Biz News: Archer Norris adds to staff

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Elizabeth V. McNulty has joined Archer Norris as a partner at the law firm's Newport Beach office, as have associates Patrick R. Ball and Miguel Prietto.

"The region's thriving business community drives the need for continued expansion in Orange County," managing partner Gene Blackard said in a news release. "Liz McNulty, along with Patrick Ball and Miguel Prietto, raises the profile of our Newport Beach office as a power player in the legal marketplace."

McNulty, formerly of Hewitt Wolensky & McNulty, focuses on product liability and commercial litigation, according to the release. She has defended class action claims in both federal and state courts and regularly works with federal agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Toxic Substance Control.

She received her juris doctor from the University of San Diego Law School in 1997 and her bachelor's degree from UC Irvine in 1994.

Ball's practice centers on product liability, regulatory compliance, class-action defense and commercial litigation. He has defended cases in federal and state courts over unfair competition and false advertising claims. He received his juris doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2006 and his bachelor's degree from Pepperdine in 2002.

Prietto joins the firm's business practice group, focusing on the transactional and litigation business needs of clients. He has helped various businesses grow from start-ups to multimillion-dollar operations. He is also a licensed California real estate broker.

He received his juris doctor and MBA from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and W.P. Care School of Business, respectively, in 2008. He earned two bachelor's degrees from UC Santa Barbara in 2003.

Archer Norris has offices across California.


Pavilion Park home sales hit 500

Home sales at Pavilion Park near the Orange County Great Park in Irvine have reached the 500s, according to a news release.

Buyers have a choice of 31 different models from builders K. Hovnanian Homes, Lennar, William Lyon Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes and Taylor Morrison.

In addition to the planned 726 single-family homes, priced from the mid-$700,000s to more than $1.5 million, the area, named after a centerpiece 5.5 acre park, will feature a pool, sports courts, greenhouse and tot lot, according to the release.

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Developer of the Year

Marriott International named Irvine-based R.D. Olson Development Developer of the Year and gave the company the Icon Award at the hotelier's annual owners conference.

Marriott recognized the developer for getting past regulatory barriers to build hotels, including a project in Santa Barbara, which is known for a stringent approval process, according to a news release. Marriott also called attention to Olson for having been "the first to develop a ground-up, select-service hotel in Hawaii, the Courtyard by Marriott in Maui."

Among Olson's projects in development are the eight-story Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum, which is expected to open in July, and the co-development with Pacific Hospitality Group of a 250-room boutique hotel in Huntington Beach at the Pacific City project, which should open in 2015.

In the release, Marriott praised the developer's work during the recession, which "required vision and courage amid ... a soft hotel market."

The Icon Award notes accomplishments in 14 areas, including projects completed, construction quality and sharing of best practices and industry knowledge.

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[For the record, 10:38 a.m. June 9: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said homes in Pavilion Park were selling for $70,000 to $41.5 million. In fact, the most expensive homes are $1.5 million.]

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