Carole Reagan in OCBJ: “Made Up Words Make the Best Trademarks”

Partner Carole Reagan published an article in the Orange County Business Journal’s special Intellectual Property Law section on July 10, 2017: “Made Up Words Make the Best Trademark (But Don’t Bother Trying to Register ‘Covfefe’).”

The full text of the article is available here: Made Up Words Make the Best Trademarks

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