San Diego Business Journal

— Erin Kennedy Clancy, Rebecca M. Soule, and Yaniv Newman have joined Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel.

Kennedy Clancy has joined the firm as a shareholder, and is a member of the firm’s construction, insurance, real estate, and commercial and business litigation practice groups. She has substantial experience representing businesses and individuals in multimillion-dollar residential and commercial construction defect claims, property damage and contract claims throughout California.

Soule is an associate in the firm’s construction, insurance and commercial and business litigation practice groups. She practices primarily in the areas of construction and insurance litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction defect actions, construction claims and insurance coverage disputes.

Newman is also an associate and member of Sullivan Hill’s construction, insurance, and commercial and business litigation practice groups. Newman practices primarily in the areas of construction and insurance litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction defect actions, construction claims and insurance coverage disputes. Newman served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, including one tour of duty in Iraq in 2003.

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Whitney Hodges has been named Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s 2016 Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. The award honors and recognizes a Sheppard Mullin attorney who demonstrates a significant commitment to the firm’s pro bono program and helping those in need. Hodges is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group, and is being recognized for her efforts on behalf of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and her individual work on pro bono cases and projects, which include adoption cases, a state-by-state analysis of tort laws to assist survivors of domestic violence seeking justice against their abusers, pro bono work on behalf of Walden Family Services, the California Innocence Project, Join Hands Save a Life, and assisting the firm in its role as the court-appointed monitor for the New Orleans Police Department. She is also the founder and chair of the San Diego Humane Society Young Professionals Committee.

Sheppard Mullin’s Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award is the firm’s highest pro bono honor, which is named in honor and memory of Bob Gerber, the founder of Sheppard Mullin’s pro bono program and its leader for over a decade.

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Speaking of Sheppard Mullin, it recently elevated 15 of its attorneys to partner, including five in San Diego: Rachelle A. Costa, Anna T. Dorros, Nam H. Kim, Marisa B. Miller, and Karin Dougan Vogel.

Costa is a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group in the firm’s Del Mar office. She represents residential and commercial real estate developers in connection with the creation of master planned communities, condominium, planned developments, custom lot subdivisions, high-rise developments, and commercial centers. She has expertise in processing residential subdivisions with the California Bureau of Real Estate and creating sales, marketing and governance documents for use by residential developers on a national basis.

Dorros is also a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group in the firm’s downtown office. She has worked extensively with residential and commercial developers in connection with developing and processing of residential, mixed-use, commercial and master planned developments. She has expertise in California Bureau of Real Estate regulatory compliance matters.

Kim is a member in the Intellectual Property practice group in the firm’s Del Mar office. His practice focuses on patent litigation, patent preparation and prosecution, ex parte re-examination, AIA post-grant review proceedings, and IP counseling. He is involved in patent litigation matters to defend clients’ IP rights against infringers and defend clients against alleged infringements. He also has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications and provides strategic IP counseling.

Miller is a member of the Business Trial practice group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. Miller specializes in business litigation with a focus on energy, environmental and construction matters. She has experience handling matters in all stages of litigation, from pre-lawsuit strategy and advice to post-trial motions and appeals. Her practice also includes international and domestic arbitration, as well as regulatory matters.

Vogel is the firm’s Appellate practice leader and a member of the Business Trial practice group in the firm’s downtown office. Vogel is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law. She has extensive experience in appeals and writs on matters involving a broad range of business litigation, including business-related torts and contract actions, land-use disputes, partnership disputes, labor law matters, bankruptcy matters, financial institutions related actions, environmental issues, arbitration issues, class-action issues, federal statutory and constitutional issues, and other commercial disputes.

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Holly M. Bauer, a member of the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice in the Tax Department at Latham & Watkins LLP, has been named partner. Bauer is one of nine attorneys elected partner at the firm.

Bauer advises a wide variety of clients on the tax, securities and corporate law aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters — particularly in the course of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and initial public offerings (IPOs). She regularly advises on the design, implementation and ongoing administration of benefits and compensation plans across industries, particularly for biotechnology, technology and real estate investment trust (REIT) clients.

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP enhances its Intellectual Property practice with the hiring of Aubrey A. Haddach as Of Counsel Attorney. Prior to joining Dinsmore, Haddach worked at Venable LLP.

Haddach has extensive experience in all aspects of patent law and related business matters and helps clients protect, patent and commercialize inventions, particularly in the life sciences. She also helps clients assert their IP rights and defend against infringement allegations. Her patent litigation experience runs the gamut from pre-litigation investigations through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Haddach’s technical knowledge encompasses pharmaceutical, medical device, agrochemical, clean-tech and oil/gas industries.

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Gary K. Brucker Jr., has been hired at Lewis Brisbois as partner. Brucker is a trial lawyer with experience handling a wide variety of civil and criminal disputes, with a particular emphasis on the representation of businesses facing civil or criminal liability as a result of employee misconduct, such as bribery, discrimination, fraud, harassment, self-dealing, and theft of trade secrets.

In addition to his work handling employee misconduct matters, Brucker also has experience with business and regulatory disputes, retail sales, landlord-tenant and neighbor disputes, government investigations, and white collar criminal defense.

Randy Frisch is in-house counsel for the National University System. He can be reached at rcfrisch@msn.com