San Diego Business Journal

Attorney’s Career Accomplishments, Community Role Applauded

Richard A. Shaw, a partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack, has been awarded the San Diego County Bar Association’s 2015 “Outstanding Attorney of the Year” Service Award. A nationally recognized lawyer in taxation, corporate and estate planning, Shaw was selected as an exemplary attorney for his contributions to the legal profession and service to the San Diego community.

By Randy Frisch April 17, 2015 5:22 p.m. share »

Former Judge Puts His Skills to Use in Dispute Resolution

Retired San Diego Superior Court Judge Thomas Nugent has opened a private dispute resolution practice in downtown San Diego.

By Randy Frisch April 3, 2015 3:13 p.m. share »

Firm’s Partner Gets a Title That Honors Her Civic Achievements

Vickie Turner, a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, has been named “Woman of the Year for the California 79th Assembly District.” Turner lives in the district, which includes Chula Vista, San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City.

By Randy Frisch March 20, 2015 4:38 p.m. share »

Patent Cases, Big Acquisition Give Firm a Chance to Shine

Knobbe Martens’ Boris Zelkind, David Kujawa, Adam Powell, and Peter Law were part of the firm’s team that successfully represented I-Flow LLC and its parent company, Kimberly-Clark, in a patent infringement trial against Progressive Medical.

By Randy Frisch March 6, 2015 4:14 p.m. share »

Bar Foundation Giving Aims To Promote Justice for All

Brian Funk is president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and would like to remind you that the foundation supports access to justice, in a big way.

By Randy Frisch February 20, 2015 8:59 a.m. share »

Hire Is Good Guide to Have in the Real-Estate Deals Territory

Amelia Sanchez has joined Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) as senior counsel. Sanchez brings to CGS3 more than 18 years of commercial real estate and transactional experience representing national, regional and local companies.

By Randy Frisch February 6, 2015 4:22 p.m. share »

Higgs Fletcher & Mack Promotes Three to its Partner Ranks

Lots of news at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. Loren Freestone, AnneElise Goetz and Jason Ross were recently promoted to partner. Their promotions bring the organization’s partner total to 49.

By Randy Frisch January 23, 2015 4:33 p.m. share »

Law Firms Bring on Board Some Key Additions to Their Teams

Nadia Ruyle has joined the impressively growing Shustak & Partners law firm as an associate.

By Randy Frisch January 9, 2015 3:40 p.m. share »

Firms Ready to Bring Expertise, Energy to Serving Clients

Brenda Kasper and Lisa Frank, former partners at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, recently launched Kasper & Frank LLP. Kasper & Frank will specialize in providing practical, creative and cost-effective employment law advice and counseling to California and multistate employers.

By Randy Frisch December 19, 2014 1:26 p.m. share »

Brandi Gill Brings Holiday Cheer to Veterans and Their Families

Veterans Village of San Diego is nationally recognized as an organization that successfully serves homeless veterans.

By Randy Frisch December 5, 2014 9:45 a.m. share »

Huver Steps Up to Lead Role of San Diego County Bar

Richard Huver will be sworn in as the San Diego County Bar Association’s president for 2015 on Dec. 5, at the organization’s annual “Stepping Up to the Bar,” holiday celebration.

By Randy Frisch November 21, 2014 11:26 a.m. share »

Budget Cuts Will Create Crowd Scene at Downtown Court

You have read in this column about the financial pinch Gov. Brown and the Legislature have put on the San Diego Superior Court.

By Randy Frisch November 7, 2014 1:48 p.m. share »

How Is Your Firm Handling the Post-Recession Paradigm?

This was supposed to be the year where mid- to regional law firms were supposed to find some financial stability, some profit and loss breathing room, after laboring through five or six years of merger and acquisition and real estate drought.

By Randy Frisch October 24, 2014 4:49 p.m. share »

Impressive Slate for the Upcoming Bar Association Elections

It’s time to vote for next year’s leadership of the San Diego County Bar Association, and you should do it. Mostly, because you’ll be able to say you did at the SDCBA’s excellent Holiday Party, where new leadership is sworn in, but there are probably other good reasons as well.

