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Manatt Grows National Litigation Practice In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP has announced that Kristin Escalante has joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in the Litigation Division. Previously a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, Escalante has more than a decade of experience as a commercial litigator.

Escalante's broad-based practice includes extensive experience in an array of litigation matters, including consumer class actions, complex commercial matters, trade secret, copyright, and civil fraud. She has represented major corporations in diverse industry sectors, including telecommunications, entertainment, energy, beverage, aerospace and securities.

Beyond client work, Escalante has served as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office and a temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to entering private practice, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Escalante is the most recent in a series of high-profile partner additions to Manatt's Litigation Division for 2011. In August, insurance recovery litigators David B. Killalea and Stephen T. Raptis joined the firm in Washington, D.C. In California, Phillip Kaplan, a securities and financial services litigator, joined the Orange County office in June, and Susan Page White, an insurance recovery partner, was added to the Los Angeles office in March.

Escalante earned both a bachelor of architecture and a J.D. from the University from Southern California, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Southern California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She serves on the California Judicial Council's Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Litigation Section.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP is one of the nation's leading law firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents a sophisticated client base - including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies - across a range of practice areas and industry sectors. For more information, visit