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Community News – July 2018

Jeff Greenman, Founder of Greenman Law P.C., a plaintiffs-only firm in Aliso Viejo, has been named to the 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. Greenman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington before earning his J.D. from Chapman University School of Law in 2006. Prior to opening his personal injury firm, Greenman worked at Carney Shegarian, and AlderLaw. Rising Stars is a listing of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. To be eligible for inclusion, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research and peer nominations.

Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev, Founder of Beljajev Law Group, PC in Seal Beach, has been named to the 2018 Orange County Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the fourth consecutive year. As one of 25 attorneys named to this prestigious list, Neyleen also maintains a perfect 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo. She has served as the Chairperson for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Women in the Profession Committee, its largest committee, raising awareness of issues surrounding young female attorneys, creating a support system and providing gender-specific programs for its members. She has served as the Public Service Chairperson for the Long Beach Bar Association, Barristers Committee, where she organized events and fundraisers to promote a cleaner environment and to support children and families in need. She has been a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Long Beach Bar Association since 2011, where she assists in interviewing and awarding scholarships to the brightest and most promising college-bound students within the city. She also created a mentorship program through the Long Beach Bar Association where experienced attorneys are paired with new attorneys for career development advice and to help transition from law school’s theoretical focus to the real world practical implementation.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, a preeminent full-service law firm focused on real estate, is proud to announce that Sean Matsler has joined the firm as its newest land use partner. Matsler brings 15 years of experience securing entitlements for myriad real estate clients to bolster the firm’s robust land use practice, a group that earned the 2018 National Tier 1 Law Firm of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Matthew Easton, partner at Easton & Easton, LLP in Costa Mesa, has been named to the 2018 Orange County Super Lawyers Rising Star List. Easton was also recently chosen as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation in 2018. Best Lawyers selects attorneys who have earned peer recognition through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Matt was also featured among Southern California’s “Best Lawyers” in 2017 in the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times Magazine. Additionally, he has been chosen each year since 2014 for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in California. Matt has also been selected each year since 2015 for the American Academy of Trial Attorneys’ Premier 100 Trial Attorneys, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys “10 Best” Attorneys for California, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys’ Top 10 Under 40, and for the highest AV Preeminent rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious peer rating service for legal ability and ethics.

John Michael Montevideo, Founder and Lead Trial Attorney of Montevideo Law, PC dba Dog Bite Law Group, has again been named to the 2018 Orange County Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. As an Orange County native, Montevideo has previously been named to the Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.In addition, Montevideo is a National Trial Lawyer Top 40 under 40 and is a Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. He is an active member in the local Orange County and state-wide California legal community as a Board of Director for Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), a Board of Governor of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and an Associate Board Member of Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF). Admitted to practice in Washington D.C., and before the Supreme Court, in addition to California, Montevideo’s practice is based in Irvine.

Wesley K. Polischuk, attorney at Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., has been named to the 2018 Orange County Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Polischuk represents plaintiffs in product liability, pharmaceutical, medical device and personal injury cases, in addition to class action litigation involving fraud, misrepresentation, consumer and data privacy and other consumer protection. Polischuk has been named to this exclusive list each year since 2013. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Jennifer Keller has been named to the list of “Top Women Lawyers of 2018,” as selected by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. This is the ninth time Keller has been selected for the Top Women Lawyers award. Keller tries complex business and white collar criminal cases. Her firm, Keller/Anderle LLP, is consistently recognized as one of the premier boutique trial law firms in the state (e.g., Daily Journal “Top Boutiques” and U.S. News - Best Lawyers®’ 2018 “Best Law Firms” Commercial Litigation Tier 1 ranking in Orange County). She resides in Corona del Mar. The Daily Journal list is devoted to honoring excellent lawyering and leadership skills among women attorneys in California, seeking to recognize work that is having a broad impact on the community, nation and society. The Daily Journal honor is one of the most coveted in the state and features mainly lawyers from some of the state’s and nation’s largest firms.


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