By Randy Frisch October 10, 2014 3:34 p.m. share »

SDBJ General Counsel Awards Nominees Are an Impressive Bunch

I just completed my judging form of the San Diego Business Journal’s General Counsel of the Year Awards.

By Randy Frisch September 26, 2014 4:09 p.m. share »

Higgs Fletcher & Mack Celebrates 75 Years in World-Class Style

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP is 75 years young this year and last week held a fine reception to recognize that in its newly remodeled, 26th floor offices downtown.

By Randy Frisch September 12, 2014 12:40 p.m. share »

Merger Results in Some New Career Paths For Attorneys

Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP recently announced that Katherine M. Hoffman has joined the firm as partner.

By Randy Frisch August 29, 2014 4:10 p.m. share »

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

By Brittany Meiling August 15, 2014 4:13 p.m. share »

Procopio Partner Elected to Lead San Diego Chapter of ACG

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP partner Dennis Doucette was elected board president of the Association for Corporate Growth. Doucette, who leads Procopio’s corporate and securities practice group, has been on the ACG’s board for five years and has chaired its programs committee for the past 18 months.

By Randy Frisch August 15, 2014 4:04 p.m. share »

Attorney Pairs His Legal Career With Other Tasteful Pursuits

San Diego attorneys are really interesting people with varied interests and pursuits, but Harold Small, you might say, takes the cake. He has been elected bailli délégué — or just president to us commoners — of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest international food and wine society.

By Randy Frisch August 1, 2014 4:32 p.m. share »

Procopio’s New Associates Bring Diverse Talents to Its Team

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has hired three new associates: Trent Andrews, Natalie Mueller and Juan Pablo Zaragoza. Andrews’ practice encompasses business and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, securities matters, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance and other complex business transactions.

By Randy Frisch July 18, 2014 3:06 p.m. share »

Awarding of Attorneys’ Fees in Patent Case May Mark Major Shift

Leventhal Law earned another significant legal victory on behalf of In what some have called one of the most closely watched patent cases in the technology world, a federal judge granted FindTheBest’s request for attorneys’ fees in a patent lawsuit brought by Lumen View Technology LLC.

By Randy Frisch July 3, 2014 3:01 p.m. share »

Law Leaders Lab Sees Need to Change Business Model, Practice

Law Leaders Lab opened its doors this month. It’s a new firm with a goal of helping lawyers, law firms and legal services providers develop strategies to grow their businesses and communicate value to clients.

By Randy Frisch June 20, 2014 3:14 p.m. share »

Lawyer’s Outstanding Performance Secures Her Place as Partner

Tyson & Mendes made Kristi Blackwell the firm’s first partner. Blackwell is a member of the general liability, professional liability and business litigation team. She was second chair in a jury trial involving professional negligence and fraud against an insurance broker.

By Randy Frisch June 13, 2014 3:56 p.m. share »

Ex-Federal Prosecutor to Chair Litigation at Latham & Watkins

Jake Ryan has been appointed to chair the litigation department at Latham & Watkins LLP’s San Diego office. Ryan, 46, is a trial lawyer who focuses on intellectual property litigation, white-collar criminal defense, government investigations and other complex business litigation.

By Randy Frisch May 23, 2014 3:33 p.m. share »

Bar Center at 401 Is a Home Base and a Home Run for Association

The San Diego County Bar Association has been awarded the American Society of Association Executives’ top award in new product or service launch category.

By Randy Frisch May 9, 2014 2:44 p.m. share »

Firm Gets More Financial Prowess With Addition of 2 Lawyers

Mikel Bistrow and Christopher Celentino, local high-profile bankruptcy and transactional finance lawyers, have joined Ballard Spahr as partners. Bistrow and Celentino have extensive experience in finance and insolvency matters and are accomplished in business reorganizations and financial transactions.

