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His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including infringement and enforcement activities for global companies in high-stakes patent, trademark and copyright litigation in trial and appellate courts nationwide and across a range of industries. Patent and Trademark Office. He is well versed in the various patent examination proceedings available under the America Invents Act, having served as lead counsel in over 20 post-grant proceedings, including representation of petitioners and patent owners, and in related multi-district patent infringement litigation.

Paul has over a dozen years of experience as a practicing engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia, where he was an internationally recognized senior researcher and project leader with over 20 technical publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Most notably, Paul led an award-winning project team that successfully developed a landmark national test bed and ground test technologies for the International Space Station.

Meghan Canty Murphey Meghan Canty Murphey practices insolvency law, business litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Meghan has extensive experience at all stages of litigation, including trials, in both state and federal courts. Meghan primarily represents the interests of financial institutions, creditors, buyers, sellers, and landlords, in a variety of litigation and bankruptcy proceedings and in connection with collateral foreclosures, evictions, collections, loan workouts, and loan documentation.

Meghan also specializes in business and intellectual property disputes. She regularly litigates trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and patents, both seeking enforcement of those rights and defending against claims of infringement. Meghan also litigates claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, interference with business relations, and breach of contract. Meghan also has extensive appellate experience, representing clients in front of the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit and in various California state courts of appeal.

She has obtained favorable results for her clients on appeal, including in two cases that resulted in published, precedential opinions: 1 Zachary v. Active Network, Inc. Matthew D. Murphey Matthew Murphey is a trial attorney. Michael A. Prior to joining Burke, Michael defended complex tort actions in both state and federal courts. Michael has substantial civil litigation experience, including pleadings, law and motion, discovery, alternative dispute resolution and enforcement of judgments.

Michael earned his J. Gina N. Giovacchini Gina N. Prior to joining Burke, Gina defended clients against a variety claims including product and premises liability, breach of contract, construction defect, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, class-actions, and complex tort litigation. Brand of the U. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. Gina earned her B. Gregory B. Greg has focused on litigation since becoming a member of the State Bar of California in Greg has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation from pre-litigation negotiations to pleadings, law and motion, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, jury trials to verdict, writs and appeals, and enforcement of judgments and settlements.

Richard Haden Ret. From to , Greg served as an officer in the United States Navy aboard surface combatant ships actively deployed to areas ranging from the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Japan.

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Prior to joining the firm, Ope defended public officials and governmental entities in civil rights litigation. She has also worked in various legal capacities for several human rights-focused non-governmental agencies and foreign governments worldwide, and in Washington, D.

She also participated in a mediation clinic where she facilitated the settlement of numerous small claims cases, was a member of the moot court board, and spent two respective semesters studying in Washington, DC and London, England. Sally has devoted her legal career to helping others resolve their disputes and has a special affinity in representing clients in labor and employment law matters. She regularly provides advice and counseling to management pertaining to labor and employment law compliance. She also assists clients with investigations of harassment and discrimination charges and identifying potential employment-related issues that may arise.

In addition, Sally regularly volunteers at several legal clinics and earned a mediator certification. Pooja V.

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Prior to joining Burke, Pooja represented employees and employers in employment litigation including wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, and wrongful termination in both California and Federal Courts. Pooja has substantial experience in counseling employers in pre-litigation matters, representing employers in administrative hearings, and all stages of civil litigation. Dana R. She is a member of the Public Law and Litigation Practice Groups and provides advisory and litigation services to public entities throughout California.

Dana represents public agencies defending a variety of claims in civil and administrative courts. She prepares dispositive motions, negotiates with opposing counsel to craft settlements agreeable to all parties, and engages in client and witness preparation for both direct testimony and questions on cross-examination. These experiences have provided Dana with an in-depth understanding of how to best serve clients and anticipate likely issues prior to them arising. Dana also has a wealth of experience providing counsel on Political and Election Law issues.

She has worked on political campaigns throughout California and across the nation, most recently as the Deputy Voter Protection Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Nevada. Kristin E. Charbonnier Kristin has represented Fortune companies and public utilities, and has achieved favorable results for her clients in jury trials, arbitrations and mediations.

Maxwell A. His practice focuses on litigation involving public entities. Prior to joining Burke, Max practiced for several years at an international law firm where he worked on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. Mark J. Mark has extensive trial experience, having handled multiple successful jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations, and has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal over a dozen times.

Mark began his career focusing on litigation for and against public entities, with cases including complex land-use matters, employment and discrimination disputes, constitutional claims, and wrongful-death tort claims. Since that time, Mark has expanded his practice to include complex commercial disputes on behalf of developers and businesses of all sizes, general real-estate litigation, and environmental litigation.

He has acted as deputy city attorney for a number of cities, and in he acted as the Interim City Attorney for the City of Calexico and as the general counsel for the South Coast Regional Occupational Program. Charles O. He often advises clients in the drafting of employee handbooks, drug and alcohol testing policies, enforceability of arbitration agreements, as well as with regard to wage and hour issues and labor matters under the NLRA.

Chip also has experience defending an employer against unfair labor practice charges and allegations of bad faith bargaining before the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Chip began his career as an attorney for the NLRB, serving as an attorney to Board members, as well as an attorney for the Office of Appeals and Region Chip also served as labor counsel to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, where he supported the president and vice president of the organization in various issues related to labor law and assisted the studios effectively arbitrating grievances.

Prior to specializing in public law, Stephanie was a research attorney for the Honorable Bonnie Sabraw Ret. Karen T. Tsui Karen T. Prior to joining Burke, Karen defended product liability and complex tort actions on behalf of automotive manufacturers and medical malpractice insurance providers in both state and federal courts.

Karen has substantial experience in all phases of civil litigation, including written and expert discovery, law and motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial preparation. Karen earned her J. While attending law school, she also served as a judicial extern in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to law school, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Edward L. Shaffer A former professional city planner, Ed Shaffer excels in achieving positive outcomes for environmental, land use, and real estate law clients. He manages regulatory practices and resolves objections by interested parties such as applicants, neighbor groups, agency staff and decision makers.

