Selected partner and group transactions handled by Sabina Lippman, Mark Jungers, Kamari Alexander, Jeff Conta, Maaike Almeida, and Divya Bala in: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Caracas, Greater China and other select legal markets.

Placements from 2010 & Before


2010: Highly Ranked Leverage finance team led by nationally regarded attorney Hil Jordan and Partners Raj Natarajan, Art Gambill, Naho Kobayashi, and Chris Greene along with 6 Associates from Kilpatrick Stockton's Atlanta & Charlotte Offices to McGuireWoods' Atlanta and Charlotte Offices.*


2010: Gary Bendinger, marquee trial partner at Howrey, joined Sidley Austin's New York office. Bendinger has been lead counsel for major accounting firms in complex litigation in courts across the nation.


2010: Mayer Brown Chicago private equity group (David Lee, Rob Davis, Fred Blakeslee, all partners) to DLA.


2010: MP of Pillsbury's Shanghai office, Joseph Chan, to Sidley. Chan's practice encompasses the full life cycle of private equity funds, from offshore and RMB fund formation and portfolio investments to M & A and capital markets. Prior to joining Sidley, a team under his leadership garnered the coveted "Corporate Counsel of the Year" and "Investor Counsel of the Year" awards from Top Capital in 2009 and 2010. He has represented strategic buyers, funds, portfolio companies and investment banks in a variety of financings and acquisitions.


2010: Louise McCabe to Troutman Sanders in San Diego from Nixon Peabody in San Francisco, where she was a partner in the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation and Insurance & Reinsurance groups. She was previously a tax manager at Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte & Touche) in San Francisco, where she worked in all areas of federal, state and local taxation.


2010: Jeryl Brown, corporate partner from K & L Gates-LA, to Sheppard in LA.


2010: Avisha Patel, Pillsbury senior associate in bankruptcy litigation, to Sidley in LA as counsel.


2010: Rob Herrington, litigation counsel at Skadden, to Greenberg Traurig in LA as a partner.


2010: DLA Piper's acquisition of litigation partners Paul Hall and Todd Toral. Both were formerly partners with Nixon Peabody in San Francisco. Paul Hall was the Co-Chair of Nixon Peabody's National Class Action Team. Todd Toral was Nixon Peabody's Commercial Litigation Deputy Practice Group Leader.


2010: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's veteran corporate partner Don Williams to Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton's Shanghai office. Williams was assigned to oversee Wilson Sonsini's Shanghai office opening in 2005.


2010: Dennis Ehling, formerly a partner at K & L Gates in Los Angeles, joins Blank Rome's Los Angeles office as a partner in the commercial litigation group. Ehling has a substantial background handling business issues related to entertainment properties, including sports and gaming, and electronic payment systems.


2010: Salans appoints new international arbitration partner in Hong Kong, Darren FitzGerald, former Head of the Asia Dispute Resolution and China Employment Groups of Bird & Bird in Hong Kong. FitzGerald has practiced in the Asia-Pacific for 15 years and has worked on some of the largest and most complex commercial disputes and regulatory matters in Hong Kong.


2010: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP adds eight attorneys to the firm's Labor and Employment practice group, including partners Thomas R. Kaufman, Michael L. Gallion and Gregg A. Fisch. Kaufman, Gallion and Fisch join Sheppard Mullin's Los Angeles/Century City office from Seyfarth Shaw in Los Angeles, where Kaufman was co-chair of Seyfarth's national wage/hour class action practice group. Others joining are special counsel David Van Pelt and associates Jennifer Abramowitz, Laurie Barnes, Paul Berkowitz and Kate Visosky.


2010: Fox Rothschild launches matrimonial department in LA headed up by Scott Weston, who will be joined by Joel Schwartz. Many of Scott's clients are celebrities and high net worth clients including: television producer Don Bellisario; film director, John McTiernan; rap artist, Snoop Dogg; novelist and screenwriter Terry McMillan; Miami Heat's Brian Grant; Rod Stewart's ex-wife Alana Stewart; Will Smith's ex-wife, Sheree; actor/singer David Cassidy; Los Angeles Dodgers' Gary Sheffield; Welterweight Champion Oscar de la Hoya; Walt Disney Corporation's CEO, Robert Iger, and many others. Scott is best known for his precedent-setting win in the Barry Bonds prenuptial case that was heard at the California Supreme Court level where Scott prevailed. Scott was previously a founding partner at with Nachshin & amp; Langlois (previously Nachshin & Weston).


