Snell & Wilmer Partners Michele Sabo Assayag and Deborah Gubernick Selected As Nominees for Orange County Inspirational Women Awards by Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing


ORANGE COUNTY (June 22, 2023) – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County Partners Michele Sabo Assayag and Deborah A. Gubernick were selected for inclusion in the OC Inspirational Women Awards by Los Angeles Times. According to the publication, these awards recognize accomplished female leaders from corporations or nonprofit organizations throughout Orange County who have demonstrated noteworthy success and accomplishments during the last 24 months in approximately 10 award categories. Winners will be announced on August 18 during the 2023 Orange County Inspirational Women Forum & Leadership Awards, a celebration of outstanding and inspirational women.  

Assayag practices in the areas of commercial finance, creditors' rights and bankruptcy litigation and restructuring, where she has had extensive experience in the representation of secured and unsecured lenders. She has litigated in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts on behalf of domestic, foreign and international lending institutions, as well as on behalf of non-bank lenders and Fortune 500 companies. A substantial portion of Assayag's practice encompasses, on behalf of her financial institution clients, the documentation of commercial, real estate and asset-based lending transactions. She has also represented the firm's clients in the acquisition and disposition of major real estate assets, including retail centers, apartment buildings and business parks. Assayag received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles.

Gubernick is a partner in the firm's intellectual property and commercial litigation groups. She helps small and large clients protect and defend their brands and business in the U.S. and abroad. She has litigated cases in state and federal courts and has handled over 100 matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Gubernick routinely litigates trademark, copyright and trade secret cases, as well as cases involving false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition and more. She has negotiated assignments, settlements, trademark co-existence agreements and licenses involving household brand names, high-end retailers, famous clothing brands, national sports leagues and more. Gubernick has provided IP diligence support on multi-million dollar and billion-dollar transactions and routinely provides strategic counseling and assistance for her clients’ global trademark portfolios. She received her J.D. from University of San Diego Law School and her B.A. from Bigham Young University.