DLA Piper announced today that Phyllis Cheng has joined the firm’s Employment practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Cheng previously served as Director of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the country. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2008 and retained by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (more…)

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Randy Luskey, former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, will rejoin Orrick’s San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. (more…)

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Cooley is advising Ambit Biosciences on its agreement to be acquired by Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. for approximately $315 million on a fully diluted basis. In addition to the upfront cash payment, each Ambit Biosciences stockholder will receive one Contingent Value Right (CVR), entitling the holder to receive an additional cash payment of up to $4.50 for each share they own if certain commercialization related milestones are achieved. The total transaction is valued at up to $410 million on a fully diluted basis. (more…)

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Barnes & Thornburg announced today that Rebekah Prince has joined the firm’s Corporate Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Prince was a partner at Eisner Jaffe Gorry Chapman & Ross LLP, where she was Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.

Prince focuses her practice on an extensive range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on merger and acquisitions and franchise and distribution law. She has experience representing buyers, sellers and investment advisors in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies. She also has been involved in the structuring and closing of multi-million dollar acquisitions of franchise systems and large-scale portfolio purchases and sales of franchised and company-operated outlets. Prince regularly advises clients on the structuring of domestic and international franchise ventures including registration, disclosure and the development of franchise systems. (more…)

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Carlton Fields Jorden Burt continues its growth in California with the addition of four new attorneys in its Los Angeles office. Thomas H. Godwin joins as a shareholder bringing with him Valerie D. Escalante and Kate S. Shin. Additionally, Jee H. Lee joins the firm from his clerkship with the United States District Court. All four attorneys practice in the Business Litigation section of the firm’s National Trial Practice Group. (more…)

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Alison practices in the area of corporate and employee benefits law. Her practice focuses on the tax, securities and ERISA aspects of executive and equity compensation; including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, stock compensation plans, employee stock purchase plans, change in control plans, as well as perquisite programs, executive employment and severance agreements. For 18 years, she has been advising clients regarding their traditional employee benefit plans — including 401(k) and other retirement plans — health and welfare plans and cafeteria plans. (more…)

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Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Andrew Grossman, a technology focused IP lawyer, has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in Los Angeles. He was previously a partner at Wilmer Hale.

“Andrew is a key part of the strategy for our Litigation practice, and the intellectual property practice in particular. He brings great experience and deep client relationships that will build on our existing strengths and help accelerate our growth,” said Barry Sher, chair of the Litigation practice at Paul Hastings. “We have been making strategic investments across our Litigation practice, particularly in important areas such as IP and White Collar and Internal Investigations, and in key sectors such as technology and life sciences,” he added. (more…)

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Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Samuel R. Watkins has joined the firm as a partner in our Los Angeles office. Sam will join the Intellectual Property group. He previously served as a senior attorney at Theodora Oringher PC.

Sam focuses on trademark and related intellectual property litigation, with a special focus on the design and implementation of brand protection strategies that target counterfeiters, gray marketers, pirates, and others who illegally import or distribute copyrighted, patented, or trademarked goods. He advises leading companies in the luxury goods, apparel, footwear, and fitness industries on how best to address counterfeit and gray market issues. (more…)

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Cooley LLP announced today that it advised Ireland-based Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ) on its Rule 144A offering of $575 million of exchangeable senior notes due 2021. Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing differentiated products that address unmet medical needs. (more…)

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McKenna Long & Aldridge has made a noteworthy addition to its national appellate and product liability practices with the arrival of prominent California-based trial lawyer Jules Zeman. He is the third new partner to join McKenna’s LA office in the past month..

Mr. Zeman was previously head of the Appellate Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of a California-based firm, and was also a member of the firm’s product liability, business litigation, employment and government liability practices. (more…)

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Thompson Coe is pleased to announce the newest member of our firm, Jaymeson Pegue. She is a renowned Insurance Litigation and Coverage attorney who has been practicing for over 30 years. Prior to her time at Thompson Coe, Ms. Pegue was a founding and managing partner with Nelsen, Thompson, Pegue & Thornton. Her breadth and depth of experience in insurance-related matters is truly profound, and her addition to our Los Angeles office diversifies and enhances our capacity to provide superior services to our clients. (more…)

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Cooley LLP announced today that Robert W. (“Rob”) Phillips has joined the firm as a partner in its business department. Phillips will reside in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Phillips’ practice focuses on the representation of technology and other companies in capital markets offerings, including public offerings and convertible debt and high yield debt offerings. Phillips, who was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, also has deep experience advising clients on general corporate issues, including securities laws compliance and corporate governance and in handling mergers and acquisitions and private financings. (more…)

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