And only 22 percent of in-house counsel said they expect to see the number of legal disputes their companies face increase over the next 12 months, which is down 11 percent from last year.

But there was a silver lining, of sorts, for law firms. Even with the softening of litigation activity, a third of companies represented in the survey face at least 25 active lawsuits and 18 percent are defending against 100 or more domestic cases.

Labor Issues

The law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced last week that attorney Colleen Regan joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner. Regan was previously a partner in the local office of McGuire Woods.

Regan's practice includes advising employers on state and federal wage and hour issues, and anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. She has also represented employers in employment related class action lawsuits.

"In addition to her stellar courtroom experience, Colleen is a well-rounded labor and employment attorney with a robust single plaintiff practice and a sophisticated advice and counsel practice," Kenwood Youmans, managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw's Los Angeles office, said in a statement. "She adds strength to our thriving labor and employment practice."

Seyfarth Shaw is a Chicago-founded firm with over725 attorneys practicing in 10 offices.

The firm's 35-year old Los Angeles has 100 attorneys.

"I'm delighted to join Seyfarth Shaw's renowned labor and employment legal team," Regan said in a written statement. "The firm's national platform combined with its solid depth in the field will help me deliver consistent, outstanding results to my clients."

New Face

Jerry Marks, the managing partner at the Los Angeles office of Heller Ehrman LLP, has joined the local office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

"Attorneys of Jerry's Caliber are rare," said Ken Baronksy, managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Milbank Tweed. "Jerry brings the right combination of excellence in lawyering, prominence and team-oriented style. We see tremendous synergies between his practice and Milbank's corporate and litigation practice."

Marks' practice includes representing investment banks, accounting firms and corporate officers in securities litigation.

Staff reporter Drew Combs can be reached at, or (323) 549-5225, ext. 228.


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