Umberg/Zipser LLP Announces Attorney Molly Magnuson has Joined the Firm

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is delighted to welcome our newest attorney, Molly Magnuson, to our team. Molly is a seasoned attorney with extensive trial experience who will further bolster our litigation ranks.  She has successfully represented clients in a broad range of complex contract and commercial litigation cases, including intellectual property, entertainment litigation, class actions and professional malpractice matters. Molly began her career and spent many years at the international firm of O’Melveny & Myers.   She is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Orange County Bar Association, and we are excited to have Molly join us!

Umberg/Zipser Proudly Sponsors Public Law Center’s Annual Volunteers for Justice Event 2022

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) has been privileged to continually support the Public Law Center (PLC), Orange County’s pro bono law firm providing access to justice for low-income residents. U/Z regularly takes on pro bono matters through PLC and provides financial support, and U/Z attorneys have served on PLC’s board. On Thursday, June 16th, PLC held its annual Volunteers for Justice event and, once again, U/Z was a sponsor, with a number of firm lawyers in attendance. Among other highlights, Ken Babcock, Executive Director and General Counsel of PLC, was honored for his 22 years of dedicated service to the organization. PLC staff and volunteers has provided over 65,000 hours of free legal services and handled over 4,500 cases, benefiting low-income children, adults, and seniors. For more information on how to support PLC, please visit

Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Annual Judges’ Night 2022

On Thursday, April 7th, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) held its annual Judges’ Night. It was a special evening, as the OCBA returned to an in-person event after two years. Hundreds celebrated as the Honorable Judge David O. Carter installed the new OCBA officers and directors, including Umberg/Zipser’s own Mei Tsang as OCBA Secretary. Mei is now in line to become OCBA President in 2025, following the path of U/Z’s Scott Garner (2020 President) and Dean Zipser (2005 President).

The evening also honored our friend and former OCBA President, Joel Miliband, as this year’s recipient of OCBA’s prestigious Franklin G. West Award. We are proud of our long and continuing service to OCBA. In addition to Mei becoming an officer this year, our attorneys continue to serve as chairs for OCBA committees and sections, board members of divisions and affiliate member organizations, and members of countless sections and committees.

Thomas J. Umberg Recognized As 2022 Legislator of the Year

The California Lawyers Association has recognized California Senator Thomas J. Umberg as the 2022 Legislator of the Year. ” As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Umberg has taken the lead on passing legislation that is integral to the daily practice of CLA members and that improves the lives of all Californians.” California Lawyers Association President, Jeremy M. Evans, said “CLA is grateful for the ability to work with Senator Umberg and other justice system partners to enact laws that advance the administration of justice and improve the practice of law.” Senator Umberg served three terms as central Orange County’s State Assembly Member, authoring 76 laws and forging ties across party lines.

All of our attorneys at Umberg/Zipser LLP would like to congratulate Thomas J. Umberg for being recognized for his commitment to access to justice. Learn more about this California Lawyers Association award in the press release at –

Scott Garner Leads OCBA Charitable Fund Grant Reception

The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund annual reception held last Wednesday honored a number of nonprofit organizations making a positive impact in OC communities. Scott Garner, Umberg/Zipser Partner, and Past President of the OCBA Charitable Fund, had the privilege of presenting grants to the various local non-profits. The Charitable Fund’s mission is to provide resources to organizations and programs to enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all.

Partner Mei Tsang Elected as Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)

On Thursday, January 13th, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) installed its new officers and directors for the year 2022 in a small ceremony outdoors. We are delighted to now formally congratulate Umberg/Zipser’s own partner, Mei Tsang, on her new role as OCBA Secretary!  In 2025, Mei will become the third U/Z attorney who will have served as OCBA President, following Dean Zipser and Scott Garner. We are privileged and proud of our attorneys’ decades-long commitment to serving the organization.

