Law Briefs


April 3, 2012


Iagmin becomes managing partner at Gomez firm

The Gomez Law Firm has named James Iagmin as its managing partner. He will manage the firmís day-to-day litigation, personnel and business matters while John Gomez, the firm’s founder, will assume the role of lead trial attorney.

“Jim is a true lawyerís lawyer," Gomez said. "He understands and executes litigation at the very highest level. Our attorneys have gone to him for years for guidance and mentoring."

Gomez added that he will now focus his time and attention almost exclusively on trial work and community service.

Iagmin is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diegoís “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award. Most recently, Iagmin and Gomez obtained a $7.5 million verdict against Starbucks in a highly publicized slip and fall case.

The Gomez Law Firm specializes in business, personal injury, wrongful death and mass torts.

Toranto joins Sheppard Mullin

Tony Toranto has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's real estate, land use and environmental practice group. He also will be a part of the firm's corporate and energy groups.

Toranto, who joins Sheppard Mullin from McKenna Long & Aldridge, specializes in real property, business and energy transactions. Legal recruiters Larry Watanabe and Ken Schwartz of Watanabe Nason & Schwartz brokered the acquisition.

Sipos rejoins Haight Brown & Bonesteel

Mary Beth Sipos, former claims counsel for Liberty Mutual Agency Corp. , has returned to Haight Brown & Bonesteel as a partner in the firmís risk management & insurance law practice group. She started her legal career at Haight, working as a summer clerk and then an associate, before taking a partner position at Musick, Peeler & Garrett in Los Angeles and then going in-house at Liberty Mutual.

While at Liberty Mutual, Sipos served as the senior claims counsel in the insurance companyís San Diego office for the past 12 years. She advised senior claims and underwriting management for commercial and personal markets including property/casualty and workers’ compensation in California.

McKenna's Mezzullo elected president of ACTEC

McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP partner Louis Mezzullo has been elected president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a prestigious association of highly credentialed trust and estate lawyers peer-elected to membership. He is a partner in MLAís family wealth & exempt organization practice.

K&L Gates hosting employment seminar April 11

K&L Gates will be hosting a complimentary breakfast seminar April 11 designed to educate employers and HR professionals regarding legal and practical implications related to key California wage and hour issues.

The program, scheduled for 7:30-9:30 a.m., has been approved for 1.50 of California recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Those interested in attending can email Kelly Barba at or call 858-509-7422.

Cal Western, UCSD honored for community service

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored California Western School of Law as a leader among institutions of higher education for the third consecutive year. The organization named the school to the Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2012. The award recognizes service performed by students, faculty, and staff during the 2010-2011 academic year.

California Western and the University of California, San Diego were the only San Diego campuses named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. Of the 642 schools admitted to the Honor Roll, only 110 were named to this list. California Western was again the only law school so honored.

The Honor Roll award recognizes California Westernís signature community outreach programs, including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, Pro Bono Honors Program, Street Law San Diego, Advanced Mediation Project, and the Clinical Internship program. Nearly 500 students participated in pro bono and service learning projects, contributing more than 118,000 hours of academic, internship, and community service work.

TJSL holding discussion on Trayvon Martin case

Thomas Jefferson School of Law students are presenting a panel discussion on the Stand Your Ground Law on Wednesday from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in light of the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is sponsoring the event, where TJSL professors will discuss the legal issues involved in the Stand Your Ground Law that have been raised by the Trayvon Martin case.

BLSA is asking everyone at TJSL, students faculty and staff, to wear hoodies on April 4 as a show of support.

TJSL also will host an entertainment law panel on Saturday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The free event, titled “Hollywood Swinging: Film & Television Creators and the Long Arm of the Law,” will feature Hollywood creators and the LA lawyers they serve, exploring film and TV issues from copyright and contracts to court cases and the creative process.

One hour of MCLE Credit is available. For more information, email

Procopio's Burns presented at neutrals conference

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch attorney Paul E. Burns presented before the American Arbitration Associationís Annual Neutrals Conference held in Phoenix recently. His presentation was titled, “Managing Electronic Discovery.”

Burns has extensive experience with, and is recognized as a national expert in, electronic discovery. He designed and teaches one of the first law school classes in the country on the subject and was a contributor to the law school casebook, "Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence (West American Casebook Series 2008)."

Burns also is general counsel to, and a member of the executive committee of, The Sedona Conference, the law and policy think tank that is universally recognized as the thought leader among practitioners and the judiciary in e-discovery matters.

Fish named among top trademark firms by 'WTR'

Fish & Richardson has been named a top trademark law firm for the second year in a row by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, a guide to the worldís “outstanding” trademark firms and individuals who are “leaders in the field.”

According to WTR, Fish has “a heavyweight reputation as a critical competitor with a national reach across the market.”

Fish received top rankings for its national practice and regional practices in California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. Specific Fish attorneys noted in the rankings include Lisa M. Martens, a principal in the San Diego office and leader of the Fishís California trademark practice.


April 3, 2012