The Los Angeles office of HGA Architects and Engineers, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, has promoted Slawek Nadowski to senior associate. Previously, Nadowski was a senior project architect with the firm.

Banking & Finance

John D. Cochran has joined the Los Angeles office of Lovell Minnick Partners LLC, a private equity firm, as principal. Cochran was previously a principal with SV Investment Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm.

Wedbush Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has hired James Dressler and Julie Reimer as senior analysts. Dressler was previously a research assistant in Wells Fargo's Proprietary Portfolio Group. Reimer was a consumer and retail investment banking analyst at Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, N.C.


Kevin Wright has been named group vice president of marketing for Meggitt Fluid Controls Group, a North Hollywood-based company that designs and develops fluid-control products and systems for commercial and military use. Wright was previously group vice president of customer satisfaction in the Burbank office of Crane Aerospace & Electronics.


The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, formerly known as the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa, has named Chris Sullivan rooms director. Sullivan was previously assistant rooms executive with the Ritz-Carlton.


Richard A. Sperber has been named co-chief executive of ValleyCrest
Landscape Cos., a Calabasas-based landscaping company. Sperber is president of the company.


The Los Angeles office of Bowman and Brooke LLP, a trial firm, has named Robert Baggs and Andrew T. Ryan associates, and Renee S. Konigsberg and Joyce M. Pein special counsels. Previously, Baggs served as an associate at Borton Petrini LLP, a Bakersfield-based law firm. Konigsberg was a senior associate at Meyers & McConnell, a law firm with offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Peim was an associate with Herzfeld & Rubin PC, a New York City-based law firm. Ryan was an associate at Reback McAndrews & Kjar LLP, a Manhattan Beach-based law firm.

Renata A. Guidry has joined Pruetz Law Group LLP, an El Segundo-based intellectual property and business law firm, as associate. Guidry was previously an associate at Akerman Senterfitt LLP.

The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation has appointed Jim C. Martin president. Martin serves as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Reed Smith.

Henry Shields has been named partner in the Los Angeles office of Epstein Becker & Green PC. Shields was previously a senior litigation partner with Irell & Manella LLP, a Century-City based law firm.

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