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Cooley Puts Serving Both Clients and Staff as Top Priorities

Cooley opened its San Diego doors 25 years ago, becoming the first Silicon Valley law firm to operate here. What started with seven founding lawyers in 1992 — four of whom are still with Cooley today — has evolved into an office with more than 200 lawyers and staff. Home to firm leaders for business litigation, capital markets, compensation & benefits, M&A, real estate finance and securities litigation, the office has become one of the most respected players in the San Diego market and a key driver of Cooley’s national and global growth.

“Our success really comes down to our people,” said Mike Attanasio, partner-in-charge of the San Diego office and global chair of Cooley’s litigation department. “We pride ourselves on investing in the highest-quality talent and delivering exceptional results for our clients.”

Concurrent with Cooley’s San Diego anniversary, the San Diego Business Journal has again named Cooley to its Best Places to Work list. The Journal recognizes companies and firms for rewarding hard-working employees, investing in employee training, offering wellness and fitness programs and providing opportunities for team building. Cooley’s unique culture has been recognized on numerous top workplace lists, including Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, on which Cooley is the top law firm in the United States. The San Diego office is home to a large number of Cooley leadership, which is not often the case for a firm of Cooley’s size.

The local office is home to the firmwide chair of litigation, Attanasio; co-chair of merger & acquisitions, Barbara Borden; chair of securities litigation, Koji Fukumura; chair of compensation & benefits, Amy Wood; co-chair capital markets, Charlie Kim; and head of real estate finance, Samantha LaPine.

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Wynter Deagle and Justin Nahama have joined Troutman Sanders LLP in the firm’s business litigation practice as partners. Deagle and Nahama previously practiced at Mintz Levin. With Deagle and Nahama, the firm has added three lateral partners to the San Diego office in the past eight months. Both Deagle and Nahama have been lead counsel on numerous cases on behalf of both public and private companies. Deagle has experience litigating cases in numerous state and federal courts, including for clients in the technology, life sciences, and financial and professional services sectors. Nahama has successfully navigated complex civil cases in various state and federal proceedings, including jury trials, arbitrations and mediations.

“We are excited for Wynter and Justin to join our growing business litigation team,” said Bill Withrow, chair of the firm’s business litigation department. “Their diverse experience — from complex commercial litigation to life sciences to intellectual property — will benefit our clients in Southern California and beyond.”

A seasoned trial lawyer, Deagle’s practice focuses on all manner of business disputes, including commercial litigation, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, class actions and First Amendment claims. Deagle also has extensive experience counseling directors and officers of both public and private companies on corporate governance issues and fiduciary duties. Leveraging his extensive trial experience as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Nahama’s practice focuses on business litigation, intellectual property, technology, white collar defense and government investigations and enforcement. He also represents entrepreneurs in all facets of startup ventures, including litigation-avoidance strategies.

“The sustained growth of our San Diego office is strategic and client-driven,” said Mike Whitton, managing partner of Troutman Sanders’ San Diego office. Over the past three years, Troutman Sanders has added 18 lateral partners on the West Coast.

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Sullivan Hill shareholder Christopher V. Hawkins has been appointed vice president of the California Bankruptcy Forum for the 2017-2018 term. As VP, Hawkins will manage the Pro Bono Project and oversee all pro bono efforts of CBF. The organization is committed to supporting pro bono efforts of the various local bankruptcy forums and county bar associations throughout the state.

The California Bankruptcy Forum is an organization comprised of various professional disciplines that are involved in the bankruptcy system and process in California. The primary purpose of CBF is to provide educational support and a structure of communication between its members to provide better service to the public.

Hawkins, who is managing partner of the firm and a member of the executive committee, practices in the insolvency and commercial bankruptcy, business transactions, and commercial and business litigation groups. He represents a variety of corporate debtors, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, banks, trade creditors, asset purchasers and other parties in interest in all aspects of commercial insolvency, including bankruptcies, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

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Robert M. Shaughnessy has joined Klinedinst PC as the firm’s senior counsel. He brings nearly 20 years of complex law-and-motion and appellate experience to the firm’s appellate practice group, and is knowledgeable in a variety of practice areas. He counsels clients on matters including unfair competition, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, employment issues, invasion of privacy, director and officer liability, real property law, and trust disputes.

Andrew J. Londerholm joined Klinedinst as an associate attorney and focuses his practice on business-related issues, including residential and commercial construction litigation. He represents clients in complex litigation, with significant courtroom and trial experience. He has successfully litigated public and private construction disputes involving sureties, principals, and obligees, as well as matters involving both contract and commercial bonds.

Randy Frisch is in-house counsel for the National University System. He can be reached at rcfrisch@msn.com

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