Dreier Stein & Kahan and Browne Woods & George to Merge; New Firm to Remain New York Dreier LLP Affiliate

Preeminent Firms Combine to Offer Clients Bi-Coastal, Full-Service

Capabilities in Business & Entertainment Litigation, Transactional Work



Oct 04, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreier Stein & Kahan,
 based in Santa Monica and Century City, and Browne Woods & George, based in
 Beverly Hills, have announced that as of January 1, 2008, they will merge
 their practices, bringing together two powerhouse Southern California law
 firms.
     The new firm, to be named Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods & George LLP,
 combines the 54-attorney entertainment litigation and corporate
 transactional firm founded earlier this year by Marc Dreier, Stanton
 "Larry" Stein and Robert Kahan and the 17-attorney business litigation and
 trial firm led by Allan Browne, Edward Woods and Eric George. The firm will
 be the west-coast affiliate of 125-attorney New York-based Dreier LLP and
 will be located in the Santa Monica and Century City offices.
     "The merger is a winning proposition for our clients," stated Larry
 Stein, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and head of its Entertainment &
 Media Department. "We are able to provide representation at the very
 highest level in all areas of business litigation, entertainment litigation
 and corporate law. The principals of the firms have enjoyed close
 professional and personal relationships for years and have referred
 business back and forth, so we have a strong basis for collaboration moving
 forward."
     "This merger is the right move at the right time," stated Allan Browne,
 co-founder of Browne Woods & George and founder of the Association of
 Business Trial Lawyers in California. "This is a great match. The caliber
 of the Dreier Stein & Kahan attorneys and our affiliation with the
 full-service Dreier firm in New York will allow us to more fully service
 our clients."
     Added Marc Dreier, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and Managing
 Partner of Dreier LLP: "This truly exceptional group of trial attorneys at
 Browne Woods & George allows us to enhance our full-service capabilities on
 both coasts. Not only will we be able to better service our existing
 clients, we will be able to offer an array of services to new clients."
     Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
     Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP is headquartered in Santa Monica's Water
 Garden complex, with a second office at Fox Plaza in Century City. Its
 primary areas of practice include entertainment litigation, commercial
 litigation, intellectual property, media, corporate, finance, securities,
 franchise and distribution law, mergers and acquisitions, labor and
 employment, bankruptcy, insolvency and other areas of transactional and
 litigation law. Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP serves as the west coast
 affiliate of Manhattan-based Dreier LLP, a firm that represents
 institutional, entrepreneurial and individual clients in diverse sectors of
 financial, industrial, hospitality and service-oriented markets.
     Browne Woods & George LLP
     Browne Woods & George LLP specializes in high-stakes, cost-effective
 business litigation. Its attorneys are experienced at all levels of federal
 and state court proceedings, having garnered more than 20 years' worth of
 successes for both plaintiff and defendant clients. BWG represents a full
 array of businesses and individuals, including manufacturers, retail
 establishments, entertainers and entertainment companies, lawyers and law
 firms, real estate developers, syndicators, and entrepreneurs. BWG
 attributes its proven track record to its attorneys being not only civil
 litigators, but bona fide trial lawyers.
     Marc S. Dreier
     Marc S. Dreier is the founder and managing partner of Dreier LLP. Mr.
 Dreier's expertise is in commercial litigation, having practiced in that
 area exclusively for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience, in
 particular, in securities litigation and arbitration, employment disputes,
 intellectual property, and real estate litigation. He appears regularly in
 federal and state trial and appellate courts and regulatory forums
 throughout the country. Prior to founding Dreier LLP in 1996, Mr. Dreier
 was head of the litigation department in the New York office of Fulbright &
 Jaworski LLP, a national firm of 900 attorneys. Previously, he had been a
 litigation partner at Rosenman & Colin LLP. He is a member of the Bars of
 the States of New York and Arizona and is admitted to practice before the
 U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and
 Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern
 Districts of New York and the District Court of Arizona. He is also a
 member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County
 Lawyers Association. Mr. Dreier received a B.A. from Yale College in 1972
 and his J.D. from The Harvard Law School in 1975.
