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Kring & Chung Hosts Suits for a Cause Clothing Drive

Kring & Chung is again pleased to participate in a law firm clothing drive called "Suits for a Cause" to benefit WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work.) WHW is an Orange County non-profit organization that helps low-income women and men get jobs by providing them with resume assistance, job placement workshops, computer training, and a professional wardrobe. Visit the Women Helping Women/Men2Work website for more information.

Starting on Monday, June 3rd and ending on Friday, June 28th, we will be collecting used men's and women's clothing, including professional/business attire, non-professional attire (all regular clothing,) and accessories (shoes, purses, jewelry, ties, etc.) This year, WHW is especially looking for women's non-professional attire to sell in its resale boutique, Deja New, which supports many of its job assistance programs.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Courtney Kring at (949) 261-7700 orckring@kringandchung.com. We will have donation receipts available. Feel free to contact us for more information. Thank you for your support!

Kring & Chung Attorneys Selected for 2013 Rising Stars List

Congratulations to Kring & Chung Partners, Laura C. Hess and Shane Singh and Associate, Allyson K. Thompson, for being selected for the 2013 California Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars in 1998 to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state - those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Today, Rising Stars honors attorneys in California and 35 other states across the country.

There are three components to the Rising Stars selection process: the general survey, the research process and the final selection process. Lawyers are instructed to nominate fellow lawyers they have personally observed in action. The attorney-led research team then reviews the credentials of the potential candidates. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 % of the lawyers in each state are named to the list.

Justin R. Taruc Joins Kring & Chung's Las Vegas, NV office

Kring & Chung is pleased to announce that Justin R. Taruc has joined its Las Vegas, NV office as an Associate attorney. Mr. Taruc practices in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, business law, family law, and immigration law. Prior to joining Kring & Chung, Mr. Taruc worked as a high level trust officer for a large national financial institution. 

Kenneth W. Chung Appointed as Advisory Board Member for the Paralegal Program at IVC

Kring & Chung Managing Partner, Kenneth W. Chung, has been appointed as an advisory board member for the Paralegal Studies program at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA. The paralegal program at Irvine Valley College prepares students to assist attorneys as paralegals in administrative agencies, corporations, insurance companies, private law firms, government, and other legal environments. Emphasis is on training students in practical application and development of up-to-date paralegal related job skills. In addition, the program introduces students to legal theory. 

Michelle A. Philo Appointed by California State Bar as ABA Delegate

On March 7, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California appointed Kring & Chung attorney, Michelle A. Philo, to serve as a State Bar delegate to the American Bar Association's (ABA) House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the ABA and meets twice a year, at the ABA Mid-Year and ABA Annual Meeting. The State Bar appoints a total of 11 delegates. The State Bar's delegates are part of the prestigious California delegation, headed by an elected State Delegate. Philo will serve a two-year term, beginning and ending upon the adjournment of the ABA Annual Meeting in August. 

Michelle A. Philo Becomes Associate at Kring & Chung

Kring & Chung is pleased to announce that Michelle A. Philo has joined its Irvine, CA office as an Associate attorney. Ms. Philo practices general civil litigation, business transactions, and probate. She is an active member of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. 

Kring & Chung Obtains Verdict in Secondhand Smoke Case Against Homeowners' Association

Recently, a jury of the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, CA returned a verdict holding a local condominium homeowners' association responsible for second hand cigarette smoke exposure to a condominium resident owner. In the lawsuit, Chauncey v. Bella Palermo Homeowners' Association, et al., Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2011-00461681, the plaintiff homeowners repeatedly complained to the homeowners' association and the property manager about second hand smoke from the tenants in the adjoining unit. When the association failed to take steps to address the situation, plaintiffs filed suit against the association, the management company, the landlord of the adjoining unit and two of the rental tenants in the unit. In returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, the jury found all of the defendants negligent and also found the association in breach of the CC&Rs for the project under a breach of contract theory, despite the CC&Rs not specifically prohibiting smoking at the project. The CC&Rs did contain a 'nuisance' provision and other provisions requiring the association to ensure the owners were entitled to the 'quiet enjoyment' of their unit. It is believed this is the first jury verdict of its kind in California and, perhaps, the nation. 

Kring & Chung Attorneys Attend OCBA's 2013 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting

On January 17, 2013, Lance A. Adair, Michelle L. Philo, John Schroeder and Allyson K. Thompson attended the Orange County Bar Association's 2013 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting in Irvine, CA. The installation of the new OCBA 2013 President, Wayne R. Gross, took place, and the Honorable Francisco F. Firmat was presented with the Franklin G. West Award. 

Kring & Chung Attorneys Attend OCBA's 2013 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting

On January 17, 2013, Lance A. Adair, Michelle L. Philo, John Schroeder and Allyson K. Thompson attended the Orange County Bar Association's 2013 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting in Irvine, CA. The installation of the new OCBA 2013 President, Wayne R. Gross, took place, and the Honorable Francisco F. Firmat was presented with the Franklin G. West Award. 

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