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Jerry Coughlan

Coughlan, Semmer and Lipman

501 W. Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101

rcoughlan@csllaw.com

(619) 232-0800

Education

Law School/Year: University of Virginia/1969

College/Year: Tufts University/1966

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 1969; Maryland, 1970; Washington, D.C., 1973; California 1979

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice

Major cases you have participated in

During 2006, I represented the San Diego Unified Port System in the defense of a legal malpractice case brought by David Malcolm, a former Port Commissioner. This case is considered by public attorneys in California to be of utmost importance.

Also in 2006, I represented Michael Zucchet in the criminal charges brought against him under the honest services provisions of the federal wire fraud statutes. The case against Mr. Zucchet was dismissed by the trial judge in November 2005. The government is deciding whether to appeal.

I have previously represented several clients in highly publicized white collar criminal defense trials against the United States, including United States v Malkus, United States v Fabiano, United States v California Inflatables, United States v Thoryk, United States v Alcantar. All resulted in acquittal except Malkus.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the early '80s, I prosecuted through jury trial one of the most highly publicized murder cases in San Diego history, United States v Amaro and Alexander. The prosecution resulted in four, consecutive life-imprisonment terms against each defendant.

During the 1970's, I defended the United States in one of the longest (8 months) jury trials ever: the Pago-Pago litigations. This resulted in a complete victory for the U.S.

Professional background My professional career has been devoted entirely to trial practice, both civil and criminal. After starting as a law clerk to a federal judge and working briefly at a large law firm on the East Coast, I spent the next 11 years representing the U.S. government; first prosecuting criminal cases in Washington D.C.; second, defending the United States in aviation tort cases around the country; and third, prosecuting criminal cases and defending civil cases as a member of the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego.

Since 1983, I have been in private practice speciliazing in trial cases of all kinds, particularly white collar defense and business-related litigation with an emphasis on defending lawyers in legal malpractice cases.

Professional affiliations

My most important professional affiliations include fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers in which I was elected in 1996. I am also a member of the Lewis Welsh Inn of Court and have served on its executive committee for 10 years.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee Against Violence, a public interest group interested in the appropriate regulation of firearms on a nationwide basis.

Finally, I have been deeply involved in trial training programs and legal education through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, CEB, and other organizations.

Personal background

I am married to Leslie Coughlan and we have two sons, Benjamin, who recently graduated from Northwestern University and is working in Chicago, and Casey, who is a second-year student at Mira Costa Community College in San Diego. My wife is a practicing real estate attorney. I am a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Del Mar. We enjoy involvement in a number of hobbies, including motorcycling, golf, reading, attendance at Padres' games, participation in Padres' events, and participation in our sons' activities.


John Gomez

The Gomez Law Firm

625 Broadway, Suite 1104

San Diego, CA 92101

John@thegomezfirm.com

(619) 237-3490

Education

Law School/Year: Yale/1993

College/Year: University of San Diego/1989

Bar Admissions

California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Personal Injury & Property Damage, Product Liability

Major cases you have participated in

Since 2000, I have recovered over $130 million in verdicts and settlements for clients with 17 awards in excess of $1 million. In 2005, I obtained a $1.7 million verdict against a crematorium for the mishandling of my client's mother's remains. Most recently, in March 2006, I obtained a $106 million verdict against the County of San Diego and Kristin Rossum in a civil case arising out of San Diego's notorious "American Beauty" murder. I have taken on some of the largest companies in America and have never lost a trial in which I was lead trial counsel.

Professional background

I spent a year clerking for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. I then spent close to four years as a litigator at Latham and Watkins' Los Angeles Office. In 1997, I accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. As a federal prosecutor, I tried and won 20 straight felony trials, including several lengthy, complex and high-profile prosecutions. I returned to private practice in 2000 and since that time have represented exclusively plaintiffs in civil litigation. In September 2005, I founded the Gomez Law Firm where I represent ordinary people and businesses in high-stakes litigation.

