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Firm News and Events

  • Mark E. Minyard received The Orange County Bar Association’s Franklin G. West Award is the OCBA’s highest honor, presented to outstanding attorneys and judges whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law.  This annual recognition was established in memory of Judge Franklin G. West, who epitomized the best of the legal profession as both an attorney and a judge. The award was presented at the OCBA’s Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting that occurred on January 19, 2023, at the Irvine Marriott.
  • John Murillo was selected to be on the Board of Directors of the OCBA Young Lawyers division and co-chair of the education committee.
  • The Court of Appeal recently published an opinion in Nakamoto v. Hsu, which affirmed the trial court’s ruling in favor of a Minyard Morris’s client, subject to a need-based fee request. Although Family Code section 2030 identifies “reasonableness” as a factor in an attorneys’ fee award, the opinion may be the seminal case supporting a flat-out denial of any need-based attorneys’ fees predicated almost entirely, if not solely, on the requesting party’s litigation conduct. Most, if not all, other appellate court decisions affirm an award of attorneys’ fees rather than a denial of an award of attorneys’ fees, notwithstanding the requesting party’s need and the opposing party’s ability. On a go-forward basis, family law practitioners should consider relying on Nakamoto v. Hsu to oppose fee requests when the requesting party engages in bad faith litigation or over litigation.
  • Mark Minyard, Michael Morris, Lonnie Seide and Matthew Buttacavoli were selected to the 2022 Super Lawyers list
  • Mark Minyard was recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Lawyer in Southern California (out of 267,000) by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Mark Minyard and Michael Morris were recognized as a 2022 Top 50 Lawyer in Orange County 2022 by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Alexander Payne, Janani Rana and Leyla Tabatabaie were recognized as 2022 Southern California Rising Stars by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Mark Minyard was listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2001
  • Michael Morris was listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2006
  • Lonnie Seide was listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2012
  • Alexander Payne was recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for work in Family Law
  • Janani Rana was recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for work in Family Law
  • Jonathan Little, received his certification as a Family Law Specialist – Family Law
  • Leyla Tabatabaie, Aditi Murillo and John Murillo attend the 2022 National Family Law Trial Institute 7-Day Program in Houston, Texas.