By Randy Frisch April 25, 2014 1:50 p.m. share »

Sheppard Mullin’s 10 New Lawyers Have Something in Common

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP pulled off one of San Diego legal community’s largest coups to date, enticing 10 top lawyers from McKenna Long Aldridge LLP to its ranks.

By Randy Frisch April 11, 2014 2:22 p.m. share »

Lawyers on the Move, Take Note of Key Trends in Legal Industry

Robert Half Legal has advice in its recent annual salary guide for those who are interested in getting hired by a firm or striking out on your own. The report highlights the following trends:

By Randy Frisch March 28, 2014 10:08 a.m. share »
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Team Janine Honors the Past, Brings Hope for a Cure in Future

Local lawyers are usually good people, but Justine Phillips — a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP — is something special. She is in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign to honor her only sister, Janine, who died from leukemia when they were children more than 30 years ago. I will let her tell it:

By Randy Frisch March 14, 2014 3:12 p.m. share »

New Firm Reflects the Changing Dynamics of the Legal Scene

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has lost three of its rising stars to the growing trend of large-firm lawyers starting their own firms.

By Randy Frisch February 28, 2014 10:14 a.m. share »

Honored Guest Shattered a Big Glass Ceiling With Her Gavel

The Lawyers Club of San Diego has landed Sandra Day O’Connor, retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for its 2014 annual dinner May 8. As the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, O’Connor is the perfect selection. She — more than most others — raised the bar for women in the legal profession. She also was one of the first high-profile legal leaders to help break the mold that women couldn’t be conservative or practice effectively beyond family law. About 500 lawyers, judges and other friends of Lawyers Club usually attend. You could sponsor.

By Randy Frisch February 14, 2014 3:52 p.m. share »

Businessman Creates a Video to Challenge Litigation Tactics

Dan Shea works hard for the good of San Diego and the country. While he’s not a lawyer, he has created a video that challenges some of the rules of evidence — and litigation tactics — that our court system allows.

By Randy Frisch January 31, 2014 9:44 a.m. share »

Lawyer Has the Mettle to Help Bring the Olympics to San Diego

Bill Earley is leaving McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP to run the day-to-day operations of the San Diego 2024 Olympics Exploratory Committee as its president. This is a bold and brilliant move by a terrific employment attorney.

By Randy Frisch January 18, 2014 midnight share »

Lawsuit Ruling Suggests USPTO Reform Needed, represented by San Diego-based Leventhal Law, won a patent dispute in a federal court in New York. The decision in favor of FindTheBest sent a message that reform is required at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — at least that’s how it read to me.

By Randy Frisch January 4, 2014 midnight share »

Jon Williams Is New San Diego County Bar Association President

Jon Williams was sworn in as president of the San Diego County Bar Association during the organization’s annual holiday event on Dec. 6. Williams, a partner at Boudreau Williams LLP, specializes in civil appeals and writs in state and federal court.

By Randy Frisch December 21, 2013 midnight share »

Firm Names New Managing Partner; Another Expands to Texas

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP recently named Michael Maher managing partner. Maher succeeds Darryl Solberg, who has served in that capacity since 1997. Solberg remains an active partner in the firm and is looking forward to focusing solely on practicing law and client relationships.

By Randy Frisch November 30, 2013 midnight share »

Adventurous Lawyers Can Be a Pretty Cool Crowd to Run With

Lawyers are people, too — often very cool people. Here’s proof. Jana Beck, a lawyer at Gerson Law Firm APC, completed the 2013 New York Marathon.

By Randy Frisch November 18, 2013 midnight share »

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Patent Case for Sheppard Mullin

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP lawyers Steve Korniczky, Martin Bader, Matthew Mueller and Gray Buccigross earned another big win for client HTC Corp.

By Randy Frisch November 4, 2013 midnight share »

Evans Keane Taps Local Talent For Its New Office in Carlsbad

Madeline Cahill and Larry Campitiello have joined Evans Keane LLP, a Boise, Idaho-based business law firm that recently opened an office in Carlsbad

By Randy Frisch October 21, 2013 midnight share »

San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program Honors Local Pro Bono Work

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program held its annual Justice for All celebration recently, and it was cool. Really. If you’ve attended in prior years, you remember it was held at the Museum of Man, where there is no air conditioning.

