Gordon & Rees to Add Second Practice Group from Sedgwick LLP

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani today announced the forthcoming addition of another practice group from Sedgwick LLP in its California offices. The new attorneys (who will be joining Gordon & Rees as of the first of the new year) will practice primarily in the firm’s Maritime Group, and will reunite with other former Sedgwick lawyers who had previously moved to join Gordon & Rees’s Commercial Litigation Group.

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Experienced Student Loan and Mortgage Loan Servicing Litigator Joins Hinshaw in Los Angeles

The U.S. law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is pleased to announce that Dennis N. Lueck Jr. has joined the firm as a partner in the downtown Los Angeles office. As a member of Hinshaw’s consumer financial services group, Lueck will focus his practice on representing financial institutions, loan servicers and debt collectors in consumer finance litigation defense, with particular focus on mortgage and student loan-related claims.

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Experienced Tax Partner Joins Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles Office

Nixon Peabody is expanding its West Coast corporate practice with the addition of seasoned tax attorney Shahzad A. Malik, who joins the Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s M&A and Corporate Transactions practice. Shahzad joins Nixon Peabody from Stradling, Yucca, Carlson & Routh, P.C., where he was chair of the firm’s tax practice.

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Blank Rome Adds Prominent Insurance Recovery Team in Los Angeles, Led by Linda Kornfeld

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Linda Kornfeld, David Thomas, and Julia Holt have joined the Firm’s Los Angeles office in the Insurance Recovery group. Ms. Kornfeld joins as partner and vice chair of the group, Mr. Thomas joins as partner, and Ms. Holt joins as of counsel. The team comes to Blank Rome from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, where Ms. Kornfeld was the Los Angeles office’s managing partner. The move to Blank Rome also reunites Ms. Kornfeld with Jim Murray, Chair of Blank Rome’s Insurance Recovery practice, and a number of her colleagues who joined Blank Rome from Dickstein Shapiro in February 2016.

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Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm. This transaction continues Cozen O’Connor’s ongoing expansion of its fast-growing and nationally recognized Real Estate Practice and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Consistently ranked among the top real estate firms in the country, Gilchrist & Rutter’s full-service real estate practice encompasses commercial office, retail, multi-family, industrial, manufactured housing, development, financing, leasing, purchases, sales, joint ventures, exchanges, along with a regulatory and government relations practice. The following Gilchrist & Rutter attorneys will be joining Cozen O’Connor as Partners: Frank Gooch, III, Jonathan S. Gross, Richard H. Close, Paul S. Rutter, Thomas W. Casparian, Diane J. Hvolka, Peter E. Swain, and Duane M. Montgomery. Donald C. Nanney will join as Of Counsel, and Adam P. Wiley as an Associate.

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Winston & Strawn Strengthens California IP Practice with Addition of Two Partners

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce that Esha Bandyopadhyay and Nimalka Wickramasekera have joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice as partners in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, respectively. Esha joins the firm from Turner Boyd and Nimalka from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she and Esha previously worked together.

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