     Stanton "Larry" Stein
     Larry Stein is co-founder of DSK and heads its Entertainment & Media
 Department. His clientele includes writers, directors, producers, actors,
 musicians, entertainment guilds, talent agencies, personal and business
 management companies, and independent production companies. In 2007, Mr.
 Stein was listed in Who's Who in L.A. Law by the Los Angeles Business
 Journal and ranked above the No. 1 ranking as a "star performer" in
 Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. Mr. Stein has appeared on
 the cover of the National Law Journal and was named "Entertainment Lawyer
 of the Year" by the Beverly Hills and Century City Bar Associations. He
 received the ACLU Foundation's Pro Bono Civil Liberties Award. He's listed
 in The Best Lawyers In America and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading
 Lawyers in America. He was profiled in California Lawyer as one of the top
 five "A-List Entertainment Lawyers" and in the Daily Journal's 100 Most
 Influential Lawyers in California. He serves on the Board of Directors of
 the Foundation of the State Bar of California. He is a founder and past
 President of Public Counsel and has served on the Board of Bet Tzedek Legal
 Foundation and Ocean Park Community Center. He is an adjunct professor at
 USC School of Law, where he teaches Entertainment Law, and was a
 distinguished speaker at Harvard Law School's Conference on Entertainment
 and Sports. He has lectured at Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, the
 University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA Law School.
     Robert Kahan
     Bob Kahan heads Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP's Transactional Department.
 His practice includes a full range of business services, including mergers
 and acquisitions, securities, franchising, and general corporate matters.
 Mr. Kahan advises clients in a variety of industries, including restaurant
 management, food service, post production, talent agency, and business
 management. Mr. Kahan is a past Chair of the California State Bar Franchise
 Law Committee, a member of the International Franchise Association's
 Legal/Legislative Committee, and has served as Vice Chair and a member of
 the California State Bar Executive Committee, Business Law Section. He also
 was a member of the Committee on Partnership and Incorporated Business
 Associations, and a member of the California State Senate Select Committee
 on Small Business Enterprises. He currently serves on the Boards of the
 City of Hope's Inner Circle and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He
 also has served as a member of the Board of Overseers, Landmark School, as
 a member of the Board of Trustees, Windward School, and as a member of the
 Board of Directors of the Drop-In Center in Santa Monica. Mr. Kahan has
 written and lectured on many business and corporate law issues, including
 securities, franchising, shareholder matters, and small and emerging growth
 companies.
     Allan Browne
     Allan Browne is one of the leading trial lawyers in California. Mr.
 Browne has won judgments or settled multi-million dollar cases on a regular
 and frequent basis for the past three decades. During his career, he has
 had more than 100 trials. A frequent lecturer and noted author, he has
 conducted more than 50 seminars for trial lawyers throughout California on
 procedural and substantive legal matters, and is the planner, editor and
 contributing author of California Business Litigation, published by the
 Continuing Education of the Bar. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor
 to legal journals, having written more than 30 articles on various legal
 subjects. Mr. Browne is the founder and first President of the Association
 of Business Trial Lawyers, the largest business trial lawyers association
 in California. He has also served as Judge Pro Tem, and member of the Board
 of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Board of
 Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
     Edward A. Woods
     Edward A. Woods, one of the founding partners of Browne Woods & George,
 specializes in the trial of complex commercial and entertainment matters.
 He has obtained judgments and settlements totaling several hundreds of
 millions of dollars for the firm's clients, including manufacturers, retail
 establishments, entertainers, film production and distribution companies,
 lawyers and law firms, real estate developers and syndicators, and
 entrepreneurs. Mr. Woods is a co-author of California Business Litigation,
 published by the Continuing Education of the Bar, and serves on the Board
 of Trustees of an international private secondary school.
     Eric M. George
     Eric M. George focuses on complex, frequently high-profile business
 litigation matters, and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar
 judgments and settlements for clients. He presently serves on federal and
 state judicial selection committees, and also on the Ninth Circuit Advisory
 Board. Prior to joining Browne Woods & George, Mr. George served as Counsel
 to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and, prior to that time, as
 Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson. Regularly featured as
 one of California's Top 100 Attorneys, Mr. George also is a co-author of
 the practice book Competitive Business Litigation, published by the
 Continuing Education of the Bar.
