Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has brought in a Los Angeles boutique to start a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

Howard Weg, founding partner of Peitzman Weg, will become chairman of the new practice and a partner in the Minneapolis firm’s Los Angeles office on June 2. Three other partners from the boutique—Scott Gautier, James Menton and David Shemano—also will join, along with three associates.

Roman Silberfeld, regional managing partner in Robins Kaplan’s Los Angeles office, said the additions establish for the first time an official practice area at the firm—one advising clients going through bankruptcy or in litigation against others facing restructuring.

“We have over time had small groups and individuals who certainly know what they’re doing in the bankruptcy and restructuring field, but not had a critical mass-sized group like this join us ever,” he said. “And as a result, we have not only welcomed these folks to the firm, but we have formed a practice group to be led by Howard Weg. The intention is to grow that practice group in other offices of the firm going forward and serve the needs of our clients nationwide from Los Angeles until we do so.”

The two firms first connected years ago, when both represented Home Organizers Inc., owner of Closet World retail stores, which had filed for Chapter 11.

Pietzman Weg, founded in 1999, has managed several Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructurings, including that of Halcyon Holding Group, owner of the “Terminator” movie franchise rights. The firm represented Citibank as a secured lender to bankrupt Howrey and Heller Ehrman.

The only attorney not joining Robins Kaplan is name partner Lawrence Peitzman, who has set up his own business, Lawrence Peitzman Mediation Services Inc. in Beverly Hills.

Contact Amanda Bronstad at abronstad@alm.com.