Bingham Adds 40 Lawyers in Los Angeles With Combination With High-Stakes Litigation Firm Alschuler Grossman

May 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Bingham McCutchen LLP

    LOS ANGELES, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bingham McCutchen LLP will add 40
 lawyers in Los Angeles through a combination announced today with Alschuler
 Grossman LLP, a firm with a national reputation for handling high-stakes,
 high-profile litigation and deep roots in Los Angeles.
     "With the addition of Alschuler, Bingham has significantly expanded its
 litigation strength in Southern California to match our unparalleled
 corporate, private-equity and environmental talent," said Chairman Jay S.
 Zimmerman, noting that both firms' clients with connections to California,
 the world's seventh largest economy, would benefit from the combination.
 "Alschuler joining Bingham reflects our commitment to growing strategically
 in key financial markets to accommodate client needs locally, nationally
 and globally."
     The Alschuler combination is Bingham's eighth since 1997, third in
 California since 2002, and second for 2007, following the joint enterprise
 with 22-lawyer Tokyo restructuring firm, Sakai & Mimura, in January.
 Bingham now has nearly 1,000 lawyers worldwide, with 350 in California in
 offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Silicon
 Valley, and Walnut Creek.
     In addition to its strong litigation practice, Alschuler does real
 estate, real-estate finance, mergers, acquisitions, securities and
 intellectual property work, which complements other Bingham practices.
 Alschuler's clients include an impressive array of domestic and
 multinational Fortune 500 companies, and major international accounting,
 law and insurance companies.
     "We are thrilled to join Bingham and its outstanding group of
 transactional lawyers and litigators who will complement our own practice,"
 said Marshall B. Grossman. "Bingham has brought together California's 'A
 Team' in litigation, transactional work and intellectual property through
 its prior successful combinations," added Grossman, referring to Bingham's
 California combinations with the former McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen LLP
 (based in San Francisco) in 2002 and Los Angeles-based Riordan & McKinzie
 in 2003.
     Founded in 1952, Alschuler Grossman LLP is a leading litigation firm in
 Southern California, known for achieving outstanding results in significant
 "bet-the-company" cases. Alschuler has received national attention for its
 representation in accountants' liability and securities class actions,
 major contract disputes and complex business litigation. Alschuler's
 clients include Blockbuster, Grupo Televisa, AIG, CNA, Washington Mutual,
 CB Richard Ellis, Grant Thornton, and BDO Seidman.
     Known worldwide for its legal work in complex financial and corporate
 transactions, securities and other regulatory matters, and high-stakes
 litigation, Bingham McCutchen LLP has 13 offices worldwide. Under
 Zimmerman's leadership, Bingham has grown steadily and confidently through
 a series of combinations and acquisitions to become a major force in the
 consolidation of the legal industry, benefiting clients by deepening the
 firm's legal talent across a broad range of practice areas in key
 geographic locations. Bingham's clients include Oracle, Bank of America,
 Deutsche Bank AG NY, Intel Corporation, Legg Mason Partners Fund, Boston
 Scientific, Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo Bank and Morgan Stanley.

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