Umberg/Zipser Included in the 2017 Civic 50 Orange County List

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is honored to have been named one of Orange County’s 50 most community minded companies by Civic 50 OC in its inaugural 2017 Civic 50 Orange County awards, presented by the Orange County Business Journal, in partnership with OneOC.

The Civic 50 sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and is a roadmap for companies seeking to best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in communities where they do business.  Civic 50 Orange County companies are building the capacity of communities by giving their time and their talent, and are simultaneously measuring impact to ensure the sustainability and influence of their initiatives. In short, these companies are putting themselves at the center of change to create more enduring and sustainable business models.

“We are thrilled to be recognized in the Civic 50. It is in our firm’s DNA to give back wholeheartedly to our profession and our community. Our team feels a tremendous responsibility to make our community better and we demonstrate this belief through giving back in both action and dollars,” stated Tom Umberg, co-founding partner.  

In addition to the Civic 50 Orange County List, special category awards will be announced at the Civic 50 Orange County Awards Luncheon on October 19, 2017 at the Hotel Irvine.  For more information go to

The Civic 50 Special Report and List will publish on October 23, 2017 in the Orange County Business Journal.

Corporate Counsel Again Rank Umberg/Zipser as a Top Litigation Firm in BTI Litigation Outlook 2018

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is pleased to announce it has been ranked again among the top litigation firms in the country in the most recent survey of corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting.

According to the BTI Litigation Outlook 2018: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, corporate counsel rank Umberg/Zipser in the top 15% of all law firms for both Commercial Litigation and Securities and Finance Litigation. Umberg/Zipser is included among a host of leading national and international law firms, and is one of the few California litigation boutiques to make the list.

“We are proud to receive the BTI recognition again this year. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the in-house counsel community for the work we have the privilege to do every day,” said Dean Zipser, co-founding partner.

About the BTI Survey: BTI taps into vast research and experience to conduct its annual study of the Litigation market. BTI combines a powerful, comprehensive analysis of client spending, goals, priorities and needs with unbiased, direct feedback from clients on more than 200 individual law firms. BTI Litigation Outlook 2018 is based solely on in-depth telephone interviews with leading legal decision makers. This comprehensive analysis trends data from more than 4,800 corporate counsel client interviews conducted over the span of 18 years. This research is independent and unbiased—no law firm or organization other than BTI sponsors this study.

Umberg/Zipser Again Named to 2018 Orange County Best Law Firms List

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked Tier One in the “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area.  The firm has received this recognition each year since it was formed. The ranking showcases top firms recognized by clients and peers for delivering professional excellence and for high quality ratings. The rankings indicate a unique combination of quality in practice and legal expertise. In 2018, the firm received three Tier One rankings in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. The firm also was recognized for its excellence in Banking & Finance Litigation.  

“We are honored to be listed again as one of the Best Law Firms in Orange County. The recognition from our clients and peers is affirmation of the trusted advisor role our team endeavors to provide for our valued clients every day,” said co-founding partner Dean Zipser. 

One Umberg/Zipser client commented, “I have worked closely with the team from Umberg/Zipser on a variety of complex and politically sensitive cases for almost a decade. I find all the attorneys to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, competent, and responsive. Umberg Zipser’s ability to be flexible while producing first class results makes them an absolute pleasure to work with on matters which might otherwise be unpleasant. The knowledge and experience of the team gives me great confidence in their ability to handle anything I send.”

Another Umberg/Zipser client commented on the firm’s “responsiveness, keen insight, unwavering courtesy, candor, unassailable honesty, and unimpeachable integrity,” also stating, “I would not hesitate for one moment to retain Umberg/Zipser and any of its attorneys.”

In addition to the 2018 Best Law Firms ranking, partners Carole Reagan, Thomas Umberg and Dean Zipser were once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018; Reagan in the field of “Litigation – Intellectual Property”; Umberg for “Commercial Litigation”; and Zipser for “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” “Commercial Litigation,” “Litigation – Banking and Finance,” “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” and “Litigation – Real Estate.” Reagan has been on the Best Lawyers® list from 2008 and both Umberg and Zipser since 2008.  In addition,  Zipser was recently honored in 2017 as the “Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of Year” for Orange County, and previously was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Orange County Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category.

Tom Umberg Named to the “OC 500” by Orange County Business Journal

Umberg/Zipser is proud to announce that co-founding partner Thomas J. Umberg has been selected by the Orange County Business Journal for the 2017 edition of “OC 500 Directory of Influence.”  This list honors the most influential individuals from throughout Orange County. Honorees range from top executives at the largest publicly traded or privately held companies to up-and-comers, as well as a diverse group of governmental, philanthropic, religious and other civic representatives who contribute to the community of business.

