Sheppard Mullin Elevates 12 To Partner; Christine Swanick Joins Firm

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 17:50

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elevated 12 of its attorneys to partner.  The 12 new partners are Martin Bader (Del Mar), Will Chuchawat (Los Angeles), Jeffrey W. Forrest (San Diego), Darren Franklin (Los Angeles), Jenny Park Garner (San Francisco), Matthew W. Holder (Del Mar), Moe Keshavarzi (Los Angeles), J. Barrett Marum (San Diego), Daniel J. McQueen (Los Angeles), Aaron J. Sobaski (Orange County), Olivier F. Theard (Los Angeles) and Whitney Walters (Century City).

Martin Bader, in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group in the Del Mar office, focuses his practice on patent and intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Bader has represented numerous high-technology clients in multi-patent litigation matters in the district courts throughout the United States. He is also a registered patent attorney and counsels clients on intellectual property protection strategies and prosecutes patent applications and trademark registrations before the USPTO.

Will Chuchawat is a member of the firm's Corporate practice group and is based in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Chuchawat advises public and private companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, international transactions, Chinese investment, corporate finance and general business matters. In addition, he represents clients in the areas of corporate trust, indenture trustee and public finance.  

Jeff Forrest, in the firm's Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group in the San Diego office, specializes in land use planning, obtaining entitlement approvals, and land use litigation defense for clients.  His practice also includes counseling compliance with and litigating the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA"), California Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Mitigation Fee Act, Endangered Species Act, and global warming laws and regulations.  

Darren Franklin is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group and is based in the Los Angeles office.  Mr. Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.  He has a physics degree and works with companies and individuals involved in diverse industries and technologies.

Jenny Park Garner, in the firm's Finance and Bankruptcy practice group in the San Francisco office, specializes in commercial law, real estate, secured and unsecured lending transactions, workouts, bankruptcy, and enforcement of creditor's rights and remedies. Ms. Park Garner represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of finance, real estate, bankruptcy, and creditor's rights matters and  has extensive experience in advising clients on problem loans and creditor's rights and remedies.

Matt Holder is a member of the firm's Business Trial and Labor and Employment practice groups, and is based in the Del Mar office.  Holder has a wide array of experience in complex civil litigation, as well as labor and employment litigation. He has represented clients in civil litigation involving allegations of unfair business practices, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, negligence, products liability, and legal malpractice, among many others.   

Moe Keshavarzi is a member of the firm's Business Trial practice group in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Keshavarzi has extensive experience in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and unfair business practices, violations of state and federal antitrust laws, and related causes of action.

Barrett Marum is a member of the firm's Business Trial and Finance and Bankruptcy practice groups and is based in the San Diego office. Mr. Marum practices in the areas of business bankruptcy law and commercial litigation.  He has experience representing parties involved in complex insolvency proceedings, including representing debtors, creditors and other parties in pre-bankruptcy litigation, workout negotiations and bankruptcy proceedings.

Daniel McQueen, in the firm's Labor and Employment practice group in the Los Angeles office, handles all facets of the litigation process in labor and employment disputes. Mr. McQueen has jury trial experience; has taken and defended numerous depositions; written and argued motions for summary judgment; and provided advice on human resources and personnel issues.  He has been involved in labor and employment disputes under both state and federal law.

Aaron Sobaski is a member of the firm's Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group and is based in the Orange County office. Mr.  Sobaski's practice focuses on the acquisition, sale, development and leasing of real estate.  His practice also involves general corporate transactional work including commercial lending, asset and software purchase and licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and professional services agreements.   

Olivier Theard, in the firm's Business Trial practice group in the Los Angeles office, specializes in environmental litigation and administrative disputes under the Clean Air Act, CERCLA and other federal and state environmental laws. He also represents clients in complex business tort and contract disputes and advises clients regarding compliance with consumer protection and environmental laws.  

Whitney Walters is a member of the firm's Business Trial and Entertainment, Media and Technology practice groups and is based in the Century City office.  Ms. Walters practices complex business litigation and represents clients in cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and accounting issues.  She also represents motion picture studios and broadcasting companies in claims relating to participation accounting and motion picture and television distribution rights.


Christine L. Swanick has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Finance and Bankruptcy practice group, and she will be based in the firm's New York office.  Swanick joins from Dorsey & Whitney in New York, where she co-chaired the firm's Indian Law group.

Ms. Swanick concentrates her practice in the area of commercial financing and other credit transactions, including commercial loans, syndicated credit facilities, note and bond financings and debt restructurings, especially in the area of Native American tribe-related financing projects.  She also represents tribes and entities doing business with tribes in contractual, gaming, regulatory and economic development matters.  Prior to joining Dorsey, Ms. Swanick practiced as an in-house attorney for tribes in Michigan, Arizona and Colorado.  Her clients include leading financial institutions and Native American tribes.

Ms. Swanick has been ranked since 2008 by Chambers USA as a "Leading Individual" in Native American Law and is currently recognized among the Best Lawyers in America.