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 Selected for New Ethics Committee

Umberg/Zipser partner Scott Garner has been appointed as a member of the California Lawyers Association’s newly formed ethics committee. The California Lawyers Association itself was formed in 2018 after the California State Bar was split into a mandatory bar and a voluntary bar association, with the CLA quickly becoming the second largest voluntary bar association in the nation (behind only the ABA).  The Ethics Committee intends to issue advisory opinions, comment on a variety of legal ethics issues and offer educational programming.  The Daily Journal’s recent article “California Lawyers Group Forms Own Ethics Committee,” discussed the committee and noted Scott’s selection.