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Loftin Firm Has Some Success Stories Worth Applauding

The Loftin Firm P.C. has elected Ariel Bedell a shareholder. Bedell assists clients with a range of residential and commercial real estate matters, provides estate planning guidance to individuals and families, and advises business entities on formation and operational issues. L. Sue Loftin, managing shareholder of The Loftin Firm, was recently awarded the 2016 Businessperson of the Year Award by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

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The Air Law Institute held its 3rd Annual Air & Space Law Symposium at the California Western School of Law last month. Keynote speakers Arthur J. Molins of the Lufthansa Group and Steven Taylor of Federal Express led an all-star line-up of experts addressing the developments in the air and aerospace industry. At the kick-off reception hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, a lifetime achievement award was presented to Vice Adm. James Zortman of Northrop Grumman Corp. The event would not have been possible without Christopher Celentino, managing partner of the local office of Ballard Spahr LLP.

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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), a nonprofit that provides free civil legal services to thousands of low-income San Diegans each year, recently presented its annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards at a reception held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Last year, more than 450 legal professionals contributed time and expertise in partnership with SDVLP to assist those most in need of legal assistance. Of those, 133 individuals were presented with awards for significant contributions of pro bono legal assistance. Presiding Judge of San Diego Superior Court Jeffrey B. Barton gave the keynote address and personally congratulated those being honored.

SDVLP presents its Distinguished Service Award to individuals who, in the previous year, contributed 150 or more hours of pro bono assistance through SDVLP. Forty-two attorneys, law students and other legal professionals received this honor for 2015. SDVLP also presented the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award to 132 attorneys and law students who contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono service through SDVLP.

SDVLP staff also presented Standout Awards to volunteers who excelled in their volunteer efforts throughout the year, regardless of the total number of hours. The winners were: Christie Carpenter, sole practitioner; Alexandria Forester, Lewis & Clark School of Law; Jackie Kallberg, Kallberg Law Group; David Marshall, University of California, Davis fellow; Justin Salas, Law Office of Justin L. Salas; Leonard Schneider, retired attorney; and Gary Wright, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is growing again, welcoming Adrian R. Cyhan as a partner to the San Diego office. Cyhan’s practice focuses on intellectual property law, particularly technology transactions. He routinely structures and negotiates a broad array of technology-related arrangements such as IP licenses, collaboration and outsourced technology development agreements.

Cyhan comes to Dinsmore from Stewart PLLC and has also practiced with firms in San Diego, Chicago and Detroit.

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Hollis R. Peterson has joined Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, a San Diego-based management-side labor and employment law firm, as its newest partner. Peterson represents employers, charter schools and health care organizations in all aspects of labor and employment law matters. In addition, she specializes in special education counseling and litigation and in traditional labor-management work.

Prior to joining Paul, Plevin, Peterson practiced employment law with Procopio and Jones Day in San Diego.

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Expanding its team of best-in-class real estate attorneys, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) announced recently the addition of veteran land use and environmental lawyer Evelyn Heidelberg as its newest partner. Heidelberg will head up CGS3’s new land use and environmental resources practice specializing in obtaining entitlements for high-profile developments, master-planned communities, urban in-fill, mixed-use and historical redevelopments.

Most recently a longtime partner with Procopio, Heidelberg began her career as a city and regional planner in California and Virginia, and has more than 20 years of legal experience in day-to-day and complex land use and environmental matters.

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Daniel S. Agle, Earll M. Pott, and Samuel B. Strohbehn have been named shareholders of the Klinedinst PC

law firm.

Agle is a key member of Klinedinst’s Professional Liability Group, primarily defending attorneys, accountants, and real estate agents. Agle has handled a broad range of lawsuits, including cases with potential damages exceeding $200 million as well as more than 50 disciplinary matters before the Commission on Judicial Performance, the California State Bar Court, and the California Board of Accountancy. Pott focuses on white-collar criminal defense, professional licensing litigation, professional liability defense, complex federal and state civil business litigation, and state court criminal proceedings of all kinds. He draws on his experience as a special assistant attorney general, public defender, and boutique white-collar criminal defense attorney to defend his clients in and outside of court. Strohbehn previously served as chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.


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

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