2010: Roger Peng, former Managing Partner of Hogan's Beijing office, joins Paul Hastings in Beijing. Peng's practice focuses on complex M & A, private equity, venture capital and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology industries.


2010: Winston & Strawn added prominent commercial litigation partner, Adrian Yip, to its Hong Kong office. Yip is joined by three associates who are also experienced in complex litigation, including securities and intellectual property disputes, as well as white-collar criminal defense. The newest Winston attorneys were formerly members of Orrick Herrington's Hong Kong office.


2010: Sam Watkins, anticounterfeiting and IP partner, from Davis Wright in Seattle to Theadora Oringher in LA.


2010: Corporate attorney Gabe Gregson from Skadden Arps to Proskauer Rose as counsel, in LA.


2010: The placement of Jeffrey Goldman with Jeffer Mangels in Los Angeles. Goldman joins as a partner in the Litigation Department where he will work with the IP and Entertainment Litigation and Music practice groups. He joins the firm from Loeb & Loeb. Jeff has substantial expertise in representing significant players in music litigation.


2010: Corporate attorney Gabe Gregson from Skadden Arps to Proskauer Rose as counsel, in LA.


2010: The placement of Jeffrey Goldman with Jeffer Mangels in Los Angeles. Goldman joins as a partner in the Litigation Department where he will work with the IP and Entertainment Litigation and Music practice groups. He joins the firm from Loeb & Loeb. Jeff has substantial expertise in representing significant players in music litigation.


2010: Trust & estates attorney Charlotte Ito from Bryan Cave to Fox Rothschild as partner, in San Francisco.


2010: Corporate lawyer Jeffrey Washenko joined Morrison Foerster as counsel from White & Case, in Silicon Valley.


2010: Opening Greenberg's SF office with Sam Shepherd from Quinn Emanuel, litigation partner, and Scott Lawson, L & E partner.


2009: David Nelson, Sean Pak and 4 Associates from Latham & Watkins Chicago and San Francisco offices to open Quinn Emanuel's Chicago Office.*


2009: Buchalter Nemer's acquisition of six partners, including Managing Partner Jay Paxton and name partner Howard Ellman and three associates in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Shareholders joining the firm include; James Andrew, Michael Brody, Leslie Browne and Thomas Sherwood. Elizabeth Bridges, Ivo Keller and Rikesh Patel join as associates. Ellman Burke, founded in 1976, specializes in real estate and land use matters. Jay Paxton, who has been serving as Ellman Burke's Managing Director, will manage Buchalter's new California Street office and join Buchalter Nemer's Board of Directors.


2009: Jim Doroshow, patent litigation partner, from Liner Yankelevitz to Fox Rothschild in LA.


2009: The placement of land use partners Jerry Neuman and Michael Kiely with Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. Klein most recently practiced as a leader of Allen Matkins' West Coast land use practice.


2009: Partners Don Klauiter and Jennifer Driscoll-Chippendale from Mayer Brown in Washington, DC to Sheppard Mullin's DC office.


2009: Placement of a litigation group in Bingham McCutchen's San Francisco office. The group includes partner Peter Obstler and associates Marjorie Gentry and Jee Young You. Peter was formerly a member of O'Melveny & Myers' Class Action practice. Peter has represented clients in "bet the company" and complex class action litigation matters in areas including financial markets, telecommunications, civil rights and environmental. His work has been profiled by both the print and electronic media, including the National Law Journal, the San Francisco Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Boston Globe, NBC Nightly News, and ABC's Good Morning America.


2009: Placement of Todd Bissett in Sheppard Mullin's Shanghai office, where he joined as a partner. Todd previously practiced at O'Melveny & Myers' Beijing office. Todd has experience in corporate and commercial law both in the US and the PRC. His practice focuses on private equity, emerging market venture capital and M & A transactions, and on the formation and structuring of foreign direct investments in the PRC. He represents both issuers and investors in investment and M & A transactions, working extensively with venture capital funds, hedge funds, and major institutional and strategic investors.


