Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce Michael D. Drenan has joined the firm’s San Diego office as Shareholder. Mr. Drenan, who was previously at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, brings over two decades of experience advising, representing and defending employers in all facets of employment law matters. (more…)

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Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Arman Pahlavan has joined the firm’s Palo Alto office as a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital and Private Equity practice groups. Before joining Perkins Coie, Arman was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, where he was co-chair of the private equity and technology practice in Palo Alto.

“Arman adds to our strong and vibrant Emerging Company & Venture Capital practice here in Silicon Valley,” stated Chris Kao, Office Managing Partner for Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office. “He is an ideal fit for us bringing impressive experience and a terrific network of contacts in the local start-up community. Arman’s practice in fund formation and private equity is also a great addition to our office.” (more…)

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Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its intellectual property group with the addition of patent prosecution partner Jonathan Jaech and intellectual property litigation counsel Glenn Trost to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Along with patent prosecutor Grant Langton, who joined the firm earlier this month, Jaech and Trost were previously with the law firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP.

“We continually look for strategic growth opportunities that make sense to our clients and the firm,” said Cary Jones, administrative partner of Snell & Wilmer’s Los Angeles office. “Jonathan, Glenn and Grant are outstanding attorneys with exceptional reputations in the legal community. They will be invaluable additions to our Southern California intellectual property practice and the firm as a whole.” (more…)

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Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Sean T. Prosser has joined the firm’s San Diego office as a partner in the White Collar & Investigations practice. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Sean was a partner with Morrison & Foerster in San Diego. Sean is the fifth partner to join Perkins Coie’s San Diego office this year, following the additions of Tom Millikan, Joe Reid and Laura Zagar in February and Julie Hussey in April. (more…)

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Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that it is being joined by attorneys formerly with Sheldon, Mak & Anderson, P.C. (“SMA”), a group of prominent Southern California intellectual property practitioners that bring expertise in biomedical, pharmaceutical and medical device development.

Joining Leech Tishman and its Intellectual Property Practice Group are six intellectual property (“IP”) attorneys. Jeffrey G. Sheldon, Danton K. Mak and Denton L. Anderson will join the firm as partners, while Katherine M. Bond, Dr. Laura M. Lloyd and Douglas H. Morseburg will join Leech Tishman as Counsel. Katherine B. Sales will also be joining Leech Tishman as a Patent Law Professional. (more…)

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Nossaman LLP has augmented its globally recognized infrastructure practice by welcoming back Washington, DC-based attorney Ann-Therese Schmid as a partner. She was previously a member of Nossaman’s Infrastructure practice in the firm’s Austin office from 2005 through 2006.

Schmid possesses national expertise in a number of innovative project delivery methods including design-build, construction management at risk, privatization, and integrated project delivery. She is also well versed in federal policy and federal regulatory compliance and FTA procurements, particularly the Buy America and New Starts programs for surface transportation infrastructure projects. Adding to Nossaman’s considerable East Coast strength and capacity, Schmid will help further enhance the firm’s infrastructure depth and breadth in a variety of ways. (more…)

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Morris Polich & Purdy LLP is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2014, SmithTrager PC joined Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, an established law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas. SmithTrager attorneys Summer L. Nastich and Diane R. Smith bring with them exceptional expertise in the areas of environmental and construction law. (more…)

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The New York-based law firm of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass announced today the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area. New Partner Jonathan Gross will be resident in the office, located at 1900 Powell Street, 6th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608. Jonathan can be contacted at (510) 900-9371 (tel), (510) 900-9381 (fax) and gross@moundcotton.com. He will be joined in Mound Cotton’s new California office by his colleagues Victor Jacobellis, Sheila Addiego and Elaine Videa. (more…)

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Foley announced today that Chris Laukenmann has joined the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions, Transactional & Securities, and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

For more than two decades, Laukenmann has advised Fortune 500, middle market and emerging growth companies on capital, investment, structure, governance, corporate strategy, treasury, risk management, reorganization and regulatory matters. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, private equity, venture capital, general corporate, restructuring and regulatory compliance across industries. (more…)

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Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, one of the largest and longest operating law firms in the East Bay, welcomes Margaret J. Grover as a partner to its Employment Group. She joins the firm from Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard where she was also a partner.

“Maggie’s deep employment law experience, particularly in the East Bay, is exactly what we have been looking to add to the firm,” said Richard Waxman, firmwide managing partner. “Labor and employment law in California is rapidly evolving and can be quite challenging for employers. Our clients will benefit from the expanded services Maggie can help us provide to many of the businesses and individuals we already work with in other capacities.” (more…)

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua Briones and Ana Tagvoryan joined the Firm as partners in the Corporate Litigation practice. Together they bring more than 20 years of complex commercial litigation experience to the Firm, with an emphasis on consumer class action defense. Both are based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joshua and Ana to Blank Rome,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Chairman and Managing Partner. “Class action lawsuits are on the rise in any industry that collects consumer data, from call recording matters to data breach suits. Over the past year, we have seen a significant rise in plaintiffs’ counsel filing class actions across the country that allege violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Joshua and Ana’s deep knowledge and experience in this area will further strengthen our litigation capabilities in defending clients against such actions.” (more…)

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Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that intellectual property and patent prosecution attorney Grant Langton has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as partner. Langton will co-chair Snell & Wilmer’s California intellectual property practice group and chair the Los Angeles intellectual property group. He joins Snell & Wilmer from the law firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, where he was managing partner of the Los Angeles Office (more…)

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