Klinedinst Names Five Southern California Attorneys to Shareholder

Klinedinst PC has promoted five of its Southern California attorneys to Shareholder. The new Shareholders include Nadia Bermudez, Thomas Daugherty, Jeffrey Groendal, Sarah Lanham, and Leah Plaskin, who serve clients from Klinedinst offices across California.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce the elevation of five attorneys to Shareholder. Nadia Bermudez, Thomas Daugherty, Jeffrey Groendal, Sarah Lanham, and Leah Plaskin have been named Shareholders in the firm for their contribution and commitment in providing the highest quality legal services.

“They have all fiercely developed their legal skills over the course of their tenure and have excelled in evolving their professional and personal business relationships,” said the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder, John D. Klinedinst. “Their diligent work ethic, significant contributions to the team, and commitment to their clients has led them to being named Shareholders in the firm.”

The firm’s newest Shareholders include:

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Nadia P. Bermudez

Nadia Bermudez is a key member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Department. Since joining the firm in October 2015, Ms. Bermudez has brought a wealth of litigation and trial experience to the San Diego office. As a seasoned employment attorney, Ms. Bermudez provides employment counseling to both public and private employers in the face of an ever-changing regulatory landscape. In addition to being a formidable employment lawyer, Ms. Bermudez is deeply involved in the legal community. She was recently awarded the Belva Lockwood award by Lawyers Club of San Diego for her enduring commitment to the organization and the San Diego legal community. Earlier this year, she was selected as a lawyer representative for the United States District Court, Southern District and also appointed to the Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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Thomas E. Daugherty

Thomas Daugherty has extensive experience as an employment attorney and plays an important role in the firm’s Employment and Labor Group. Mr. Daugherty is dedicated to quality client service and business development and has created numerous opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Mr. Daugherty brings integrity, vigorous advocacy, and a tenacious work ethic to provide unique solutions to each and every client. He is exceedingly active in the San Diego legal and professional communities where he frequently presents on employment matters and best practices and is a also a regular contributor of the firm’s employment group newsletter. Mr. Daugherty has been honored by San Diego Super Lawyers ® as a Rising Star since 2015.

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Jeffrey R. Groendal

Jeffrey Groendal has distinguished himself in both transactional and litigation work since coming on board in January of 2012. Mr. Groendal has broad experience in corporate counsel work, M&A and general business transactions, real estate transactions and litigation, employment counseling and litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property registration and litigation. Based in the firm’s Downtown Los Angeles office, Mr. Groendal has served both large and mid-sized privately-held companies in addition to entrepreneurs. He also frequently serves as outside general counsel to businesses and entrepreneurs. He is active in the Junior Lawyer Network of Lawyers Associated Worldwide. Mr. Groendal has been named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers® since 2014.

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Sarah H. Lanham

Sarah Lanham has focused her practice within the business litigation and professional liability defense groups. Ms. Lanham is a voracious advocate who enjoys fighting for her clients’ rights, while at the same time has the business acumen and common sense to keep her practice reasonable and efficient. She has continued to expand her professional reputation, volunteering as a pro bono attorney for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the San Diego County Bar Association’s Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act. Ms. Lanham has earned a the gold standard AV®-Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Leah A. Plaskin

Leah Plaskin focuses her practice on professional liability defense, especially in the area of legal malpractice, and appellate matters in the San Diego office. Ms. Plaskin has exhibited an unwavering dedication to the firm while continually improving and honing her lawyering skills. In 2009, Ms. Plaskin was recognized as a top Young Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript. She has previously had several opinions published.

Klinedinst congratulates Ms. Bermudez, Mr. Daugherty, Mr. Groendal, Ms. Lanham, and Ms. Plaskin on their promotions. To learn more about each attorney, please visit:

About Klinedinst

Klinedinst has become the go-to firm for clients across California, across the West, and across the globe. Our litigators, trial attorneys, and transactional lawyers guide clients through every problem, finding solutions at every turn. The firm serves clients from offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Ana, and Seattle. Whether representing businesses in court, helping negotiate transactions, or handling matters in state, federal, or appellate courts, Klinedinst attorneys help to get the job done.