Umberg/Zipser Lawyers Selected Again as 2018 Best Lawyers in America©

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that partners Carole Reagan, Tom Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.

Reagan was selected in the field of “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2013.

Umberg was selected for “Commercial Litigation” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2008.

Zipser was selected for five categories: “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” “Commercial Litigation,” “Litigation – Banking and Finance,” “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” and “Litigation – Real Estate,” and has been on the Best Lawyers® list since 2008. Zipser was recently honored in 2017 as the “Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of Year” for Orange County, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Orange County Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Umberg/Zipser LLP

Named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Litigation Boutiques, and drawing on decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, including Morrison & Foerster, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, as well as national and state government service, Umberg/Zipser is a premier, go-to law firm for litigation and intellectual property in Orange County and around the state. For more information visit

Umberg/Zipser Adds Four and Strengthens Intellectual Property Practice

We are pleased to announce that Mei Tsang, Ryan Dean, Martin Fessenmaier, Ph.D, and Minyoung Shin, Ph.D. have joined the firm. Mei, Ryan, Martin and Minyoung all have deep experience with patent and trademark prosecution and licensing, both domestically and internationally, and will strengthen the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and help meet our clients’ needs to identify, procure, shepherd and defend their IP rights.

Mei and Ryan work with companies of all sizes – from small businesses to Fortune 500 institutions — both domestically and internationally.  Mei has an international practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, developing various IP assets, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide.  Ryan’s practice focuses in the areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering, process engineering, household and consumer products, medical devices, and fluid conditioning systems.  Both Mei and Ryan also have substantial experience with licensing, defense and enforcement of both patents and trademarks, including at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in Federal Court. 

Martin is a senior patent agent with almost two decades of experience in domestic and international patent prosecution, working with clients in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, medical devices, pharmaceutical chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, and general mechanical arts.  In addition to preparing and prosecuting U.S., PCT, and foreign patent applications, Martin provides clients with patent portfolio analysis and IP strategy to ensure clients have and will obtain patent coverage that is relevant to their businesses.

Minyoung focuses her practice on trademark and patent prosecutions across various industries including pharmaceutical science, nutraceutical chemistry, biomedical devices, and chemical engineering.

Mei, Ryan, Martin, and Minyoung are all actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association, among others.  They share the firm’s core values –  teamwork, integrity, professionalism, and creativity – and our passion for helping our clients and the community. We are thrilled they have joined the Umberg/Zipser team. 

To see the firm’s press release announcing Mei’s and Ryan’s arrival, click here.



Dean Zipser Named President of Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County

Umberg/Zipser co-founding partner Dean Zipser has become President of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC)  for the 2017/2018 term, having served last year as its Vice President.  Dean, who is Past President of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, has been a member of the CRF-OC board since 2007.

Dean follows in the footsteps of Umberg/Zipser partner Adina Stowell, who was President of CRF-OC for 2014/2015 and has been a member of the board since 2006.

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County is a local non-profit, non-partisan, education organization dedicated to promoting civic literacy, youth leadership, and career awareness among Orange County teens. Operating consistently since 1981, CRF-OC organizes and operates high-quality, interactive civic and law-related education programs that connect students directly with professionals and community leaders. The innovative programs help local teens understand and appreciate our democratic institutions and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, develop academic and leadership skills, as well as an interest in contributing to the larger community, and aspire to professional careers. The programs are made available to all high school students in Orange County at no cost to participating youth.

Carole Reagan in OCBJ: “Made Up Words Make the Best Trademarks”

Partner Carole Reagan published an article in the Orange County Business Journal’s special Intellectual Property Law section on July 10, 2017: “Made Up Words Make the Best Trademark (But Don’t Bother Trying to Register ‘Covfefe’).”

The full text of the article is available here: Made Up Words Make the Best Trademarks

Umberg Featured on OC Forum Panel: “What Happened to the Middle?”

U/Z’s Tom Umberg was part of an Orange County Forum Panel, “What Happened to the Middle” that was held on June 22, 2017 that also included Hon. Loretta Sanchez, Former Congresswoman,46th Congressional District; Dan Schnur, Director of the American Jewish Committee; and Justin Wallin , President of J. Wallin Opinion Research.

According to the Forum description of the panel: “The 2016 general election became known for the polarizing effect it had on the electorate. With specific issues dictating polling outcomes, many were left to wonder, what happened to the middle? Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss what led up to this point and what the future of politics looks like moving forward.”



Adina Stowell Discusses Arbitration in Article Published in the Orange County Business Journal

Umberg/Zipser partner Adina Stowell published an article, “Arbitration in Real Estate Contracts,” in the Orange County Business Journal on May 8, 2017.  A copy of the article is available here:  OCBJ: Arbitration in Real Estate Contracts


Umberg/Zipser Hosts Inaugural Orange County Assistant US Attorney Reception

U/Z’s Tom Umberg, one of the original three Assistant U.S. Attorneys to staff the Orange County office, helped organize the first Former Orange County Assistant US Attorney Reception at the Umberg Zipser’s Irvine office on May 30, 2017.  Former OC AUSA and now Congressman Adam Schiff was the guest of honor at the reception that included more than 30 former and current AUSA’s. 

Pictured above are the first Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Orange County: Edward R. McGah; Judge (ret.) Nancy Wieben Stock; and Thomas J. Umberg.

Volunteer Spotlight: Todd Smith Court Appointed Special Advocate “CASA” for Foster Youth

We are strong believers in giving back to our profession and our community – in actions, and not just words or dollars. Our lawyers are actively involved as leaders of multiple professional, pro bono, and charitable organizations, as well as governmental positions. Our volunteer spotlight for this newsletter is U/Z’s Todd Smith. 

Todd has been a volunteer with CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County – since 2015 and is matched with an 11-year-old boy.  CASA is a non-profit organization serving the county’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteers who advocate for their best interests. 

Todd had this to say about CASA for a recent article in OC Lawyer: “Being an attorney in Orange County, I had heard a lot about CASA and had spoken with CASA representatives at various bar functions over the years. I had been wanting to get more involved in a community-based organization and, with my legal background, CASA seemed like a perfect fit. After learning about the enormous need for CASA volunteers (especially male volunteers) to serve the foster youth in Orange County and the lasting and meaningful impact that a CASA advocate/mentor could have in the life a foster youth, there was no turning back.”

The full article is available on the CASA website here: Empowering OC Youth: One Volunteer at a Time