San Diego Business Journal

— California Western’s Community Law Project has received a $5,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation to support the free legal services the project provides to individuals seeking counsel on bankruptcy-related issues.

“We are delighted to be the recipients of a generous grant from the American College of Bankruptcy,” said Dana Sisitsky, director of the project. “Individuals across San Diego continue to struggle financially as they attempt to find their ways out from debilitating debt situations. The support of the American College of Bankruptcy will help the Community Law Project assist many of these individuals as they start down the road to financial stability.”

This year, the Community Law Project celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing free legal services to low-income and vulnerable individuals in San Diego, helping them understand and successfully navigate their bankruptcy or other legal issues.

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Fish & Richardson has been ranked as an elite “National Tier 1” law firm in five practice areas — patent litigation, intellectual property (IP) litigation, patent law, technology law, and trademark law — by U.S. News & World Report. Fish was also recognized as the “Law Firm of the Year” in two practice areas: litigation-intellectual property and patent law. Only one law firm in each practice area — from among thousands of firms nationally — is selected to receive “Law Firm of the Year” honors, making these two designations a particularly significant achievement.

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys, and a review of additional information provided by law firms. Most important, Fish’s offices in San Diego also received “Tier 1” rankings.

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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP named Thomas Arno and Michael Fuller co-managing partners of the firm’s San Diego office. They succeed Ned Israelsen, who led the 60-attorney office for 20 years.

Arno has been with the firm in San Diego for more than 20 years, and his practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent-related matters, technology licensing and client counseling in connection with intellectual property strategies. He has experience in patent protection for a variety of industries, including analog and digital electronics, computer hardware and software, communications, and drug discovery technologies.

Fuller has been in the firm’s San Diego office for nearly 25 years and oversees IP matters in a number of areas, including patent prosecution, licensing, intellectual property due diligence and related negotiations for mergers and acquisitions. Fuller also oversees many types of contentious matters at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“When I started in this office, we had about five lawyers; now we have over 10 times that many,” Israelsen said. We owe much of our success to San Diego’s vibrant innovation economy and to the excellent service that our professionals provide in all areas of intellectual property law.”

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Six San Diego lawyers were elected partners at Cooley LLP, effective in 2016. They include:

Peter Adams, who is a member of Cooley’s litigation department. His practice focuses on corporate governance and shareholder litigation, including the defense of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits and M&A litigation. Adams also represents clients in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and civil enforcement actions, as well as internal corporate investigations.

Ryan Blair, who is a member of Cooley’s litigation department. His practice focuses on corporate governance and shareholder litigation, including the defense of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits and M&A litigation. He also represents clients in connection with SEC investigations and civil enforcement actions, as well as internal corporate investigations.

Karen Deschaine, who is a member of Cooley’s business department. Her practice encompasses a wide range of business and corporate matters, including general representation of public and private companies, private financings, public offerings and M&A.

Eamonn Gardner, who is a member of Cooley’s litigation department. His practice focuses on representing clients in patent litigation matters, as well as providing strategic patent counseling and support for patent licensing and transactional matters. Gardner has experience with a broad range of technology areas, including wireless communications, semiconductor device design and fabrication, medical devices, and life sciences.

Todd Gluth, who is a member of Cooley’s tax practice. He advises clients on domestic and cross-border tax and structuring aspects of complex business transactions and investment vehicles. He also represents clients in federal and state tax controversies.

Summer Wynn, who is a member of Cooley’s litigation department. Her practice encompasses a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including high-stakes environmental and land use litigation, employment litigation, and class actions and includes litigating cases through trial and on appeal. Wynn also has broad experience counseling clients pre-litigation and negotiating resolutions of disputes.

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James Dooley has joined Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek as an associate in the firm’s family law practice. Dooley is a certified specialist in family law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. His practice focuses on a personal counsel that guides clients to rewarding and cost-effective solutions. Dooley also has extensive family law litigation experience.

Randy Frisch is vice chancellor of business administration at National University and is a former publisher of the San Diego Business Journal. He is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada and Idaho.