London's calling at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

Since March, the Los Angeles-based firm has brought three entertainment lawyers on board, and two are from London.

The most recent hire, Philip E. Daniels, joined the firm April 21 as an associate after practicing at Beverly Hills-based Goldring Hertz & Lichtenstein LLP. Before moving to the United States, Daniels practiced for a decade in London, where he represented new media and technology companies.

Daniels said he joined 500-attorney Sheppard Mullin because of the firm's international branded entertainment practice.

"The head of the group, Bob Darwell, is very international in his focus," Daniels said.

Entertainment lawyer Robb Klein joined the firm's Century City office one month before Daniels jumped on board.

Klein, who came from the London office of European law firm SJ Berwin LLP, specializes in film financing and production. Before moving to the United States to join the firm, Klein said he had worked with Sheppard Mullin partner Darwell on film deals.

"Los Angeles and London are the two centers of film financing and production, so Bob and I came together under one roof where we continue to service clients in the U.S. and the U.K.," Klein said.

There are other new faces at Sheppard, too. Veteran litigator James E. Curry left the boutique firm he founded, White O'Connor Fink & Brenner LLP, to join Sheppard Mullin's entertainment and media group. Curry's clients include CBS Corp. and SK Intertainment Inc.

Over There

Powerhouse litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP has been looking to become a player in London's legal market. And the firm finally made the jump across the pond, opening a London office with litigation attorney Richard East.

East, who joined Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel as partner, left Kirkland & Ellis LLP to join the firm. He represents private equity and hedge funds, including London-based Harbour Litigation Funding LTD, a litigation funding company.

Name partner John Quinn said he knew of East's reputation as a litigator and mutual clients introduced the two lawyers.

"East has a background in litigation and restructuring which is the kind of work that we do," Quinn said.

Quinn Emanuel, a 400-attorney firm, decided to open a London office after realizing there was an opening in the market for a litigation firm that could represent clients suing large financial institutions.

"Well known London law firms all have conflicts of interest because they represent financial institutions, so they can't be adverse and sue them," Quinn said. "We were being told by our clients that they were having a hard time finding first-rate representation in London."


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