Clint Smith has joined San Mateo’s DataStax Inc. as its first general counsel. Smith previously led the legal departments at UUNET, Macromedia, MySQL and TrialPay. In 2008, as general counsel at MySQL, he helped lead the company through its $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems. The company helps customers including eBay, Netflix and Adobe harness real-time data for business applications and has raised a total of $84 million in venture funding. See story online.

Santa Clara visual computing company Nvidia Corp. promoted longtime GC David Shannon to the newly created post of chief administrative officer. Brian Cabrera, now the GC at semiconductor design software company Synopsys Inc., will assume the GC title at Nvidia in February. See story online.

Gary Lloyd joined Violin Memory, a flash memory–based storage solutions company, as general counsel. Lloyd has previously served as a general counsel to several public technology companies, such as Informix Corp., has worked in private practice at Farella, Braun and Martel, and has served as the assistant director for the SEC’s enforcement division. See story online.


Heather Tewksbury is joining the Palo Alto office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr later this month as a partner. Tewksbury, who recently served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division in San Francisco, will focus on government investigations and represent clients facing criminal antitrust investigations and related litigation. See story online.

Winston & Strawn has added David Wang as a partner in its Silicon Valley office. He advises on infringement litigation, adversarial licensing negotiations and technology agreements, and his clients at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Wang included a number of large Asian technology companies such as Fujitsu Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Toshiba. He is a 1993 graduate from University of Southern California School of Law. See story online.

Trial lawyers Marshall Grossman and Stacy Weinstein Harrison have joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as partners in its Los Angeles office. For several years, Grossman has been top ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. Harrison brings a strong focus on intellectual property and litigation matters for the entertainment industry, as well as deep experience in litigation for the real estate industry. Before joining Orrick, Grossman and Harrison were partners at Bingham McCutchen which they joined when their prior firm of Alschuler Grossman combined with Bingham in 2007. Grossman earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law. Harrison earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has added Joshua Foust to its San Francisco office as partner in the litigation practice. Formerly an attorney with Davis, Polk and Wardwell, Foust’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, financial services and securities litigation, civil RICO actions, consumer protection actions and bankruptcy litigation. He received his J.D. from Yale University in 2008.

McDermott Will & Emery has added Laurelle Gutierrez as a partner in the private client group, resident in the Silicon Valley office. She advises clients on domestic and multinational estate planning issues, ranging from the preparation of wills and revocable trusts, to the creation and implementation of complex irrevocable trusts for lifetime gifts, life insurance and inter-generational wealth transfers. Gutierrez received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Shearman & Sterling has expanded its Bay Area corporate finance practice with the addition of partner Christopher Forrester. He arrives from Morrison & Foerster, where he practiced in their Palo Alto, Hong Kong and San Diego offices. His practice focuses on corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and compliance for public and private clients in diverse industries across North America and Asia. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1996.

Jerome Falk Jr. has returned to Arnold & Porter as special counsel after a year at JAMS. Falk, an appellate specialist who was a name partner at the Howard Rice firm before its merger with Arnold & Porter, has represented clients including Autodesk, Genentech, the University of California, and the Oakland Raiders. He is a 1965 graduate from UC-Berkeley School of Law.

K. John Shaffer has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner based in its Los Angeles office, where he will continue to focus on restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Shaffer was a senior shareholder of Stutman, Treister & Glatt, where he focused primarily on complex restructuring work, including in-court representations and out-of-court workouts. He is a graduate of UC-Berkeley School of Law.

Liner has expanded its real estate practice with the addition of partners Jerold Neuman and Michael Kiely, formerly partners in the real estate and land use practice group in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Los Angeles office. Over the past 25 years, Neuman and Kiely have represented clients in real estate development and land use projects across the country, including the Millennium Partners’ 1.2-million-square-foot project around the historic Capitol Records’ building, the multi-module retail/entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland, the Walt Disney Company’s Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale. Neuman holds a J.D. from Columbia University and Kiely from UCLA School of Law.

Litigator Reza Mirzaie has joined Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell as a partner in the patent litigation practice. Previously with Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, he specializes in patent, trademark and trade secret litigation involving a variety of technologies, including computer hardware, software, and various types of electronics and mechanical systems. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Alston & Bird has added transactional attorney Daniel Gerst to the firm’s Los Angeles office as counsel. He previously served as senior counsel for Hilton Worldwide, Inc. His practice focuses on intellectual property transactions involving brand management, strategic alliances, technology, advertising and marketing and media. He received his J.D. from UC-Hasting College of the Law.

