Baker McKenzie opens office in Los Angeles

Baker McKenzie has opened a new office in Los Angeles with the hire of a five-partner team from Hogan Lovells.

Hogan Lovells litigation partner Barry Thompson, employment partner Robin Samuel and litigator Joe Ward will launch the firm’s office in the city.

Thompson was an equity partner at legacy Hogan’s Los Angeles office for six years, and led the firm’s California labour and employment practice. Samuel was an office administrative partner at Hogan Lovells for almost eight years, appointed after the legacy firm joined with Lovells. He was a partner at Hogan & Hartson for almost nine years before that, and was an associate at Crosby Heafey Roach & May.

Ward was a senior attorney at Hogan Lovells for over three years, having joined from Jones Day in 2014 where he was an associate.

The remaining two partners, litigators Mark Goodman and Ethan Miller, will be based in the San Francisco office.

Goodman was at Hogan Lovells for over five years, having joined from Squire Patton Boggs in 2012. Miller was at Hogan Lovells for over five years, having joined from Squire Sanders in 2012 where he was a partner since 2004.

Bakers North America managing partner Colin Murray said: “Given our growing presence on the West Coast, and the fact that we already had attorney teams living and working in Southern California, we are solidifying our roots in a market where many California-based Fortune 500 companies have a presence. Los Angeles is also an increasingly important gateway for our clients in Asia.”

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