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Community News – September 2018

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning employment, labor and immigration law firm recognized for protecting employers with workforces in California for nearly 25 years, was recently named one of the “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” in Law360’s 2018 Glass Ceiling Report for firms with 20-149 attorneys. This accolade arrives on the heels of CDF’s recent listing as one of the “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys” in Law360’s same report. Across the legal field as an industry average, minorities make up 21 percent of non-partners and eight percent of equity partners, according to Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” report. In contrast, 50 percent of CDF non-partner attorneys are minorities, while 32 percent of all CDF attorneys are minorities, and one-third of CDF’s equity partner management committee is minority or female. Moreover, women and minorities account for more than 60 percent of the firm’s total number of attorneys. CDF has long prioritized diversity and inclusion as bedrocks of its organization by providing top leadership opportunities for women and minority attorneys. The firm is dedicated to recruiting, developing and retaining diverse talent and ensuring CDF provides an accessible and inclusive working environment.

Aitken Aitken Cohn is pleased to announce that all qualified lawyers, eight in total, have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America! This is the 31st consecutive year that founding partner Wylie Aitken has received the Best Lawyer distinction; the 6th consecutive year for partners Darren Aitken, Chris Aitken, and Richard Cohn; the 3rd consecutive year for Ashleigh Aitken, Michael Penn, and Casey Johnson; and the debut year for associate Atticus Wegman.

Keller/Anderle LLP is pleased to announce that Reuben Camper Cahn has joined the firm as a partner. In addition to trying more than 100 cases to jury verdict, Mr. Cahn has argued twice before the United States Supreme Court (in 2011 and 2018), a combination that is all but unknown. Most recently Mr. Cahn was Executive Director of Defenders, Inc., in San Diego for 13 years, managing an office of over 60 attorneys and 140 employees, with a budget of $26 million. Mr. Cahn has been appointed “counsel learned in the law” by federal judges in over 15 capital trials. Additionally, he represented alleged enemy combatants confined at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and in litigation before the District of Columbia Court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Cahn holds a Top Secret/SCI Clearance. At Keller/Anderle Mr. Cahn focuses on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and appeals. He brings to his K/A clients the energy and experience honed in countless jury trials, and in arguments before federal appellate courts and the highest court in the land.

Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is proud to be selected as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Orange County in the category of medium-sized companies. This marks the seventh consecutive year Newmeyer & Dillion LLP has made the list, affirming that its profound commitment to professionalism and client service is shared among its workforce. Jeff Dennis, Newmeyer & Dillion’s Managing Partner, commends the effort of each employee in achieving this result. “Together, we strive to maintain an innovative, collaborative and creative culture that cannot be matched anywhere else, and we are sincerely grateful for each of our employees’ ongoing commitment to the firm’s values.” The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. This county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

Kevin DeSantis, managing partner of the law firm Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants. Certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in legal malpractice law, DeSantis regularly represents clients in complex civil litigation matters and risk management, focusing on professional liability, commercial disputes, transportation industry matters, and employment law disputes. DeSantis also provides general business representation and strategic advisement services to companies of all sizes including architecture, engineering, legal and financial services providers, and to domestic and international transportation companies. Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick has locations in San Diego, La Jolla, Irvine and Dallas.

For the sixth consecutive year, Berger Kahn Partner Erin Mindoro Ezra has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers 2018 “Rising Stars” list. Erin has received this designation from Super Lawyers through a detailed research process, peer evaluation, and because of her demonstration of excellence while practicing law. Berger Kahn congratulates Erin for her recognition.

Robert J. Francavilla, a partner with CaseyGerry, was recently inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, (IATL). Each year, IATL inducts fellows who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom and the trial of criminal cases. The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy who are inducted following a comprehensive screening process, which identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Francavilla has been lauded on numerous occasions for his trial work and last year was honored as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD). He has been recognized as an “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” by CASD on six separate occasions. Also, he was named one of California’s top 25 plaintiff’s lawyers by the Daily Journal. He is a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).


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