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Tyson & Mendes Brings Aboard Experienced Trial Lawyer

Susan L. Oliver is the newest San Diego partner at Tyson & Mendes LLP. A trial lawyer with more than 23 years of experience, Oliver has built a strong reputation for successfully defending a wide range of clients in professional and product liability, personal injury, business and employment cases, as well as complex civil litigation.

Each year since 2010, Oliver has been inducted as a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America — an exclusive

honorary society for trial lawyers. Tyson & Mendes LLP is growing. The litigation firm now has more than 37 attorneys in California, Arizona and Colorado.

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The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is growing, too. John I. Forry, a sought-after attorney in the area of international finance, investment, and tax planning and compliance, has recently joined the firm. Throughout his 45-year career, Forry has represented U.S. and foreign businesses, financial institutions and individuals doing business either abroad from the U.S. or from abroad into the U.S., with a significant focus on Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

In addition to founding a California law firm focused on U.S. investments from abroad, Forry was a senior partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he headed the firm’s California offices and its Pacific Rim and Latin America international practices and served on its governing board. He is also a former partner with Ernst & Young LLP in New York, where he was the first global leader of its Project Finance practice and director of the firm’s Foreign Legal Services Alliances.

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Fish & Richardson intellectual property litigator Juanita Brooks has been named an Icon of IP by Law360 for her role in shaping “today’s intellectual property landscape.” I don’t know what Icon of IP means, but it sounds cool, and it is no surprise Brooks would be the first San Diego attorney to get it. She is among just 25 lawyers to be recognized as having iconic status.

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More Fish news: The firm has been named a top trademark law firm for the sixth consecutive year by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, a guide to “the world’s leading trademark legal services providers.” WTR noted that “commercial enterprises flock to the doors of national heavyweight Fish & Richardson for cast-iron protection and robust defense of their brand rights.”

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Six attorneys from Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP were recently honored by Thomson Reuters.

Veteran, which doesn’t necessarily mean old, partners Darryl O. Solberg, Jerold H. Goldberg, David W. Bagley II, Michael (Mickey) J. Maher, and Richard A. Schulman were recognized for their respective practice areas.

David J. Vogel was named a 2016 Rising Star, a designation achieved by only 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 and under or with 10 or fewer years’ experience. Vogel practices in the areas of real estate, general business and finance transactions, representing a broad range of clients including lenders, borrowers, developers, commercial real estate investors and non-profit organizations.

Solberg’s practice concentrates on general business and real estate transactions including: business planning and entity structuring and formation, operation and termination of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, real property purchases and sales.

Goldberg has been practicing for 41 years with a concentration on litigation and risk management matters, with emphasis in construction, real estate finance, purchase and sale, commercial lease, real estate brokerage and insurance issues.

Bagley is involved with real estate, finance and general business transactions.

Maher, managing partner of the firm, is a real estate and business lawyer who concentrates on advising clients in developing, leasing and investing in shopping centers, office properties and industrial parks; apartment acquisitions and dispositions.

Schulman focuses on government regulation, primarily land use, along with appellate litigation. Schulman assists clients with all aspects of the development process including: entitlements and governmental approvals for subdivisions and other projects; environmental analyses.

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law will again offer free tax preparation services through April 8. Senior citizens, students, low-income individuals and other members of the community who are unable to prepare their own tax returns are eligible for the free tax filing services at the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic at the law school. Operated each spring by the law school’s Tax Law Society, the clinic provides critical assistance for those who cannot afford to pay to prepare their returns.

“For the past 18 years, students have been offering this invaluable service to the San Diego community, and during that time have assisted countless individuals who may not have otherwise been able to afford professional tax preparation,” said Professor Richard Winchester, adviser to the Tax Law Society and a former attorney in the national tax office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Located at 495 11th Ave. in downtown, the clinic will be open two days a week through April 8. Clinic hours will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

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Chris Saunders did a fine job of relating news and features for the California Western School of Law. And Thomas Jefferson School of Law before that. He left the post recently to become the communications manager at Palomar Health. Chris replaces Leonel Sanchez, who is now at Scripps Health. Saunders has been replaced by Joshua Nunn.

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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