Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Stuart Graiwer has joined the firm’s Century City office as a partner. Graiwer, formerly a partner with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, will continue his commercial real estate practice. (more…)

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In a noteworthy boost to the California contingent of its nationally recognized Government Contracts practice, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP has added three highly accomplished lawyers with extensive experience developing and executing ethics, compliance and corporate governance programs, both in-house and on behalf of the federal government. All three will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Joining McKenna as partners are Gary Chadick and Ariana Sarabia, and relocating to Los Angeles is Counsel Todd J. Canni. (more…)

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With a strong focus on helping our clients navigate new and complex employment laws and regulations, Nixon Peabody has added new partner Oswald Cousins, who will join our San Francisco Labor & Employment practice.

Oswald is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, disability accommodation, trade secrets, and contract disputes. During his 20 years of practice, he has served as lead and co-lead counsel on numerous bench trials, jury trials and arbitration in federal and state forums. Oswald provides counseling and advice to employers involving hiring and terminating employees, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, employee leaves, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, and various governmental compliance issues. (more…)

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Gordon & Rees welcomed two new partners to the firm’s expanding San Francisco office, bringing to three the number of lateral partners who have joined the firm’s San Francisco office over the past month. Fletcher Alford returns to Gordon & Rees from Dentons and Brian Mulry joins the firm from Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines. Robert P. Andris recently joined Gordon & Rees from Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley.

“As the firm prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary in October, we are thrilled to welcome home our friend and colleague Fletcher, who along with Brian and Rob add dynamic new capabilities to our growing San Francisco office,” says firmwide managing partner Dion N. Cominos. “These outstanding lawyers are the perfect additions for Gordon & Rees’s expanding commercial litigation, class action, land use, and intellectual property practices.” (more…)

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Pepper Hamilton LLP announced today that Pamela S. Palmer has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Palmer joins the firm from Latham & Watkins where she has focused her practice on representing clients in complex business litigation, securities and investor disputes, derivative suits, mergers and acquisitions litigation, class actions, SEC matters and internal corporate investigations.

Ms. Palmer’s move to Pepper brings the number of partners in the firm’s Los Angeles office to eight. Opened in 2012, the fast-growing office houses 18 attorneys and assists clients with a broad range of corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services. Ms. Palmer will also maintain an office with Pepper Hamilton in Orange County. She furthers Pepper’s strategic initiative to grow its West Coast presence with recently established offices in Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley, in addition to Orange County. (more…)

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added partner Joshua A. Dean in Orange County and special counsel Thomas G. Reddy in San Francisco. Dean and Reddy join Sheppard Mullin’s Corporate practice group from Bingham McCutchen.

“We are thrilled to welcome Josh and Tom, who bring a bank-focused transactional expertise to our Corporate practice group. Their knowledge and capabilities dovetail well with our financial institutions practice, while also strategically expanding our capabilities geared toward community and regional banks. Josh brings a significant level of banking industry M&A, securities and other experience, while Tom specializes in a mix of bank regulatory, finance and transactional work,” said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin. (more…)

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Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its Los Angeles office with the addition of Becca J. Wahlquist as a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation group. Wahlquist, a 2008 California lawyer of the Year, is nationally known for defending businesses sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), a statute engendering significant litigation in state and federal courts. Wahlquist comes to Snell & Wilmer from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she helped to found that firm’s TCPA practice group. (more…)

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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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