(J. Albert Diaz)

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has opened an office in Los Angeles—its 11th nationally—with two shareholders from Steptoe & Johnson.

The new office will be headed by Mark Neubauer, who opened Washington-based Steptoe’s Century City office eight years ago and grew it to 35 attorneys. Joining Neubauer from Steptoe will be shareholder Meredith Moss, who specializes in employment counseling and complex business litigation.

In growth mode, Tampa-based Carlton Fields merged with Jorden Burt on Jan. 1, making the firm one of the four largest in Florida. Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has 370 lawyers and lobbyists and offices in Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, New York and Washington.

In a statement, firm president and CEO Gary Sasso said the firm’s class action defense practice drove it to open an office in Los Angeles, noting many of those cases are filed there.

“We have substantial clients, cases and transactions in California, so opening an office in Los Angeles is a natural progression of our growth,” he stated.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has a national practice in class action defense, high-stakes trials and appeals, business transactions, regulatory representation, white-collar defense and government investigations.