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Monday, December 10, 2018



Campos
  
FRANCHISERS
Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies welcomes Robert Campos as Vice President of Franchise Sales. With nine years of experience in the franchise industry, Campos plans to grow the Robeks franchise system nationwide and provide dynamic content to potential franchisees. Campos plans to implement better communication channels to connect with franchise leads and provide more accessibility to connect with the brand. He will serve as the gatekeeper between Robeks and potential franchisees.



Torrico
  
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION
Stacey Torrico joins leading commercial builder Snyder Langston as Senior Director, Employee Development & Organizational Health, following an 18-year tenure at Fluor Corporation. Torrico will support Snyder Langston’s ‘People First’ strategic initiative through developing programs focused on leadership and career development, employee engagement, building exceptional teams, and promoting a high performing culture.

Torrico, Stacey
STorrico@snyderlangston.com | (949) 225-3239


Monday, December 3, 2018



Reifsteck
  
CONSTRUCTION
William (Bill) Reifsteck II, director of preconstruction at Webcor in Los Angeles, was named to the inaugural 20-member class of Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Fellows. The designated Design- Build Professional™ Fellow status is the highest level of DBIA certification and acknowledges the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished design-build professionals.


Monday, November 26, 2018



Privette
  
LAW
Howard Privette joined Pepper Hamilton’s Orange County office as a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. An innovative trial lawyer with a significant track record of taking on his clients’ most difficult cases, Mr. Privette also provides counsel in sensitive internal investigations and government enforcement actions.



McNeil
  
NON-PROFIT
The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net) welcomes Malcolm McNeil to its Board of Directors. A partner with Arent Fox, McNeil is co-leader of the Firm’s International Practice Group. He has more than 35 years of litigation and commercial experience with international contracts, trade, and real estate, and over 20 years-experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator. A service provider for children and adults with special needs since 1946, ECF also partners with businesses across L.A. County to meet their staffing, fulfillment and commercial art needs.



Serrano
  
GOVERNMENT
El Segundo hires David Serrano as Director of Human Resources. Serrano brings over 20 years of human resources experience in both the private and public sectors. David will lead the City’s efforts to fulfill on Strategic Planning goals to Develop as a Choice Employer and Workforce.



Greene
Powers
  
HEALTHCARE
L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, welcomes George Greene, the President and CEO of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), and Courtney Powers, Director of Government and External Affairs at Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), to its Board of Governors.

“L.A. Care is fortunate to have these two accomplished individuals join our board,” said L.A. Care CEO John Baackes. “Their experience in the health care industry and beyond will be of great value to our members.”

HASC has more than 180 member hospitals across six counties, including Los Angeles County. Greene will represent Private Non- Disproportionate Share Hospitals on L.A. Care’s 13-member stakeholder board.

“This is an exciting time to be on the L.A. Care Board,” said Greene. “The health plan has grown dramatically in recent years, and I am happy to help ensure each member continues to receive high quality care.”

CCALAC is an association of 65 community clinics serving underserved patients.

“I am pleased to serve as the representative for community clinics which serve so many L.A. Care members,” said Powers. “I look forward to working with the other board members and plan leadership to pursue our common vision of healthy communities and a strong safety net.”

Prior to joining CCALAC, Powers provided legal counsel to GRACE, a non-profit addressing child poverty in California. Greene served as the President/CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii before joining HASC.



Voss
  
GOVERNMENT
El Segundo promotes Barbara Voss as Deputy City Manager. Voss is a community and economic development professional with extensive experience in managing business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives for state and local government. Barbara will take on the additional strategic role of enhancing citywide communications.



Braggs
  
ARCHITECTURE
Bringing two decades of financial management experience with global A/E firms, Frederick Braggs, Assoc. AIA, joins Steinberg Hart as Principal & Chief Financial Officer. Braggs will lead the award-winning, full-service architecture firm’s business and financial operations, playing a key role in advancing its strategic objectives and financial goals.



Cochran
So
  
ACCOUNTING
Lucas Horsfall names two new principals.

Lucas Horsfall CPAs has named two new principals.

Matt Cochran, CPA, audit principal, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

Eric So, CPA, MBT, tax principal, holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s of business taxation from USC, and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Lucas Horsfall is a 92-person, 61-year-old firm, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California, with offices in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys, Inland Empire and Orange County.


Monday, November 19, 2018



Stremel
  
ADVERTISING AGENCIES
John Stremel joins Davis Elen, one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies on the West Coast, as Executive Vice President - Director of Media Strategy. In his new role, Stremel will lead media strategy, planning and negotiations as well as oversee overall operations of the media group.



Castillo
  
BANKING/FINANCIAL SERVICES
Noe Castillo has joined CDC Small Business Finance as a commercial loan officer to provide affordable financing to Los Angeles small businesses. Castillo will provide SBA Community Advantage loans and SBA microloans. He will also educate entrepreneurs about the Small Business Finance Fund for Latino- and African American-owned small businesses.



Vanore
  
PHILANTHROPY
Jennifer Vanore, Ph.D. has been appointed to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of UniHealth Foundation. In her new role, Dr. Vanore will be responsible for overseeing all grantmaking and the day to-day functions of the Foundation. She most recently served as the Foundation’s Vice President of Programs, overseeing nearly $15 million annually in grants in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.



  
LAW
– IS ON THE MOVE –

WHY DID THE OFFICE CROSS THE ROAD…TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE!

SulmeyerKupetz was founded in Downtown Los Angeles over 65 years ago and we've never strayed far from our original location on Spring Street.

Nor have we strayed from our mission to deliver our deep experience and expertise in business reorganization and bankruptcy to our clients.

We are pleased to announce SulmeyerKupetz is marking a company milestone by relocating our Hope Street office to South Grand Ave in Downtown Los Angeles.

This move represents another milestone in our history as a premier business, financial restructuring and litigation firm.

Although we aren't going far, we're looking forward to fresh space and the numerous benefits this move will offer.

