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COMMUNITY news nFisher & Phillips LLP has announced that James C. Fessenden and Megan C. Winter have been elected to partner in the San Diego office. Fessenden represents public and private employers in all aspects of employment law in both state and federal courts, and before administrative and governmental JAMES C. FESSENDEN agencies. Fessenden has argued before the California Court of Appeal and numerous trial courts and administrative agencies. He has been a part of several arbitration and trial teams and recently served as second chair in a jury trial resulting in a complete defense verdict. Fessenden also regularly defends clients in investigations by a variety of federal, MEGAN C. WINTER state, and local agencies. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling clients and developing measures to prevent litigation and governmental investigations. Winter handles administrative and civil employment matters before state and federal courts and government agencies. Her practice involves representation of employers in a variety of matters including harassment and discrimination litigation, wage and hour class actions, and family and medical leave law. Winter also assists employers in developing workplace policies and procedures, and she regularly advises employers regarding day-to-day employment issues and ways to avoid employment claims and litigation. Winter also teaches an employment law class at San Diego State’s College of Extended Studies. nAttorneys Michael L. Kirby, David J. Noonan, James R. Lance and Charles T. Hoge from Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, LLP were recently selected to the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Noonan was also selected to the 2014 Top 50: San Diego Super Lawyers. “Southern California Super Lawyers, Business L i t i g a t i o n” : Michael L. Kirby, David J. Noonan, HOGE, KIRBY, NOONAN, LANCE James R. Lance and Charles T. Hoge were all recognized for their work in business litigation, which includes commercial law and contract disputes. “2014 Top 50: San Diego Super Lawyers”: David J. Noonan was named to the Top 50 list of lawyers in San Diego.

nHiggs Fletcher & Mack, San Diego’s oldest law firm kicked-off its 2014 “7,500 Hour Volunteer Challenge” campaign on January 28, 2014 at USO San Diego’s downtown facility. More than 20 firm participants turned out to serve dinner to more than 200 service members as well as present a $1,000 check to the non-profit organization. “Supporting our military men and women and their families is extremely important to us,” said Christina Bobb, attorney at Higgs Fletcher & Mack and past service member. “As a firm with a number of former military personnel, we understand the sacrifices they make day in and day out.” The USO provides support services, as well as a “home away from home,” for all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. As part of Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s “7,500 Hour Volunteer Challenge,” over 140 firm employees will be donating their time throughout the year to serve the San Diego community; the firm will also provide monetary contributions to a number of non-profits where they volunteer time. The campaign is in conjunction with the firm’s 75th anniversary. n Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is pleased to announce that Michael Lees has been named a shareholder of the firm. Lees joined the firm as an associate in 2005. Lees’ practice focuses on real estate and business transactions, taxation and health care law. He advises individuals and businesses in MICHAEL LEES corporate and transactional matters, and represents both buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, real estate and capital assets. Lees also prepares and negotiates formation and operative documents for corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, including complex joint ventures and investment funds. Lees received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds an undergraduate degree in business administration with a double major in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona.

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Attorney Journal, San Diego, Volume 127  

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