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LOS ANGELES — In the latest defection from Baker Hostetler’s Los Angeles office, Thomas Speiss has joined Venable’s Los Angeles office of counsel. Speiss, an intellectual property and transactional lawyer who served of counsel at Baker Hostetler, helped defend Sharman Networks Ltd. in the music industry’s copyright infringement case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd., 545 U.S. 125 S. Ct. 2764 (2005). He also handles licensing for sports, apparel and entertainment clients. Speiss, who is vice chairman of the State Bar of California’s licensing subcommittee and a member of its intellectual property section’s executive committee, co-edits the Bar’s intellectual property journal, New Matter, with JoAnna Esty, director of Venable’s intellectual property section on the West Coast. Last month, the former managing partner of Baker Hostetler’s Los Angeles office, real estate lawyer David C. Sampson, joined Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll to manage its new Los Angeles office. Also joining the Philadelphia firm in Los Angeles from Baker Hostetler were: Scott Preston, a real estate partner, and two real estate lawyers of counsel, Letvia Arza-Goderich and Devon McGranahan.

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