Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that Megan Gess has joined the firm’s Corporate practice as a partner in the Orange County office. She joins the firm from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where she was a partner.

Gess focuses on middle market merger and acquisition transactions, as well as counseling clients on corporate governance matters and other commercial transactions. She has extensive experience representing clients in the food and beverage and healthcare industries. Prior to practicing at Sheppard Mullin, Gess was an associate and then of counsel with O’Melveny & Meyers LLP for more than a decade.

Gess is the fourth lateral partner to join the firm’s Orange County office since February. She joins Intellectual Property partners Jennifer Trusso, with whom she practiced at Sheppard Mullin, and Kim Nobles, as well as Finance partner Brad Wolf.

“Megan brings a strong track record handling middle market mergers and acquisitions, as well as valuable industry knowledge and perspective that is of great value to clients,” said Larry Cerutti, Managing Partner of the firm’s Orange County office. “Her transactional experience in the food and beverage and health care industries will further expand the work we are doing for clients in these dynamic and competitive sectors.”

“Megan’s deal-making knowledge and experience are both complementary and supplementary to our existing capabilities, especially given her background in mergers and acquisitions,” said Andrea Farley, Chair of the firm’s Corporate department. “Her addition to the firm expands the depth and breadth of our West Coast corporate practice.”

“Troutman Sanders’ reputation for excellence in so many of its practice areas is well deserved and one of the reasons I decided to join the firm,” said Gess. “I believe the firm’s culture will allow me to build a broader business platform to expand my practice, including my work in the food and beverage industry.”

Gess received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated cum laude, and her law degree from Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated cum laude and earned the Order of the Coif.


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