Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, September 20, 2012


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Litigator Mark Johnson Joins Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles Office


Alston & Bird LLP yesterday announced the addition of environmental litigator Mark Johnson to its Los Angeles office, joining the firm’s Environmental & Land Development Practice Group.

According to the firm’s media statement:

“Johnson has more than 30 years of experience focusing on environmental matters, including, petroleum and hazardous waste contamination, toxic torts, air quality, public water supplies and the California Coastal Act.”

 In the statement, Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays said:

“Mark adds an incredible wealth of knowledge and skill to the firm’s strong environmental bench. His experience in one of the most cutting-edge jurisdictions for environmental law is invaluable to our bicoastal team.”

Johnson earned a law degree from the Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles and holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.

The firm of DLA Piper has announced that attorney Perrie Weiner is to be co-managing partner of both Los Angeles offices, joining current Office Managing Partner Michael Meyer.

According to a DLA Piper news statement:

“Weiner is international co-chair of DLA Piper’s Securities Litigation practice and a member of the firm’s Executive and Policy committees. Beyond traditional securities matters, he also has a highly active privacy rights class action practice and a hedge fund practice, as well as an international practice (including the representation of China-based operating companies in the U.S., their officers and directors, their underwriters and their auditors being sued in the U.S. for securities fraud).”

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Business Law Section on Thursday, Oct. 4 presents its luncheon program called “M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) Fundamentals—What Every Business lawyer Neds to Know About Structuring and Executing the Deal.”

According to the BHBA meeting notice, the program will focus on such topics as “Identifying the Players;” “The Role and Limitations of Letters of Intent;” “Running an Efficient Due Diligence Process” “Indemnifications, Caps, Baskets and Carve-Outs” and “Closing and Post-Closing Tax Considerations.”

The speakers are to include Jeffrey Sklar, Sklar Law P.C. and Justin Bowen, Bowen Law Offices. The moderator is to be Jennifer A. Post, Post Law Group, P.C.

The event begins at noon at the Beverly Hills Bar Association, 9420 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Beverly Hills. Information is available by telephoning (310) 601-BHBA

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Section on Monday, Oct. 8 presents its “TAP (Trial Advocacy Project): Expert Witness Workshop.”

According to the LACBA meeting announcement, “The Expert Witness Workshop” provides introductory and advanced level instruction on how to use expert witnesses in civil and criminal actions, with special emphasis on expert testimony.

According to the announcement:

“Topics covered in the program include evidentiary rules regarding expert opinions, taking and defending expert depositions, how experts can help and hurt a case, direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, establishing and challenging expert qualifications, and advanced expert testimony techniques. In the workshop portion of the program participant’s conduct direct and cross-examination of an expert witness.”

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Mock Courtroom, 1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles.

Information is available by telephoning (213) 896-6560.


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