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Hodes Milman would like to congratulate attorneys Benjamin Ikuta, Michelle Hemesath, and Lee Weiss, who were selected as 2021 Southern California Rising Stars Honorees by Super Lawyers. Benjamin Ikuta was selected in the ‘Up-and-Coming 100: 2021 Southern California Rising Stars’ and ‘Up-and-Coming 25: 2021 Orange County Rising Stars’ categories by Super Lawyers.

To be eligible for selection as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent can be named to the Rising Stars List.

About the Rising Stars Selection Process

Selection for Super Lawyers Rising Stars involves a rigorous review process that includes consideration of 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional accomplishments:

  • Verdicts/Settlements
  • Transactions
  • Representative Clients
  • Experience
  • Honors/Awards
  • Special licenses/certifications
  • Position within the law firm
  • Bar and/or professional activity
  • Pro bono and community service
  • Scholarly lectures/writings
  • Education/employment background
  • Other outstanding achievements

Candidates in the pool are also subject to peer review based on practice area. Lawyers are not allowed to nominate themselves, and must limit their nominations to others who practice in the same state.

More About Attorney Benjamin Ikuta

Attorney Benjamin Ikuta joined the firm in 2016 and has successfully litigated many birth injury cases, including cases of delay in delivery that resulted in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, acidosis/acidemia, and/or Erb’s palsy. He has also litigated cases in the delay in diagnosis or reporting of lymphoma, breast cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and other types of cancer. Ben has also handled cases involving allegations of elder abuse and dependent adult abuse based on neglect.

Ben has previously been selected as a Rising Star attorney in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

More About Attorney Michelle Hemesath

Attorney Michelle Hemesath focuses her practice on representing injured victims and their families. She initially began her career representing healthcare providers; during this time, she gained valuable knowledge of how insurance companies handle lawsuits, how to best position a case for maximum recovery, and how to litigate complex medical issues

Mrs. Hemesath has joined the firm to provide the best possible representation to injured people and their families.

More About Attorney Lee Weiss

Attorney Lee Weiss practices as an associate at Hodes Milman , where he has worked extensively on many medical negligence, personal injury, and product liability cases. While earning his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Lee worked as a Staff Editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal.

Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. During that time, he was on the President’s Honor List as well as the Dean’s Honor List. He is a member of the State Bar of California as well as the Orange County Bar Association.

Contact Hodes Milman for a Free Consultation

At Hodes Milman , we take pride in the high caliber of attorneys we bring onto our team, as well as the unparalleled quality of our legal services. Our attorneys have successfully litigated on behalf of hundreds of people who have been affected by a medical professional’s mistake, and we have recovered millions of dollars for future care.

If you or a loved one were injured or affected due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover a monetary damages award for your losses. Contact us at (949) 640-8222 for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine your legal rights and options. Our attorneys are here to help you get your life back on track.




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