Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Frank Kaplan, Partner, and Ken Meyers, Of Counsel, have joined the Firm in the Corporate Litigation group. Mr. Kaplan’s complex litigation experience spans class action, securities, insurance, unfair competition, partnership, and professional liability matters at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Meyers practices complex civil litigation and appellate work primarily in the areas of insurance coverage and business litigation. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Meyers practiced at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Both are based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. (more…)

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Maynard Cooper & Gale continues to add to the roster of talented attorneys in its San Francisco office with the addition of Brandon Stroy. Stroy will work in the Intellectual Property Litigation and Technology practices of Maynard Cooper. Stroy received his J.D. from Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. He comes to Maynard Cooper from Bingham McCutchen and joins his colleague, Sasha Rao, who started with Maynard Cooper at the end of October. (more…)

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Erik Edwards, a former Cooley business partner who left in 2011 to serve as General Counsel and later as the Managing Director of the family office of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has re-joined Cooley as a partner in its business department.

Edwards, who first joined Cooley as a summer associate in 1999, and became a partner in 2009, will reside in the firm’s Palo Alto office where he will re-establish a practice focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, investors and public companies on a wide range of matters including financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Steven S. Baik has joined the firm as a partner in Palo Alto and will be a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Baik was partner in a global law firm based in Palo Alto, where he was a trial lawyer focused on intellectual property litigation.

A highly experienced litigator, Mr. Baik has litigated cases that involved a wide range of technologies, including semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing, power electronics, software, wired and Wi-Fi networking devices, and semiconductor memory technologies. In addition, Mr. Baik has significant experience in intellectual property licensing and has negotiated patent and intellectual property licenses on behalf of several prominent international companies, including corporations based in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Europe. Mr. Baik also served as in-house counsel of a major semiconductor company earlier in his career. (more…)

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Nixon Peabody’s strong Labor & Employment practice in California just got stronger with the addition of Charles Dyke to lead the firm’s national ERISA Litigation team. This is a return to Nixon Peabody for Chuck, who previously practiced with the firm from 2008 until 2011.

Chuck is an ERISA litigator with trial experience. His representations have ranged from class-action breach of fiduciary duty litigation to pension plan termination litigation against the PBGC and unions to complex appellate matters. He has handled or participated in a number of ERISA matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and in several U.S. Courts of Appeals. (more…)

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Philip Graves, a nationally recognized patent and intellectual property litigation attorney, announced today that he has joined the Los Angeles office of the class-action and large-scale litigation firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

According to managing partner Steve Berman, Graves’ experience in intellectual property will be a strong addition to Hagens Berman. (more…)

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Doris A. Kaelin has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the San Francisco office. She is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions and Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups.

Kaelin has 20 years of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. In addition to representing bankruptcy trustees and debtors and creditors in bankruptcy, she represents companies in the wind down and dissolution of businesses, and assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors. She also serves as a bankruptcy trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. (more…)

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Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that Shane Brun has joined the firm as a partner in its IP Litigation Group in its San Francisco office. Brun comes to Goodwin from K&L Gates, where he was a partner in that firm’s San Francisco office.

Brun is a PTO-registered patent litigator with a background in industrial engineering and semiconductor manufacturing. He has extensive experience representing major technology companies, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in patent litigation and other intellectual property and technology-related matters. His IP practice involves a wide range of technologies, including Internet security, computer networking, wireless communications, microlithography, plasma displays, optical alignment, inspection systems and digital imaging. Brun has a national practice and regularly represents clients before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. District Courts in California, Texas and Delaware. (more…)

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Barnes & Thornburg announced today that Peter Morris has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Morris was at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where he was partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group. (more…)

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John J. Harris, who has more than 30 years of extensive experience representing clients in all aspects of oil and gas, environmental and energy law – including the wide range of operational problems faced by producers doing business in California and other states – has joined Locke Lord as a Partner in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.

Harris is a member of the Firm’s nationally recognized Energy Practice Group. Prior to joining Locke Lord, he was a partner at Dentons and a part of its Energy sector team. (more…)

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Cooley advised Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. on its $63 million initial public offering. Atara is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics for serious unmet medical needs, with an initial focus on muscle wasting conditions and oncology. The company now trades on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ATRA.” (more…)

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WilmerHale is pleased to announce today that Timothy Perry, a former federal prosecutor, has joined the firm as a counsel in the Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Securities and Litigation/Controversy Departments.

Mr. Perry brings extensive trial and investigative experience to the firm, having prosecuted and tried a wide range of complex white collar criminal matters in six years at the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego. Among other accolades, Mr. Perry received the Attorney General’s Award-the Department of Justice’s highest honor-for his work. (more…)

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