Ten Partners Join Sheppard Mullin In San Diego, Los Angeles

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 15:23

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has announced the addition of partners Nancy T. Scull and David M. Hymer to the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group in San Diego.

Ms. Scull’s focus is on the representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions.  She advises lenders, borrowers, and guarantors on loan documentation, workout and loan enforcement issues and has developed a special expertise in mixed-use projects, condominium projects and Bureau of Real Estate regulatory matters. 

Mr. Hymer has significant experience in real property acquisitions, dispositions, development, and leasing.  His experience includes complex real estate purchase and sale transactions; representing developers of master planned communities in all aspects of development and sale; representing public and privately held homebuilders in land acquisitions and related matters; and construction contracts. 

The firm has also added eight partners to its Insurance and Business Trial practices: Peter H. Klee, Ronald D. Getchey, Charles A. Danaher, John T. Brooks, Nathan S. Arrington, R. Randal Crispen, Marc J. Feldman and Theona Zhordania. The group will join Sheppard Mullin’s San Diego office, except for Ms. Zhordania, who will join the firm’s Los Angeles office. 

Mr. Klee’s focus is defending insurance companies and their affiliates that are sued in individual actions and class actions for bad faith, fraud, unfair competition and other torts. He has handled over 1,000 such cases throughout the country over the past 25 years. Mr. Klee’s client list includes most of the major insurance carriers doing business in California, including Allstate, State Farm, Fireman’s Fund, MetLife, Infinity, St. Paul-Travelers, and the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Mr. Getchey represents insurance companies that are sued for bad faith, fraud and unfair competition. While the focus of his practice is in California, he has or currently is representing insurance company clients in bad faith cases pending in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. 

Mr. Danaher represents insurance companies that are sued for bad faith, fraud and unfair competition. His clients include Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, Infinity, and Automobile Club of Southern California. While the focus of his practice is in California, Mr. Danaher has represented insurance company clients in Wyoming, West Virginia, Nevada, Florida, Montana, Indiana, Missouri, Alaska, Maryland, Arkansas, Oregon, Georgia, Colorado and Ohio. 

Mr. Brooks’s practice focuses on insurance litigation, class action defense, and appellate practice. He represents insurance company defendants in all aspects of coverage and extra-contractual litigation. Mr. Brooks also represents class action defendants in a variety of fields, including insurance, unfair competition and false advertising, and credit card privacy.

Mr. Arrington’s focus is defending insurance companies against bad faith, fraud and other tort claims. He has handled jury trials in both state and federal court. Mr. Arrington works mostly for property and casualty companies, including Allstate. 

Mr. Crispen specializes in litigating complex business disputes, with an emphasis on representing insurance companies in major coverage and bad faith lawsuits. As an example, he currently represents a major insurer in coverage litigation arising out of the National Football League and NCAA players’ concussion injury litigation. 

Mr. Feldman represents insurance companies that are sued for bad faith, fraud and other torts. He also represents clients in a variety of other business and financial disputes and has litigated a broad range of bad faith cases, ranging from large first-party property insurance disputes to multimillion-dollar claims for excess judgments. His clients include Allstate, State Farm and Travelers. 

Ms. Zhordania specializes in business and insurance litigation, and she has served as outside general counsel to several technology and retail distribution companies. She has represented these clients in securities fraud litigation, RICO claims, first amendment cases, employment and real estate disputes and allegations regarding malfeasance against officers and directors.

Sheppard Mullin has 90 attorneys based in its San Diego offices and 220 attorneys based in its Los Angeles offices.