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Another year in, Shake Smart founders eclipsing goals

Editor's Note: The Daily Transcript followed up with two entrepreneurs who were named Young Influentials in 2013.

Attorney devotes free time to charity work, mentoring students

Civil litigation and trial attorney Melissa Deleon is active in the community, but the organization closest to her heart is the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego. Deleon practices personal injury, civil rights and criminal defense law with the firm Gilliland and Burgess. The 29-year-old native San Diegan graduated from San Diego State University, where she studied journalism, and California Western School of Law.

Incubate Holdings CEO had entrepreneurial spirit since high school

Though Danny DeMichele has been starting and growing online businesses for the last 17 years, online marketing was never his boyhood ambition. Why? The Internet didn't exist at the time ... at least not as we know it today. DeMichele, 38, is the CEO of Incubate Holdings Inc., a privately held digital holding company in Carlsbad that invests and manages business-service providers across various industries.

TJSL professor advocates for underserved communities

Luz Herrera was hired by Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008, in part, because she's great at starting things. She was the first member of her family to go to college (and, subsequently, law school). She started her own law practice.

SD attorney helps lead new way of delivering legal services

You're an attorney who just made partner after 13 years at an AmLaw 200 firm. What's your first move? Uncork a bottle of champagne? Take the kids to Disneyland? For Brian Kintz, it was to resign and head off into the unknown with five colleagues to try to launch a new model of law firm.

Sorrento Towers to offer coveted hospitality-style office amenities

Young Influential Tony Russell of JLL is putting his commercial real estate know-how to work for one of San Diego’s iconic office campuses, Sorrento Towers. Tony and his team were hired by McCarthy Cook and Prudential Real Estate Investors to develop and implement a new plan to reinvigorate the marketing of the 560,000-square-foot, Class A office campus that serves as the “gateway” to San Diego’s technology hub, Sorrento Mesa.

Patenting strategy for early-stage companies

Long before the drug, diagnostic or product is perfected, the patent application is filed. The application must be forward-thinking, describing not only limited embodiments of an invention, but also the scope of the invention. The application and subject matter it discloses will have a life of 20 or more years. The application will be critically reviewed many times during those years. It will be reviewed and assessed by patent offices in various jurisdictions, it will be reviewed during due diligence for fundraising and assessing the value of a company’s technology, and it will be reviewed by potential competitors, and potential licensees. A patent application, when filed, becomes an asset of the company. Hence, for companies seeking to raise funds and to develop a product or method, a coherent patenting strategy is essential. This includes well-drafted and comprehensive patent applications.

JLL vice president making his mark in office brokerage

Tony Russell, a JLL executive vice president, has led the way during his 13 years as a commercial real estate broker in San Diego County. Russell, who was nominated as a Young Influential by Jay Alexander, a JLL managing director, has handled more than 6 million square feet of (primarily office) lease and sales transactions with a value exceeding $1.2 billion.

Doctor’s practice is more than skin-deep

Melanie Palm, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. She is also among a growing number of physicians across the country who sought an MBA. Palm, 36, put her joint degrees to work in July 2012 when she started her private practice. Art of Skin MD offers comprehensive dermatology care, including medical and cosmetic procedures. The 2,400-square-foot facility in Solana Beach, designed to be chic yet inviting, includes 12 laser technology devices and four private treatment rooms.

Natural problem solver hits it big with new app

Who doesn’t have that classic story of hitting it big in online poker during college, taking a break from school, moving to Cabo San Lucas and starting a scuba diving business, then returning to finish school, form a consulting company, then organize a music and technology festival, became an initial member in the Qualcomm Labs group and leave that to start a home services app company, all before age 30?

Gap Intelligence founder wanted 'unique path' for work

March has been Gary Peterson's lucky month when it comes to his career. In March of 2003, he founded gap intelligence, a 35-employee company in San Diego that provides timely, accurate business data to information technology companies and consumer electronics and home appliances manufacturers.

A one-on-one engagement in sustainability

Only a few years after earning his bachelor's degree from San Diego State University, Jonathan Zaidman is on the move, promoting sustainability through his nonprofit, The 1:1 Movement. As the two-year-old organization's executive director, Zaidman's goal is to engage sustainable thinking in the portion of the population not already passionate about conservation. He considers himself both an entrepreneur and advocate, and is a self-described champion of San Diego.

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