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Community News – July 2019

Regal Court Reporting (Regal) recently announced it has acquired well-respected Los Angeles court reporting agency Kelli Norden and Associates (KNA). The acquisition complements Regal’s offering of services and further develops its position as a leader in complete solutions for litigation support throughout Southern California. KNA will continue to operate under its name for the foreseeable future.

KNA was founded in 1991 and has serviced clients throughout Los Angeles for over 25 years. The agency focused on personal service and the client experience, which has made the acquisition with Regal, a family-owned Orange County business, a seamless transition.

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP
announced that Stephen L. Schreiner will take the reins as managing partner of the firm, effective July 1, 2019. Schreiner has more than 35 years of legal experience and over 14 years with Solomon Ward, serving as general counsel and the firm’s chief ethics officer. He represents clients in complex business, commercial and real estate litigation. He has extensive experience as lead attorney in numerous state and federal court judge and jury trials, arbitrations and appeals. Schreiner is also experienced in California gaming law and represents gambling establishments before a variety of administrative tribunals and governmental regulatory agencies, including the California Gambling Control Commission. “I am honored and humbled to step into the role of managing partner at a firm that has been pivotal in the success of my career,” said Schreiner. “It’s a privilege to be trusted by my fellow partners to help bring Solomon Ward into the future, and I look forward to continuing the success the many managing partners before me have forged.”

Pepper Hamilton LLP announced today that Stephen T. Kong has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, resident in Los Angeles and Orange County. He is the fourth recent lateral partner addition to Pepper Hamilton’s Southern California offices.

Mr. Kong focuses his practice on technology transactions, intellectual property licensing and value creation. He also advises on content and media transactions, the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and open source software for clients spanning various industries, including commercial software, e-commerce, consumer electronics, retail and apparel.

“Pepper Hamilton has strong corporate and securities, intellectual property, and technology practices,” Mr. Kong said. “I’m excited to bring my experience, which bridges these areas, to the firm and its clients and to be part of the continuing strategic growth that Pepper is experiencing in Southern California.”

Wilson Getty LLP
is proud to announce that attorneys Wendy Coulston and Kim Cruz have also recently joined their firm and will be based in Orange County. Mrs. Coulston has enjoyed over 25 years defending clients in lawsuits, arbitrations, and before the medical and nursing boards, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, medical groups, Medicare Advantage Plans, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and hospitals who have been sued for medical malpractice, elder and dependent neglect, general and premises liability, as well as pharmaceutical and psychiatric cases. Ms. Cruz has over 23 years of legal experience devoted primarily to the defense of healthcare providers in malpractice and elder abuse cases. Her current practice focuses on the defense of long-term health care facilities, including residential care and skilled nursing facilities.

Jennifer Keller, a nationally prominent attorney at Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been named to the list of “Top Women Lawyers of 2019,” as selected by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. This is the tenth time Keller has been selected for the Top Women Lawyers award. 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. Jennifer Keller is one of the premier trial attorneys in America. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial litigation and white-collar cases. Chambers USA ranks her among the top commercial litigators in the nation, calling her “the consummate trial lawyer,” “an incredible cross-examiner,” and “widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in California.”

Klinedinst PC, a business law firm, recently welcomed a new associate attorney, Mathieu H. Putterman, to its Santa Ana office. Mr. Putterman focuses his practice on construction industries, hospitality, transportation, and business litigation. In addition, he has valuable experience in all aspects of case handling, including case evaluation, discovery, law and motion, mediation, and trial preparation. Mr. Putterman received his Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He is active in the Orange County community he serves, having memberships in professional organizations such as the William P. Gray Inn of Court and Orange County Bar Association, as well as having leadership positions in the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County.

Newmeyer & Dillion LLP, a prominent business and real estate law firm, selected Paul Tetzloff as the firm’s Managing Partner. His term began on January 1, 2019. A business litigator, Tetzloff will now oversee the firm’s strategic plan and manage the firm’s day-to-day business affairs. “The Firm is incredibly fortunate to have Paul stepping into the role as Managing Partner. His energy, intelligence, leadership, and drive make him uniquely qualified to lead this Firm for years to come,” said former Managing Partner Jeff Dennis. “I am excited to watch where the Firm is headed – we have such an amazing opportunity to continue to develop to even greater heights, and Paul will be a huge part of making that happen.” Active in his community, Tetzloff sits on the board for HomeAid Orange County and the Marine Raider Association.

Fisher Phillips announces eleven Practice Group and Industry Team leaders. This follows a blockbuster year of growth as the firm continues to expand its labor and employment services across the U.S. The appointment of the eleven is a step in the firm’s plan to create and sharpen practice groups and industry teams to better meet client interests and needs. In 2018, Fisher Phillips grew its attorney head count by 6.3 percent, nearly doubling its lawyer growth rate in 2017. The growth, felt across the firm’s U.S. offices, is fueled by national attention to workplace issues, including legislative and regulatory pushes at the state and local levels to address issues like sexual harassment in light of the #MeToo movement; pay equity and disparity; the use of medical and recreational marijuana; rapidly-changing wage and hour and wage payment laws; and paid leave laws.

The law firm of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Doug Gillie. Gillie practices commercial litigation, representing businesses and employers large and small. He has experience in a wide variety of civil actions, including complex commercial disputes, wage-and-hour, consumer class actions, employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases, patent and other intellectual-property lawsuits, and CERCLA (Superfund) litigation.

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick provides a broad spectrum of legal services to businesses of all sizes, from local start-ups to national and international enterprises. The firm also represents public entities, charitable foundations, non-profits and religious organizations. Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick has locations in San Diego, La Jolla, Irvine and Dallas. More information can be found at


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