The expansion of Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office since its founding five years ago is the subject of a feature article that was published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on April 24, 2014.
Titled “Jenner & Block’s ‘Counterculture’ Approach Finds Traction in LA,” the article charts the office’s growth from its two-partner beginning in April 2009 to its 34-attorney operation today, flourishing in spite of its start during the height of the country’s most recent recession and the challenges of the Los Angeles-area legal market.
The feature quotes LA Managing Partner Rick Richmond who, with Partner Brent Caslin, established the office. “One reason firms struggle when they come to [Los Angeles] is that they don’t carefully look at and understand our legal market,” Rick said. Jenner & Block, however, entered the market with targeted practices that were a good fit for LA and also aligned with firm strengths – commercial, entertainment and patent litigation.
Noted legal consultant Peter Zeughauser is also quoted in the story, confirming that our LA office got off to a “strong start” and has done better than other firms that have “attempted the same feat.” Partner Richard L. Stone underscored that, saying, “…everyone seems to now know the firm name.”
Rick Richmond also told the Daily Journal that the office’s “next frontier” is building up its corporate practice; Partner G. Thomas Stromberg elaborated, stating that the focus is on adding corporate practitioners in the media and technology, middle-market and cross-border arenas.