Professional affiliations

I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where I teach trial advocacy skills. I am also a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. I serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Personal affiliations

I am very active in the community through the firm's "First Saturday" program. The first Saturday of every month, every member of the Gomez Law Firm, along with family, clients, friends and colleagues, gets together to perform a community service. Through that program, the firm has helped organizations as diverse as "I love a Clean San Diego," San Diego Rescue Mission, and the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Personal background

A native San Diegan, I attended public high schools here before moving on to the University of San Diego, where I garnered Academic All-American honors as a member of the Toreros football team. I came home to San Diego for good in 1997 and would never again live anywhere else. My wife, Lisa, is an attorney with Sempra Energy. We live in Carmel Valley with our dog, Emma, and cats Harvey and Lucy. I stay active running, going to the gym, surfing and working on the game of golf. I hold a black belt in Tang So Doo Korean Karate, have completed numerous marathons and half-marathons and speak, read and write Spanish fluently.


William Grauer

Cooley Godward LLP

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

grauerwe@cooley.com

(858) 550-6050

Education

Law School/Year: Cornell Law School/1974

College/Year: Cornell/1971

Bar Admissions

California State Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals, 2d, 9th and 11th Circuits; United States District Courts (all California and New York and various others)

Practice Areas

Appellate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Corporate Business

Major cases you have participated in

In re Managed Care, MDL 1334. Served as lead counsel for PacifiCare in the MDL, a certified class action by all doctors in the United States against all the major managed care providers. Case involved 34 published decisions, including in the United States Supreme Court (which I successfully argued). On Jan. 31, 2006, the trial court granted summary judgment on all claims on behalf of PacifiCare (the only defendant be be dismissed from the case; several others settled for several billion dollars).

Professional background After serving as a special fraud prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice, I have been a partner at Gray Cary and then Cooley, specializing in complex civil litigation and a substantial amount of securities litigation. Before DOJ, I worked at Dewey Ballantine on Wall Street. At DOJ, received special awards from United States Secret Service and other awards.

Professional affiliations

Chair, Federal Court Discipline Committee (1990-present); San Diego County Bar Association (first recipient of annual award for outstanding service to the Bar); former chair of Ethics Committee and Federal Court Committee; California State Bar Association (previously served on Executive Committee of State Bar Court and Litigation Section); ABA, Chair, committee on IPO litigation; 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, former Lawyer Representative; also served on federal delay reduction committee and federal pro bono committee

Personal background

Family: my wife is a Ph.D. biochemist, two daughters bound for law school, and a dog, rabbit and fish.


Charles Grebing

Wingert Grebing

600 W. Broadway, Seventh Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

cgrebing@wingertlaw.com

(619) 232-8151

Education

Law School/Year: California Western University/1970

College/Year: Cal Poly Pomona/ 1967

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Construction, Legal Malpractice, Product Liability

Major cases you have participated in

I represented an attorney for the underwriter in a $120 million bond issue on health care facilities, where the claim against the firm was that the disclosure statement did not include appropriate information, causing the loss of the investments. I also represented the roadway contractor where the plaintiff claimed the work was inappropriately designed and built so that the plaintiff skidded out and was injured, eventually dying. I represented the original developer of a mass project in Coachella Valley in a claim by 400-plus homeowners involving subsidence claims. I represented the architect involved in the design of a major hospital addition with claims in excess of $2 million.

Professional background

I have been in the same firm since graduation from law scchool, handling civil litigation matters, primarily for the defense. The cases have included claims in the areas of legal malpractice, personal injury, product liaibility and professional negligence. They ahve been resolved by mediation, settlement conferences and over 50 jury trials. The work in the construction field includes defense of owners claims on residential and commercial projects for developers, general contractors, architects and engineers.

Professional affiliations

I am currently the California President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and past president of the San Diego Chapter. I have served as past President of the San Diego Inn of Court; the president of the San Diego Barristers Club; Director, Secretary and Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association; President of the San Diego Defense Lawyers; a recipient of the Daniel Broedrick Award; a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of Best Lawyers in America.

Personal affiliations

I have had the honor of participating in the Emmanuel Nares foundation, seeking to raise funds for families who need assistance during the treatment and care of their children who are suffering from debilitating diseases.

Personal background

Widower and with four grown children


Lynne Lasry

Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP

402 W. Broadway, Suite 1700

San Diego, CA 92101

llasry@sllbv.com

(619) 235-5655

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego/1979

College/Year: UC Davis and University of Barcelona/1977

Bar Admissions

California (all courts); Southern, Central, Northern Districts of California; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Labor, Personal Injury & Property Damage

Major cases you have participated in

Representation of executives in complex employment negotiations, including Sarbanes Oxley issues; defense of an owner of a franchise system in complex trial; representation of a business in trial against another business engaged in insurance fraud/arson; representation in trial of purchaser of commercial property against agents for breach of fiduciary duty; representation of class in disability access case; prosecution of cross-burning/civil rights violations; prosecutions of arms and technology smugglers; prosecution of murder for hire, etc.

