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Community News – June 2018

OCBA member Melinda Gomez announced the formation of Law Office of Melinda Gomez a full-service family law firm handling everything from prenuptial agreements and mediation to litigation. She offers legal services for divorce (dissolution), parentage (paternity), child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, prenuptial & post-nuptial agreements, mediation, and domestic violence. Prior to opening her own firm Gomez worked at Hughes & Hughes for almost seven years and concluded her tenure there as the managing attorney. Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Law Professor at Whittier Law School in the summer of 2016.Gomez received her J.D. from Whittier College School of Law, and she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. Gomez’s website can be found at and she can be reached at 949.873.2930.

Steven Brower, a California litigation attorney for more than 37 years, has announced the formation of Brower Law Group, a professional corporation handling civil litigation with particular emphasis on insurance coverage on behalf of policyholders, computer technology including software failures, e-discovery consulting, finding “John Doe” on the internet, and intellectual property disputes including trade secrets.

Eric Troutman, one of the nation’s leading Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigators and a new member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Costa Mesa office, has helped spearhead a new website which aims to be the internet’s top destination for all the news and views surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. TCPAland is not just a defense-oriented blog, but rather a TCPA viewpoint aggregator, accepting contributions from established practitioners on both sides of the aisle.“ is a veritable carnival of TCPA wonders” Troutman said “We want this to be the internet’s go-to destination for TCPA-related news and opinions, so we are open to contributors beyond our firm, representing the full gamut of interests in the TCPA field.”

Traut Firm attorney Pamela S. Liosi was announced as one of this year’s Hall of Fame Inductees to the Western State College of Law’s Hall of Fame. Western State is proud of its 11,000+ alumni, which includes many outstanding professionals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of law, education, politics, government, and business. Founded in 1966, Western State College of Law is the oldest law school in Orange County, Southern California, and is fully ABA approved. Western State College of Law’s 11,000+ alumni are well represented across public and private sector legal practice areas, including 150 California judges and about 15% of Orange County’s Deputy Public Defenders and District Attorneys.

Tinnelly Law Group, PC, is proud to announce the addition of attorneys Andrew M. Jun and Sarah A. Kyriakedes, Esq. to the firm. Jun obtained his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law in 2017, where he acquired a Business Law Emphasis Certificate through the law school’s Business Law Program. Prior to joining Tinnelly Law Group, Mr. Jun worked in a civil litigation firm where he obtained significant transactional and litigation experience.Kyriakedes obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was awarded the Stanley M. Chesley & Hon. Susan J. Dlott Award in Litigation for receiving the highest G.P.A. in litigation-related courses. Mrs. Kyriakedes was also awarded First Place at the 15th Annual Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, during her tenure on the Moot Court Honor Board. Mrs. Kyriakedes was also an active member of the Trial Practice Competition Team throughout her three years of law school.Previously, Mrs. Kyriakedes was employed as an Assistant District Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upon moving to California, she worked at a firm where she litigated white-collar criminal defense cases and administrative licensing matters.

Michael Weiland and Jeffrey Golden of Weiland Golden LLP are pleased to announce that David Goodrich has joined their practice, and that the prominent insolvency boutique has changed its name to Weiland Golden Goodrich LLP (WGG). Prior to joining WGG, David was with the Los Angeles firm of SulmeyerKupetz.
Goodrich is a member of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel of Trustees, appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee, serving in the Los Angeles Division of the Central District of California since 2011, and is certified as a bankruptcy law specialist by the State Bar of California (2010). Goodrich serves as a commissioner on the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission which prepares, administers and grades examinations for lawyers seeking certification as bankruptcy law specialists from the State Bar of California.
Goodrich also serves on the board of directors for the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (President 2016-2017) and is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Bar Association.

The Orange County Bar Association honored Justice Raymond J. Ikola, Court of Appeal, and attorney Allan H. Stokke, Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, APLC, as the 2018 Legends of the Law Award recipients by the OCBA Masters Division. The OCBA Masters Division presented the awards during its spring reception at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.

Ryan DuBose, an attorney experienced in general and complex litigation in a wide variety of practice areas, has joined the environmental law firm Bick Law LLP as a senior associate attorney.
The Irvine resident formerly was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where his practice areas included commercial litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, white collar investigations and sports law. DuBose’s clients were in industries spanning healthcare, technology, manufacturing, retail and apparel, and oil and gas. DuBose received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was Articles Research Editor of the San Diego Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Georgetown University. Prior to practicing law, DuBose spent over a year in Chicago as part of AmericaCorps, where he taught in an inner city high school, and also worked for the Campus Counsel in the Chancellor’s Office at the University of California, Irvine.

Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Tenerelli has joined the firm’s Newport Beach office. With over three decades of experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation, Michael has helped owners, developers, contractors, lenders and various other businesses overcome complex real estate, construction and business disputes related to development, leasing, contracts, business torts & construction.
Michael has substantial experience in real estate transactions, having represented both landlords and tenants in all types of lease disputes related to retail and commercial leasing. In addition, he has been involved in numerous construction related matters representing owners, contractors and sub-contractors. Michael, who began his career at Allen Matkins, was a founding partner at Dubia, Erickson & Tenerelli where he spent more than 18 years. Immediately prior to joining Newmeyer & Dillion, Michael spent time as head of Dorsey & Whitney’s Southern California office.


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