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By Michael Alexander | January 3, 2007
A senior partner in Klein & Wilson, a law firm robbed at gunpoint last week, said Tuesday the office will increase security. Meanwhile, police are hunting for the two suspected robbers. Attorney Gerald Klein said that while robbery was a rare occurrence for a law firm, the hold-up showed just how easy it would be for someone with a grudge to walk in and do something violent. "We're not really afraid of street crime," Klein said. "But it shows that any goofball could walk in there.
By Joseph Serna | September 30, 2009
Authorities seized a local firm’s records, and at least one employee faces arrest after Costa Mesa detectives and Orange County district attorney fraud investigators served an Anton Boulevard business with a search warrant Wednesday. Authorities searched Dinh & Associates PC, at 575 Anton Blvd., across the street from South Coast Plaza. Detectives and prosecuting investigators carried out boxes of files and electronics Wednesday morning as potential evidence in their criminal investigation.
June 30, 2007
The Costa Mesa law firm of Snell and Wilmer L.L.P. recently received a Community Cornerstone Award for outstanding charitable contributions from Orange County United Way. The firm raised $137,971 for the local chapter, and made a foundation gift of more than $100,000 that will provide tuition scholarships for low-income children to attend local United Way day care centers. Orange County United Way's annual Campaign Celebration event was June 19 at the Balboa Pavilion. Snell and Wilmer partner Timothy Kay said in a written statement, "Snell and Wilmer is pleased to play an active role in the organization's results-driven campaigns and are proud to be associated with other corporate and individual United Way supporters throughout our community."
June 27, 2005
Andrew Edwards A Newport Beach law firm's new offices evoke the feeling of a court, but not the kind of court where judges and juries sit. Think more along the lines of a basketball court. Personal injury attorneys John Bisnar and Brian Chase, partners of Bisnar & Chase, LLP, are longtime fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Accordingly, the conference room at the firm's new home has hardwood floors, a TV screen showing old-school Laker games and a playoff-worn Shaquille O'Neal shoe.
By Joseph Serna | September 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday approved contracting with one law firm to see the city through its workforce outsourcing effort, and a second law firm to defend those contentious outsourcing plans in court. In a 3-1 vote, the council approved continuing to consult with Northern California-based HansonBridgett law firm at $295 to $325 an hour as Costa Mesa puts city services out for bids. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. Councilman Eric Bever was absent. Costa Mesa also tapped the Jones Day law firm at $495 an hour to defend itself against a city employee group's lawsuit that challenges the proposed outsourcing.
By Sarah Peters, | April 4, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Sixty years ago, a lawyer could make his career off the railroads. These days, a more diverse portfolio is required. In 1951, Newport Beach law firm Cummins & White was formed to serve a then-booming business in railroad law with goliath clients, such as the Santa Fe Southern Railway. This month, the firm celebrates its 60th anniversary and acknowledges the many clients — some who have been with the firm for decades — who helped the business thrive, managing partner James Wakefield said Monday.
By Joseph Serna, | August 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Orange County Employees Assn. is calling for the city to suspend the contract with its law firm and investigate the unauthorized media leak of a draft report about a city worker's death. "This leak of sensitive information by city contractors is inexcusable," OCEA Assistant General Manager Lisa Major wrote to Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch on Friday. Major pointed to an Aug. 4 article in the Orange County Register that said the newspaper had obtained a draft report prepared by Talon Executive Services, a firm that does private investigations and security work for government agencies and other clients.
April 11, 2002
Five Orange County lawyers have have launched a new real estate and business law firm. Partners John Garrett, Marcello De Frenza, Henry Stiepel, Donald Hickman and associate Daniel Cho formed Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel LLP in Costa Mesa on March 1 after leaving Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, a multinational law firm with an office in Orange County. Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel specializes in real estate, tax and corporate business matters. The areas of expertise include landlord and tenant representation, real estate development, construction, joint ventures, tax advice and planning.
June 6, 2002
The Costa Mesa business law firm of Christopher Sexton and Associates APC has created a guide to aid officers and directors of small corporations in protecting their shareholders from personal liability. The guide, called "Checkup on Your Corporation's Legal Health," provides a step-by-step approach to reviewing and maintaining existing records and secretary of state filings. If a corporation fails to file biennial statements with the California secretary of state, it will result in fines and suspension, during which time the corporation cannot conduct any business.
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