Umberg/Zipser LLP Named One of Orange County’s “2024 Best Places to Work” By Orange County Business Journal

Umberg/Zipser LLP, a premier business litigation and intellectual property law firm, has again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). The awards program was created in 2009, and it is a project of the OCBJ in partnership with Workforce Research Group. This county-wide survey and awards program were designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.

 

The program features an extensive two-part survey and audit process. The first portion consisted of an evaluation of each employer’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 20% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 80% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Workforce Research Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Orange County and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

 

The rankings of the winning organizations were released in a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s July 1st issue.

 

“We are extremely proud to again be recognized by our team for this incredible honor,” said Dean Zipser, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Teamwork is a core value of our firm, our attorneys, and our staff, making this accolade especially meaningful to all of us. It reflects an achievement of our firm as a whole, and we look forward to continuing to foster a work environment that empowers and develops our team members.”

 

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 is widely recognized for providing exceptional legal work and client service. For more information on the firm, its attorneys, legal services, and other accolades, visit www.umbergzipser.com.

Umberg/Zipser Proud to Sponsor Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) 2024 Celebration

Umberg/ZipserLLP (U/Z) was proud to once again be a sponsor for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) Celebration which was held on Friday, May 17th at the Pendry Newport Beach. U/Z partner, Todd Smith, has been a member of the CASA Board of Directors for many years and currently serves as its Secretary. Prior to his Board service, Todd was a CASA mentor/advocate for two years. Founded 1985, CASA OC serves over 1,000 children each year who move through the Orange County welfare system as a result of abuse and neglect. For more information on CASA, please visit https://www.casaoc.org/.

Umberg/Zipser LLP Sponsors 2024 OCBA Charitable Fund’s Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Huntington Club in Huntington Beach, CA, Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) was proud to once again sponsor the 2024 Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble hosted by the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund (Charitable Fund). OCBA Past President Dean Zipser, and President-Elect Mei Tsang, represented U/Z at the event. The Charitable Fund is the philanthropic arm of the OCBA that provides funding and resources to law-related organizations that enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all.

Super Lawyers 2021 Selects Six Umberg/Zipser Attorneys

Umberg/Zipser LLP is proud to announce that six of its partners have been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2021, a recognition reserved for only five percent of the lawyers in California. Co-founding partner Dean Zipser also has been recognized again as a 2021 Top 50 Orange County Lawyer and Top 100 Southern California Lawyer.

The following Umberg/Zipser attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list:

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

Umberg/Zipser Again Named to Orange County Best Law Firms List for 2021

Umberg/Zipser LLP (U/Z) is pleased to announce that the firm again has been ranked Tier One in the “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area. The firm has received this recognition each year since it was formed. The ranking showcases top law firms recognized by clients and peers for delivering professional excellence and for high quality ratings, and indicate a unique combination of quality in practice and legal expertise.

For 2021, the firm received four Tier One rankings, in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. The firm also received recognition in the areas of Banking & Finance Litigation, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law.

“We are honored to again be recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in Orange County. We appreciate the continued recognition from our clients and peers, and our firm remains committed to pursuing our clients’ objectives by providing strategic and efficient solutions.” said U/Z co-founding partner Dean Zipser.

Once again, U/Z clients were effusive in their comments, responding to the U.S. News — Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” research process by commenting, among other things, “Umberg Zipser is a world class law firm exhibiting the highest level of competence and professionalism,” and that “Umberg Zipser asks the right questions and they make the most of every answer.”

In addition to the 2021 Best Law Firms ranking, attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Scott Garner, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Mei Tsang, Thomas Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021. In addition, Mark Finkelstein has been recognized as the Orange County Attorney of the Year and Brent Colasurdo listed in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Attorneys are ranked in the following practice areas:

  • Finkelstein for Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent and Trademark Law;
  • Garner for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property;
  • Reagan for Litigation – Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation;
  • Stowell for Litigation – Intellectual Property and Litigation – Real Estate;
  • Tsang for Copyright Law;
  • Umberg for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Real Estate;
  • Zipser for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property and Litigation – Real Estate;
  • Colasurdo – “Ones to Watch” list for Intellectual Property Law.