Visit our NEW location at:
333 S. Grand Ave.
Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
PHONE: 213.626.2311
WWW.SULMEYERLAW.COM



Suh
Acuña
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Liz Suh and Lilly Acuña HNTB Corporation has added two environmental planning professionals in transportation to its growing environmental practice in the West Division. Elisabeth “Liz” Suh joined the firm as director of environmental planning (highway) and Lilly Acuña serves as environmental planner. Both are based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Liz Suh brings more than 17 years of experience developing, managing and delivering the environmental aspects of various transportation studies for the most complex highway projects in Southern California. Her responsibilities include work planning, fee estimating, quality management and control, project reviews, resource allocation and staff management, as well as project management expertise to deliver key projects.

Lilly Acuña has more than 12 years of transportation experience, including environmental planning, project coordination and community outreach support. Acuña provides environmental support for the firm’s highway, bridge and transit projects and is also responsible for establishing community initiatives in the L.A. office that will promote employee engagement within the region.


Monday, November 12, 2018



  
ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION
Burns & McDonnell cut the ribbon on its new office in downtown Los Angeles, which will allow the company to accommodate its growing team and create up to 20 new jobs by 2023. The firm is ranked No. 1 in power in the U.S. by Engineering News-Record.



Dillman
  
LAW
Ted A. Dillman has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Finance Department, Mr. Dillman focuses his practice on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and workouts, as well as special situations financing, distressed M&A, and other transactional matters.



Epstein
  
LAW
Brent T. Epstein has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. Mr. Epstein represents public and private companies and financial institutions in a variety of corporate transactions, including capital markets and M&A matters, with particular experience in real estate investment trusts (REITs).



Yoo
  
LAW
Jennifer B. Yoo has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Corporate Department, Ms. Yoo advises clients in the healthcare and life sciences sectors on regulatory and transactional matters, focusing on M&A, joint ventures, affiliations, and regulatory compliance matters.



Levin
  
LAW
Drew Levin has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, his practice focuses on insurance coverage, with emphasis on representations and warranties insurance, and negotiating transactional insurance, tax, and other liability policies and pursuits of claims.



Paull
  
LAW
Lauren E. Paull has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, Ms. Paull focuses her practice on land use, environmental, and real estate development matters through all stages of the entitlement and development process.



Tuey
  
LAW
Kristen M. Tuey has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, Ms. Tuey’s white collar defense practice involves conducting internal investigations, defending clients against allegations of criminal conduct, and litigating related securities and complex commercial matters.



Gee
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Darlene Gee

Darlene K. Gee, PE, was named national pursuit Champion for HNTB Corporation. A prominent industry professional, Gee brings a successful combination of client relationships, strategic transportation marketknowledge and community engagement to her new role. She will continue offering counsel for HNTB’s clients in Northern California while growing the firm’s national footprint as part of the national sales team. Gee joined HNTB in 2012 as Northern California office leader and vice president and has been instrumental to building HNTB’s regional presence. Gee worked directly with key clients including California High Speed Rail Authority; California Department of Transportation; Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Bay Area Toll Authority; San Francisco International Airport; and SamTrans/Peninsula Joint Powers Board.



Ahearn
Moranville
  
ADVERTISING AGENCIES
Greg Ahearn and David Moranville have been named Co-Presidents at Davis Elen, one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies on the West Coast. Ahearn, former Head of Marketing Strategy and Creative for Uber North America will be responsible for business development, account services, media, data science and strategic planning as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer. Moranville will lead the agency’s creative, production and social media teams as its Chief Creative Officer.



  
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) agency Golin announced today its new progressive approach to reclaiming public relations, redefining it and moving it forward. In an era of unprecedented communications confusion, Golin’s plan is designed to drive pride in their profession and deliver stronger, measurable business results to their clients. Golin’s actions will include significant investments across their core competencies – media and influencer relations, customer experience (CX) tools and earned-first creative talent.

As part of Golin’s progressive PR strategy, the agency recognized that earned is no longer a marketing option, but rather, a business imperative because it affects the entire customer journey from awareness to sales. Leveraging the latest technology, including a new global operating system with a suite of products to support data and analytics, the agency will help brands predict and inform strategies and measure results throughout the entire customer journey. Progressive PR reinforces the importance of effective public relations for companies and brands, while also cementing the value of public relations for professionals who have dedicated their careers to it.


Monday, November 5, 2018



Lee
  
CONSTRUCTION
AECOM congratulates Dianne Lee, Associate Vice President, on her recent board appointments.

Lee, Business Development leader for AECOM's Program and Construction Management business line in the West Region, has been appointed to board positions with 3 respected industry organizations.

She will serve as President of the Board for the 2019 Healthcare Institute’s (HCI) Southern California Chapter and will stay on as Program Chair to ensure a continuous focus on critical healthcare issues related to the Construction industry.

She also has been appointed as a 2019 Board of Director and Program Chair with the prestigious Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Southern California Chapter, and will be returning to the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association’s (AAa/e) Southern California Chapter board. Lee’s in-depth industry experience and knowledge within the public, healthcare, education and transportation sectors brings strong client relationships to each organization.

In addition, Lee is a volunteer and mentor for the CMAA and Society of Marketing Professionals (SMPS) internship program, and is a host and mentor to the CSU LA Fully Employed Master of Business and Administration (FEMBA) program providing guidance and leadership to students and career professionals as they embark on the development of their careers.

AECOM is a global network of design, engineering, construction and management professionals partnering with organizations and communities to imagine and deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company serving clients in more than 150 countries across 7 continents.



Sperling
  
NONPROFIT
Child360, a national early learning nonprofit, proudly welcomes William (Bill) Sperling as their next CEO. Sperling has been part of the Child360 family for 12+ years, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. As CEO, Sperling hopes to pave a future where quality early learning supports children, empowers their families, and equips the educators who set the foundation for their success in school & in life.


Monday, October 29, 2018



McHugh
  
CONSTRUCTION
Bruce McHugh has returned to Environmental Contracting Corporation as Project Executive, overseeing preconstruction and complex build outs including ground up construction, as well as medical facilities and corporate tenant improvements. With over 40 years’ experience, Bruce joined Environmental in 1984 on our first project management team alongside our founder, Aram Arakelian. His expansive career since has included owning his own General Contracting firm and directing real estate, construction and facilities campus planning for Space X / Tesla. Bruce is a LEED Accredited Professional and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA.



