Scott Garner Writes OC Lawyer Article “Mandatory Malpractice Insurance: An Attack on Access to Justice”

Umberg/Zipser partner Scott Garner wrote an article for the May 2019 issue of the Orange County Bar Association’s publication Orange County Lawyer titled, “Mandatory Malpractice Insurance: An Attack on Access to Justice.” The article discusses the State Bar’s recent vote against a mandate, and explores current nationwide conversations on the topic. 

Click here to read the article. 

Umberg/Zipser Sponsors OCBA Charitable Fund’s Annual Golf Tournament

Umberg/Zipser was proud to again sponsor the 2019 Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble hosted by the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund (OCBA-CF) on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Santa Ana Country Club. The Charitable Fund is the philanthropic arm of the OCBA and provides funding and resources to organizations and programs that enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. 

Umberg/Zipser attorneys are proud to have dedicated decades of service to the OCBA and its Charitable Fund. For example, Scott Garner will serve as President of OCBA in 2020, and currently serves as the OCBA President-Elect, as an officer of the Charitable Fund, and as co-chair of the OCBA Professionalism and Ethics Committee; Mei Tsang currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the OCBA and the Charitable Fund, and as co-chair of OCBA’s Diversity Committee. Mei also served as co-chair for the 2018 Charitable Fund Annual Raise Your Glass event; and Dean Zipser is a former President of the OCBA and the 2017 recipient of the OCBA’s Franklin G. West Award – the OCBA’s highest honor – and currently co-chairs both the Mentoring Committee and Leadership Development Committee.

Learn more here: http://www.ocbacf.org/golf/

Super Lawyers 2019 Selects Five Umberg/Zipser Attorneys and Recognizes Dean Zipser as Top 50 OC Lawyer

Umberg/Zipser is proud to announce that five of its partners have again been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2019, a recognition reserved for only five percent of the lawyers in California. In addition, co-founding partner Dean Zipser has been recognized as a one of the Top 50 Orange County Lawyers.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list:

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.

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.

Scott Garner Co-Authors OC Lawyer Article “Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct”

Umberg Zipser’s (U/Z) Scott B. Garner co-authored an article in OC Lawyer, September 2018, “Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct” to discuss some of the more note-worthy changes that are to be expected in the revised Rules of Professional Conduct, which will go into effect November 1, 2018.

The new set of rules were proposed by the State Bar and approved by the California Supreme Court on May 10, 2018. The rules can best be described as a hybrid between the current California Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Rules.

Scott has served as a member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct from 2011-16, and served as the Committee’s Chair from 2014-15.

The full text of the article is available here: Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct

Super Lawyers Selects Three Umberg/Zipser Attorneys

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that three of its partners have again been included in the 2018 Super Lawyers list for Southern California.

Every year Super Lawyers identifies the top five percent of attorneys in each state or region, as chosen by their peers and through independent research to receive this honor. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been included in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list:

  • Scott B. Garner – Professional Liability: Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2015
    • Also listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2004 – 2006
  • Mei Tsang – Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2017
  • Dean J. Zipser – Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Selected annually since 2005

About Umberg Zipser

Umberg/Zipser is a premier business litigation and intellectual property boutique.  Drawing on 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.

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.