In a move that expands its commercial and complex litigation and labor and employment capabilities for clients both in Southern California and nationally, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has combined with the boutique firm of Eisenberg Raizman Thurston & Wong LLP (ERTW).
The six new lawyers who have joined Drinker Biddle’s Century City office are the four noted trial attorneys who were the named partners at ERTW: Sheldon Eisenberg, David H. Raizman, Adam J. Thurston and Christopher F. Wong, along with their associates, Ryan S. Fife and Elena S. Min.
“These skilled lawyers are a terrific addition to our firm,” said Drinker Biddle Chairman Alfred W. Putnam, Jr. “This move continues our strategy of bringing top-notch litigators on board in Los Angeles to serve clients in California and nationwide.”
Eisenberg, who began his legal career with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles in 1981 and became a partner in 1987, is known for handling many significant trials and appeals in the entertainment, technology, real estate and corporate arenas, in both federal and state courts nationwide, as well as in arbitrations. He joined Bryan Cave in 1997, and was leading the firm’s Los Angeles litigation practice when he co-founded ERTW in 2006.
Raizman, who met Eisenberg at Irell & Manella when he joined that firm in 1987, is one of the leading labor and employment lawyers in California, known especially for his work defending claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He currently represents the City of Los Angeles in multiple class actions seeking to enforce accommodations on virtually every street corner throughout the city. He joined Eisenberg at Bryan Cave in 1997, and was coordinating its Southern California labor and employment practice when he co-founded ERTW with Eisenberg in 2006.
“At ERTW, we continued our complex litigation practice and helped our clients with a wide variety of dispute resolution issues in a boutique setting,” said Eisenberg. “At Drinker, we are now excited to bring that same value to our clients, as well as offering them the depth, skill and resources of a large, well-respected national firm with comprehensive corporate and litigation practices.”
Drinker Biddle now has 17 lawyers in Los Angeles, split between its longtime downtown office and the Century City office, which opened in December 2009. Eisenberg and Raizman, as well as Wong, join fellow Irell & Manella alumni George T. Caplan and Henry Shields, Jr., at Drinker Biddle’s Century City office. Caplan, Shields and four other litigators launched the Century City office in late 2009. In addition to complex commercial litigation and labor and employment matters, the firm’s Southern California lawyers focus on large products liability matters, class actions, real estate litigation and other significant business litigation. Drinker Biddle also has nearly 40 lawyers in its San Francisco office and more than 620 lawyers in its 12 offices nationwide, with approximately half of them involved in handling litigation matters.
Brief biographies of the new Drinker Biddle lawyers in Los Angeles are available in the above PDF.