Greenfield Adds Stephanie Southwick as Name PartnerJanuary 3, 2019
Greenfield Draa & Harrington LLP, known throughout the legal community as Greenfield, is pleased to announce the addition of the firm’s current Managing Partner, Stephanie Southwick, as a name partner. Effective immediately, the firm name will be “Greenfield Southwick LLP.”
Ms. Southwick has significantly grown the firm’s technology and IP practice and has developed a strong following among emerging companies and investors for providing litigation services tailored to their needs.
Founding partner Bernie Greenfield stated, “With the name change, the firm recognizes Stephanie’s many contributions to our practice and partnership, including her outstanding litigation record, her technology-based clientele and the direction she has taken the firm over the last three years as its managing partner. On behalf of all our partners, I couldn’t be more pleased to share this news.”
“I am honored by the confidence my partners have shown in me to lead the firm into the future,” commented Ms. Southwick. “We are grateful to our retired partner, Tyler Draa, and also to Maureen Harrington, who remains Counsel with the firm. They have both made tremendous contributions to the firm and the legal community, including authoring the new lawyer’s “trial bible,” Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials.”
Greenfield further noted that his current, active involvement in the firm will remain unchanged. “I have no plans to retire and the addition of Stephanie’s name represents the partners’ commitment to building a strong future for the firm.” The firm is preparing to add a COO to oversee its growing business operations in the new year.
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Greenfield’s IP Partner Speaks at Tech ConferenceDecember 10, 2018
Partner David Bohrer led a panel on Monetary Relief in Trade Secret Litigation at the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secrets Inaugural Meeting. David’s article Must Damages Be Apportioned on a Trade Secret-by-Trade Secret Basis? was selected by the Conference for inclusion in its recommended reading materials. Nov. 5-6, 2018
Appellate Victory in Winery Easement CaseJuly 5, 2018
On June 29, 2018, the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court victory for our client in the matter of Simpson v. Woolls Ranch, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4465. Partner Maureen A. Harrington was trial counsel and argued the case on appeal, with associate Bridget R. O’Hara on the briefs. The case involved a dispute over a driveway easement over property owned by the Greenfield firm’s client, which a neighboring winery claimed it could use for a visitor center and production facility, with commercial traffic crossing the client’s property over a substandard, rural driveway. The trial court ruled that an increase in use for commercial traffic was never contemplated by the owners, and would constitute a surcharge on the easement. A post-trial injunction was granted, precluding the defendant from using the driveway for winery or visitor center purposes; the injunction was also upheld on appeal, without bond.
Victory for Greenfield Client in Federal CourtJune 7, 2018
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted the motion to dismiss filed by partner Maureen A. Harrington, resulting in a judgment in favor Greenfield’s client on conspiracy, RICO and tax fraud claims.
Stephanie Southwick Achieves Asylum for Young Family Members of Afghani Women’s Rights ActivistsJune 5, 2018
Partner Stephanie Southwick successfully represented two young Afghani boys seeking asylum in the U.S. to avoid persecution by the Taliban because of their family’s human rights activism. The boys’ mother and grandmother are well-known women’s rights activists in Afghanistan who taught women skills and championed women’s equality. The Taliban killed several of the boys’ family members and sent numerous death threats in an effort to silence these women activists. Ms. Southwick is proud to represent these boys, whose asylum applications were granted last week, in her second pro bono asylum case.
Ms. Southwick shared why this case has been a priority for the firm. “This case was especially important to us because two generations of women in the family are well-recognized human rights leaders who had to leave Afghanistan because they dared to speak up. We at GDH are delighted that we could help the next generation of this family find the bright, secure future they deserve.”
Greenfield Participating in Minority Clerkship ProgramApril 16, 2018
Greenfield is proud to participate in the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program again this year. The BAMSCP, sponsored by Bay Area bar associations, seeks to increase opportunity and visibility for first year law students throughout the hiring process. Given the historic under-representation of minority lawyers in large law firms, the Program seeks to provide a means for exposing minority law students to large law firms and vice versa. The objective is to establish a vehicle through which participation of minority students in large law firm clerkship programs is increased with the long-term goal of increasing minority hiring.
Greenfield Partner Coaches WGHS Mock Trial TeamMarch 10, 2018
Founding partner Bernard Greenfield, always looking for the lawyers of tomorrow, was one of the coaches of Willow Glen High School’s mock trial team. The team even prepared at Greenfield’s office in downtown San Jose practicing and receiving feedback from Greenfield’s trial team.
Partner Stephanie Southwick and associate Bridget O’Hara participated as judges of the high school mock trial tournaments with judges and attorneys held at the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Greenfield Sponsors the San Jose NutcrackerFebruary 16, 2018
Greenfield continued its support of the arts in San Jose by sponsoring the 2017 production of the New Ballet School’s the San Jose Nutcracker. The San Jose Nutcracker is a completely unique San Jose-themed holiday ballet production that celebrates the history and heritage of our hometown as it reflects the spirit of our forward-thinking city. Partner Stephanie Southwick, a former dancer herself and past co-chair of the Silicon Valley Ballet (Ballet San Jose), hosted a Nutcracker Tea at Greenfield’s downtown office with family and friends of the Greenfield team.