Litigation

Blank Rome Expands Los Angeles Office

LOS ANGELES — Blank Rome LLP has announced that the firm has expanded its Los Angeles office with the addition of six new attorneys — Dennis P. R. Codon, Howard M. Knee, Michael L. Ludwig, Colleen Carolan, Jim Newman and Mary Pierce.

Codon joins Blank Rome from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, where he practiced in the Corporate Governance and Special Situations and Business Litigation groups. Knee joins from the labor and employment law firm of Knee, Ross & Silverman LLP, where he was a founding partner, and brings with him a team of attorneys.

Codon joins as partner in the Public Companies and Capital Formation group and focuses his practice on complex business transactions and corporate governance issues. Before joining Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, he served as senior vice president and chief legal officer in the Law Department of Unocal Corp., a major international energy and natural resource company with significant midstream, geothermal and other related business units, as well as oil and gas exploration and production, where he worked for nearly 30 years.

Codon is on the board of editors for The Corporate Compliance & Regulatory Newsletter, and is a member of the Los Angeles County, California State and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the advisory board of the Southwestern-Peter Drucker School Of Business Joint JD/MBA Program, and serves as chair of the board of governors of the Institute for Corporate Counsel, a joint venture between the University of Southern California Gould School Of Law and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Law Department Section.

He also serves as chair of the board of trustees for Southwestern University School of Law and on the board of directors for the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Admitted to practice in California, Codon received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law and his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Knee joins as partner in the Employment, Benefits and Labor group and focuses his practice exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law. He advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment relations and brings more than 35 years of experience in both the public sector and the private sector, including defense of employment discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits, wage and hour litigation (including class actions), representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, labor arbitrations, Department of Labor and DLSE audits and ERISA trust fund litigation.

nee has represented a wide variety of employers, small-sized businesses and medium-sized businesses, and clients in the entertainment industry. He has a broad range of trial and appellate court experience.

Knee is a member of the California and American Bar Associations, and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Admitted to practice in California, Knee received his Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School and his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and was awarded Political Science Departmental Honors.

Ludwig joins as of counsel in the Employment, Benefits and Labor group. He represents employers and management in employment and business litigation in federal and state courts and counsels employers in a variety of personnel-related issues. Admitted to practice in California, Ludwig received his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law Center and his Bachelor’s degree, magna *** laude, from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Carolan joins the Employment, Benefits and Labor group and focuses her practice in all areas of labor and employment law. Previously in her career, she served as in-house employment counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., where she advised operating executives and human resources staff, both domestically and internationally. Admitted to practice in California, Carolan received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Newman joins the Employment, Benefits and Labor group. He represents clients in a variety of labor and employment matters and has a broad range of trial and appellate court experience. Previously in his career, he served as in-house employment counsel for SBC Communications Inc. for more than 10 years. Admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts, Newman received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Boston College Law School and his Bachelor’s degree, magna *** laude, from Bowdoin College.

Pierce joins the Employment, Benefits and Labor group. She focuses her practice in all areas of labor and employment law, and has represented a wide variety of clients ranging from large media and entertainment companies to small, family-owned local businesses. Admitted to practice in California, Pierce received her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Order of the Coif, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego with Provost Honors.

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