Ed represents real estate developers, commercial and industrial property owners, and public agencies. He is well versed in EIRs, development agreements and vested rights, general plans and zoning, use permits and subdivision matters. A major aspect of his practice involves guiding projects through the complex requirements of CEQA environmental review and development approval. In the process, Ed is able to strengthen the defensibility of approvals at risk of litigation. His prior career as a city planner and planning consultant gives him special insight into the priorities of public officials and the best path to achieving approvals that satisfy all parties.

Ed works with both buyers and sellers negotiating complex real estate options and purchase agreements, performing due diligence for the transactions, clearing title issues and helping close the deal. He also handles property rights matters, resolving and documenting easements and related issues. These efforts involve close interaction with public officials at local, regional and state levels of government as well as key business leaders. Lindsay M. In her role as Title IX Coordinator, she served as the designated agent of the University with primary responsibility for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts.

Lindsay oversaw compliance of University policy in relation to Title IX legal developments; implemented grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; and conducted investigations of complaints received pursuant to University discrimination and harassment policies. During her tenure, Lindsay tirelessly and passionately represented indigent criminal defendants from arrest to verdict conducting hundreds of hearings, bench and jury trials. Lindsay earned her B. Gerald J.

With over 15 years of experience in the redevelopment arena, Jerry is assisting successor agencies throughout the state in the implementation of the redevelopment dissolution act, ABx1 Charles W. Reese Charles W. He has been actively involved with regulatory compliance and cost recovery litigation at many environmentally contaminated sites throughout the western United States, and with numerous transactions involving the acquisition, sale, and environmental regulation of businesses and real property. He is experienced with compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and with air, water, and hazardous substance regulations.

He has successfully represented major corporations and numerous public entities in significant cases at both the state and federal trial and appellate levels. In addition, Chuck is an experienced negotiator and advisor for both public and private entities. He has served on the board of directors of several national environmental engineering and manufacturing corporations.

Richard J. Reynolds Rick Reynolds practices primarily in the areas of real estate and financial services litigation, business litigation, transactional real estate, lending law, and bankruptcy law on behalf of clients in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

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His experience includes the purchase and sale of real property and businesses, secured transactions, asset purchases and sales in Bankruptcy, receiverships, partition, easement and boundary disputes, contract and business tort litigation, and foreclosure-related litigation. The national directory of attorneys Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Rick its AV Preeminent rating, indicating that peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Rachel H. Richman Rachel has proudly provided contract city attorney and general counsel services to public agencies throughout California for nearly 20 years.

She drafts opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and negotiates and drafts agreements. She attends as legal counsel, city council meetings, planning commission meetings, and mobile home rent control panel meetings. Rachel is experienced working on behalf of cities with developers on commercial, residential, and mixed use projects. She has negotiated and drafted development agreements, exclusive negotiating agreements, owner participation and disposition and development agreements, and affordable housing agreements. Rachel handles various aspects of labor and employment matters.

Rachel regularly handles issues related to public works construction projects, including development of notices inviting bids, to reviewing bids and recommendation of award, she has dealt with challenges to the low bidder as well as advising on dealing with construction delays, stop notices, liquidated damages issues and prevailing wage issues. Rachel also has experience in eminent domain on behalf of cities, agencies, and for the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority involving pre-condemnation activities, initiation of condemnation actions, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.

She is also cognizant of the public concerns that exist with the use of eminent domain. Rachel provides training on ethics, municipal governance ADA inclusion requirements and transparency laws to firm clients as well as providing presentations at various municipal conferences. Steven D. Steve has represented Fortune companies, financial institutions, developers, public entities, landlords, tenants, retailers, owner-managers and brokers in matters involving shopping centers, urban and suburban mixed-use projects, condominium developments, office towers, business parks, industrial properties, master planned communities, hotel and resort projects, and mining projects.

Steve has extensive jury trial, court trial and arbitration experience and has regularly appeared before administrative agencies including planning commissions, city councils and administrative appeals boards. He has served as an arbitrator and settlement panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court and as an expert witness on matters pertaining to the standard of care of counsel in commercial litigation.

David A. Rosenthal David Rosenthal practices in the areas of general business and commercial, securities, technology, corporate, partnership, limited liability company, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, public entity, and construction law. He has also drafted and negotiated numerous construction industry contracts, including construction, construction management, and design, for public, private, and non-profit owners, architects, engineers, and consultants.

David previously practiced with a San Francisco law firm specializing in commercial leasing and lending, as well as general corporate and public and private securities issuance. He is admitted to practice in California. When not working, he spends his time taste testing local ethnic foods and hiking.

Sergey Sergio A. Rudin Sergio Rudin is a senior associate in the Public Law practice group and provides advisory, transactional, and litigation services to cities, counties, special districts, and other public entities throughout California. Sergio previously served as staff counsel to the California State Water Resources Control Board, where he advised on various programs for funding water, wastewater, storm water, and wastewater infrastructure, including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, negotiated project financing transactions, and advised on state and federal compliance matters.

Prior to state employment, he worked for a private firm primarily representing general contractors in complex commercial litigation in various forums. Sergio also served as a law clerk to Judge Vidmar at the U. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Deepa Sharma Deepa Sharma provides litigation and advisory services to a broad range of public and private sector clients throughout California. While in law school, Deepa served as a law clerk in the U. Deepa also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Maria P. Before law school, Deepa served as a policy aide in the California State Legislature, and worked as a political consultant to various local and statewide campaigns.

Edith Sanchez Shea Edith Shea is an experienced civil litigator and she has represented private and public clients in state and federal actions and appeals. Edith maintains a varied litigation practice and has handled matters in the areas of life, health and disability insurance, bad faith insurance law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act "ERISA" litigation, employment law, and construction. She has also represented clients in complex actions and class actions. Edith has successfully resolved numerous matters through dispositive motions, including a recent grant of summary judgment in a rescission matter and the grant of a motion to dismiss without leave to amend in an employment matter.

