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Thursday, August 4, 2011


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Loeb & Loeb Promotes Seven Attorneys, Two in Los Angeles Office


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Loeb & Loeb yesterday announced that it has promoted two attorneys in its Los Angeles office, and five others firmwide.

Senior counsel Gabrielle A. Vidal has been elevated to partner, and litigation associate Patrick N. Downes has become senior counsel.

Firm Chairman Michael Beck said that each of the attorneys have “demonstrated true leadership and excellence in their practice areas, and made significant contributions to the success of the firm.” He predicted that each “will build upon these achievements into the future.”

Vidal’s practice involves trust, probate and conservatorship litigation, including will and trust contests, the obligations of fiduciaries such as trustees and executors, and conservatorship matters, according to her firm biography.

She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University before attending Stanford Law School and joining the California State Bar in 2000.

Downes maintains a general business litigation practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, professional liability and SEC enforcement matters, according to his firm biography.

Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb, Downes was a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1999 to 2005.

He attended the University of Michigan before graduating cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where he was case and note editor for the International Law Journal.

Downes was licensed to practice in California in 1996.

Both Vidal and Downes are members of the Los Angeles County Association Bar Association, and Vidal serves on the executive committee for its Trusts and Estates section.

The other new partners are Matthew Carmody and Adam Kelly from the firm’s Chicago office, and Ieuan Jolly and Jonathan N. Strauss from New York. New York associate Daniel M. Yarmish was promoted to senior counsel.

In other news, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP last week announced the elevation of four Los Angeles associates to the firm’s partnership.

The promotions of Katherine Cheng Arnold, Gary E. Devlin, Amanda Mattocks, and Olga Simanovsky took effect July 1, a spokesperson for the firm said.

Arnold defends self-insured entities, uninsured employers and insurance companies in worker’s compensation matters, according to her firm biography.

She is a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

The attorney graduated from Loyola Law School in 2002, and from UC San Diego in 1999, with honors and high distinction, before joining the State Bar in 2003.

Devlin defends clients in business, commercial and general liability litigation, and in residential real estate foreclosure matters.

He is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, a summa cum laude graduate of San Francisco State University, and a magna cum laude graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law. Devlin was licensed to practice in 2000.

Mattocks provides counseling and litigation services to self-insured entities, uninsured employers and insurance companies in workers’ compensation defense matters.

She is a member of the John M. Langston Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, as well as a volunteer with the Alliance for Children’s Rights.

The attorney holds undergraduate degrees from Carleton University and the University of Alberta, and a law degree from Michigan State University. She joined the State Bar in 2004.

Simanovsky counsels and represents public and private clients in labor and employment law matters, including workers’ compensation defense.

She attended UCLA and the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

The attorney, who is also licensed to practice in Oregon, joined the California State Bar in 1999.


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