Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Former NBC Litigator Camilo Echavarria Joins Davis Wright Tremaine
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Former NBC litigator Camilo Echavarria has joined the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine as of counsel, the firm said in a released statement yesterday.
Echavarria, whose first day at Davis Wright was Monday, explained to the MetNews that at NBC half of his time was spent supervising outside litigation counsel and half was spent litigating cases in-house.
“I realized that what I really like is to be in court,” he said.
One of the firms Echavarria supervised was Davis Wright. He said he was impressed with Davis Wright partner Kelli Sager, and the quality of everything they did.
Sager, chair of the firm’s media and entertainment practice group, said in the statement that Echavarria’s “broad experience at NBC made him a perfect fit with our media and entertainment practice, as well a providing more depth for our employment group.”
At NBC Universal in Burbank, Echavarria handled copyright and trademark litigation, theft of idea lawsuits and defamation and privacy defense, as well as employment and other business litigation.
Echavarria graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in government and economics, and in 1997from the New York University School of Law, where he was active in the Latino Law Students Association. Before joining NBC in 2003, he worked in commercial litigation for five years at the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster.
Echavarria said he joined NBC because entertainment law seemed more interesting than commercial law, and that NBC hired him even though he had no entertainment experience.
Davis Wright has more than 420 attorneys in nine offices in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, New York, Washington D.C. and Shanghai, China. Their clients include traditional media companies such as book publishers, motion picture producers and distributors, newspapers and magazines, and new media outlets such as online advertisers, internet content providers, software companies and satellite communications companies.
The Los Angeles office opened in 1990 and has 30 attorneys.
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