She has also tried cases to verdict on behalf of corporate clients, before the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, and before the Superior Court for the State of California and she has briefed and argued appeals before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit. Edith has also resolved numerous cases through alternative dispute resolution. In addition to representing clients in many mediations and settlement conferences, Edith has served as a mediator and as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Edith has spoken at professional conferences. Edith is fluent in Spanish. Anna C. She focuses her practice on all areas of land use, real estate development, and environmental law, representing both public agencies and private landowners and developers in administrative and court proceedings to bring projects to fruition. She works closely with project proponents, public agencies, and environmental consultants on preparing and defending CEQA and NEPA documents such as negative declarations, environmental impact reports EIRs , and environmental impact statements EISs , including for complex projects such as water rights transfers, multi-phased mixed-use projects and large campus master plans.

Anna helps private clients through all stages of the land use approval process, obtaining entitlements to build or expand large shopping centers, stand-alone retail stores, mixed-use projects, hospitals, hotels and resorts, golf courses, residential developments, and quarries, among others. She also assists cities, counties, special districts, and state agencies in regulating land and development, negotiating real estate transactional documents and development agreements, and updating general plans, specific plans, and zoning codes.

Anna litigates land use, CEQA, and NEPA matters for public and private clients at trial court and appellate court levels, and serves as an expert witness throughout California in cases involving land use development issues. Kevin D. Siegel Kevin represents cities and other local agencies regarding a wide range of public law matters, including land use and planning, CEQA and environmental law, inverse condemnation and eminent domain, open meeting and public records, taxes and assessments, elections and initiatives, contracts and torts, and due process and other issues of constitutional law.

Kevin provides litigation as well as advisory services. Kevin endeavors to reach positive outcomes for his clients, without litigation. But when litigation is necessary, Kevin zealously pursues successful outcomes in court. Charles E. His public law and private client practice involves the relationships between employers and employees, businesses and contracting parties, and lawyers and clients. He has experience as lead trial counsel in cases that included allegations of fraud, employee whistleblowing and retaliation, race discrimination, the False Claims Act, conflicts of interest, employee pension and welfare benefits, wrongful termination, legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, alter ego, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

He also has handled many appeals, for both public and private clients. Labor and Employment Law Charlie has represented private and public employers in employment matters, providing preventive counseling and litigation defense against various legal theories.

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His representation has involved different industries, including health care, transportation, travel, entertainment, employee benefits, apparel, real estate, and housing. He has advised the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles since , for which he has successfully prosecuted former employees and others who misused federal funds provided to the agency. In several lengthy employment jury trials in Los Angeles Superior Court, Charlie was lead counsel for his client in reaching verdicts on whistleblower retaliation claims.

He served as the primary attorney for a national employee benefits firm in a Department of Labor lead enforcement case in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. His class action experience has included serving as appointed class counsel on behalf of Plaintiff and Defendant classes. Litigation Charlie is certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, a subject area that includes the prosecution and defense of lawyers in professional liability disputes, conflicts of interest, ethics, malicious prosecution, and anti-SLAPP motions.

In addition to matters involving lawyers and clients, he also has handled many complex business litigation cases for private companies, and claims for and against qui tam plaintiffs and others under the federal and state False Claims Acts in the healthcare, defense, entertainment, and housing industries. He has taken to trial more than 35 such cases in California courts, including federal courts. Real Estate and Business Law Charlie, in association with bankruptcy counsel, advised Victor Valley Community Hospital as special corporate and litigation counsel in connection with obtaining the consent of the California Attorney General to sell all of its assets and thereafter confirming its Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation.

He has acted as outside counsel and provided advice to a number of businesses, including other health care enterprises, closely held companies, and sole proprietorships. He currently acts as outside general counsel for the Odd Fellows Home of California, which owns and operates two large retirement communities in Napa and Saratoga, a role he also performed for Victor Valley Community Hospital from In addition, Charlie has assisted court appointed receivers in workouts and liquidations of businesses under court supervision.

Meaghan A. Snyder Meaghan A. Meaghan represents and counsels public and private entities in labor and employment matters and provides advisory, transactional, and litigation services to public agencies on a wide range of municipal law issues. Meaghan regularly counsels employers on various labor and employment issues, defends employers in litigation matters in actions involving state and federal law, represents employers in state, federal, and local administrative proceedings, conducts internal investigations of employment complaints involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and develops personnel rules and policies.

Prior to joining Burke, Meaghan was a litigation associate at a firm in San Jose, where she focused on employment law, municipal law, and business litigation. Prior to that, Meaghan was a litigation associate with a boutique litigation firm in San Francisco where she practiced public entity defense, specifically, representing municipal clients in constitutional and civil rights matters as well as public entity tort and contract matters. Meaghan's litigation practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including trial, all phases of trial preparation, arguing law and motion matters, taking and defending depositions, preparing and responding to pleadings, drafting and responding to written discovery, and legal research.

Meaghan has appeared and argued in both state and federal court. She has served as second-chair in two federal court jury trials and two state court jury trials. Meaghan has also prepared answering briefs in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in the Ninth Circuit affirming the District Court decisions in favor of her clients. Alan A. Sozio A recognized figure in his field of eminent domain, Alan Sozio has played a lead role in numerous multi-parcel property acquisition projects throughout California. In addition to providing eminent domain legal services to more than 17 public agencies, Alan has since served as special acquisition counsel for the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority in property acquisitions spanning more than 11 grade separation projects in the San Gabriel Valley.


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Alan counsels public clients on early considerations and pre-acquisition activities necessary to the condemnation process. He litigates eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions and, when necessary, takes the matters through trial. Alan also drafts transactional documents, including purchase and sale agreements, right-of-entry agreements and leases, and provides advice regarding state and federal relocation assistance.

He has appeared in both open and closed session with city councils, agency boards and other legislative bodies to speak on matters related to the acquisition of property and the condemnation process. In addition to eminent domain actions, Alan litigates matters involving physical and regulatory takings, contractual and boundary disputes, unlawful detainer matters, land use and real estate issues.

