The law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP, continues to strengthen its transactional practice in Los Angeles with the addition of H. Jacob Lager as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax, Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy, and Estate Planning practices. Lager joins Freeman Freeman & Smiley from Zuber, Lawler & Del Duca. (more…)

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Leading entertainment dealmaker Joshua B. Grode has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Grode will serve as co-chair of the transactions practice group along with current chair, Gregory Klein. Also joining the firm’s Los Angeles office are corporate media and entertainment attorneys Paul D. Swanson and Sam A. Kozhaya and associates David Evans, Esther Kang and Zachary Smith. This addition will bolster Irell’s corporate practice, as well as complement the media and entertainment practices. (more…)

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Arent Fox is pleased to announce that Halbert B. (Bert) Rasmussen has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in its growing Automotive group and nationally recognized Complex Litigation practice. Mr. Rasmussen has extensive experience representing car, truck, bus, and motorcycle dealers on issues that range from managing regulatory compliance programs and negotiating dealer agreements, to mergers and acquisitions, and business, franchise, and consumer litigation. Mr. Rasmussen joins the Los Angeles office two weeks after the firm announced the addition of auto litigation partner Russell P. McRory to the New York office. (more…)

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Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Vanessa C. Gage as a partner in San Francisco, where she is a member of the firm-wide Financial Industry Group (FIG).

Gage was formerly an attorney in Mayer Brown’s New York office, where she focused her practice on asset-based lending, securitization and other structured products, and she is especially known for her work on major aviation and rail deals. (more…)

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Hogan Lovells announced today that Albert W. Stemp has joined its Los Angeles office as a Partner in the Real Estate practice.

Stemp’s arrival complements Hogan Lovells’ global Real Estate practice. He has represented borrowers and financial institutions, private equity funds, developers, institutional investors, and REITs. Additionally, Stemp has advised U.S. investors in international real estate assets and international investors in U.S. real estate assets and debt. (more…)

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Hunton & Williams LLP announces Robert M. Johnson has joined the real estate practice as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Johnson, who comes to the firm from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, focuses his practice on commercial real estate development and finance. He has represented owners and investors in all aspects of acquiring, leasing and developing office, retail and industrial property throughout the Western United States. His arrival follows that of Washington partner Rori Malech earlier this year and of Jerome Dano and Valerie Kitay as counsel in New York last month. Chris Hasbrouck, also from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, will join the firm as an associate to work alongside Johnson. (more…)

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Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Mariette “Jet” J. Stigter has joined the firm’s Immigration Practice Group in its San Francisco office. Stigter adds to the firm’s global immigration capabilities. Both Chambers USA and U.S. News Best Lawyers have consistently awarded Duane Morris with top-tier national rankings in immigration law. Stigter joins Duane Morris from Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. (more…)

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Loeb & Loeb LLP partner Adam Streisand, chair of the firm’s Trust and Estate Litigation Practice, secured a major victory today on behalf of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, when the Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball franchise to Ballmer over the objections of her estranged husband, longtime team owner Donald Sterling. The record $2 billion sale was finalized shortly after the court order was signed and Ballmer is now the new owner of the NBA franchise. (more…)

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King & Spalding has recruited intellectual property partner Thomas J. Gray, who for many years was co-leader of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s trade secrets sub-group, to enhance the firm’s patent and trade secret litigation team in Silicon Valley. (more…)

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Jenner & Block LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel A. Rozansky has joined the firm’s nationally acclaimed Content, Media & Entertainment (CME) practice as a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office. An accomplished entertainment attorney, Mr. Rozansky will focus on disputes in areas including entertainment finance, profit participation, partnership disputes, trade secrets, reality television, anti-SLAPP, rights of privacy and publicity and First Amendment issues. (more…)

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Cooley LLP announced today that it advised the underwriters on HealthEquity, Inc.’s $146.5 million initial public offering. HealthEquity is a leader and innovator in the high growth category of technology-enabled services platforms that empower consumers to make health care saving and spending decisions. The company now trades on The NASDAQ Global Stock Market under the symbol “HQY.” (more…)

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Maynard Cooper & Gale PC today announced the firm will open a new office in San Francisco. Existing clients and related opportunities have led to this decision to expand the firm’s presence on the West Coast. This new office will initially focus on three practice areas: insurance and financial services litigation, complex ERISA litigation (including class actions), and sports and entertainment law. (more…)

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