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Law firm welcomes new counsel

AUBURN — CunninghamLegal, a local, leading estate planning law firm with offices in Auburn, has announced the addition of Edward W. Cotney as Family Wealth Counselor.

Cotney joins CunninghamLegal with a background in wealth planning strategies, philanthropy, professional training and mentoring, and over six years of estate planning, veterans/Medi-Cal benefits planning with The Shafer Law Group. He has participated in several senate and congressional committees on financial elder abuse for seniors, legislation to benefit philanthropic tax law, and nonprofit operations. His work has been published nationally by the Financial Advisors Magazine and the Gift Law Digest. Cotney has made this career shift to CunninghamLegal to better focus his expertise in the specific fields of estate planning, philanthropy coaching and Veteran’s benefits planning.

At CunninghamLegal, Cotney will assist with professional business development, sales and staff training, veteran’s benefits planning, estate planning and many other activities.



McAllister joins Halldin Public Relations




ROCKLIN – Longtime Sacramento news reporter Rob McAllister, who became well-known for his reporting at both KFBK 1530 radio and KOVR CBS 13 television in Sacramento, has accepted a position at Halldin Public Relations.

As a vice president with Halldin PR, McAllister will focus on creating strategic communications for clients, using both traditional and social media.

“We are excited to welcome Rob to our team,” said Bill Halldin, founder and president of Halldin Public Relations. “Rob has been a well-known and well-respected journalist in our community and will bring strong skills to assist our clients and expand our services.”

McAllister gained nationwide attention after breaking details of a secret deal between the Sacramento Kings’ owners and Anaheim leaders to relocate the NBA franchise to Orange County in January 2011.

Along with his duties at Halldin PR, McAllister will continue to serve as the play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Republic FC.

Before joining KOVR CBS 13 in 2013, McAllister spent five years with KFBK radio.

He served as the primary business, political and sports reporter at both news outlets. McAllister, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate who attended Rocklin High School, also served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Sacramento River Cats games in 2012, and has done broadcast work for the Comcast Hometown Network and the Fox Sports West College Network. McAllister began his broadcast career with the ESPN affiliate, KMVI, in Hawaii.

He also previously worked as a reporter for KNCO radio in Grass Valley and was the play-by-play announcer for Bear River High School football games for several years.

Founded in 1999, Halldin Public Relations helps clients effectively communicate with key audiences through traditional media and social media.

The company’s clients include businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.


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