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Jessica Gdowski, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, December 2018

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1. Who inspires you?

My Mom. She is an amazing woman.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Adele in 2017, she has an amazing voice

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Thunder Bay, Canada. My dad is from there and I loved getting to spend a week there in the summer.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

I would like to be an Otter. They are just so cute!

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

The Inferno of Dante by Dante Alighieri

 

6. What are you passionate about?

Reading, I love to read. I have over a 100 paperback books in my room.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m still waiting for it to happen.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Making a Murderer Part 1

 

10. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Myself, I am working on finishing school and learning more about myself.

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Jennifer Lawrence, she is amazing.

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

A Filet Mignon from Clearman’s North Woods Inn

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Rome, Italy. I want to go there so badly.

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

People who chew gum or food with their mouths wide open. People who can’t admit when they did something wrong or blame others for their mistakes.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I can touch my tongue to my nose.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence, Will Smith, and my Great Great Grandmother

 

17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Pacific Blue

 

18. What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?

Talk to me about it. Explain where or how I can improve.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Listening to my mom, grandma, and great grandma argue over how to make the family stuffing recipe at Thanksgiving. It happens every year and every year they cannot agree on the taste.

 

20. Who is your least favorite superhero?

All of them? I don’t really watch superhero movies.

Gilson Daub Celebrates a Spirit of Giving in San Fransisco

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The Gilson Daub San Francisco Bay Area offices gathered together this past weekend to collaborate on a charitable gift treasure hunt. Lead by Gilson Daub Managing Attorney, James Lee, the teams set out in a hunt for gifts requested by a group called Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, a group that sets out to advocate for elders who are isolated and at risk by developing long-term companionships to provide greater well-being and stability, promote independent living and instill a sense of belonging. Watch here to see more information on LBFE and see many fun moments from our day of holiday hunting!

Matt Smith, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, January 2019

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1. Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who push themselves to become better at whatever they do. Working professionals, stay at home parents, athletes, anyone who sets goals to push him or herself to become the best they can be.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Blue October – my wife and I went a few months after we were married and had a great time. They were very good in person.

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), Sonora, Mexico – a small beach town on the north end of the Sea of Cortez. Fun place to relax at the beach and not too crowded.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Probably some type of bird. It’d be fun to fly around!

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

I recently re-read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Great read for the holiday season!

 

6. What are you passionate about?

I love college football (although I usually have to limit my Saturdays to 1 game or so in the fall). I root for the UNLV Rebels, Arizona Wildcats, and Oregon Ducks.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Catch Me If You Can

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Go to law school with 2 young kids at home…and have 2 more while in school!

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Whatever my wife is watching (she usually has the remote, so I get little say about what we watch).

 

10. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

This will definitely sounds nerdy but I really like working on subrogation cases.

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Lionel Messi

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Michael’s Gourmet Room (inside the South Point Hotel).

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Egypt

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

When the inside of my car is dirty; cluttered desk; crowded grocery stores.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

Not sure that I have figured it out yet!

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

George Washington; Usain Bolt; Christopher Columbus; Bill Gates

 

17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Light blue.

 

18. What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?

Just telling me. I usually like to get to the point to know what to do different/change.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Going to Oregon to visit family in the summer.

 

20. Who is your least favorite superhero?

Well I like all superheros equally 🙂

Brenda Turbeville, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, February 2019

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1. Who inspires you?

Volunteers

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Queen – 1978

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

At home – especially when all my kids are home.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

A Dog

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

Standing out – John Eades

 

6. What are you passionate about?

Animal rescue and animal conservation

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Singing in the rain – any of the oldies

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

My cousin Lori and I drove to the LA Coliseum to see Bruce Springsteen – no tickets. We bought tickets from a scalper in a tunnel under the street.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Grace & Frankie

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

A campaign to get a special dog adopted

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

The President of the United States – get some stuff done – pass a few laws

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

The first date I had with my husband at the Wind & Sea in Dana PointI don’t remember the food 🙂

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Italy

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

MUST have liners in the trash cans.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

No secret talent but I did help to build a house once

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

My Dad – Scott’s Grandpa & Grandma Turby – My Aunt Jennie…miss them all so much

 

17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Red

 

18. What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?

Face to face conversation

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Making Pizzelle’s for Christmas, handed down from my Aunts. They are an Italian cookie.

 

20. Who is your least favorite superhero?

I really like them all because they are hero’s so maybe Robin – (is he even a superhero)

Celebrating A Legacy, Dan Gilson Retiring

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Dan Gilson, one of the founding partners at Gilson Daub is retiring after serving in leadership to the firm since it began in 2011.

