– Firm welcomes Daniel Todd, Amanda McCarty, Justine Wong –
SAN DIEGO – May 25, 2016 – Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for more than 75 years, announced today the addition of Daniel Todd, Amanda McCarty and Justine Wong as its newest associates.
Todd will focus on Immigration, McCarty will assist Virginia Price and the Transportation and Litigation Practice Group, and Wong will work with Charles Reidelbach on Intellectual Property.
“These three attorneys possess nearly 26 years of combined experience. They are exceptional lawyers in their respective fields and have a proven track record of exceeding client expectations,” said John Morrell, managing partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We’re very fortunate to have a group of local, outstanding talent join our firm. They will undoubtedly play a contributing role to our practice groups.”
Daniel M. Todd
Prior to joining Higgs, Daniel Todd was a Senior Associate Attorney for more than 13 years at Hurwitz Holt, A P.L.C., where he represented companies, organizations and individuals specializing in diverse areas of technology, scientific research, engineering, manufacturing, publishing, commerce and entertainment in employment-based immigration cases. His clients have included religious organizations, corporations, small businesses, start-up companies, investors, athletes, artists, research scientists and entrepreneurs. In addition, Todd has significant experience in representing clients at the appellate level before the various federal administrative review agencies and federal circuit courts, with an emphasis on issues involving federal immigration law and due process. He has successfully represented clients in complex immigration court proceedings involving petitions for political asylum, relief from deportation and custody issues, and he regularly provides guidance to criminal defense attorneys regarding the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. In earlier years, Todd volunteered extensively with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, earning the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award in 2003 for volunteering his time and expertise on behalf of low-income clients. He began his law career as a Law Clerk for Rutan & Tucker, LLP. He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he achieved the highest class grade in Uniform Commercial Code: Sales and was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1997. Most recently, he was utilized by the Los Angles Times and OC Register to contribute to stories as an immigration law expert.
Amanda N. McCarty
With 7 years of legal experience, Amanda McCarty joins the firm after serving as Associate Attorney at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. In this role, she provided assistance in the defense of a wide array of litigation matters including commercial breach of contract, insurance bad faith, national consumer class action and high-exposure personal injury defense for major insurers. Prior to that, she was the Senior Associate Attorney at Dummit Buchholz & Trapp where she represented large corporate entities in medical malpractice and general liability matters. Other experience includes Post-Bar Full-Time Clerk for Friedberg & Bunge, Summer Associate at Wingert Grebing Brusker & Goodwin LLP and Anson Levitan Law Clerk for the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy (Legal Aid Society). McCarty received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences with a minor in Business Law from California State Polytechnic University. During this time, she served as Student Conflicts Arbitrator for the University Housing, and Vice President and Recruitment Chair for the Zeta Tau Alpha National Sorority. McCarty earned her Juris Doctor and graduated Cum Laude from California Western School of Law. While in school, she received numerous accolades such as being included on the Dean’s List for multiple semesters, named to the National Order of the Scribes for excelling in legal writing, and earning the Academic Achievement Awards (Highest Grade) in Advanced Legal Research & Writing and Evidence Advocacy. McCarty served as Editor of Recent Developments for the Journal of BioLaw & Business, and served as President, Treasurer and Social Chair for the California Western Health Law Society. McCarty was heavily involved in Moot Court and the Traveling Trial Team and acquired numerous achievements at the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s National Trial Advocacy Competition (Spring 2009), American Association for Justice’s National Trial Advocacy Competition (Spring 2008) and American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment National Trial Advocacy Competition (Fall 2007).
Justine K. Wong
A licensed patent attorney, Justine Wong comes to the firm from Innovative IP Solutions, PC where she managed the intellectual property portfolios for venture capitalist companies and corporations. Prior to that, she was the Judicial Extern to the Honorable Nita L. Stormes. In this capacity, Wong drafted orders and reports and recommendations for complex civil cases. She also received experience as an Intellectual Property Intern at Higgs Fletcher & Mack where she was counted on to conduct initial screens for potential trademarks and prepare trademark and trade name infringement analysis. In earlier years, Wong was a Student Practitioner at California Western School of Law’s Trademark Clinic where she filed trademark applications for individuals and small businesses under school’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. Other experience includes Intellectual Property Intern at NuVasive and Law Clerk for the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At the University of California, San Diego, Wong received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Provost Honors and obtained her Master of Science in Biology while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In June 2014, Wong earned her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and graduated Cum Laude. In addition to concentrating in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications & Regulation with honors, she ranked in the top 15 percent of her class and received the Academic Achievement Award (Highest Grade) in Advanced Negotiation, Federal Income Tax and Patent Law. Aside from having her work published in many outlets, Wong was included on the Dean’s List for multiple semesters, named the recipient of Professor Andrea Johnson’s Telecommunications Award, was active in the Public Service Honors Society, and served as the President and Public Relations Director for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.