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Maria Stearns Maria Stearns, a Partner with Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Orange County’s largest full-service law firm, has been named one of California’s top women lawyers for 2014 by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal news provider. On May 7, Maria was featured in a special edition of the Daily Journal newspaper and honored at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. As the firm’s youngest female equity partner, what distinguishes Maria is the multi-faceted aspect of her practice representing employers in all areas of labor and employment, including: wage and hour class actions; discrimination/harassment litigation; agency proceedings; labor law/collective-bargaining; preventative counseling; and management training. Maria is a frequent public speaker, including at an annual presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel in Los Angeles and Orange County. Maria is a committed community leader; she is founder and President of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, a Board Member for the Orange County Bar Foundation (non-profit serving at-risk youth), and provides pro bono legal advice to non-profits. Maria is also on the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County) and a member of the National Human Resources Association. Maria has been ranked a Southern California “Super Lawyer” 2014 and Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, 2010-2013. Maria earned her law degree at Harvard Law School in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1999, summa cum laude, where she was a full-scholarship varsity tennis player and honored as NCAA Woman of the Year.
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Kimberly Bernatz Senior Vice President and Director of Wealth Management at First American Trust, Kimberly Bernatz is one of four new members of the board of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. ... Read More
December 18, 2014
Kunal Hinduja Founder and CEO of wireless leader ARQ, Kunal Hinduja has been selected as member of the newly formed Corporate Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Hinduja is one of the first three me... Read More
December 17, 2014
Shawn Dewane was re-elected to the Board of Directors for Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) and for the Orange County Water District (OCWD). Having represented Mesa Water's Division 5 serving East Costa Mesa, Dew... Read More
December 12, 2014
Ethan Temianka a 2014 "40 Under 40" honoree, will serve as Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) Board Vice President through 2016. Elected to Mesa Water's Board in 2012, Temianka represents the District's Division 3, ... Read More
December 12, 2014
Stephanie Bernardy Stephanie Bernardy of Corona del Mar recently has joined the volunteer Board of Directors of nonprofit KidWorks of Santa Ana. Bernardy is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Previews Internationa... Read More
December 10, 2014
Robert Adel Prominent business litigation attorney Robert E. Adel has joined Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C., a leading transactional and litigation law firm based in Irvine. Adel most recently was a shareholder... Read More
December 02, 2014
APRIL McMILLIAN, MSES, CPSWQ, QSD/P Fuscoe Engineering has promoted April McMillian to Stormwater Project Manager in its Irvine office. April's duties include water quality technical reports, CEQA/EIR work, Best Management Practices (B... Read More
December 02, 2014
Dennis Pettigrew Dennis Pettigrew has been named Executive Creative Director at INK, a full-service advertising and marketing agency, www.inkagency.com. Pettigrew will oversee brand identity, campaign creative, web d... Read More
November 28, 2014
Kevin Schiller Accomplished hotel sales and marketing professional Kevin Schiller has been named Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Los Angeles at Starwood Hotels. His duties include directing sales and marketin... Read More
November 25, 2014
Tracy Manning was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager at Mesa Water District where she has worked since 1994. Tracy now oversees all District operations -- including water production, quality, and distributio... Read More
November 25, 2014
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