Southern California, an esteemed list celebrating only the top 3% of the Bar. This year, Stephan Cohn was recognized to the list of Best Lawyers for an additional category of Litigation- Insurance. Berger Kahn attorneys were listed for the many areas they demonstrate excellence in their practice of the law, including: Craig Simon— Best Lawyers 2017 – Insurance Law; Sherman Spitz—Best Lawyers 2017 Litigation – Insurance; Stephan Cohn—Best Lawyers 2017 Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, and David Ezra—Best Lawyers 2017 Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Insurance – Litigation. Berger Kahn congratulates all of those named to the list for their recognition and thanks our shareholders for bringing this honor to the firm. Umberg and Dean Zipser have again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, and that Dean has been named 2017 Orange County Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property Litigation.

56The 2017 Best Lawyers® in America have been announced and Aitken Aitken Cohn attorneys have once again been recognized. This is the 30th consecutive year that founding partner of Aitken Aitken Cohn, Wylie Aitken, has received the Best Lawyer distinction, the 5th consecutive years for partners Darren Aitken, Chris Aitken, and Richard Cohn, and the 2nd consecutive years for Ashleigh Aitken, Michael Penn, and Casey Johnson. Furthermore, the firm has the most listed lawyers in any practice area in our corporate headquarters municipality, Santa Ana, with more than double the number of attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers than any other firm in the city.

78Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys were recently selected for inclusion and will be recognized in their respective areas in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. They are Michael Cucchissi, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey M. Dennis, Insurance Law; Gregory L. Dillion Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance Law; Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate; Joseph A. Ferrentino, Litigation- Construction, Litigation, Real Estate; Thomas F. Newmeyer, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation- Real Estate; John A. O’Hara, Litigation- Construction; Bonnie T. Roadarmel, Insurance Law; Carol Sherman Zaist, Commercial Litigation.
9Greg Dillion was also named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Orange County.
Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication for the legal profession. Attorneys are chosen through intensive peer-review surveys in which leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. Best Lawyers listings are published in almost 70 countries worldwide and are recognized for their reliable and unbiased selections.

10Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that partners Carole Reagan, Thomas Umberg and Dean Zipser have again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, and that Dean has been named 2017 Orange County Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property Litigation.
Reagan was selected in the field of Litigation – Intellectual Property and has been on the “Best Lawyers” list since 2013. Umberg was selected for Commercial Litigation and has been on the list since 2008. Zipser, who was first named to Best Lawyers in 2008, was selected for five categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, and Litigation – Real Estate, as well as being honored as 2017 Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of Year for Orange County. (Dean previously was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Orange County Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation.)

11Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP has announced that it has been awarded a Tier One ranking by U.S News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the 2017 Edition of Best Law Firms for the practice area of Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law. Founding partner, Evan D. Smiley, was also awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in the same category for his work in Orange County. Smiley Wang-Ekvall attorneys have achieved placement in the Best Lawyers listing for three consecutive years since the firm’s founding in fall 2014. This is the firm’s third Tier One ranking.
“It continues to be an honor to have our attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America and our continued Tier One ranking is an achievement for the firm that reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering quality and excellence to our clients,” said Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, partner with Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. “We are especially proud of our partner Evan D. Smiley for being awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Orange County for his work in bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization law. His collaborative spirit and strong sense of leadership have contributed significantly to both the firm and our industry.”

Brian

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