Thereafter, on a pro bono basis, Alan prosecuted to verdict criminal cases, and obtained favorable bench rulings in evidentiary trials, for the cities of Anaheim and Inglewood. When not at the office, he enjoys surfing, skiing, and relaxing with his family on the beach. Benjamin L. Stock Benjamin Stock is an accomplished litigator in both state and federal courts. His litigation and transactional practice emphasizes municipal law, eminent domain, land use, and construction law.

With regard to his eminent domain practice, Ben plays a key role in public clients' property acquisition activities. He counsels public clients on early considerations and pre-acquisition activities necessary to the condemnation process. He also litigates condemnation actions, negotiates settlements and, when necessary, takes the matters through trial. Additionally, Ben drafts transactional documents related to the acquisition of property through eminent domain.

He is currently assisting multiple public entities with their condemnation needs throughout the state. Ben has spoken at numerous conferences on issues involving eminent domain. In addition to eminent domain, Ben has extensive experience representing public entities in litigation at both the trial court and appellate court levels. His areas of specialization include inverse condemnation and land use, CEQA, breach of contract, environmental law, and dangerous conditions public liability.

Ben also assists numerous public entities across the state on complex land use matters and in tax allocation matters before the State Board of Equalization. Katy A. Suttorp Katy Suttorp, a partner in the Orange County office of Burke, Williams and Sorensen, LLP, represents and counsels a wide range of employers, including municipalities, special districts, school districts, community college districts, and private entities, in numerous labor and employment law matters.

Katy also provides advice and representation for a variety of labor matters, including acting as lead negotiator, representing agencies in proceedings before PERB, and providing workplace training addressing challenges in supervising represented employees. During law school, Katy clerked at the U. She also served as editor-in-chief of the environmental law and policy journal, Environs.

Kane Thuyen Kane Thuyen is an attorney specializing in public law with experience representing numerous cities, county agencies, special districts, school districts, and nonprofit organizations in both an advisory and litigation capacity. He also regularly serves as counsel during Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

In his litigation capacity, Kane has not only successfully defended governmental entities against writs of mandate and tort claims, but has also prosecuted code enforcement and criminal matters as a city prosecutor. Kane received his dual B. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow of the U. District Court — Central District of California. Albert Tong Albert Tong has represented private and publicly-traded companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including insurance and reinsurance, securities, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, Proposition 65, and franchise disputes.

He has extensive experience in pre-trial, trial, and appellate advocacy, and arbitrations and mediations. Kelly A. Trainer Kelly Trainer is a partner in Burke's Orange County office, representing employers in labor and employment law matters. Kelly has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability and leaves of absence, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, wage and hour, freedom of speech and association, and privacy. Kelly has an extensive counseling practice, concentrating on preventive measures of employment and labor law.

In this regard, her practice has focused on working cooperatively with management and human resources professionals on the handling of a variety of labor and employment matters. She also revises personnel rules, employee handbooks, personnel ordinances, and specific policies.

Kelly is an experienced and engaging trainer. She regularly conducts seminars and workplace trainings for employees and officials on matters such as harassment prevention, disability discrimination, workplace investigations, diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, managing difficult employees, workplace violence, discipline and termination, social media, performance evaluations, creating effective documentation, and leaves of absence. Kelly has acted as lead negotiator during labor negotiations for public agencies, and has negotiated numerous labor agreements. In addition to labor negotiations, Kelly has experience in handling related labor relations issues such as grievances and PERB proceedings, and she regularly advises employers on such matters.

Kelly is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and has served as a neutral investigator and fact-finder for internal investigations of employment complaints. Brian A. Litigation Experience Brian has successfully represented many public agencies throughout California in litigation in both the trial courts and appellate courts. Superior Court, 40 Cal. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the City finding that a newly incorporated City has the authority to deny the Final Map.

City of Rosemead, Cal. This is an important case for public agencies with regard to many issues including the discussion on Government Code Section City of Malibu, Cal. Brian successfully represented the City at trial of this Brown Act case. City of Santa Clarita, Cal. Brian represented the City at the trial on the Petition for Writ of Mandate. The trial court ruled in favor of the City and the judgment was affirmed on appeal.

City of Atascadero, WL July 8, The trial court ruled in favor of the City which was sustained on appeal. The trial court ruled in favor of the Petitioner.

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On appeal, the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court decision and ruled in favor of the City. GS June Petition for Writ of Mandate in which Brian successfully represented the City at trial. Former Mayor John Tran alleged the City wrongfully rejected absentee ballots on the basis of signatures which did not match the voter registration signature. NTS Systems, Cal. Eminent domain case to acquire property for the construction of a major arterial road in the City.

Brian was trial counsel for the City of Santa Clarita. Brian assisted with many phases of the Springville Interchange Project including review of bid documents and advice on construction issues. The project was completed in on time and within budget. Brian has assisted in all phases of this project including site acquisition, annexation issues with LAFCO and project approvals.

Brian assisted Park District with the acquisition of acres in Alamos Canyon for open space including 55 acres of sensitive habitat. Paloma P. Paloma is an experienced litigator and has represented both public and private entities at all stages of litigation, from inception to trial. Paloma also provides sexual harassment and FEHA training to public and private employers throughout the State of California.

Park Traci Park exclusively advises and assists employers and management in labor and employment law and civil rights litigation. Traci has extensive trial and appellate experience, and she regularly handles grievance arbitrations, disciplinary appeals, administrative hearings, and agency investigations. Traci also has a significant counseling practice, which includes drafting employment policies, performing employment law compliance audits, and advising on employee discipline, performance management, and due process issues.

Traci is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and frequently serves as a personnel investigator and neutral fact-finder. Traci regularly advises employers about issues and policies related to cyber-security, social media, and on-line conduct of employees and elected officials, and she regularly writes for the California Lawyer Magazine Social Media Column.

She contributes to a number of treatises, including the editions of Legal Trends and the editions of The California Employer. Traci recently authored articles on use of social media by police, social media policies for public entities, defining on-line threats, social media and the First Amendment, and litigating sexual harassment in the MeToo environment. Traci is an experienced trainer who has conducted hundreds of seminars on all aspects of employment law and civil litigation.

