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March 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2015 — Covington will open a new office in Los Angeles on March 9. The office will be staffed by current firm lawyers and three new senior lawyers and will focus initially on insurance coverage, media and content distribution, patent litigation, public policy/government affairs and white collar defense.
"We believe there is a strong base of clients who can benefit from both our presence in Los Angeles and the expansion of some of our core practice offerings," said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. "We believe what sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strengths of our litigation, corporate and transactional practices with a deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices. We think that combination could provide great value for clients in Southern California."
Located in Century City, the new office will start out with a dozen firm lawyers, including partners Robyn Polashuk, Alan Blankenheimer and former California Congressman Howard Berman. The office will also include two new partners and one new special counsel:
Ms. Polashuk will lead the firm’s media and communications practice on the West Coast. Her practice focuses on the licensing and distribution of video content across a variety of platforms and business models—from cable, satellite and IPTV to broadband and mobile applications, video-on-demand and electronic sell-through.
Congressman Berman, currently based in the firm’s Washington office, will now have a presence in both LA and Washington and will continue to focus on U.S. and international regulatory, public policy and government affairs matters.
The patent litigation group in LA will be led by Mr. Blankenheimer, who has substantial experience litigating patent cases, other intellectual property matters and antitrust disputes for the semiconductor, computer hardware and software industries. The practice is part of a nationally recognized patent litigation practice that focuses on electronics and information technology, software and financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.