Product liability team led by Jayme Long joins DLA Piper in Los Angeles

DLA Piper announced today that Jayme Long has joined the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory practice as a partner based in Los Angeles.

Long is a first-chair trial lawyer who defends companies faced with complex litigation matters in a broad array of areas, including product liability, premises liability, mass torts and commercial litigation. She represents companies in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, safety and maritime industries in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to Long, of counsel and certified appellate specialist Justin Sarno and associates Stephanie Peatman and Alexander Giraldo have also joined the Litigation and Regulatory practice in Los Angeles, along with paralegal Hannah Ali and trial assistant David Mitchell.

“Jayme is a deeply experienced trial attorney with an incredible range, demonstrated by a strong understanding of scientific and complex legal issues and an excellent track record in the courtroom. She and her team will add significant value and depth to our capabilities, allowing us to better serve the needs of companies operating in a wide range of sectors,” said James Brogan, US chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice.

“I have followed the growth of Jayme’s practice for years and am very excited that she is joining DLA Piper. She and her team complement and expand our product liability and commercial disputes offerings on the West Coast, and her addition demonstrates our continued dedication to growing our presence in Southern California,” said Angela Agrusa, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles offices.

Long joins from Dentons US LLP. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her B.S. from San Diego State University.

Offshore wind worldwide – Regulatory framework in selected countries

The economic and ecological potential of offshore wind turbines is far from exhausted, according to the assessment of the international law firm Hogan Lovells and the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO).

“The upward trend of the worldwide offshore industry continues. The year 2020 will mark a further high of the contribution of offshore wind to the overall energy mix”, says Dr Christian Knütel, Partner at Hogan Lovells in Hamburg.

Together with Prof. Dr Martin Skiba and Gunnar Herzig from the WFO, the expert for offshore projects has now presented the handbook “Offshore Wind Worldwide – Regulatory Framework in Selected Countries”, a comprehensive review of the public and regulatory framework conditions of worldwide offshore wind power markets.

Worldwide, experts anticipate the capacity of offshore wind energy facilities to increase to over 70 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, with Europe contributing 40 GW. The market is expected to grow by USD 230 billion by the end of this decade. According to Gunnar Herzig, Managing Director of the WFO, there are three main reasons for the global breakthrough of offshore wind power: cost reductions, technical maturity and global support.

“Technological advancements such as the advent of floating foundations for offshore wind farms create further spectacular growth opportunities as they open up new “deepwater”-markets such as California, Spain, Norway or Japan”, explains Herzig.

The global demands for CO2-friendly energy alternatives as well as the rapid development on the offshore wind markets make it almost impossible for even the most knowledgeable offshore wind experts to keep track of all regulatory developments and changes in the different markets around the world. The handbook presented here provides an overview of the legal framework conditions in the international offshore wind market, which is characterised by a large number of different regulations due to the lack of a uniform global policy.

The handbook is the result of an international collaboration between lawyers from Hogan Lovells and lawyers from Best-Friends law firms on three continents. Equipped with excellent industry knowledge, this handbook provides first-hand insights into national legal systems. It is updated annually, making it a companion for years to come and a first-class reference for a global overview of the legal conditions of the offshore industry.

A free copy of the handbook is available here