Umberg/Zipser Continues Strong Commitment to Public Law Center Orange County

Umberg/Zipser continues to be a proud supporter of the Public Law Center (PLC) Orange County and again sponsored this year’s Volunteers for Justice Annual Dinner held June 3, 2019. Umberg/Zipser partner Carole E. Reagan has been a member of the board of directors of PLC for the past 18 years, and also serves on PLC’s Executive Committee. Leah A. Hamlin served on the Silent Auction Committee for the event. 

PLC, Orange County’s pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income and vulnerable residents. Founded in 1981, PLC’s 30 staff members work with over 1,600 Orange County lawyers, paralegals, law students and other volunteers annually to provide free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Click here to read more about PLC.

Umberg/Zipser Lawyers Selected Again as 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Umberg/Zipser is pleased to announce that attorneys Mark Finkelstein, Carole Reagan, Adina Stowell, Tom Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2019.

Finkelstein was again selected in the fields of “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Patent” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2016.

Reagan was again selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2013.

Stowell was selected for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Litigation – Real Estate.”  This is her first year on the list.

Umberg has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2008, and was selected for “Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Real Estate.”.

Zipser was again selected for “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” “Commercial Litigation,” “Litigation – Banking and Finance,” “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” and “Litigation – Real Estate,” and has been on the Best Lawyers list since 2008.  Zipser was previously recognized by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of Year in Orange County for “Litigation – Intellectual Property” in 2017, and as the Orange County “Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category in 2014.

Umberg/Zipser is recognized as one of the 2018 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Banking & Finance Litigation.

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. 83,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. 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.”

 

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.

 

Public Service Spotlight

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) continues to be a proud supporter of the Public Law Center (PLC) Orange County and will again proudly sponsor this year’s Volunteers for Justice Annual Dinner being held June 14, 2018. Umberg/Zipser partner Carole E. Reagan has been a member of the board of directors of PLC for the past 17 years, and also serves on PLC’s Executive Committee. PLC is committed to providing access to justice for low-income and vulnerable residents. Now in its 33rd year of service, PLC’s 35 staff members work with over 1,500 Orange County lawyers, paralegals, law students and other volunteers annually to provide free civil legal services, including: counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Click here to read more about the event. 

Umberg/Zipser Continues to Grow IP Group with Addition of Mark Finkelstein and Priti Phukan

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is pleased to announce that partner Mark Finkelstein and associate Priti Phukan, Ph.D. have joined the firm. The addition of Mark and Priti further strengthens the firm’s full-service Intellectual Property Practice Group, and dedicated to identifying, procuring, shepherding, and defending our clients’ intellectual property rights.

Mark Finkelstein has more than 23 years of intellectual property and complex litigation experience in some of the nation’s largest firms. He advises clients on matters involving patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, as well as misuse of trade secrets, unfair competition, and other commercial disputes. Mark is the immediate Past President of Orange County’s Association of Business Trial Lawyers and has significant first-chair trial experience in both state and federal courts, and has argued before the Federal and Ninth Circuits.

Priti Phukan concentrates her practice on patent and trademark prosecution across various technology industries, including chemistry, life sciences, diagnostics, medical devices, and mechanical engineering. Priti began her career as a chemist and molecular biologist and then ultimately made the choice to start her career in patent law in 2012.

“We are excited to strategically grow our IP practice and continue to offer our clients the highest caliber of legal services. I have known Mark for many years.  He is an exceptional lawyer with extensive IP litigation and trial experience. His IP focus and tireless commitment to community involvement makes him a perfect fit,” said co-founding partner, Dean Zipser.

“Priti brings a unique background that includes a blend of bioscience expertise and legal skills. We are thrilled to bring the value of this combination of experience to our clients. She is a fantastic addition to the Umberg/Zipser team,” added IP partner, Mei Tsang.

Mark commented, “I am delighted to join the talented team at Umberg/Zipser and to offer increased flexibility in the delivery of legal services to my clients. I have known and had the pleasure of working with many of the firm’s lawyers in various capacities over the years and greatly admire and respect the way they approach solving clients’ business issues.”

Priti also commented, “It is an honor to join U/Z. I am delighted to be working with such a talented legal team with deep ties to the Orange County legal, business and technology communities.”

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. https://umbergzipser.com/