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Community News – December 2016

1Berger Kahn is proud to be listed among the finest firms in the country with this recognition to the list of “Best Law Firms” in Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law. The Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranking is based on a rigorous process of evaluation that includes peer reviews, client reviews, and more and is reserved for less than 4% of all law firms.

ANDREW R. GRAYLatham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that 27 associates have been elected to the partnership and 28 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2017. The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments who are based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, providing clients with a breadth of resources and experience in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers.
DANIEL E. REESIn Orange County, Andrew R. Gray has been promoted to Partner. Gray is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on securities litigation and professional liability. He represents public companies, directors and officers in securities class action suits, shareholder derivative litigation, corporate control and merger disputes, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and other complex litigation. Gray received his JD from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2007.
Daniel E. Rees has also been promoted to Partner. He is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses a broad spectrum of corporate matters, including M&A, capital markets and other strategic transactions, as well as takeover defense, securities law compliance and corporate governance. His clients include companies and investment banking firms in public and private transactions and various securities offerings, including initial public offerings. Rees received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007.

TOM UMBERGCalifornia's legal newspaper, The Daily Journal, has named Umberg Zipser (U/Z) as one of the Top Boutique Law Firms in California for 2016—one of only 20 firms statewide receiving this distinction. The annual Top Boutiques list honors law firms that have achieved exceptional results in one practice area—Umberg Zipser was selected for Litigation.
The Daily Journal’s article featured an in-depth discussion of the firm’s representation of the California State Controller’s office with co-counsel Manatt Phelps & Phillips against software giant SAP in a case involving the multi-million-dollar failure of the largest government payroll modernization effort in the nation, noting the firm’s “unique qualifications for dealing with matters at the intersection of law and government.” After several years of litigation, the case settled earlier this year with a $59 million payment to the Controller’s Office, plus agreement from SAP to drop a $23 million claim.
The article notes co-founding partner Tom Umberg’s government experience as a legislator, combined with his litigation expertise, as critical in successfully resolving the State Controller’s case against SAP. It mentions Umberg’s observation that, "There’s a history that when government gets shortchanged, it can’t always successfully hold a private party accountable. I don’t think SAP understood that the controller wasn’t going to back down.”

PAMELA LIOSITraut Firm has announced that Pamela Liosi has been confirmed by the National Board in Lake Tahoe as a new member of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA. With a track record of legal leadership, Pamela served two terms as President of the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County in 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, California State Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and she serves on the board of the Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court as Membership Chairperson. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing at Western State College of Law.

JEFF DENNISNewmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that U.S. News–Best Lawyers® recognized six practice areas from its Orange County office for inclusion in its Best Law Firms rankings for 2017. Five of the six areas were ranked as tier 1, the highest ranking available, including commercial litigation, construction law, insurance law, litigationconstruction and litigation-real estate. Real estate law was also recognized as tier 3.
Jeff Dennis, Newmeyer & Dillion’s Managing Partner, believes these rankings reflect the quality of work Newmeyer & Dillion offers. “Our firm was built on the culture of excellent personalized service and achieving the best results possible. This is a great honor for our firm knowing that our clients and peers value the offerings we provide.”
Firms included in the 2017 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

GREG BROWNBrown & Charbonneau, LLP congratulates top-rated business attorney Gregory G. Brown, who has been selected for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list—an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The annual Best Lawyers list has been published since 1983 and, for the last 6 years, has been published in the U.S. News & World Report. “It is an honor to receive this important peer recognition from The Best Lawyers in America,” said Gregory G. Brown. “Since the firm was founded in 2002, our firm has been committed to providing the highest quality legal services to all of our clients. We look at this recognition as a reminder of this founding commitment.”


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