Priti Phukan, Ph.D. Promoted to Partner

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z), a premier business litigation and intellectual property law firm located in Irvine, California, is pleased to announce that Priti Phukan has been promoted to partner.

Priti is a member of the U/Z’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group and her areas of legal expertise include intellectual property law, patent prosecution and counseling, patent portfolio development, and domestic and foreign IP practices. Priti helps clients build and develop compelling and complex IP portfolios throughout the life cycle of a company. Priti is experienced in drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications within the complex life sciences and biologics sectors/industries. Her expansive knowledge of the healthcare sectors includes bioinformatics, viral and cancer vaccines, cell therapy, immunotherapy, antibodies, drug delivery, food technology, peptide chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

As Priti notes, “Science and technology are constantly evolving and the same applies to the intellectual property law that protect these new therapies, equipment, and technologies. Despite the dramatic changes that have taken place in these sectors in recent years, U/Z has expanded our IP services to continue to be a strong resource for our clients. The attributes I appreciate most about U/Z is our commitment to create strong value for our clients, a high-level of integrity in all we do, and our commitment to give back to our profession and the community.”

Priti has published several scientific and legal articles and has won awards in multiple writing competitions. Her scientific background includes post-doctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, where she was a recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Development Grant. She also received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in physical chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.

Priti has been recognized as one of Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars for three consecutive years including 2020, 2021, and 2022.

“It is an honor to expand my career with Umberg/Zipser LLP and to be a part of this exceptional team—a team that not only provides top quality legal services to our clients—but one that has created an incredibly encouraging, inspiring, and caring work environment,” Priti conveyed.

Dean Zipser, the firm’s Managing Partner, expressed, “Priti is exceptionally knowledgeable and fully dedicated to our clients’ success and we are grateful for her continuing commitment to our firm.”

Super Lawyers 2023 Selects Seven Umberg/Zipser Attorneys

Umberg/Zipser LLP is proud to announce that seven of its partners have been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers List for 2023, a recognition reserved for only five percent of lawyers in California. In addition, both Dean Zipser and Scott Garner have been recognized this year as a Top 50 Orange County Lawyer—Dean for the fifth consecutive year and Scott for the second year.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers list, each for multiple years:

In addition, Priti Phukan, Ph.D. was previously recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property Law her fourth consecutive year to receive that recognition.

Super Lawyers’ annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Multiple Umberg/Zipser LLP Attorneys Again Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z), a premier business litigation and intellectual property law firm located in Irvine, California, has multiple attorneys who have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023.

Firm attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Scott Garner, Phillip Kaplan, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Todd Smith, Mei Tsang, Thomas Umberg, and Dean Zipser have all been selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Mark Finkelstein also was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for both Trademark Law and Patent Litigation, adding to a growing list of U/Z recipients. Additionally, attorney Brent Colasurdo, has also been recognized again as Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for 2023.

The U/Z attorneys who achieved this outstanding recognition for 2023 are listed below:

Mark Finkelstein also was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for both Trademark Law and Patent Litigation, adding to a growing list of U/Z recipients. Mark has again been selected for the 2023 list for Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Trademark Law, and as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for both Patent Litigation and Trademark Law. Mark has been on the list since 2016 and was also recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for Trademark Law in 2021.

Scott Garner has again been selected for Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Intellectual Property Litigation, and has been on the list since 2020. Best Lawyers recognized Garner last year as Lawyer of the Year in Orange County for Intellectual Property Litigation.

Phillip Kaplan was selected for Real Estate Litigation and for Securities Litigation.

Carole Reagan has again been selected for Intellectual Property Litigation and Commercial Litigation and has been on the list since 2013.

Todd Smith was selected for Commercial Litigation for 2023.

Adina Stowell was again selected for Intellectual Property Litigation and Real Estate Litigation, and she has been on list since 2019.

Mei Tsang was again selected for Copyright Law and has been on the list since 2021.

Tom Umberg was again selected for Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation and has been on the list since 2008.

Dean Zipser was again selected for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation,” and has been on the list since 2008. Zipser was previously recognized as Orange County Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2014 and 2022, and for Intellectual Property Litigation 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, and each year since the firm’s inception, Umberg Zipser has been named as “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

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.

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.”

Umberg/Zipser LLP Wins $47 Million Jury Verdict After Lengthy Trial

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) located in Irvine, CA and on behalf its client, John Park, won a $47 million jury verdict on February 3, 2022, Sonoma County Superior Court, Case No. SCV-259791. Mr. Park sued the defendant Tracey Buck-Walsh for intentional interference with contractual relations and breach of fiduciary duty.