2009: Placement of partner Allan Abshez in Greenberg Traurig's LA office. Allan previously practiced at Irell & Manella. Allan's practice focuses on land use development law and related litigation. He has represented private and public clients in connection with major development projects across every use sector, including housing, shopping centers and retailing, office/commercial, master-planned communities and centers, entertainment centers, motion picture studios, hospitals, sports stadiums, educational facilities at all levels, redevelopment projects and public infrastructure.


2009: The placement of William Small with Blank Rome in Los Angeles, as part of Blank Rome's opening its first office in California. Bill, formerly a partner with Bingham McCutchen, focuses his practice on real property transactions, representing developers of residential, office, retail and industrial projects; landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions; and buyers and sellers in real property acquisitions, dispositions and environmental matters.


2009: The placement of litigation partner James Riddle with Holland & Knight in San Francisco. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Riddle was a partner at Thelen Reid, where he spearheaded complex insurance coverage disputes across the country. From 2001-2006, Riddle co-chaired Thelen Reid's Insurance Practice Group and has played a leading role in the ABA's Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section since 1990. His experience includes handling high stakes insurance claims and disputes, counseling clients regarding insurance, reinsurance, captive insurance, self-insurance and risk management issues, and assisting clients to understand and comply with insurance laws and regulation.


2009: Opening of West Los Angeles office of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Six new lawyers, including prominent litigators George T. Caplan and Henry Shields, Jr., joined Drinker Biddle & Reath, substantially increasing the firm's presence in Los Angeles and establishing a new office in Century City. Caplan and Shields, who met at Irell & Manella in 1975 and were partners there for many years, bring to Drinker Biddle an impressive background in complex commercial litigation, both in California and nationwide. They have represented a number of Fortune 100 companies in the insurance, energy, entertainment, financial services and real estate industries that have been involved in cases with alleged damages and exposure in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The move to Drinker Biddle brings together lawyers who have practiced for many years at Irell & Manella and Kaye Scholer. In addition to Caplan and Shields, who are joining as partners, Kate S. Gold and Kristopher S. Davis also joined as partners, Paul M. Gelb as counsel and Pamela K. Graham as an associate.


2008: Opening of the Hong Kong office for Winston & Strawn with an international trade group joining from Heller Ehrman. Simon Luk, David Hall-Jones, and Michael Phillips joined Winston's Hong Kong office. Luk, the former chair of Heller's Hong Kong practice, focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity and fund formation, and advising emerging companies. Phillips' practice includes capital markets, M & A transactions, real estate finance, hospitality, and insolvency matters. Hall-Jones practices in international arbitration and complex commercial litigation, particularly involving cross-border implications. This group was spearheaded by Winston's new Washington, D.C.-based international trade partners William Barringer, Daniel Porter, Christopher Dunn and James Durling, all of whom have been involved in numerous trade cases with regard to China. The group also includes one of counsel, three associates, four trade analysts and other key support professionals who are based in China.


2008: Paul Hastings hire of well known antitrust partner Michael Cohen in the firm's Washington, DC office. Cohen, who joined from Heller Ehrman, handles criminal and civil antitrust litigation, as well as merger clearance and civil conduct investigations before the United States Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. He serves as antitrust counsel for a diverse array of clients including Del Monte Foods, Symantec Corporation and Western Refining, which Cohen successfully defended through trial and appeal of Western's acquisition of Giant Industries. Prior to his law firm career, Cohen served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor investigating and prosecuting criminal wrongdoing related to the failure of major financial institutions.


2008: High-profile Appellate & Supreme Court Partner and Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz with Morgan Lewis in Houston. Cruz was hired to lead Morgan Lewis' Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, is a former United States Supreme Court Clerk and one of The National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America."*


2008: Winston & Strawn's addition of labor and employment litigation partner Maria Rodriguez in Los Angeles. Rodriguez joined from Seyfarth Shaw. She represents clients in all aspects of employment law, focusing on wage and hour class action defense. She also defends employers in Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act class actions, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of employment contract, unlawful business practices, non-solicitation, trade secrets, and other employment related cases. Rodriguez is on the executive committee of the L.A. County Bar Association's labor and employment law section.


