DLA Piper announced today that Linda Smith, nationally recognized as a top woman litigator, has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office. (more…)

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Covington will open a new office in Los Angeles on March 9. The office will be staffed by current firm lawyers and three new senior lawyers and will focus initially on insurance coverage, media and content distribution, patent litigation, public policy/government affairs and white collar defense. (more…)

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Building upon its existing three California offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Novak Druce will enter Orange County on March 1. The new Orange County office will bring to 11 the number of Novak Druce offices across the country, with California having the highest concentration. (more…)

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Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP welcomes new partner Vangi M. Johnson to the Los Angeles office and the Appellate, Professional Liability, Employment & Labor and Elder Care practice groups. Ms. Johnson was previously the chair of the Appellate Department in a Los Angeles based firm. She is a certified specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Johnson’s experience complements Haight’s established appellate practice and bolsters its interest in diversity and the promotion of women in the legal industry.

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Greenberg Gross LLP, the Costa Mesa firm launched in April 2013 by two Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholders who had grabbed national headlines with a $50 million jury verdict, announced that Evan C. Borges, a top trial lawyer with Irell & Manella for 15 years, will join the firm as partner. Also joining Greenberg Gross is former Irell associate Michael P. McMahon. With the addition of Borges and McMahon, the firm now has three star lawyers from Irell. (more…)

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Sedgwick announced the addition of Caroline H. Mankey as a partner in its Los Angeles, California office. Joining from Cypress, LLP, Mankey was formerly a partner at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP. She specializes in commercial matters, with concentration in intellectual property litigation and transactions in the entertainment and technology sectors, and complex business disputes involving licensing and contract issues, unfair competition, business interference, trade secrets, and privacy, publicity and media rights. She also handles business disputes involving sexual harassment and employment issues. (more…)

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Cooley advised the underwriters on Invitae Corporation’s $116.8 million initial public offering. Invitae’s mission is to bring comprehensive genetic information into mainstream medical practice to improve the quality of healthcare for billions of people. The company now trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NVTA.” (more…)

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Troutman Sanders LLP announced today plans to open an office in San Francisco, the firm’s fourth office on the West Coast since it first expanded into California in 2009. The office will officially open on April 1 in the Financial District at 580 California Street, where the firm has leased the entire eleventh floor.

“Our office in San Francisco will support our successful growth on the West Coast, and it will expand the robust work that we are already performing there for clients in our core practices of energy, finance, insurance, and intellectual property,” said Robert W. Webb, Jr., Chairman of Troutman Sanders. “In addition, as the United States business gateway to China, San Francisco will provide a unique and valuable link to our thriving offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to support and enhance the rapid growth of inbound and outbound work for our clients between our U.S. and China offices.” (more…)

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Howard Holderness has joined international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Based in the firm’s San Francisco office, Holderness joins the firm’s Litigation Practice, a group comprised of more than 600 litigators in 34 offices around the world.

“Howard is a key addition to our San Francisco office and the firm’s Litigation Practice,” said Charles Birenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s chair of Northern California. “We have a growing presence throughout California, an award-winning litigation department, and now Howard, among the very top litigators in the state. Working closely with our litigators in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Orange County, all cooperating as one team in a collaborative, unified firm, we provide elite quality and a level of value and relationships to clients that are unmatched.” (more…)

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Theodora Oringher is pleased to welcome Seth Goldstein as a Senior Attorney in the firm’s Orange County office. Seth’s practice has focused on the representation of financial institutions, with emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions and other complex matters brought against banks and other financial service providers in connection with retail banking and lending operations. Seth also has substantial experience in complex commercial disputes at both the trial and appellate levels for clients in a variety of industries, including government contracting, insurance, pharmaceuticals, securities and telecommunications. (more…)

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Theodora Oringher is pleased to welcome Timothy Gorry as a Senior Attorney in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Tim has specialized over the past 25 years in representing entertainment, sports, private equity, banking, software, financial, telecommunications and manufacturing companies in litigation matters in state and federal courts, federal agencies and arbitration panels. (more…)

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Jeffrey Miller, a nationally-recognized intellectual property lawyer focusing on technology, has joined Kaye Scholer LLP in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Miller’s experience covers the full spectrum of patent litigation, strategic patent counseling, licensing, and both foreign and domestic patent prosecution. (more…)

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