Arent Fox Los Angeles Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
Firm Posts An Impressive 350 Percent Growth Since Opening In January 2007
LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 26, 2012 – Five years ago, Arent Fox opened its Los Angeles office with 13 attorneys, including two from its Washington headquarters and nine from its merger with the former O’Brien Abeles firm. Today, despite the extraordinary economic challenges that have faced the profession over the past few years, and which have caused many firms to shed attorneys, downsize staff, and even close their doors, Arent Fox’s Los Angeles office has grown to more than 60 attorneys. Recently, the firm committed to 12,750 square feet of additional space to accommodate continued expansion in its 50,000-square-foot downtown Los Angeles office.
By 2010, partners who joined the Los Angeles office served as national chairs of three major practices. Terree Bowers, the former US Attorney for the Central District of California, joined the firm in 2010 to establish the Los Angeles white collar and investigations practice, which he now chairs. Mr. Bowers has extensive experience in economic crime, fraud and terrorism to the firm and is an authority on the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Aaron Jacoby heads the national automotive industry litigation practice which added three attorneys last year, bringing the total in Los Angeles to nine. Lowell Brown, formerly headed the national health care practice which has doubled since 2007. In 2011, he was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee.
Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crime Issues, Pierre-Richard Prosper brings unparalleled experience in international trade matters and counsels foreign governments on improving their legal capacity. Arent Fox generated international media headlines in 2010 when Ambassador Prosper secured the freedom of a 71-year-old Iranian-American man, Reza Taghavi, who had been imprisoned in Iran for more than two years. Ambassador Prosper travelled to Iran to negotiate Mr. Taghavi’s release and accompanied him back home to the United States. Ambassador Prosper is now representing a former US Marine, Amir Hekmati, who has been accused of espionage and sentenced to death by the Iranian government. Hekmati, an Iranian-American US citizen born in Arizona and raised in Michigan, was arrested in mid-September while on a visit to his family in Iran. Ambassador Prosper also represents the Government of Rwanda and its President, Paul Kagame, in a federal case in Oklahoma where he secured a landmark ruling from the court dismissing claims against Rwanda.
Other burgeoning Los Angeles practices include labor and employment which grew from two attorneys, when the former head of another firm moved to Arent Fox in 2009, to eight in less than two years. The firm’s Los Angeles intellectual property group added five attorneys in 2011. Overall, the office now has 114 employees.
About Arent Fox
Arent Fox LLP, with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and New York is a recognized leader in areas including election law, complex litigation, intellectual property, real estate, telecommunications, health care, automotive, sports, white collar, international trade, and bankruptcy. With more than 350 lawyers nationwide, Arent Fox has extensive experience in corporate securities, financial restructuring, government relations, labor and employment, finance, tax, corporate compliance, and the global business market. The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments and other entities.