2008: The placement of environmental partner Joseph Armao with Winston & Strawn in San Francisco. Previously with Heller Ehrman, Armao served as the chair of the firm's environmental department for many years. His experience ranges from regulatory compliance to environmental litigation and trials in significant cases. Armao won a jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Central District in Los Angeles against the City of Los Angeles which sought tens of millions of dollars from his major corporate client for alleged contamination of the Los Angeles Harbor. He currently spends an increased amount of time counseling clients on the effects of California's mandatory carbon cap and greenhouse gas issues, along with other land use controls.


2008: Wilson Sonsini's acquisition of international tax partner Jonathan Zhu in Palo Alto, who formerly practiced with Heller Ehrman. Zhu has significant experience with federal income tax planning for domestic and foreign investors in a broad spectrum of U.S. investment assets, including technology companies, real estate, infrastructure, and financial assets. He also regularly advises foreign clients regarding U.S. tax issues arising from non-investment activities.


2008: The placement of trademark partner Hal Milstein with Sheppard Mullin in Silicon Valley. Milstein specializes in trademark counseling and prosecution services, particularly in the life sciences and high technology industries. Milstein was formerly a partner with Heller Ehrman. Prior to private practice, Milstein spent a decade in-house as trademark counsel for Syntex and Sandoz, where he created and implemented international clearance and filing strategies, provided enforcement and dispute resolution services, managed international trademark litigation, and provided trademark support in transactional matters.


2008: DLA Piper's acquisition of prominent insurance litigator Vanessa Wells in Palo Alto. Wells joined DLA Piper from Heller Ehrman. She focuses her practice on representing property-casualty and life insurance companies in business litigation, regulatory and other proceedings brought by the state or individuals claiming to represent consumers as a class. She also has substantial experience in defending securities fraud and consumer class action cases and in litigating trade libel and unfair competition.


2008: King & Spalding's acqisition of intellectual property patent litigation partner Todd Lorenz. Lorenz previously was a partner and served as co-chair of Dorsey' & Whitney's Life Sciences practice. Todd's practice focuses on acquisition, licensing and litigation of biotech patents. His clients include emerging and public biotech companies, leading universities, and venture firms in the fields of immunology, oncology, neurology and molecular biology. He has worked with leaders in large molecule and cell-based therapeutics, including antibodies, peptides, stem cells, gene therapy, clinical and research diagnostics.


2008: The placement of intellectual property transactional partner Stephanie Sharron with Orrick in Silicon Valley. Sharron, formerly a partner with Wilson Sonsini, specializes in technology and outsourcing transactions. Sharron has significant expertise in global, multi-vendor, complex transactions. She also has extensive experience negotiating agreements for software, semiconductor, life sciences, energy, Internet and electronic commerce companies.


2008: Jones Day's acquisition of leading environmental attorney Tom Donnelly from Heller Ehrman in San Francisco. Donnelly's practice focuses on environmental litigation, agency enforcement and regulatory counseling, and insurance coverage litigation. Donnelly has been consistently recognized as one of Northern California's top environmental litigators in the "Super Lawyers" lists published by San Francisco Magazine.


2008: The placement of Robert McGahan with Goodwin Procter in Los Angeles. McGahan formerly of the U.S. attorney's office, was one of the lead federal prosecutors in the criminal case against the Milberg Weiss class-action law firm. Before joining Los Angeles' U.S. attorney's office, McGahan was a partner with criminal law boutique Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg.


2008: Sheppard Mullin's acquisition of entertainment litigation partner James Curry in Los Angeles. Curry was formerly a founding and named partner with White O'Connor Curry LLP in Century City. He specializes in complex business lawsuits on behalf of entertainment clients, primarily studios and networks.