 
 

SOURCE Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreier Stein & Kahan,
 based in Santa Monica and Century City, and Browne Woods & George, based in
 Beverly Hills, have announced that as of January 1, 2008, they will merge
 their practices, bringing together two powerhouse Southern California law
 firms.
     The new firm, to be named Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods & George LLP,
 combines the 54-attorney entertainment litigation and corporate
 transactional firm founded earlier this year by Marc Dreier, Stanton
 "Larry" Stein and Robert Kahan and the 17-attorney business litigation and
 trial firm led by Allan Browne, Edward Woods and Eric George. The firm will
 be the west-coast affiliate of 125-attorney New York-based Dreier LLP and
 will be located in the Santa Monica and Century City offices.
     "The merger is a winning proposition for our clients," stated Larry
 Stein, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and head of its Entertainment &
 Media Department. "We are able to provide representation at the very
 highest level in all areas of business litigation, entertainment litigation
 and corporate law. The principals of the firms have enjoyed close
 professional and personal relationships for years and have referred
 business back and forth, so we have a strong basis for collaboration moving
 forward."
     "This merger is the right move at the right time," stated Allan Browne,
 co-founder of Browne Woods & George and founder of the Association of
 Business Trial Lawyers in California. "This is a great match. The caliber
 of the Dreier Stein & Kahan attorneys and our affiliation with the
 full-service Dreier firm in New York will allow us to more fully service
 our clients."
     Added Marc Dreier, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and Managing
 Partner of Dreier LLP: "This truly exceptional group of trial attorneys at
 Browne Woods & George allows us to enhance our full-service capabilities on
 both coasts. Not only will we be able to better service our existing
 clients, we will be able to offer an array of services to new clients."
     Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
     Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP is headquartered in Santa Monica's Water
 Garden complex, with a second office at Fox Plaza in Century City. Its
 primary areas of practice include entertainment litigation, commercial
 litigation, intellectual property, media, corporate, finance, securities,
 franchise and distribution law, mergers and acquisitions, labor and
 employment, bankruptcy, insolvency and other areas of transactional and
 litigation law. Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP serves as the west coast
 affiliate of Manhattan-based Dreier LLP, a firm that represents
 institutional, entrepreneurial and individual clients in diverse sectors of
 financial, industrial, hospitality and service-oriented markets.
     Browne Woods & George LLP
     Browne Woods & George LLP specializes in high-stakes, cost-effective
 business litigation. Its attorneys are experienced at all levels of federal
 and state court proceedings, having garnered more than 20 years' worth of
 successes for both plaintiff and defendant clients. BWG represents a full
 array of businesses and individuals, including manufacturers, retail
 establishments, entertainers and entertainment companies, lawyers and law
 firms, real estate developers, syndicators, and entrepreneurs. BWG
 attributes its proven track record to its attorneys being not only civil
 litigators, but bona fide trial lawyers.
     Marc S. Dreier
     Marc S. Dreier is the founder and managing partner of Dreier LLP. Mr.
 Dreier's expertise is in commercial litigation, having practiced in that
 area exclusively for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience, in
 particular, in securities litigation and arbitration, employment disputes,
 intellectual property, and real estate litigation. He appears regularly in
 federal and state trial and appellate courts and regulatory forums
 throughout the country. Prior to founding Dreier LLP in 1996, Mr. Dreier
 was head of the litigation department in the New York office of Fulbright &
 Jaworski LLP, a national firm of 900 attorneys. Previously, he had been a
 litigation partner at Rosenman & Colin LLP. He is a member of the Bars of
 the States of New York and Arizona and is admitted to practice before the
 U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and
 Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern
 Districts of New York and the District Court of Arizona. He is also a
 member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County
 Lawyers Association. Mr. Dreier received a B.A. from Yale College in 1972
 and his J.D. from The Harvard Law School in 1975.
     Stanton "Larry" Stein
     Larry Stein is co-founder of DSK and heads its Entertainment & Media
 Department. His clientele includes writers, directors, producers, actors,
 musicians, entertainment guilds, talent agencies, personal and business
 management companies, and independent production companies. In 2007, Mr.
