Group Placements/Mergers

Alan Miles & Associates is extremely proud of its successful record of impressive Merger and Partner Placements. We establish ongoing relationships with the attorneys and firms we work with, which allows us to make excellent, well-matched placements. Some examples of these high-level transactions include:

The placement of a 40-lawyer, multidisciplinary group including 17 partners, from Pillsbury into several offices of Winston & Strawn.  Members of the group include the following partners:  In New York- Peter Alfano, Mats Carlston, who will be Firmwide Co-Chair of Winston's Finance Practice, Scott Landau, Bart Pisella, Anthony Schouten and Jeffrey Stern, who will be Firmwide Co-Chair of the Structured Finance Practice.  In San Francisco- Jay Gould, who will be Co-Chair of the Financial Services Corporate Practice and Michael Wu.  In Washington, D.C.- Christopher Zochowski, who will be Firmwide Co-Chair of the M&A, Securities and Corporate Governance Practice.

The placement a highly regarded, 5 attorney Life Sciences Intellectual Property and Transactional team, led by partner Dr. Christopher Jeffers, from Womble Carlyle into the Washington, D.C. office of Mintz Levin.  The team includes Counsels Dr. Lawrence "Butch" Carroll and Elizabeth Parsons, as well as associates Dr. Dana Mahadeo and John Forrest.  Dr. Jeffers will take a leadership role in helping to build Mintz Levin's IP practice in Washington, D.C.

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 highly regarded Patent Litigation partners, Bill Abrams and Boyd Cloern, from Bingham McCutchen into King & Spalding. Mr. Abrams will be resident in the Silicon Valley office of the firm and take on a leadership role in King & Spalding's Intellectual Property practice in California. Previously, Mr. Abrams served as both the Co-Chair for the IP practice group and Managing Partner of Bingham's Silicon Valley office. Mr. Cloern joins King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on representing clients in patent litigation and antitrust matters.

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 placement of partners Barbara Caulfield, Michael Malecek, and Peter Root from Dewey LeBoeuf into the Menlo Park office of Kaye Scholer. All three partners had previously worked together at Silicon Valley-based biotechnology company Affymetrix, and have expertise ranging from patent litigation to white collar and securities litigation. Ms. Caulfield was Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Life Sciences Groups at Dewey LeBoeuf. She is a former U.S. District Court Judge, and served 7 years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Affymetrix. Mr. Malecek is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and was named one of The Daily Journal’s “Top 75 IP Litigators” in California for 2010. While at Affymetrix he tried a patent case to a jury verdict of infringement that resulted in a $90 million settlement payment to the company. Mr. Root handles a range of commercial litigation matters, including securities litigation. He was the lead attorney handling claims of stock options backdating at Affymetrix, and also served as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer.

We are pleased to have facilitated the successful merger of Bingham McCutchen with McKee Nelson, through the introduction of Reed Auerbach- Co-CEO of McKee Nelson to Jay Zimmerman- Chairman of Bingham McCutchen. The 120 attorneys of McKee Nelson have a top-tiered presence in varied practice areas including securities and white collar litigation, tax planning and tax controversy, corporate finance and capital markets. McKee Nelson's strengths in these key areas are complimentary to Bingham's market leading presence in the restructuring and insolvency, complex securities and financial litigation and regulation practices and will be enhanced by Bingham's solid international platform.

The introduction of Cole Raywid & Braverman, a thirty-five attorney; Washington, D.C.-based communications and Internet law boutique, to Davis Wright Tremaine, resulting in the acquisition of Cole Raywid by Davis Wright.

The placement of Wilson Sonsini’s entire Venture Fund Group, widely regarded as the most prominent unit of its kind on the West Coast, into the Palo Alto office of Goodwin Procter. This group includes Jonathan Axelrad, Robert Fore and Gerald Chacon, Jr.

The placement of Insurance Recovery partners David Halbreich and Douglas Rawles of Los Angeles, David Weiss of San Francisco and Thomas Marrinson of Chicago from Morgan Lewis, into Reed Smith. David Halbreich will lead the West Coast Insurance Recovery Practice at Reed Smith, filling a very strategic need within that discipline for the firm.

The placements of Patent Litigation partners Byron Cooper, Gregory Bishop, April Abele and Thomas Fitzpatrick, formerly of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, at Goodwin Procter. The placements were instrumental in the opening of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

The representation of Sanders Barnet Goldman Simons & Mosk, a ten attorney boutique, in their search to be acquired by a larger law firm. The placement of nine partners including Edward Sanders, former Senior Counsel to President Carter on Middle Eastern Affairs, Irwin Barnet, Kenneth Goldman, Michael Sanders, James Eskilson, Deborah Gunny, Ruth Holzman, Edward Levine and Bernard Simons into the Los Angeles office of Crosby Heafey, which was acquired by Reed Smith.

The representation of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in their acquisition of the Orange County office of Lyon & Lyon, which included eight partners and a like number of associates. Partners joining Orrick include: James Geriak, Samuel Stone, Hope Melville, Kurt Mulville, David Wang, Kenneth Roberts, Jim Brooks ( Los Angeles office), and Jeffrey Miller ( Menlo Park office).

The placement of five partners from the Los Angeles office of Oppenheimer Wolff, including managing partner Mark Wine, Marc Brown, Charles Rosenberg, Cynthia Lock, and David Gelfound, into the Los Angeles office of McDermott Will & Emery, which initiated the Patent practice for that office.

The placement of a nine attorney Labor and Employment group, formerly of Thelen Reid in Los Angeles, into Reed Smith. The group includes partners Linda Husar, former national chair of Thelen's Labor and Employment practice and Thomas Hill, the former managing partner of Thelen's Los Angeles office.

The placements of Craig Opperman and Carina Tan from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, into the Palo Alto office of Reed Smith. Mr. Opperman is an IP Counseling and Transactions partner who will help Reed Smith build their Intellectual Property practice in California. Ms. Tan was an associate at Morgan Lewis, but will join Reed Smith as a partner.

The representation of Gartner & Young, a five attorney Los Angeles Labor and Employment boutique, in their search to be acquired by a nationally recognized law firm. The placement of the three partners in that group, Naomi Young, Lawrence Gartner, and Kimberly Talley, was made at the Los Angeles office of Baker & Hostetler.

The representation of the Louderback Law Firm (an 11 attorney firm specializing in Employment & Commercial Litigation), in its merger with the Irvine based law firm of Payne & Fears, which resulted in the opening of Payne & Fears’ San Francisco office.

The placement of Frank Ubell and Brad Blanche, two Patent Litigation attorneys from the Orange County office of Paul Hastings, into the Orange County office of Greenberg Traurig. Mr. Ubell was placed as a Shareholder, and Mr. Blanche as an Of Counsel.

The representation of Price & Gess, a four attorney Orange County Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation boutique, in their search to be acquired by a larger law firm. Joseph Price and Albin Gess were placed as partners at the Irvine office of Snell & Wilmer to initiate and develop the firm's Southern California Intellectual Property practice.

The placement of two Patent Prosecution partners from the Los Angeles office of Oppenheimer, Wolff: Charles Berman and Christopher Darrow into the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig, which initiated their West Coast Patent practice.

The representation of Feldman & Talley, a four attorney Los Angeles Labor and Employment boutique, in their search to be acquired by a larger law firm. The placement of the two partners, Carla Feldman and Jill Talley, was made at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles , California.

The placement of Frank Hiscox and his group, formerly of Dorsey & Whitney, into the Palo Alto office of White & Case to lead their West Coast Trademark practice.