Friday, February 6, 2009
Foley & Mansfield Names Four New Los Angeles Partners
By STEVEN M. ELLIS, Staff Writer
National litigation firm Foley & Mansfield, PLLP said yesterday that it has named four Los Angeles-based attorneys as new partners.
The firm announced the elevation of Keith M. Ameele, Melanie L. Ameele, Brenda M. Brooks and Lisa Anne Coe, all of whom are members of the firm’s Pasadena office and practice in the areas of products liability, toxic torts and mass tort litigation
Keith Ameele also focuses on business litigation, representing a wide range of interests in high-risk asbestos and toxic tort matters, including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and premises owners, and he has successfully defended matters involving allegations of environmental contamination, bad faith, and general business liability.
A member of the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Ameele attended UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Law School, and was admitted to the State Bar in 2002.
Melanie Ameele, who is married to Keith Ameele, also focuses her practice on general liability and civil litigation, and has experience representing both manufacturers and contractors in asbestos, wrongful death and personal injury cases, as well as with first amendment issues and disability litigation.
Also a member of the Defense Research Institute, the ABA and LACBA, she was admitted to the State Bar in 2003 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Law School.
Brooks’s practice also includes general liability and civil litigation, and she has experience representing manufacturers and business owners in high-risk asbestos, personal injury, and product liability cases, as well as representing land owners in title related litigation.
She has successfully defended matters involving allegations of environmental contamination, bad faith and general business liability, and is professionally certified in the area of poverty law.
Brooks is also an active member of Foley & Mansfield’s Pro Bono Services Group—which assists low-income clients with their resolution of probate, real estate, elder fraud and family law issues—and she is an attorney member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, where she volunteers in animal-related cases and participates in national conferences designed to further develop the field of animal law.
A member of LACBA’s Animal Issues Committee and the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s State Resolutions Committee, Brooks was admitted to the State Bar in 1999 after graduating from UC Irvine and Southwestern University School of Law.
Coe’s practice also includes commercial litigation, real property, lending and construction law, and she has experience defending wrongful death and personal injury cases throughout Northern and Southern California.
She has represented manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in various product liability cases, including asbestos, silica and benzene cases, and has also represented various lenders and owners in real-estate-title-related litigation.
Coe also contributes time to the firm’s Pro Bono Services Group and is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, LACBA, and the State Bar’s Litigation and Real Property Law Sections.
A graduate of the University of Phoenix and Loyola Law School, Coe was admitted to the State Bar in 1998.
Foley & Mansfield has over 100 attorneys, and is headquartered in Minneapolis with additional offices in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco.
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