Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


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Perkins Coie Adds Litigation Partner From Latham & Watkins


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Perkins Coie yesterday announced the addition of Charles H. Samel to its Los Angeles office, as partner in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Samel made the move from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he previously served as partner in the global antitrust and competition group.

Ron McIntire, managing partner for Perkins Coie’s Los Angeles office remarked that Samel has “decades of experience” which will “add valuable local expertise for our firm to handle antitrust litigation matters.”

McIntire said that the firm is “committed to enhancing our presence in California to provide greater value and serve our clients across all industries by meeting their needs in the most effective way possible,” and the addition of Samel “will help us do just that.”

Susan Foster, chair of the firm’s Antitrust, Unfair Competition, and Consumer Protection practice group said Samel “is a well-respected and seasoned antitrust and commercial litigator with a growing practice who adds additional depth to our group.”

She said Samel’s decision to join the firm has provided it with “ an exciting opportunity to enhance the firm’s antitrust litigation profile in Southern California and nationally.”

Samel’s practice focuses on the defense of antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters with a particular emphasis on class actions in federal and state court, according to a release from the firm. He has represented corporate defendants in major litigation matters involving building materials and construction, energy and natural gas, financial services and insurance, gasoline and petroleum products, high technology, hospital services, musical instruments and equipment, paper and paper products, pharmaceutical drugs, professional sports, television, tobacco and transportation.

Samel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland and cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center before joining the California State Bar in 1996.

He is a long-time member for the Bet Tzedek Pro Bono Legal Services Annual Dinner Committee, currently serves as a member of the Georgetown Law Alumni Board, and is a past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Antitrust Litigation Committee.


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