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Monday, November 22, 2010


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Dykema Adds of Counsel to Los Angeles Litigation Practice

Latham & Watkins Attorney Turns In-House Lawyer


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Litigator Brian H. Newman has joined Dykema’s Los Angeles office as of counsel, the firm announced Friday.

Newman comes to the firm from Buchalter Nemer PC’s litigation practice, where he was senior counsel.

Rex Schlaybaugh, Dykema’s chairman and chief executive officer, praised Newman as “a talented lawyer with a wealth of knowledge and experience in complex, high-stakes litigation matters.”

He predicted that the addition of Newman “will be an invaluable resource for our clients as we continue to grow rapidly our presence in Los Angeles,” and “further strengthen our national litigation practice.”

Newman is the third attorney to join Dykema’s Los Angeles office in recent months, following the arrival of Ronald Greenberg from Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP in October and Christopher Stevens from Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP on Nov. 9.

His practice on complex litigation involving financial institutions and companies in the apparel industry, according to a Dykema release. He has particular experience related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices, and intellectual property litigation.

Prior to joining Buchalter, Newman was a litigation associate with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

The UC Berkley alum earned his law degree from UCLA and was admitted to practice in 1999.

 In other news, corporate attorney Kay Tidwell made the move from Latham & Watkins to serve as in-house counsel to a local commercial real estate investment and management company.

Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. announced Thursday that Tidwell has become its executive vice president, legal affairs.

Victor J. Coleman, chairman and CEO of the company said he was impressed by Tidwell’s dedication, as well as her knowledge and experience with SEC reporting requirements and “the myriad issues associated with public companies and specifically REITs [real estate investment trusts].”

He opined the attorney’s “legal acumen and negotiating skills will be an invaluable resource as we actively seek new commercial real estate investment opportunities in growth markets throughout California.”

Tidwell has extensive experience with domestic and foreign securities transactions, SEC compliance and corporate governance matters, drafting and reviewing periodic reports and prospectuses, employment, confiden- tiality, leasing and other agreements, advising on debt and equity offerings, private placements, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and litigation, according to a release from Hudson Pacific.

She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, where she also earned her law degree in 2002. Tidwell was admitted to the State Bar of California that same year and joined Latham & Watkins.

In 2004, Tidwell was awarded the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship and served as legal advisor to the German Federal Ministry of Justice under the auspices of the fellowship program.

Tidwell subsequently worked in the legal department of Deutsche Bank in Berlin and in the German offices of Latham & Watkins.


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