Tuesday, August 11, 2015

          Morgan Lewis and UC Hastings: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

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          Back row (left to right): Tom Gede ’81, Kent Roger ’80, Lindsey Shinn ’09, Frank Hinman ’91, Ali Gramaglia ’12, Todd Esker ’02, Sasha Steenhoek ’07. Front Row (left to right): Dennis Sinclitico ’05, Miranda Lindl O’Connell ’08, Carla Oakley ’87, Ashley Krupski ’09, Jennifer Svanfeldt ’04. Not pictured: Joe Floren ’93, Ella Foley Gannon ’98, Geoff Holtz ’97, Camarin Madigan ’03, David Brezner ’65, Cristina Ashba ’13, David Thompson ’13, Ruby Way ’93, Bart Bassett ’96, Leigh Flesher ’84.

          When Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP welcomed approximately 750 lawyers, legal professionals and staff from Bingham McCutchen LLP in November 2014, the combination created the largest law firm in the country, with more than 1,700 U.S.-based lawyers.

          Upon closer look at the attorneys’ alma maters, several interesting facts about the firm’s roster of 32 UC Hastings alumni emerge.

          Morgan Lewis’s expansion resulted in a 50% increase in the number of former UC Hastings students based in the firm’s San Francisco outpost, which boasts more than 165 lawyers. The 19 UC Hastings-trained attorneys who practice there comprise the office’s single largest alumni constituency and include such distinguished graduates as Tom Gede ’81, a principal with Morgan Lewis Consulting and the newly elected chair of the UC Hastings Board of Directors, Ella Foley Gannon ’98, the deputy leader of the firm’s litigation practice and Frank Hinman ’91, leader of the firm’s California antitrust practice. “I am fortunate to be affiliated with two excellent organizations – Morgan Lewis, one of the strongest law firms in the world, and UC Hastings, a world-class institution that produces top legal talent,” enthused Gede.

          Twelve additional UC Hastings alumni are based in the firm’s Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices. The group includes Barton “Bart” Bassett ’96, leader of the firm’s tax controversy & planning practice, Seth Gerber ’99, managing partner of the firm’s Santa Monica office and Brian Jazaeri ’02, deputy leader of the firm’s healthcare practice group. Doug Orvis ’96, a partner in the firm’s D.C. office who counsels clients on telecommunications regulatory compliance, is the firm’s only UC Hastings graduate based outside of California.

          While most UC Hastings alumni are members of the firm’s litigation practice, other alumni contribute to the firm’s investment management, labor & employment, eData, tax, corporate, and telecom, media & tech practices. “Morgan Lewis is a litigation heavyweight, particularly in San Francisco, where our UC Hastings alumni play an important role in core practice areas, such as antitrust, environmental law, IP and securities law,” said Gannon.

          Morgan Lewis and the legacy Bingham firm share a long history of recruiting talent at the school, recognizing that UC Hastings students possess a wide range of skills and interests that translate across practice areas. Reflecting on how UC Hastings prepared him for his legal career, Bassett recalled, “My interest in law started at UC Hastings, particularly during my tax classes with Professors Stephen Lind and Bill Hutton. The excellent tax program provided me with the framework I needed to launch my career as a tax lawyer.”

          For more information about Morgan Lewis, visit their website here.

          UC Hastings Alumni at Morgan Lewis

          Cristina Ashba ‘13
          Barton Bassett ‘96
          David Brezner ‘65
          Tynnete Campbell ‘13
          Taylor Day ‘09
          Cynthia Dunnett ‘85
          Todd Esker ‘02
          Leigh Flesher ‘84
          Joseph Floren ‘93
          Ella Foley Gannon ‘98
          Thomas Gede ‘81
          Seth Gerber ‘99
          Alyse Gramaglia ‘12
          Frank Hinman ‘91
          Geoffrey Holtz ‘97
          Brian Jazaeri ‘02
          Jason Komorsky ‘91
          Ashley Krupski ‘09
          Miranda Lindl O’Connell ‘08
          Camarin Madigan ‘03
          Marisa Madrid ‘12
          Carla Oakley ‘87
          Douglas Orvis II ‘96
          Kent Roger ‘80
          Lindsey Shinn ‘09
          Dennis Sinclitico, Jr. ‘05
          Sacha Steenhoek ‘07
          Jennifer Svanfeldt ’04
          David Thompson ’13
          Lisa Veasman ‘08
          Ruby Way ‘93
          Yardena Zwang-Weissman ‘06

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