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OCBA Member M.C. Sungaila Named OCHBA Attorney of the Year - 2/17/2015

OCBA member and former Appellate Law Section Chair Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila of Snell & Wilmer LLP has been named Attorney of the Year by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association for her sustained commitment to pro bono appellate work. Read More..

OCBA Members, Firms Recognized by U.S. News & World Report - 1/26/2015

Our sincere congratulations to everyone who made the cut! Read More..

OCBA Member Brad McGirr Elected Mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita - 12/29/2014

OCBA member Brad McGirr of La Follette Johnson has been elected Mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita. Read More..

PLC Executive Director & General Counsel to Be Recognized by OCWLA - 11/13/2014

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association will honor Public Law Center Executive Director & General Counsel and OCBA member Kenneth Babcock as the OCWLA Community Service Awardee during its 2015 Holiday Celebration. Read More..

Five OCBA Member Firms Named to Daily Journal 'Top Boutiques' List - 10/30/2014

Kudos to Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP; Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP; Fish & Tsang LLP; Keller Rackauckas LLP; and Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP on their recent achievement. Read More..

ADL to Honor OCBA Member - 10/27/2014

The Anti-Defamation League will honor OCBA member Stuart Katz and his wife, Heather, at its 2014 Annual Appeals Brunch, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Read More..

Marjorie Fuller to Receive David G. Sills Award - 10/9/2014

Kudos to OCBA member Marjorie Fuller on this well-deserved achievement! Read More..

OCBA Secretary, Members Honored with General Counsel Awards - 9/24/2014

The Orange County Business Journal recognized four OCBA members—including OCBA Secretary Michael Baroni—during the 5th Annual General Counsel Awards, which took place Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Hotel Irvine. Read More..

OCBA Members Named Top Attorneys by OC Register METRO - 9/19/2014

More than 150 current OCBA members across 19 different categories were recently named top attorneys in OC Register METRO magazine's annual guide. To view the guide in its entirety, please click hereRead More..

OCBA Members, Local Law School Dean Named “Top 100” Lawyers - 9/12/2014

In a recent special report, the Daily Journal named several active OCBA members and a local law school dean in its annual “Top 100 Lawyers in California” list. Congratulations to all who were recognized on this considerable achievement! Read More..

OCBA Congratulates State Bar Honorees - 9/11/2014

More than two dozen individuals, firms, and legal organizations were honored for their extraordinary work during the California State Bar’s Annual Meeting, which was held Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. in San Diego—including an OCBA member, an Orange County law firm branch office, and a local law school dean. Read More..

OCBA Members Named Top Gun Award Recipients - 9/5/2014

OCBA members Brian K. Brandt, Sean M. Burke, and Heather J. Higson have been named 2014 Top Gun Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

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Justice Rylaarsdam to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award - 8/28/2014

At its Annual Dutch American Heritage Day Gala Dinner Dance to be held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the California Club in Los Angeles, The Netherland-America Foundation, Southern California Chapter will honor California Court of Appeal Associate Justice William F. Rylaarsdam with a lifetime achievement award. Read More..

OCBA Members Nominated for 2014 General Counsel Awards - 8/28/2014

Congratulations to everyone who made the cut! Read More..

OCBA Member, Snell & Wilmer Partner Designated Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law - 8/15/2014

Kudos to Randolph Moore, one of only three certified specialists in this area located in Orange County. Read More..

OCBA Board Member Rick McNeil Named as Pacific Chorale Chairman of the Board - 7/21/2014

OCBA Board member and Snell & Wilmer Partner Rick McNeil has been elected by Pacific Chorale, the 46-year-old choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Read More..

OCBA Board Member Solange E. Ritchie Named Attorney of the Year by State Bar Solo & Small Firm Section - 7/9/2014

The State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section has chosen OCBA Board Member Solange E. Ritchie to receive the 2014 Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award. Read More..

OCBA Members Shine as Rising Stars - 6/19/2014

More than 200 members of the Orange County Bar Association were recently recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers as 2014 Rising Stars. Read More..

Chambers & Partners Recognizes Orange County Attorneys, Firms - 6/5/2014

The OCBA is pleased to announce that 29 of its members from 20 firms have been ranked among California's top lawyers by Chambers & PartnersRead More..

OCBA Members Named Orange County Business Journal 2014 Women in Business Nominees - 5/29/2014

The OCBA is proud to congratulate several of its members on their recent recognition by Orange County Business JournalRead More..

Presiding Justice Kathleen O'Leary to Receive CWL Joan Dempsey Klein Award - 5/22/2014

California Women Lawyers has announced that Hon. Kathleen O'Leary, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 3, will receive the association's Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award at its 14th Annual Southern California Judicial Reception. Read More..