Project Youth’s Annual Meeting Event

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) congratulates our partner, Mark Finkelstein, on his election to the Board of Directors for Project Youth OCBF. Mark was sworn in on Tuesday evening at Project Youth’s Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception held at The Boardwalk in Irvine. U/Z partner, Dean Zipser, who has served as a board member for approximately 15 years, was sworn in as a member of Project Youth’s Emeritus Board. Project Youth OCBF has a long and successful history of offering programs directed to juvenile crime diversion, educational mentoring, health education, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. For more information on how you can be a part of this movement to help youth succeed in OC, please visit

Umberg/Zipser Sponsors OCAABA Annual Moon Festival Mixer


Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) was proud to sponsor The Orange County Asian American Bar Association’s (OCAABA) Annual Moon Festival Mixer being held October 22, 2021at the Newport Beach Civic Center. U/Z has been proud to sponsor the event for several years.

OCAABA serves this diverse county by mentoring local law students, promoting diversity in the private and public sectors, organizing and volunteering for legal clinics for low income and disadvantaged communities, and supporting causes which affect and advancing the needs of Asian Pacific Americans and the public at large. The organization’s committees organize events throughout the year and provide opportunities for members to become more involved in OCAABA and local communities.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Partner Mei Tsang Elected as Secretary of the OCBA

Mei Tsang

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is proud to announce partner Mei Tsang has been elected Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA.) Mei has served on the Board of Directors of both the OCBA and the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund (OCBACF), the charitable wing of the OCBA for several years. Mei also co-chairs OCBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and as former chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Section.

“I am honored to be elected as the 2022 OCBA Secretary, and I look forward to continuing to serve this great organization with the mission of enhancing the system of justice and promoting equal justice for all,” says Mei.

The firm continues to play a major role with the OCBA. Partner Scott B. Garner is the Immediate Past President of OCBA, and currently serves as the 2021 President of the OCBACF.

U/Z’s co-founding partner Dean J. Zipser has also previously served as OCBA President, and received the Franklin G. West Award in 2017, an honor given annually to an attorney or judge in recognition of lifetime achievements that have advanced justice and the law.

Scott, Mei, and Dean are part of a long history of service by the firm’s lawyers to the OCBA, as well a host of other professional and community organizations.

Umberg/Zipser Attorneys Once Again Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2022

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is proud to announce that attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Scott Garner, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Mei Tsang, Thomas Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, and that Brent Colasurdo has been recognized as a Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch.”

In addition, Scott Garner and Dean Zipser have each been recognized as a 2022 Orange County “Lawyer of the Year,” for Intellectual Property Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation, respectively. The Lawyer of the Year is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is given this recognition per each specialty and location.

The firm’s attorneys ranked in the following practice areas:

  • Mark 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. Finkelstein was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for “Trademark Law” in 2021.
  • Scott Garner has been selected for “Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Intellectual Property” since 2020. Garner has also been recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for “Litigation – Intellectual ” in 2022.
  • Carole Reagan was again selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Commercial Litigation,” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2013.
  • Adina Stowell was again selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Real Estate,” and has been listed since 2019.
  • Mei Tsang was again selected for “Copyright ,” her second consecutive listing.
  • Tom Umberg was again selected for “Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Real Estate,” and has been on the list since 2008.
  • Dean 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. In addition to his recognition as the 2022 Lawyer of the Year for “Bet-the-Company Litigation” Zipser was also recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for that category in 2014, and as Lawyer of the Year for  “Litigation – Intellectual Property” in 2017.
  • Brent Colasurdo was again selected to the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list for Intellectual Property Law. These awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the United States.

In addition to the recognition of its individual lawyers, U/Z has been named as one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers each year since the firm’s inception. In 2021, the firm received four Tier One rankings, in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. The firm also received recognition in the areas of Banking & Finance Litigation, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law. Read more here.

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. 105,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they have received 11+ million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, millions of votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 65,000 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.”