Umberg/Zipser Continues to Grow Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups with Addition of Vikki Vander Woude and Nicole Ballew Chang, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that business litigation partner Vikki L. Vander Woude and patent agent Nicole Ballew Chang, Ph.D. have joined the firm.

Vikki Vander Woude focuses her practice on commercial litigation, litigation consulting and neutral services. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants, companies and individuals, in business, real estate, employment, and class action and other multi-party litigation, and also assists smaller and mid-sized businesses as an “outside in-house” counsel with management and oversight of litigation, legal expenses, discovery, proactive risk management and alternative dispute resolution. Vikki is experienced in all phases of litigation, including trials and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Nicole Ballew Chang, Ph.D. focuses her practice on domestic and international patent prosecution in biotechnology, life sciences, and chemical arts. Nicole’s educational and professional background serves clients well in her role on the Umberg/Zipser team. Her years of experience as a patent agent together with her experience in molecular and cellular biology provide her with unique insight into the intellectual property challenges faced by those in the scientific industries, and enable her to provide clients with strategic solutions as well as provide support for due diligence and licensing matters.

Vikki and Nicole share the firm’s core values – teamwork, integrity, professionalism, and creativity. We are excited to have them join the Umberg/Zipser team.

To view the firm’s press release announcing Vikki and Nicole’s arrival, click here.

Umberg/Zipser Lawyers Selected Again as 2020 Best Lawyers in America

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Scott Garner, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Tom Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

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

Garner has been selected this year for “Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Intellectual Property.”

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

Stowell was selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Real Estate,” and has been listed since last year.

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 2019 “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 they have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, millions of 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.”