Mack
  
NONPROFIT
South Coast Botanic Garden is excited to welcome industry trailblazer, MaryLynn Mack, as its Chief Operating Officer.

With a growth mindset, operational excellence, and people first imperative, MaryLynn joins the Garden to advance its vision as a thriving nature space for all generations.

MaryLynn brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, and currently serves on the American Public Gardens Association Board of Directors, where she is the inaugural Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee.

“Having someone of MaryLynn’s caliber will bring greater depth of experience to the Garden to propel us forward, says South Coast Botanic Garden CEO, Adrienne Nakashima. Her proven track record of thoughtful engagement and operational know how will aid us greatly as we endeavor to become one of the top botanic gardens in the Southern California region.”



Wilder
  
ACCOUNTING
Gregory Wilder

Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Tax Practice with the addition of Gregory Wilder, CPA and tax attorney, as a partner leading its High Net Worth Practice. Wilder brings 35 years of experience in tax and accounting, with an emphasis in wealth management and income and estate tax planning strategies. His experience includes business succession planning, estate and wealth planning, investment management, multi-family offices, partnerships, S-corporations, individual taxes, mergers and acquisitions, liquidation strategies, closely held businesses, cross-border clients, multistate clients and risk management.

In his role as a tax partner, Wilder will focus on growing GHJ’s High Net Worth Practice and increasing the range of client consulting services in that area. His extensive experience and expertise in estate and wealth planning will allow GHJ to expand its tax offerings and better serve clients.

Gregory was named a “Nation’s 100 Most Exclusive Wealth Advisor” by The Robb Report’s Worth Magazine and has authored articles for The Journal of Real Estate Taxation and The Florida Bar Journal. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Association for Corporate Growth and Financial Executives International and is a licensed CPA in three states.

Wilder’s appointment to partner is a strategic move by GHJ’s partner group as the Firm looks towards expanding its footprint in the marketplace and creating business growth. Wilder’s deep expertise and passion for helping clients find solutions that allow for continued growth will help propel the Firm well into the future.



Yoo
  
LAW
This summer, Holland & Knight welcomed litigation attorney Thomas Yoo as a partner in the Los Angeles office and as leader of the firm's Product Liability Life Sciences Team.

Mr. Yoo focuses his practice on a variety of commercial disputes and product liability matters. He has served in national, regional and trial counsel and other strategic roles on behalf of leading companies in numerous industries, including life sciences, biotech, mechanical manufacturing, real estate, transportation and private investment ventures.



Thompson
  
LAW
Loretta C. Thompson joins Greenspoon Marder LLP as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Ms. Thomson’s practice includes both commercial and residential real estate matters. She negotiates and facilitates real estate acquisitions and dispositions and handles tax exchanges for REIT’s, public and private corporations and high-net-worth individuals.


Monday, October 22, 2018



Hill
  
LAW
Labor & Employment Partner Tom Hill Joins Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles Office

Labor and Employment Attorney Tom Hill has exited the law firm Reed Smith to join Holland & Knight in its Labor, Employment and Benefits Group. Mr. Hill will reside as Partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, bringing with him labor and employment attorney and Partner, Tina Tellado. Since mid-July, Hill and Tellado join more than forty of their collogues in joining Holland & Knight in the firm’s Los Angeles and Philadelphia offices.

Mr. Hill is an accomplished and highly regarded management-side employment lawyer, as well as a skilled trial and appellate attorney. He has been lead counsel in more than 600 civil lawsuits filed in 20 different states, and he has first-chaired over 250 adversarial proceeding to decision, including jury and bench trials, arbitrations and various administrative trials and adjudicatory hearings. A primary focus of his practice is the defense of complex wage and hour litigation. He has served as lead counsel in more than 120 class, collective and representative actions and, in the process, played a significant role in shaping California’s wage and hour laws.

Commenting on why he chose to join Holland & Knight, Mr. Hill said, "My practice has become increasingly national in scope, and Holland & Knight has a fantastic geographic platform with 25 offices throughout the U.S. The firm's domestic growth continues to be impressive with a thriving new office in Philadelphia, and I'm excited to help with our expansion plans in California. I think there are great opportunities here and I look forward to welcoming additional lateral partners to our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices in the future."

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices throughout the world. At the firm's largest West Coast office, Los Angeles Holland & Knight attorneys counsel on class action defense, commercial litigation, construction law, corporate law, environmental law, energy and clean technology, Native American law, hospitality, intellectual property, labor and employment law on behalf of management and related litigation, government advocacy, private wealth services, product liability, real estate, software/hardware and Internet companies, taxation, telecommunications and media, transportation, white collar crime and compliance, and trusts, estates and fiduciary dispute resolution.

Executive Partner Vivian Lee Thoreen stated, “We could not be more pleased. Adding these Partners not only strengthens our national wage-and-hour presence here in Los Angeles, it also exemplifies what makes Holland & Knight so unique, that we have both a local focus and a national reach.”



LeBoeuf
  
ADVERTISING
Award winning content studio and commercial production company Stun has expanded its Consumer Brands Team and promoted Matt LeBoeuf to Vice President, Consumer Brands. LeBoeuf will help drive brand vision across AV, digital, print, social, and experiential media platforms. He currently works with NFL Media, Princess Cruises and Hollywood Park.



Chandran
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
C. Yoga Chandran, PhD, PE, GE, joined HNTB Corporation in Southern California as project director and vice president. He is supporting the firm’s work on some of the most complex infrastructure projects throughout the region. A registered geotechnical engineer, Chandran brings more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of technically challenging engineering projects, including project management, planning, design, project assessment and environmental documents, bid documents and seismic analysis. He has served in key roles on tunnel and geotechnical studies for both highway and transit tunnels. Chandran’s transportation experience includes complex project work for L.A. Metro, Caltrans and the City of Los Angeles.