Professional background

Represented architects and engineers in claims of design malpractice (two years); Assistant United States Attorney (five years); complex civil litigation and trial partner with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP for 13 years; complex civil litigation and trial partner with Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP for the past six years. Also adjunct professor/faculty for USD School of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (past 20 years).

Professional affiliations

American, California, San Diego bar associations; ATLA; CASD; NITA; California Women Lawyers; Lawyer Representative to 9th Circuit; Master, American Inns of Court; Member, Board of Directors, California Appellate Project; Former Delegate to the State Bar; former member Equal Justice Committee for the U.S. District Court; former member, Civil Justice Reform Act Committee; former member of Board of Directors with San Diego Inn of Court (five years)

Personal affiliations

Member, USD School of Law Alumni Board of Directors; co-founder/co-director of S.L.Scholarship Foundation; former member and officer of board of The Institute for Effective Education; former chair, Public Affairs Committee, Mental Health Association; volunteer: Women's Resource Fair, Therapy Dogs International, Canine Companions for Independence, Habitat for Humanity.


Mark Mazzarella

Mazzarella Caldarelli LLP

550 W. C St., Suite 700

San Diego, CA 92101

mmazzarella@mazzcal.com

(619) 238-4900, ext 325

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA/1978

College/Year: USIU, California Western College/1975

Bar Admissions

California, U.S. District Courts of the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California, U.S. Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I am currently counsel to the Peregrine Litigation Trust in an action seeking $1.5 billion from John Moores and others for "insider trading."

In 2003 I was trial counsel for the developer who successfully sued the city ($1.5 million settlement) and Parsons Brinkerhoff ($7.8 million jury verdict) in connection with the unsuccessful attempt to convert Brown Field into a commercial airport.

I am currently counsel for San Diegans for Sensible Land Use, which consists of 200 architects, engineers, lawyers and other residents and business owners in La Jolla, who are seeking to set aside the 2004 Local Coastal Plan for La Jolla, which impacts development from Bird Rock to Torrey Pines, and from the Ocean to Mt. Soledad.

While not a big case, my successful defense last November of San Diego City Attorney, Michael Aguirre, in an action seeking to obtain one-half interest in his home, was among the most closely followed by the media and the public.

Professional background

I began my career as an associate with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in 1978. In 1984 I became partner. In 1986, as an eighth year attorney, I became chair of the 60-member trial department of Luce, Forward, and a member of its Management Committee.

In 1990, while in my 12th year of practice, I left Luce to become chair of the trial department of the San Diego office of the real estate firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory.

In July, 1991, I co-founded Mazzarella & Dunwoody, now Mazzarella Caldarelli, where I am currently the Managing Partner.

From 1996-1999, in addition to continuing with my law practice, I worked with jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, and co-authored the New York Times bestsellers, “Reading People” (Random House 1998) and “Put Your Best Foot Forward” (Simon & Schuster 2000).

Professional affiliations

I was Chair of the then-12,000-member litigation section of the California State Bar in 1992-93; President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers--San Diego from 1992 to 1994 (two terms); a Master in the American Inn of Court; am or have been a member of many bar organizations, including the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association; am, or have been, an instructor for all of the foregoing bar associations, as well as the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; the National College of District Attorneys, the California District Attorneys Association, Continuing Education of the Bar, a joint venture of The California State Bar and The Regents of the University of California, California Western School of Law, University of San Diego, University of California at San Diego, and other organizations.

I was the principal draftsman of the Guidelines of Ethics, Professionalism and Civility which, in 1993, were endorsed by every Court in San Diego County and by 50 of San Diego County’s largest law firms. In building the guidelines, I worked closely with representatives of each of the local bar organizations which had promulgated such guidelines, and built a consensus among all of the local bar organizations for the Guidelines which where ultimately adopted.

Personal affiliations

Consistent with my love of teaching, I have remained active in the Litigation Section of the California State Bar and the Association of Business Trial Attorneys, among many other groups. Over the past six years, I have been asked to participate in the annual mock trial demonstration programs of the Litigation Section and ABTL more frequently than any other attorney in California.

