Carolyn Salmon and Katharine Chao have founded employment law firm Chao & Salmon. The firm will represent employees and workers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage-and-hour claims.
Salmon previously practiced at McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky. She earned her J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law in 2003.
Chao previously practiced at Paul Hastings and Nossaman. She graduated from UC-Berkeley School of Law in 2006.
JAMS has added Patrick Mahoney to its panel. He will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in areas including business/commercial, civil rights, class action/mass tort, employment, family law, government/public agency, real property and securities. Most recently he served as the supervising judge of the Family Court at San Francisco Superior Court. He is a 1969 graduate of UC-Hastings College of the Law.
Sedgwick has elected Martin O'Leary as managing partner of its San Francisco office. O'Leary focuses on professional liability insurance matters, including directors and officers liability insurance, employment practice liability policies, errors and omissions coverage and fidelity and crime policies. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1982.
Brady Dewar has joined Kerr & Wagstaffe as an associate. Dewar, formerly with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, focuses on complex civil matters with an emphasis on employment disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, contract claims and business torts. He graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2007.
ADR Services Inc. has added Barri Bonapart as a mediator, arbitrator, special master and referee. Bonapart, who also has her own dispute resolution practice, Bonapart Resolution, has nearly three decades of experience litigating tree and neighbor law, real estate and complex commercial matters. She is a 1985 graduate of UC-Berkeley School of Law.
Marlan Walker has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's Walnut Creek office as counsel. Walker, a member of the intellectual property department on the health and life sciences team, previously served as corporate IP counsel for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceutical International Inc. in December. He received his J.D. from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2004 and his LL.M. in IP law from George Washington University Law School in 2005.
Damon Mamalakis has joined Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac as a partner in Los Angeles. Most recently with Latham & Watkins, Mamalakis focuses on land use and environmental law. He is a 1996 graduate of UC-Berkeley School of Law Hall.
Buchalter Nemer has added Michael Lee as a shareholder and Philip Nulud as an associate.
Lee, based in Irvine, is a member of the corporate and intellectual property practice groups. Previously at McDermott Will & Emery, Lee graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1994.
Nulud, based in the firm's Irvine and Los Angeles offices, is a member of the intellectual property practice group. Formerly with Kleinberg & Lerner, Nulud received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2006.
Partner Ronn Davids and of counsel Jennifer Cappelletty have joined Venable's Los Angeles office as members of the corporate group. They were previously with Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern. Davids graduated from Columbia Law School in 1995. Cappelletty is a 1999 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.
Arent Fox has appointed Los Angeles partner Stephen Larson to lead its complex litigation practice. A former federal judge in the Central District of California, his practice includes complex business disputes, antitrust actions, civil rights, intellectual property rights and criminal and regulatory defense. He earned his J.D. from University of Southern California School of Law in 1989.
Susan Alker has joined Winston & Strawn's Los Angeles office as a partner in the corporate practice. Alker, who was previously with Reed Smith, focuses on representing major banks, financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds in corporate transactions. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1997.
Trial attorney George Jones has joined the Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor, a Los Angeles maritime law firm. Jones is leading the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims team, as well as continuing to litigate Jones Act and cruise injury claims. Previously with Coppenrath Jones, he is a 1992 graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law.
Michael McDonough has joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Formerly with Bingham McCutchen, McDonough is an air quality lawyer who focuses on environmental compliance, transactional due diligence, internal audits and pre-enforcement reviews. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1997.
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