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Friday, June 22, 2007


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Brian Lysaght Joins Christensen Glaser


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Veteran white collar criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator Brian C. Lysaght has joined the Century City-based firm of Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro as a partner in its litigation practice, the firm said yesterday.

Previously a partner in the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Lysaght is set to focus on intellectual property, securities and other commercial litigation matters in his new position.

Managing Partner Terry Christensen, in a statement yesterday, remarked on Lysaght’s professional track record as a civil and criminal business litigator.

“Our firm has long admired and respected Brian Lysaght and we are pleased to welcome him to our litigation team,” he said.

Partner Patricia Glaser, who chairs Christensen Glaser’s litigation department, called Lysaght “undoubtedly one of the most respected litigators in the country” and said his reputation for “producing impressive results” would benefit the firm and its clients.Before joining DLA Piper as head of its West Coast litigation practice, Lysaght practiced for 18 years with the Santa Monica firm of O’Neill, Lysaght & Sun, which he co-founded in 1985. While there, his clients included former Global Crossing vice president and whistleblower Roy Olofson.

Lysaght served as federal prosecutor with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department from 1979 to 1981. From 1976 to 1979, he worked as a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers.

After earning his law degree from UC Davis in 1974, he served for one year as a law clerk to then-Justice Stanley Mosk of the California Supreme Court.

Over the past two decades, Lysaght has achieved more than $70 million in jury awards for his clients and several hundred million in settlements, ranking among California’s largest, according to Christensen Glaser.  On the defense side, he has tried cases resulting in summary judgments, directed verdicts and zero award verdicts, as well as settling cases on the defense side for a small fraction of the damages sought, the firm added.

Lysaght earned a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1971, and an undergraduate degree from Towson State University in 1970.

He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 10 consecutive years.


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