Her recent presentations include Facebook and the First Amendment, hacking and cyber-misconduct, privacy and privilege in litigation, harassment prevention, social media in the workplace, managing difficult employees, HR boot camp for managers, workplace hazing, bullying and violence, administering protected leaves of absence, strategies to prevent lawsuits arising from terminations, disability discrimination, conducting lawful workplace investigations, and effective discipline and workplace documentation.

Traci regularly conducts employment law training for members of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority. Traci likes surfing, Facebook, and the Los Angeles Chargers. Elizabeth M. Her practice focuses on representation of businesses in a wide variety of legal disputes, and advice and counsel. Her clients include businesses and individuals of all sizes and types, including the construction industry, temporary service agencies, recyclers, gas station operators, and high tech companies. She has a particular expertise in successfully handling difficult disputes between family members and matters involving highly emotional and sensitive issues, including probate, palimony and business issues arising in divorce actions.

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Nathan A. Nathan has defended nearly every type of police litigation that an agency could face, including officer-involved shootings, deaths due to excited delirium, class action litigation, malicious prosecution claims, allegations of excessive force, and allegations of unconstitutional jail conditions. Since joining Burke, Nathan has added advisory work to his litigation practice. Nathan advises law enforcement agencies throughout the state on a variety of policy issues. Nathan is particularly focused on issues pertaining to police body-worn cameras, and he has lectured on that topic in multiple venues.

Janae H. Janae has over 30 years of experience representing cities, counties, special districts, school districts, and water districts in labor relations, employment law, public agency access law, and education law. She represents public agency employers through the negotiations spectrum, from planning and developing negotiations parameters based on statutory fact-finding criteria through negotiations, impasse, mediation and fact-finding hearings. She advises MMBA employers regarding both safety and miscellaneous employee groups. Janae regularly advises public agencies on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including MOU interpretation; grievance responses; benefits and leaves administration, including pension benefits; coordination of FMLA, CFRA, and Workers Compensation leaves; interactive process discussions under the ADA and FEHA; interpretation and application of new laws; worker classification issues, and employee discipline and performance evaluation issues.

In addition to bargaining with all employee groups under the education employer collective bargaining statutes, she also handles certificated and classified discipline, dismissal, and layoff, including administrator reassignment and release issues; and contract management issues; and handles all Education Code personnel issues. She is experienced in interest-based bargaining as a negotiator, trainer, and facilitator. Janae also advises school districts regarding board governance issues, student related issues, school district reorganization, federal and state constitutional issues.

She has handled numerous sexual harassment and other personnel investigations, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice hearings before PERB, and fact-finding hearings. Nicholas J. Nick specializes in the legal and procedural defenses available to public entities under California law.

He has successfully represented public entities in trial and appellate courts throughout California in disputes concerning inverse condemnation, preemption, eminent domain, the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA , water rights, flood and storm water diversions, public nuisance, negligence, quiet title, breach of contract, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act RLUIPA , the Fair Housing Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the First Amendment, Section , preemption, redevelopment dissolution, local land use and zoning, and general plan consistency.

Nick also provides advisory services to cities and other public entities. He has served as a deputy or assistant city attorney to several cities. In that capacity, he advises on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, CEQA, litigation, mobilehome issues, civil rights issues, affordable housing, and other areas of general municipal law.

Nick drafts the staff reports, resolutions, ordinances, and agreements e. He also provides opinion letters on the legality of various housing preferences under state and federal law, and other land use and zoning-related issues. Nick works closely with clients to understand their goals and to determine how to achieve their desired outcomes in the most cost-effective and timely manner.

Karen W. Murphy Karen Murphy represents a broad range of local government agencies with an emphasis on land use and planning, real estate, affordable housing and issues relating to the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. Karen served as the Assistant City Attorney of the City of Brentwood from to , where she was the primary attorney staffing the Community Development Department and former Redevelopment Agency.

Land Use and Planning Karen works extensively on land use and planning matters, including advising public agencies on issues related to CEQA compliance, subdivision map act, land use approval procedures and processing of land use applications, for projects ranging from use permits to complex commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. Karen has negotiated and drafted development agreements and amendments for hotel, residential and mixed-use development projects. She assisted in the formulation, adoption, amendment, and implementation of redevelopment plans and projects, and continues to provide day-to-day advice to clients in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Affordable Housing Karen's affordable housing experience encompasses assisting cities and redevelopment agencies in the establishment and implementation of affordable housing programs both for-sale and rental , first-time homebuyer programs and residential rehabilitation programs, and advising public agencies regarding compliance with state and federal affordable housing requirements. She negotiates and drafts loan agreements for both rental and for-sale affordable housing projects. Public Law Karen advises public agencies in general municipal law issues, such as code enforcement, nuisance abatement, contract review, Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest laws, public contract code, and bidding and claims procedures.

Gregory M. Murphy Gregory Murphy is a trusted advisor, counselor, and transactional attorney for public entities throughout California. Greg regularly advises elected and appointed officials, navigating delicate issues with politically-divergent boards. He presents clearly and in real-world terms the impacts of legal constraints on agency activities. His focus on crafting legal advice that is practical, workable, and client-centered creates confidence and lasting relationships.

Experienced in the areas of land use and development, the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA , public contract law, prevailing wage law, purchases and sales of real property, and municipal economic issues, Greg has advised developers and public contractors as well as public entities. He attends planning and community development commission meetings and handles closed-session briefings of legislative bodies. He also advises on a number of election law issues ranging from charter amendments and ballot designations to election contests and post-contest litigation.

Greg also engages in litigation related to land use, tax, contract, and election issues. Mulkerin Mark Mulkerin's practice includes litigation and commercial matters for public and private entities in a wide variety of subject matters. Mark has successfully represented clients in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use, ground and riparian water matters, public works, construction law and construction defect actions, business and finance matters, products liability, complex business and personal tort, and computer and Internet-related litigation. Mark has successfully defended public entities, developers, and general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and other design professionals in multi-party construction defect actions, as well as in general legal matters.

