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San Diego Partner Takes Firm Reins at Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson P.C., the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, announced last month that San Diego partner Jeremy Roth will become co-president and co-managing director of the firm. His eight-year term begins in January. Thomas Bender of Philadelphia and Roth will succeed Marko Mrkonich, who will return full time to the practice of law at the firm. The pair will be serving in the new roles, where they will collaborate on managing the firm’s rapid growth and increasing service capabilities for multinational clients. Roth, office managing shareholder of Littler’s San Diego office, practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing retailers, hotels and other management clients in state and federal courts and before various governmental agencies.

Mintz Levin’s San Diego office helped make Fleet Week a real success last week. And it’s perhaps no surprise considering how many members of the Mintz team served our country. Jim Cleary – Air Force Academy; Pedro Suarez – Air Force Academy; Scott Biel – Naval Academy, nuclear submarines; Justin Nahama – Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps; Bridget Moorhead – U.S. Navy Reserves with the Nurse Corps; and Teri Barnett – Navy secretary.

Liedle, Lounsbery, Larson & Lidl LLP, a multi-office law firm with headquarters in San Diego, has opened a San Francisco office. Liedle specializes in civil litigation, and its attorneys are known for their ability to thoroughly explore alternatives and identify fresh approaches to complex litigation. The firm prides itself on excellent legal skills and aggressive advocacy through negotiation, arbitration or trial. The firm also has offices in Sacramento and Bakersfield.

Higgs Fletcher & Mack is growing again. The San Diego firm announced the hiring of associate Helen S. Cheng. Cheng will be joining the firm’s trust, estates and estate planning practice group. “We are thrilled to add Helen to the team,” said John Morrell, managing partner. “She has quite a professionally diverse background and we are lucky to have hired such a seasoned attorney.” Cheng previously worked as an associate for Baker & McKenzie in Palo Alto and Hong Kong. Most recently, Cheng was with the San Diego Zoo working on IP protection, negotiations and partnership agreements with companies such as Procter & Gamble, WD-40 Co. and Qualcomm Inc.

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The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, on a mission to provide free legal services in civil matters to indigent individuals, families and groups, is honoring Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP as 2012 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year at its annual “Justice For All Celebration” Wednesday at the San Diego Museum of Man. Procopio will be recognized for its many hours of pro bono legal representation of SDVLP clients, including but not limited to the homeless, abused children, domestic violence victims, elder abuse victims, veterans, immigrants, and HIV/AIDS sufferers. “… we have been passionate supporters of SDVLP and its mission. We are proud and humbled by this recognition,” said Procopio managing partner Tom Turner.

The $40 million settlement tentatively approved by a federal judge last month between consumers who bought the Skechers toning shoes and the manufacturer, Skechers USA Inc., has San Diego Attorney Michael Bomberger worried. The lawyer with Estey Bomberger wants everyone to know the settlement doesn’t include injury claims. “This most recent settlement will provide a refund for the purchase of shoes only,” says Bomberger. “Anyone who was injured by Skechers toning shoes can still file a lawsuit.”

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has completed the opening of its Seoul, South Korea office, which is located in the Mirae Asset Center. Sheppard Mullin is among the first three law firms in the United States and the European Union approved to open a practice in Korea. Partner Seth (Byoung Soo) Kim, previously based in Sheppard Mullin’s New York and Los Angeles offices and chair of the firm’s Korea practice, is the administrative partner of the Seoul office.

And The Center for Employment Opportunities announced last month that Elizabeth S. Balfour, a litigator in Sheppard’s Del Mar office, has joined the organization’s board of directors. CEO works exclusively with formerly incarcerated people and helps them gain basic work skills to obtain full-time, private sector jobs. With headquarters in New York City since its inception as an independent nonprofit in 1996, CEO launched a replication of its evidence-based model in San Diego in November. In less than a year of operation, CEO’s San Diego office has served more than 85 people coming home from prison and hopes to more than triple its capacity in the coming year. “Here in San Diego, as well as throughout California, there is an urgent need to help men and women coming home from prison get an opportunity to turn their lives around,” said Balfour.

Randy C. Frisch is the president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal. He is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada and Idaho. He can be reached at rfrisch@sdbj.com.

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