On September 29, 2015 BWM LLP partners Bill Brown and Matthew Wegner presented a depositions seminar for the OCBA Young Lawyer’s Division. Through short, humorous video clips of downright awful deponents, Brown and Wegner discusses the various pros and cons of approaching the “hot-headed”, “egomaniacal”, or forgetful witness. Above all, Brown and Wegner reminded attendees to stay calm and professional, to refrain from engaging witnesses in their bad behavior, and to always make sure to create the record.
Bill Brown of Brown Wegner McNamara LLP in Irvine California led a telephonic discussion with IPI members on September 15, 2015, concerning the Federal Circuit’s consideration of patent exhaustion in Lexmark Int’l. v. Impression Prod., 785 F.3d 565 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Want to learn more? See the original article at the Intellectual Property Institute Website at: http://www.ipitrial.com/bill-brown-discusses-patent-exhaustion-raised-in-lexmark/
A host of new California regulations and cases will have dramatic effects on employers. Please see our latest BWM Employment Law – Spring 2015 Update for information on new sick leave regulations, minimum wage increases, and independent contractor case law.
Stephen McNamara, partner at Brown Wegner McNamara LLP, assumed his role as Chair of the Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section for 2015, having been elected in 2014. The Business Litigation Section’s held its first event of the year, “What’s New In 2015”, at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana, CA. This sold-out event featured a Jeopardy-style comprehensive review of rule changes, statutory amendments and case law developments affecting business litigators in 2015.
Bill Brown, partner at Brown Wegner McNamara LLP, spoke on a Orange County Bar Association panel of experienced attorneys regarding marketing strategies to clients. The discussion focused on the ethics of advertising a law firm practice, as well as the ethics of law firm billing practices.
“A Successful Shingle” is the title of a new Los Angeles Daily Journal article on Brown Wegner McNamara LLP. The article describes the origin of the firm, diverse practice areas, and recent trial successes. Click here to read the full Los Angeles Daily Journal article.
Bill Brown provided remarks to a California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee. The Public Safety Subcommittee was considering general funding of the Courts and appropriation for expansion of California’s Collaborative Justice Court system. Mr. Brown provided the unique perspective of an experienced private litigator who had also interacted with the Orange County Veterans Collaborative Court. He advocated for restoration of court funding and for retaining budgetary discretion for County Presiding Judges operating collaborative courts. California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse had invited Bill to appear at the hearing and give comments on the funding for California Courts.
Having joined the firm in February 2013, Steve McNamara became a name partner in March 2014. Steve brings to the firm decades of experience as a trial lawyer in complex business disputes. Read Steve’s full biography here.
The firm welcomes Lily Y. Li as a new associate. A graduate of Duke Law School and Williams College, Lily Li brings valuable industry expertise as former patent strategist and director of business development at IP Checkups (a Berkeley-based patent valuation firm). Prior to joining Brown Wegner McNamara, Lily Li was a lead attorney at an employment litigation boutique, and successfully settled various wrongful termination, FEHA harassment and discrimination, and whistleblower cases. Read Lily’s full biography here.
Brown Wegner McNamara represented a co-defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit against fast food chain Wendy’s International. After the case went to trial in June 2013, the jury returned a complete defense verdict. Lopez v. Wendy’s International Inc. et al., CV11-01555 (C.D. Cal., filed Sept. 29, 2011).