 Stein was listed in Who's Who in L.A. Law by the Los Angeles Business
 Journal and ranked above the No. 1 ranking as a "star performer" in
 Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. Mr. Stein has appeared on
 the cover of the National Law Journal and was named "Entertainment Lawyer
 of the Year" by the Beverly Hills and Century City Bar Associations. He
 received the ACLU Foundation's Pro Bono Civil Liberties Award. He's listed
 in The Best Lawyers In America and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading
 Lawyers in America. He was profiled in California Lawyer as one of the top
 five "A-List Entertainment Lawyers" and in the Daily Journal's 100 Most
 Influential Lawyers in California. He serves on the Board of Directors of
 the Foundation of the State Bar of California. He is a founder and past
 President of Public Counsel and has served on the Board of Bet Tzedek Legal
 Foundation and Ocean Park Community Center. He is an adjunct professor at
 USC School of Law, where he teaches Entertainment Law, and was a
 distinguished speaker at Harvard Law School's Conference on Entertainment
 and Sports. He has lectured at Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, the
 University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA Law School.
     Robert Kahan
     Bob Kahan heads Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP's Transactional Department.
 His practice includes a full range of business services, including mergers
 and acquisitions, securities, franchising, and general corporate matters.
 Mr. Kahan advises clients in a variety of industries, including restaurant
 management, food service, post production, talent agency, and business
 management. Mr. Kahan is a past Chair of the California State Bar Franchise
 Law Committee, a member of the International Franchise Association's
 Legal/Legislative Committee, and has served as Vice Chair and a member of
 the California State Bar Executive Committee, Business Law Section. He also
 was a member of the Committee on Partnership and Incorporated Business
 Associations, and a member of the California State Senate Select Committee
 on Small Business Enterprises. He currently serves on the Boards of the
 City of Hope's Inner Circle and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He
 also has served as a member of the Board of Overseers, Landmark School, as
 a member of the Board of Trustees, Windward School, and as a member of the
 Board of Directors of the Drop-In Center in Santa Monica. Mr. Kahan has
 written and lectured on many business and corporate law issues, including
 securities, franchising, shareholder matters, and small and emerging growth
 companies.
     Allan Browne
     Allan Browne is one of the leading trial lawyers in California. Mr.
 Browne has won judgments or settled multi-million dollar cases on a regular
 and frequent basis for the past three decades. During his career, he has
 had more than 100 trials. A frequent lecturer and noted author, he has
 conducted more than 50 seminars for trial lawyers throughout California on
 procedural and substantive legal matters, and is the planner, editor and
 contributing author of California Business Litigation, published by the
 Continuing Education of the Bar. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor
 to legal journals, having written more than 30 articles on various legal
 subjects. Mr. Browne is the founder and first President of the Association
 of Business Trial Lawyers, the largest business trial lawyers association
 in California. He has also served as Judge Pro Tem, and member of the Board
 of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Board of
 Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
     Edward A. Woods
     Edward A. Woods, one of the founding partners of Browne Woods & George,
 specializes in the trial of complex commercial and entertainment matters.
 He has obtained judgments and settlements totaling several hundreds of
 millions of dollars for the firm's clients, including manufacturers, retail
 establishments, entertainers, film production and distribution companies,
 lawyers and law firms, real estate developers and syndicators, and
 entrepreneurs. Mr. Woods is a co-author of California Business Litigation,
 published by the Continuing Education of the Bar, and serves on the Board
 of Trustees of an international private secondary school.
     Eric M. George
     Eric M. George focuses on complex, frequently high-profile business
 litigation matters, and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar
 judgments and settlements for clients. He presently serves on federal and
 state judicial selection committees, and also on the Ninth Circuit Advisory
 Board. Prior to joining Browne Woods & George, Mr. George served as Counsel
 to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and, prior to that time, as
 Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson. Regularly featured as
 one of California's Top 100 Attorneys, Mr. George also is a co-author of
 the practice book Competitive Business Litigation, published by the
 Continuing Education of the Bar.
 
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