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Monday, January 10, 2011


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Fox Rothschild, Best Best & Krieger, MoFo Gain New Partners

Holland & Knight Presents Fellowship to Los Angeles Associate


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Fox Rothschild, Best Best & Krieger, and Morrison & Foerster each announced the addition of new partners to their Los Angeles offices last week.

Litigator Aaron Craig made the move to Fox Rothschild from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he was of counsel, his new firm said in a release. BB&K environmental law practitioner Paeter E. Garcia and MoFo business attorney Sylvia Rivera had their election to partner by their respective firms effective Jan. 1.

Jeffrey S. Kravitz, managing partner of Fox Rothschild’s Los Angeles office said that he was “thrilled” to welcome Craig to the firm. He praised Craig’s experience as a litigator and “tremendous knowledge” of intellectual property and entertainment law. Kravitz opined that Craig’s “skills are a wonderful addition to our team and will greatly help us deepen the level of services we provide to clients.”

Craig has focused his practice on patent, trademark and copyright matters for the past 10 years, and handled antitrust and cost-accounting litigation, according to his firm biography.  The attorney represented Seiko Epson Corp. and Epson America in a patent infringement case resulting in the largest penalty in the International Trade Commission’s history; represented Parsons Corporation in the longest running case in the history of the Federal False Claims Act; and co-wrote a critical mediation brief on behalf of a global telecommunications company that led directly to settlement in a worldwide patent dispute against a U.S.-based telecommunications company.

He is also a former member of the motion picture legal affairs department at Paramount Pictures Corporation and has served as the production attorney on several movies.

Craig completed both his undergraduate and legal education at Yale University before joining the State Bar in 1999.

Garcia is part of t BB&K’s environmental law and natural resources practice. He focuses on water rights and water supply planning and works out of the firm’s Riverside and Los Angeles offices, the BB&K spokesperson said.

He joined the firm in 2006 after working for the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection. Prior to that, Garcia specialized in a variety of water law matters in private practice.

The attorney attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received his law degree from Syracuse University before being admitted to practice in 1998.

Rivera’s practice focuses primarily on unfair business practice claims, business torts, and class action defense, her firm’s spokesperson said.

She iattended law school at UCLA, where she was a member of the State Moot Court Team and editor-in-chief of the Chicano-Latino Law Review, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, according to her firm biography. Rivera joined the State Bat in 2002.

In other news, Holland & Knight on Friday announced the selection of litigation associate Stacey Wang as a fellow for the firm’s Chesterfield Smith Fellowship Program.

The program, named for the firm’s founder and chairman emeritus, provides  junior associates with the opportunity to perform pro bono work relevant to their practice areas for a one-year period.

Managing Partner Steven Sonberg, said that the program is part of the firm’s “long-standing tradition of service to our communities and our profession” and provides “unique professional development opportunities, on-the-job-training and prominent roles in matters” to those selected as fellows.

Wang practices in the area of commercial and complex litigation in the firm’s Los Angeles office. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Loyola Law School, Wang also holds a business degree from Loyola Marymount University. She was admitted to the State Bar in 2006.


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