Theodora Oringher is pleased to welcome Rod Pacheco as a Senior Attorney in both the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Rod’s practice areas are in commercial and public law litigation, internal investigations, and white collar defense matters. Rod represents corporate clients, boards of directors, board committees, hedge funds, partnership and joint ventures, and individuals in connection with all aspects of anti-corruption matters. (more…)

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Maynard Cooper & Gale continues to attract high level talent in its San Francisco office with the addition of attorney Sasha G. Rao, who will join the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation & Technology practices. Rao was recently recognized as a “Top 75 IP Litigator in California” by the Daily Journal and an “IP Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing IP magazine.

Rao brings nearly 20 years of experience and a long history of success in intellectual property litigation, primarily for innovative companies in the areas of technology and life sciences. Her work includes representing some of the most well-known technology companies in Silicon Valley in both bench and jury trials, Markman hearings and post-grant invalidity challenges in the Patent Office. (more…)

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Renowned litigators Darryl Woo and Mortimer Hartwell have joined Vinson & Elkins in San Francisco, expanding the firm’s capabilities in intellectual property, complex product liability, toxic tort and environmental cases.

Woo joins V&E from Fenwick & West LLP, where he previously served as chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice and more recently headed its firmwide Litigation Practice. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and other complex technology litigation, principally in the areas of semiconductors, information technology, life sciences and biotechnology. (more…)

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Cooley advised the underwriters on Dermira, Inc.’s $125 million initial public offering. Dermira is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative and differentiated medical dermatology products to dermatologists and their patients. The company now trades on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “DERM.” (more…)

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Victor R. Anderson, III returns to Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP as its newest partner in the insurance law and product liability practice groups. Mr. Anderson’s career in law started with Haight and with his return, clients will benefit from the vast experience he brings as a multifacted attorney litigating matters in bad faith, health and life insurance, unfair business practices, wrongful death, fraud, negligence, product liability and premises liability.

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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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