Five Partners Join Akerman’s Los Angeles Office; Land Use Group Expands California Real Estate Team

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced the expansion of its Los Angeles office with key additions to the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use, Corporate and Litigation Practices. Land use partners Ellen Berkowitz, Lisa Kolieb and Brady McShane, as well as senior urban planner Ellen Castillo join Akerman’s Real Estate Practice Group; partner Mark Liu joins the Corporate Practice Group, and partner Michael Weiss joins the Litigation Practice Group. With the addition of these five partners, Akerman has doubled the size of its Los Angeles office to 24 lawyers since 2015.

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Paul Hastings Continues White Collar Expansion with Addition of SEC Enforcement Partners

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Thomas Zaccaro and Nicolas Morgan have joined the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice as partners in the Los Angeles office. They and their team join from Zaccaro Morgan LLP, an SEC enforcement boutique that Mr. Zaccaro and Mr. Morgan co-founded in 2015 to focus on high-stakes complex civil litigation, SEC and other government investigations and defense, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations.

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Akin Gump Adds Experienced Class Action Litigator Neal R. Marder in Los Angeles

Akin Gump today announced that Neal R. Marder has joined the firm in Los Angeles as a partner, adding significant depth to its West Coast litigation team. Mr. Marder, whose practice focuses on class and mass actions, bet-the-company litigation, and complex business and commercial litigation, comes to Akin Gump from Winston & Strawn, where he helped launch that firm’s Los Angeles office and chaired its national consumer class actions practice.

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IP Litigation Partner Duo Joins Sheppard Mullin Century City

Seong Hwan Kim and Rebecca Edelson have joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice groups. Kim and Edelson join from Steptoe & Johnson, where Kim was head of the firm’s Korea Commercial Litigation practice, co-head of the Korea practice group, and a member of the firm’s executive committee; and Edelson led the firm’s Trade Secrets practice. Special counsel James Wald and Jason Zelin also join Sheppard Mullin from Steptoe & Johnson.

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