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Wednesday, June 3, 2009


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Dykema and Venable Each Attract New Partner

Tredway Lumsdaine Recognized for Workplace Flexibility


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Dykema and Venable LLP each announced the addition of a new partner to their Los Angeles offices yesterday.

Thomas F. Hanley III made a lateral move from Freeman, Freeman & Smiley to join Dykema’s Real Estate Practice Group, while labor and employment attorney Richard J. Frey, a former partner with McDermott, Will & Emery, has joined Venable.

Hanley’s practice focuses on all areas of transactional real estate law, with an emphasis on real estate finance, commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, and commercial development, including multi-family projects, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial buildings, hotels and multi-asset portfolios, and entertainment.  

At Dykema, Hanley will focus on general transactional work and financings for both corporate and real estate clients, the firm said.

Rex Schlaybaugh, Dykema’s chairman and chief executive officer, praised Hanley as “one of the top real estate finance attorneys in California.“

Schlaybaugh predicted that Hanley would be “a valuable addition to our Los Angeles office, where he will play an integral role in strengthening our real estate and transactional capabilities.”

After attending Loyola Marymount University, Hanley graduated cum laude from Southwestern Law School and was admitted to practice in 1979.

He later served as a peace negotiator during the conflict in Bosnia, successfully negotiating a cease-fire for the war and was the original architect of the American Plan which became the basis for the Dayton Accord ending the war.

The Midwest-based Dykema maintains offices in California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Washington, D.C., and a national practice focused on serving domestic and foreign-based companies and institutions on a variety business issues including corporate governance, litigation, growth strategies and risk reduction, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, and e-commerce.

Employment Law Litigator

Frey handles litigation for employment and management-side labor disputes. Most of his practice focuses on unfair competition, employee theft and trade secret litigation, as well as review and negotiation of executive employment contracts and covenants, Venable said.

He also counsels corporate clients on non-compete and non-disclosure concerns arising from mergers and acquisitions, including the drafting and negotiation of contractual provisions addressing trade secret and employee mobility issues.

Douglas Emhoff, partner in charge of Venable’s Los Angeles office, commented that Venable’s 40-member Los Angeles office “has been steadily expanding since launching in 2006,” and that the firm’s Labor and Employment Group “will benefit from [Frey’s] talents as a litigator and negotiator — particularly in an environment where there are so many sudden shifts in senior management and professional ranks”

Frey praised the Venable employment group’s “broad national platform,” “exceptional client base” and “well-diversified practice that includes litigation, counsel and transactional advice.”

He said he was “look[ing] forward to making those capabilities available to my existing clients while bringing my knowledge to bear for long-time clients of the firm.”

A cum laude graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara and Pepperdine Law School, Frey was admitted to the State Bar in 1994.

Alfred P.  Sloan Award

Based in Washington D.C., Venable has offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia and attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs.

In other news, Downey-based Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP yesterday announced that it will be recognized as a recipient of the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility at a gala June 25 by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award is part of the When Work Works project, an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute— a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank that studies changes in the workforce, workplace, family and community the Institute for a Competitive Workforce—an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Twiga Foundation—a nonprofit organization which supports” family-consciousness” in the workplace.

Named for Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., a former president and chief executive officer for the General Motors Corporation who established the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—the New-York based philanthropic institution funding the award—it recognizes employers that are successfully using workplace flexibility to meet both employer and employee goals.

Applicants were evaluated in a two-step process, first comparing the employer’s application to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers, and then corroborating the employer responses through a survey of employees.

As a winner, Tredway Lumsdaine ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of flexible work programs, policies and culture, the firm said.

Top 20 Percent

Matt Kinley, Tredway Lumsdaine managing partner said the firm is “honored,” and “truly appreciate[s] our hardworking team members.”

Long Beach is one of 30 select communities nationwide chosen to host and participate in the When Work Works initiative. Other communities in Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Alabama, Idaho, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Minnesota, Utah, and Washington also participated in 2009.

Tredway Lumsdaine was established in 1961, then expanded into Irvine in 1989 and Long Beach in 2001. The firm has twice been honored by the United States Chamber of Commerce as its Small Business of the Year for The Western Region. Its areas of practice include real estate law, business law, trust, estate and probate, and personal injury law.


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