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Community News – November 2016

WILLIAM D. SHAPIROOn Saturday, November 19, 2016, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) will honor William D. Shapiro, founder of the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro, as one of the association’s 2016 Top Gun Trial Lawyers of the Year. Shapiro is being recognized for his work in Government Liability. The event will be held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

MARK FOSTERDARREN V. ROMANSnell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the expansion of its Orange County office with the addition of Mark Foster as counsel in the firm’s real estate group, and Darren V. Roman as counsel in the firm’s commercial finance group. Foster joins Snell & Wilmer from Sabal Financial Group, L.P., where he served as General Counsel since 2012. Roman was most recently Of Counsel with Buchalter Nemer.
Foster has more than 18 years of legal experience in real estate and commercial finance, including over 13 years as an in-house attorney representing national and international real estate and finance companies. Most recently, Foster served as Vice President and General Counsel of Sabal Financial Group, a diversified real estate asset management and financial services platform. Prior to Sabal, Foster served as Senior Counsel for Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, where he focused on all aspects of commercial real estate acquisition, development and operations.
Roman focuses his practice on representing lenders in all types of personal property and real property secured financing transactions, asset-based loans, regulatory issues, swap transactions, and loans to Indian Tribes. In addition to his years of law firm experience working with leaders in the finance industry, Roman earned his B.S. degree in finance from Arizona State University and served for eight years as in-house counsel for a large international bank.

MICHELE D. JOHNSONThe Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) has honored Orange County litigation partner and Executive Committee member Michele D. Johnson of Latham & Watkins LLP as its “Attorney of the Year” for both her market-leading practice and her leadership roles in the community. Johnson is well-regarded for her high-stakes litigation practice and was recently recognized nationally by Law360 as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law.” She was also named by Profiles in Diversity Journal to its 14th annual “Women Worth Watching” list that acknowledges females in law firm leadership roles.
Johnson has a longstanding commitment to giving back to the community, and has served on the boards of the Public Law Center and the Orange County chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She recently received the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County’s Jurisprudence Award in recognition of her strong commitment to civil rights and to ending bigotry of all kinds.

K. ELIZABETH DUNNKEVIN DESANTISK. Elizabeth Dunn and Kevin DeSantis, formerly of Butz Dunn & DeSantis, APC, along with Christopher Walt of Walt & Associates and John Kendrick, Jr., formerly of Irvine-based Kendrick, Jackson & Kearl, PLC, have formed the new firm of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP. They are joined by partners James McFaul and David Cardone, both of whom were shareholders of the former Butz Dunn & DeSantis firm. With offices in San Diego, La Jolla and Irvine, the firm provides advisement, transaction and litigation services to its clients in California and across the U.S.
“In responding to the needs of our clients, we have developed a multi-faceted business model that allows us to effectively serve as our clients’ outsourced general counsel,” explained Kevin DeSantis, the firm’s managing partner. “We will continue to become strategic partners with our clients and work collaboratively towards their success.”
Attorneys Gregory Walt, Tracy Forbath, Allison Carcelli, Constantine Buzunis, and Jill Kirby expand Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick’s capacity to bring comprehensive representation to its clients.

H. GAVIN LONGThe Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) has named H. Gavin Long Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year for personal injury law. According to the organization’s website, Long is one of five Orange County lawyers to receive this distinction and the only attorney to be honored in the “personal injury” category. The five top trial lawyers will be recognized and celebrated during a special evening Nov. 19 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.
Long has had a tremendous track record of success during his time at Bisnar Chase since April 2012. Most recently, he secured $3 million in a pedestrian accident where the client was offered just the policy limit—$100,000. Long took the case to a jury trial despite the fact that the police faulted the pedestrian.
Long graduated from the University of Southern California in 1996 and from Whittier Law School in 1999. He was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for securing the highest grades in his study of Torts and Evidence. Long was appointed to the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Board of Governors and sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He was also admitted as a member into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an honor bestowed only on the top 1 percent of the nation's attorneys.

BRIAN W. EASTONBrian W. Easton, Trial Attorney at Easton & Easton, has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent rating, the highest level of Martindale- Hubbell’s® Peer Review Rating™ system. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of an attorney’s high ethical standards and professional abilities. Easton is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has also been selected to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®—The Top Trial Lawyers in America, and has been chosen each year since 2014 as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Brian has also received the designation of Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.

TERESA PONDERERIN MINDOROBerger Kahn Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin Mindoro are featured in the Super Lawyers Southern California “Top Women” Lists for 2016, honoring excellence in their practice of law and among the highest-ranked women in the region. A peer-reviewed journal, Super Lawyers evaluates attorneys based upon their practice of law, service to the community, and input from their peers. Berger Kahn congratulates Teresa and Erin for this esteemed recognition.


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