Jenner & Block Hires Six Partners From Hogan Lovells in Los Angeles

Jenner & Block LLP, a U.S. law firm with about 470 attorneys, hired six partners from the Los Angeles office of Hogan Lovells US LLP for its commercial entertainment and media litigation group.

Jenner & Block said in a statement that it hired Richard L. Stone, an antitrust and copyright lawyer in the media and entertainment industries; Kenneth D. Klein, a contract and antitrust attorney; Carissa C.W. Coze, a corporate transactions specialist; Amy M. Gallegos, who specializes in entertainment and media industry commercial litigation; intellectual property and entertainment litigator Julie Ann Shepard; and David R. Singer, an entertainment and media litigator. All will work in the Los Angeles office.

“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,” Stone said. “This was the perfect fit for us and where we see our practice expanding well into the future.”

Chicago-based Jenner & Block will increase its total number of lawyers in the Los Angeles office from 20 to 26, said Rick Richmond, a managing partner in Los Angeles. The group has recently represented News Corp. and many of its current and former subsidiaries, such as Fox Broadcasting Co., Dow Jones & Co., Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., and MySpace Inc., the firm said.

Fitting In

“We expect them to fit right in with what they’ve been doing, which is high-octane commercial litigation,” Richmond said in a phone interview.

Stephen Kay, Hogan Lovells’s managing partner of its Los Angeles office, said in a phone interview that it’s likely the departing partners will take clients with them.

“Some of them have relationships (with clients) that I imagine they will seek to continue,” Kay said. “This is, in the scheme of things, not going to have a significant impact on our West Coast practice.”

Hogan Lovells US LLP is affiliated with Hogan Lovells International, which has 40 offices and more than 2,300 attorneys, the firm said.

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