Daily Journal Names OCBA Members to Top Women Lawyers List - 5/15/2014

OCBA members Ellen S. Bancroft, Jennifer L. Keller, Maria Z. Stearns, and Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila have been named to the Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers list for 2014. Read More..

Hon. Douglas Hatchimonji, Alan Crivaro to Be Honored by CRF-OC - 5/8/2014

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County will recognize OCBA members Hon. Douglas Hatchimonji and Alan Crivaro at its upcoming Annual Benefit, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Read More..

OCBA Member to Serve on George Washington Law Alumni Association Board - 5/5/2014

OCBA member and Snell & Wilmer Associate Lindsey Martínez has been invited by the George Washington Law Alumni Association (GWLAA) to serve on its Board of Directors for a three-year term. Read More..

ADL Honors OCBA Member with Prestigious Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award - 4/28/2014

Kudos to OCBA member Marc J. Schneider of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth for this significant achievement! Read More..

Presiding Judge Sanders and Steve Young Recognized by OCWLA - 4/22/2014

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association will honor Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders and OCBA member Steve Young at its Annual Gala on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Read More..

OCBA Members Soar as 2014 Legal Eagles - 4/22/2014

Congratulations to Mulcahy LLP's Kevin Adams and Snell & Wilmer LLP's Elizabeth Weldon on their recent recognition. Read More..

More than 200 OCBA Members Recognized By Best Lawyers - 4/3/2014

Best Lawyers Los Angeles has released its 2014 peer-reviewed list, and the OCBA is pleased to announce that 203 of its members have been recognized! Read More..

OCBA Past Presidents, Member Honored at 2014 ADL Jurisprudence Awards Dinner - 4/3/2014

Three OCBA members—including two Past Presidents—were recognized at the 2014 Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Awards Dinner, which was held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

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OCBA Members Recognized By Southern California Super Lawyers - 4/3/2014

The OCBA congratulates all of its members named 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers! Read More..

Tirzah Abé Lowe and Atticus Wegman Recognized by Daily Journal - 4/3/2014

OCBA Charitable Fund Board member Tirzah Abé Lowe of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP was named on the list of “Top 20 Under 40” by the Daily Journal. Read More..

OCBA Members Named 'Best of the Best' by Southern California Super Lawyers - 4/3/2014

Congratulations to all of our members who made the cut! Read More..

OCBA Member Carlos Becerra Elected to Hispanic National Bar Association Leadership Position - 12/27/2013

Carlos Becerra has been elected deputy co-president of the Southern California chapter of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Read More..

Orange County Women Lawyers Association Honors Presiding Judge Borris at Annual Holiday Celebration - 11/7/2013

The OCWLA recently named Judge Thomas James Borris as their Community Leader of the Year. Read More..

Orange County Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley to be Honored by Orange County Trial Lawyers Association - 11/6/2013

Judge Lindley is the pioneer of what is now known as the Orange County Collaborative Courts. Read More..

OCBA Member Christopher Blank appointed to the State Bar of California’s Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration - 10/24/2013

Christopher Blank has been appointed to the State Bar of California’s Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration for a three year term. Read More..

Hon. Lon Hurwitz Honored as Judge of the Year by Celtic Bar Association of Orange County - 10/24/2013

The award will be presented at the Association's 13th Annual Samhain Eve Celebration Read More..

OCBA Honors Pearl G. Mann with Prestigious ‘Scoville’ Award - 10/24/2013

The OCBA presented the 2013 Harmon G. Scoville Award to attorney Pearl G. Mann during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Read More..

OCBA Appellate Law Section gives David G. Sills Award to Richard A. Derevan, Esq., Of Counsel in the Costa Mesa office of Snell & Wilmer LLP. - 10/21/2013

Richard A. Derevan, a past chair of the Appellate Law Section, is the first attorney to receive the award. Read More..

Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County Honors Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Palace Entertainment, and Hon. Richard Y. Lee at Recent Annual Benefit - 10/16/2013

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) held its Annual Auction and Benefit in Costa Mesa. Read More..

OCBA Past President Julie McCoy to be honored with 2013 State Bar of California President's Pro Bono Service Award - 10/9/2013

At the State Bar of California Board of Trustees Meeting in San Jose OCBA Past President Julie McCoy will be recognized as a recipient of the California President's Pro Bono Service Award. Read More..

OCBA Members Inducted into WSU Hall of Fame - 10/9/2013

Western State College of Law at Argosy University inducted four attorneys into the college’s Hall of Fame. Read More..

OCBA President Wayne Gross Named Board Member of Goodwill Orange County - 10/8/2013

Goodwill of Orange County recently announced the appointment of OCBA President Wayne Gross of Greenberg Gross LLP to their Board of Directors. Read More..