After a lengthy trial that began on November 19, 2021, a Sonoma County jury found in favor of Mr. Park on both causes of action. Mr. Park was awarded with a verdict of $47,407,070.00 in compensatory damages. The jury also found that the defendant acted with malice, oppression, or fraud in interfering with Mr. Park’s contract and in breaching her fiduciary duties. However, the trial could not proceed to the punitive damages phase due to COVID-19 related issues.

“On behalf of the firm, we are thrilled at this great result for our client, John Park. Mr. Park is a brilliant entrepreneur and philanthropist. We were proud that he trusted us to seek justice for Ms. Buck-Walsh’s interference with his contract and breach of her fiduciary duty. Kudos to our entire team who worked tirelessly on this matter over five years, including the lengthy trial,” noted Dean Zipser, the firm’s managing partner. “It was very challenging bringing a complex trial to verdict during the COVID-19 pandemic. But thanks to the Court’s planning and precautions, the dedication of the jurors, and, of course, the hard work and flexibility of our team, we were able to bring the trial to a successful conclusion.”

Mr. Park added, “I am elated by the jury verdict and its damage award. I knew I was in great hands from the moment I hired my legal counsel. They were on top of the case from the outset and are superb strategists and trial lawyers. The firm and its attorneys always went the extra mile and their superb work product paid off.”

The U/Z team who achieved this successful outcome for Mr. Park includes an experienced team of attorneys including Tom Umberg, Scott Garner, Todd Smith and Ethan Feng.

Umber/Zipser LLP is a premier business litigation and intellectual property law firm located in Irvine, California. Drawing on decades of experience with some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, Umberg/Zipser LLP provides their clients with unparalleled legal services.

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Super Lawyers 2022 Selects Seven Umberg/Zipser Attorneys

Umberg/Zipser LLP is proud to announce that seven of its partners have been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2022, a recognition reserved for only five percent of lawyers in California.  In addition, both Dean Zipser and Scott Garner have been recognized this year as a Top 50 Orange County Lawyer, Dean for the fourth consecutive year.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers list, each for multiple years:

In addition, Priti Phukan, Ph.D. was recently recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property Law.

Super Lawyers’ annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

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.

Umberg/Zipser LLP Announces Attorney Ellen S. Kim has Joined the Firm

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is delighted to welcome our newest attorney, Ellen S. Kim, to our team! Ellen brings a broad range of successful legal experience, having represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters including business disputes and consumer class actions. Ellen also maintains an active pro bono practice, where she represents survivors of human trafficking and asylum seekers. Prior to joining U/Z, Ellen served as a law clerk to Judge Diana Saldaña of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and then as an associate with Jones Day.

Umberg/Zipser Sponsors OCAABA Annual Moon Festival Mixer

OCAABA

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.

Umberg/Zipser Named CRF-OC’s 2021 Law Firm of the Year

Umberg/Zipser LLP is proud to be honored as the 2021 “Law Firm of the Year” by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC). CRF-OC recognized the firm’s contributions to the organization’s mission of empowering Orange County youth to be active, responsible citizens through participation in interactive civic and law-related education programs that connect students directly with professionals and community leaders.

U/Z has a long history of involvement with and leadership in CRF-OC. Adina Stowell served as CRF-OC’s 2014/2015 President and has been a Board Member since 2006. Dean Zipser served as the organization’s 2017/2018 President, was a Board Member from 2007 to 2020, and now serves as a President Emeritus. Halim Dhanidina, Vikki Vander Woude, and Ethan Feng have served as high school mock trial coaches for several years. Halim has also served as a judicial advisor for the program. Vikki also serves on the CRF Mock Trial Committee and received the “Attorney Coach of the Year” Award in 2012.

Both Dean and Adina commented that, “We are honored to be recognized as Law Firm of the Year by CRF-OC. Giving back is part of our firm’s DNA, and our attorneys take pride in devoting time to professional, community, and charitable service.”

Umberg/Zipser Again Included in the Civic OC List for 2021

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is proud to again be named an honoree of The Civic 50 Orange County by OneOC and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The award recognizes U/Z as one of the most community minded companies in Orange County. The Civic 50 OC initiative provides a standard for superior corporate citizenship, and showcases how companies can use their time, skills, and resources to drive social impact in their company and communities.

The firm has received this recognition for each of the four years it has been awarded. U/Z is involved with over 40 professional, pro bono, and charitable organizations, in which U/Z attorneys hold over 22 leadership positions as well as governmental positions.

“We are honored to be recognized again in the Civic 50 OC as one of the most community minded organizations in Orange County. Our attorneys are leaders in our community, and giving back is part our firm’s DNA,” said Dean Zipser, co-founding partner.

OneOC commented, “We are honored to work in partnership with Points of Light to celebrate the most community-minded companies in Orange County. Our mission is to accelerate nonprofit success and we strongly believe that our corporate community is key to accomplishing this. Our collaboration strengthens not only our mission but enhances the longevity and sustainability of our community.”