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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.

Smoking Policies for Condominiums and Apartments

Scott Bonesteel is featured in the February 14, 2014 issue of the OC Register relating to last years case entitled Chauncey v. Bella Palermo Homeowners' Association, et al., Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2011-00461681, where a jury found a homeowners association negligent for failing to resolve a secondhand smoke dispute between neighbors. Many condominiums and apartments in Orange County are embracing smoke-free policies throughout their communities.

Scott M. Bonesteel is an Associate with Kring & Chung, LLP's San Diego, CA office. He can be contacted at (858) 436-0268 or

Chinese New Year & Spring Festival Celebration

Chinese New Year & Spring Festival Celebration

Join the LBQA, Long Beach Bar Association; Los Angeles Bar Association; and the Orange County Bar Association in Celebration, welcoming in the Chinese New Year & Spring Festival 2014 - Year of the Horse.

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Orange County Business Journal 2014 Largest OC Law Firms List Named Kring & Chung LLP, Irvine

Kring & Chung, LLP has once again been named to the Orange County Business Journal's 2014 list of largest law firms in Orange County. Kring & Chung made the list, ranking No. 47 with 20 attorneys. Rankings are based on the number of attorneys located in each of the firm's Orange County office. Kring & Chung, LLP is a full service firm servicing U.S. and international clients. Our experienced attorneys focus on corporate, business, employment, construction, real estate, and intellectual property. 

Michelle Philo Appointed as Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Social Committee Chair

Congratulations to Michelle Philo, Kring & Chung, Associate, has been appointed to serve as the 2014 Social Committee Chair for the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (OCBA YLD). The Social Committee Chair is responsible for chairing a committee of young lawyers, overseeing the development of networking opportunities, and providing opportunities for young lawyers to engage in the legal community. Events in the past have included happy hour mixers, karaoke, destination events such as Del Mar races, co-hosted events with local affiliate bar associations, and the annual holiday party. Philo is honored to serve in this capacity as she believes the connections made as young lawyers can greatly assist in the development of a young attorney's networking events for the 2014 year. 

Managing partner, Kenneth W. Chung and partner Laura Hess selected as 2014 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Managing Partner, Kenneth W. Chung, and Partner, Laura Hess, for being selected for inclusion in the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from various practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis with no more than 5% of the attorneys in California being selected as Super Lawyers.

Laura Hess, Allyson Thompson, and Michelle Philo Appointed to Orange County Woman's Lawyer Association Board

On Monday, December 9, 2013, Kring & Chung, LLP was a proud sponsor of the Orange County Woman's Lawyer Association ("OCWLA"), 2014 Board of Officers and Directors Installation and Holiday Celebration.

Partner Laura C. Hess will serve as the 2014 President of the Executive Board of Directors for OCWLA. She served on the Board of Directors for five years prior to being President.

Holiday Party

Senior Associate Allyson K. Thompson will serve as the 2014 Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors. She formerly served as the Secretary and Board Member.

Associate Michelle Philo will serve on the Board of Directors for 2014. Michelle served as Student Representative for two years prior. She was honored with the Everyday Hero Award in recognition for her exceptional commitment to OCWLA and her efforts in planning the OCWLA Annual Gala. The Gala recognizes the organization's Attorney of the Year and Judge of the Year and serves as the organization's primary fundraiser for the year.

With over 200 members, OCWLA is one the largest affiliate bars to the Orange County Bar Association. OCWLA is dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the support of diversity in judicial positions and law firm partnerships. OCWLA has grown to fulfill not just the educational needs of its members, but also the needs of the community at large.

Registration Opens for 2013 Kring & Chung Newport Beach Triathlon


Registration is now open for the Kring & Chung Newport Beach Triathlon, which will take place on October 20, 2013 in the Back Bay of Newport Beach, California. The course includes a 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile cycle, and a three mile run.

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Lance A. Adair Selected As 2013 Top Rated Lawyer

Congratulations to Lance A. Adair, who has been selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer' in Land Use and Zoning as well as in Real Estate on behalf of American Lawyer Media, and Martindale-Hubbell.

American Lawyer Media, a leading provider of news and information to the legal industry has teamed with Martindale-Hubbell to highlight "Top Rated Lawyers" in the March Issue of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Lance A. Adair has achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. The AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that Mr. Adair's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

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