Personal background

I am married to Wendy Patrick Mazzarella, a San Diego County Assistant District Attorney, currently assigned to the Family Protection Unit of the DA’s office. Together, Wendy and I travel extensively throughout the United States, teaching programs on attorney ethics, trial advocacy, “Reading People,” and “Impression Management,” among other topics.


David Noonan

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, LLP

600 W. Broadway, Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92101

dnoonan@knlh.com

(619) 231-8666

Education

Law School/Year: Syracuse University College of Law/1973

College/Year: Colby College/1969

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California; United States District Court Southern District of California, Central District of California, Northern District of California; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Legal Malpractice

Major cases you have participated in

I recently served as trial co-counsel for Sempra Energy in the San Diego County Superior Court trial in one of the largest class actions in California history alleging anti-trust violations in the provision of natural gas arising from the energy crisis of 2000-2001. After months of trial, the case was recently concluded by settlement. I previously served as trial counsel for defendant Ralph's Grocery Company in the defense of a consumer class action tried in San Diego County Superior Court alleging price fixing among the large grocery chains in the retail sale of eggs. The defense verdict was listed as one of the top 10 defense verdicts of the year in the "National Law Journal." I was counsel for ARCO in the successful defense of a consumer class action alleging price fixing in the retail sale of gasoline in the case known as Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield Co., in which case the California Supreme Court set the applicable standard for "burden-shifting in California Summary Judgment cases. I was lead trial counsel for a consumer class against the manufacturer of an ephedra dietary supplement concerning claims of false and misleading advertising in which a superior court judgment of $12.5 million on restitution and injunctive relief was obtained following a lengthy trial. I also served as trial counsel for defendants San Diego Trust and thereafter Wells Fargo Bank in the successful defense of a series of cases during the 1990's known as the Pioneer Mortgage litigation.

Professional background

I joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in 1973 and in 1976 was one of the founders of the law firm of Post, Kirby, Wideman & Noonan, now Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge. Throughout my professional career I have been engaged in trial of business and commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on anti-trust, securities, banking and professional liability matters. I have been continuously listed in Best Lawyers in America for Business Litigation since 1997 and was the recipient of the 2006 Daniel T. Broderick award.

Professional affiliations

I served as president of both the San Diego County Bar Association, and its philanthropic arm the San Diego Bar Foundation. I am currently serving as president of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and am the current president of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). I have been a member of ABOTA since 1992 and in 1998 I was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. I have been a Master in the American Inns of Court, Louis Welsh Inn since 1993 and I am a current member of its Executive Committee. I previously served as a Lawyer Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and am a frequent lecturer on trial practice and professional ethics.

Personal background

I am married (spouse Barbara) and have four children, Tim (27), Sara (20), Colleen (17) and Kevin (14). I reside in Point Loma and have been extensively involved in youth coaching and youth sports for the past several decades.


Don Rushing

Morrison & Foerster LLP

12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92130

drushing@mofo.com

(858) 720-5145

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA School of Law/1978

Other Graduate School/Year: USC,MBA/1973

College/Year: US Air Force Academy/1970

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California; State Bar of Colorado; State Bar of Texas; United States Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal; Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; District of Colorado; Northern District of Texas

Practice Areas

Aviation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Product Liability

Major cases you have participated in

Served as lead underwriter's counsel for the State of California in U.S. v. Stringfellow in a two-month federal court jury trial of a CERCLA case. Served as lead trial counsel for Boeing, Sherwin-Williams, and Guardsman Chemical in O'Harren v. McDonnell Douglas, et al. in a six-month jury trial in San Diego Superior Court in an aviation toxic tort case. Served as lead trial counsel for Alaska Airlines in In Re: Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on Jan. 31, 2000 in multi-district litigation involving wrongful death and survival claims by the heirs and estates of the 88 passengers and crew who perished in the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261. Served as lead trial lawyer for General Atomics in U.S.A. ex rel. v. General Atomics, a two-week federal court bench trial of a False Claims Act case.

Professional background

I am a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster's San Diego office. I am a 28-year litigation veteran and have tried or arbitrated over 60 cases in my career. My practice focuses on aviation, product liability, toxic tort, and general business litigation. Most recently, I successfully arbitrated a dispute between two large, publicly-traded utilities over their ownership interest in a nuclear power plant, tried a False Claims Act case for a major defense contractor, and handled a series of wrongful death cases for an airline arising out of the crash of an MD-80 aircraft near Point Mugu, Calif. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, I was a partner in the San Diego office of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. I was Managing Partner of Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye from 1991-1993 and Chairman and CEO of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich from 1991 to 1996. I also served as Chairman of the firm's litigation group from 1998 to 2000.

