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March 12, 2013
A Costa Mesa-based law firm announced Wednesday that it has a new executive director. Tony Malkani will lead Rutan & Tucker, one of California's largest full-service public agency and business law firms, according to a news release. Malkani replaces Rich Boden, who joined Rutan & Tucker in 1976. Malkani was last at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where he was the Newport Beach-based firm's chief financial officer. He will lead Rutan & Tucker's "day-to-day business strategy and operations" with a staff of more than 130, according to a news release.
NEWS
November 5, 2011
Irvine business law firm Shulman Hodges & Bastian will be honored with an award for Small Business Philanthropy by the Assn. of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day. The national organization, which promotes fundraising efforts worldwide, will recognize the law firm along with seven other county recipients Nov. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove. "Our employees take a lot of pride in the fact that we got the award," said Managing Partner Leonard Shulman.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | September 8, 2012
Let's revisit the last two weeks of August. On Aug. 16, the Orange County Register Watchdog blog ripped law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill's playbook for twisting arms during impasse negotiations. The firm suggested on its website that police associations should " … keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim. " The "victim" essentially refers to a politician unfavorable to an association's position. Less than a week later, on Aug. 22, that playbook was followed step by step.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 19, 2013
An Upland-based law firm being sued by two Costa Mesa City Council members is closing, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir "will be winding down and eventually close," according to the letter sent by partner Dieter Dammeier to one of his police association clients. It was dated Wednesday. Dammeier also writes of a "mass exodus" of attorneys amid the recent "turmoil. " It does not specify the timeline of the firm's dissolution.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | March 13, 2013
Lindsay Lohan maybe getting a new lawyer if she signs off on a plan to have a  prominent Orange County law firm help represent her on criminal charges she lied about a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway. The latest development comes after her New York attorney was warned by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that he did not know California law. Paul Wallin, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, said Lohan's attorney, Mark Heller, has asked one of the firm's attorneys, David Wohl, to help represent the actress at trial March 18. "We are awaiting Ms. Lohan's approval," Wallin said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | October 15, 2013
Prosecutors last week raided a law firm being sued by Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, according to published reports. The Orange County district attorney secured a warrant last week and searched the Upland office of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, the Voice of OC reported Tuesday . The nonprofit news organization reviewed a Superior Court log showing that district attorney's investigators raided the firm Thursday. Investigators left the office with boxes of documents, according to the San Bernardino County Sentinel , which first reported the story.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2007
Minyard Morris, a Newport Beach law firm, will be honored this week for its service on behalf of disadvantaged clients, officials from the State Bar of California announced Tuesday. The firm was named as one of seven recipients of the 2007 President’s Pro Bono Service Award, finishing first in the small law firm category. Minyard Morris, which has 15 lawyers in its office, has a history of providing service at the Public Law Center in Santa Ana, representing low-income residents in cases regarding child custody, domestic violence and more.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 25, 2012
Demonstrators on Saturday gathered in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department to support Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, who they contend was falsely accused of driving drunk by a private investigator who works for a law firm that represents police unions. A motorist tailing Righeimer called 911 Wednesday, saying the councilman was swerving and appeared drunk. Righeimer, who said he only drank a Diet Coke, was given a sobriety test by police at his home and passed. The man who made the call is a fired Riverside police officer who works with a law firm that until recently was retained by the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city's law firm has broken long-standing professional ties with former interim Police Chief Steve Staveley, whose allegations of "unethical" and "immoral" conduct at City Hall stunned the community. Richard D. Jones, a partner with the Fullerton-based Jones & Mayer law firm, criticized Staveley for lambasting city officials when he resigned in protest Monday as interim police chief, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. The firm provides legal counsel to the city, which does not have an in-house attorney.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 20, 2013
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger have sued the city's police officers association, alleging the group and two other defendants intimidated and harassed them for political gain. A civil action lawsuit filed Tuesday names the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn.; Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and Menifee private investigator Chris Lanzillo, alleging they intentionally inflicted emotional distress and violated civil rights, among 15 other complaints.
