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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Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented global CRM leader Teleperformance USA in the successful completion of the $610 million acquisition of Aegis USA, Inc., a major outsourcing and technology company in the United States, the Philippines and Costa Rica. (more…)

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Pepper Hamilton LLP announced today that Ted R. Gropman has joined the firm as a partner in the Construction Practice Group, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Gropman is Pepper Hamilton’s first construction attorney in its LA office. His hiring furthers Pepper’s strategic initiative to build out its well-regarded Construction Practice, as well as its newly formed Los Angeles office.

For more than 33 years, Gropman has devoted his practice exclusively to construction law, focusing on the representation of contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and institutional owners on both private and public works projects. His practice focuses on litigation and arbitration of disputes involving delay and impact claims, scope of work disputes, mechanic’s liens and stop notices, bid protests, construction defects and contract drafting and review. (more…)

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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP announces the addition of Diana Hastings to the firm’s Corporate practice in California. Based in San Francisco, Hastings focuses on international, domestic and cross-border estate planning, estate and trust administration and related tax matters.

Hastings is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. (more…)

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Robyn Polashuk has joined Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm’s communications and media practice, focusing on video content distribution.

Ms. Polashuk’s practice focuses on the licensing and distribution of video content across a variety of platforms and business models – from cable, satellite and IPTV to broadband and mobile applications, video-on-demand and electronic sell-through. She also negotiates retransmission consent agreements on behalf of broadcast stations. (more…)

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Robert P. Andris and Michael D. Kanach have joined Gordon & Rees’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in San Francisco as a partner and senior counsel, respectively. Andris and Kanach are the latest additions to Gordon & Rees’s growing San Francisco office, which now has more than 115 attorneys. The firm was recently named by The National Law Journal as the 13th largest law firm in the Bay Area. (more…)

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Reed Smith LLP has added Kevin D. Whittaker as a partner in its Labor & Employment practice in San Francisco.

“Northern California is an important and growing market for our national Labor & Employment practice,” said Sara Begley, Global Leader of the firmwide practice. “The addition of Kevin Whittaker, with his substantive background in employment litigation serving national client portfolios, adds depth to our Northern California presence and supports our growing national practice.” (more…)

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BakerHostetler is proud to announce that leading trademark practitioner Miriam Beezy has joined as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and member of the Trademark and Copyright teams. Beezy’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright matters, including U.S. and global procurement, prosecution, transactions, enforcement, and disputes. Her client experience ranges from high-profile entertainment and hospitality industry clients to biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry clients. She joins BakerHostetler from Foley & Lardner LLP, where she served as chair of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright, and Advertising practice and co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Industry team. (more…)

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Greenberg Glusker today announced that Peter A. Nyquist has joined the Firm as a partner in its Environmental Group.

“Pete is one of California’s most highly regarded environmental lawyers and has expertise in a broad range of environmental issues,” said David E. Cranston, partner at Greenberg Glusker and chair of the Firm’s Environmental Group. “Pete will be a tremendous addition to our team. We are thrilled to have him.” (more…)

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Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce Michael D. Drenan has joined the firm’s San Diego office as Shareholder. Mr. Drenan, who was previously at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, brings over two decades of experience advising, representing and defending employers in all facets of employment law matters. (more…)

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Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Arman Pahlavan has joined the firm’s Palo Alto office as a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital and Private Equity practice groups. Before joining Perkins Coie, Arman was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, where he was co-chair of the private equity and technology practice in Palo Alto.

“Arman adds to our strong and vibrant Emerging Company & Venture Capital practice here in Silicon Valley,” stated Chris Kao, Office Managing Partner for Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office. “He is an ideal fit for us bringing impressive experience and a terrific network of contacts in the local start-up community. Arman’s practice in fund formation and private equity is also a great addition to our office.” (more…)

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Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its intellectual property group with the addition of patent prosecution partner Jonathan Jaech and intellectual property litigation counsel Glenn Trost to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Along with patent prosecutor Grant Langton, who joined the firm earlier this month, Jaech and Trost were previously with the law firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP.

“We continually look for strategic growth opportunities that make sense to our clients and the firm,” said Cary Jones, administrative partner of Snell & Wilmer’s Los Angeles office. “Jonathan, Glenn and Grant are outstanding attorneys with exceptional reputations in the legal community. They will be invaluable additions to our Southern California intellectual property practice and the firm as a whole.” (more…)

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