United States: Six Piper Rudnick Attorneys Named L.A. Rising Stars
Last Updated: June 10 2004

Survey Cites Attorneys Dotson, Dugdale, Goodman, Mori, Totino, and Winograd

LOS ANGELES, June 9 – Six young attorneys from the Los Angeles offices of Piper Rudnick LLP have been selected as Southern California Rising Stars for 2004, the law firm announced.

They are Angela E. Dotson, Katherine M. Marelich Dugdale, Samantha S. Goodman, Audra Mori, Edward D. Totino, and Patricia Jones Winograd.

"We are not surprised that these exceptional attorneys were named to this list. We already regard them as rising stars," said Jeffrey Rosenfeld, partner in charge of the Los Angeles office.

The six were chosen as a result of polling among all the 2004 Southern California Super Lawyers—attorneys identified in a complex process of peer nomination and independent research as the best in their fields of practice. The Rising Stars poll is a joint project of the magazines Law and Politics and Los Angeles. Although such polls have been conducted in other parts of the country for more than ten years, this is the first time Rising Stars have been identified in Southern California.

Nationwide law firm Piper Rudnick has been enjoying tremendous strategic growth in California in recent times. Its first California office opened in Century City in 2001. The firm opened a San Francisco office in January this year and opens a second Los Angeles office, downtown, in June.

The results of the Southern California Rising Stars poll will appear in the September 2004 issue of Los Angeles magazine.

About the attorneys:

Angela E. Dotson, an associate in the Litigation practice group, concentrates her practice on labor and employment and general commercial litigation. She has represented private entities and agencies in administrative proceedings and before various state and federal courts on many levels, including at trial. Ms. Dotson has also resolved many disputes using alternative dispute resolution techniques. In the area of labor and employment, her practice focuses on wrongful termination litigation; counseling and litigation avoidance; policy implementation; and harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Active in the Los Angeles community, Ms. Dotson is on the board of JobStarts, Inc., and is a member of Black Women Lawyers.

Katherine M. Marelich Dugdale, a partner in the Litigation paractice group, focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an emphais on copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair business practices litigation. She also has experience in general commercial litigation. She manages national anti-piracy litigation for a major software developer. Her work includes obtaining seizure orders, temporary and preliminary injunctions, and contempt orders.

Samantha S. Goodman, an associate in the Real Estate practice group, concentrates on commercial leasing for major Fortune 500-type companies, representing both tenants and landlords. Many of the most sophisticated companies in the United States turn to her for representation in commercial office, industrial, and retail leasing matters. During lease negotiations, she focuses on following the "loose dollars" with respect to operating expenses, assignment and subletting, and tenant improvements, while at the same time perfecting a tenant’s exist strategy. Her clients include major automobile manufacturers, banks, brokerage companies, and institutional landlords. She also has experience in the acquisition and sale of property.

Audra Mori is a partner in the Litigation practice group who handles both intellectual property and general commercial cases. Ms. Mori manages anti-piracy litigation throughout the country for a major software developer. She has successfully defended a class action concerning a popular software program and has represented a well-known airline in an infringement and unfair competition action against a travel web site. In addition, she has represented financial institutions, churches, and manufacturers in contract and tort cases. Ms. Mori serves as the hiring partner of the Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s diversity committee. Active in the Los Angeles legal community, Ms. Mori is on the boards of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation and the Japanese American Bar Association.

Edward D. Totino, Of Counsel to the Litigation practice group, represents plaintiffs and defendants in both federal and state trial and appellate courts in a wide variety of cases. Mr. Totino's practice includes securities litigation, commercial disputes, unfair competition and other business torts. In such litigation, he represents domestic and international banks, securities broker-dealers, issuers, and investment funds. During the last few years, while representing plaintiffs, Mr. Totino has obtained approximately $20 million in judgments and settlements for his clients. In the same period, while representing defendants in several securities fraud actions seeking in excess of $400 million in damages, Mr. Totino obtained dismissals of his clients, by motion or otherwise, without any payments being made to plaintiffs.

Patricia Jones Winograd, Of Counsel to the Litigation practice group, has a diverse practice including litigation in the employment, insurance, commercial business, securities, and product liability arenas. The substantive disputes she has handled run the gamut from employment terminations, discrimination and harassment, insurer bad faith, unfair competition, and breach of contract, to securities and common law fraud, fiduciary duty, breach of warranty, shareholder derivative liability, agency issues and relationships, and patent malpractice. Since joining Piper Rudnick, Ms. Winograd has been heavily involved in defending a Fortune 100 company in its complex tort litigation.

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