“What I liked about school was every year you got a restart. You could think about what you’ve done,” Jih said. “When you start working that just doesn’t happen anymore. In hindsight, it’s just energizing to say I’m starting over new.”

Westward Expansion

Chicago firm Sidley Austin revealed plans last week to open an office in Century City – its second in Los Angeles after its downtown L.A. outpost – and increase its focus on the media and entertainment industry.

Sidley hired Dan Clivner, longtime head of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Century City, to lead its new outpost. Clivner, a prominent corporate and private equity attorney, will become co-managing partner of Sidley’s L.A. offices.

“One of the things that attracted us to Dan is his experience in the media and entertainment industry,” said Mike Kelley, co-managing partner. “We’ve been in Los Angeles long enough that we understand the local market. … And over the last number of years, the media and entertainment industry, including digital media, has become more and more important.”

Sidley is still finalizing its lease in Century City, so Kelley was unable to provide specific details on the office’s opening. It’s unclear whether any existing Sidley lawyers will relocate, but Kelley alluded to more changes on the horizon.

“We do expect that with Dan joining us, and our commitment to opening an office in Century City, that we will be an attractive destination for other lawyers who focus their practice in media and entertainment as well as new technologies,” he said.

Clivner, who is still a partner at Simpson Thatcher, declined to comment.

More Moves

Irell has hired Michael Fleming, former chief administrative judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as of counsel in the firm’s Century City office. … Raymond Aghaian has joined the Beverly Hills office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. … Munger Tolles & Olson has tapped Brad D. Brian to serve as co-managing partner. … Gary Concoff has joined Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham in Beverly Hills as partner. … Robins Kaplan has appointed Roman Silberfeld, partner in the firm’s Century City office, to its newly created national trial chair position.

Staff reporter Cale Ottens can be reached at cottens@labusinessjournal.com or (323) 549-5225, ext. 221.


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