Monday, October 15, 2018



Brousseau
  
BANKING
Daniel P. Brousseau has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and head of client experience. He is responsible for the bank’s client experience strategy and implementation. For more information, go to www.cnb.com.



Damu
  
ACCOUNTING
Stelian Damu was admitted as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles, Calif., office. He specializes in providing assurance services to for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, including home care organizations, long-term care organizations, hospitals, medical groups and health plans.



Conner
  
ENGINEERING
Darren Conner, PE, has been promoted to president of Dewberry Engineers Inc., the firm’s nationwide engineering practice. Conner will oversee the operations of more than 50 offices from coast to coast, with services that include environmental, site/civil, structural, mechanical/electrical, energy, and transportation engineering. A civil engineer who has been with Dewberry for 33 years, Conner previously held the position of president of the firm’s southeast division, directing approximately 500 personnel in 24 offices.



Bakhash
  
FINANCE
Wilmington Trust hired Adam Bakhash as a senior private client advisor in its Wealth Advisory office in Los Angeles. He will provide comprehensive wealth management advice to high-net-worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, business owners, and foundations and endowments throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

Bakhash has served as a business strategist to entertainment, media, and sports professionals, as well as real estate developers and other professions throughout the Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles community.

“Adam’s experience in providing wealth management solutions to successful families in the region has positioned him to be a strategic advisor to many of our clients and prospects,” said Brian Oard, Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory president of the Western Region.

Bakhash’s tenure in the financial services industry includes experience in corporate finance, private banking, and investment and wealth management. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, he was a senior business development officer for Boston Private Wealth LLC. Before that, he held positions as a private client banker and underwriter for JPMorgan.

He received a bachelor’s degree focusing on business finance and corporate communications from the University of Albany. He is active in the community serving on the board of directors of Aish Los Angeles, and as a Young Leader for Chai Lifeline.

Bakhash is based in Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office located at 10250 Constellation Blvd., and can be contacted at 310-300-3053 or abakhash@ wilmingtontrust.com.

ABOUT WILMINGTON TRUST
Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory offers a wide array of personal trust, financial planning, fiduciary, asset management, private banking* and family office services designed to help high-net-worth individuals and families grow, preserve, and transfer wealth. Wilmington Trust focuses on serving families with whom it can build long-term relationships, many of which span multiple generations.

Wilmington Trust is a registered service mark. Wilmington Trust Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of M&T Bank Corporation. Wilmington Trust Company, operating in Delaware only, Wilmington Trust, N.A., M&T Bank and certain other affiliates, provide various fiduciary and nonfiduciary services, including trustee, custodial, agency, investment management and other services. International corporate and institutional services are offered through Wilmington Trust Corporation's international affiliates. Loans, credit cards, retail and business deposits, and other business and personal banking services and products are offered by M&T Bank, member FDIC.

*Private Banking is the marketing name for an offering of M&T deposit and loan products and services.



De Briere
  
REAL ESTATE
Skanska, a leading provider of project development and construction services, has hired Clare De Briere as executive vice president to support the long-term growth strategy of its commercial development operations in the U.S.

In this role, De Briere, will lead the team exploring opportunities to expand Skanska's real estate development business into Los Angeles. She will be responsible for land acquisition, the development and design of new projects, tenant leasing strategy and execution of future projects.

"Since launching nearly 10 years ago, Skanska has proven it can successfully deliver high-quality, sustainable and community-focused office and multi-family developments across the country," said Rob Ward, president and CEO of Skanska USA Commercial Development. "With her local market knowledge and experience, I am confident Clare will help identify new opportunities to create a viable presence as we explore a new market."

Prior to joining Skanska, De Briere was executive vice president and chief operating officer with The Ratkovich Company. In her more than 20 years with the company, she oversaw the acquisition, entitlement, planning, development and disposition of millions of square feet of developments, including the The Hercules Campus in Playa Vista and, most recently, The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serving as the Chair of the Los Angeles District Council, as well as sitting on the Americas Executive Committee. She also sits on the Advisory Board for UCLA's History Department and USC's Price School's Real Estate's Advisory Board. She has been included on the Los Angeles Business Journal's Women Making a Difference list and the Real Estate – Southern California's Women of Influence list every year since 2003.

De Briere is a Los Angeles native, receiving her Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and her bachelor's degree from UCLA.



Moss
Dox
  
BANKING
Fifth Third Bancorp is pleased to welcome James Dox and Daniel Moss to its Southern California commercial banking team. In their new roles, Dox and Moss will report to Brandon Ferrera, senior vice president and Southern California market executive.

James Dox brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and relationship management to his new role as senior vice president and relationship manager at Fifth Third. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Dox was a senior vice president at Comerica Bank, where he focused on sourcing and closing senior secured cash flow and asset-based financings and managed a portfolio of key middle market customer relationships. Previously, Dox served as a vice president at Houlihan Lokey and other well-respected financial advisory service firms. Dox is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.

Daniel Moss has 15 years of experience as an investment professional with proven leadership experience in middle-market lending. Before accepting his current role as senior vice president and relationship manager at Fifth Third, Moss worked for Avante Mezzanine Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing new opportunities and managing the due diligence process. Prior to that role, Moss was a senior associate at Amalgamated Capital in New York. Moss is a member of ACG Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Maryland and New York University.


Monday, October 8, 2018



Tam
  
ACCOUNTING
RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – welcomes John Tam, an international tax partner with more than 30 years of experience, to our Los Angeles office.

During his career, John has had extensive experience in a variety of industries including the technology sectors software, hardware and internet. He has advised on implementing global strategies throughout Europe and Asia, including multi-country mergers and acquisitions, operations and compliance. John also previously led an international tax practice in Silicon Valley and Southern California.

"We are thrilled to have John aboard and are confident his leadership and experience will make him an excellent addition to our team and firm,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received both his bachelor and master degrees.

About RSM
RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com.



Strauss
  
REAL ESTATE
John Strauss was promoted to senior managing director and co-head of JLL Americas Hotel Capital Markets, responsible for overseeing investment sales and debt and equity placement across the Americas. Based in Los Angeles, Strauss leads fullservice investment sales in the Western half of the United States, including Hawaii.