Tom Umberg has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts. He has successfully tried over 100 cases to verdict or judgment; including complex matters involving health care, real estate, work place harassment, construction defects, employee pension plans, etc.  As a federal criminal prosecutor, he tried numerous white collar and civil rights cases, including tax evasion schemes. These include “Uranium for Tax Dollars,” “Marco Numismatics” (a nationwide fraud on seniors), and the “Westminster Cross Burning” cases. He has also been selected for the prestigious publication “The Best Lawyers in America®” in commercial litigation for 10 consecutive years.  Tom is a retired Army Colonel, veteran of Afghanistan, and Bronze Star recipient.

Scott Garner in OC Lawyer: Artificial Intelligence and Its Not-So-Artificial Legal Ethics Implications

Umberg/Zipser Partner, Scott Garner, was featured in OC Lawyer magazine’s “Ethically Speaking” section on artificial intelligence (AI) and the ethical implications for the legal industry. 

“Legal services provided by AI programs, without direct input from a lawyer, raise a number of ethical concerns, but primary among them is the risk of unauthorized practice of law. ”

Click here to read the full article. 

Ryan Dean in OCBJ: “How to Protect Your IP When You Want to Manufacture in China”

Partner Ryan Dean published an article in the Orange County Business Journal’s Innovator the Year Awards issue on August 14, 2017: “How to Protect Your IP When You Want to Manufacture in China.”

Click here to view the article.  

Dean Zipser Provides Commentary in OCBJ Article on the Evolving Business Models of Patent Enforcement Companies

The Orange County Business Journal recently asked a few experts in intellectual property law about the changing landscape for patent enforcement firms.  In the article, Dean Zipser commented on the recent changes in the law, noting that “IP litigation and patent litigation never go out of vogue. It continues to be a big source of litigated matters.”  Click here to read the Orange County Business Journal article.  

Mei Tsang Presents in B2C eCommerce Workshop

Umberg/Zipser partner Mei Tsang participated at the B2C eCommerce Workshop hosted by U.S. Commercial Service of Orange County and the Women in International Trade on Reach Global Customers Through E-Commerce on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California.

Mei presented alongside speakers from Earth Friendly Products, Jordana Cosmetics, iGlobal Stores and as well as James Bledsoe, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab and China marketing expert Ann Bierbower.  The workshop focused on selling direct to global consumers through eCommerce, featuring different online sales options, marketing and mechanics as well as the logistics needed to support eCommerce sales.

Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide.  Mei has substantial experience in patent and trademark portfolio development, and in all aspects of IP enforcement, including negotiation, licensing, and litigation at various courts at the federal, state, and administrative levels.  Her clients also depend on her multicultural background and language abilities (Mandarin and Cantonese) to help them expand and navigate their IP strategy worldwide.

Scott Garner Presents at the ABTL Annual Seminar

Umberg/Zipser partner Scott B. Garner participated in a panel at the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ (ABTL) 44th Annual Seminar on October 5-8, 2017 in Carlsbad, California. Garner presented on professional liability issues for law firms: When Your Own Law Firm is in Crisis. Click here for more information about the event.

Garner represents clients in a wide array of complex business litigation matters with a focus on professional liability disputes and ethics counseling.  He has represented large, mid-size, and small law firms, along with individual lawyers, in pre-litigation and litigation disputes concerning claims of legal malpractice, ethical violations, and securities fraud arising from their litigation, transactional, and IP practices.  Garner also consults with clients on legal ethics issues, and has served as an expert witness on ethics and standard of care issues.

Umberg/Zipser attorneys are long-time supporters of ABTL and all the firm’s lawyers are members. Dean Zipser is a former ABTL Orange County Chapter President and Garner is the Immediate Past President of the Chapter. Adina Stowell, in addition to serving on the Board, is a former editor of the newsletter, and Carole Reagan is a former member of the newsletter’s editorial board. Tom Umberg also has presented at an ABTL Annual Seminar.

Dean Zipser Participates in ABTL Panel

Dean Zipser recently participated in an Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Panel “Charting a Path to the Bench: A Panel Discussion About Things You Might Want to Know.” Dean is a former president of the Orange County chapter of ABTL and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). Other panelists included Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura and Judge Melissa McCormick of the Orange County Superior Court, and Kimberly Knill, research attorney at the California Court of Appeal and former chair of the JNE Commission. 

Click here for more information about ABTL.