He also has successfully represented public entities, businesses, and individuals both in the defense and prosecution of civil litigation claims. Mark has also represented EarthLink Network, Inc. Joel Moon Joel Moon represents and advises employers on various labor and employment issues, including various state and federal law claims, wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, disability, reasonable accommodations, the interactive process, and wrongful termination. He also provides counseling on employee discipline, separations, terminations, and severance negotiations.

Joel has also lead labor negotiations and negotiated labor agreements for public agencies. Joel has also litigated and advised clients on civil rights, torts, breach of contract, bankruptcy issues, and issues specific to wage and hour laws, including complex class action and representative actions. Joel has appeared and argued in both state and federal courts and has second chaired a state court civil trial. Joel has experience handling all stages of litigation, from commencement to settlement, trial, or appeal.

Joel has extensive law and motion practice in both state and federal courts, including all aspects of discovery, dispositive motions, and pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motions. He also served as an extern to Judge Meredith A. Joseph M. In those capacities, Joseph has provided advice and opinions on issues involving public contracts, privatization, planning, zoning, redevelopment, elections, employment, constitutional rights, conflicts of interest, and telecommunications issues.

He has drafted contracts, resolutions, ordinances, development agreements, and employee policies. Monica has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, leaves of absence, whistleblower violations, freedom of speech, and association, privacy, and wage and hour, including collective and class action suits. Monica has an extensive counseling practice, focusing on preventive measures of employment and labor law.

In this regard, she has drafted and revised employee handbooks, personnel rules, personnel ordinances, updated specific policies and advised public agencies on the handling of a variety of employment matters. Monica has developed and led comprehensive wage and hour audits analyzing City-wide practices of a broad range of job positions and industries and recommended changes to policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements to ensure compliance with all aspects of state and federal wage and hour laws.

In addition to labor negotiations, Monica has extensive experience in handling related labor relations matters, such as grievances, PERB proceedings including unfair practices, unit recognition, unit modification, elections, and unit decertification. Monica has negotiated and drafted employment contracts for high-level employees. She also conducts a variety of workplace trainings for managers and employees on matters such as the prevention of discrimination and harassment, workplace violence and working in the public sector. While in law school, she was a member of the San Diego Law Review.

John E. Throughout his career he has served in various roles for the firms with which he was affiliated including managing partner, litigation group chair, business litigation subcommittee chair and management advisory board. John has defended companies in various forms of administrative hearings, investigations, agency enforcement actions, and adversarial proceedings, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Small Business Administration, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the California Attorney General, and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, as well as in state and federal courts across the state and country.

In addition, John expanded his practice to include advising companies on matters of regulatory compliance at the federal, state and local level. John continues to advise companies in a wide range of industries as to their business operations as well as defending complex business litigation. He was appointed by Mayor James K.

Hahn to serve on the Harbor Area Planning Commission and did so from Stephen A. McEwen Stephen A. McEwen joined Burke in In these roles, Stephen has drafted numerous ordinances and resolutions and has advised cities on a wide range of legal issues with a special emphasis on the Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and code enforcement. Stephen has also utilized his extensive constitutional law background to advise municipal clients on First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment issues.

In this capacity, he utilizes the full range of code enforcement tools, including informal office conferences, inspection warrants, administrative hearings, civil nuisance actions, and misdemeanor prosecutions. Although his emphasis in this area is on resolving code violations without the need for judicial intervention, he has successfully prosecuted numerous code enforcement cases to completion.

Stephen obtained a guilty verdict from a jury on all counts against a property owner for maintaining multiple building code and property maintenance violations. He obtained guilty verdicts against two defendants for operating an unpermitted nightclub. He has also obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions in multiple code enforcement matters involving zoning violations, public nuisance conditions, and unpermitted marijuana facilities. In addition to his code enforcement prosecution experience, Stephen has handled a broad array of litigation for the firm's municipal and governmental clients, including disputes involving eminent domain, inverse condemnation, tort liability, construction defects, construction contract disputes, CEQA, and the Federal Civil Rights Act.

He served as co-counsel in a successful bench trial regarding a client's right to take property through eminent domain. Stephen advises municipal clients throughout the state on issues related to medicinal and adult-use marijuana. He has obtained numerous preliminary injunctions against unpermitted dispensaries and successfully defended cities against an array of constitutional and state law challenges brought by dispensary operators.

After law school graduation, Stephen clerked for Judge Arthur L. As a prosecutor, Stephen represented the state in two successful trial-level prosecutions, over seventy felony criminal appeals in the California Court of Appeal, and over eighty habeas corpus proceedings in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit. In November , he represented the California Department of Corrections successfully in an evidentiary hearing in Federal District Court in a case involving allegations of prosecutorial misconduct against the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Serving as in-house counsel for a Fortune insurance company on the East Coast, she handled cases across several circuits. She previously practiced with a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles. Her current focus is in litigation involving life, health and disability coverage, ERISA fiduciary liability, annuity contracts, and bad faith actions. While in law school, Nancy was a judicial extern for Hon. Daniel W. Dan counsels and represents life, health, and disability insurers in trial and appellate matters.

Dan represents clients in bad faith, employee benefits, insurance coverage, and investment products disputes. Higgs during his lifetime. Higgs noted that 27 other Roanoke attorneys were recognized by the Roanoke Bar Association for providing a total of more than 3, hours of pro bono legal services and other community service efforts during Higgs spoke at the most recent in a popular series of continuing legal education seminar on foreclosures sponsored by Virginia CLE.

The program, " 23 Issues in Virginia Foreclosures ," was presented by a panel of prominent creditors' rights attorneys to a live audience of nearly 70 professionals in Fairfax, Virginia. The seminar is the latest installment of the series of seminars on Virginia foreclosures in which Mr. Higgs and three other panel members, Paul K. Campsen , William H. Laughlin , have participated on a biannual basis since the series began in The seminar series was the genesis for the Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook, Virginia Foreclosure Practice , published in and supplemented in by the Virginia Law Foundation.

