Scott Garner and Mei Tsang Sworn in at OCBA Judges’ Night

The Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) annual Board of Directors election results are in and Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is again featured prominently. Scott B. Garner was voted in as President-Elect and partner Mei Tsang was re-elected to the OCBA Board of Directors.

The 2019 Officers and Board members were installed along with the OCBA Charitable Fund’s Board of Directors on Friday, January 25, 2019, during the OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting.

Scott Garner, who will serve as President of OCBA in 2020, currently serves as the OCBA Treasurer, as an officer of the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund (OCBACF), and as co-chair of the OCBA Professionalism and Ethics Committee.

Mei Tsang recently served as co-chair for the OCBACF annual Raise Your Glass event, currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the OCBA and the OCBACF, and co-chairs OCBA’s Diversity Committee.

Dean Zipser also participated in the OCBA past president “passing the gavel” ceremony at the event.

Scott’s and Mei’s election is part of a long history of service by the firm’s lawyers.  For example, Umberg/Zipser co-founding partner Dean Zipser, is a former OCBA President and a former Chair of OCBA’s Masters Division – OCBA’s arm serving those in practice 25 years or more.   In 2017, Dean was the recipient of the OCBA’s highest honor, the Franklin G. West Award in recognition of his achievements that have advanced justice and the law.

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.

Mei Tsang Serves as Co-Chair and Umberg/Zipser Sponsors OCBA Charitable Fund’s 2018 Raise Your Glass Fundraiser

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) partner Mei Tsang served as co-chair for the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund’s (OCBACF) annual Raise Your Glass event on Thursday, August 23 at the Newport Beach Country Club. Mei currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Orange County Bar Association and its Charitable Fund. In addition to Mei’s service, Umberg/Zipser is proud to be a long-time supporter of the OCBACF, and is an Underwriter Sponsor for the event.

Raise Your Glass is the marquee wine tasting and charity awards benefit that is organized by the OCBACF, a nonprofit foundation raising money for law-related charities in Orange County. The event is held to help raise much-needed funds to support law-related organizations and programs in Orange County, including Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles, Public Law Center, and law school and domestic violence clinics and programs. Read more about the event here: http://www.ocbar.org/cf/ryg/.

Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide. Mei has substantial experience in patent and trademark portfolio development, and in all aspects of IP enforcement, including negotiation, licensing, and litigation at various courts at the federal, state, and administrative levels. Her clients also depend on her multicultural background and language abilities to help them expand and navigate their IP strategy worldwide.

 

Dean Zipser Participates in OCBA Seminar

Dean Zipser was one of two presenters (with Todd Friedland of Stephens Friedland LLP) at the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA), Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section program, “Growing Your Law Firm,” on May 17, 2018.  The seminar covered topics designed to help lawyers identify the issues they must consider in growing their law firms and deciding whether growth is for them, as well as being inclusive in hiring. With Umberg/Zipser having grown from four to fourteen in just over four years, Dean had first-hand and very timely information to share.

Dean Zipser Serves as Co-chair of OCBA Leadership Roundtable and Reception

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) co-founding partner Dean J. Zipser served as co-chair for the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Leadership Roundtable & Reception on May 16, 2018. The event brought current and former OCBA leaders together in a panel discussion on leadership opportunities within the OCBA. Among his many professional activities, Dean has served as co-chair (together with Michael G. Yoder of O’Melveny & Myers LLP) of the OCBA’s Leadership Development Committee since its inception – a group focused on identifying, recruiting, and training potential leaders of OCBA and the Orange County legal community.

Mei Tsang Authors Article for the OC Lawyer: The Case for Diversity

Mei Tsang recently authored an article in the March 2018 edition of the OC Lawyer, a publication of the Orange County Bar Association titled “The Case for Diversity: Why it Matters and Why it is Hard to Achieve in the Legal Profession.”

The article explores misconceptions about diversity and why it is an important consideration in legal practices. Mei explains, “Even with the great diversity that exists in Orange County, the legal profession does not reflect any more diversity than the national average. It is well known that the legal industry is one of the least diverse professions in the nation despite the well-intentioned initiatives, policies, and programs.”

Click here to read the article. 

