Mr. Godes has been a frequent media commentator on sports-related legal issues for national and local media outlets, including USA Today, Sporting News Radio, Sports Business Daily, the San Diego Union-Tribune, XX Sports Radio and XTRA Sports Radio. He has spoken and has written many articles on sports, health, long-term care, employment and litigation-related subjects for the San Diego Union-Tribune, California Law Business, the San Diego Daily Transcript and the San Diego Business Journal.
Active in the community, Mr. Godes was a member of the board of directors of the Junior Seau Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of San Diego’s children, for over 10 years. He is an active supporter of and outside general counsel for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, which provides reconstructive plastic surgery and related services to children and young adults with physical deformities. Mr. Godes served as chairperson of the American Diabetes Association’s "Step Out to Fight Diabetes" walk in San Diego in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and served as the Community Leadership board chairperson for the Greater San Diego Chapter of the American Diabetes Association for over two years thereafter. The State Bar of California has honored him for his pro bono work.
Mr. Godes graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from the University of the Pacific in 1984, and he received his law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1987. Before entering private practice, Mr. Godes was a staff investigator for and testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care, and he has since testified before the California Legislature on issues relating to long-term care.
Mr. Preis focuses his practice on high stakes / complex business litigation, business divorce (breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, bad faith, shareholder derivative actions and unfair business practices), employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. His clients include aerospace companies, hospitals, engineering firms, advertising companies, software companies, venture capital firms, transportation companies, food service companies, medical equipment distribution companies and alternative energy production and research firms. He also represented (pro bono) through acquittal the first former Marine to ever be prosecuted by a Federal Civilian Court for an alleged Law of Armed Conflict Violation. (U.S.A. v. Jose L. Nazario, Jr., U.S.D.C. Central District of California, Case No. ED CR 07-127 SGL). He has been quoted in numerous National periodicals concerning the (mis)use of Civilian courts to prosecute Marines for actions in combat.
Active in the community, Mr. Preis has served on numerous charitable boards, and is the co-founder and president of the Soldiers of the Sea, Band of Brothers, Inc., an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Southern California’s business and military communities. He is a trustee of the November 10th Association in Newport Beach, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Military Order of the Carabao in Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1990 through 1994, and again from 2002 to 2005, including service in Desert Storm and Somalia.
In addition to the California bar, Mr. Preis is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits; United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals; and the United States Court of Military Appeals.
The following engagements are recent representative examples of matters he has handled:
Mr. Dreger handles civil litigation matters in all stages, from pre-litigation to trial, writs, and appeals, over a wide array of legal subject matters. He has years of experience advocating in state and federal trial courts, in addition to numerous appearances arguing before the California Court of Appeals and the 9th Federal Circuit. His appellate work has resulted in a favorable opinion by the California Court of Appeals that was published to establish legal precedent, while his trial experience has resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients in each of his cases to date. Mr. Dreger has also obtained numerous early victories for his clients in litigation, including summary judgments, adjudications, or other dismissals, several of which involved matters where his clients had been exposed to multi-million-dollar legal risks.
Mr. Dreger’s experience includes serving as lead counsel in a variety of alternative resolution settings, from arbitration to mediation. Additionally, he has advised large businesses on legal issues critical to their operations, in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on labor and employment law advice and counseling. Mr. Dreger also represents individual clients in litigation pursuing legal redress in matters as diverse as fraud, employment disputes, wrongful termination, and civil rights claims.
Mr. Dreger is from Chicago, IL and he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois. Before entering private practice, he served as a consultant with a Fortune 500 business and spent a decade on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, deploying repeatedly as an intelligence officer assigned to a Marine infantry battalion conducting combat operations in Iraq.
Ms. Borkenheim’s approach to client representation is holistic, ensuring clients mount a vigorous defense, while addressing weaknesses and gaps in policies and procedures to reduce the potential for future claims. She regularly represents privately owned and publicly held companies, multi-national corporations, non-profits, and public entities, including the federal government, and has crafted and implemented compliance programs to ensure that comprehensive policies and programs are in place to prevent claims, while at the same time providing in-depth training to management and employees on company policies, best practices, discipline, and anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination practices. She has defended claims in California state court, federal court, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.
Ms. Borkenheim graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in economics with minors in philosophy and French from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She received her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Active in the community, Ms. Borkenheim has been a long-time supporter of the California Ballet Company, the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Warrior Foundation, and the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Champ was a Corporal of Marines (Security Forces and Infantry). As an assault breacher and close quarters battle team member in the Recapture Tactics Team, he had responsibility for recapturing compromised structures containing nuclear warheads in highly restricted areas. When he deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, he acted as a vehicle commander on mounted patrols, tasked with providing security to the base’s outer perimeter.
A graduate of Santa Clara University and the Willamette University School of Law, Ms. Dougherty earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and an ABA Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the Southern and Central Districts in California, and all state courts in Texas.
Ms. Dougherty is an active volunteer in therapy dog work with Alzheimer’s patients, children, and others throughout Southern California.
Mr. Mino focuses his practice on business and employer-related litigation, as well as a variety of other related civil disputes. His clients have ranged from national banks, mortgage lenders, loan servicers, trustees, hospitals and other health care services, land procurers and development companies, general contractors, subcontractor, engineering and architectural firms, public entities, trustees, insurance companies, churches and schools, shareholders in various companies, to individuals needing assistant to prosecute and defend various business, employment and other related disputes.
Mr. Mino prides himself on creating and providing innovative strategies to accomplish client goals and objectives. Mr. Mino has been published multiple times in nationwide trade publications providing his analysis of the law and strategies to deal with developments in case law as well changes in the industry. Mr. Mino is admitted to practice in all Federal District and State Courts in California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Reynolds served as an infantry Marine with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Echo Company from 2004 to 2008, earning a Purple Heart in 2007 for wounds that he sustained in Ar-Rutbah, Iraq. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Mr. Reynolds earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, regulated federally chartered banks as a Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and regulated credit unions as a Credit Union Examiner with the National Credit Union Administration, before attending law school.
Mr. Pillsbury graduated from New York University, where he earned a B.S. in Nutrition and Global Food Studies. He worked in the medical field before moving into the law in 2015. In 2017, he completed the University of California Irvine Paralegal Certificate program and worked for Littler Mendelson, P.C., before joining Godes & Preis, LLP.