Law Briefs


March 27, 2012


Mojdehi joins Cooley's bankruptcy practice

Ali M.M. Mojdehi has joined Cooley LLP as a partner in its bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He previously was chair of Baker & McKenzie LLP's financial restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice group in North America.

Mojdehi advises debtors and creditors and provides counsel to boards on innovative and efficient strategic transactions and restructurings. He is a former member of the bankruptcy rules and practice committee of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware and served as chair of the Chapter 11 rules review committee of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California.

Superior Court closed Friday for César Chávez Day

San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices this Friday in observance of the César Chávez statewide holiday.

The public is urged to visit the court's website at to handle traffic tickets or obtain court information.

Beringer opening own family law firm in Carlsbad

Seasoned family law attorney Samin Vali Beringer is opening her own firm, The Beringer Law Firm, in Carlsbad. Attorneys will provide legal representation in a range of family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, annulment, child support, marital agreements, child custody, visitation and domestic violence.

Beringer's unique experiences in family law and civil litigation enable her to handle a wide spectrum of cases. She has handled hundreds of contested and uncontested family law cases. The Beringer Law Firm is located at 2173 Salk Ave., Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008. The office telephone number is 760-579-7375.

Rosenberg to give keynote at AIPLA conference April 2

The University of San Diego School of Law will be hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Electronic & Computer Patent Law Summit Monday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) executive vice president and general counsel Donald Rosenberg will deliver the conference keynote address at 12:30 p.m.

The school will host nationally recognized patent law experts and practitioners for a fast-paced, multi-session seminar covering timely, advanced and emerging issues that impact patent law as it relates to electronics and computers.

In-house counsel and advanced patent practitioners in the electronic and computer fields will have an opportunity to discuss, debate and learn about the latest changes in law and practice.

Witkin Award Ceremony to be held Wednesday

The Bernard E. Witkin Award Ceremony is returning this year after a year's absence. The annual awards were put on hold last year due to the renovation of the downtown San Diego Law Library.

The ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, March 28 at the University Club, recognizes distinguished service by members of the San Diego legal community. Judge Eddie Sturgeon, former dean of California Judicial College, will receive the Judicial Service award; Martin Kruming, editor of San Diego Lawyer Magazine, will get the Public Service award; Steven Smith, dean of California Western School of Law, will be honored with the Service to Education School award; and George Brewster, senior deputy county counsel and bar historian, will receive the Legal Professional award.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $50 each with proceeds supporting the San Diego Law Library.

Knobbe ranked in top tier by IP magazine

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP was ranked in the top tiers, both nationally and in the Western region of the United States, for trademark prosecution and trademark contentious work by Managing IP (MIP) magazine in its annual World IP survey.

Knobbe Martens was the only firm recognized in the top tier for trademark prosecution in the West. The firm has consistently been ranked in the top tiers for both trademark and patent work since inception of the survey in 1996. In the patent portion of the survey, published in February, Knobbe Martens was recognized in all three categories: patent prosecution, patent contentious work, and national bio life sciences practice.

Francavilla elected to HeadNorth board

Robert Francavilla, a partner with the law offices of Casey Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt and Penfield LLC, has been elected to the board of directors of HeadNorth, a Del Mar-based nonprofit dedicated to providing help and hope for spinal cord injury survivors.

HeadNorth is focused on supporting and meeting the transitional needs of spinal cord injury survivors, as well as finding a cure for paralysis through research and grants. The organization is especially known for its Recover and Thrive programs, which help the injured and their families through the challenges of recovery to rehabilitation and reintegration into an active lifestyle.

Francavilla, who specializes in serious personal injury cases, has attained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years. Most recently, he helped achieve a nearly $5 million settlement for injured Mission Hills high school football player Scotty Eveland, who will require lifetime medical care.

City attorney awarded grant for loan modification investigations

The San Diego city attorney's office has been awarded almost $57,000 in grant funding to hire an investigator for cases involving loan modification and foreclosure consultant businesses that take advance fees, which is in violation of California law. The grant, administered by the California attorney general, was awarded from their foreclosure crisis recovery fund.

The city attorney's office will be able to hire an investigator half-time to work for the Consumer & Environmental Protection Unit (CEPU) to address an increase in crimes against homeowners who face losing their homes due to the recent collapse of the housing market.

People can report fraud, waste or abuse to the CEPU by calling its hotline at 619-533-5600.

Legal secretaries holding silent auction April 19

The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association is holding a bingo and silent auction on April 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Liberty Station NTC Promenade. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members with free parking. SDLSA members who bring a non-member get in free along with their guest.

The event will include a light dinner, sodas, beer, wine and bingo. Those interested in attending can RSVP and mail payment to Barb Bretherton, 501 W. Broadway, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101. Seating is limited, so interested participants should register early.


March 27, 2012