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Friday, January 4, 2013


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Irell & Manella, Arent Fox Name Partners in Los Angeles


Alison L. Plessman and Glenn K. Vanzura have been named partners at Irell & Manella.  Both are members of the litigation practice at the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Plessman, who joined the firm in 2005, handles complex commercial litigation in cases involving securities fraud, investment mismanagement, business torts (including professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims) and contract disputes. She earned her law degree from Columbia.

Vanzura represents companies, directors, officers and other individuals in securities litigation, complex business litigation, white collar criminal matters and internal corporate investigations.  He received his law degree from Stanford Law School.

The firm also named Amir A. Naini as counsel.  Naini practices intellectual property law in the Los Angeles office, representing bioscience and high technology companies in litigation, transactions and strategic counseling, with an emphasis on patent-related matters. He earned his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, and has a PhD in biochemistry from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Swarthmore College.

Jennifer C. Terry has been promoted to partner at Arent Fox, where she practices in the areas of commercial litigation and labor and employment. Her practice includes acting as outside general counsel to various entities doing business in California.  She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Mike Feuer has received a coveted endorsement from the Mexican American Bar Association, according to a release issued yesterday by the Feuer campaign.

“Mike Feuer is an inspirational leader who is widely admired by members of the Mexican American Bar Association,” said Rigoberto Arrechiga, president of MABA. “His brand of inclusive leadership, extensive legal and judicial system experience, and exceptional legislative talent make him uniquely qualified to be our next City Attorney.”

Feuer has already received endorsements from former California Supreme Court Justices Carlos Moreno and Cruz Reynoso.

MABA describes itself as one of the largest and most prominent Latino bar associations in the United States, with members that include over 500 attorneys, judges, politicians, and business leaders. 

The Los Angeles Paralegal Association’s Probate and Estate Planning Section presents “California Legislative Roundup: A Review of Laws Affecting Estate Planning, Probate and Conservatorships.”

Attorney James Birnberg will discuss new California legislation and its effects on estate planning, trusts, probate, conservatorship and guardianship proceedings, and give his predictions for 2013 and a recap of 2012. Birnberg is a partner at Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Gold, Birnberg & Coleman in Encino, California.

The event will take place on January 16 at the Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Registration and dinner begin at 6:00 p.m., with a 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. presentation.

The cost to attend is $47 for LAPA members (if registered by January 14), and $62 for non-members and late member registration.

One hour of general MCLE credit is available.

To register by mail, make checks payable to “LAPA” and mail to:

Probate/Estate Planning Section, P.O. Box 71708 Los Angeles, CA 90071.

For additional registration information call 1-866-626-LAPA.

For all other questions, call Martha Bonner at (310) 779-5995.


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