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld added two new associates in San Francisco. Jennifer Stark received her J.D. from Columbia School of Law in 2009 before clerking first for Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson and then for U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. Sarah Poppy Alexander received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2012 before clerking for Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey.

Silicon Valley’s Hopkins & Carley has elected Jeffrey Essner as its new managing shareholder. Essner’s three-year term will begin July 1, 2014 and follows William Klein’s 15 years as managing shareholder. He received his J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law in 1985.

William Adams has assumed the role of managing partner of the San Francisco office of Michelman & Robinson. He has taken over for John Sebastinelli, who had served in this position since 2005. Adams is a member of the firm’s commercial business and litigation group and serves as a judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and is a judicial arbitrator for the Alameda County Superior Court. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law.

Berliner Cohen has elected Mark Makiewicz, a partner in the firm’s real estate transactions group, to managing partner of the firm for a three-year term. He succeeds Jerry Reiton, a partner specializing in corporate and tax matters. He is a 1990 graduate from Santa Clara University School of Law


Best Best & Krieger has promoted the following attorneys to partner: Teresa Brooke Miller, a member of the firm’s municipal law and special districts practice groups in San Diego. She serves as an assistant city attorney of Santee and as general counsel of the Ramona Municipal Water District. She received her law degree that same year from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. Isabel Safie, who is a member of the employee benefits practice group in Riverside, advises clients in the public and private sectors on issues relating to employee benefits, such as health care, pensions and other post-employment benefits. She received her law degree from the UCLA in 2005. James Harper, who practices general business and real estate law, including mergers, acquisitions, sales and business entity structuring, is a member of the firm’s business services practice group in Riverside. He received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1986. Scott Ditfurth focuses his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, contract and real property issues for private-sector and public agency clients. He is based in Riverside, and he received his law degree from Whittier School of Law in 2005. Matthew Richardson, who serves as city attorney of Stanton and as assistant city attorney of Lake Forest and Claremont where he oversees their planning and land use issues. He practice focuses on complex land use issues and governance matters from the firm’s Irvine office. He received his law degree from UCLA in 2005. A member of the firm’s environmental law and natural resources practice group in Irvine, Alisha Winterswyk centers her practice on advising public agency and private-sector clients on an array of state and federal environmental laws. She graduated from Whittier Law School in 2005. Christopher Pisano represents public agencies and private corporations in a variety of issues, including land use, eminent domain, property valuation, water rights, construction and general business disputes in Los Angeles. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1997. Nancy Park focuses on real estate transactions, finance and business contracts for clients in the public and private sectors in Sacramento. She received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1997.

Gilchrist & Rutter, a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate and business law firm, has named the following attorneys to partner: David Lambert‘spractice includes acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, construction and development and real estate secured finance of office, data center, retail and industrial properties. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Elisa Paster represents developers, land owners, investors and municipal governments in all aspects of land use and entitlement matters. She received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico. Peter Swain represents entrepreneurs and private equity funds in business transactions and commercial real estate ventures, purchases, sales, financings and workouts. He graduated from UC-Berkeley School of Law. Kevin Yopp focuses his practice exclusively on litigation in both trial and appellate courts. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Reed Smith has promoted the following attorneys to partner in California: In San Francisco, two litigators, Tiffany Thomas, a member of the employment group, and James Daire in IP; and in Los Angeles, Amber Finch in the firm’s insurance recovery group.

Fish & Richardson has named Betty Chen and Enrique Duarte as principals in the firm’s intellectual property litigation group in Silicon Valley. Chen will continue to focus her practice on intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation in wide-ranging fields such as electrical engineering, computer software and medical devices. She received her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2006. Duarte will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation in the areas of computer science and computer engineering, including optics, Internet and software. He received his J.D.,from Stanford Law School in 2006.

Farella Braun + Martel has elevated two senior associates to the partnership in San Francisco. Ryan Lowther is a member of the firm’s business transactions and renewable energy and clean technologies groups. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003. Christopher Wheeler is a member of the complex litigation department. Prior to joining Farella, he served as vice president and deputy director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; prior to his legal career, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002.

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