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Community News – May 2018

Mark E. Minyard, Managing Partner of Minyard Morris in Newport Beach, has been selected to the “2018 Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers” list. Mark was also named to the Family Law category of the 2018 “Southern California Super Lawyers.” Mark limits his practice to Orange County Family Law matters. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Super Lawyer Top 50 Orange County Lawyers each year since its inception in 2004. Mark is one of only three family law attorneys in California who are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.Mark is AV Peer Review Rated (the highest rating) by Martindale.com, has been listed in the Preeminent Bar Registry for 25 years, and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce that Alison Grigonis, a Senior Attorney in the Firm’s Southern California office, has been appointed as a Delegate to the 2018–2019 US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). Ms. Grigonis is a member of Dorsey’s Regulatory Affairs practice group. She has a broad range of experience with issues involving the federal government and Native American tribal governments. She uses this unique perspective to advise clients on federal Indian law and policy, gaming, public-private partnerships, project finance, and government relations. Before joining Dorsey, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Interior providing policy advice to the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs and senior leadership at Interior on matters involving tribes and their members. Ms. Grigonis also served as Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs at The White House, acting as liaison between President Obama and his Cabinet, coordinating communications, policy and logistics and managing issues that involve multiple federal agencies.

The Law Offices of Terry K. Davis has a new location, 12711 Newport Blvd., Suite D, Tustin, CA 92780. “This is a new and improved office in a better location,” said trial and employment lawyer Terry K. Davis, founder of the Law Offices of Terry K. Davis, who was recently named to the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list. “It also offers us a space to better serve our clients.”Davis is a member of the American Inns of Court, Robert A. Banyard Chapter, Orange County; Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, past Board of Directors and past Vice-President, 2010; California Employment Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles.

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is pleased to welcome new associate, Scott J. Kalter to its Santa Ana office. Mr. Kalter represents clients on catastrophic injury and personal injury defense, retail defense, premises liability, employment defense, and products liability matters. While working with one of the most respected software engineer recruiting platforms, Mr. Kalter gained a unique perspective on emerging technologies, including software languages and other cutting-edge technology. A graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, Mr. Kalter was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his coursework in International Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.

Daniel Glassman of Crowell & Moring has been appointed as co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee (MFA). He fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Kimberly Knill as a California superior court judge. Glassman will serve with current MFA Co-chair Eric Blum. The OCBA MFA Committee arbitrates disputes between attorneys and clients concerning the attorney’s fees and costs. The OCBA MFA Program conducts arbitrations as set forth in the Business and Professions Code § 6200-6206. An attorney/client fee dispute can be arbitrated by the OCBA MFA Program if the attorney has an office in Orange County, or a majority of the services were rendered in Orange County.

The CAL-ABOTA Board of Directors has selected Chris Wesierski of the Orange County Chapter as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Recognized as the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive, the CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually to a recipient exhibiting the best traits of a trial lawyer—excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career and a reputation for civility, ethics and fair play.Chris has been recognized as a top 100 litigator in Southern California and has received America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement recognition. His verdicts have been recognized as verdicts of the year and of the week by the Daily Journal newspaper in California. He has been repeatedly named as one of the top 50 Attorneys in Orange County and has had top 20 defense verdicts multiple times. Chris has been named as America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for 2018 and has also been named a Super Lawyer every year since its inception in 2005. He is rated at the highest level by AVVO and Martindale-Hubble.

Suzanne V. Chamberlain has announced the formation of Chamberlain Mediation Partners. Offering mediation services for disputes involving business, employment, real estate, and trust and estate issues, Chamberlain draws from 30 years of litigation and transactional experience, serving individuals and entities in various industries and businesses. Chamberlain Mediation Partners Operations will be overseen by John P. Chamberlain. Prior to launching Chamberlain Mediation Partners, Suzanne and John were principal members of Chamberlain and Viau, a professional law corporation, located in Newport Beach. Chamberlain Mediation Partners serves the Southern California region and provides local mediation facilities in Newport Beach, adjacent to Fashion Island.

More than a dozen members of the Orange County Bar Association have been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal Women of the Year Awards, which will host an awards reception and luncheon on May 3, 2018 at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center. Nominees for Women of the Year include Call & Jensen attorneys Jacqueline Beaumont and Shirin Forootan; Christy Lewis, Founder of Lewis Business & Estate Planning, APC, and Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, Partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall.

Bad Faith Insurance and ERISA litigation attorney Robert J. McKennon, founder of McKennon Law Group PC, which represents policyholders in their insurance disputes with insurers, was recently named a 2018 Southern California Super Lawyer—Insurance Coverage. McKennon also received Top 100 Insurance Lawyers in the State of California for 2018 recognition by the American Society of Legal Advocates, which he has received every year since 2013.Furthermore, Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine recently named McKennon Law Group PC as “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year—California” and “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year—USA” for 2017. McKennon Law Group PC was voted by its peers for these awards and it was recognized for excellence in representing its life, health and disability policyholder clients against the biggest insurers in the world.


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