Davis Polk is advising Micrel, Incorporated in connection with its sale to Microchip Technology Incorporated for a total equity value of approximately $839 million. The transaction, which is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2015, is subject to approval by Micrel stockholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions (more…)



The national law firm LeClairRyan has announced the addition of three shareholders who will greatly expand upon the firm’s already substantial capabilities in intellectual property and litigation matters. This move bolsters LeClairRyan’s capabilities in San Francisco, while creating opportunities for clients of the firm nationally (more…)



Farella Braun + Martel LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Charles J. “CJ” Higley as a partner and Daniel J. McLeod as an associate to its Real Estate & Land Use Department.

“We are delighted to welcome CJ and Dan to the group,” said Greg Shean, chair of Farella’s Real Estate & Land Use Department. “They bring added depth and experience to our very busy team of transactional real estate, land use and complex project development attorneys.” (more…)



Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of Raymond Aghaian to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Aghaian will be a Partner in the firm’s Complex Business Litigation Team.

“We are delighted to welcome Ray to the firm,” Jim Gilliland, Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Litigation Department, said. “His significant experience and background in white collar defense and cybersecurity bolsters our litigation practice on the West Coast — a top priority for the firm. Our clients will benefit greatly from Ray’s expertise and his addition adds depth to our already strong team.” (more…)



Hopkins & Carley, a law firm serving Silicon Valley businesses and individuals, adds veteran intellectual property litigator Jeffrey Ratinoff. Joining from K&L Gates LLP, Ratinoff has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in technology-driven litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the International Trade Commission. (more…)



Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to welcome Joseph F. Moore as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate & Construction Section. Joe will reside in Hanson Bridgett’s San Francisco office. Previously, Joe led Clyde & Co’s US infrastructure and construction projects practice.

Joe’s experience as an attorney and an engineer adds another layer of expertise for our clients,” said David Longinotti, Section Head of the firm’s Real Estate and Construction Section. “His industry knowledge is top notch and he will be a good fit with the attorneys in our collaborative environment.” (more…)



Pillsbury is pleased to announce today the arrival of well-known entertainment partner Kathy Jorrie in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Jorrie joined from McKenna Long & Aldridge, where she was the managing partner of McKenna’s Los Angeles office until earlier last month. Jennifer Seigle, an entertainment law and intellectual property associate, will join Pillsbury along with Jorrie in Los Angeles.

“Kathy is a top notch entertainment litigator and transactional lawyer,” said Firm Chair Jim Rishwain, Jr. “While we have a strong Los Angeles practice representing some of the world’s best known companies, Kathy’s arrival significantly raises our profile in the entertainment industry with key players in the industry, as she is a go-to practitioner with A-list clients. Our firm and our clients will greatly benefit from her skills.” (more…)



Buchalter Nemer announced today that the firm has opened its fifth office in St. Helena/Napa Valley with the addition of two new attorneys – James R. Rose has joined the firm as a Shareholder and Katharine (Trina) Falace has joined as Senior Counsel. Both join Buchalter from the Law Offices of James R. Rose, highly regarded for its broad practice representing wineries, wine brokers and vineyard managers in the Napa Valley. (more…)



Eve H. Karasik, a prominent bankruptcy and business restructuring attorney, has joined Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P., as a partner at one of the Los Angeles region’s leading firms specializing in bankruptcy, business reorganizations and commercial litigation. Her appointment was effective immediately. (more…)



National law firm Polsinelli adds two noted San Francisco labor and employment attorneys to serve clients nationally. Shareholder Charles O. Thompson joins the firm as the Vice Chair of the California Labor & Employment Practice Group and will lead Polsinelli’s West Coast Labor and Employment Practice. Michele Haydel Gehrke also joins as a Shareholder, bringing Polsinelli’s growing, national Labor and Employment Practice to more than 50 attorneys coast to coast. Thompson and Gehrke previously practiced together at the same AmLaw 100 firm in San Francisco. Polsinelli entered the California market nearly four years ago in Los Angeles, and opened a San Francisco office last year with a strategic goal to expand. (more…)



International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to expand its Litigation Practice in Northern California with the addition of David Lisi, who joined as shareholder in the Silicon Valley office. Lisi focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters. He represents U.S. and international technology companies with respect to securities litigation and counseling, data security, and complex commercial disputes. (more…)



Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC, is pleased to announce that Loryn Dunn Arkow has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the national Real Estate Practice Group. Ms. Arkow, who has been in the real estate industry for 19 years, was previously a partner in the Los Angeles office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. (more…)