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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.

Eversheds Sutherland advises Magnetar Capital on latest acquisition

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it represented alternative asset manager Magnetar Capital in the acquisition of international property and investment group Lendlease’s renewable energy business unit, which will operate under the name Vesper Energy moving forward.

Since its start in 2015, Vesper Energy has commercialised over 680 MW of utility-scale solar projects in the US. Working closely with communities and customers, the company develops, builds and operates high-quality, high value assets that contribute to a sustainable, decarbonised electrical grid. Its current customers include municipalities, higher education institutions, large corporations and integrated electric utilities.

Vesper Energy has an existing 3 GW solar and 2.5 GWh energy storage development pipeline across the US, encompassing 20 unique projects. The company plans to begin construction on three new projects in 2021 in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to extend Magnetar’s existing renewables franchise into the rapidly growing utility-scale solar and storage market in North America,” said Adam Daley, co-head of Energy and Infrastructure at Magnetar. “This investment complements our existing solar portfolio companies and reflects our continued commitment to providing growth capital to businesses actively reducing carbon emissions.”

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Thomas H. Warren led the deal team, which also included Partners Michael Gurion and Madeleine M. L. Tan as well as Associates Alistair W. J. McMaster and Alyssa N. Walker.

Latham & Watkins recognised with Humanitarian Award

The Inner City Law Center has awarded Latham & Watkins it’s 2020 Humanitarian Award for being a “steadfast supporter and zealous pro bono partner.”

As noted in this short video presentation of the Award, while working with the Inner City Law Center, Latham has “fought unlawful evictions, [helped people] access safe and affordable housing, helped veterans get vital VA benefits, and fought for justice for the most vulnerable among us.”

The Inner City Law Center is a non-profit poverty-law firm serving the poorest and most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. The Center fights for justice for individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income tenants, working-poor families, immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, and homeless veterans.

Thank you and congratulations to all our Latham attorneys and staff who have worked on so many matters with the Center and its clients over the past 20 years.

Latham & Watkins launches new LiveWell Center in Los Angeles

Latham & Watkins LLP today opened the LiveWell Center, the firm’s new on-site health center in its Los Angeles office, managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The new center expands the firm’s market-leading well-being platform — LiveWell Latham — which, for over a decade, has provided innovative physical and mental well-being programs designed to meet the unique needs of its personnel.

“I’m thrilled to see the center launch in Los Angeles and proud to be the first law firm in the country with an on-site health center managed by the prestigious Johns Hopkins,” said Larry Seymour, Office Managing Partner in Los Angeles. “This is an important and exciting milestone and is further testament to our strong commitment to support the well-being of our employees.”

The LiveWell Center provides a variety of medical and preventive services such as acute care for minor illnesses and injuries, screenings, flu shots, travel immunisations, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and blood work. The new center will also provide counseling and well-being coaching, chronic disease prevention and management, and physical therapy.

“While many on-site clinics focus primarily on acute care, we intentionally expanded our services to include preventive care, chronic disease management, mental health counseling, and physical therapy,” said Annette Sciallo, Director of Global Benefits & Well-Being at Latham & Watkins. “It’s about removing barriers to care and making it easy for our lawyers and staff to focus on their health proactively.”

These expanded services complement the ongoing programs of LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, including concerted efforts across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia around mental health, resilience, diabetes prevention, ergonomics, and other areas.

Latham’s Chief Operating Officer LeeAnn Black added: “The LiveWell Center is the latest innovation in our decade-long journey to foster and support a culture of well-being across the firm. The health and well-being of our people remains a top priority for Latham, and we are committed to investing in best-in-class resources that help them thrive.”

LiveWell Center services are available to all lawyers and staff in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles offices, as well as those visiting on firm business — with nearly all services being free of charge.

Johns Hopkins Medicine manages the LiveWell Center in adherence with Johns Hopkins medical protocols. The experienced clinical team is led by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and includes two well-being counselors, two physical therapists, and a Registered Nurse.

The firm plans to open a second LiveWell Center with Johns Hopkins in New York when the office relocates to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in 2020.

About LiveWell Latham

LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, launched in 2010 and promotes health, safety and overall well-being for Latham attorneys and staff across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our initiatives range from customised resilience and mindfulness programs to bespoke mental health trainings; diabetes prevention to executive health; cancer support to telemedicine; and ergonomics assessments by over 100 in-house trained ergonomics specialists. The firm also runs an annual “Spring Challenge,” entering its 12th year, in which approximately 100 team leaders across the firm lead their offices in a Fitbit-based physical activity competition. These efforts are led by a long-standing dedicated and experienced well-being team focused on the development and implementation of the firm’s innovative program.

CommerceWest Bank helped children find their forever families

CommerceWest Bank helped children find their forever families by supporting Seneca Family of Agencies. Seneca has had a 100% success rate in placing children from foster care with their forever families for over 35 years. Seneca improves services and support for the most vulnerable children and their families. It is their commitment to provide unconditional care and they will do whatever it takes to help children and their families thrive.

Ivo A. Tjan, Chairman and CEO of CommerceWest Bank commented, “CommerceWest Bank is grateful to be able to help children and families that have faced challenges such as poverty, trauma, and community violence.” He continued, “Seneca is a special agency, as no child is ejected due to challenging behaviours. They truly provide unconditional care.”

CommerceWest Bank is a California based full service commercial bank with a unique vision and culture of focusing exclusively on the business community. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Irvine, California. The Bank serves businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on clients in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. We are a full service business bank and offer a wide range of commercial banking services, including concierge services, remote deposit solution, online banking, mobile banking, lines of credit, working capital loans, commercial real estate loans, SBA loans, and treasury management services.

Mission Statement

CommerceWest Bank will create a complete banking experience for each client, catering to businesses and their specific banking needs, while accommodating our clients and providing them high-quality, low stress and personally tailored banking and financial services.

The Schall Law Firm investigating claims on behalf of investors

The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors in Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alder” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: ALDR) for potential breaches of fiduciary duty on the part of its directors in connection with the pending sale of the Company to H. Lundbeck A/S.

We also encourage you to contact Brian Schall of the Schall Law Firm, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 90067, at 424-303-1964, to discuss your rights free of charge. You can also reach us through the firm’s website at https://schallfirm.com/, or by email at [email protected].

The Schall Law Firm represents investors around the world and specialises in securities class action lawsuits and shareholder rights litigation.