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COMMUNITY news n Johnson & Weaver LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to its San Diego office. Phong L. Tran: Mr. Tran has extensive experience litigating complex securities, mergers and acquisitions, and consumer class action cases. Before joining Johnson & Weaver, Mr. Tran worked at the preeminent plaintiff class action firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd PHONG TRAN LLP and the well-respected boutique litigation firm of Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman, LLP. In addition, he previously served as a prosecutor, first as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and then as a Deputy City Attorney with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Tran earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of KRISTEN O’CONNOR Business Administration degree. Kristen O’Connor: Prior to joining the firm, Ms. O’Connor served as Managing Counsel at clinivation, Inc., where she negotiated clinical trial agreements and provided market clearance submission development and support to global medtech and pharmaceutical industry clients. Ms. O’Connor graduated summa cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2015. Ms. O’Connor earned a bachelor’s degree from California Lutheran University in 2008, and is an active member of the American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, American Inns of Court—J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, and Lawyers Club of San Diego. n On Thursday, October 13th, Monica Sherman Ghiglia, an attorney at Fragomen, will be awarded the “Inn of Court Pro Bono Publico Award” at Casa Cornelia Law Center’s 9th Annual La Mancha Awards. Monica and twelve other attorneys were selected from a pool of over 200 volunteer attorneys for their commitment to access to justice. Casa Cornelia Law Center is a San Diego nonprofit that provides legal assistance to victims of human and civil rights violations.


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Attorney Journal San Diego | Volume 159, 2016

n Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP is pleased to announce Sotera Anderson, senior counsel at the San Diegobased litigation law firm, has been named to the State Bar of California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and Pan Asian Lawyers of SOTERA ANDERSON San Diego (PALSD) Board of Directors. With these esteemed appointments, Anderson will serve in leadership roles at the community, city and state professional levels. On the all-volunteer Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, Anderson will serve a one-year term evaluating judicial candidates who are being considered for appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown. Anderson’s term will begin in February 2017. The PALSD Board of Directors is committed to supporting and advancing the careers of Asian American legal professionals while also promoting and advocating for community interests. As a member of the 10-person board, Anderson will also work to uphold the preservation of the community’s culture, heritage and diversity. Anderson’s term began September 1. n Citing rapid expansion and a desire to provide convenient access to injured victims throughout San Diego County, Mission Legal Center has expanded its personal injury practice by opening additional offices in Carlsbad and Chula Vista. Helmed by father and son trial attorneys Rosalio Munoz and David Munoz, Mission Legal Center’s new Chula Vista office is located at 333 H Street, Suite 5000, Chula Vista, CA 91910. In North County San Diego, Mission Legal Center’s new office is located at 1902 Wright Place, Second Floor, Carlsbad, CA 92008. The two new offices are in addition to the firm’s main office in Mission Valley.



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