Squire Patton Boggs Expands Litigation Capabilities with Prominent Food, Beverage and New Media Lawyer Gregory J. Morrow in Los Angeles

Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Morrow has joined as principal in the firm’s Litigation Practice, based in Los Angeles. Most recently in private practice, Mr. Morrow previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Contessa Premium Foods, a fully integrated international consumer products company, for fifteen years.

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Akerman Expands Los Angeles Office with Addition of Former Reading International General Counsel William Ellis

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has bolstered its growing Los Angeles office with veteran real estate lawyer William “Bill” Ellis, who joins the firm as a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group. Ellis brings substantial experience to Akerman’s formidable real estate team, enhancing the firm’s transactional work on behalf of financial institutions and investment funds. As former general counsel of global real estate conglomerate Reading International, Inc., Ellis also expands the firm’s capabilities for domestic and international clients in the hospitality and retail sectors.

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Proskauer Continues to Expand National Litigation Practice with Two Leading Litigation Partners

International law firm Proskauer today announced the arrival of two nationally acclaimed litigators, Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán, as partners in its Los Angeles office. They will become members of Proskauer’s Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations and Sports Law Practice Groups. Mr. Williams will become the co-chair of Proskauer’s Los Angeles Litigation practice.

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K&L Gates Welcomes Los Angeles Government Enforcement Partner from SEC

The Los Angeles office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Leslie A. Hakala as a partner in the government enforcement practice. Hakala joins from the Los Angeles Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she was Senior Counsel with the Enforcement Division.

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Steptoe Expands Environmental, Torts Practice with Chris Amantea

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Chris Amantea, who has practiced environmental law in California for more than 25 years, has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Environmental, Products and Mass Torts practice. The firm is also pleased to welcome Christopher Smith as an associate in the Los Angeles office. Together, the pair joins a national practice that was expanded in 2015 with the arrival of a five-partner team in Chicago led by Robert Shuftan, who now serves as the head of the firm’s practice.

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Pryor Cashman Expands Media & Entertainment Group with Addition of Adam Mehr in Los Angeles

Pryor Cashman LLP is pleased to announce that entertainment industry veteran Adam R. Mehr has joined the firm as a partner in the Media & Entertainment Group. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Mehr joins Pryor Cashman from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Before that, he served for nine years as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel for Gold Circle Entertainment, a leading independent producer, financier and distributor of motion pictures.

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