“It has been an exciting adventure starting Gilson Daub with my friend Dan Gilson. Since we opened the firm in 2011, each day has been a fantastic adventure building an amazing team throughout California and into our other states. To say that Dan will be missed seems like an understatement. Dan Gilson is one of those rare people who has been a friend instead of “just” a business partner. Dan,I hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes! Now, get out there and show the world just how much fun is possible.” -Brent Daub, Founding Partner

Said Thu Do, Partner at Gilson Daub, “Dan has been an integral asset to the firm as one of the founding partners and creating our firm core values. It has been a pleasure to work with him the last few years and I value everything that I have learned from him. I am excited and look forward to hearing stories about his new life adventures!”

“Dan Gilson brought guidance, as well warmth and humor to Gilson Daub LLP. Being his partner is truly one of my biggest achievements. He will be terribly missed by his Gilson Daub LLP family. “ -Diana Tsudik, Partner

Crystal Chang, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, March 2019

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1. Who inspires you?

My mom, of course. She moved halfway around the world to go to college, and then in addition to raising two kids in a country where she didn’t have any family (aside from my Dad), she also worked and got her PhD at the same time. I’m so incredibly proud of her.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

Singin’ in the Rain at the Hollywood Bowl, with my best friend.

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

There’s a tea shop on High Street in Oxford that serves the best scones with cream.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

A red panda – they seem like they get a good mix of adventuring and sleeping.

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell. I also couldn’t resist picking up Goodbye Crueller World, with its cover art of a cute kitten next to a wall of doughnuts.

 

6. What are you passionate about?

Books, good food, and my two cats.

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Ocean’s 11.

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Does moving halfway across the country to a city I’d never lived in before, with no family there and no job, count? If not – then it was definitely eating 52 oysters by myself at an All-You-Can-Eat Oyster buffet.

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

Russian Doll, and The Good Place.

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

I went to a bookbinding workshop, and I’m working on binding my own “book” on places to eat in Los Angeles.

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Kristen Bell.

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Next Restaurant in Chicago.

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Tokyo or Antarctica.

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

“Norman Doors” – doors that are poorly designed and lead you to do the exact opposite of what you need to do in order to open them!

Also the word “nonplussed” – how can a word mean both “surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react” and the exact opposite “not disconcerted, unperturbed” – I am nonplussed at the very idea.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I can make a mean risotto.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Jonathan Gold, Phil Rosenthal, Marie Curie, and Jane Austen.

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

Iridescent.

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Directly and with specifics.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Purchasing bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits from M.B. Post to bring to the family dinner for Thanksgiving.

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

Ant-man, although Paul Rudd is pretty great.

Holly Stearns, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, April 2019

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1. Who inspires you?

People who have goals and ambitions in life that they sacrifice for and pursue until completed. Those that do not allow the fear of failure to halt them from accomplishing their dreams. Anyone who actively seeks to better themselves, despite having tried and failed in the past. People with positive attitudes that continue to believe the best regardless of countless disappointments.

 

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

One of my favorite shows I attended was a benefit concert held in my hometown for Midget Smith. Mike Ness and Jonny Two Bags played an acoustic session in a small room off to the side, and I was front row. The intimate setting was especially memorable since my brother and I would go see Social Distortion play every year together. 

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

One of my favorite places in the world to be is in the driver seat.
Having the option to spontaneously drive up the coast, or plan to drive across the country if I so desire is a beautiful feeling. I enjoy every bit of listening to my music loud as I pass by various beautiful pieces of architecture and gorgeous scenery. Some of the best conversations I’ve had have taken place on the road, and some of my most cherished memories. It is a love I learned from my dad, who knows everything about cars and had me driving on his lap when I was still in diapers.

 

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

I’m intrigued at the idea of being an animal that is prevalent in history, yet has no tangible proof of existence (yet), the mythical Unicorn.
It embodies the essence of enchantment, nobility, purity, and grace.

 

5. What’s the last book you read?

The 100 by Kass Morgan. It’s a young adult science fiction novel that turned into a television series on the CW. One could say it’s a guilty pleasure.

 

6. What are you passionate about?

I am passionate over photography. I love being in a moment and catching an angle that lights up my soul. 

 

7. What’s your favorite movie?

A favorite movie of mine is Catch Me If You Can. The confidence Frank has causes him to not only believe in himself, but has others believe in him also. He was unrelenting and moldable. When he set his mind on a goal, he achieved it.Although the way he achieved his ambitions was not law abiding and he deceived most everyone he encountered (which is not how I would personally go about achieving what I want), it shows that with enough energy, determination, and support – anything is possible.

 

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
It’s more risky than crazy (but who can share their craziest story anyways?) I quit a previous steady job to pursue a licensed home daycare without having any children lined up. Within the first month, all the spots were filled with the most amazing littles, and stayed full until I closed the doors three years later. 