In addition to his active participation as a member of the seminar panel, Mr. A videotape of the seminar will be replayed in various locations on July 19, 20 and 21, and thereafter will be made available for online viewing. Higgs has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. To qualify for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court, an applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.

Higgs was admitted on the motion of John D. Eure , a prominent Roanoke attorney and long-time adult Boy Scout volunteer. City of Roanoke, No. Supreme Court, , unpublished. The case had been appealed by Mr. The Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, and denied a motion to reconsider the dismissal. The case was then appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which denied the appellant's motion for a writ of certiorari, or review by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court denied a subsequent motion for reconsidation, and finally dismissed the appeal. The Foundation, a c 3 charitable organization, was established by the Roanoke Bar Association in "to improve and facilitate the administration of justice, to promote the diffusion of knowledge of the law, and to effect. Higgs previously served as a Trustee of the Foundation from to , and was Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees from to The sale has been confirmed by the Roanoke City Circuit Court, and a deed for the property has been delivered and recorded to the auction purchaser.

Higgs has successfully completed his term of office as a member of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee. The members of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee are appointed by Roanoke City Council "to advise Council on the desirable method of developing Mill Mountain for the best advantage to the citizens of the City of Roanoke as to aesthetics and recreation.

Higgs began serving on the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee in , and served as its Chair beginning in Higgs has accepted an invitation to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been nominated and elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. They have "demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession," according to the organization. The Fellows support the research work of the American Bar Foundation through their annual contributions, and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to leaders of the legal profession.

The American Bar Foundation was established in by the American Bar Association, and is now recognized as the premier institute for social science research on law in the country. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent [0. The current number of The Fellows in Virginia is approximately ; 17 reside in Roanoke. The seminar was repeated as a telephone replay on October Higgs, followed by a live question-and-answer session during the final 15 minutes. Over lawyers attended the programs. This seminar marked the 35th continuing legal education program in which Mr.

Higgs has participated as a speaker or panel member since Higgs has spoken at more than 50 individual seminars over the past 20 years. Higgs was re-elected Chair of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee by the unanimous vote of its other members. The original Chair was the late Carl M. Andrews, followed by Carl Kopitzke, who has also served as a member and as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee , and remains a current member of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee.

Higgs has served on the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee since , and has served as its Chair since The Committee recently adopted bylaws and established term limits for its members as part of a plan to transition the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee from its current status as a long-standing but ad hoc or temporary committee, to becoming a permanent committee of Roanoke City Council. For a live image of the view from Mill Mountain, click here for the StarCam.

Higgs was first named a Virginia Super Lawyer in , the first year such recognition was offered in Virginia. The group was established to provide Virginia CLE with consistent feedback on the issues that are most important to Virginia lawyers. The group meets via telephone conference two to three times per year to provide ideas and feedback for future seminar and publication ideas on current bankruptcy issues.

The selection process, which according to the publishers was designed to identify "outstanding lawyers from small and midsized firms," involved three phases, including developing a pool of candidates, evaluation of those candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and a peer review process.

Higgs said, "it is gratifying to again have been recognized for professional excellence. In-house corporate counsel have many resources to which they may turn in outsourcing specialized legal work, and this guide should prove invaluable to them as the individuals named as Super Lawyers are truly Virginia's elite bankruptcy practitioners. Higgs Speaks at Foreclosure Seminar. Higgs spoke in Fairfax at a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by Virginia CLE on the subject of foreclosures.

Higgs spoke on the topic of "Post-Sale" issues, and participated with moderator William H. Campsen, and Alexander M. Laughlin in the four hour panel-style seminar. The program, "Foreclosure Basics," is the latest installment of the series on Virginia foreclosures in which Mr. Higgs and the other three panel members have participated all nine times since the series began in That seminar series was the genesis for the Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook, Virginia Foreclosure Practice , published in and supplemented in by the Virginia Law Foundation.

This was the 34th continuing legal education seminar in which Mr. Higgs has participated as a speaker since The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. A new Eagle Scout will typically present an Eagle Mentor Pin to the person or persons who served as his "Mentor" as he worked toward the rank of Eagle Scout. Higgs has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop since Also attaining the rank of Eagle Scout was Mr. Higgs' son, Matthew, who is a third-generation Eagle Scout following the tradition set by his grandfather, Joe G.

Higgs of Savannah, Georgia. Higgs, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in , was presented by his son with an "Eagle Dad" pin. Higgs, Tax Sale counsel and court-appointed Special Commissioner for tax sales for the City of Roanoke, conducted a successful Tax Sale for real property located in the City of Roanoke.

The City of Roanoke conducts auctions for properties that have delinquent real estate taxes, assessments for weed and trash abatement, and demolition or other related costs. The primary benefit of conducting tax sales is to sell property to responsible landowners who will develop and properly maintain the properties, and who will pay future taxes. Neighborhoods benefit from having responsible property owners. The sale included developable vacant lots and single-family residences, and the former Evans Paint plant.

The next tax sale is tenatively scheduled for November For more information, go to the City of Roanoke Tax Sale web page. Virginia Law Foundation Publishes Supplement.

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Higgs Speaks at National Bankruptcy Conference. Higgs spoke at a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute on the topic of good faith in bankruptcy. Joining Mr. Higgs on the panel were David G. Baker Law Office of David G. Baker; Boston, Massachusetts ; Alane A. Higgs Speaks at Creditors' Rights Seminar. Higgs spoke in Richmond at a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by Virginia CLE on the subject of debt collection. Pustilnik, a Judge of the Richmond General District Court, is the long-time editor of the Handbook, and moderated the seminar.

This was the third time since that Mr. Higgs has participated in a seminar based upon this very popular Handbook. The compendium provides state-specific answers to many common legal questions arising in the equipment leasing and finance industry. The Better Business Bureau adopted in a practice of both accrediting and rating its member firms. The Higgs Law Firm has been accredited since the program began, and ratings are being assigned as firms are evaluated.