Williams
  
BANKING
Brent Williams has joined City National Bank as the regional manager of City National’s Los Angeles Commercial Banking division. Based in Los Angeles, he leads a team of commercial bankers who deliver City National’s customized financial solutions to midsized businesses in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura and Long Beach.



Ildefonso
Jones
  
ACCOUNTING
BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Malve Ildefonso and Tom Jones to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Both were previously partners in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Malve Ildefonso is an Assurance Partner in the firm’s Asset Management Practice, where she serves as engagement leader and business advisor for alternative investment funds. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and industry.

Malve has served clients across a broad spectrum of public and private companies in the asset management industry, including Section 404 attestation for public advisors, registered funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, broker dealer, and employee benefit plans. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tom Jones is a Partner in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice. Tom focuses on advising corporate and private equity clients in the deals space and has over 14 years of experience in public accounting.

Tom leads both buy and sell side due diligence engagements on both domestic and international projects. He has extensive experience spanning the whole deal spectrum, from initial strategic assessment to valuation, due diligence execution and pro forma modelling, analyzing and reviewing banking models, negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, and resolution of post close purchase price disputes. Tom is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Monday, October 1, 2018



Hernandez
  
REAL ESTATE
Marc Hernandez has been appointed as a director of Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Sports & Entertainment sales division. As a director, and as a real estate advisor, Marc will continue to provide a premium level of real estate brokerage services for clients within the sports and entertainment industries, as well as ultrahigh- net-worth parties. With previous experience at United Talent Agency, Fox Networks Group, and American Idol, Marc fully understands the unique expectations of entertainment, digital media, and technology clients. Marc is based in the Beverly Hills office. Email: marc.hernandez@elliman.com



Soto
  
CONSTRUCTION
Robert Soto has joined Sharpe Interior Systems as a Client Relations Manager. He brings 22 years of experience serving as District Manager of Kelly Paper. He will be assisting with day-to-day operations and will serve as an additional layer of executive support for Sharpe's project teams. Sharpe is excited to add another team member who shares their vision of being "the best working for the best" in Southern California.



Woodworth
  
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Architect, clinician, author, and educator Sharon Woodworth, FAIA, ACHA, has joined the San Francisco office of architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), co-leading the national healthcare design practice as Studio Leader. Woodworth has 20 years of California healthcare experience, including stakeholder engagement, planning efficiencies, and evidence-based design.


Monday, September 24, 2018



Demarigny
  
FINANCE
Julie Demarignys has joined MUFG Union Bank as its Head of Digital Banking. Demarigny is responsible for leading digital strategies for both Union Bank and PurePoint and for growing the overall digital banking business. She will work closely with the bank’s technology team to deliver interactive digital experiences for both existing and prospective clients across all client touchpoints, including online and mobile applications. Demarigny is based in the MUFG Union Bank office in Glendale, California and reports to Pierre P. Habis, Head of Consumer Banking.



Skalaski
  
CONSTRUCTION
Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.2 billion construction management firm, is excited to announce Greg Skalaski will step into a new role as vice president of Shawmut West, overseeing the Los Angeles and Las Vegas offices. The creation of the vice president of Shawmut West role is a direct result of unprecedented growth for the Los Angeles office, which reported a 200% increase in revenue and staff over the past three years. This consistent expansion reflects Shawmut’s healthy pipeline of retail, hotel, restaurant, and luxury residential projects on the West Coast as it looks to break into the academic and corporate interiors markets under Skalaski’s leadership. Shawmut routinely works with the most high-profile clients, including Apple, Louis Vuitton, AEG, and Nobu, to name a few.

“At Shawmut, we are constantly analyzing our business structure and finding new ways to tap into our employees’ talents, with an eye to future growth and success,” said Les Hiscoe, CEO of Shawmut. “Greg represents the very best of Shawmut by exemplifying strong leadership and industry expertise throughout his journey at the company. I take great pride in being able to promote from within and it’s a testament to the culture of talent development we’ve fostered over the years. I’m eager to see our presence continue to flourish on the West Coast.”

Skalski's promotion to vice president of Shawmut West coincides with his 20-year anniversary at the firm. He previously served as vice president of retail, overseeing operations across Shawmut’s nine offices nationwide.



Hope
  
BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has announced the addition of Managing Director Ben Hope to its Corporate Performance Improvement practice in Los Angeles. As former NBCU and Fox executive, Mr. Hope’s extensive experience transforming some of the country’s largest media and entertainment organizations will bolster the firm’s Media & Entertainment industry expertise and help clients best navigate industry issues to maximize value.



Frescas
  
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
SAFNA Engineering & Consulting (SAFNA) has hired industry veteran Jesse Frescas, Jr. as its new Director of Program & Construction Management. Frescas brings more than 26 years’ experience managing public infrastructure design-build construction projects, including city halls, educational facilities, fire stations, and museums. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM).


Monday, September 17, 2018



Soewers
  
ARCHITECTURE
Randy Soewers has joined HED's Los Angeles office as Project Management Leader. Randy spent the past 12 years at CallisonRTKL where he was a member of the firmwide Leadership Council. Prior to that he was with AC Martin Partners for five years and Gensler for five years. Randy recently served as President of the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, and has a strong background in highrise residential, hospitality, entertainment, corporate and institutional projects both domestically and internationally.



Kruse
  
REAL ESTATE
DPI Retail welcomes James R. Kruse as its Chief Executive Officer. Jim joins DPI with a 30-year career in the Southern California commercial real estate market, most recently as Senior Managing Director for CBRE’s Los Angeles South Region, and prior was Executive Vice President with Grubb and Ellis, Greater Los Angeles Region. DPI is a multi-faceted real estate investment company with expertise in management, development/ redevelopment, finance and leasing. The firm’s focus is to manage, develop and/or renovate shopping centers to institutional quality standards to benefit the company, its tenants, and the communities it serves.


