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Cummins & White Adds Real Estate & Business Litigation Attorneys


April 4, 2012 - Newport Beach, CA

Cummins & White, LLP, a well-known diversified full-service business and insurance law practice, is pleased to announce that attorney Dan Wildish has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate and business litigation practice areas. Also joining Cummins & White is associate Michael R. Hickman, who will handle real estate litigation, specializing in real estate broker defense. The new hires bring the firm to 22 lawyers.

Wildish, who has more than 30 years of experience, will focus on all major areas of real estate litigation, contract law, tort, construction litigation, defense, environmental litigation, title insurance, escrow law, and boundary disputes. His clients include real estate developers, brokers, and agents, as well as escrow and title companies, community groups, homeowner associations, and contractors. Wildish has substantial trial and litigation experience, having tried many complex, cutting-edge real estate and business trials in Orange County, including multiple jury trials, court trials, and judicial arbitrations. In addition, he has extensive experience in all aspects of appellate practice.

Hickman will provide counsel for real estate brokers, managers, and agents concerning residential real estate transactions. Additionally, he will represent landlords in unlawful detainer actions. Hickman has extensive experience litigating real property and title issues, including quiet title claims, easements, mechanics liens, lender and foreclosure defense, and lien property.

James Wakefield, managing partner at Cummins & White, said the new attorneys are the perfect complement to the firm's busy real estate and business litigation practice areas. "We are thrilled to have Dan and Michael join our team," Wakefield said. "We are committed to hiring the best talent, and this means attorneys with extensive experience, as well as those who bring a new energy to our organization. Dan is a skilled, experienced litigator, who has been affiliated with key business and real estate cases, and he will continue to do so. Michael brings a strong background in real estate litigation and will be an asset for the firm. These outstanding attorneys will play an important role in our plans for continued growth in 2012 and beyond."

Wildish said his move to Cummins & White was based on the full range of services offered by the firm. "The larger platform offered by Cummins & White will allow me to shift away from operations and focus on my core areas of expertise, including trial work and client service," he said. "In addition, clients requiring legal services outside of my practice areas will have their needs met by the experienced and talented lawyers at the firm. I also am looking forward to working again with Michael Hickman. We have tried several cases together, and I know that we'll step back into a strong, productive relationship."

About Dan Wildish
Prior to joining Cummins & White, Wildish was a managing partner at Wildish & Nialis, a boutique law firm located in Orange County, comprised of attorneys specializing in real estate and business litigation. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree at Pepperdine University School of Law. At Pepperdine, Wildish served on the Moot Court Board and the Pepperdine Executive Committee, overseeing student ethics. Wildish is admitted to practice in all courts in California and participated in a coordinated action culminating in the United States Supreme Court decision of "De la Cuesta vs. Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association." He has taught courses in real estate law and served as the chairman of the Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, for two years.

About Michael R. Hickman
Hickman previously worked as an associate in the Irvine office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP, focusing on real estate litigation. He is admitted to the Central District of California and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section. Hickman received a bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley and a law degree (cum laude) from Western State University College of Law. He also holds a California real estate broker's license.

About Cummins & White
Cummins & White, LLP, based in Newport Beach, is one of Southern California's premier business and insurance law firms, successfully serving clients for more than 60 years. In addition to an expertise in insurance coverage and defense, the firm's transactional practices include business, acquisitions, estate planning, real estate, tax planning, healthcare, bankruptcy, government agency, and political law. The firm's successful civil and commercial litigation practices handle disputes in the fields of construction, employment, intellectual property, tax, and third-party liability. Cummins & White has 22 partners and associates. For more information, visit www.cumminsandwhite.com.

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