Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Adds Insurance Partner
New Counsel Joins BuckleySandler
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP yesterday announced the addition of insurance law practitioner Susan Page White as a partner in its Los Angeles office.
She made the lateral move from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, according to a Manatt Phelps spokesperson.
White remarked that “Manatt’s deep industry knowledge and reputation as a top litigation firm complements my practice well” since insurance coverage issues are a “grow[ing] as an area of focus for companies across many sectors.”
“I look forward to growing my insurance recovery practice through the firm’s national platform” and “collaborating with the firm’s many talented attorneys,” she added.
Chad S. Hummel, chair of Manatt’s Litigation Division, praised White’s “wide-ranging experience in insurance recovery matters and impressive trial capabilities,” which he predicted “will be a great asset to our clients.”
Margaret Levy, co-chair of the Insurance Practice Group, also noted White “has an impressive command of sophisticated insurance recovery issues and a thorough grasp of the nuances of multi-faceted insurance coverage matters.”
White has more than 22 years of experience representing companies in complex insurance recovery matters and commercial and contract litigation, including directors and officers liability, mortgage and title insurance, employment practices liability, advertising liability and personal injury liability coverage, according to a firm release.
She attended Wheaton College in Illinois and graduated cum laude from Loyola Law School before joining the State Bar in 1988.
In other news, BuckleySandler LLP said yesterday John Redding joined its financial services practice as counsel.
Redding served as in-house counsel to a variety of businesses before joining the firm last Monday, according to a release.
Clinton Rockwell managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, said Redding “enhances our team with senior level mortgage banking and debt collection experience, and has a long track record of assisting clients who are facing audits and federal regulatory reviews.”
Redding said the firm, with its “excellent reputation and know-how in the financial services industry,” was “a perfect place for someone like me.”
The attorney previously served as in-house counsel for software company Retail Pro Inc., where he helped the company resolve an SEC investigation and assisted in a corporate turn-around that resulted in an asset purchase agreement as part of a pre-packaged Chapter 11, according to the firm release.
Prior to that, Redding served as associate general counsel for Accredited Home Lenders Inc., Encore Capital Group and Midland Credit Management Inc., where he oversaw regulatory, compliance, loan origination, servicing and debt collection matters for the legal departments of these financial service companies.
Redding is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee and Southwestern Law School. He was licensed to practice in 1990.
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