Monday, September 10, 2018



Sawyer
  
FINANCE
Arixa Capital congratulates Kristina Sawyer on her promotion to Director of Loan Operations. In her six-year tenure, Sawyer has spearheaded strategic priorities for the firm that have enabled the company to expand and deliver exceptional client service. We salute her dedication and rigor in upholding Arixa’s core values.



Nicholls
  
ENTERTAINMENT
Songtradr welcomes Clare Nicholls as its Chief Financial Officer. Based in the company’s UK office, Nicholls will work in concert with Paul Wiltshire, CEO and founder to develop an investment strategy to support international expansion and accelerate Songtradr’s product development. Nicholls will also oversee the evaluation and execution of M&A opportunities and strategic partnerships as well as the integration of blockchain technology into Songtradr’s licensing ecosystem.



Solis
  
FINANCE
Ulysses Solis joins Arixa Capital with over 14 years of real estate lending experience, ranging from direct-to-consumer and wholesale to small business debt financing. His experience includes positions at First Direct Lending, Bay Equity and Asgard Capital and received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Channel Islands State University.



Clark
  
ACCOUNTING
Onisko & Scholz is pleased to announce that Jeannie Clark has been named partner. Jeannie has worked at Onisko & Scholz since 2007 and has been in public accounting since 1987. Her areas of expertise include tax planning and preparation for closely held businesses, accounting services and state and local tax compliance engagements. Her industry experience includes: service companies, real estate development, construction, and manufacturing among others.

Jeannie has represented clients with the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board and has acted as an “off-site controller” for various clients including interviewing and training candidates. She has also written policies and procedures for accounting departments.

Onisko & Scholz, established in 2004, is a full-service CPA firm serving Southern California privately held businesses. In addition, they also serve high-net-worth individuals, and have a specialty in estates and trusts.



Botero
  
SOFTWARE
BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL), a leading provider of finance and accounting automation solutions, announced that B2B cloud software marketing veteran Andres Botero has joined the company as chief marketing officer. As CMO, Mr. Botero will be responsible for driving BlackLine’s global marketing strategy as the company seeks to capitalize on the growing worldwide demand for solutions that drive greater efficiency, financial governance and risk management across the spectrum of accounting and financial operations. Botero will report to Chief Operating Officer Marc Huffman.

“Andres is a global B2B marketing leader skilled at driving results across all functions of Marketing, as well as disparate geographies, cultures and time zones,” said Mr. Huffman. “He has demonstrated tremendous success working in alignment with sales organizations to help grow several leading enterprise SaaS/cloud companies and build their brands globally. We expect Andres’ leadership and expertise will help us clearly articulate to the market all the capabilities and benefits that BlackLine brings to our clients.”


Monday, September 3, 2018



Roger
  
ENGINEERING
Lisa Roger, PMP, has been promoted to chief information officer at Dewberry. Roger will oversee all aspects of the firm’s technology and IT operations, including project management, data center management, cyber security, planning, assessment, integration, restructuring/reorganization, and process improvement.



Grueneberg
  
LAW
Susan Grueneberg, one of California’s highly regarded franchise law attorneys, has joined Am Law 100 law firm Cozen O’Connor in Los Angeles to lead its global franchise practice. Susan advises clients on franchise and distribution law issues, including compliance with federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws.



Havens
  
WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Northern Trust, a leading global investment firm with a client-centric culture, has named Michele Havens as President of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, Michele serves as President with oversight for offices in Century City, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Orange County and San Diego. In addition, she is a member of Northern Trust’s Western Region Executive Leadership Team and the firm’s Global Business Leadership Council.

Prior to this role, she served as President of the Los Angeles region since 2012 after leading the Pacific Northwest as Region President from 2009 to 2011.

Michele serves on the Board of Directors for YPO Los Angeles where she chairs the membership committee. She is a member of the Board of the Jonathan Club and the Board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.



Kearon
  
CONSTRUCTION
Slater Builders Inc. names Mike Kearon as Principal and Chief Operating Officer

“Promoting our customer centered family culture, while expanding in market segments of Healthcare, Living Environments, Office/Industrial, and Education, are key to our success. Our People are our progress.” – Mike Kearon.

Slater Builders Inc. is proud to announce Mike Kearon’s role as VP of Operations has expanded to Chief Operating Officer. Slater, a full service WBE construction firm, specializes in commercial general contracting in LA, OC, and the IE. Mike’s 30 years of industry experience offers Slater’s clients a sophisticated business approach while maintaining the foundational aspects of Slater Builder’s family business culture. This powerful combination is why SBI is on track to realize a projected revenue in excess of $50M in this, their 25th year of business.



Dixon
Peterson
  
ARCHITECTURE
Togawa Smith Martin (TSM) announces new leadership changes. Jim Dixon, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed President of the prominent architectural firm specializing in multi-family residential and mixed-use design. As President, Jim will be responsible for leading the firm in major projects, pursuing new business opportunities, and interfacing with current and future clients. He brings over 30 years of specialized experience, and has been a vital part of TSM since 2012.

Another leadership addition to the TSM family is Kyle Peterson, who will be the new Senior Director focusing on business development, as well as the startup and early management of projects. Fluent in Mandarin, Kyle’s early career in global business before entering the architectural field brings a unique perspective to the firm.

Former President, Tom Hsieh, has been elevated to the President of TSM’s parent company, Planning Architecture and Engineering Alliance (PAEA.)



Dubois
Westermann
  
HEALTH CARE
COPE Health Solutions is proud to announce the addition of two new leaders to support operations and growth for the COPE Health Scholars service line and subject matter expertise for consulting projects.

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois joins as Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities include executing the goals, objectives, and strategic plan for the service line.

Danielle Westermann, Director, will oversee the COPE Health Scholars programs at multiple locations in Southern California within the Kaiser Permanente system.


Monday, August 27, 2018



Conway
  
NON PROFIT
The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation in Beverly Hills welcomes Christopher Clinton Conway as new Executive Director. Mr. Conway will serve as a highly-visible representative of the foundation, responsible for planning, implementing and assessing the foundation’s direction. Mr. Conway is an accomplished and globally engaged nonprofit leader serving high-net-worth individuals in pursuit of meaningful impact.

www.guthyjacksonfoundation.org



Nygren
  
BANKING
Patrick Nygren has joined Union Bank as Regional President for Los Angeles and the Central Coast (LACC), which also includes Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Nygren will oversee the branch banking activities of more than 86 branches and 580 employees.



