It is with great sadness that Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP reports that Robert S. Gerber, a partner who had been with the firm since 1989, passed away May 11 from unknown causes. He was 49.
Mr. Gerber was a member of Sheppard Mullin's Intellectual Property practice group and based in the firm's Del Mar office. He spent his entire career with the firm, following a clerkship for the Hon. Rudi Brewster in the Southern District of California.
Mr. Gerber founded Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono committee in 2001 and served as its chair until 2010. Among his pro bono achievements was his representation of a Mexican teenager in a precedent-setting immigration case entitled Hernandez-Montiel v. INS, 225 F.3d 1084 (9th Cir. 2000), and in 2010 Mr. Gerber was recognized as Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono Attorney of the Decade. Gerber also served on the board of directors of Project Concern International and was chair of the search committee that recruited and hired the current CEO.
Among his many professional involvements, Mr. Gerber was co-chair of the Trade Secrets subcommittee of the ABA Litigation section's Intellectual Property Litigation committee, chair of the Litigation section of the State Bar of California, vice president of the board of directors of the San Diego Bar Association, commissioner for the State Bar of California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, a president, vice-president, treasurer and master in the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Courts, a master in the Louis M. Welsh Inn Of Courts, and a Ninth Circuit trustee of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He was also an advisor and former chair of the San Diego County Bar Association's Legal Ethics committee.
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Bruce J. Casino has joined the Washington, DC office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade practice group. Mr. Casino joins Sheppard Mullin from Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, DC.
Mr. Casino is a litigator with a substantial focus in government contracts-related litigation, which includes white collar defense, False Claims Act, customs duties and customs fraud, export controls, and FCPA matters.
"Bruce brings a wealth of litigation experience to our nationally recognized Government Contracts and Investigations practice group. He is a well-respected and tremendously talented white collar and civil litigation expert," said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.
"I am pleased to welcome Bruce to the DC office. We have one of the best government regulatory practices in the nation, and Bruce further strengthens our capabilities," said Edward F. Schiff, managing partner of Sheppard Mullin's Washington, DC office.
"The strength and breadth of Sheppard Mullin's Government Contracts and Investigations practice group is very impressive, as is the firm's successful growth and expansion in recent years. I am thrilled to join the firm, and look forward to again practicing with former colleagues, including John Chierichella and several other Sheppard Mullin DC office partners," Mr. Casino commented.
Mr. Casino's white collar criminal representations include an oil industry company with overseas operations in an FCPA and export controls investigation; a mid-size U.S. auto parts manufacturer in a customs fraud investigation; a senior executive of a Fortune 500 corporation in a medical devices health care fraud investigation; and a Fortune 500 computer services provider facing a grand jury investigation for theft of intellectual property, and computer and government contract fraud. His civil litigation representations include a Fortune 100 auto manufacturer in litigation for reimbursement of an unconstitutional customs tax; a Fortune 100 corporation in protracted FOIA litigation; a foreign automobile manufacturer in customs duty litigation in the Court of International Trade; a Forbes 400 individual in a bank-related civil asset forfeiture case; and two large cities and others in litigation with respect to the U.S. Census.