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Monday, March 21, 2011


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Sidley Partner Richard Grad Named to MOCA Board


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Richard Grad, a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Los Angeles office, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Contemporary Art.

The election took place last Tuesday and was announced Friday by the firm.

 “I am honored to welcome Richard to the MOCA Board,” Board Co-Chair David G. Johnson said in a statement. “Richard’s comprehensive legal experience coupled with his involvement in charitable arts, cultural and educational organizations in Los Angeles will bring invaluable professional and philanthropic experience to the MOCA Board.“

Grad said he was “particularly proud that my firm, Sidley Austin, is so committed to supporting my activities at MOCA.”

Grad is a global co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Class Action Litigation practice, and has held other significant administrative positions in the firm, including serving as the Los Angeles hiring partner for many years and as co-chair of the Accounting and Finance Committee. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including class action defense, antitrust, securities, real estate financing, patent and other intellectual property litigation.

“Richard’s significant experience in the legal, accounting and financial fields will further strengthen the Board and greatly enrich its governing power as the museum moves forward,“ Board Co-Chair Maria Arena Bell. said

Grad has a long history of involvement in numerous charities, arts, cultural and educational institutions, the firm said in its release.  He is active in Angel Flight, a non-profit organization of aircraft owners and pilots who provide medical patients free air transpiration, and he is actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He also serves on MOCA’s Photography Committee and the council of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, commonly know as REDCAT. Grad has also handled significant pro bono matters with Public Counsel Law Center, as well as pro bono constitutional litigation with the State Bar of California.


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