Szabo
  
ACCOUNTING
Estate Planning Team Welcomes Craig Szabo as DST Trustee

Furthering our dedication to expand our professional network with the best in the business, Estate Planning Team is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Craig Szabo, CPA. Craig is the proud owner and CEO of DST Advisors Inc. and Szabo Accountancy. We are excited to announce that Craig has been elected as a Trustee to the Deferred Sales Trust™ (DST).

This business collaboration was a natural fit, as Craig works with high net worth and high-profile clients who are looking to defer significant capital gains tax. Craig has practiced accounting for over 40 years and has extensive experience in many industries. Estate Planning Team is a membership organization with a network of experienced professionals who offer the Deferred Sales Trust™. These professionals include financial advisors, insurance and real estate professionals, business brokers, attorneys, CPA’s, Qualified Intermediaries, and other professional partners. EPT’s organization stretches throughout the United States, providing significant capital gains tax deferral via the Deferred Sales Trust™, a flexible 1031 Exchange alternative.

Craig Szabo, CPA
CEO/DST Trustee



Kehler
  
ACCOUNTING
Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mari-Anne Kehler to partner. Mari-Anne Kehler has over 30 years of experience and leads the Firm’s strategy, business development and marketing initiatives.

In her new role as partner, Mari-Anne will focus on driving the firm’s future success. She will spearhead the transformation of GHJ’s “Client Experience” by advancing the implementation of technology and data strategies to expand future growth. By leveraging the firm’s membership with HLB International, GHJ’s affiliated global advisory and accounting network, Mari-Anne will help guide expansion of the Firm’s international footprint.

Along with her lengthy career in the marketing field and deep expertise into strategy and business development, Mari-Anne has been a featured speaker at conferences on topics such as professional services growth, social media and marketing strategy. She has also been active in the community in the areas of disability awareness and fundraising and in mentoring families and professionals for almost two decades. In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit boards she is also a speaker at universities and conferences on the topic of disabilities: awareness, transition to adulthood and the impact on families.

Mari-Anne’s experience as a high-impact leader and her client-centric and industry approach has helped GHJ successfully expand its business. Her promotion to partner was a well-deserved and strategic move by GHJ’s partner group as the Firm looks towards expanding its footprint in the marketplace and creating business growth. Mari-Anne’s leadership within the firm, passion to inspire others to #BeMore and her drive to achieve results will help propel the Firm well into the future.



Loorya
  
CONSTRUCTION
Matt Loorya joins the Howard Building Corporation team as Vice President, located in the Los Angeles Office. Matt brings over 20 years of construction experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Driver SPG. He will be assisting with the day-to-day operations of our organization and will serve as an additional layer of executive support for our project teams. Matt is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:

• As a native Californian, Matt graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is a licensed General Contractor.

• Impressive client list that includes Cedars-Sinai, DreamWorks Animation, Mastro’s Restaurants, Sony Pictures, and the University of Southern California.

• Extensive experience working with our industry colleagues at the executive level, including CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Irvine Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kilroy Realty Corporation, LBA Realty, and Savills Studley.

• Project Executive for the KISS Tolman-Bacher Compound at California Institute of Technology, a multi-award winning project also honored for its “green” construction and LEED Platinum certification.

• Executive-level experience working with large, complex projects, such as the Newport Beach Country Club, a project that has won multiple awards for safety management and outstanding architecture, and the 14-story Netflix headquarters in Hollywood.

Assuredly, Matt’s past operational experience at one of our market’s most respected competitors will result in HBC’s continued success. We are excited to add another team member who shares our vision of being the premier tenant improvement general contractor in Southern California.



Rowe
  
ACCOUNTING
Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is excited to announce the promotion of Daniel Rowe, CPA, to partner (effective Jan. 1, 2019). Daniel has been at GHJ since 2014 and is a key member of the Tax Practice.

With more than 15 years of experience, Daniel is a recognized tax resource in the area of pass-through entities, including partnerships, S-Corporations and LLCs. He is known for providing technical and strategic advice to partnerships, S-Corporations and their individual owners, including tax advice on restructuring and buy/sell transactions. His tax compliance and consulting experience is an asset to the Firm, and his passion for serving clients will contribute to GHJ’s ongoing growth within its Tax Practice.

Daniel has been published in many tax and real estate journals such as The Tax Adviser, The Journal of Property Management and Commercial Investment Real Estate. He has written and presented continuing education sessions for attorneys and CPAs and frequently delivers tax updates to real estate professionals. He currently serves as an editorial adviser to The Tax Adviser and as a member of the AICPA’s Technical Resource Panel for S-Corporations.

Having Daniel move into the role of partner is just one more example of how Green Hasson Janks is showing its commitment to growing great people and transforming vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people. His deep technical expertise and talent has helped the Firm provide unparalleled service to its clients. In his role as a partner at the Firm, he will have meaningful contributions to help GHJ’s Tax Practice grow.


Monday, August 20, 2018



Chen
  
ARCHITECTURE
Hunvey Chen, AIA, LEED AP, has been named regional leader of healthcare for HOK’s Los Angeles practice and is responsible for the visioning, development, construction and implementation of projects. With a background in architecture and planning, she has played a vital role on major healthcare projects at HOK since 2006.



Mahoney
  
ENGINEERING
Dave Mahoney, PE, has been promoted to alternative project delivery operating unit manager at Dewberry. An executive vice president who has been with the firm for more than 30 years, Mahoney will oversee Dewberry’s vertical, horizontal, and water/wastewater design-build services nationally, including public-sector facilities as well as major bridge, highway, and transit projects.



Murphy
  
LAW
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Expands its Litigation Group. Beverly Hills-based law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup bolsters its litigation capabilities with the addition of trial attorney Michael D. Murphy. Murphy is an aggressive litigator specializing in corporate governance, real estate, entertainment and general business disputes.



