Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP announced today that it has awarded partner Robert S. Gerber the firm's 2010 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.Gerber was also named Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono Attorney of the Decade. These honors recognize the important community service work done by Sheppard Mullin attorneys and Gerber's service as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee from 2001 through 2010.Gerber, a 1988 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, is based in the firm's San Diego/Del Mar office and a member of Sheppard Mullin's Intellectual Property, Entertainment Litigation, and Professional Liability Litigation practices.
Mr. Gerber began the decade with a precedent-setting decision in the Ninth Circuit in an immigration case, in which he obtained asylum and withholding of deportation for a transsexual teenager from Mexico who had been raped, incarcerated, and otherwise persecuted on account of his sexual identity: Hernandez-Montiel v. INS, 225 F.3d 1084 (9th Cir. 2000). Years later, he handled another precedential case, obtaining what was believed to be the first civil monetary settlement for a teenage victim of human trafficking under California Civil Code Section 52.5.
Throughout the decade, Mr. Gerber has handled dozens of pro bono cases in cooperation with a variety of San Diego and Los Angeles-based pro bono referral agencies, including landlord/tenant, breach of contract, family law, free speech, administrative law proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, trials, and appeals. Sheppard Mullin experienced a 400% increase in its attorneys' donation of indigent pro bono hours during Mr. Gerber's tenure as Pro Bono Chair.
RealD Inc. (NYSE:RLD), a leading global licensor of 3D technologies, today closed on a secondary offering of 8,987,251 shares of RealD common stock, including 1,172,250 shares issued upon the exercise in full of the underwriters over-allotment option, at the public offering price of $27.75 per share. All of the shares were sold by existing stockholders and RealD did not sell any shares of common stock in the secondary offering and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.
Sheppard Mullin represented RealD in the transaction with a deal team led by Century City/Santa Barbara partner Tom Hopkins.Palo Alto partner Louis Lehot also advised on the transaction.RealD's in-house legal team was led by Craig Gatarz, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co. acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. acted as co-lead manager, and Stifel, Nicolaus Weisel and BMO Capital Markets Corp. acted as co-managers.