November 10, 2011

Jenner & Block has expanded its Los Angeles office and its representation of clients in the media and entertainment industries with the addition of six new partners.  Highly experienced courtroom attorneys Richard L. Stone, Kenneth D. Klein, Julie A. Shepard, David R. Singer, and Amy M. Gallegos join the Firm’s Litigation Department, while noted transactional attorney Carissa C. W. Coze joins the Firm’s Corporate Department. 

All of the attorneys will become members of Jenner & Block’s acclaimed Content, Media & Entertainment practice.  This group, which previously practiced at Hogan Lovells LLP in Los Angeles, has represented numerous clients, including extensive work recently for News Corporation and many of its current and former subsidiaries, such as Fox Broadcasting Company, Dow Jones, Harper Collins and MySpace.  Jenner & Block also represents, and over the years has represented, various News Corporation entities.

This team of attorneys has been lead trial counsel in a wide variety of cases for entertainment and media clients, including business litigation directly related to the financial crisis, large scale class actions and cutting edge trademark and copyright cases.  On a transactional front, they have been responsible for strategic mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and key licensing deals in a broad array of media.

Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office opened in 2009 with two former Kirkland & Ellis partners, Rick Richmond and Brent Caslin.  With the addition of these six new partners, there will now be 24 lawyers, including 14 partners, in the Los Angeles office. 

“The Los Angeles office continues on its impressive trajectory of hiring outstanding lawyers in the community and is further evidence of the Firm’s overall strategic growth plan,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Susan C. Levy.  “These lawyers bring proven records of achievement and further enhance our ability to serve client needs.  Their practices are complementary to the Firm and its existing clients.  We are delighted to welcome them to the Firm.”

“We have been working together as a team for many years and the opportunity to move together to work at Jenner & Block to help build upon its existing group of leading media and entertainment clients was ideal,” Mr. Stone said.  “This was the perfect fit for us and where we see our practice expanding well into the future.”

Added Mr. Richmond, the Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office, “This is a great day for the Los Angeles office.  These new partners provide us with an increased ability to expand our representation of a wide spectrum of clients both in southern California and across the country.”

Partner and Co-Chair of Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment practice Andrew H. Bart, agreed, stating, “This group of outstanding lawyers both strengthens and expands our existing practice, and gives us real depth in the Los Angeles market.  In addition to traditional content and entertainment litigation, our new partners bring extensive experience in business litigation for entertainment sector companies and a sophisticated IP transactions capability.  We are thrilled.”