OCBA Members Named Top Attorneys By OC Register Metro - 7/29/2013

Kudos to all of the OCBA members who were recently recognized by OC Register Metro magazine as among the top attorneys in the region. To view the feature in its entirety, please click hereRead More..

OCBA Board Member Jeannie Joseph Profiled in OC Register Metro - 7/29/2013

Joseph—a mother of three, former competitive gymnast and ballerina—sits on the board of the Orange County Bar Association and supports local organizations The Wooden Floor and the LA Dance Project. To read the article, please click hereRead More..

OCBA President Wayne Gross Featured in OC Register Metro - 7/29/2013

Check out the latest issue of OC Register Metro magazine for a behind-the-scenes profile of OCBA President Wayne Gross that details his many activities involving the Orange County Bar and other nonprofit organizations. Read More..

Daily Journal Names OCBA Members to Top 100 In-House Counsel List - 7/11/2013

Kudos to everyone who made the cut! Read More..

OCWLA to Honor Judge Di Cesare, OCBA Treasurer - 7/10/2013

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association invites you to attend its Annual Gala celebrating 2013 Judge of the Year Hon. James Di Cesare as well as OCBA Treasurer Ashleigh Aitken, who will be recognized as Attorney of the Year. Read More..

OCLBA Honors Justice David Thompson - 6/25/2013

California Court of Appeal Justice David Thompson has been named the recipient of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association's Community Leadership Award, while the M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award goes to Bryan Cave and the Family Equality Council. Read More..

Judge Stotler, Malcolm Honored by OCBA Masters Division - 4/3/2013

The OCBA Masters Division's 2013 Legends of the Law Award Recipients, Hon. Alicemarie Stotler and OCBA Past President Thomas Malcolm have both served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Masters Division since its foundation in 2011. Read More..

Judge Lindley, Aitkens Honored by Chapman - 3/4/2013

Congratulations to Judge Wendy Lindley as well as OCBA member Wylie Aitken and wife Bette Aitken on their recognition by the Chapman University School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation. Read More..

Hoffman, Johnson Named 'Top 20 Under 40' - 2/28/2013

Kudos to OCBA members Jackson Lewis LLP Managing Partner Samantha N. Hoffman and Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara LLP Partner Jeremy S. Johnson on this well-deserved accomplishment. Read More..

OCBA Members Rank in Super Lawyers Top 50 - 2/7/2013

The OCBA is proud to recognize 38 of its members recently named to the Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2013 list! Read More..

Weitzel Named to Southern California Super Lawyers - 1/24/2013

OCBA member and Pepper Hamilton LLP Partner Harry P. Weitzel has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list. Read More..

OCBA Members Honored by OCTLA - 11/28/2012

Congratulations to all of this year's Top Gun Award recipients! Read More..

OCBA Members Named Hot 25 - 11/6/2012

Congratulations to OCBA's own Mayte Santacruz Benavidez and Lisa Neal! Read More..

Hon. Sheila Fell Honored as Judge of the Year - 11/6/2012

The Celtic Bar Association of Orange County has named Hon. Sheila Fell as its 2012 Judge of the Year. The award Read More..

Justice Rylaarsdam Receives 'Sills Award' - 10/10/2012

The OCBA Appellate Law Section presented Justice William F. Rylaarsdam with the David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence during its annual Read More..

Holland, Zadra-Symes Named Top Women Attorneys - 10/8/2012

Kudos to OCBA members Catherine Holland and Lynda Zadra-Symes for their recent recognition by Super Lawyers. Read More..

Arthur W. Gray, Jr., Receives Legends of the Law Award - 9/25/2012

The OCBA Masters Division recognized OCBA Past President Arthur W. Gray, Jr., at the "Reel Justice" seminar, which was held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the Turnip Rose, Grand Newport Plaza in Costa Mesa. Read More..

Steven Hittelman Honored as OCWLA Attorney of the Year - 9/25/2012

Congratulations to OCBA Board member Steven Hittelman on this well-deserved recognition. Read More..

OCBA Members Honored by Orange County Business Journal - 9/21/2012

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Read More..

OCBA Members Receive Pro Bono Recognition - 8/27/2012

OCBA members Jonathan Kaiho, Mayte Santacruz Benavidez, and Clifford Anderson, Jr. will receive individual President’s Pro Bono Service Awards during the California State Bar's Annual Meeting, while the Costa Mesa office of Snell & Wilmer will be recognized as a firm. Read More..

Soni to Receive M. Katherine B. Darmer Award - 7/2/2012

Congratulations to Public Law Center's Equal Justice Works Fellow! Read More..

Palace Entertainment Receives 'Best Legal Department' Award - 6/28/2012

Congratulations to OCBA Board member Michael Baroni and his team on this significant achievement! Read More..