Professional affiliations

Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates. Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy. Master, Lewis M. Welsh Chapter, American Inns of Court. Member, International Association of Defense Counsel. Faculty member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Member, Board of Advisors, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Air Law Symposium. Martindale-Hubbell 'AV' rated. Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association. Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator, San Diego Superior Court. Member, Defense Research Institute.

President-elect, Legal Aid Society of San Diego


Miles Scully

Gordon & Rees

101 W. Broadway, 20th Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

mscully@gordonrees.com

(619) 696-6700

Education

Law School/Year: The Ohio State University/1988

College/Year: Ohio University/1985

Bar Admissions

The State and Federal Courts of California

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation

Major cases you have participated in

Have obtained $25 million for clients in business disputes in last two years. Defending City of San Diego in the publicized class action claims re De Anza Harbor Mobile Home Park. Also involved in the nationaly publicized class action by franchisees against UPS and Mail Boxes Ect. Also defending a variety of large business and class action claims against numerous Forbes 500 companies. Successfully defended $100 million dollar case.

Professional background

Since taking over as managing partner for the SD office in 1999, GR has grown from 10 to 82 attorneys to become one of the largest firms in the County. Since taking over as the Firm Executive Committee Partner in charge of Stragtegic Growth, GR has grown to nearly 300 attorneys with new offices in New York, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Portland. GR is now one of the top 200 (189)law firms in the country in revenues.

Professional affiliations

Bar Associations of San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, Defense Research Institute, Southern Califorina Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association.

Personal affiliations

Coach youth soccer, basketball and baseball. Involved in Big Brothers of San Diego in past for many years.

Personal background

Married for 15 years to Denise; three boys: Mitchell 8, Trevor 6 and Justin 1. Active runner and basketball player. Working on golf game. Play Guitar. Born and raised in Ohio. Joined GR out of law school in SF in 1988. Came to SD in 1991 to help open and grow office.


Steven Strauss

Cooley Godward LLP

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

sms@cooley.com

(858) 550-6006

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA/1981

College/Year: Claremont McKenna College/1978

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of California; USDC, Southern District of CA; US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; USDC, Eastern District of CA; USDC, Central District of CA; USDC, Arizona; USDC, Southern District of NY

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Commercial, Corporate Business, Intellectual Property

Major cases you have participated in

During my career, I have obtained trial verdicts and settlements in excess of $100 million including a $40 million judgment for breach of partnership and fiduciary duty -- one of the largest jury awards in the State of Arizona. I have also successfully represented and defended the City of San Diego resulting in the well-publicized renegotiation of the San Diego Chargers lease. I also obtained a defense judgment in favor of Qualcomm in the Hanig class action lawsuit which sought more than $150 million in damages. I currently represent former Mayor Murphy, former Councilmembers Zucchet and Inzunza, former Deputy City Manager Bruce Herring, former Councilmember Judy McCarty and, former SDCERS general Counsel Lori Chapin in the City of San Diego pension case.

Professional background My practice encompasses business, real estate and intellectual property litigation matters including representation of business entities, corporate officers and directors, municipalities, owners, developers, investors, and high net worth individuals. I specialize in complex business litigation, real estate and partnership disputes, claims involving breach of fiduciary duty and representation of the hospitality industry. I joined Cooley Godward in December 2005. Before joining Cooley, I was a Partner at Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch where I was head of its litigation department.

Professional affiliations

I am a current member of the California Trial Lawyers' Association, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego Bar Association and the American Business Trial Lawyers Association. I am a Master of the Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 1994, 1995 and 2003 I received multiple Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards from The San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, and he has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon.

Personal affiliations

I am very active in the community including currently acting President of Trustees of the La Jolla Playhouse, Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of The Bishop's School, a member of the International Council of the Salk Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior Seau Foundation. I am also the Past Chair, stART Up and Member, Collections Committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is currently the Chair of the 2006 Monte Carlo Night fundraiser event benefiting the Museum.