By Randy Frisch October 7, 2013 midnight share »

General Counsel Awards Will Honor Some Sterling Efforts

I just finished judging the 57 nominees for the San Diego Business Journal’s General Counsel Awards event. These nominees are impressive and work with many San Diego law firms. There are big companies — such as Petco, AMN Healthcare, the Padres, TaylorMade and General Dynamics NASSCO — and lots more of various sizes.

By Randy Frisch September 23, 2013 midnight share »

Legal Community to Honor Local Attorneys at SDBJ Event

You and the rest of the legal community have nominated 57 in-house lawyers for special recognition. It’s impressive that San Diego has so many exceptional corporate counselors, and you’re invited to get to know them at a special San Diego Business Journal event next month.

By Randy Frisch September 9, 2013 midnight share »

Gordon & Rees Hosts Students and Families at the Monarch School

About 20 Gordon & Rees associates hosted “Family Night” at the Monarch School, a school dedicated to serving K-12 students impacted by homelessness, earlier this month. The lawyers and their families delivered, set up and served dinner at the school, which is a few blocks from the law firm’s downtown office. About 150 students and their parents attended.

By Randy Frisch August 26, 2013 10:17 a.m. share »

Group Gives Thanks, Praise to Attorneys for Pro Bono Work

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program is putting on its annual Justice for All Celebration Sept. 19. It’s a fun event, and you should be there.

By Randy Frisch August 12, 2013 midnight share »

Higgs Fletcher Partner Receives Prestigious Award for Principles

Susan Hack, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP, was presented with the prestigious Daniel T. Broderick III Award at the 29th Annual Red Boudreau Trial Lawyers’ Celebration last Friday. The award is given to a lawyer in private practice with a substantial body of civil litigation experience, who epitomizes the highest principles of civility, integrity and professionalism. Hack joined Higgs in 1989 and became a partner in 1996.

By Randy Frisch July 29, 2013 midnight share »

Five Allen Matkins Law Partners Leave To Start New Firm

Five Allen Matkins partners are leaving the San Diego office to establish their own firm, in The Business of Law column by Randy Frisch

By Randy Frisch July 15, 2013 midnight share »

Report Finds Funding Cuts Are Taking a Toll on Justice System

The San Diego County Bar Association has released a report on the State of the Judiciary in San Diego County, which shows the first ever snapshot of the current state of San Diego’s courts and urges the Legislature to reinvest in the judicial branch. The California courts budget has been cut a lot more than other agencies. (It only hurts lawyers, right?) The budget cuts have led to court closures, staff layoffs and furloughs, and case backlogs, adversely impacting the ability for individuals and businesses to resolve their legal disputes in a timely manner, which hurts us all.

By Randy Frisch July 1, 2013 midnight share »

Higgs’ Attorneys Do Good Work On Stage and in the Community

John Morrell is a terrific attorney, and has done a great job of managing Higgs Fletcher & Mack to be one of San Diego’s largest locally focused law firms. He’s also pretty good on his feet. Earlier this month at Rotary Club 33’s Annual Heilbron Awards, the mistress of ceremonies was introducing Morrell and his firm as the sponsors. “John, of course, is from McKenna Long Aldridge.” The crowd stirred, and the host corrected the mistake. Morrell got to the podium and said, “Actually, I’m from Luce Forward.” The crowd loved it.

By Randy Frisch June 17, 2013 midnight share »

Opponent Hopes to Unseat Incumbent Dumanis in DA’s Race

Robert Brewer is running for district attorney against the current officeholder Bonnie Dumanis. The Jones Day partner told a crowd at Cheryl Kendrick’s beautiful home in Point Loma, that he wants to improve the morale of the DA’s office and regain the respect local law enforcement organizations once had for the office.

By Randy Frisch June 3, 2013 midnight share »


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