Over the course of his career, Scarsi has worked intellectual property matters for clients such as Apple Computer Inc., Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. and Lockheed Martin.
Scarsi said that while he was "very happy at O'Melveny," he made the move because Milbank Tweed offered him the opportunity to build a West Coast intellectual property department at the firm.
"Milbank has a very accomplished IP practice on the East Coast with about 50 attorneys," Scarsi said. "This move presented me the golden opportunity to build a best-in-class IP practice to complement the East Coast practice.
Scarsi added, "This is about a youngish partner being offered a phenomenal platform to try to build something."
Milbank Tweed has more than 500 lawyers practicing at 10 offices across the globe. The 80-attorney Los Angeles office is one of the firm's largest outposts.
Last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of nine attorneys to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Those receiving the nod include five Republicans, three Democrats and one appointee who declined to state a party affiliation. These appointments fill both newly created judicial seats and those vacant due to recent retirements.
Lesley Green, a name partner at the Los Angeles law firm Bannan Green Frank & Terzian, was among the group of appointees.
"I am not one of those people who have wanted to be a judge since law school," Green said. "I love the practice of law, but a year ago I decided I would really love an opportunity for public service."
Green's practice primarily consists of defending insurance companies with regards to contract disputes, employment matters and claims of bad faith.
Green, who will be sworn in on Sept. 28, is currently in the process of notifying clients on her impending departure and transferring active matters to other lawyers at her firm.
Others appointed to the bench in Los Angeles County include Terry Bork, a deputy district attorney, Gregory Dohi, a deputy district attorney, Marguerite Downing, a deputy public defender, Elizabeth Feffer, a partner at the San Marino law firm Jones & Mayer, Elaine Lu, an assistant U.S. attorney, Georgina Torres Rizk, an administrative law judge, Elia Weinbach, a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Melissa Widdifield, a court commissioner.
The newly appointed judges will receive an annual salary of $171,648.
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