The placement of highly regarded environmental partner Geoff Willis, from Sheppard Mullin into the Orange County office of Brown Rudnick. Mr. Willis will start Brown Rudnick's environmental practice on the West Coast.
The placement of nationally recognized life sciences partner, Robert C. Funsten, into Brown Rudnick's Orange County office. Mr. Funsten will assume the position of Co-Chair of Brown Rudnick's Global Life Sciences Group. Previously, Mr. Funsten served as Co-Chair of the Life Sciences practice group at Bingham McCutchen.
The placement of leading corporate partner, Numan Siddiqi, into Brown Rudnick's Orange County office. Mr. Siddiqi is Brown Rudnick's first transactional attorney on the West Coast. He joined the firm from Stradling Yocca.
The placement of well respected, white collar and government enforcement partner, Stephen A. Best, into the Washington, D.C. office of Brown Rudnick. Mr. Best was previously a partner at Brownstein Hyatt, where he was Chair of that firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt, Mr. Best Co-Chaired the Global White Collar and Government Investigations Group at Dewey LeBeouf.
The combination of Rus, Miliband & Smith, a highly respected commercial litigation/bankruptcy boutique in Orange County with Brown Rudnick, a Boston-based, AMLAW 200 firm. With this affiliation, Brown Rudnick opens their first California office.
The placement of corporate partner Chelsea Grayson from Jones Day, into the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb. Ms. Grayson was recently profiled by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the top 40 dealmakers in there 2011 "Who's Who in L.A. Law" list and she also was the recipient of The M&A Advisor's 2011 "40 Under 40 Award."
The placement of intellectual property partners Alfred Fabricant and Lawrence Drucker from Dickstein Shapiro, into the New York office of Winston & Strawn. Mr. Fabriant will head Winston's Intellectual Property practice group in New York.
The opening of Kaye Scholer’s Silicon Valley office with preeminent intellectual property trial lawyer William Coats, as Managing Partner. Mr. Coats was formerly with White & Case, where he significantly enhanced the profile of the firm’s Silicon Valley office by attracting key IP partners and groups during his tenure as Managing Partner of that office.