San Diego Business Journal

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is the largest local law firm and growing. Six attorneys joined its San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices. Raymond K. Chan, Dave Deonarine, and Cecilia O’Connell Miller have joined the firm as senior counsel and Jamie L. Altman, Jamie D. Quient, and Victor Sai have joined as associates.

Procopio now has 130 attorneys in 3 offices in San Diego County, and the firm also continues to grow its office in Silicon Valley.

Altman’s practice includes representation of plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of commercial and civil litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, and complex litigation. Prior to joining Procopio, Altman served as a law clerk to the Judge William C. Hillman in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Chan’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience litigating utility patent, design patent, trade dress, and trademark cases, and has represented clients from the automotive, biotech, chemical engineering, computer, and consumer product industries.

Deonarine’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation. He represents clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical manufacturing, entertainment, apparel, food, and consumer product industries. Prior to joining Procopio, Deonarine was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property law firms. Miller focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and pre-litigation counseling with a specialization in insurance coverage recovery. Prior to joining Procopio, she was counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP. Quient will serve as medical staff counsel for numerous hospitals and health systems. She will also serve litigation counsel on behalf of health systems, hospitals, physician groups, and individual providers in business, professional liability, fraud and abuse, and administrative matters in both federal and state court. Prior to joining Procopio, Quient served as judicial clerk to the Judge Michael M. Anello in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Sai’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has litigated complex intellectual property cases before the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Courts.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack received the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Corporate Diversity Award last month. The award was presented at the Earl B.Gilliam Bar Association’s 36th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner.

The annual award recognizes businesses that have shown a commitment to diversity in the San Diego legal community. Established in 1976, the organization is named in honor of the late Earl B. Gilliam, the first African-American San Diego County Superior Court judge and United States District Court judge for the Southern District of California. Susan Hack, Higgs’ partner and Diversity Committee chair, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

Klinedinst has launched a new service: the Complex Litigation practice group. This is a “SWAT team” designed to move in quickly on massive, discovery- and motion-intensive cases and get them resolved anywhere across the state. The Complex Litigation group is headed up by Jim Crosby, and is designed to help corporate clients untangle the most complicated of lawsuits. More information on the launch is at: klinedinstlaw.com.

Also at Klinedinst, Senior Counsel Susan K. Chelsea has been appointed to The State Bar of California’s Real Property Law Section Executive Committee. This is an honor, as the committee oversees education and development of policies and legislation for more than 7,000 real estate attorneys across the state.

Lauri J. Stock, a locally, highly regarded family law attorney, has joined Solomon Ward as a partner. “We are delighted that Lauri has joined Solomon Ward, and that we are able to provide our clients with a broader range of legal services,” said Michael Breslauer, Solomon Ward’s managing partner. Stock continues to focus her practice in the areas of divorce, dissolution and legal separation, child custody and visitation, child and spousal/partner support, adoption and mediation. She joins Solomon Ward after having her own family practice for more than 20 years. She is also a former deputy city attorney for the City of San Diego.

DLA Piper’s Darryl Steinhause has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Real Estate Investment Securities Association, a national trade association of decision makers that influence over 20,000 professionals who offer and manage alternative investments. A partner in the firm’s corporate practice and in the real estate capital markets subgroup, Steinhause structures funds for a wide variety of significant clients across the country, acting as lead counsel on several billion dollars of fund and debt offerings.

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP partner Stephen Marsh has been awarded the 2012 Jim Pfeiffer Philanthropy Award by the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). Marsh was recognized for his steadfast support of the CCBA as a forum for debate and a vehicle for improving the law at the CCBA Annual Meeting in Monterey last month.

Marsh is a partner in MLA’s environment, energy, and product regulation practice. He specializes in hazardous waste and toxic tort litigation.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has opened an office in Shanghai, China, to serve strategic client needs and increase access to the significant growing legal and commercial activity in the region. Kenneth Chang, a leading intellectual property attorney who has practiced for more than 10 years in the firm’s Denver office, will serve as Kilpatrick Townsend’s managing partner of the Shanghai office.

Randy C. Frisch is the president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal. He is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada and Idaho. He can be reached at rfrisch@sdbj.com.