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Community News – February 2018

Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that Jeff Reeves has joined the firm as its newest litigation partner. Jeff is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on litigating complex business disputes. He represents companies from the sports, nutrition, apparel, life sciences, entertainment and other industries in business and tort cases, including handling high-profile endorsement contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation cases, and data breach class actions.
Jeff has dedicated a substantial part of his career to serving the Orange County community. He recently received the Anti-Defamation League’s Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award. He also serves in a variety of leadership roles, including with the Orange County Bar Association, and sitting on the boards of the Orange County Bar Foundation, the Orange County Business Council, Hoag Charity Sports Events, DiscoveryCube, ExplorOcean and the MIND Research Institute. He is a past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Thomas F. Martin was recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in workers’ compensation law – claimants. Hosted by Best Lawyers, the publication selects its honorees by conducting a rigorous peer-review survey, which includes more than 7.4 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Martin has continuously been included in this list since 1999.
“To be included in The Best Lawyers in America publication is truly an honor. It’s a privilege to help those in need of worker’s compensation legal advice, and I am humbled to be recognized by others in the field,” Martin said.
This recognition by Best Lawyers will be added to the list of accolades Martin has received, which includes being voted as Orange County’s “Best Workers’ Compensation Attorney,” “Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyer of the Year,” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and listed as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers®.”

The 2017-2018 Best Lawyers® in America have been announced and numerous Aitken Aitken Cohn attorneys have once again been included.
This is the 30th consecutive year that founding partner Wylie Aitken has received the Best Lawyer distinction, the 5th consecutive year for partners Darren Aitken, Chris Aitken, and Richard Cohn, and the 2nd consecutive year for Ashleigh Aitken, Michael Penn, and Casey Johnson. The firm has the most listed lawyers in any practice area in Santa Ana, with more than double the number of attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers than any other firm in the city.

Kay Anderle, managing partner Keller/Anderle LLP, has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are awarded this prestigious honor.
Kay specializes in trial practice, including commercial litigation, class actions, white collar criminal defense, and criminal defense. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one-half of one percent of the nation’s attorneys. She was recently awarded the 2016 Thomas A. Mesereau Cup for Outstanding Criminal Defense, given by the Litigation Counsel of America. Kay is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America®” in both white collar and general practice criminal defense, and was selected as Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar).

Distinguished legal scholar and teacher L. Song Richardson is the next dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018, becoming the only woman of color to serve in this role among U.S. News & World Report’s top 30 law schools.
The UCI School of Law is the first public law school in California in nearly 50 years, opening its doors to the initial class in fall 2009. In the short time since then, it has become one of the top law schools in the country, ranked No. 28 overall by U.S. News & World Report, 10th among public universities.
“UCI Law is extraordinary,” Richardson said. “It’s rare to find an elite law school with a world-class faculty that excels at both teaching and scholarship, a creative and multidisciplinary approach to legal education, and a commitment to creating and disseminating knowledge that improves lives and communities around the world.”

The OCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution section will be chaired by Berger Kahn Shareholder David Ezra for 2018. Having previously served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2016, this new role is an extension of David’s knowledge, skill, and excellence in the practice of ADR. As Chair, he will serve as leader of a forum for the exchange of ideas, examination of trends in the field, and professional development of members interested in alternative dispute resolution.

Bisnar Chase is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Founded by John Bisnar in 1978, Bisnar Chase has gained a reputation nationally for fighting large corporations from insurance companies to automakers and manufacturers of defective products and garnering multi-million-dollar verdicts for catastrophically injured victims. The types of cases Bisnar Chase has taken on and won have also made a long-term impact on consumer rights, said the firm’s senior partner Brian Chase.
“We have several published appellate opinions that have helped and will continue to help injured consumers for decades,” he said. “These are legal opinions that deal with making our roads and highways safer and opinions that deal with making it easier to hold automakers accountable in auto defect trials.”
They are currently working on a case representing police officers who have been injured after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust fumes leaking into their Ford Explorer cruisers. Chase has already received acclaim for representing victims of these potentially defective autos on CBS Los Angeles and Good Morning America.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce Colin R. Higgins was elected to join the firm’s partnership and Andrew S. Flior and Erin Denniston Leach were elected to counsel, effective January 1, 2018.
Colin R. Higgins is a 2009 graduate of Loyola University School of Law and is a commercial litigator. Higgins started as a summer associate with Snell & Wilmer in 2008 and has been with the firm ever since.
Andrew S. Flior is a 2009 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. Flior was a summer associate with Snell & Wilmer in 2008, and after interning at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, joined the intellectual property practice group.
Erin Denniston Leach is a 2006 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of Law and has been with Snell & Wilmer ever since. Her practice is concentrated in employment litigation and counseling. Leach was named a Southern California Rising Star for Employment Litigation in 2013–2016, as well as one of Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Women Attorneys in 2016.


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