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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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Randy Luskey, former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, will rejoin Orrick’s San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. (more…)

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Cooley is advising Ambit Biosciences on its agreement to be acquired by Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. for approximately $315 million on a fully diluted basis. In addition to the upfront cash payment, each Ambit Biosciences stockholder will receive one Contingent Value Right (CVR), entitling the holder to receive an additional cash payment of up to $4.50 for each share they own if certain commercialization related milestones are achieved. The total transaction is valued at up to $410 million on a fully diluted basis. (more…)

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Barnes & Thornburg announced today that Rebekah Prince has joined the firm’s Corporate Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Prince was a partner at Eisner Jaffe Gorry Chapman & Ross LLP, where she was Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.

Prince focuses her practice on an extensive range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on merger and acquisitions and franchise and distribution law. She has experience representing buyers, sellers and investment advisors in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies. She also has been involved in the structuring and closing of multi-million dollar acquisitions of franchise systems and large-scale portfolio purchases and sales of franchised and company-operated outlets. Prince regularly advises clients on the structuring of domestic and international franchise ventures including registration, disclosure and the development of franchise systems. (more…)

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Carlton Fields Jorden Burt continues its growth in California with the addition of four new attorneys in its Los Angeles office. Thomas H. Godwin joins as a shareholder bringing with him Valerie D. Escalante and Kate S. Shin. Additionally, Jee H. Lee joins the firm from his clerkship with the United States District Court. All four attorneys practice in the Business Litigation section of the firm’s National Trial Practice Group. (more…)

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Alison practices in the area of corporate and employee benefits law. Her practice focuses on the tax, securities and ERISA aspects of executive and equity compensation; including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, stock compensation plans, employee stock purchase plans, change in control plans, as well as perquisite programs, executive employment and severance agreements. For 18 years, she has been advising clients regarding their traditional employee benefit plans — including 401(k) and other retirement plans — health and welfare plans and cafeteria plans. (more…)

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Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Andrew Grossman, a technology focused IP lawyer, has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in Los Angeles. He was previously a partner at Wilmer Hale.

“Andrew is a key part of the strategy for our Litigation practice, and the intellectual property practice in particular. He brings great experience and deep client relationships that will build on our existing strengths and help accelerate our growth,” said Barry Sher, chair of the Litigation practice at Paul Hastings. “We have been making strategic investments across our Litigation practice, particularly in important areas such as IP and White Collar and Internal Investigations, and in key sectors such as technology and life sciences,” he added. (more…)

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Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Samuel R. Watkins has joined the firm as a partner in our Los Angeles office. Sam will join the Intellectual Property group. He previously served as a senior attorney at Theodora Oringher PC.

Sam focuses on trademark and related intellectual property litigation, with a special focus on the design and implementation of brand protection strategies that target counterfeiters, gray marketers, pirates, and others who illegally import or distribute copyrighted, patented, or trademarked goods. He advises leading companies in the luxury goods, apparel, footwear, and fitness industries on how best to address counterfeit and gray market issues. (more…)

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