Personal background

I am a second-generation native San Diegan and have deep roots in the community. My family is committed to supporting the cultural community of San Diego -- my mother is commissioner of arts and culture and Past President of the San Diego opera and my father is a Trustee at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Reg Vitek

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

2100 Symphony Towers

750 B St.

San Diego, CA 92101

vitek@scmv.com

(619) 685-3075

Education

Law School/Year: UCLA/1967

College/Year: SDSU/1964

Bar Admissions

Admitted in several U.S. District Courts throughout the country; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Second Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas

Aviation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice

Major cases you have participated in

Currently represent the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System in all pending civil litigation regarding the pension crisis. Currently represent the San Diego Hall of Champions in a dispute concerning Ted Williams' memorabilia. Served as lead trial counsel for a group of plaintiffs in a Warsaw Convention case tried in Federal District Court in New York arising out of the terrorist hijacking of Pan American Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan. Represented several Superior Court judges in proceedings against the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Professional background

I have been a civil litigator since 1968 and have practiced with the same law firm (Seltzer Caplan) during that entire time.

Professional affiliations

American Bar Association; State Bar of California; San Diego County Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; San Diego County Trial Lawyers Association; Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter (founding member of Board of Governors); Committee on Commercial Litigation, Litigation Section (former co-chair); American Inns of Court, Welsh Chapter (Master, member of Executive Board).

Personal background

I have lived in San Diego since 1957, and have attended Point Loma High School, San Diego State University and UCLA School of Law. I have three sons and four grandchildren.


Michael Weaver

Latham & Watkins LLP

600 West Broadway, Suite 1800

San Diego, California 92130

mike.weaver@lw.com

(619) 236-1234

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law/1973, magna cum laude College/Year: California State University, Long Beach/ 1968

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice

Major cases you have participated in

* Representation of various Sempra Energy companies and affiliates in antitrust and unfair competition litigation related to the "California Energy Crisis" including matters filed by the Attorney General, various other states, and consumer and private class actions pending in a number of federal and state trial and appellate courts in California and Nevada.

* Counsel for plaintiffs in the California Charter School Association and various local charter schools against the San Diego Unified School District for refusal to comply with state law in providing adequate class room facilities.

*Prosecution and defense of claims for Capitol Records against the artist commonly known as "Master P" for alleged copyright violations, breaches of contractual obligations and fraud currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

* Defense of The Irvine Company in litigation pending in the San Diego Superior Court.

Closed matters worthy of noted efense of MP3.com; representation of the City of San Diego, the Mayor, members of the City Council and the City Attorney.

Professional background

I have specialized in complex business litigation and trial practice. I have significant experience including trials to verdict and appeals in state and federal courts, before various administrative tribunals and arbitrations on matters involving complex business litigation such as class and derivative actions, securities fraud, RICO, bank litigation, lender liability, antitrust, defamation, unfair competition, business torts, fiduciary duty matters, wrongful termination, partnership and corporate dissolution, product defect litigation, real property matters, contract and UCC disputes, directors and officers liability, intellectual property and legal, accounting and other professional malpractice, errors and omissions.

From 1973 to 1975 I served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gordon Thompson Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of California. I was a member and a Special Master of the Standing Committee on Discipline for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. I was appointed to the California Judicial Task Force to evaluate the desirability of establishing business courts or departments in California, and was the Chair of the Federal Court Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. I was also an Attorney Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and has served as a member and the chair of the Merit Selection Panel which evaluates applicants for the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District. In July, 2006 I was selected to serve a three year term as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ninth Circuit.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the Executive Committee and a Master of the Bench of the Inn, American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter, and was a founding member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers. I served as a Director of the California Supreme Court Historical Society for four years. I am a member of the American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators. I have also been a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers Southern California Selection Committee and currently serves on its Complex Litigation Committee.


Mark Zebrowski

Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92130

mzebrowski@mofo.com

(858) 720-5162

Education

Law School/Year: Boalt Hall/1983

College/Year: University of Wisconsin/1979

Bar Admissions

California

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation

Major cases you have participated in

1. Represented San Diego Padres and its affiliate, JMI Realty, in multiple lawsuits challenging various aspects of the Padres Ballpark redevelopment project. 2. Represented SDG&E in dispute with SCE concerning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. 3. Represented McMillin NTC, LLC in seveal suits challenging the Naval Training Center redevelopment project. 4. Represented several large law firms in defense of legal malpractice claims.

Professional background

My entire legal career has been focused on commercial litigation. I was with Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich, October 1983 through May 2004 (partner 1/1/90 through May 2004). I have been with Morrison & Foerster since May 2004. I recently became the San Diego office managing partner, effective May 1, 2006.

Professional affiliations

Director, San Diego Chapter, Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Founding Master, Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court

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