2007: Seyfarth Shaw's acquisition of a real estate practice group in Los Angeles, headed up by Maura O'Connor and including partner James S. Cochran. Prior to joining Seyfarth, both were partners with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. O'Connor's practice is focused on real estate financing, acquisitions, development and leasing. She has designed large scale systematized store site acquisition and leasing programs for retailers.


2007: Dechert's addition of intellectual property partner Ken Korea in Silicon Valley. Korea joined from Greenberg Traurig. He has significant trial experience, having tried to verdict 11 jury cases and more than 30 bench cases as first chair. He focuses his practice on patent litigation, International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 investigations, trademark litigation, and trade secret misappropriation litigation. He also provides counseling to technology companies regarding patent licensing, infringement allegations, patent portfolio analysis, and leveraging of intellectual property.


2007: The placement of Fernando Villa with Pircher, Nichols & Meeks as a partner in the firm's real estate department. Villa, formerly of Greenberg Traurig specializes in land use, environmental law, local government matters and real estate dispute resolution. He represents clients in land use entitlement, California Environmental Quality Act and local government law matters involving a broad scope of entitlements for a variety of development projects, including mixed-use, industrial, residential, retail, master-planned and commercial developments.


2007: The placement of Gale Conner as a partner at Nossaman in San Francisco. Conner was formerly with K & L Gates where he held several leadership roles that included serving as office managing partner during two successive mergers. He is experienced in eminent domain, commercial leasing, acquisition and disposition of improved and unimproved properties, real estate finance, and litigation of environmental, title, land use, construction cases. He also serves as special outside counsel for real estate acquisitions for various public agencies.


2007: The placement of corporate partner Susan Wolf with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Los Angeles. Wolf, formerly a partner with Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, LLP, focuses on business and corporate law. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured and unsecured corporate and commercial lending structuring and administration of limited liability companies, limited and general partnerships, and corporations.


2007: The placement of commercial litigation partner Hilary Rowen with Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold, LLP in San Francisco. Rowen advises clients on a wide range of insurance regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, surplus note issuances and other transactions. She represents insurers in unfair trade practice class action and private attorney genera litigation. Rowen represents insurers before the California Department of Insurance in rule making proceedings, prior approval rate hearings, enforcement actions on a variety of matters, and in insurance insolvencies.


2007: The placement of partners Arthur Kolios and James Cowan with Perkins Coie, LLP in San Francisco. Kolios and Cowan were previously partners at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, LLP. Kolios specializes in the development, acquisition and financing of energy, infrastructure, and public and private venture projects. Cowan focuses primarily on corporate finance and M & A's, with an emphasis on the infrastructure and energy sectors. He represents borrowers, project sponsors, and other parties in a variety of transactions including commercial lending, project finance, and public and private equity offerings.


2007: The placement of litigation partner David Kays with McDermott Will & Emery in Silicon Valley, formerly a partner at Dorsey & Whitney. Kays resolves trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual property and licensing disputes on behalf of technology companies involved with semiconductor, internet, and software and scanner hardware.


2007: The placement of litigation partner Steven Velkei with Sonnenschein Nath in L.A. Velkei, formerly the assigning litigation partner and a member of the hiring committee at Liner Yankelevitz, has over fifteen years of litigation experience in state and federal courts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial businesses. He has litigated class actions and complex business, entertainment and securities disputes throughout the country. Velkei's client base includes publicly traded real estate investment trusts, affiliated entities, independent film entertainment companies, major Southern California developers, banks, major financial institutions, and high net worth individual clients. Velkei was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007, and recently named one of the 500 Rising Stars Nationwide in a national legal publication.


2007: The placement of intellectual property litigation partner Steve Baik with Orrick Herrington in Silicon Valley. Baik was formerly a partner with Wilson Sonsini. Baik holds a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from the California State Polytechnic University and Stanford University, respectively. His client list has included Milpitas-based flash-memory-technology designer SanDisk, backup-power-solutions manufacturer American Power Conversion Corp. and Taiwan-based MediaTek. He has tried patent cases in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and negotiated patent and intellectual property licensing agreements for clients in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Europe. Baik has extensive experience prosecuting patents and managing large portfolios for clients.


