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.
“The energy and leadership of our Los Angeles managing partner Robert O’Brien have been critical to the success of our efforts since the merger in January 2007,” observes Mark Katz, chairman of Arent Fox. “He has played a key role in attracting exceptional laterals and building the Los Angeles office into a competitive force in the market. The results have been extraordinary.”
“Arent Fox’s national reputation provided a strong platform from which to build the Los Angeles office and overcome the demands of a difficult economy,” said Mr. O’Brien. “We have focused on expanding key practice areas on the West Coast that were already well established in Washington and New York, including health care, automotive, international business, and litigation, and to establish a thriving white collar and investigations practice. And, we are not done yet.”
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.
In June 2011, the firm scored a major coup when Stephen G. Larson, a highly regarded former federal district judge and assistant US Attorney, joined the office. Judge Larson’s practice focuses on complex business disputes, antitrust actions, civil rights, intellectual property rights, and criminal and regulatory defense. Judge Larson also is a member of the office’s dynamic international practice. He plays an active role in international investigations and establishment of the rule of law in developing countries. He and O’Brien were founding members of the executive board of the US Department of State’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, traveling to that war-torn nation to meet judges, prosecutors, and other government officials.
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 Harry Johnson, the former head of Jones Day’s practice, 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.
“The first five years have seen us make major headway in building a team of outstanding attorneys across each of our primary practice areas – who are dedicated to obtaining victories for our clients in complex disputes and providing excellent counsel to them in regulatory and transactional matters,” Mr. O’Brien said.
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.