Umberg/Zipser Lawyers Selected Again as 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Tom Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2019.

Finkelstein was again selected in the fields of “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Patent” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2016.

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

Stowell was selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Real Estate.”  This is her first year on the list.

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

Zipser was again selected for “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 previously recognized by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of Year in Orange County for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” in 2017, and as the Orange County “Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category in 2014.

Umberg/Zipser is recognized as one of the 2018 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Banking & Finance Litigation.

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. 83,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 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.”


Dean Zipser, Scott Garner and Todd Smith Present at OCBA Corporate Counsel Section Meeting – The Rules, They Are A-Changing: California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) attorneys Dean J. Zipser, Scott B. Garner and Todd W. Smith presented at the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Corporate Counsel Section Meeting, “The Rules, They Are A-Changing: California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct” on September 11, 2018. The program discussed the new Rules of Professional Conduct, which will go into effect November 1, 2018. Dean, Scott and Todd focused their discussion on the more significant changes to the existing rules and some notable new rules, including the conflict of interest rules, ethical screens, communication with clients, and discrimination.

Dean served as the co-vice-chair of the California State Bar Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Scott served as a member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct from 2011-2016, serving as the Committee’s Chair from 2014-15. Both Scott and Todd have decades of experience representing lawyers and law firms in professional liability related matters, and each of them has presented a number of Continuing Legal Education courses on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues.