Scott Garner Presents at the ABTL Annual Seminar

Umberg/Zipser partner Scott B. Garner participated in a panel at the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ (ABTL) 44th Annual Seminar on October 5-8, 2017 in Carlsbad, California. Garner presented on professional liability issues for law firms: When Your Own Law Firm is in Crisis. Click here for more information about the event.

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.  Garner also consults with clients on legal ethics issues, and has served as an expert witness on ethics and standard of care issues.

Umberg/Zipser attorneys are long-time supporters of ABTL and all the firm’s lawyers are members. Dean Zipser is a former ABTL Orange County Chapter President and Garner is the Immediate Past President of the Chapter. Adina Stowell, in addition to serving on the Board, is a former editor of the newsletter, and Carole Reagan is a former member of the newsletter’s editorial board. Tom Umberg also has presented at an ABTL Annual Seminar.

Dean Zipser Participates in ABTL Panel

Dean Zipser recently participated in an Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Panel “Charting a Path to the Bench: A Panel Discussion About Things You Might Want to Know.” Dean is a former president of the Orange County chapter of ABTL and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). Other panelists included Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura and Judge Melissa McCormick of the Orange County Superior Court, and Kimberly Knill, research attorney at the California Court of Appeal and former chair of the JNE Commission. 

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Umberg/Zipser Again Sponsors CRF-OC 2017 Annual Benefit

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is proud to continue to support the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) and be a sponsor of its 2017 Annual Benefit event on Thursday October 26, 2017 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, CA. Umberg/Zipser co-founder Dean Zipser is serving as CRF-OC’s , and has been a Board Member since 2007. Umberg/Zipser partner Adina Stowell served asCRF-OC’s 2014/2015 President and has been a Board Member since 2006.

The Annual Benefit is CRF-OC’s marquis fundraiser and all proceeds support the organization’s unique and highly-regarded civic education programs – Mock Trial, Peer Court, Constitution Day, Law Day and the Orange County Career Forum.

Which Hat is Your GC Wearing? How Companies Can Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege In-House

Umberg/Zipser attorney, Todd Smith, recently published the article “Which Hat is Your GC Wearing? How Companies Can Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege In-House,” for the Orange County Business Journal, General Counsel issue on October 16, 2017. 

“From crafting business strategy to negotiating substantive deal points, in-house lawyers are becoming increasingly involved in the business aspects of their companies. Although their involvement often benefits companies by bringing a fresh perspective to the table, it can pose challenges in terms of the application of the attorney-client privilege.

Click here to read the full article. 

 

 

 

Scott Garner Presents at USC 2017 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce partner Scott Garner participated in a panel discussion titled What is the “Heartland” of Attorney-Client Privilege?: Recent Developments Concerning the Privilege. The panel presentation will be part of the 2017 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business program, hosted by USC Gould School of Law and the Beverly Hills Bar Association on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

Garner was joined by introducer Judith A. Gilbert, Former Vice President State Bar of California, moderator and panelist Michele K. Trausch, former Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, State Bar of California, and panelists Jennifer A. Becker, Long & Levit LLP, and Alison M. Turner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP.

The panel explored attorney-client privilege as a cornerstone of American jurisprudence and of the attorney-client relationship. Last year, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that seemed to examine it in a new light, potentially eroding the privilege. The group discussed several decisions and verdicts involving in-house counsel’s use of privileged information in claims for retaliation or wrongful termination; the issues presented when a client’s capacity becomes impaired; and extension of the privilege to a client’s agents, managers, publicists and others.

Scott B. 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.

Adina Stowell Discusses Arbitration in Article Published in the Orange County Business Journal

Umberg/Zipser partner Adina Stowell published an article, “Arbitration in Real Estate Contracts,” in the Orange County Business Journal on May 8, 2017.  A copy of the article is available here:  OCBJ: Arbitration in Real Estate Contracts

 

Umberg/Zipser Hosts Inaugural Orange County Assistant US Attorney Reception

U/Z’s Tom Umberg, one of the original three Assistant U.S. Attorneys to staff the Orange County office, helped organize the first Former Orange County Assistant US Attorney Reception at the Umberg Zipser’s Irvine office on May 30, 2017.  Former OC AUSA and now Congressman Adam Schiff was the guest of honor at the reception that included more than 30 former and current AUSA’s. 

Pictured above are the first Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Orange County: Edward R. McGah; Judge (ret.) Nancy Wieben Stock; and Thomas J. Umberg.

Volunteer Spotlight: Todd Smith Court Appointed Special Advocate “CASA” for Foster Youth

We are strong believers in giving back to our profession and our community – in actions, and not just words or dollars. Our lawyers are actively involved as leaders of multiple professional, pro bono, and charitable organizations, as well as governmental positions. Our volunteer spotlight for this newsletter is U/Z’s Todd Smith. 

Todd has been a volunteer with CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County – since 2015 and is matched with an 11-year-old boy.  CASA is a non-profit organization serving the county’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteers who advocate for their best interests. 

Todd had this to say about CASA for a recent article in OC Lawyer: “Being an attorney in Orange County, I had heard a lot about CASA and had spoken with CASA representatives at various bar functions over the years. I had been wanting to get more involved in a community-based organization and, with my legal background, CASA seemed like a perfect fit. After learning about the enormous need for CASA volunteers (especially male volunteers) to serve the foster youth in Orange County and the lasting and meaningful impact that a CASA advocate/mentor could have in the life a foster youth, there was no turning back.”

The full article is available on the CASA website here: Empowering OC Youth: One Volunteer at a Time