Judge Rodriguez Honored by OCBA Business Litigation Section - 6/11/2012

Hon. Luis Rodriguez was recently honored as the OCBA Business Litigation Section’s 2011 Judge of the Year. Following the award presentation during the joint meeting held with the OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section, Read More..

ADL to Honor Hueston, Yoder, Reeves - 2/23/2012

Mark your calendars for the ADL's Annual Jurisprudence Awards Dinner, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Read More..

OCBA Members Honored by CRF-OC - 2/10/2012

Congratulations to all Mock Trial volunteers on a job well done! Read More..

OCBA Members Named 2012 Super Lawyers - 1/31/2012

Congratulations to the team at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP! Read More..

OCBA, OCAABA Members Make Partner - 1/27/2012

Kudos to Tirzah Abe Lowe, Van Nguyen, and James Pack! Read More..

OCBA Board Member Elected to Dispute Resolution Council - 1/10/2012

Congratulations to Suzanne V. Chamberlain, who will serve a three-year term on the California Dispute Resolution Read More..

Family Law Announces 2012 Board - 1/6/2012

Congratulations to the section's incoming leadership! Read More..

Garett Sleichter Named Business/Corporate Section Chair - 10/27/2011

Congratulations to Garett, as well as newly-elected Vice Chair Mike Symons. Read More..

OCBA Members Named to FBA/OC Board - 10/19/2011

Kudos to all who serve our affiliate bar! Read More..

OCBA Members Named Top Lawyers by OC METRO - 8/24/2011

Kudos are well deserved by these legal eagles. Read More..

Donna Bader Publishes Book - 8/12/2011

An Appeal to Reason: 204 Strategic Tools to Help You Win Your Appeals at Trial now available through Bench Press Publishing. Read More..

Pearl Mann Elected to State Bar Board of Governors - 7/18/2011

Congratulations to the OCBA's own Pearl Mann on her three-year term. Read More..

Four OCBA Winners Take Home General Counsel Awards - 7/7/2011

Congratulations to Stergios "Terry" Theologides, John Alpay, Daniel Burke, and Wendy Peterson. Read More..

OCBA Members Nominated for General Counsel Awards - 6/21/2011

Several Orange County Bar Association members were nominated for the Orange County Business Journal Second Annual General Counsel Awards. The awards were presented on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Read More..

Weiland Golden Closes $71 Million Deal - 6/21/2011

Real estate partner Kraig Kilger sees deal, improved land values as precursor of recovery. Read More..

OCBA Members Named 'Top Women Lawyers' by Daily Journal - 5/16/2011

Congratulations to all who made the cut! Read More..

OCBA Members, Affiliate President Highlighted in '40 Under 40' - 5/11/2011

Congratulations to Alejandro Angulo, Laurie Rowen, Erin Giglia, Tirzah Abe Lowe, and Genoveva Meza Talbott on their recognition by OC METRORead More..

O’Melveny Team Named Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year - 4/25/2011

Legal team led by OCBA members recognized for work in Blackstar v. Orange CountyRead More..

Hon. James Waltz Named Family Law Jurist of the Year - 2/3/2011

OCBA member Hon. James Waltz was recently named "Orange County Family Law Jurist of the Year" by the Read More..

County Supervisor R. Shawn Nelson Begins First Full Term - 1/28/2011

OCBA member and Rizio & Nelson Partner R. Shawn Nelson was recently sworn in to his first full term as Read More..

Hon. Linda L. Miller Named Judge of the Year - 1/24/2011

OCBA member Hon. Linda L. Miller has been named Judge of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County.

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Judge Briseño Honored With Prestigious 'West' Award - 1/21/2011

The OCBA presented Hon. Francisco P. Briseño with its prestigious Franklin G. West Award during the

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Tirzah Abé Lowe Named 'One to Watch' - 1/20/2011

Tirzah Abé Lowe was recently named as one of "Five Associates to Watch" by the Daily Journal.

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OCBA Members Named Top Lawyers of 2010 - 12/20/2010

Several OCBA members were recognized in OC METRO's August 2010 cover story, "The Legal Eagles," recognizing Orange County, Calif.'s Top Lawyers for 2010.

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OCBA Member Mark P. Poliquin Named Trial Lawyer of the Year - 12/13/2010

On Dec. 7, 2010, the American Board of Trial Advocates, Orange County Chapter named Orange County Bar Association member Mark P. Poliquin as its OC Trial Lawyer of the Year.

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OCBA Member Boyd F. Jensen II Receives IAAPA Award - 11/24/2010

On Nov. 17, 2010, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) presented Orange County Bar Association member Boyd F. Jensen II, Esq., of Garrett & Jensen with one of its three 2010 Service Awards in Orlando, Fla. Read More..
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