Sheppard Mullin Welcomes New Partners In Four Locations

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 13:11

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added three partners to the firm's Business Trial practice group and Communications team: Gardner Gillespie, Dave Thomas, and Paul Werner. 

Mr. Gillespie practices primarily in the communications and litigation areas with particular emphasis on cable television and telecommunications regulation and litigation. He appears regularly before state agencies and state and federal courts, in addition to the FCC. Mr. Gillespie devotes substantial time to franchising, rights-of-way, and local competition issues.  He has represented clients in connection with virtually all types of regulated communications. Mr. Gillespie has a substantial practice in state and federal court and is active before the FCC and state public utility commissions. He also has extensive involvement with communications issues arising before state legislatures.

Mr. Thomas has a national practice in the telecommunications and broadband communications industries and was practice area leader of Hogan Lovells’ Communications practice. His practice focuses on the deployment of competitive networks and services, with a particular emphasis on representing broadband providers in matters involving local franchising, rights-of-way, pole attachments, and similar issues. For more than 20 years, Mr. Thomas has been counsel to the nation's top cable and broadband companies, cable and telecommunications trade associations, and other competitive communications organizations.  He is a nationally recognized authority on electronic communications infrastructure, pole attachments, rights-of-way, federal, state and local broadband and telecommunications regulatory and communications plant deployment issues and has handled cases in approximately 40 states. 

Mr. Werner is a seasoned litigator, whose prodigious representations over the past decade have been before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals, federal and state, and spanned a wide range of complex litigation matters. He has extensive experience representing cable operators and other broadband providers in matters involving communications law issues, including local franchising, PEG programming, rights-of-way, pole attachments and infrastructure deployment, and a host of other related issues. Mr.  Werner has represented providers on these issues in state and federal courts and participated in rulemakings and adjudications before the FCC.

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Brian Arbetter has joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment practice group.  Arbetter is based in Sheppard Mullin’s Chicago office and will regularly spend time in the firm’s Los Angeles offices.  He joins from Baker & McKenzie in Chicago with senior associate Terese Connolly. 

Mr. Arbetter has two decades of experience advising and developing strategy for multinational companies regarding their international and domestic labor and employment issues in the United States and abroad.  This experience includes, among other things, employment discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence and disabilities, unions and works councils, wage and hour, restructurings and reductions in force, hiring, employment agreements and policies, codes of conduct, whistleblowing, affirmative action, health and safety, and employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Arbetter represents employers and management exclusively.  He frequently writes, speaks, and is quoted on labor and employment law issues.

While focusing largely on advising and defending employers on myriad employment issues and claims, Mr. Arbetter also assists in developing policies and practices to help minimize employment liability risks – and avoid claims that give rise to litigation.  He has deep experience in regulatory matters – including government audits, investigations and private party actions – in all areas of wage and hour law, occupational health and safety, and affirmative action/government contracting.  Highly experienced in obtaining emergency injunctive relief to stop and prevent union picketing activity, Mr. Arbetter also helps implement policies and techniques to avoid and minimize unionization, including emerging threats via the Internet. 

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Jung Yeon Son has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Corporate practice group, based in the firm's Palo Alto office. Ms. Son joins from Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, where she served as associate general counsel. Before that she was vice president and associate general counsel at Blum Capital Partners in San Francisco, as well as practicing numerous years at Simpson Thacher in New York and Palo Alto. 

Ms. Son’s experience includes the structuring of funds (i.e., issues related to CFC, UBTI, ECI and tax exempt and foreign investors, including offshore entities), as well as the successful closing of numerous funds  Her experience also includes fund governance and securities law and regulatory compliance in connection with fundraising and operations. For example, at Technology Crossover Ventures, Ms. Son handled fund formation work as well as regulatory compliance, both in the U.S. under the Investment Advisers Act and, on a supervisory basis, in the UK. She also supported the firm’s fundraising efforts.  Additionally, Son also has considerable experience in complex M&A and capital markets transactions. 

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Michael R. Heimbold has joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the firm's Business Trial and Intellectual Property practice groups, based in the firm's 60-attorney Century City office. 

In addition to representing clients in high-stakes business and intellectual property litigation, Mr. Heimbold has extensive experience in licensing and technology transfer transactions and serves as outside general counsel to several companies.  He is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience litigating a broad array of complex business and intellectual property matters, including cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition, trademark and copyright licensing and infringement, patent infringement, shareholder and partnership disputes, environmental claims, defamation, product defects, breach of fiduciary duty, and related business torts. Mr. Heimbold has represented clients in the technology, manufacturing, entertainment, finance, telecommunications, apparel, and consumer products industries. He has served as lead counsel in jury and bench trials, arbitrations, administrative agency hearings, and appellate proceedings throughout the United States.

On the transactional side, Mr. Heimbold advises middle-market and start-up clients in a wide range of licensing, financing, and corporate transactions.  He has negotiated numerous trademark and technology licenses, and has advised clients in the consumer products and entertainment industries on over $1 billion worth of M&A transactions.