He has arbitrated cases for the Better Business Bureau since , and has been designated as a Senior Arbitrator since Higgs has completed his 11th season coaching recreational soccer through the Roanoke City Department of Parks and Recreation. In , Mr. This year's team included five of the original 11 players. Over the years a total of 48 boys and young men played soccer with the United, including 30 who played multiple seasons, and three who played all 11 years.

Team United played a total of games, and had a winning record in each of its 11 seasons, including two undefeated seasons, one in which it held each of its opponents scoreless. Photograph courtesy of Jim Horner. Three players pictured above have played with Team United every other year because of their birthdates and the league age brackets; those players are indicated by the year they began playing with Team United. Higgs said. Higgs continued, "I have been privileged to have been allowed the opportunity to 'just have fun' with these young men and their friends for the past 11 years.

The members of Team United over the years have been unique in encouraging success without criticizing failure, and in appreciating their teammates' strengths without ever criticizing their weaknesses. As most of these young men graduate and go on to college, they will remember these days as some of their best, and they will miss it, but not nearly as much as I will--We are United!

Higgs also served as an assistant coach for an all-girls' recreational team, the "Magic," during , and as a head coach for indoor winter soccer from , and so has participated as an assistant coach or a head coach in 15 sports seasons and over soccer matches. Community service recognized by the program includes "voluntary assistance, undertaken without expectation of a fee, and not in the course of ordinary commercial practice, to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations or causes or for the good of the community," according to the Association.

Higgs noted, "and therefore probably reflects only a small portion of the community service and pro bono activities donated by Virginia attorneys to their communities. The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary, statewide organization of Virginia lawyers founded in and committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers. Higgs has been a member of the VBA since The handbook was originally published in and supplemented in , and was extensively edited and re-written for the edition to reflect the changes in the law that have occurred since the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of Higgs said, "it is gratifying to again have been recognized by one's peers for professional excellence.

While there are certainly a number of highly qualified bankruptcy practitioners who are not included in this list, the individuals named as Super Lawyers are truly Virginia's elite bankruptcy practitioners. The Gold Award represented more than hours of community service provided by Mr. Higgs during Higgs has earned since Higgs noted that 29 Roanoke attorneys were recognized by the Roanoke Bar Association for providing a total of more than 3, hours of pro bono legal services and other community service efforts during Higgs Celebrates 25 Years in the Practice of Law.

Higgs today celebrated the 25th anniversary of his licensure to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Higgs graduated from the T. He sat for and passed the bar examination in February of that year, and took his oath of admission before a specially-convened session of the Supreme Court of Virginia on May 17, From until , Mr. In May , Mr. Higgs moved to Roanoke and entered the private practice of law. Higgs Spotlighted in Virginia Lawyer Magazine. John Y. Richardson, Jr. Higgs in The article, entitled " One of a Kind ," highlights many of the activities for which Mr. Higgs was recognized in We have an extraordinarily collegial and generous bar, and remarkable bar and community leaders," Mr.

In the 11 years that the Local Bar Leader of the Year award has been presented, three of the 12 recipients [there were two recipients in ] have been members of the Roanoke Bar Association. Higgs originally attained this certification a decade ago, in The American Board of Certification presented Mr. Higgs with a special lapel pin marking the tenth year of his board certification in Consumer Bankruptcy Law.

In , for example, cases filed under Chapters 9, 11 and 12 comprised less than 0. Your lawyer should be Board Certified. This honor is "conferred on lawyers who have distinguished themselves by professional excellence, service to the Bar and to their communities," according to the Foundation.

Fellowship is limited to one percent of the active and associate lawyers in Virginia. Because Fellowship is a lifetime appointment, vacancies result only from death, resignation or changes in the total number of attorneys licensed in Virginia. In addition to Mr. Higgs, inductees to the Class of Fellows are Irving M. Burton , senior assistant city attorney Richmond ; Manuel A. Robert G. Elizabeth D. Carter Nettles, Jr. The Virginia Law Foundation was established by the Virginia State Bar in to improve and promote the administration of justice in Virginia.

Higgs is a frequent author and speaker for Virginia CLE. Higgs has returned from successfully completing a Sea Base Bahamas high-adventure cruise with a crew of 10 Boy Scouts and co-leader Allan Longworth. The Scouts sailed the William H. Albury , the last remaining Bahamian-built schooner, about the Abaco island chain for seven days beginning June 29, Surviving fierce thunderstorms, nightly anchor watches and their own cooking, the Scouts enjoyed the hard work of sailing the William H.

The Scouts also enjoyed snorkeling, fishing and sampling the local food. Most importantly, they earned the rare and coveted "Crew" shirts for their week of service aboard the William H. The right side features nautical penants with the troop numbers of the two troops represented by the crew, Troops and 17, and signal flags that spell "VA. The William H. Albury , the last surviving Bahamian-built schooner. Higgs has again been named a Virginia "Super Lawyer. Higgs Inducted into Litigation Counsel of America.

Higgs , of Steven L. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, limited to fewer than 3, Fellows. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the "best in law" among its membership, according to the LCA.

He was presented with the award at the 69th annual meeting of the Virginia State Bar. He was also recognized for his other community volunteer efforts. Gould at a breakfast sponsored by the Conference of Local Bar Associations. Koontz presented to Steven L. Higgs noted that 37 Roanoke attorneys were recognized at the Roanoke Bar Association Foundation Gala for providing a total of more than 5, hours of pro bono legal services and other community service efforts during Re-certification is required every five years, and attorneys are subject to revocation of their certification if they fail to continue to meet the program's requirements.

The National Conference of Bar Presidents was founded in to provide information and training to state and local bar association leaders. Higgs a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Higgs participated as a panel member during a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by Virginia CLE. Higgs has participated all eight times since the series began in Higgs Named one of Virginia's "Legal Elite". The selection process involved polling over 7, attorneys for the best attorneys in 13 practice categories. Approximately Virginia attorneys were selected for the honor in The selection procedure, which according to the publishers is designed to identify lawyers who are "the very best," involves nominations from other lawyers and a statewide balloting process.

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