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Community News – January 2019

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County attorney Tony Carucci has joined as the first Chair of the Associate Board of Directors for The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County (CRF-OC). CRF-OC is a local non-profit education organization dedicated to promoting civic literacy, youth leadership and career awareness among OC teens. Operating consistently since 1981, CRF-OC organizes and operates high-quality, interactive civic and law-related education programs that connect students directly with professionals and community leaders. As a founding member for the Associate Board of Directors, Tony will work with the other board members to support the mission and programs of the CRF-OC.

Tony concentrates his practice on business litigation in state and federal courts. He represents clients in matters involving breach of contract, business torts, and real estate disputes. He also represents a variety of lenders and financial institutions in creditors’ rights litigation. His practice includes collections litigation and judgment enforcement against domestic individuals and business entities. Tony also advises U.S. and foreign-based gaming companies in complying with U.S. gaming laws and regulations.

Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that J. Kyle Janecek has been hired as the firm’s newest transactional associate. Janecek joins the firm’s business transactions team supporting the corporate, real estate and privacy & data security groups.Janecek’s experience and skillset includes insight into various facets of the legal industry, breadth of dispute resolution knowledge, a business-oriented background, and an inquisitive spirit. He enjoys contributing to the strategic process of finding creative and effective solutions to move a client’s end goals further to highly favorable results.

Janecek has also spent time working with nonprofits, such as the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and the Compton Self-Help Center, where he provided pro bono legal advice to individuals across a variety of legal disciplines. Janecek earned a B.A. in Business Communications and B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

For a fourth consecutive year, Berger Kahn is proud to be listed among the finest firms in the country with recognition to the list of “Best Law Firms” in Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. The Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranking is based on a rigorous process of evaluation that includes peer and client reviews and is reserved for less than 4% of all law firms nationwide.

Umberg Zipser (U/Z) is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked Tier One in the “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area. The firm has received this recognition each year since it was formed. The ranking showcases top law firms recognized by clients and peers for delivering professional excellence and for high quality ratings. The rankings indicate a unique combination of quality in practice and legal expertise.

In 2019, the firm again received three Tier One rankings in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation.“It is an honor for our firm to be listed again as one of the Best Law Firms in Orange County. The continued recognition from our clients and peers is affirmation of the trusted advisor role our team endeavors to provide for our valued clients,” said co-founding partner Dean Zipser.

Jennifer Keller, a nationally prominent trial attorney at Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been named to the 2019 Benchmark Litigation “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” an exclusive list of the top courtroom advocates in the United States.

According to Benchmark Litigation: “This elite group of practitioners were recognized as the best in breed for the coveted and in-demand, yet increasingly rare, art of trial law based upon peer and client review as well as these attorneys’ lead role in spearheading some of the most high-stakes and high-profile cases to make their way to the trial level.”

The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) is proud to announce the following recently elected and appointed members who will be installed as OCBA Directors at Large at the 2019 Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on January 25, 2019. Michael L. Fell (Law Offices of Michael Fell), Kelly Galligan (Rutan & Tucker), John S. Gibson (Crowell and Moring), Thomas A. Pistone (Pistone Law Group), Mei Tsang (Umberg/Zipser), Darrell P. White (Kimura London & White LLP), Christina Zabat-Fran (St. John Knits) and 2019 OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Kristin Garcia Gomez (Honda N.A. Inc./American Honda Motor) will be installed along with the other continuing board members, OCBA officers, and OCBA Charitable Fund Board of Directors on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Irvine Marriott.

The 2019 OCBA officers include Deirdre Kelly, President; Scott Garner, President-elect; Larisa Dinsmoor, Treasurer; Daniel Robinson, Secretary; and Nikki P. Miliband, Immediate Past President. The Honorable Glenda Sanders, Judge of Orange County Superior Court, will serve as the installing officer.

Bisnar Chase has recently welcomed two new lawyers to its team. Thomas E. Martin has approximately 33 years of experience as a trial attorney handling all aspects of civil litigation from auto accidents and premises liability cases to construction site accidents and business litigation. Ian Silvers has a decade of experience in employment law. Since 2013, he has been successfully handling wage and hour claims for a Long Beach-based law firm. His zeal, Silvers says, has always been to help people, especially those without the means and resources to proceed with their cases.

Both Martin and Silvers have a passion for giving back to the community and say they have always admired Bisnar Chase’s substantial efforts to continually help the community. Managing Partner Brian Chase said that he views both Martin and Silvers as tremendous assets to the firm. “We take a great amount of pride in having created this wonderful, high-energy space where individuals can learn and grow without limits,” he said. “We are thrilled to add these two accomplished attorneys to our trial team.”

Multiple Shustak Reynolds & Partners attorneys have been named as 2019 Super Lawyers Honorees including Erwin J. Shustak, Managing Partner, 2019 Super Lawyers; Jonah A. Toleno, Partner, 2019 Super Lawyers; George Miller, Partner, 2019 Rising Stars; Kate Bowles, Senior Associate, 2019 Rising Stars; Amber Condron, Counsel, 2019 Rising Stars.

Founded in 1991, Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. is a specialty law firm with a national practice focused in the areas of securities, corporate finance and business law. The Firm operates from offices in New York and California and is comprised of experienced, sophisticated attorneys who have earned a solid reputation as strategic problem solvers, ardent negotiators and successful deal makers.


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