Wennergren Law Offices, APC is pleased to announce that attorney Seth P. Shapiro has joined the firm. Recently relocating from Stockton, where he was at Herum\Crabtree for seven years, Mr. Shapiro is a Ventura County native and received his juris doctor degree from the University of California Davis, King Hall School of Law in 2007, and his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University in 2002. Mr. Shapiro’s current practice focuses on corporate and LLC formations, business law, real estate law, and estate planning.
Mark Kirwin and Jeri Becker are pleased to announce their new law firm, Kirwin Becker Law Group, 4480 Market, Suite 804, Ventura CA 93003, (805)650-1044. Bert Partida is a senior associate of the new firm. Serving our clients in business, family, estate, construction law and litigation matters.
The Law Offices of Jody C. Moore welcomes a new associate: Michael J. Mauro. Michael will be assisting Jody in prosecuting elder abuse claims and a groundbreaking class action she is prosecuting along with Gregory L. Johnson regarding the use of powerful medications inVenturaCountynursing homes without consent. Michael also has responsibilities for marketing and setting up speaking engagements and publicity
Nicholas Le Du and Anna Bijelic, both USC Law students, are clerking at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2008, Le Du worked in Jordan on humanitarian relief projects for internally displaced Iraqis, and then in Baghdad on a US-funded legislative strengthening program, where he was responsible for coordinating a training program for newly elected parliamentarians. Bijelic, who is involved with the law school’s Review of Law and Social Justice and the Entertainment Law Society, organized a school trip to the Sundance Film Festival and wrote a journal note examining the policy and practical implications of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Some of her recent expeditions include an Amazon River trek through Colombia, Peru, and Brazil, and a jet-ski safari around the Fijian islands. She will be studying in Gold Coast, Australia in the fall.
Kevin L. Dorhout has opened a private practice at2945 Townsgate Rd, Ste. 200, inWestlake Village. Dorhout’s legal focus is on family law, estate planning, probate, business and real estate matters.
Dorhout’s move to private practice follows work at firms inOxnard,Ventura,WestlakeVillageand a nearly four-year stint at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. He has litigated all types of business, real estate and probate matters and advised clients on many complex and general legal issues including partnership disputes, breach of contract, lease disputes, neighbor/HOA disputes, unlawful detainer, collection matters and real estate transactions. The Law Office of Kevin L. Dorhout can be reached at (805)206-8977, email@example.com or via www.dorhoutlaw.com
MUSEUMBUSINESS CONTACTS SOUGHT
CITATIONS editorial board member Panda Kroll will teach “The Museum: Culture, Business & Education,” an upper-division class for Business, Art and Education students at California StateUniversity,Channel Islandsthis Spring. Students will visit and study museums throughoutLos Angeles and Ventura Counties. Kroll is looking forward to collaborating with attorney Miles Lang, who is the CEO of the Chumash Indian Museum in Westlake Village. She asks that other VCBA members who are willing to share their museum contacts contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Procter, Lisa Shyer and Alan Wisotsky are pleased to announce the formation of Wisotsky, Procter & Shyer, effective September 1. The firm will continue serving selfinsured public entities and the insurance defense industry in both state and federal jurisdictions. Completing the versatile staff of attorneys are Jeffrey Held, Brian Keighron, Dirk DeGenna and Karen Harmeling, with offices at Financial Plaza Tower, 300 Esplanade Drive, Ste. 1500, Oxnard 93036. Phone: (805)278-0920, Fax:(805)278-0289, and website: www.wps-law.net .
Arnold, Bleuel, LaRochelle, Matthews, & Zirbel LLP is pleased to welcome Melissa H. Sayer as Senior Counsel to the firm. Ms. Sayer earned a B.A. from Eckerd College and a J.D. from Santa Clara University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994. After practicing in the Silicon Valley for several years, she relocated to Ventura County in 2001. Her business and corporate law practice includes issues related to general business matters, formation, purchases and sales, capital raising, securities, water, and agriculture. You can contact Ms. Sayer at (805)988-9886.
New FCOP lawyer Chris Kitisaki, a former staff attorney at the Security and Exchange Commission, earned
his bachelor’s degree at University of California, Irvine; his J.D. at the University of San Francisco; and his LL.M in taxation at Georgetown University. His primary practice areas include federal and state securities law compliance, general business and corporate law (including day-to-day operation of businesses) and structuring, negotiating and documenting agreements for the purchase and sale of commercial and agricultural properties, commercial and agricultural leases, and secured financing transactions. (805)659-6800, x118; email@example.com.
Another attorney new to FCOP, Scott Samsky, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of
Minnesota and passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam in 1978. He moved to California to attend UCLA Law School. He served on the Board of the Directors of the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club for 9 years, and is in his 10th year as board member of the Ventura County Community Foundation. Mr.Samsky will continue to practice primarily in the areas of estate and business succession planning, multi-generational planning and wealth preservation. (805)659-6800, x113; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Koppel Patrick Heybl & Dawson, of Westlake Village is pleased to announce that Brian Philpott has become a shareholder and that the firm name has changed its name to Koppel Patrick Heybl & Dawson.
Mr. Philpott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2002. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2005 from Pepperdine University School of Law.
His current practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark and copyright matters, and general international intellectual property issues. His technological expertise is in optoelectronic systems, laser applications, and semiconductor fabrication. Mr. Philpott can be reached at (805) 373-0060 or by email at email@example.com.
Hoefflin & Associates, ALC, of Westlake Village is pleased to announce that Jason Burrows has become a shareholder and that the firm has changed its name to HOEFFLIN • BURROWS, A Law Corporation. Mr. Burrows received his B.S. degree in Business Administration (Finance) from California State University, Northridge, and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He has been a litigator for 13 years, primarily in Southern California. He represents buyers and sellers of real estate, homeowners, contractors, business owners, individuals and businesses in a variety of disputes. Mr. Burrows can be reached at (805)497-8605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ferguson Case Orr & Paterson in Ventura is excited about adding its newest partner, Meghan B. Clark, to the firm as of April 1, 2011. A Ventura County native, Ms. Clark graduated from U.C.S.B., earning her bachelor’s degree in only three years. She was accepted to law school at age 20 and earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, where she was associate editor of the Gonzaga Law Review and graduated with honors in 1998.
Meghan is a past Barristers’ president, past representative to the California Young Lawyers Association, past member of the Ventura County Bar Association Board of Directors, member of the Board of Counselors for California Lutheran University and the Vice Chair of the East Ventura County Employers’ Advisory Council. Meghan will continue to practice primarily in the areas of writs and appeals, employment law, and general counsel. As of April 1, 2011, Meghan’s e-mail address will be: email@example.com
Hathaway Perrett Webster Powers Chrisman & Gutierrez is also adding another attorney on April 1, 2011, Brook J. Carroll. After earning a B.A. in political science with honors from the University of Arizona, Mr. Carroll earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in 2000. Brook is a board member of the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association and the East Ventura County Employers Advisory Council. Mr. Carroll will continue his civil litigation practice with an emphasis on employment law and business litigation cases.