2007: The placement of real estate partner David B. Franklin with Luce Forward in San Francisco. Prior to joining Luce Forward, he was a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis. Franklin focuses his practice on real estate transactions and land use in California and Hawaii for large retail clients and offers counsel on general business needs, including entity structure and formation and multi-state operations. He represents clients in acquiring, leasing, financing, entitling, developing, constructing, selling and exchanging real estate.


2007: The placement of litigation partner Devan Beck with Winston & Strawn. Beck was formerly a partner with Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, LLP. Beck's litigation experience includes significant first-chair trial experience with an emphasis on representing providers (hospitals and large for-profit physician groups) in health care disputes. He also has experience in securities, accountant's liability, and real estate litigation.


2007: The placement of restructuring partner Robbin Itkin with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Los Angeles. Itkin, formerly a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, represents debtors, creditors, equity and bondholders committees, purchasers and trustees in corporate restructurings and bankruptcies in a wide variety of industries, including entertainment, retail, transportation, and hospitality, and advises high profile individuals and corporations in out-of-court workouts and financial transactions. Itkin was one of the "Top 50 Southern California Women Attorneys" in 2007 and a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2007, 2006 and 2005.


2007: The placement of finance partner William Deyo with Foley & Lardner in San Francisco. Deyo, formerly a partner with Nixon Peabody, has extensive experience in public finance, and as a bond, underwriter and disclosure counselor. He handles issues involving military housing, tobacco settlement securitization, refunding bonds, certificates of participation, variable rate bonds, and capital appreciated bonds. Additionally, issues involving credit enhancement, interest rate swaps, standby bond purchase agreements, bond insurance, and letter of credit.


2007: The placement of an IP practice group with the Los Angeles office of Venable LLP. The group includes partner JoAnna Esty and intellectual property attorneys Stefan Kirchanski, Alison Grabell, Jenna Leavitt and Jennifer Whiting. Esty was previously the head of intellectual property at Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif, LLP. Her practice is primarily patent litigation and also includes transactional work focusing on counseling and prosecution management. Esty's technological focus areas are life sciences and health care. She also has substantial experience in electronics and information technology.


2007: The placement of intellectual property attorney Michelle Cooke with Steptoe & Johnson in Los Angeles, formerly a lawyer with Greenberg Glusker. Cooke specializes in domestic and international issues involving licensing, distribution, trademarks, copyrights, technology focused transactions, infringement, and domain name disputes, as well as developing and protecting intellectual property portfolios. Her client industries include apparel and fashion, education, entertainment, and food and beverage.


2007: The placement of real estate transactional attorney Craig Wood formerly a partner at Greenberg Glusker, at Foley & Lardner in Los Angeles. Wood focuses his practice on managing complex Tenant-In-Common (TIC) offerings and general real estate transactions throughout the U.S. In addition to his TIC practice, he works with large institutional clients on developing private equity funding for real estate investment, as well as with pension funds and pension fund advisors. Wood also assists institutions, institutional investors and developers with real property acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, finance and various aspects of the development cycle.


2007: Appellate & Supreme Court Partner and Illinois Solicitor General Gary Feinerman with Sidley Austin in Chicago. Feinerman, now a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, was one of the leaders of Sidley's Chambers Band 1 ranked practice and was a former United States Supreme Court Clerk and Partner at Mayer Brown.*


2007: High-profile Litigation Partner Alan Salpeter with LeBoeuf Lamb (now Dewey & LeBoeuf) from Mayer Brown in Chicago. Salpeter, one of the top litigation partners in Chicago and the Nation spent nearly 30 years at Mayer Brown and spent time as co-head of the firm's litigation department.*


2007: Prominent 18 lawyer capital markets and real estate lawyers to open Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal's (now SNR Denton) office in Charlotte from Kilpatrick Stockton. Led by Partners Jay Suhr, James Tucker & Jonathan Nugent the group specialized in the origination of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and handled capital markets work for regional financial service clients Wachovia and Bank of America as well as clients in New York.*


2007: Prominent United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Matthew Orwig to open Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal's (now SNR Denton) office in Dallas.*


2007: Lori Anne Douglass a partner at Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever to Moses & Singer, in New York, a renowned Trusts and Estates Group. Lori's practice concentrates on estate and business succession planning, including the transfer of family-owned businesses, the establishment of private and public foundations and strategic planning to assist clients in maximizing wealth preservation. She is also a member the firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Group representing clients in family-related matters such as divorce and guardianship proceedings in Supreme Court.


