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Community News – February 2017

Richard W. Millar, Jr.Richard W. Millar, Jr. has joined Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. (“FSG”) as Of Counsel. Millar will work in FSG’s Litigation and Real Estate & Construction groups. FSG is a leading transactional and litigation law firm based in Irvine.
Millar has been a practicing attorney in California for approximately 50 years. He is well-known in the Orange County legal community as a top litigator and as a regular columnist for “Orange County Lawyer Magazine” (official publication of the Orange County Bar Association) with over 160 articles published. Millar’s practice is primarily business, real estate, and construction litigation. Over the years, he has been hired by almost every title insurance company operating in Southern California to litigate real estate title issues. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict and handled over 50 Appeals. Millar has represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in a wide variety of construction disputes.
Millar has received Martindale-Hubbell’s A-V rating for 35 years. The A-V rating is the highest rating possible for both legal ability and ethics. He has a 10 AVVO rating and is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

DALE AMATOSTEVEN GENTRYFewer than five percent of attorneys receive the Super Lawyers recognition, and this year all five Berger Kahn shareholders and two of its long-tenured attorneys have been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers List, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
While named to the list of Super Lawyers for many years, shareholder David Ezra was selected to Super Lawyers “Top 100” list for the fifth consecutive year. Enjoying an eighth consecutive year on the Super Lawyers “Top 50 Orange County” list are Managing Shareholder Craig Simon and shareholder David Ezra. Shareholder Sherman Spitz has been selected to the “Top 50 Orange County” Super Lawyers list for his fifth consecutive year and joins the “Top 100” list. Shareholder Teresa Ponder has been named to the Super Lawyers list for her sixth consecutive year, and shareholder Stephan Cohn is named to the Super Lawyers list for his fifth consecutive year. Attorneys Dale Amato and Steven Gentry are also recognized to the list of Super Lawyers for the fourth year.

KETAN S. VAKILJEFF SINGLETARYSnell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Partner Ketan S. Vakil has assumed the role of administrative partner for the firm’s Orange County office effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Vakil succeeds Bill O’Hare, who steps down from the position after leading the Orange County office for more than 20 years. Mr. O’Hare remains active in his practice as a senior commercial litigation partner, continues to serve on the firm’s executive committee and will maintain his presence in the community.
Snell & Wilmer is also pleased to announce that Orange County counsel Jeff Singletary has been elected to join the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2017. He is among the firm’s ten attorneys who were recently elected.
Singletary concentrates his practice on business litigation in state and federal courts. He represents clients in matters involving breach of contract, business competition torts, real estate, public and private construction projects and various intellectual property litigation matters, including trademark, trade dress, trade secret and patent claims. Singletary received his J.D. magna cum laude from University of San Diego School of Law where he served as executive editor of the San Diego Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder.

JAIMI GROOTHUISThe Orange County Women Lawyers Association announced twelve Orange County Bar Association members as its officers and directors for 2017. These new officers and directors include: President Michelle Tran, Law Offices of Michelle L. Tran; President-Elect Jaimi Groothuis, Bently & More, LLP; Vice-President Michelle Philo, Adtile Technologies Inc., and Secretary Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Hostrom, Block & Parke APLC.

MARIA R. HARRINGTONLittler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has elevated 10 attorneys based in California to shareholder and principal status, effective January 1, 2017, including Maria R. Harrington, who is based in the firm’s Irvine office.
Harrington advises and counsels employers on a variety of employment law matters, including human resources audits, leaves of absence and paid sick leave, performance management, policies and handbooks, and reductions in force. She is licensed to practice in California and Hawaii, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving discrimination and harassment, fair employment practices, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. She appears before state and federal courts, as well as state administrative agencies. Harrington earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine.

DANIEL ROBINSONThe Orange County Bar Association is pleased to share that Board Member Daniel Robinson has been installed as president of the Orange County Bar Foundation for 2017 after serving as president-elect last year. Robinson is a partner at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., where he specializes in civil litigation. Robinson received his B.A. from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.


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