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Community News – August 2019

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the Public Law Center (PLC) has named Orange County partner Sean M. Sherlock as the 2019 Volunteers for Justice Attorney of the Year. Sherlock donates his time and knowledge to his community through his pro bono work with PLC. From 2015 to earlier this year he headed a team of attorneys who represented an elderly PLC client in danger of losing her mobile home. The client is the primary caregiver for her disabled grandson who survives solely on a fixed income of disability and Social Security, causing her to fall behind on her space rent for her mobile home. In addition to pro bono work, Sherlock is an avid community volunteer, spending his time supporting organizations that have included Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Orange County Coastkeeper, AYSO and the Boy Scouts of America.

Jennifer Keller, a nationally prominent attorney at Keller/ Anderle LLP in Irvine, has been selected to the prestigious Chambers USA national ranking of lawyers. Keller was recommended for General Commercial Litigation, Band 2, in California, and Nationwide/USA for Trial Lawyers. Only 41 California commercial litigators were recommended across all bands, and only 51 trial lawyers in the United States. Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the country and is considered to be among the leading directories in the profession. According to Chambers USA, “Individual lawyers are ranked in their practice-area(s) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service … [and] being ranked in any band is a significant achievement.” Jennifer Keller is one of America’s most successful trial attorneys. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white-collar cases.

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, a leading nationwide specialty litigation law firm with offices in Orange County and San Diego, is pleased to announce the opening of its New Haven, Connecticut office. FMG’s newest office expands the firm to over 160 attorneys nationally in 18 offices in nine states. The New Haven office will be led by Fred Knopf who brings three decades of experience trying complex financial and commercial matters across the country. Mr. Knopf serves as primary general and trial counsel for one of the nation’s premier publicly traded investment banking and asset management firms. Mr. Knopf represents a wide array of clients including retail brokerage and advisory businesses, investment banks, securities broker dealers, registered representatives, investment advisors and insurance agents. His experience includes all aspects of the securities industry including cases before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues and acting as a mediator.

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) announced the hiring of two new partners, Jeffrey W. Morof and Shalem A. Massey. Jeffrey W. Morof has spent his entire career defending aerospace clients and the aviation insurance market in product liability and commercial litigation matters, including serving as national counsel for two large aerospace manufacturers. Shalem A. Massey is a litigator with experience handling high-stakes and “bet the company” matters for businesses and insurers in the aerospace and technology industries. Jeffrey is based in Chicago. Shalem manages his national practice from Los Angeles/ Orange County, California, a new market for the firm. The addition of Jeffrey and Shalem reflects continued growth for the firm, which has more than tripled in size since first opening its doors in 2016, and marks the expansion of its product liability and commercial litigation groups to include a focus on the aerospace and drone industries.

Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. (www.shufirm.com) announces it won a $1.8 million arbitration award on behalf of two financial advisors who were terminated from USAA Financial Advisors, Inc. in May 2017. Notably, of the $1.8 million, $700,000 was for punitive damages based on USAA’s egregious conduct and $250,000 was for attorneys’ fees. Following their termination in 2017, the advisors, both of whom hold Certified Financial Planner™ designations in addition to several FINRA securities licenses, struggled to reenter the securities industry due to the inaccurate and defamatory disclosures USAA made on their Central Registration Depository (CRD) records concerning their “alleged” financial planning practices while licensed with USAA. In addition to the $1.8 million award, the Arbitration Panel recommended full expungement and removal of those false disclosures and a change to “voluntary resignation” from “involuntary termination.” “The award represents a complete victory and total vindication for our clients,” said Toleno.

Brian

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