EXEC’S DOT…DOT…DOT…, BY STEVE HENDERSON

And where did they land? Bill Hair is Of Counsel at Musick, Peeler & Garrett. w.hair@mpglaw.com  or  418.3100…William Winfield is at Lowthorp, Richards and may be reached at 981.8555 or  wwinfield@lrmmt.comRamon Guizar also has accepted a position at Lowthorp and can be reached at rguizar@lrmmt.com Ken High will be Of Counsel there. Brier Miron and Anne Larsen snagged associates’ roles with LightGabler and their respective contact info is bmiron@lightgablerlaw.com  and alarsen@lightgablerlaw.com , 248.7418…Sylvia Soto and Laura Withrow are now partners at Nelson Comis Kahn & Sepulveda. Both may be reached at 604.4100…Starting in August, John Andersen will be a partner at Ferguson Case Orr & Paterson, LLP… Billing rates increased 3.1 percent for law firm partners last year, while associate rates jumped 7.4 percent. The average 2012 hourly billing rate was about $536 for law partners and $370 for associates, according to the analysis by TyMetrix Legal Analytics and CEB. Partners in New York

City had the highest average billing rate – about $756 per hour – while the practice area with the highest billing rate was finance and securities…Long time family law attorney Judith Wong passed July 1, and Judy’s “Luau of a Lifetime” was held July 6…

California Young Lawyers Association representatives for the State Bar of California include two from Ventura County – Katie Hause Becker and Alfonso Martinez… Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law is planning to remove the name of benefactor William Conour from its atrium after the lawyer pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud July 15. Conour was accused of diverting $4.5 million in client money for personal and business expenses. IU announced they intent to give $450,000 in donated funds from Conour to a compensation fund for his victim…In addition to all the Barristers births (see p. 23), Andres Garcia became a daddy again June 29 with a newborn lad named Christian Roberto and weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce, with “Michael Phelps hands and feet.” Momma Veronica and big brother Gabriel doing well too…

Adam Pollock has agreed to chair and revive the Solo/Small Firm Section and is seeking a few other lawyers to serve on the steering committee. Contact Adam at adam@pollocklaw.com  or 818.991.7760. This may be a great resource for lots of folks, so contact Adam…The bar’s Director of Member Services, Nadia Avila, also coordinates our Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program. She is in some need for lawyers to serve as volunteer arbitrators assisting in the settlement of fee disputes between lawyers and their clients. Reach out to Nadia at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org …Grennier Law, PC is now located at 5700 Ralston Street, Suite, 202, Ventura, 93003. Phone and emails remain the same…Mark Barney is the proud poppa of a strapping 8 pound 14 ounce boy named Duncan James. Lawyer mom, Ellen Murphy, doing fine and quips, “Keep your hands and feet away from his mouth while he is eating.”…

Maria Godinez, paralegal extraordinaire with A to Z, has been named Paralegal of the Year by the Ventura County Paralegal Association. She has been with the firm since 2008 serving primarily the Probate and Estate Planning Department…The Southern California Institute of Law is seeking a lawyer to teach Legal Research for the Fall Term beginning August 20. There are 15 weeks of classes that meet once per week and pays $125 per class. Opening in Santa Barbara as well. Contact Stanislaus Pulle at stanpulle@yahoo.com…A Tennessee lawyer has filed a federal products liability lawsuit against Apple Inc., contending that the company is strictly liable for selling “unreasonably dangerous or defective” electronic devices that lack pornography filters and do not adequately warn customers about the dangers of surfing the Internet. Chris Sevier says in the complaint he filed in June in Nashville that he inadvertently made a typographical error when typing Facebook.com  into the Mac Book Pro he had purchased at an Apple store in Tennessee. As a result, he alleges, he was connected to F**kbook.com, an adult site that “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and led to unwanted addiction with adverse consequences,” according to the Huffington Post. His suit, which also asserts claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and emotional distress, seeks jurisdictional damages of more that $75,000, medical expenses, attorney’s fees and a court order requiring Apple to install porn blocking software on all Apple devices that could not be removed by anyone under the age of 18…

Philip Garrett Panitz is now a published author. His first novel, “Lost in Key West,” was released in June and is available online through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It is a fictional story of two people running away from their lives, who meet up in Key West, Florida. Ultimately their past catches up with them. It is a story of suspense, mystery, adventure, love, lust, alcohol and starting over. Or as Phil says, “It was my first and maybe only novel so I had to throw in the kitchen sink.”…Deputy District Attorney Erik Nasarenko has announced his candidacy for the Ventura City Council which will be decided November. He has been a DDA for five years. eriknasarenko.com

Ted England is currently playing on an Over 65 slow-pitch softball team named the Tequila All-Stars and has been playing for this team for 30 years at a local, regional and national level including winning a National Championship in Phoenix in 2008. When asked what position he played, Ted quipped, “anywhere they let me.” The local league has six teams from all around the county, so if you are interested Ted may be reached at 659.6800 or tengland@fcoplaw.com. I’m told Anson Whitfield was a “geriatric marvel” and played softball past his 80th birthday, hanging up the cleats recently…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive director of the bar association and its associated organizations since November 1990. He recently spent his son Sean’s, 21st birthday in Las Vegas and only regrets one evening. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at stevehendo1 and vcba1, or better yet, 650.7599.

About Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive office of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. His 40th birthday is the 20th of the month and he will be vacationing this month with Rep. Todd Akin. BD gifts may be made payable to vcba/vlsp, inc. or small quantities of Red Stripe or Tecate. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter at stevehendo1or vcba1, or better yet, 650.7599.