San Bernardino Attorney Wilfrid C. Lemann To Be Awarded John P. Surr Award By San Bernardino County Bar Association

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The San Bernardino County Bar Association announced today that San Bernardino Attorney Wilfrid C. Lemann will be awarded the John B. Surr Award at its annual Installation Dinner to be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in San Bernardino on October 27, 2016. The Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Bar Association unanimously recommended that Mr. Lemann receive the Award on the nomination of one of its past recipients, Redlands attorney Paul Shimoff.

The John B. Surr Award is awarded to the member of the legal community who has best exemplified the high standards of the profession and the administration of justice.

Mr. Lemann is a long-time San Bernardino attorney and partner in the firm of Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP. He is the chair of the firm’s Business Law Department and he focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, general business law, corporations, partnerships, securities, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit corporations and church law.

Mr. Lemann received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1978. In addition to the Bar Association, he is a Master of the Bench of the Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court. Mr. Lemann was awarded the Saint Thomas More Award in 2011.

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The John B. Surr Award is given in memory of John B. Surr (1906-1971), a distinguished San Bernardino attorney, a respected citizen and dedicated conservationist who was admired by all who knew him. John Surr was a past president of the San Bernardino County Bar Association who died while climbing Mt. San Bernardino on October 6, 1971. The Award was established in 1978 by the Bar Board of Directors to honor John Surr.

Past recipients of the Award are Henry M. Busch (1978), Carl B. Hillard (1979), Don A. Turner (1984), Robert J. Bierschbach (1986), Florentino Garza (1987), Supreme Court Justice Marcus M. Kaufman (1989), James Banks, Jr. (1991), M. Stanford Tomlinson (1994), Caywood J. Borror (1995), D. Elliot Whitlock (1999), Allen B. Gresham (1999), George W. Porter (2000), Audrey A. Perri (2001), Edgar Keller (2004), Robert Fullerton (2005), Ronald Skipper (2005), Philip Kassel (2007), James R. Dunn (2010), Bruce D. Varner (2012), Paul M. Shimoff (2012), and William D. Shapiro (2013).

The following officers of the San Bernardino County Bar Association will be installed: Michael Reiter, President; Victor Herrera, Immediate Past President; Eugene Kim, President Elect, Barbara Keough; Vice President; John W. Short, Secretary-Treasurer; and Board Members Justin H. King, David P. Colella, Joyce Holcomb, Kerrie C. Justice, Derek Raynes, Josefina Valdez and Christopher Gardner. The Bar Association will also be thanking Bradley R. White and Jack B. Osborn for their service on the Board as their terms expire.

Founded in 1875, the San Bernardino County Bar Association provides services to its members, to the judiciary in San Bernardino and to the public through services and programs.

For more information, please contact Michael Reiter by calling (909) 708-6055 (mobile) or (909) 296-6708 (office) or emailing

San Bernardino County Bar Association Website:

San Bernardino County Bar Association: 555 North Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino CA 92401.

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