Uber has added Dalene Bramer as employment counsel. Bramer had spent five years at Littler Mendelson. Before embarking on a legal career and attending the University of San Francisco School of Law, she spent nearly a decade as a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet.
Bloom Energy has brought on former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati associate Matthew Sieving as associate counsel for project finance. At Wilson Sonsini, where he spent five years, Sieving focused on project development and corporate finance in the energy and clean tech space. In 2012, he completed a secondment with the company.
Luxury home flash site One Kings Lane has hired former Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe senior associate Julie Hwang as associate general counsel. Hwang joined Orrick in 2007 after three years as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Paul Hastings has hired David Hernand as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions practice in Los Angeles. Hernand, who focuses on media and entertainment clients, was at Cooley, and had led Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s media, entertainment and technology practice and cofounded Latham & Watkins’ venture and technology practice. See story online.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has hired intellectual property litigation partner Song Zhu for its Palo Alto office. Zhu was with Hogan Lovells. Prior to his legal career, he was a senior engineer at General Motors, and also has technical experience in semiconductor manufacturing, electronic devices, telecommunications, computer systems and software, renewable energy and medical devices. See story online.
Dentons added Russell Tonkovich as a partner in its intellectual property and technology practice in its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Tonkovich, who received a medical degree before attending Harvard Law School, comes from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he had been counsel for four years, and had previously been at Kirkland & Ellis. See story online.
O’Melveny & Myers has hired intellectual property transactions partner Heather Meeker for its Menlo Park office. Meeker, who spent a decade at Greenberg Traurig and served as comanaging shareholder of its Silicon Valley office, specializes in open source licensing requirements, representing clients in the software, communications, computer equipment and medical device industries. See story online.
Berliner Cohen added Stephen Scordelis as an associate in the real estate group, representing clients in commercial real estate transactions. He graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013.
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has added associates Lorie Ball, Jennifer Leland and Lucas Messenger to the restructuring and business bankruptcy practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The three were previously at Peitzman Weg.
Archer Norris has hired litigator Elizabeth McNulty as a partner in the firm’s Newport Beach office. McNulty, a former partner at Hewitt Wolensky & McNulty, focuses her practice on product liability and commercial litigation, including employment law matters, and environmental and regulatory litigation and advice. Also joining the firm are associates Patrick Ball and Miguel Prietto Jr.
Polsinelli is opening a San Francisco office with three lawyers and adding 18 attorneys to its Los Angeles office with a group from McKenna Long & Aldridge.
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