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Friday, June 29, 2007


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Civil Litigator Richard Welsh Joins Greenberg Traurig’s Local Office


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Civil litigator Richard Welsh General has joined the Santa Monica office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its litigation practice.

Formerly a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in downtown Los Angeles, the real estate, commercial law and class action specialist said he was drawn to his new firm after rubbing shoulders with them in various matters.

“I’ve litigated both with and against Greenberg Traurig a number of times, and I’ve been very impressed by their litigation practice and real estate litigation practice,” he said.

He added:

“Given the platform here—the number of offices, the wide array of different practice areas—I thought it was a really good fit for me as a largely general and class action litigation specialist, and also with an interest in real estate litigation.”

Jeff Scott, a litigator and co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s local office, said in a statement that the firm likewise took notice of the intelligence, skill and tenacity Welsh demonstrated in representing his clients.

“[H]e brings the creativity, experience and strategic thinking that delivers winning results,” Scott remarked, noting that Welsh’s knowledge of the satellite, telecommunications and energy sectors would add “an important dimension” to the firm’s litigation practice.

The chair of Greenberg Traurig’s western region real estate litigation practice, Eric Rowen, added:

“[His] extensive experience representing developers, real estate owners, lenders and borrowers in complex litigation involving real estate and secured financing as well as partnership disputes and tax matters adds significant depth to and greatly compliments our existing practice.”

Since his admission to the State Bar in 2000—the same year he joined Kirkland & Ellis—Welsh has represented companies such as Home Depot and the AES Corporation in high-stakes class action lawsuits, and handled a high volume of commercial contract disputes for entities such as DirecTV, Hughes Corporation and Boeing. He has worked in real estate partnership and financing disputes, most recently representing AES in administrative proceedings and court actions against the City of Redondo Beach.

In addition to state and federal trial court work, Welsh’s experience includes appellate representation and work in administrative and al-ternative dispute forums throughout the world.

Welsh earned his law degree from UC Berkeley and received a degree in political theory from UCLA.

He is previously a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and member of the military’s special operations community.


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