 

9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

I have my hands in at least ten different tv series right now. My son and I are in the midst of watching past seasons of Hell’s Kitchen and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia together while I am just reeling in from the season finale of Shameless. 

 

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

Creating food and clean water to satisfy the world’s hunger that you can eat until your heart’s content without it changing your appearance or health

 

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Victoria Beckham

 

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

Cliche to say, but it has to be my mom’s cooking. My mother is unable to make a bad dish. She buys only the best ingredients and does not cut any corners. The amount of love and attention she gives each dish ensures it will be nothing short of delicious. 

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

I’ve been itching to explore Ireland for years. I find the greenery, people, and heritage so attractive.

 

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

Hearing people gulp while drinking.Also, when a car in the slow lane heads to your lane without ever increasing their speed.

 

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I am still able to backbend, despite countless pleas from my back.

 

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

My son’s fatherPresident Donald TrumpQuentin TarantinoTupac

 

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

I have received many amazing gifts – from vacations to cars, iMac’s to MacBooks, but the greatest gift I have ever received is the gift of my son. He has been my man cub for nearly 17 years and there is nothing in the world that compares to the value he holds in my heart. 

 

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To publish one of my poems.

 

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

For my birthday every year, I go to my mom’s (or she comes to my apartment) and makes my grandma’s delicious crepes. She includes sides of bacon, jam, lemon, powdered sugar, and maple syrup along with Gordon Ramsey style scrambled eggs. I invite my friends and family over to celebrate and soak in a favorite meal with my favorite people. 

 

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

If I were to roll up to a bakery, I would most likely try their fruit tart last.

Adrianna Maldonado, Gilson Daub Employee of the Month, May 2019

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1. Who inspires you?

My mother. She’s an achiever despite tremendous adversity and she still has an optimistic outlook on life. She has high expectations, she gets results, but she’s fun.

2. What was the best concert you ever went to?

 I can’t chose.  Prince, Lil’ Wayne, Mana, Shakira, and all the others had their own special thing to offer.

 

3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

San Diego in the US. It’s where I went to law school and where I fell in love with my husband. Barcelona outside the US.  It’s somehow the SD of Europe.

4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

 A killer whale.  They’re beautiful to me.  I like that they are such social creatures, but can also be ferocious.  Plus, I love the ocean.   

5. What’s the last book you read?

“A New Earth: Awakening You’re Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle.  

6. What are you passionate about?

My family.

7. What’s your favorite movie?

 Nacho Libre.  I don’t care if it’s uncouth.  It’s hilarious.

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

 No comment.

 9. What are you currently watching on Netflix or TV?

 House of Flowers.  It’s full of off the wall drama and very funny.

10. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

Teleportation.

11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Beyonce. The voice.  The moves. The hair. It’d be awesome.

12. What’s the best meal you ever had?

 Shrimp, paella, and beer at a hole in the wall place in Barcelona.  My husband and I squeezed into a spot at the counter.  The place was so packed we practically stood the whole meal, but it was delicious.  

 

13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Bali or Australia, but only if I could teleport and avoid the many many hours of travel.

14. What are some of your pet peeves?

Talking/spelling in songs, i.e. G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S…. except Village People’s “YMCA” – especially at weddings.

15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

It’s not a secret, but as an attorney I don’t get to share that I sing.  I studied classical voice (opera) and I love to sing mariachi songs.

16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

 Anyone can be fun with the right amount of wine.

17. What is the best gift you ever received?

My engagement ring.  It’s my favorite thing to wear.  

18. Name one thing on your bucket list?

Go on an Alaskan cruise and see the killer whale migration.

19. What is your favorite family tradition?

Singing.  My dad plays guitar and the rest of us sing, although some of us “sing.”  It’s as not kumbaya-y as it sounds.  There’s usually tequila involved.  

20. What is your least favorite dessert?

 I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like.

Gilson Daub 2019 Salsa Competition

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CONGRATULATIONS 2019 GILSON DAUB SALSA COMPETITION WINNERS!

Monday, May 6th, 2019

San Juan Capistrano, Cal.

The time for the 2019 Gilson Daub salsa competition has come again and did not disappoint.

Competitors were excited to share their spicy endeavors as the smells of peppers and onions filled the air. The Gilson Daub family, laughed and conversed while waiting to eat some delicious tacos! Salsas were sampled and votes were cast.

As the lunch hour was ending, the moment of truth had arrived and the winners of the 2019 Gilson Daub Salsa Competition were announced.

Winners:
1st place Rebecca McKendrick
2nd place Jocyln Mancera
3rd place Morgan Smith