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Arent Fox Los Angeles Continues Rapid Growth in Southern California

Partners From Orange County Litigation Boutique Hansen & Phillips and Howrey Partner Michael Turrill Join Arent Fox's Los Angeles Litigation


LOS ANGELES, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Arent Fox LLP today announced a major expansion of its Los Angeles office with the addition of the name partners from the Southern California business litigation firm Hansen & Phillips LLP, Drew Hansen and Mark Phillips, and the lateral hiring of former Howrey litigation partner Michael L. Turrill.

The additions of Mr. Hansen and Mr. Phillips, along with Mr. Turrill's move to the firm, are the latest developments in the rapid growth of Arent Fox's Los Angeles office, which was launched on January 1, 2007, when Washington, DC-based Arent Fox and Los Angeles-based litigation boutique O'Brien Abeles LLP combined their firms.

"We are extraordinarily pleased these remarkably talented and experienced litigators have joined our firm," said Robert C. O'Brien, the partner-in- charge of Arent Fox's Los Angeles office. "Drew Hansen and Mark Phillips, who together ran Hansen & Phillips, and Michael Turrill are tremendous additions to our West Coast litigation team."

This latest expansion is yet another indication that Arent Fox Los Angeles has established a significant presence in the Southern California legal community. Starting with nine lawyers in January 2007, the Los Angeles office has grown to 25 attorneys -- including lateral partners and new associates -- and 22 staff members.

In December 2007, because of the firm's rapid growth, Arent Fox Los Angeles relocated to the city's prestigious Gas Company Tower located at 555 West 5th Street, leasing more than triple the office space occupied by the firm at its former address.

Incoming partner Drew Hansen said the largest beneficiaries of the Hansen & Phillips decision to join Arent Fox Los Angeles will be their clients. "Our goal at Hansen & Phillips was to establish a law firm dedicated to finding effective, innovative and efficient solutions to the legal challenges facing companies and not-for-profit organizations doing business in California," said Mr. Hansen. "For the past three years, we have been rewarded with a loyal and diverse group of clients who have allowed us to represent them successfully in a wide variety of complex class actions and business disputes. Now, by joining with Arent Fox, one of the premier law firms in the nation, we are able to bring even greater resources when providing the most effective, cutting-edge legal services to our clients in California."

Mr. Turrill echoed those sentiments, saying, "Arent Fox is one of the most dynamic firms in Los Angeles. The quality and professionalism of its attorneys, its demonstrated commitment to their clients and the firm's unlimited potential for significant growth in California were the main factors in my decision to make the move to Arent Fox Los Angeles. I am proud to be joining this distinguished group of dedicated and seasoned legal professionals."

Arent Fox's Washington, DC-based chairman, Marc Fleischaker, said, "Our firm established its Los Angeles office in early 2007 because many of our clients expressed a desire for Arent Fox to have a West Coast presence. Since then, Arent Fox Los Angeles has thrived and continues to grow. Acquiring Hansen & Phillips and having Michael Turrill join our firm are the latest chapters in our California success story."

About the Attorneys:

Michael L. Turrill's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including business torts and unfair competition, antitrust, intellectual property, and real estate limited partnership disputes. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including banking and financial institutions, telecommunications, real estate, oil and gas, cosmetics and airlines. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School. Mr. Turrill has done extensive pro bono work and sits on the Board of Directors of the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Drew R. Hansen practices in all areas of business litigation, including class action defense, consumer fraud and unfair business practice defense, employment litigation, and general commercial disputes. He practiced in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, and with the Newport Beach firm Call, Jensen & Ferrell. He graduated from Stanford Law School, and clerked for Justice Matthew B. Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court. Mr. Hansen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, where he was an Academic All-American and starting guard for the school's Division I basketball team, which played in the 1998 NCAA Championship game against the University of Kentucky.

Mark R. Phillips practices in all areas of business, labor and employment litigation, including defending employers and businesses in class action litigation and in suits for wrongful termination, defamation, discrimination, and wage and hour cases, as well as general commercial disputes. He also counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters and advises employers regarding new legal developments in the workplace. Before Hansen & Phillips LLP, Mr. Phillips practiced at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, a leading San Diego employment firm. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Lawrence J. Block of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.

About Arent Fox:

Arent Fox LLP, with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York, is a recognized leader in areas including intellectual property, life sciences, real estate, healthcare, and complex litigation. With nearly 350 lawyers nationwide, the firm represents Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments, and other entities.

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