2006: The placement of Adam Kamenstein with McDermott Will & Emery in Los Angeles. Kamenstein has been the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Deputy Chief, Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section (formerly Government Fraud Section) at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California in Los Angeles since 2000. Prior to moving to California, he was an Assistant District Attorney at the District Attorney's Office in Queens County, New York from 1997-2000.


2006: Placement of partner E. David Marks with Miller Starr in Palo Alto. Formerly a partner with Thoits Love, Marks specializes in commercial litigation emphasizing issues of real estate, construction defect, quiet title and easement issues, purchase and sales transactions, broker liability, title questions, commercial unlawful detainers, dissolution of business ventures and breach of contract, formerly firmwide IP Chair with Squire Sanders to the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig.


2006: The placement of senior real estate attorney James Richman with Arnold & Porter in Los Angeles. Richman was formerly partner and chair of the real estate group at Alschular Grossman in Los Angeles. Richman's practice consists of the purchase and sale of commercial properties; acquisition of land for development of residential subdivisions; shopping centers and office buildings; joint ventures; real estate limited partnerships, secured real estate loans; long-term ground and large commercial space leases; construction and construction management contracts, and owner/architect agreements. Richman represents large corporate and institutional clients, developers, trusts, tax-exempt organizations and private foundations. Richman has been named to the Best Lawyers in America and Southern California Super Lawyers.


2006: The placement of Richard Zelichov as a Los Angeles-based partner with Katten Muchin. Prior to joining Katten, Mr. Zelichov was in the litigation group of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. Mr. Zelichov focuses his practice on securities litigation matters and business tort disputes. His experience includes the defense of corporate executives in a variety of civil securities matters and SEC and Department of Justice investigations. He has also defended a wide range of companies and their executives in securities class actions.


2006: Placement of William Colgin with Morgan Lewis. Colgin, formerly a partner with Fenwick & West, represents clients in complex tax controversies before courts, the Internal Revenue Service, and state taxing authorities. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Colgin served as trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and is the former Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California Bar.


2006: Steptoe & Johnson's acquisition of an intellectual property group of four lawyers headed by patent lawyer Robert Kovelman. Kovelman, formerly a partner and chair of the IP Department in the Los Angeles office of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, joined Steptoe along with of counsel Brooke Quist and associates Vanessa Owen and Andrew Chen.


2006: The placement of partner Karl Block with Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles. Mr. Block has significant experience in business law, finance, acquisitions, work-outs, high profile reorganizations and commercial transactions. His clients have included a variety of insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, venture capital firms, asset based lenders, manufacturers, technology firms and consumer products distributors. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb, Mr. Block was a partner with a prominent Los Angeles law firm.


2006: The placement of Matthew Warren with Katten Muchin in Los Angeles. Warren, formerly with Sullivan Cromwell, focuses his practice on securities and related litigation. He has defended and advised clients in the areas of securities and other class action litigation, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, contractual arrangements, obligations of corporate officers and directors, and SEC and internal corporate investigations.


2006: Placement of litigation partner Seong Kim, formerly a partner at Christensen Glaser in Los Angeles, with Steptoe & Johnson in Los Angeles. Seong represents motion picture studios and television companies, producers, agents, and entertainers; banks and other financial institutions; venture capitalists and start-up companies; high-technology companies; commercial and residential real estate developers; construction companies, hotels, resorts, and casinos; and officers and directors, accountants, and attorneys.


2006: The placement of Jacob Schwarz with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Palo Alto. Formerly a partner with Thoits Love, Schwarz practices corporate law with an emphasis in equity and debit financings, mergers and acquisitions, business formations, joint ventures, intellectual property protection and employment law counseling. Industry clients include food service, communications, retail, educational, software, semiconductors, systems integration, environmental sciences, aeronautics and biotech.


