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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has lured the general counsel of The Walt Disney Co. in a bold bid to build a new entertainment practice. Louis Meisinger, a veteran entertainment lawyer who became the top in-house lawyer at Disney in 1998, is joining Sheppard, Mullin as a “senior adviser.” The move reunites Meisinger with former colleagues Richard Troop and Robert Wynne, who are also joining Sheppard, Mullin as senior advisers. The three practiced together at Hill, Wynne, Troop & Meisinger, the predecessor to Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick & Tobey, which merged with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in 2001. “We are in an advisory capacity to the group,” says Meisinger, referring to Sheppard, Mullin’s fledgling entertainment practice. “We’ll help to develop it � and also make our services available as appropriate.” News of Meisinger’s move earlier this year came right after Sheppard, Mullin announced the creation of its entertainment, media and communications practice with the hiring of Akin, Gump partners Martin Katz, Thomas Leo, Linda Michaelson and David Sands. “Since Los Angeles is in the entertainment center of the world, we decided Sheppard, Mullin should have a first-class entertainment practice. These four extremely talented attorneys are the foundation on which we will build an unrivaled entertainment team,” Joseph Coyne Jr., a member of Sheppard, Mullin’s executive committee, said in a statement at the time. In addition to advising Sheppard, Mullin, Meisinger will work as a mediator for alternative dispute resolution firm Action Dispute Resolution Services. “I hope that my background as a trial lawyer and now as a former general counsel of a major corporate entity will give me a perspective on settlement that few people can bring to the table,” says Meisinger.

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