Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Michael Westheimer as a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Westheimer joins Ogletree Deakins from Buchalter Nemer, where he was a shareholder in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and co-chair of the Wage & Hour Class Action team. (more…)

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Reid E. Dammann has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, International, and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Mr. Dammann joins the firm from the Los Angeles office of Musick Peeler. (more…)

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Greenberg Glusker’s renowned Entertainment Law Group announces the expansion of its music law practice with the addition of William I. Hochberg and Mitchell Manger.

William I. Hochberg, an accomplished transactional attorney, joins Greenberg Glusker as partner, bringing a tremendous level of music and media experience to the firm. Bill works for some of the finest creative talents and most innovative companies in the world. (more…)

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Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has expanded its Bay Area corporate finance practice with the additions of Justin Bastian and Nora Gibson. Justin, based in Palo Alto, will serve as head of the California Capital Markets practice, and Nora is based in San Francisco. Both have extensive experience with company-side and under-writer-side public offerings, securities compliance and M&A transactions.

“Justin and Nora are great additions to the Capital Markets team,” said Michael Glaser, firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate practice. “They will expand and strengthen the capabilities of our California Capital Markets practice. I am delighted to welcome them into the firm partnership.” (more…)

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Dirk Michels, one of California’s leading energy technology and renewable energy lawyers, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. As a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Department and Energy and Project Finance Group, Mr. Michels brings considerable experience in renewable energy to our clients in the West.

Mr. Michels represents energy technology and renewable energy companies and developers—as well as their lenders and investors—in corporate and project financing matters for solar, biomass, wind, thermal, transmission, energy storage, smart grid, and other energy projects. (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Matthew C. Thompson, a prominent media and entertainment lawyer, has agreed to join Sidley as a partner and as co-head of Sidley’s media and entertainment practice. He will play a key role in leading the firm’s media and entertainment practice as it continues to expand as part of its new Century City office. Mr. Thompson’s arrival further demonstrates Sidley’s commitment to continued growth in Los Angeles and the active expansion of its media and entertainment resources following Sidley’s announcement that Dan Clivner, a leading M&A and private equity lawyer who has handled major transactions in the media and entertainment industry, joined the firm. (more…)

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a national law firm, announced today that prominent entertainment attorney, Carolyn Hunt, will join the firm as partner. Known as a savvy dealmaker, Hunt has deep experience representing clients in entertainment-related transactions, with an emphasis on film and television finance and distribution.

Having been involved in more than $2 billion in financing for hundreds of film, television and gaming projects, including many award-winning films, Hunt recently represented the financiers of the first major feature film to premiere on the world’s leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX theaters globally on the same day. She also worked on behalf of the financier of the largest Chinese language film ever shot in Los Angeles. Hunt comes to the firm from Loeb & Loeb LLP. (more…)

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Pillsbury today welcomed new public practices partner Richard “Dick” B. Oliver. Oliver joins the Los Angeles office along with a group of litigation and government contracts attorneys who joined the firm over the past few weeks from McKenna Long & Aldridge. (more…)

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Rutan & Tucker LLP, one of California’s leading full-service law firms, recently announced that seasoned attorney Bill Schaal has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property group and a member of its Corporate/Securities/Tax Section. He practices in the firm’s Orange County office. (more…)

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Procopio is pleased to announce the addition of partner Susan L. Daly to the firm’s Real Estate team.

Susan focuses her practice on representing developers of residential and commercial real estate. She has extensive experience in numerous types of subdivided land projects in California, Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon, including condominiums, planned developments, standard subdivisions, mixed-use projects, mixed-use high-rise projects, commercial condominium projects, residential master-planned communities, resort master-planned communities, golf course communities and custom home developments. Susan works regularly with builders and developers to obtain subdivision public reports from the California Bureau of Real Estate and approval of subdivision documents from local city and county planning departments. She also works with developers and lenders on broken common interest development projects. (more…)

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Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Melanie Joo has joined the firm as a partner in our Los Angeles office. Melanie previously was Counsel at Arent Fox LLP. She is the 20th attorney to join Thompson Coburn’s growing Los Angeles office since the firm’s 2013 combination with Freedman Weisz LLP. (more…)

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