Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of partners Doug Mancino and Ofer Lion to the firm’s Corporate department in Los Angeles. They join from Hunton & Williams LLP, where Mancino served as co-head of the firm’s health care practice. (more…)

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Michelle A. Cooke has joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group. Cooke joins from Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, where she led the trademark transactional practice in California.

Cooke is a nationally recognized trademark prosecutor who helps clients build and protect their brands and equity rights — domestically, internationally and online. Her practice focuses primarily on branding, online services and international protection for companies at all stages, from startups to well-established corporations. She represents clients across a wide range of industries, and has particularly deep experience in apparel, entertainment and media, food and beverage, software, online services, and consumer products. (more…)

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced the addition of a three-partner group to its Intellectual Property practice, including Robert W. Dickerson Jr. and Lawrence R. LaPorte in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Yasser M. El-Gamal in Orange County. The team joins from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where Dickerson had served as co-leader of that firm’s Intellectual Property practice and El-Gamal had served as administrative partner of its Orange County office.

Dickerson joins as chair of Manatt’s national Intellectual Property practice. (more…)

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The global law firm Jones Day has announced that four former prosecutors – including three Assistant U.S. Attorneys and a former Deputy District Attorney – have joined the Firm’s Business and Tort Litigation Practice in three different California offices. In San Diego, Truc Do and Peter Mazza have joined as partner and of counsel, respectively. In addition, Rasha Gerges Shields has joined Jones Day as a partner in Los Angeles and Cheryl O’Connor will join the firm on November 17 as a partner in Irvine. (more…)

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Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys to the firm’s San Francisco office. Lisa Sween and Natalja Fulton have joined the firm as Shareholders. Stephanie Yang has joined as an Associate. All attorneys were formerly with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

“The ability to attract such a strong team speaks volumes about Jackson Lewis’ presence in today’s market,” said Fraser A. McAlpine, Managing Shareholder of Jackson Lewis’ San Francisco office. “We are excited to welcome Lisa, Natalja and Stephanie, whose combined experience further strengthens our footprint in San Francisco and throughout the Northern California region. Their capabilities will be an excellent addition to our growing office.” (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Scott Nonaka has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner in its Litigation and International Arbitration practices. Because of his extensive experience representing Asia-based clients, Mr. Nonaka will also collaborate closely with the firm’s Asia-based litigators and arbitration specialists across Asia. (more…)

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Nixon Peabody is growing again in Los Angeles with the addition of a team that serves the fashion and entertainment industries. New partner Staci Jennifer Riordan, who most recently chaired Fox Rothschild’s fashion law practice, brings abundant knowledge of design, manufacturing, merchandising and protection of leading fashion brands. Julian K. Petty, also a partner, provides strategic career and business guidance to a variety of talent and corporate clients in music, TV, film, new media and book publishing. Both partners, who join Nixon Peabody’s IP Counseling and Transactions practice, work within the intersection of fashion and entertainment and help their clients position themselves as worldwide brands by leveraging existing brand equity and creating exposure through multiple channels to diversify revenue sources. (more…)

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DLA Piper announced today that Mark Riera has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Riera is a trial and appellate lawyer with experience in a broad array of industries, including motor vehicles, banking, pharmaceuticals, and transportation. He has successfully defended clients against allegations of price fixing, wage and hour violations, and securities fraud. He has litigated class and individual actions in federal courts across the country, in 23 state courts, in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the US Supreme Court. (more…)

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Fenwick & West announced today that Michael Dicke, most recently the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in San Francisco, is joining the firm as a partner in its securities litigation practice. Dicke will co-chair the Securities Enforcement group to focus on advising boards and management on SEC defense, compliance and internal investigations and to represent regulated entities and individuals in SEC and other government investigations and litigation.

During his 17-year tenure at the SEC, Dicke supervised or conducted hundreds of investigations involving every major subject area of the SEC’s enforcement program, including financial reporting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insider trading, Regulation FD, and regulation of hedge funds, investment advisers and broker-dealers. As the head of enforcement for the San Francisco office since 2008, Mike led over 40 professionals in investigating and litigating SEC matters in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

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Continuing to grow its intellectual property practice, Rimon, P.C. has added Neil A. Smith as a partner in its San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.

Prior to joining Rimon, Mr. Smith was a partner at several prominent firms, including IP boutique firm Limbach & Limbach. He most recently served as the first Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Silicon Valley Satellite Office. The PTAB handles appeals within the Patent Office and a host of post-grant patent proceedings, Post Grant Reviews, and Business Method Patent challenges, which are increasingly important in patent enforcement and defense strategy. Under the American Invents Act, defendants or those accused of infringing patents have the opportunity to go before the PTAB and challenge the validity of the patents. (more…)

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VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jeremy A. Cubert and Richard N. Kimball. Jeremy will join the Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner based in the Washington D.C. area. Richard, based in Boston, focuses on corporate and transaction matters.

Jeremy A. Cubert joins VLP with over 17 years of experience in intellectual property law with a focus in the life sciences. He assists companies in all aspects of protecting and managing their intellectual property portfolios, including a significant practice in IP due diligence and portfolio analysis as well as counseling clients regarding the acquisition and licensing of intellectual property assets. (more…)

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DLA Piper announced today that Phyllis Cheng has joined the firm’s Employment practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Cheng previously served as Director of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the country. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2008 and retained by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (more…)

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