2006: Placement of Fabio Marino with Orrick Herrington in Palo Alto. Marino was the former Intellectual Property Chair of Bingham McCutchen. A rising IP star, Marino, helped lead Bingham's patent practice since 2004. He began his career in IP litigation in 1996 at Skjerven Morrill and he has represented major U.S. and foreign companies in big patent cases. In 1999, Marino successfully represented Samsung in a patent infringement case brought against the Korean company by Japanese firm Semiconductor Energy Laboratory. He is currently representing Ciena Corporation in a case against Nortel Networks.


2006: Chambers National Band One Hotel & Hospitality Group of 10 lawyers to open Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now SNR Denton) offices in Phoenix and Brussels with additional lawyers in Washington, DC from Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Led by Richard "Rick" Ross, one of three Chambers Band 1 ranked lawyers and Meghan Cocci, ranked Band 2 by Chambers, the team represents both owners and operators in their largest and most sophisticated global transactions and are the go-to lawyers for many of the top names in the industry from Starwood and Hilton to Montage Hotels and Resorts and Dorchester Collection.*


2006: Appellate & Supreme Court Partner Linda Coberly with Winston & Strawn from Mayer Brown in Chicago. Coberly, now Vice-Chair of Winston's Appellate and Critical Motions practice, is Chambers ranked, a former United States Supreme Court Clerk, and was recently honored as one of The American Lawyer's "45 under 45." She focuses her practice in appellate advocacy and in motions practice in complex commercial litigation and counsels clients on appellate and strategic issues at all stages of litigation, from before trial through and including proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court.*


2006: The placement of partner Charles Schwenck with Greenberg Traurig in Los Angeles. Formerly a partner with Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles, Schwenck's practice primarily consists of structuring, drafting, and negotiating arrangements for the development, construction, financing, fuel supply, product sales, ownership and operation of energy, infrastructure and other commercial and industrial projects, both domestically and internationally.


2005: The placement of Susan Heller with Greenberg Traurig in Los Angeles. Formerly a partner of Loeb & Loeb and co-chair of the firm's intellectual property group, Heller specializes in trademark policy, procedure and portfolio management. She was recognized by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals as one of the Top 25 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California, selected as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers in 2004 and 2005 by Los Angeles Magazine. Additionally, she was selected as a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer for 2005 by Global Counsel 3000.


2005: The placement of Christine Richardson, formerly a partner with Littler Mendelson, with Pillsbury Winthrop. Richardson advises employers ranging from start-up entities to well-established public companies on all aspects of employee benefits. She has worked on employee benefit issues arising in the spin-offs of well-known public companies. Richardson represents a number of marquee technology companies.


2005: Intellectual property partner Michele Moreland formerly with Cooley Godward to the Palo Alto office of McDermott, Will & Emery.


2004: Corporate entertainment partner Daniel Grigsby with Jeffer Mangels in Los Angeles.


2004: The placement of corporate securities partner Bruce McNamara with Perkins Coie in their Menlo Park office. Mr. McNamara comes to Perkins Coie from Wilson Sonsini where he was a partner.


2004: Real Estate partner Toni Wise of Cooley Godward to Greenberg Traurig in their Palo Alto office.


2003: The placement of high profile litigation partner Brian Lysaght to become Head of Piper Rudnick's West Coast litigation practice. Lysaght was a founding partner of O'Neill, Lysaght & Sun in Los Angeles. Some of the big wins in Lysaght's career include a $42.6 million jury verdict for Lion Country Safari against The Irvine Co. for lost profits and punitive damages. He also secured an $11.2 million verdict against the State of California in a real estate dispute involving a property in West Lake Village.


2003: The placement of business and healthcare litigation partner Randall Leff with Ervin, Cohen & Jessup. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Leff was a name partner with Nebenzahl, Kohn, Davies & Leff.


2003: The placement of labor and management partner James Michalski with Epstein Becker & Green in Los Angeles. Mr. Michalski was a partner with Riordan & McKenzie.


2003: The placement of litigation partner Randy Davies with Rein Evans & Sestanovich in Los Angeles.

*Placement made while Mark Jungers was a Partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa.


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