Silah
  
LAW
Anahid N. Silah is a partner and the managing attorney at Pearlman, Brown & Wax in our Glendale office. She specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, from case inception through trial and appeal, as well as insurance defense. Since 1997 Anahid has worked as a litigator representing a variety of commercial and individual clients. She has a unique interest and background in the handling of complicated medical and medical-legal issues.

Anahid is a graduate from the University of California Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, graduating cum laude. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She is a member of the State Bar of California, and was admitted to the United States District Court, Central District. She is a current member of the Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association.



Stern
  
LAW
Bonnie V. Stern, a valuable partner at Pearlman, Brown & Wax since 2001, is based in our Encino office. Bonnie specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims from case inception through trial and appeal. She is an experienced litigator, having spent two decades trying various complex issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. She has successfully developed and cultivated long-term relationships with numerous employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators.

Bonnie graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego. Bonnie is a member of the State Bar of California and is an active member of both the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.



Sirounian
  
LAW
Meline H. Sirounian has been with the firm for 15 years and we are proud to announce her new position as partner in our Glendale office of Pearlman, Brown & Wax. Her emphasis is in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. She is an experienced litigator and has successfully tried various and complex issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Meline is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School. Meline is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as a member of the United States District Court Central District and is an active member of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association.



Dreyfus
  
LAW
Brian Dreyfus is a partner with Pearlman, Brown & Wax in our Ventura County office. He specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and other employment law related issues. He is an experienced advocate and has successfully litigated various and complex cases before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and other Courts in the State of California. Brian’s past experience includes work as an advocate in the Children’s Court, as well as the foster care system.

Brian is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier College School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is an active member of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court Central District of California.



Minkow
  
LAW
Nicole Golob Minkow is a partner and the Chair of Pearlman, Brown & Wax's Employment Law Department. Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was Of Counsel with Jackson Lewis LLP, a national employment law defense firm. Nicole specializes in handling all aspects of employment defense litigation on behalf of employers and management.

Nicole’s experience includes cases involving claims for wage and hour violations under state and federal law, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and unfair business practices.

She also assists employers in defending against wage and hour class actions regarding alleged overtime violations, meal and break violations and minimum wage claims. Nicole regularly provides advice and counsel to management on all employment issues and conducts seminars and training for in-house counsel, risk managers, human resources managers and other personnel administrators on a variety of employment related issues with an eye towards litigation prevention. In addition, Nicole drafts employment policies including employee handbooks and keeps her clients updated on new employment law developments.


Monday, August 13, 2018



Lai
Richards
  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Crowe, LLP is excited to announce that Kathy Lai, Partner, and Jennifer Richards, Senior Manager, have joined our audit services business unit and will be working with our government and not-for-profit industry group in Southern California.

With approximately 20 years of experience in public accounting, Ms. Lai has deep experience servicing large, complex state and local governmental entities, higher education institutions, school districts, utilities and not-for-profit organizations. She will oversee Crowe’s Public Sector Services Practice throughout California.

During her career, Ms. Richards has spent the majority of her time focusing on the public sector, including performing and supervising audit and attest services for a variety of not-for-profit, higher education, public and privately held companies, and governmental entities, with a focus on exempt organizations and colleges and universities.



Shapiro
  
HEALTH CARE
L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly-operated health plan, welcomes Ilan Shapiro, MD, the Medical Director for Health Education and Wellness at AltaMed Health Services, to its Board of Governors. He is actively involved in creating public health programs aimed at reaching Latinos on both sides of the border, aiming to improve the health of children and parents. Dr. Shapiro, a board certified pediatrician, will represent Children’s Health Care Providers on the L.A. Care Board.



Martinez
Larsen
  
FINANCE
City National Bank has hired two new bankers in Los Angeles as it expands its services to the legal industry. Led by Peyman Salehi, senior vice president and head of City National’s Private Banking Law Firm Group, the team will provide tailored financial and wealth management solutions to attorneys and firms in the “Am Law 200,” a list of the top 200 law firms in the nation.

Ray Martinez brings 18 years of experience to City National and assumes the role of private banker and trusted client adviser focusing on individual wealth management, trust and estate planning, access to individual and business credit and other financial services.

Erik K. Larsen joins City National as a client manager. Larsen has 17 years of financial services experience working with high-net-worth families and law firms in the Los Angeles area.



Laoboonmi
  
ARCHITECTURE
HGA has hired Scott Laoboonmi, Associate AIA, as Associate Vice President and Project Manager in the Los Angeles office. He will manage integrated design-team processes and client relations for the Healthcare Practice Group serving the southern California market. Laoboonmi has more than 15 years of experience focused on healthcare design.


Monday, August 6, 2018



Im
  
CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Im has joined Environmental Contracting Corporation as Project Manager. With over 18 years commercial construction experience, Daniel brings strong leadership skills, as well as the technical expertise to ensure exceptional quality control and state of the art solutions for each client.



Hartwell
  
ARCHITECTURE
Steinberg Hart welcomes Amy Hartwell, AIA, LEED BD+C and Homes, as a Senior Associate / Senior Project Manager. She joins the leading full-service architecture firm as a seasoned architect who has developed and managed projects across diverse sectors including affordable housing, higher education, and hospitality.



Shah
  
ENGINEERING
Sameer Shah joins Burns & McDonnell as the company expands its service offerings in California. As a project manager, Sameer brings 12 years of experience in environmental engineering, particularly air quality permitting and compliance, remediation and process optimization. Shah’s experience spans multiple industry sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation and heavy metals.



McGuire
  
MANUFACTURING
Pelican Products, the global leader in the design and manufacture of protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting has appointed Stacey McGuire as General Counsel. She brings more than 15 years of transactional and litigation experience to her new position.



Ejnes
  
ARCHITECTURE
Mark Ejnes, AIA, has joined HOK’s LA studio as a design principal. Over his nearly three-decade career, Ejnes has worked worldwide on many different types of projects. He comes to HOK from Aedas in LA and joins Ernest Cirangle and Anne Fletcher on the leadership team for HOK’s LA office.