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Fresno, CA (August 20, 2015) – McCormick Barstow is pleased to announce that partner Mike Ball has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of a select group of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and service to society. Attorneys must be nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the Foundation. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction of the United States.


Fresno, CA (August 10, 2015) – McCormick Barstow partner Scott M. Reddie has been appointed to the California State Bar’s Committee on Appellate Courts.  He will serve a three-year term effective October 11, 2015.  Mr. Reddie is the only attorney on the 16 member committee representing the Fifth District Court of Appeal.


McCormick Barstow attorneys Jared P. Green and Daniel I. Aquino successfully obtained a complete dismissal of trademark infringement and cybersquatting claims against their corporate client in Nevada federal court.  The firm’s client was a business entity operating a southern California car wash entitled “Bellagio Car Wash”, approximately 250 miles away from the nearest Nevada border.  Plaintiff Bellagio, LLC (owner of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas) brought suit alleging that the car wash’s use of the name “Bellagio” was dilutive of their trademark, and that operation of a website of the same name violated the federal cyber-squatting statute, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d).


Fresno, CA (July 7, 2015) – McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP is proud to announce that 31 of its attorneys have been named 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers, and 9 attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in their respective fields.  Since 2003, McCormick Barstow attorneys have been honored for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 


Las Vegas, NV (June 12, 2015) – McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP is proud to announce that Jared P. Green and Jonathan W. Carlson have been named 2015 Mountain States Rising Stars for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 


Michael Merritt, Of Counsel at McCormick Barstow, obtained a favorable verdict in defense of a high exposure auto accident case.  After one and a half weeks of trial, the jury awarded the Plaintiff a total of $30,000 for past medical expenses and general damages and made no award of future medical care or general damages.  


Mental Health Systems honored McCormick Barstow partner Victoria Bernhardt and her family at the 2015 Be the Hope Luncheon.  The annual fundraiser supports MHS and their mission to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health challenges. 


McCormick Barstow LLP has been chosen as the “Best Law Firm” in the Central Valley, according to a Best of Business Reader’s Choice Award program sponsored by the Fresno Business Journal.  This is the inaugural year for this award program.


McCormick Barstow partner Victoria Bernhardt has received the Twenty-Fifth Annual Pauline Davis Hanson Award at a dinner recently held to honor Justice Hanson and bestow the award.  The award was instituted by the Fresno County Women Lawyers and honors an attorney who best exemplifies traits that Justice Hanson lived and encouraged, such as integrity, leadership, and the pursuit of excellence in the legal profession.


Las Vegas, NV (October 28, 2014) – McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP is proud to announce that Jared P. Green and Anne E. Padgett have been named as 2014 Top Lawyers by Desert Companion Magazine.  Mr. Green and Ms. Padgett were both recognized for their accomplishments in Litigation.