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SONNENSCHEIN PICKS UP ERISA SPECIALIST Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s San Francisco office has added a partner to its employee benefits and executive compensation practice. Nicole Diller began practicing at Sonnenschein on Friday after six years at Trucker & Huss, a 19-attorney San Francisco boutique specializing in ERISA and employee benefits matters. A Stanford Law School graduate, Diller focuses on ERISA litigation, representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries of benefits plans. Among the clients she has represented are Sun Microsystems Inc., McKesson Corp. and the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. Diller said her move to Sonnenschein was partly motivated by her desire to do more class action litigation. “The litigation capabilities are far more expansive than what I was working with in a boutique environment, both in having offices across the nation and in the capacity here in San Francisco itself,” Diller said. Sonnenschein’s employee benefits and executive compensation group totals 24 attorneys with Diller’s addition. “There has been a tremendous demand for ERISA litigation skills,” said Sonnenschein San Francisco Managing Partner Paul Glad. “It’s already an important area for us, and we definitely are looking to grow it.” — Alexei Oreskovic EX-SAN FRANCISCO JUDGE JOINING JAMS Former San Francisco Superior Court Judge David Garcia has joined alternative dispute resolution provider JAMS. Garcia will work as both an arbitrator and mediator for JAMS, the company announced Friday. Garcia, 56, announced his decision to retire from the superior court in June, ending a 20-year career on the bench. “I look forward to continuing to do what I love, and that is resolving disputes,” Garcia said in a statement. “The full-time practice of ADR will be a new and exciting challenge for me, and I welcome it.” Garcia was appointed to the San Francisco Municipal Court in 1983 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. In 1990, he was elevated to the San Francisco Superior Court. A Yale Law School graduate, Garcia has held several positions at the Center for Judicial Education and Research and teaches classes in civil procedure and landlord-tenant litigation at University of San Francisco School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law. As a private neutral, Garcia plans to concentrate on business, insurance, employment and landlord-tenant matters. Garcia said he hopes to have a good mix of arbitration and mediation cases. — Alexei Oreskovic

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