— Carolina Bravo-Karimi and Emily Fox were elected partners at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, effective January 1. Bravo-Karimi and Fox, both 2008 graduates of the University of San Diego School of Law, began their new roles at the largest women-owned law firm in both San Diego and California.

“The partners at Wilson Turner Kosmo are thrilled to have Carolina and Emily join our partnership,” said firm partner and co-founder Claudette Wilson.

A member of the firm’s employment law practice group, Bravo-Karimi represents and advises employers on a diverse array of employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment as well as wage and hour litigation. She is also active in the local legal community, serving as the president of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, on the Law Alumni Board for the USD School of Law and as outreach chair for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Women and Families Resource Fair. She is fluent in Spanish, Farsi and Italian.

A member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group since 2013, Fox represents and provides counsel to employers of all sizes across the varying areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour practices. Beyond her legal practice, Fox serves as president of Camp San Diego, an organization aimed at preparing local youth for life by finding their spark and voice through environmental, camp, teen service and leadership programs. She also serves as Outreach Chair for the SDVLP’s Women and Families Resource Fair.

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Speaking of Wilson Turner, partner Vickie Turner will be presented the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award by the USD School of Law. Turner, a 1982 USD Law graduate, is one of 10 alumni who will be honored by USD at the annual Alumni Honors gala on April 28.

Turner, a complex litigation attorney for over 35 years, is an adjunct professor at the USD School of Law and California Western School of Law. She serves on the USD School of Law’s Board of Visitors and annually funds a scholarship to support diversity in law students. In 2009, she received the school’s Distinguished Alumni award. Created in 1995, the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Awards are named for USD’s first president Author E. Hughes, who oversaw the consolidation of San Diego’s College for Women and College for Men less than a year into his leadership.

She was honored by The Salvation Army as a “Wonder Woman” in 2018. During her career, Turner has served on the executive boards of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, National Bar Association, National Bar Institute, San Diego County Bar Association and San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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Karen Potter, a member of the patent group at Morrison & Foerster, is among 10 lawyers elected to the firm’s partnership, as of the first of the year. The class of 2018 includes six women and four men across multiple practice groups and nine offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

“Our new partners have demonstrated a strong commitment to exceptional client service and legal excellence. I’m confident that each of these lawyers will contribute to the firm, its clients and the profession for many years to come,” said Larren Nashelsky, chair of Morrison & Foerster.

Potter, who holds a Ph.D., provides strategic patent portfolio management for clients in the life sciences industry, including services related to patent preparation, prosecution, freedom of operation, and other forms of IP assessment and due diligence review. Potter earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

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MoFo is doing something else cool. The firm has produced a handbook to help people in Southern California who were victims of the wildfires and related mudslides that have damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, documents, and lives. Earlier this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that residents of Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties are now able to register for individual assistance for losses stemming from the disasters.

So, MoFo produced the “2017-2018 Southern California Wildfires, Mudslides, and Related Disasters Helping Handbook.” The handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on subjects that include housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, fraud prevention, and many others.

Organizations may request print copies in bulk by sending a request to Firehandbook@mofo.com and requesting the Southern California handbook.

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Mina Miserlis has been named as the firm’s third equity partner at Tyson & Mendes LLP. Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes, who founded the civil defense firm, named the first addition of an equity partner since its inception in 2002.

Based out of Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, Miserlis has more than 20 years of litigation and trial experience, leading the firm’s multi-attorney complex trial team with a focus on personal injury matters. Over the course of her career, Miserlis has successfully tried several cases throughout California, including alleged traumatic brain injuries and multimillion dollar claims.

“Mina is a brilliant, strategic and hardworking attorney, who continues to add considerable value to our firm and the clients we serve,” said Tyson.

Lawrence Baca, retired attorney for the United States Department of Justice and Joe Leventhal were appointed to the Centennial Celebration Committee for the Federal Bar Association’s 100th Anniversary Celebration March 2020 in Washington, D.C., Leventhal, managing partner of the San Diego office of Dinsmore, was also named chair of the Centennial Celebration’s Fundraising Subcommittee.

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