Ryan Barncastle joined Barnes & Thornburg as a partner in the corporate department. His clients include businesses, real estate companies, family offices, entrepreneurs and investors. Previously, Barncastle was a partner at Raines Feldman. He will be based in the Los Angeles office.
DLA Piper named Stacy Paz and Louis Lehot co-managing partners in the Silicon Valley office. The duo will succeed Rich Scudellari, who served as managing partner and co-managing partner for six years. The firm also brought on Holly Lake as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Lake joined the employment practice, and represents employers in employment law litigation. She previously was a partner at Miller Law Group.
Kieran Kieckhefer joined Shearman & Sterling as a partner in the intellectual property practice group. Kieckhefer has experience handling complex patent, trade secret, copyright and breach of contract disputes. She will split her time between the San Francisco and Menlo Park offices. Previously, she was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery.
Drew Koning and Blake Zollar founded litigation boutique Koning Zollar in Encinitas. The new firm focuses on complex commercial, employment and intellectual property disputes. Previously, the founders were litigators at Cooley.
The Bar Association of San Francisco named Ryan Lowther the chair of the new cannabis law committee. The committee was formed to provide resources to members on advising clients regarding laws on cannabis. Lowther is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel.
Jeremy Mittman joined Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp as partner in the labor and employment group. Mittman represents employers at the trial and appellate court levels. Previously, he was a partner at Proskauer Rose.
Devin Rauchwerger joined Fisher Phillips as an associate in its Los Angeles office. He advises clients on aspects of employment law and counsels employers on prevention and compliance measures. Previously, he worked at Jackson Lewis and clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.