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KNCH Announces Five New Partners

Koeller Nebeker Carlson & Haluck, LLP has announced three attorneys from the Irvine, California office, one attorney from the Phoenix, Arizona office and one attorney from the Sacramento, California office who have been added to the Partnership in 2010.

Christopher J. Grossi joined the firm in 2006 and concentrates his practice on the representation of developers and general contractors in all aspects of litigation from complicated matters involving delay claims, management fees, liens, and fraud to matters of contract interpretation, insurance obligations and surety law. Mr. Grossi received his law degree in 2004 and is admitted to practice in the State of California.

Tracy L. Hughes joined the firm in April 2006. Her practice is focused on general liability litigation defense with an emphasis on construction-related injuries, premise and product liability. She also has considerable experience in Unruh and Bane Act discrimination claims and appellate work. Tracy graduated, with honors, from the University of Redlands in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Whittier Law School in 2004.

Maria K. Pleše joined the firm in 2006 and focuses her practice primarily on general liability defense in various areas of civil litigation. Ms. Pleše received her law degree from Whittier Law School in 1997, graduating magna cum laude, and is admitted to practice in the state of California.

Valerie R. Edwards joined the firm in 2006 and practices in the areas of construction and real estate litigation, personal injury litigation, and general insurance defense. Ms. Edwards received her MBA and JD from Arizona State University in 1996. She is admitted to practice in Arizona and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Edwards is the chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Construction Law Section and she serves on the executive board of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

John C. Pytel became a lawyer in 2001 and has been with the firm for more than half of his career. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School. Licensed as an attorney in California and Nevada, his practice focuses on business disputes, construction claims, real estate regulations, and insurance-related litigation. Mr. Pytel also advises clients on corporate formation and contract negotiation.