Mei serves on the Board of Directors for both the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and its Charitable Fund. She has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide.  Mei has substantial experience in patent and trademark portfolio development, and in all aspects of IP enforcement, including negotiation, licensing, and litigation at various courts at the federal, state, and administrative levels. Her clients also depend on her multicultural background and language abilities (Mandarin and Cantonese) to help them expand and navigate their IP strategy worldwide.

Umberg/Zipser Attorneys Featured Prominently at OCBA Judges’ Night

Umberg/Zipser proudly sponsored and supported 2018 Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting hosted by the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Irvine.  This event featured the installation of Nikki P. Miliband, Esq. as 2018 OCBA President, the installation of the OCBA Officers and Directors and the OCBA Charitable Fund Directors, and the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA.

The firm’s attorneys have decades of service to the OCBA, and the most recent Judges’ Night was an example.  U/Z’s Scott Garner was sworn in as the 2018 OCBA Treasurer and a board member of the Charitable Fund, and Mei Tsang was sworn in as a board member of both the OCBA and the Charitable Fund.

U/Z’s co-founding partner Dean Zipser, a former OCBA President and the 2017 recipient of the Franklin G. West Award, spoke at the event. In addition, Zipser recently co-authored the OCBA article: January 2018 Cover Story – Nikki Presley Miliband: We’re Not Returning to Sender!, highlighting the accomplishments of the newly appointed OCBA president, Nikki Presley Miliband. Click here to read the full article.

 

About Umberg/Zipser LLP

Umberg/Zipser is a premier business litigation and intellectual property boutique.  Drawing on its lawyers’ many decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, Umberg/Zipser provides clients with unparalleled legal services. Named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Boutique Firms, Umberg/Zipser is a go-to firm for litigation and intellectual property in Orange County and around the state.

Scott Garner and Todd Smith to Present at OCBA Specialty Credit Night – Navigating the Perilous Waters of the Attorney-Client Privilege

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that attorneys Scott Garner and Todd Smith will co-present on the topic of “Navigating the Perilous Waters of the Attorney-Client Privilege” to members of the Orange County Bar Association.  The event will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Costa Mesa. Click here for more information about the event.

Scott Garner represents clients in a wide array of complex business litigation matters with a focus on professional liability disputes and ethics counseling. He has represented large, mid-size, and small law firms, along with individual lawyers, in pre-litigation and litigation disputes concerning claims of legal malpractice, ethical violations, and securities fraud arising from their litigation, transactional, and IP practices. Scott also consults with clients on legal ethics issues, and has served as an expert witness on ethics and standard of care issues.

Todd Smith’s practice focuses on complex business litigation in state and federal courts. He represents companies and individuals in consumer and securities class actions, shareholder and derivative litigation, breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, financial services litigation, real estate disputes, protection of intellectual property rights, and unfair competition claims. Todd also represents law firms and lawyers in legal malpractice actions. He is experienced in all phases of litigation, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals, as well as regulatory proceedings and internal investigations.

Scott Garner Presents on OCBA eDiscovery Panel

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce partner Scott Garner will participate in a presentation titled What Every Attorney Needs to Know about eDiscovery: Necessary Skills, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, and Ethical Pitfalls. The program will be hosted by The Orange County Bar Association Education Committee on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Garner will provide the defense and ethical issues perspective. He will be joined by speakers Honorable David C. Velasquez (Ret.), Judicate West; Kevin J. Mooney, Minyard Morris LLP; and Shawn Kennedy, Modera Legal.

The presentation will discuss best practices for various aspects of contemporary e-discovery practice. The panel will bring together multiple perspectives on e-discovery issues, including from the standpoint of a plaintiff’s attorney, a defense attorney, and the view from the bench. In addition to providing practical advice, the panel will examine how ethical standards like the duties of competence and confidentiality apply in the context of e-discovery.

The event is approved to provide 3.0 CLE Credits (Including 1.0 Legal Ethics).

Click here to read more about the event. 

Scott Garner represents clients in a wide array of complex business litigation matters with a focus on professional liability disputes and ethics counseling.  He has represented large, mid-size, and small law firms, along with individual lawyers, in pre-litigation and litigation disputes concerning claims of legal malpractice, ethical violations, and securities fraud arising from their litigation, transactional, and IP practices.  He also consults with clients on legal ethics issues, and has served as an expert witness on ethics and standard of care issues.