May Bulletin Board: Our Members and Leaders Circle Firms Making Headlines

reno-fernandezMember Appointed to Bar Rules Advisory Group

BASF member Reno Fernandez, MacDonald | Fernandez, was recently appointed to two working groups of the Bar Rules Advisory Group (BRAG) to assist the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in developing its model form of individual Chapter 11 plan and model form of first-day motion for payroll expenses.


dan-deanBASF Member Named to State Bar Task Force

State Bar Board of Trustees President Luis J. Rodriguez recently appointed Daniel Dean, Ribera Law Firm and a State Bar of California Board of Trustees member, to a 14-person task force to review discipline standards for attorneys.


mika-mayerSilicon Valley Business Journal Announces Women of Influence

Morrison & Foerster partner Mika Mayer was recently included on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” list.

The Discipline Standards Task Force will review the Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct to determine whether a comprehensive overhaul is needed.


d-youngLitigation Counsel of America Names Fellow

Douglas R. Young, a partner at Farella Braun + Martel, was recently selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon superior accomplishment in litigation and outstanding ethical reputation.


j-minkSedgwick Attorney Named CCBA

The Conference of California Bar Associations recently announced that James Mink, an associate at Sedgwick, is now chair of its Resolutions Committee.


m-kellyMichael A. Kelly Named Trial Lawyer of the Year

BASF member Michael A. Kelly, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, was recently selected as the CAL-ABOTA 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Recognized as the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive, the American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually to a recipient who exhibits the best traits of a trial lawyer – excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career and a reputation for civility, ethics and fair play.


quyen-taQuyen Ta Receives Asian American Bar Association Award

BASF Board Member Quyen Ta, Keker & Van Nest, recently received the Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy from the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. Ta was recognized for her work litigating intellectual property, securities and other complex commercial disputes, including recent trial victories on behalf of high-profile clients, advocating for diversity, and leading various community organizations.


m-cranstonRetired Pillsbury Senior Partner Honored in Texas

Mary Cranston, retired senior partner and immediate past chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, recently received the inaugural Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award by the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law at its 5th Anniversary Celebration and Award Luncheon.


john-wordenSchiff Hardin Partner Elected to ABOTA

Schiff Hardin recently announced that John S. Worden, a trial lawyer in the firm’s San Francisco office, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) San Francisco Chapter.