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A crowd of more than 400 members of Orange County’s corporate and legal communities gathered to honor this year’s top in-house lawyers at the Business Journal’s eighth annual General Counsel Awards.

The event, held Nov. 8 at Hotel Irvine, honored four lawyers and one legal team in five categories, with Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding Dean at University of California-Irvine School of Law, serving as master of ceremonies. Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law in July.

The honorees, selected from a record pool of 50 nominees, were:

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• Robert Davis, senior vice president and general counsel of Glaukos Corp. in the Public Company category

• Jenny Wang, general counsel at MerchSouce LLC in the Private Company category

• Ursula Guzman, vice president, employment counsel at CoreLogic Inc. in the Specialty Counsel category, a new award this year

• Sheniece Smith, associate general counsel at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in the Rising Star category

• PIMCO LLC for its In-House Legal Team

The Business Journal will profile each of the honorees in our Nov. 20 issue.