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Alis M. Moon Joins Kring & Chung's Irvine, CA Office

Kring & Chung is pleased to announce that Alis Moon has joined its Irvine, CA office as an Associate attorney. Moon specializes in the areas of employment law and business litigation. She represents and advises employers in labor and employment matters including unpaid wages, misclassification, wrongful termination and discrimination to name a few. In addition, she represents individuals and classes of employees in matters relating to wage and hour laws. To view Moon's full profile, click here.

Michelle Philo Elected as OCBA Young Lawyer's Division Chair-Elect

Michelle Philo has been elected as the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Chair-Elect. The Young Lawyer's Division represents over 800 of Orange County's young lawyers with up to 5 years' experience in the profession. When Philo rises to the position of Chair in 2016, she will serve as the voice of the Young Lawyer's Division to the Orange County Bar Association's Board of Directors.

Ms. Philo is an attorney in our Irvine, CA office. Her practice includes general civil litigation; business transactions, including formations, maintenance, mergers, dissolutions; estate planning and probate. Philo's litigation cases have included partnership disputes, contract disputes, employment disputes, and personal injury cases. To view Philo's full profile, click here.

Merielle Enriquez Nominated as One of Nevada's Top Attorneys

Kring & Chung, LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Merielle Enriquez has been named as one of Nevada Business Magazine's Legal Elite for 2014. Legal Elite is an annual list that highlights the top attorneys in Nevada. The list of Nevada attorneys is selected through nominations received from their peers. There were 6,454 attorneys nominated for this designation and only 300 were selected and featured in Nevada Business Magazine.

Ms. Enrique joined the firm in June of 2009. Her practice is focused upon the defense of our clients and carriers in high exposure, complex general liability matters, as well as family law and business litigation cases.

To view Merielle Enriquez's profile click here.

Allyson K. Thompson Selected to the 2014 Southern California Rising Stars List

Kring & Chung, LLP is proud to announce that Allyson K. Thompson has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2014 Rising Star. This is the second consecutive year that Ms. Thompson has been awarded this honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have reached a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Ms. Thompson's practice consists of employment issues, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour litigation, and advises employers on how to avoid employment related litigation. She represents individuals and small and large businesses in all aspects of civil litigation. This includes representing employees and defending employers, in lawsuits, class actions, mediations, arbitrations and Labor Commissioner hearings. Ms. Thompson also provides counsel to businesses to avoid litigation, including drafting policies, employee handbooks, and providing sexual harassment training.

Ms. Thompson is currently serving as Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association and formerly served as the Secretary and Board Member.

To view Allyson K. Thompson's profile click here.

John Schroeder Featured in the CHP 11-99 2014 Annual Report

For over twenty years, John Schroeder of our Irvine office has served as a board member of the CHP 11-99 Foundation. He is currently serving as the Scholarship Committee Chairman and is featured in the CHP 11-99 2014 Annual Report. The scholarship committee provides direct grant support to worthy students. Those eligible to apply for the General Scholarship Program include dependents of uniformed and non-uniformed employees who are active or retired from the California Highway Patrol. The Fallen Hero Scholarship Program is for sons, daughters and spouses of Fallen Heroes. "There is no better feeling than to provide a helping hand to these hardworking students, " Schroeder said. A total of $1.6 million will be provided in scholarship grants in 2014.

Kring & Chung would like to thank Schroeder for all his time and dedication to the CHP 11-99 Foundation and to the community. To view John Schroeder's message in the 2014 Annual Report, click here.

To view John Schroeder's full profile, click here.

Laura Hess Nominated for the 2014 Women in Business Awards

Kring & Chung, LLP would like to congratulate Partner Laura Hess for being nominated for Orange County Business Journal's 2014 "Women in Business" award. The Orange County Business Journal ("OCBJ") recognizes women in Orange County for their career achievements and contributions to the community. Her professional achievements and dedication to the community have resulted in Ms. Hess being honored by the OCBJ in 2012 and 2014.

"Ms. Hess is a dedicated and passionate attorney who works tirelessly for her clients and yet still makes the time to give back to the community and care for her family," said Allyson Thompson, a colleague of Ms. Hess and Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Hess currently serves as President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal community as well as providing charitable support and services to those less fortunate in Orange County.

The awards ceremony and luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center located at 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

To view Laura Hess's full profile, click here.

2014 California HR Conference - Anaheim Convention Center

Kyle Kring and Laura Hess will present "So You Received a Sexual Harassment Complaint, What Not to Do, a Trial Lawyer's Perspective," at the 2014 California HR Conference taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on Monday, August 25, 2014 through August 27, 2014.

The workshop will include discussions on failing to implement appropriate policies and procedures prior to the alleged incident, failing to perform mandatory sexual harassment training, conducting a timely investigation and documenting the investigation, retaliating against the victim and many other topics that will assist you when dealing with a sexual harassment complaint.

Our attorneys have represented employers in all aspects of employment law. They defend employers against claims for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, disability and age discrimination, failure to accommodate whistleblower, gender discrimination, misclassification and unpaid wages.

Real Estate Seminar Presented by Anna Greenstin Kudla

On March 26, 2014, Anna Greenstin Kudla of our Irvine office presented a legal topics seminar at Keller Williams in Los Alamitos. The discussions were centered around fundamental issues real estate agents face in their day to day transactions. Some of the topics included transfer disclosure statements, commissions, real estate contracts, how to handle legal claims, and scope of fiduciary duties. The seminar lasted approximately two hours, with an extended period for questions and answers. Mrs. Kudla has been invited to speak a Keller Williams annually since 2006. If you are a broker, agent, or other real estate professional interested in having one of our attorneys speak at your office, please contact our Marketing Director, Michelle Bennett.

To view Anna Greenstin Kudla's full profile click here.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting - A Roadmap to Entering, and Pitfalls to Avoid

Partner Kyle Kring and Associate Matthew Reynolds will present, Energy Savings Performance Contracting - A Roadmap to Entering, and Pitfalls to Avoid on April 10, 2014 at the Small School District Association's Annual Conference. With the passage of Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, $381 million will be awarded to local education agencies including school districts for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Kring & Chung has significant experience in Energy Savings Performance Contracting ("ESPC"). We will provide impartial technical advice as to the ESPC process, how to explore potential projects and start planning, what to be aware of during the process, how to select reliable contractors, documents for procurement, financial concerns of guaranteed energy savings, and important contractual provisions in Energy Savings Performance Contracts.

Kring & Chung has helped many school districts throughout California, Oklahoma and Idaho with lawsuits involving Energy Savings Performance Contracting. To learn more about this practice area click here.

The 31st Small School District Association's Annual Conference will take place at McClellan Conference Center in McClellan Park, CA from April 9-11, 2014. For more information click here.

Announcing Our New Partner, Merielle Enriquez

Kring & Chung, LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Merielle Enriquez to Partner in our Las Vegas, Nevada office.

Ms. Enriquez has been an integral part of the management and growth of the Las Vegas office since joining the firm in June of 2009. Her practice is focused upon the defense of our clients and carriers in high exposure complex general liability matters, as well as family law and business litigation cases. She received her bachelor's from San Diego State University and her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.

"Merielle Enriquez has demonstrated her unwavering dedication and loyalty to our clients and to our firm's mission statement of providing excellence in all matters, and her work ethic is second to none," said Robert Mougin, managing partner of the Las Vegas office.

To view Merielle Enriquez's profile click here.

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