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Troutman Sanders has added a real estate finance practice team on the West Coast with the addition of four lawyers from Los Angeles-based Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro. Martin Taylor, Dan Chambers and Jennifer Irrgang Bojorquez have joined the Atlanta firm as partners and Meghan Sherrill as an associate. Other additions include a contract attorney, two paralegals and two secretaries, all of whom came from the Irvine, Calif., office of Jeffer Mangels. The group had joined Jeffer Mangels in February 2009 after seven years at Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Rutan & Tucker. “We left Rutan with the idea of building a financial practices group with a national reach, and we had thought that, given the platform of Jeffer Mangels, we would be able to accomplish that,” Taylor said. “We realized after a time that we would not be able to accomplish that at Jeffer Mangels, and so we determined that it would be best for us to find a firm that had a national platform.” He added, “We wanted to be part of a growth office and have the ability to grow with a firm that’s in an expansion mode. We looked for a firm very well established in financial institutions and the finance market, but primarily on the East Coast, and we felt that Troutman, of all the firms we looked at, was the best fit for us.” Jeffer Mangels has 134 attorneys in Los Angeles, Irvine and San Francisco. Troutman Sanders has more than 650 lawyers in 16 offices, including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The group joining Troutman Sanders predominantly represents lenders in the financial services industry but also some real estate developers. Their addition brings a West Coast real estate finance practice to Troutman Sanders, which has attorneys in that practice in Atlanta, New York and Virginia’s Richmond and Tysons Corner. The Irvine office focuses primarily on litigation in the insurance and reinsurance industries, Taylor said. “By adding a complete transactional practice in Orange County, we have fulfilled a strategic objective we set last year when we merged with Ross, Dixon & Bell,” Robert W. Webb Jr., chairman and managing partner of Troutman Sanders, said in a prepared statement. Ben Reznik, a partner at Jeffer Mangels who returned a call to the firm’s managing partner, Bruce Jeffer, offered a less conciliatory explanation for the departures to Troutman Sanders. “They came from a different firm, they’ve been together for many years and for whatever reason did not avail themselves of all the benefits our firm provides in terms of integrating into our processes and team culture and teamwork and getting involved,” he said. “We wish them well. Our comment would simply be that it’s best for all.” He declined to elaborate. The move marks the second big group to leave Jeffer Mangels this year. In January, 10 lawyers, including six partners predominantly practicing in real estate, left the Los Angeles office to start their own firm. Reznik said the timing of the departures was a coincidence, but acknowledged that not everyone fits at Jeffer Mangels. “Jeffer Mangels is a place to consider if you’re a lawyer who is interested in a very good platform at a financially sound law firm, one that has zero debt and cash in the bank and knows how to manage its practices,” he said. “It may not be for everyone,” he said. “We don’t want to necessarily go and compete for commodity work that everybody can do discounts for out there.”

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