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Community News – March 2019

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County attorney Chariese R. Solorio has joined the Project Youth OCBF’s Associate Board.

Project Youth OCBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. The Associate Board is a volunteer group of successful, socially conscious, and motivated young professionals in their 20s and 30s, who support the mission of Project Youth. Through volunteer activities, social events and networking opportunities, the Associate Board assists in the cultivation of the next generation of leaders committed to Project Youth and serving those in need in our community.

Solorio is an associate in the Orange County office focusing her practice on product liability litigation. She obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2015 and her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Solorio is licensed to practice law in California and has been a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County since 2014.

California Consumer Law Firm Rizio Liberty Lipinsky has announced its inaugural $10,000 Law School Scholarship, open to current and future law students for the 2019/2020 academic year. Submissions will be accepted for the Rizio Liberty Lipinsky Law School Scholarship through May 1, 2019. To enter, current law students or those entering law school for the 2019–2020 year must submit an essay of 1,000 words or less and comply with all applicable eligibility guidelines and requirements. All eligibility rules and requirements are available on the firm’s website at www.riziolawfirm.com/scholarship.

According to founder Greg Rizio, the Law School Scholarship is being offered to assist with the significant financial demands of attending law school. “It is our goal that this scholarship will enable a deserving individual to maximize all opportunities to learn as much as possible about the practice of law, while in law school. We hope that with this financial support, the recipient will be able to focus on gaining hands-on legal experience, through legal clinics, internships, externships, and other opportunities, which will ultimately make them a better lawyer,” Rizio said.

Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that nine of its Newport Beach attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers are selected to receive this honor. Newmeyer & Dillion attorneys named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list include: Michael Cucchissi, Jeff Dennis, Greg Dillion, Joseph Ferrentino, Charles Krolikowski, John O’Hara, Jane Samson, Michael Studenka, and Paul Tetzloff. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Artin Betpera has been named partner by Womble Bond Dickinson in Costa Mesa. Betpera is a trial lawyer with a national practice principally representing financial services companies in high stakes litigation in federal and state courts, involving both class and individual claims. He has developed a particular focus on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation, but has significant experience in traditional commercial litigation, and regularly appears on behalf of some of the country’s most significant banks and financial institutions. He also manages and supervises a litigation team serving the firm’s clients across the state of California.

Founding Partner of Ulwelling Siddiqui LLP, Omar A. Siddiqui has been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list for the fifth consecutive year. Siddiqui’s diverse practice includes corporate law, criminal defense, entertainment, sports & media law, intellectual property, labor & employment, cyber law, science & technology law, environmental law, tort & personal injury, construction law, as well as professional liability.

Kay Anderle, managing partner of Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been named to the White Collar Criminal Defense category of the 2019 “Southern California Super Lawyers.” Ms. Anderle has been selected annually since 2015. With over two decades of experience and 100 cases to jury verdict, Kay began her legal career over 26 years ago in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, where she spent 12 years prosecuting criminal cases.

She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one-half of one percent of the nation’s attorneys. She was awarded the 2016 Thomas A. Mesereau Cup for Outstanding Criminal Defense, given by the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Anderle is listed in the elite “The Best Lawyers in America®” in both white collar and general practice criminal defense, and was selected as Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar). Other honors and awards have included: National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California; Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense”; and Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated.

Founder, Senior Partner, and Shareholder at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. Mark P. Robinson, Jr. has been named to the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2019. Mr. Robinson was the 2014 National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges with chapters in all 50 states. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

In 2011, he was chosen to serve on the Judicial Council of California Court Case Management Internal Committee. In 2013, Mr. Robinson received the Philip Burton Lifetime Legal Achievement Award from Consumer Watchdog, a national non-profit organization which advocates for taxpayer and consumer interests. In 2011, he was inducted by the California Bar Association Litigation Section into their Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Steven Brower, President and Trial Attorney for the Brower Law Group, has been to the Super Lawyers’ 2019 Top 50 List. Prior to founding the Brower Law Group he worked for several prestigious law firms including, most recently, over 10 years as a Shareholder in the Orange County, California office of Buchalter, a 60+ year old California-based law firm with over 200 attorneys. His practice involves all types of civil litigation with particular emphasis on insurance coverage, computer technology, intellectual property, trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud, libel and professional liability (malpractice).

Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP founding partner Alton G. Burkhalter has been named a Top 50 2019 Super Lawyer for Southern California. Burkhalter is recognized for his outstanding results in business litigation, particularly in jury trials. His notable successes include three “8 Figure” jury verdicts and multiple “7 Figure” jury verdicts, such as a jury verdict of $30.4 million in a contentious eminent domain case in Nashville, Tennessee for land upon which Nashville’s new convention center was built, a jury verdict of $11.2 million against Los Angeles County in a complicated water rights case, and a $10.8 million dollar jury verdict in an executive embezzlement case in Alameda County Superior Court. His practice includes representing auto dealers in connection with disputes against manufacturers, and he holds two of the largest jury trial verdicts for dealers in California.

Brian

Executive Publisher, Attorney Journal      President, Sticky Media, LLC

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