Hanson Bridgett LLP announces that Kathryn E. Doi has joined the firm as partner. She will work in the firm’s Sacramento office.

Kathryn represents healthcare providers, primarily in disputes with the California Department of Health Care Services or private commercial payors relating to reimbursement for healthcare services. Her approach emphasizes identifying client objectives and implementing the most cost-effective strategy to best achieve those goals. (more…)

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Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Tony Guida, has joined the firm’s Education Law Group as a partner in its San Diego office. Guida’s addition expands the firm’s capabilities in representing higher education clients, including in the for-profit education center.

Guida focuses his practice on issues relating to higher education mergers, acquisitions and other substantive changes; federal and state regulatory matters; accreditation; government affairs and government response; and crisis management. (more…)

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Noted IP attorney Varun A. Shah has retired from his position as the Global Head of IP Development at Aruba Networks to launch a new IP firm in Silicon Valley.  Precision IP (www.precisionip.com), based in Sunnyvale, will focus on patent prosecution for the tech industry.
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Leech Tishman recently welcomed Lidell A. Page to its Los Angeles office. Lidell has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate, Real Estate and Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups.

Lidell has over 15 years of experience in domestic and international corporate, real estate, project finance, and renewable energy transactions as well as creditors’ rights issues. (more…)

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Theodora Oringher is pleased to welcome Rod Pacheco as a Senior Attorney in both the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Rod’s practice areas are in commercial and public law litigation, internal investigations, and white collar defense matters. Rod represents corporate clients, boards of directors, board committees, hedge funds, partnership and joint ventures, and individuals in connection with all aspects of anti-corruption matters. (more…)

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Maynard Cooper & Gale continues to attract high level talent in its San Francisco office with the addition of attorney Sasha G. Rao, who will join the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation & Technology practices. Rao was recently recognized as a “Top 75 IP Litigator in California” by the Daily Journal and an “IP Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing IP magazine.

Rao brings nearly 20 years of experience and a long history of success in intellectual property litigation, primarily for innovative companies in the areas of technology and life sciences. Her work includes representing some of the most well-known technology companies in Silicon Valley in both bench and jury trials, Markman hearings and post-grant invalidity challenges in the Patent Office. (more…)

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Renowned litigators Darryl Woo and Mortimer Hartwell have joined Vinson & Elkins in San Francisco, expanding the firm’s capabilities in intellectual property, complex product liability, toxic tort and environmental cases.

Woo joins V&E from Fenwick & West LLP, where he previously served as chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice and more recently headed its firmwide Litigation Practice. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and other complex technology litigation, principally in the areas of semiconductors, information technology, life sciences and biotechnology. (more…)

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Cooley advised the underwriters on Dermira, Inc.’s $125 million initial public offering. Dermira is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative and differentiated medical dermatology products to dermatologists and their patients. The company now trades on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “DERM.” (more…)

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Victor R. Anderson, III returns to Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP as its newest partner in the insurance law and product liability practice groups. Mr. Anderson’s career in law started with Haight and with his return, clients will benefit from the vast experience he brings as a multifacted attorney litigating matters in bad faith, health and life insurance, unfair business practices, wrongful death, fraud, negligence, product liability and premises liability.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of partners Doug Mancino and Ofer Lion to the firm’s Corporate department in Los Angeles. They join from Hunton & Williams LLP, where Mancino served as co-head of the firm’s health care practice. (more…)

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Michelle A. Cooke has joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group. Cooke joins from Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, where she led the trademark transactional practice in California.

Cooke is a nationally recognized trademark prosecutor who helps clients build and protect their brands and equity rights — domestically, internationally and online. Her practice focuses primarily on branding, online services and international protection for companies at all stages, from startups to well-established corporations. She represents clients across a wide range of industries, and has particularly deep experience in apparel, entertainment and media, food and beverage, software, online services, and consumer products. (more…)

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced the addition of a three-partner group to its Intellectual Property practice, including Robert W. Dickerson Jr. and Lawrence R. LaPorte in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Yasser M. El-Gamal in Orange County. The team joins from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where Dickerson had served as co-leader of that firm’s Intellectual Property practice and El-Gamal had served as administrative partner of its Orange County office.

Dickerson joins as chair of Manatt’s national Intellectual Property practice. (more…)

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