Three Snell & Wilmer Partners Selected As Finalists in San Diego Business Journal’s 2023 Business Women of the Year Awards


Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that San Diego Partners Jaime D. Choi, Ph.D., Steffi Hafen, and Monique Lashbrook have been selected as finalists in San Diego Business Journal’s 2023 Business Women of the Year Awards. According to the publication, the awards recognize dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s workplaces and communities. Nominees will be honored and winners will be announced at the Business Women of the Year Awards 2023 event on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Lashbrook is a real estate partner who focuses her practice on real estate, corporate and commercial finance-related matters and transactions. She has extensive experience handling real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, commercial mortgage financing, commercial leasing for industrial and retail spaces, and property management matters. She is an active member of the Chicano Federation, serving on the board of directors as secretary and as a member of the executive committee. Lashbrook is also a member of University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center Real Estate Committee, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She received her J.D. from University of Illinois, College of Law, her MBA from Saint Ambrose University, and her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.

Hafen is the managing partner of our San Diego office, and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, California Board of Legal Specialization. She is a co-leader of the firm’s Private Client Services practice group and a partner in the General Federal Tax practice group. Her practice is focused in tax, trust, and estate law. She is also a member of the Lawyers’ Club; the Association for Corporate Growth; and the San Diego and the North County Estate Planning Council. She received her L.L.M in Taxation from Loyola Law School, her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, and her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Choi is an intellectual property partner whose practice focuses on patenting complex, interdisciplinary technologies and building strategic patent portfolios, with an emphasis on evaluating and mitigating risk from third-party patents. She advises clients in a variety of market sectors, including bioinformatics, medical devices, robotics, microfluidics, semiconductor fabrication, digital signal processing, photonics, advanced imaging, and fabrication of complex materials and devices that use them. Choi also has deep experience in disputes, including litigation, arbitration, licensing, and trade secrets. She received her J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law, her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her B.A. in Chemistry from Rice University.

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