Todd Hamblet has joined Uber Technologies Inc. as senior corporate counsel. Hamblet comes from the Redwood Shores office of Covington & Burling, where he was a special counsel advising on capital market transactions.

Robyn Polashuk has joined Covington & Burling as a partner in its Redwood Shores office. Polashuk, who comes from Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office, said she’ll continue to spend most of her time in L.A. to stay in touch with her digital media industry clients. She represents cable and television networks in licensing and distribution deals and advises on digital rights management issues. She was a senior counsel at The Walt Disney Co. earlier in her career. See story online.

Miriam Claire Beezy has joined Baker & Hostetler‘s Los Angeles office as a partner in the intellectual property group. The trademark and copyright lawyer comes from Foley & Lardner, and earlier in her career was chief trademark counsel for The Walt Disney Co. Beezy handles trademark procurement, prosecution, transactions, enforcement, and disputes, and has represented clients such as the Rolling Stones and Muhammad Ali, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

Jennifer Renk has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the real estate, land use and environmental practice group, and will be based in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Renk joins from McKenna Long & Aldridge, where she served on the firm’s board of directors. Renk advises developers facing regulatory and political hurdles to projects around the state. Earlier in her career she worked as a district director for Rep. Ellen Tauscher and as a staff assistant for Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Jonathan Jaech and Glenn Trost have joined Snell & Wilmer‘s intellectual property group in Los Angeles. Jaech, who joins as a partner, is a patent prosecutor. Trost, who joins as counsel, is an IP litigator. The two come from Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg. Jaech handles IP counseling, due diligence, licensing and transactions, patent prosecution, including appeals and reissue, and reexaminations (ex parte or inter partes) across a wide array of technical fields. Trost handles trials and appeals involving claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret violations, and rights to publicity.

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