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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has hired its second practice leader from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in two months.

Jordan Hamburger, who served as national co-head of the M&A group at Manatt Phelps in Los Angeles, has joined Sheppard Mullin’s corporate practice in Century City.

Sheppard Mullin’s hire of Hamburger comes a little more than two months after the firm brought aboard Eric Newsom, a former chair of the private equity and venture capital practice at Manatt Phelps, as a partner in San Francisco. Newsom also served as co-chair of the corporate and finance practice at Manatt Phelps, where he spent the past decade.

“The reason I decided to join Sheppard Mullin was because, over the past several years, my practice has evolved to a place where I am focused really on two particular areas: health care transactional work and private equity,” Hamburger said. “Sheppard Mullin was just the perfect strategic fit for where my practice naturally moved to.”

Hamburger began his legal career in 2003 as an associate in Washington, D.C., at Patton Boggs, now known as Squire Patton Boggs following a 2014 merger. He moved cross-country three years later, setting up shop at Manatt Phelps in Los Angeles, where he was promoted to partner in 2012.

Over the years, Hamburger has focused his practice on corporate and securities matters, including M&A deals, public and private securities offerings and other general corporate representations. He has also advised private equity firms, as well as other market participants in the health care and financial services industries.

Jordan Hamburger.

“The health care industry is one of the most active industries right now,” Hamburger said. “I think there is definitely an increase in health care companies across the spectrum, popping up in the Los Angeles area, as it is the case all over the country.”

Because of high demand for transactional and regulatory lawyers in the health care sector, Hamburger said he started to develop a focus on health care deals five years ago.

“Jordan is a great fit for us,“ said Century City-based partner Linda Giunta Michaelson, co-leader of Sheppard Mullin’s corporate and securities practice, in a statement announcing his hire. “While he represents clients in multiple industries, he has a particular focus on health care, which is one of our key industry sectors, and his private equity and financial services work is of special interest as we continue to build our already significant capabilities in those areas.”

Sheppard Mullin has brought on nearly two-dozen lateral partners so far in 2018, a year that comes after the firm posted its 27th consecutive year of financial growth. The firm launched a Dallas office earlier this year, despite losing a pair of prominent partners in China to Perkins Coie and watching the former co-leader of its blockchain technology and digital currency team decamp for FisherBroyles. In California, Sheppard Mullin has hired John Booher, a former Hogan Lovells corporate partner in the Bay Area, as well as Sidney Fohrman, previously a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, to lead its music industry team in Century City.

Sheppard Mullin set up shop in Century back in 2001. According to the 678-lawyer firm, it now has 83 lawyers based in that office. Sheppard Mullin also has more than 170 lawyers working out of its firmwide corporate practice.

As for Manatt Phelps, which last week welcomed aboard three cybersecurity experts in California, the 308-lawyer firm recently watched land use partner Sean Matsler in Costa Mesa join Cox, Castle & Nicholson in nearby Irvine. Mark Lee, an entertainment and intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles, left Manatt Phelps in June for Rimon. And Harold Reichwald, co-chair of Manatt Phelps’ national financial services and banking practice, retired from its partnership in Los Angeles on June 30.