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By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
A man accused in a lawsuit of filing a false drunk-driving report against Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer asserted his 5th Amendment right not to testify throughout a three-hour deposition on Thursday, attorneys said. Private investigator Chris Lanzillo invoked the constitutional protection against self-incrimination more than 200 times, said attorney John Manly, who represents Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger in the civil action filed against Lanzillo; the law firm that employed him, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge heard oral arguments this week on motions that could potentially strike a lawsuit filed against Costa Mesa's police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. On Monday, in their respective anti- SLAPP motions - Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - attorneys for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo contended that the lawsuit, which alleges harassment and intimidation, stifles the defendants' First Amendment rights.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 18, 2014
In what Costa Mesa city officials are calling "modest increases" to staffing levels, the City Council on Tuesday will hear a proposal that could boost City Hall ranks by 12 positions. The annual payroll would increase $1.64 million. Four of the positions are for sworn police officers, who, in addition to supporting all the department's activities, will specifically help monitor early release prisoners, probationers, parolees and registered sex offenders living in Costa Mesa. If accepted by the council, the move would allow the police department to employ a maximum of 136 sworn officers, excluding the reserve force, an annual salary and benefits cost of $572,000.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 26, 2013
In a court filing last week, Costa Mesa's police union distanced itself from its former law firm by saying it wasn't involved in a plan that planted a GPS tracking device on a city councilman's truck. The Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo are co-defendants in an August lawsuit brought by Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger that accuses the trio of intimidation and harassment for political gain.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 19, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday rejected a request that the city pay the costs of fighting a lawsuit brought by two councilmen against the police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. The Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. had sought to use taxpayer money in its defense against the civil action filed in August by Mayor Jim Righeimer, his wife and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger. The council vote was 3 to 0, City Attorney Tom Duarte said at the start of Tuesday's meeting.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 14, 2013
The city of Costa Mesa could soon be in the middle of a legal battle between two councilmen and the police union. For weeks, the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. has requested that the city pay for its legal defense against a lawsuit filed by Costa Mesa's mayor and mayor pro tem. Now that request is on the agenda for a closed-session meeting Tuesday, raising the possibility that Costa Mesa could end up in a highly unusual legal situation of defending its employees from a lawsuit filed by two of its own elected officials.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa's police association responded this month to a lawsuit filed by two councilmen alleging the union, its former law firm and a private investigator conspired to harass and intimidate them for political gain. Lawyers for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., called Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's accusations "an insult" and an attempt to muzzle critics of Costa Mesa's City Council majority led by Righeimer, according to copies of Orange County Superior Court filings reviewed by the Pilot.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | October 15, 2013
Prosecutors last week raided a law firm being sued by Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, according to published reports. The Orange County district attorney secured a warrant last week and searched the Upland office of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, the Voice of OC reported Tuesday . The nonprofit news organization reviewed a Superior Court log showing that district attorney's investigators raided the firm Thursday. Investigators left the office with boxes of documents, according to the San Bernardino County Sentinel , which first reported the story.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 19, 2013
An Upland-based law firm being sued by two Costa Mesa City Council members is closing, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir "will be winding down and eventually close," according to the letter sent by partner Dieter Dammeier to one of his police association clients. It was dated Wednesday. Dammeier also writes of a "mass exodus" of attorneys amid the recent "turmoil. " It does not specify the timeline of the firm's dissolution.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Debra Healy Deem Debra Healy Deem, 58 of Laguna Beach passed away on August 28th after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on August 27th 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA, Magna Cum Laude at California State Polytechnic of Pomona and JD from Loyola Law School. She practiced Business Law at Buchalter Nemer LLP. Debra was selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2007. She had a strong commitment to Pro Bono work and community support, and was a member of the Public Law Center Board of Directors.
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