Wendy Smith ('10) named associate, Archer Norris

12.09.10

Source: Archer Norris

Archer Norris Congratulates its New Associates on Passing the Bar

Walnut Creek, CALIF., December 8, 2010 –

Archer Norris is pleased to announce that Katie Burch (Walnut Creek), Nicole McLaughlin (Los Angeles), and Wendy Smith (Walnut Creek) have passed the bar and join the firm as new associates. All three associates participated in the 2009 Archer Norris Summer Associate Program.

"I congratulate Katie, Nicole and Wendy on their recent admission to the California State Bar," stated Managing Partner Gene Blackard. "All three of these exceptional new associates interned with the firm during law school, and have been with us ever since. They chose Archer Norris because of our reputation for helping lawyers develop top-notch litigation and trial skills. Our goal is to turn great associates into outstanding lawyers focused on clients' business realities throughout California and beyond."

Burch's practice includes litigation, employment law and transactional work. Most recently, Burch was a law clerk at the Maryland Attorney General's office, Antitrust Division. She also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Health & Homeland Security in Baltimore, Maryland. Burch received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2010 and received her B.A. from Boston College in 2007.

McLaughlin currently focuses her practice on litigation, with a concentration in intellectual property and environmental law. She clerked at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office in 2008 and externed for the Honorable Valerie Baker Fairbank, United States District Court for the Central District of California. McLaughlin received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2010 and received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2007.

Smith works closely with attorneys in our business litigation and transactional practices. She was a Legal Intern in the Health Care Fraud Unit of the United States Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts and served as a Judicial Intern for the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Smith received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2010 and received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.

About Archer Norris Archer Norris, a Professional Law Corporation, is headquartered in Walnut Creek, with more than 100 attorneys and offices in Newport Beach, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California. The firm counsels clients in complex litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, business, health care, public entity, environmental, and real estate transactions.

For more information about the firm, please contact Jann Dudley at 925.952.5406 or visit the Archer Norris website at www.archernorris.com.