Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Charles E. Schwenck has joined its Los Angeles office as a partner in the Energy and Natural Resources practice. Schwenck comes to Manatt from K&L Gates.

Schwenck has more than 40 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources industries. He advises developers, financiers and owners on a wide range of domestic and international development projects involving power plants and other energy production facilities, pipelines, transmissions lines, industrial facilities and public works. Schwenck regularly structures and negotiates agreements for the development, construction, financing, ownership and operation of energy and infrastructure projects, while also obtaining government concessions, permits and approvals. He has advised on projects exceeding $100 billion in aggregate value and spanning more than three dozen countries. (more…)

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Holland & Knight today announced that real estate attorney Douglas Praw has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Praw has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate and public finance matters. He comes to Holland & Knight from Goodwin Procter. (more…)

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Farella Braun + Martel LLP welcomes James L. Day as a partner and Winston Liaw as an associate to its Intellectual Property Litigation Department. Both attorneys have an emphasis in patent litigation and further enhance Farella’s bench of IP attorneys with deep technology backgrounds.

“We are delighted to welcome Jim and Winston to Farella,” said Intellectual Property Litigation Department Chair, Stephanie Skaff. “Their deep technical skills and strong patent litigation capabilities further strengthen our ability to effectively serve our clients in complex high tech disputes.” (more…)

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our San Francisco office. Leading the new office and the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice will be Michael Ng, who joins the firm as partner. (more…)

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Patricia (Patti) Perez as a shareholder in the firm’s San Diego office. Perez is the seventh shareholder and 13th attorney to join Ogletree Deakins’ San Diego office since it opened in January 2013. Ogletree Deakins has also experienced swift growth across its network of five California offices, which now include more than 100 attorneys. (more…)

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Fox Rothschild is pleased to welcome Mette Kurth as a partner in its national Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. Kurth will be based in the Los Angeles office.

An experienced financial restructuring and bankruptcy attorney, Kurth uses her background in economics to provide sophisticated guidance to clients on myriad matters related to insolvency and debt resolution. She represents creditors, debtors and investors in all areas of business and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy law and litigation, distressed sales and acquisitions, workouts, and out-of-court bankruptcy alternatives. (more…)

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Douglas Sprague, former chief of the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, has joined Covington & Burling’s litigation group as a partner, further strengthening the firm’s highly regarded white collar practice. He will be resident in Covington’s San Francisco office. (more…)

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DLA Piper announced today that Jonathan Axelrad has joined the firm’s Corporate and Finance practice as a partner in the San Francisco office.

Axelrad represents emerging growth companies throughout their life cycle. He also represents venture capital and private equity funds that invest in early-stage companies, assisting in financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues. (more…)

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The lawyers of the boutique law firm Wyman & Isaacs LLP have joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, bringing expanded expertise and services to Davis Wright’s nationally renowned entertainment and media practice.

Bruce Isaacs and Bob Wyman come to the firm’s L.A. office as partners, and Cheryl Nelson has joined as counsel. The three lawyers have represented many of the largest motion picture production studios and TV networks, as well as many other leading players in the entertainment industry. (more…)

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Nossaman LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Dunning and Michael Toumanoff to the Firm’s Public Pensions and Investments Practice Group. Ms. Dunning will be based in the Firm’s San Francisco office as a Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Pensions and Investments Group, and Mr. Toumanoff will be based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office as Of Counsel. Both join from Manatt Phelps & Phillips. (more…)

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To further support its client-driven business strategy, the law firm of LeClairRyan has announced its expansion into Sacramento on January 1, 2015, under the leadership of former Nossaman partners Robert S. McWhorter and Kevin T. Collins. McWhorter will oversee the ongoing operations of the firm’s Sacramento office. (more…)

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that William (Bill) Rooklidge is joining the Orange County office as a partner. Formerly with Jones Day, Rooklidge will continue to practice intellectual property law with a focus on patent litigation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bill to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Bill is a nationally recognized patent litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience. Our patent litigation practice is thriving, and adding someone of Bill’s caliber will help us continue to grow our practice while providing the highest level of client service.” (more…)

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