Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, announced today the hiring of labor and employment attorney Benjamin J. Kim in its Los Angeles office. Ben joins Allen Matkins’ Litigation Department as a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Class Actions Practice Groups. (more…)

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Venable LLP announced today that it has added seven new attorneys to its Los Angeles office by acquiring Los Angeles-based boutique Weingarten Brown LLP (Weingarten). The acquisition brings one partner, six associates and a paralegal to the firm’s commercial litigation practice.

The group includes founding partner Alex Weingarten who joins Venable as partner along with associates Eric Bakewell, Varty Defterderian, Leslie Eggers, Logan Elliot, Jeffrey Logan and Micol Sordina. The attorneys held those same positions at their previous firm. (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 Christopher Olmsted as a shareholder in the firm’s San Diego office. Olmsted joins Ogletree Deakins from Barker Olmsted & Barnier, where he was a name partner. Olmsted’s arrival is a boost to the firm’s employment law, litigation, and wage and hour practice groups and increases the firm’s depth in California. Since opening in January 2013, the San Diego office has grown quickly to 11 attorneys who serve clients throughout Southern California and the United States. (more…)

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Polsinelli enters San Francisco and adds 18 lawyers to its Los Angeles office with the addition of a large group of attorneys from a national firm with offices in California effective this week. Twenty-one attorneys, including nine shareholders, join Polsinelli’s Los Angeles’ financial services, real estate, health care and commercial litigation attorneys and open Polsinelli’s new San Francisco office. The attorneys include some of California’s most highly respected and experienced Toxic & Mass Tort defense attorneys including Farah Nicol and Stephen M. Nichols. (more…)

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Cozen O’Connor continues to grow its presence in Los Angeles with the addition of Amy B. Alderfer and Maria Louise (Ria) Cousineau, who join as members. Alderfer joins the Commercial Litigation Department and Cousineau joins the Global Insurance Department. (more…)

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Cooley LLP announced today that it advised Kite Pharma, Inc. on its $146.6 million IPO. Kite Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. The company now trades on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “KITE.” (more…)

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Weil’s Silicon Valley office is advising on a trio of major acquisitions – representing Oracle, Opera and Merz – in deals that were announced over the span of one week. The teams on all three deals are led by Silicon Valley-based partner Keith Flaum, and include lawyers from Weil’s Silicon Valley, New York, Dallas and Washington, DC offices. (more…)

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Furthering its reputation for innovation and as a leader in intellectual property protection in Silicon Valley, Rimon is pleased to announce the addition of Robert H. Lee as its Technologist-in-Residence. He is also Research Fellow in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford University. (more…)

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VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jane Imperatore and Michael Kass as partners with an emphasis on Construction Law and Affordable Housing.

With over 14 years in Construction Law, Jane provides guidance to owners and developers, municipalities, general contractors and large subcontractors during design, construction, ongoing operations and the project close-out process. In addition, her trial attorney experience allows her to anticipate potential issues that may arise and to offer practical and cost-effective alternatives to avoid litigation and mitigate disputes. (more…)

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Cooley LLP announced today that it is advising ProteinSimple on its sale to Techne Corporation (d/b/a Bio-Techne) for $300 million. ProteinSimple develops and commercializes proprietary systems and consumables for protein analysis that ultimately help reveal new insights into the true nature of proteins. Techne Corporation is a global life sciences company providing innovative bioactive tools and resources for the research and clinical diagnostic communities. (more…)

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that David P. Schack has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Schack was a partner at K&L Gates.

Schack focuses his practice on two primary areas: insurance coverage litigation and counseling for policyholders and commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate-related matters. In the insurance coverage area, he has helped business and individual policyholders resolve insurance coverage disputes throughout the U.S. through negotiation and litigation and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients. These complex disputes involve many types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, first-party property, fidelity/crime, motion picture/ television liability, professional liability, aviation, tour/event interruption and cyber risks. In addition, Schack’s commercial litigation experience includes the representation of commercial property owners, developers, commercial landlords and tenants as well as other complex business litigation. (more…)

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Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, announced today the hiring of finance attorney Susannah Keagle in its Los Angeles office. Susannah joins Allen Matkins’ Corporate & Finance department as a member of its Financial Services industry group. (more…)

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