San Francisco

Hanson Bridgett added Erin Sedloff as a litigation associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. Sedloff has experience with electronic discovery and document production in complex cases. She earned her J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law in 2012.

SIlicon Valley

Denise McKenzie joined Arnold & Porter‘s intellectual property practice as counsel. She will be dividing her time between the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices and focusing on cases involving computer architecture, semiconductor technology, computer software and hardware, and Internet technology. Prior to her law career, she worked as an electrical engineer, designing navigation and control systems for Hughes Aircraft Company. She is a 1996 graduate of University of Southern California School of Law.

Los Angeles

Abbie Maliniak joined the health care practice at Davis Wright Tremaine as of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She counsels health care providers on a wide variety of operational issues, including compliance with HIPAA and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. Maliniak joins from Fenton Nelson, where she has been a partner since 2010. She received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Ogletree Deakins added five new associates to its employment law and litigation practice groups in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ki’Jhana Friday earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2012. Previously she was a Graduate Fellow in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Patricia Jeng earned her J.D. from the UC-Hastings College of the Law in 2010. Previously she worked at the California Attorney General’s office. Patrick Allen earned his J.D. from UCLA Law School in 2009. Kathleen Choi earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2008. She recently finished a district court clerkship in Los Angeles. Monica Dean earned her J.D. from Arizona State Law School in 2006 and has experience litigating employment law matters.

Sacramento

Hanson Bridgett added Andrew Stroud and Landon Bailey to its litigation practice in Sacramento. Stroud, who joins as a partner, has served as outside litigation counsel for three California Governors: Governor Gray Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Jerry Brown. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1986. Landon Bailey, who joins Hanson Bridgett as an associate, focuses his litigation practice on corporate governance and shareholder disputes, copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters, and commercial disputes involving contracts, business torts, and unfair competition laws. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2005.

New Partners

Latham & Watkins announced that the following associates have been promoted to counsel in California, effective Jan. 1, 2014:

Betty Pang is a member of the corporate department in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on health care, regulatory and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and affiliations involving health facilities, physician groups and ancillary service providers. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003. Patricia Young is a member of the litigation department in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Her practice focuses on intellectual property with an emphasis on patent litigation. She has significant experience managing high-stakes, complex, multipatent, multidefendant and multijurisdictional cases. She received her J.D. from the Harvard School of Law in 2005. Charles Courtenay is also a member of the litigation department, but in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He advises clients on intellectual property and complex litigation matters, with particular emphasis on cross-border and technology issues. He completed the CPE at the College of Law, London, in 1998 and the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law in London in 1999. He will relocate to the firm’s London office in early 2014. Beth Gordie and Benjamin Hanelin are members of the environment, land & resources department in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Gordie focuses her practice on obtaining government and environmental approvals for major infrastructure, energy and development projects. She received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2003. Hanelin focuses his practice on major infrastructure improvements and California Environmental Quality Act litigation, governmental and administrative law, as well as matters involving local and state administrative and legislative decisionmaking. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2004. David Wheeler is a member of the corporate department in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on M&A transactions, corporate and securities law, capital markets and public company representation. He previously served as the general counsel & executive vice-president of Fuse Mobile, Inc., a venture-backed retail wireless company. He is a 2002 graduate from the University of Southern California School of Law. Charity Gilbreth is a member of the environment, land & resources and litigation departments in the firm’s Orange County office. She has extensive experience in environmental contamination, toxic tort, construction defect and business litigation matters as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2002. Joseph Lee is a member of the litigation department in the firm’s Orange County office. He focuses on intellectual property matters and is particularly experienced with all phases of patent litigation. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as both an engineer and as a software developer prior to earning his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2005.

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