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Allina Hightower Allina Hightower, an associate at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s (LOC) Second Annual Hot List. This list recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners. Rutan is very pleased to have Allina named to this exceptional group. Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s Hot List 2014 Issue (July 2014). The Western Region honorees will also be honored at a reception on July 23rd. Hightower’s practice involves a variety of business and civil litigation matters, including contract litigation, securities and investments, landlord/tenant disputes, real property litigation, unfair competition, business, corporate and partnership disputes, and business and commercial litigation. She actively supports diversity through her service on Rutan’s Diversity Committee. Additionally, Hightower firmly believes in helping, through pro bono work, those individuals who are unable to afford legal representation. Specifically, she has been involved with the Public Law Center by providing representation to clients in familial disputes and refugees seeking asylum in the United States. The honorees were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar association publications and legal blogs in order to identify promising candidates. Nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues were accepted. The selection committee also made editorial picks of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments, especially those active in legal pipeline initiatives.
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Kristin Byrnes Kristin Byrnes, CEO and president of Newport Beach, California-based nonprofit Project Access, has announced that she will be leaving the organization after 11 years when a successor is found. She joi... Read More
March 20, 2015
Vern Underwood EY has honored Vern Underwood of Young’s Market Company, a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits and selected beverages in the western United States, with a special Lifetime Achievement Award as ... Read More
March 16, 2015
Arnetta Robinson “Close your eyes and imagine what your last day would look like.” This is the scenario Arnetta Robinson presents her patients on a daily basis. As community relations liaison at Sea Crest Home Health ... Read More
March 13, 2015
Scott Krueger Scott Krueger is the new Chief Financial Officer for Irvine-based accounting firm White Nelson Diehl Evans. He has 20 years of experience as a financial executive. With over 130 staff members, WNDE ... Read More
March 12, 2015
Patty Mouton At a March 9 State Capitol ceremony, Laguna Niguel resident Patty Mouton was named by Assemblyman Matthew Harper 2015 Woman of the Year for the 74th Assembly District. As vice president of outreach an... Read More
March 11, 2015
Kenneth Gundersen Kenneth Gundersen, CPA, has joined Irvine-based Allen, Haight & Monaghan LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors (AHM) as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gundersen had twent... Read More
March 10, 2015
Edward Wu MVE + Partners, a leading architecture, planning and design firm, announces the promotion of Edward Wu to Senior Associate Partner. In his new role, Wu will oversee complex projects throughout design ... Read More
March 09, 2015
Yazdan Emrani Yazdan Emrani, P.E., is named Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County Branch. Yaz is Sr. Vice President of Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Ass... Read More
March 03, 2015
David Benavides David Benavides has been named Executive Director of KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that now serves over 800 children, teens and parents through weekly programs and over 4,000 community members... Read More
February 25, 2015
James Le Communications expert James Le has been promoted to Marketing Director at Newport Beach, California-based nonprofit Project Access, which strives to be the leading provider of vital on-site health, ed... Read More
February 25, 2015