WilmerHale Welcomes Intellectual Property Partner James Hill to Los Angeles Office

The law firm WilmerHale today announced the arrival of Partner James Hill to its Los Angeles office. Dr. Hill, who earned his MD from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, joins the firm in the Intellectual Property Department and will also be a member of the IP Litigation and Life Sciences Practices.

“We are thrilled to welcome James to the firm,” said Randall R. Lee, partner-in-charge of WilmerHale’s Los Angeles office. “James’ expertise in intellectual property—one of the firm’s core strengths—will be of tremendous value as we continue to grow our Los Angeles office, and will enhance our IP capabilities nationwide.”

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Richardson Patel Announce Merger

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, the 107-year-old full-service law firm with extensive ties to digital media, entertainment, and other industries, and Richardson & Patel LLP, a boutique firm concentrated largely on corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters since its founding in 2000, announced that the law firms will merge effective July 1, 2015. The merged firm will retain the Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) name and combine offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.

“We’re very proud to be joining forces with the talented and entrepreneurial team at Richardson Patel”

Kevin Gaut, currently managing partner of MSK, has been appointed Chairman of the merged MSK, and Nimish Patel, currently co-founder and co-managing partner of Richardson Patel, has been appointed Vice Chairman.

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Dentons Adds Health Care Bankruptcy Lawyer Samuel R. Maizel in Los Angeles

Dentons announced today that Samuel R. Maizel has joined its Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practice as a partner. Maizel focuses his practice on the health care industry. A popular speaker and prolific writer, he regularly contributes to healthcare and restructuring industry conferences and publications. He joins Dan Higgins as the second nationally known and widely respected lawyer in the healthcare industry to join Dentons on the West Coast in recent weeks.

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McKenna Long & Aldridge Adds Five New Partners in June Heading into its Merger with Dentons

New partners in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Atlanta – including three lawyers returning to firm; latest additions to government contracts, complex tort and corporate practices

Los Angeles/San Francisco/Washington (June 25, 2015) – McKenna Long & Aldridge heads into its pending merger with leading global law firm Dentons with a strong burst of momentum. The firm announced it has added five new partners in the month of June – in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Atlanta – including three lawyers who previously practiced at McKenna.

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O’Melveny Welcomes Three Former Prosecutors

O’Melveny & Myers LLP welcomes back Jim Bowman, Maggie Carter, and David Kirman as partners in the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Group. All three O’Melveny alumni join from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and bring exceptional trial skills and diverse prosecutorial experience in healthcare, securities, and financial services fraud.

Their return to private practice was applauded by former Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of Major Frauds Section Beong-Soo Kim, now Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.: “Having had the privilege of supervising them at various points in their careers, I consider each to be a powerhouse in his or her own right—Jim in the area of securities fraud, Maggie with her public corruption cases, and David in the healthcare fraud arena. The fact that all three of these stellar lawyers have decided to return to O’Melveny is a coup for the Firm. Their arrivals demonstrate O’Melveny’s commitment to recruiting the best and brightest, and further cement O’Melveny’s reputation as a go-to firm for internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense, and bet-the-company litigation.”

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International Real Estate Lawyer Joel Rothstein Joins Sidley

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Joel H. Rothstein has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate group of its Los Angeles office. Mr. Rothstein will continue his focus on structured finance, complex joint ventures and cross-border transactions in both the United States and Asia.

Mr. Rothstein led the Asia real estate and structured finance practices at his prior firm, where he regularly advised investment banks, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, real estate developers, and Asian and European investors in various areas, including real estate venture formation, non-performing loan acquisitions and dispositions, and investments in U.S. real estate.

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Reid Dammann Joins Gordon & Rees as Partner in Southern California Offices

Reid E. Dammann has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, International, and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Mr. Dammann joins the firm from the Los Angeles office of Musick Peeler.

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Kirkland & Ellis Represents Building Materials Holding Corp. in $1.5B Merger with Stock Building Supply

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Building Materials Holding Corporation (BMC), which along with Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: STCK), announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which the two companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. The combined company is expected to have an implied pro forma enterprise value of $1.5 billion based on Stock Building Supply’s closing price on June 2. The transaction will create a premier provider of lumber, diversified building products and construction services with over $2.7 billion in pro forma 2014 revenues and enhanced product and service offerings.

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Loeb & Loeb Expands Los Angeles Real Estate Practice with Prominent Land Use Duo Allan Abshez and Elizabeth Camacho

Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that leading land use and development attorney Allan J. Abshez has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner, together with Elizabeth A. Camacho, who has joined as senior counsel. Abshez, who was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 50 Development, Land Use, and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers in 2014, will serve as chair of Loeb’s Los Angeles Real Estate Department.

“Allan is one of the foremost authorities on California’s development law,” said Loeb & Loeb Deputy Chairman Mickey Mayerson. “His decision to join the firm validates our strategic commitment to further strengthening our west coast real estate platform with top-tier talent and reflects our strong reputation in the L.A. market. Allan and Elizabeth bring significant knowledge and experience that will broaden our service offering to an array of clients whose work constitutes some of the most noteworthy real estate ventures in the country.”

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Pillsbury Adds Another Partner In Los Angeles

Pillsbury today welcomed new public practices partner Richard “Dick” B. Oliver. Oliver joins the Los Angeles office along with a group of litigation and government contracts attorneys who joined the firm over the past few weeks from McKenna Long & Aldridge.

“The addition of Dick to our firm-wide government contracts group further strengthens the service offerings for our Chambers-ranked government contracts practice,” said Nancy A. Fisher, leader of Pillsbury’s public practices and public policy sections. “His significant experience and knowledge will further expand our ability to serve our clients.”

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