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Firms’ Friendly Competition Fills Big Need in Feeding the Hungry R

The Feeding San Diego Food from the Bar campaign challenges San Diego law firms and law firm vendors to unite against hunger in a fun and competitive way. This year’s Food from the Bar counted 284 volunteer hours, 1,056 pounds of food donated, and raised $143,000. More than 573,000 meals, therefore, will be provided by legal professionals in the fight against hunger in San Diego. The competition was fun. Firms were divided into leagues and for each $1 donated, the team received 20 points; for each volunteer shift attended, the team received 5 points; for each pound of food donated, the team collected 1 point. Cooley LLP was the overall and Watermelon League winner with 421,375 points. In the Mango League: Simpson Delmore Greene LLP had 144,340 points; Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP had 73,785 points;Horton, Oberrecht, Kirkpatrick & Martha had 30,835 points; Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) LLP had 26,080 points; Wolfenzon Rolle had 10,686 points; and Larrabee Albi Coker LLP had 100 points.

In the Pineapple League, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP was the big winner with 75,770 points; Perkins Coie LLP had 16,148 points; Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz had 7,275 points; and Paul Hastings finished with 6,672 points. As mentioned above, Cooley won the Watermelon League, where the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office had 12,396 points; and DLA Piper finished with 2,000 points. Good fun, more good work from the legal community.

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Rodrigo Moreira was recently made a partner at Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith.

Moreira is a member of the firm’s business and corporate, construction, intellectual property and technology and real estate practice groups. He represents clients in a wide range of matters, including corporate structuring and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, licensing, real estate purchases, sales, leases and financing, including Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily loan transactions.

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP attorney Joseph Leventhal has been elected to the Federal Bar Association’s Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Founded in 1920, the FBA is a voluntary professional organization of more than 18,000 members nationwide, including lawyers, judges, and law students who practice in the federal system or have an interest in federal law. The FBA seeks to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public. Leventhal was elected to the 15-member board of directors after having previously served as 9th Circuit vice president in addition to other roles within the organization. He is the director for Group 3, which is reserved for past chapter presidents. Leventhal was previously president of the San Diego Chapter, where he increased fundraising nearly 1,500 percent, held a record-breaking 22 CLE events, and launched the chapter’s first ever Women in Law Conference, among other accomplishments.

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Speaking of Dinsmore, the firm added three high-profile attorneys from Ballard Spahr LLP to its team. Partners Mikel Bistrow and Christopher Celentino have joined Dinsmore’s business restructuring practice along with retired Judge Peter Bowie.

The additions of Bistrow, Celentino and Bowie have increased the size of Dinsmore’s San Diego office from four attorneys to 13 in just two years.

The three attorneys’ experience in bankruptcy and insolvency restructuring and litigation, as well as Bistrow’s expertise in finance matters, adds to the firm’s growing practice areas in San Diego, which also include IP opinion and prosecution, IP licensing and enforcement, employment and commercial litigation, among others.

Bistrow focuses on commercial finance and lending, real and personal property secured transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, creditors’ collection and related remedies, bankruptcy, insolvency, and workouts. In her finance practice, she represents lenders and borrowers in documenting and negotiating real and personal property loans and secured transactions.

Celentino focuses his practice in the areas of creditors’ rights, fiduciary services litigation, business reorganization and workouts, and insolvency and bankruptcy law. Celentino’s bankruptcy practice emphasizes representation of creditors in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 cases. He is certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification.

Bowie, former chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, spent 27 years on the bench. A skilled mediator, he has successfully resolved several vigorously contested, large fee application disputes, and other important cases. Before joining the bench, he served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California for 14 years, the last six as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney.

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Survivors of Torture, International, the only accredited torture treatment center in San Diego County, received the Distinguished Organization Award from the San Diego County Bar Association during SDCBA’s Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration of Community Service.

Survivors, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has served more than 2,000 torture survivors and their families with holistic and comprehensive support, including legal, psychiatric, psychological, medical and dental services. Clients hail from 80 countries where they were tortured for a variety of reasons, including their political views, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender or religious beliefs.

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