We are pleased to announce that Katie deGuzman has recently joined our firm as an associate. Katie’s practice focuses on the representation of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex, multi-party commercial and residential construction defect litigation, and apartment owners and managers in habitability and related claims.
At its annual meeting, held this year in Santa Fe, NM, the members of the Transportation Lawyers Association elected Hillary Booth as its President-Elect. She will serve until May of 2018, at which time she will assume the position of President. As President Elect, Ms. Booth oversees the Association’s committees, assists the President as needed, and plans the 2018-2019 educational conferences for the Association.
We are pleased to announce that Megumi Horiuchi and Ian Culver have each accepted the Firm’s invitation to become a partner in Booth LLP. We congratulate them and look forward to the continued expansion of the Firm as they expand their practices.
We are pleased to announce the expansion of our firm with the addition of Paula Bailey, an experienced transactional and litigation attorney. Paula has over sixteen years of corporate in-house experience at two Fortune 100 oil and gas companies (Atlantic Richfield Company and Chevron Products Company), and at one of the largest privately held, family-owned convenience store and motor fuel retailers in California (United Oil Co.), where she served as General Counsel. As a Partner with Booth LLP, she serves as Marketing Counsel for a privately held, multi-site gasoline retailer and convenience store operator in California. In her thirty years of practice, Paula has handled a wide variety of transactional matters, focusing on commercial and franchise matters, including formation and enforcement of franchise agreements for wholesaler relationships with independent retailers, vendor and service contracts, transportation agreements, purchase and sale agreements and lease agreements. She also has had extensive experience and oversight in business litigation and employment matters, bankruptcy matters, banking and loan matters, antitrust issues and corporate compliance.
We are pleased to announce that Blake Williams has joined our firm. Blake has more than 25 years’ experience as a Certified Paralegal, specializing in litigation support for both California State and Federal cases. Blake provides support in connection with document review, analysis, organization and management, especially for the Firm’s larger, more document-intensive matters (i.e. constructions defect; toxic tort and product liability; habitability; etc.) Blake is particularly adept at working with databases, as well as creating databases of her own to assist in document review and organization.
We are pleased to announce that Benjamin L. Caplan has joined Booth LLP as an associate attorney. Ben is an experience attorney who has represented individual, corporate clients, and institutional clients in a wide variety of both litigation and transactional capacities. He has litigated civil actions in state and federal court in the areas of corporate and partnership disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property disputes, environmental litigation and land use matters, complex asbestos and other toxic tort litigation, product liability claims, landlord-tenant disputes including habitability and premises liability, complex construction defect litigation, employment disputes, ERISA litigation, civil rights claims, and general liability matters. Ben has also advocated for clients as counsel of record before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
The elected officers of the Transportation Lawyers Association
On April 28, 2016, Hillary was elected First Vice-President at the annual membership meeting of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). The TLA is an international association of lawyers who represent members of the transportation and logistics industry. As the First Vice-President, Hillary will serve as the editor of the TLA’s publication, The Transportation Lawyer, which contains case notes, legal articles, and analysis of current topics and legal trends.
We are pleased to announce that Jason Booth and Megumi Horiuchi have been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.
Booth LLP is proud to announce that Jason Booth has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2016. Jason was designated as a Super Lawyer based on his expertise in the areas of Product Liability Defense, General Civil Litigation Defense, and Environmental Litigation. Designation as a Super Lawyer means that Jason is among the Top 5 percent of lawyers practicing in our legal community, based on an extensive screening and voting process.