Laura Weinstein has joined Tapjoy, a San Francisco-based mobile advertising network, as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She comes to Tapjoy from Symphony Teleca Corp., where she spent more than a decade, most recently as GC. See story online.


William Donovan has joined Cooley as a partner in its litigation department and will head the litigation practice in Los Angeles. He joins from DLA Piper. His practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on consumer class action, professional liability and complex commercial cases. He earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1991.

Eva Davis has joined Winston & Strawn‘s Los Angeles office as chairwoman of West Coast private equity. She was the founding partner of Kirkland & Ellis’ Los Angeles corporate department, where she practiced for 15 years. She advises strategic and private equity funds and their portfolio companies on U.S. and cross-border complex business transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. She received her J.D. from Harvard University in 1990.

Robert Kahan has joined Liner‘s Los Angeles office from Eisner Kahan Gorry Chapman Ross & Jaffe, where he chaired the corporate department. At Liner, he will serve as partner in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities practices. He also reunites with his longtime partner and friend, entertainment litigator Stanton “Larry” Stein. Kahan is a 1969 graduate from UCLA School of Law.

Joseph & Cohen, a financial services and litigation boutique in San Francisco, added commercial litigator Jeffrey Lederman as a partner. He concentrates on resolving complex commercial disputes in the areas of technology, banking, real estate and insurance. Most recently, he was head of the San Francisco litigation practice group at Winston & Strawn. Prior to that, he was head of the real estate practice group at Palo Alto-based Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich (now part of DLA Piper). He is a 1982 graduate from UC-Davis Law School.

San Francisco’s Sideman & Bancroft has hired partner Zachary Alinder. His practice focuses on high stakes intellectual property and business litigation. He is a 2000 graduate of UC-Berkeley School of Law.

Loeb & Loeb added Adam Knowlton, previously senior vice president and general counsel for real estate investment and management company Younan Properties Inc., to its real estate department as senior counsel in Los Angeles. Prior to joining YPI, he was a real estate partner at Freeman, Freeman & Smiley in Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

Gregory Manter has joined DLA Piper as partner in the technology, sourcing and commercial practice. He focuses his practice on technology transactions and strategic sourcing matters, including business process and IT outsourcing, ERP and systems integration. He joins from Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. He earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

San Francisco plaintiffs employment boutique Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe promoted John Mullan to partner. And the firm said Chaya Mandelbaum, formerly senior litigation counsel at Sanford Heisler, will join the firm as a partner. See story online.

The directors of Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn have elected Lisa Stalteri, who cochairs the real estate practice group, and Edward Willig, who cochairs the corporate and business group, as the firm’s new copresidents. The Burlingame-based firm also added Mark Hudak, chairman of the business litigation group, Jennifer Johnson,cochairwoman of the firm’s real estate group, and Brendan Lund, a member of the corporate practice, to its executive committee.

Sanford Heisler promoted Felicia Medina to managing partner of the San Francisco office. A 2006 Yale Law graduate, Medina has experience in gender and race discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions.

Farella Braun + Martel added Chandra Russell as an associate to its business litigation group in San Francisco. She comes from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She earned her J.D. from UC-Berkeley School of Law in 2010.

Miller Starr Regalia added Allison Wopschall to its Walnut Creek headquarters as a litigation associate. She comes from the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she was an associate in the firm’s litigation department. She graduated from UC-Berkeley School of Law.

Associate Justine Cannon joined San Jose-based Hoge Fenton‘s litigation and dispute resolution practice. She previously worked for Clapp Moroney Bellagamba Vucinich Beeman & Scheley. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2007.

Sheri Yano joined Hoge Fenton‘s Silicon Valley office as an associate in the transactional practice group. Yano focuses on international mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. Yano previously served as corporate counsel and director of business affairs at a mobile telecom company. A graduate of UCLA School of Law, Yano received her J.D. in 2012.

San Francisco’s Joseph & Cohen added Kristina Del Vecchio as of counsel. She serves as counsel and litigator for banks, credit unions and other financial services companies. Previously, she was an associate with Weil, Gotshal and Manges in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles. She is a 2006 graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

San Francisco’s Sideman & Bancroft has hired associate Meredithe Kreis. She focuses her family law practice on high-asset dissolution of marriage matters involving division of property, determination of spousal and child support, and resolution of child custody and visitation issues. She is a 2008 graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe admitted eight lawyers to the partnership in California, effective Jan. 1: Duane Beasley, structured finance, in Los Angeles; Erin Connell, employment law, in S.F.; Zachary Finley, banking and debt capital markets, S.F.; Anik Guha, emerging companies, S.F.; Eric Matthew Hairston, white-collar and corporate investigations, S.F.; Analea Patterson, public policy, Sacramento; Darren Teshima, insurance recovery, S.F.; and Bryan Victor, public finance, Sacramento.

Nixon Peabody has promoted Maria Swiatek to partner. As a member of the patents group in Silicon Valley, she provides intellectual property counsel to technology and life sciences companies.

Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis has elevated San Jose-based construction attorney Eric McAllister to the partnership. The firm also added Carrie MacIntosh and Jordan Ryan as associates in litigation and business law, respectively.

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