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Community News – September 2019

Tyson & Mendes LLP has expanded to Orange County with a new office that will be led by new Managing Partner Richard Somes. The location will allow the leading insurance defense firm to increase its complex litigation work in the region for a wide array of clients. Somes, who will serve as Managing Partner of the Tyson & Mendes Orange County office, has extensive litigation experience representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout California. His practice focuses on general liability, premises liability, personal injury, surety law, construction, medical malpractice, toxic and mass torts, and employment law. Somes joins Tyson & Mendes after 12 years working at Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, Haluck LLP in Irvine. “Rick has been extremely successful throughout his career, saving clients millions of dollars and achieving exceptional results,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “With him leading the new Orange County office – alongside our expanding branches in San Diego and Los Angeles – we will be able to provide our unique methods for success to the entire Southern California region.”

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County attorney Sarah M. Ayad has joined the Board of Directors for Mariposa Women and Family Center. Ayad concentrates her practice on product liability litigation in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending motor vehicle and consumer product manufacturers and suppliers against claims of wrongful death and catastrophic injury. She obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2016 and her B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California in 2012. Ayad serves on Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Public Law Center’s Silent Auction Committee. She is a member of several local law groups including the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law. Mariposa Women and Family Center is a nonprofit organization that specializes in women’s health issues, including counseling, mental health, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, community workshops and professional training. Since its inception, the organization has been passionate about improving the health of local communities through the well-being of women, their children and their families.

Best Lawyers has named 13 Stradling partners to its 2020 list of Best Lawyers in America. The annual recognition of leading lawyers is based on a rigorous, national peer-review survey involving more than five million evaluations. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The following attorneys have been selected for inclusion:

  • Jason Anderson – Real Estate Litigation
  • Larry Cohn – Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  • Marcie Damisch – Healthcare
  • Jason De Bretteville – Commercial Litigation
  • Chris Ivey – Corporate
  • Karla Kraft – Commercial Litigation
  • James Richman – Real Estate
  • Marc Schneider – Commercial Litigation
  • Mark Skaist – Venture Capital Law
  • David Thompson – Public Finance Law
  • Steven Hanle – Intellectual Property
  • Alice Ostdiek – Public Finance Law
  • Fred Neufeld – Bankruptcy and Restructuring

For the third time in the last five years, a Minyard Morris attorney has been recognized as “Orange County Family Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Partner Lonnie K. Seide, CFLS, JD has been selected for 2020. Founding partners Michael A. Morris, CFLS, JD and Mark E. Minyard, CFLS, JD were selected in 2018 and 2016, respectively. All are Certified Specialists in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Based in Newport Beach, Minyard Morris has limited its practice to family law for over 40 years. Practice areas include, among others: Divorce Litigation; Business Valuation; Child Custody and Visitation; Paternity; Spousal Support; Characterization and Division of Complex Assets; Deferred Compensation, Plan Valuation and Characterization; Domestic Violence; Retirement Plan Valuation and Characterization; Separate Property Tracing; Stock Option Characterization and Apportionment; and Validity of Premarital and Post marital Agreements.


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