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California Law – Luce Forward Statewide Expansion Continues With Addition to Orange County Office

IRVINE, Calif. (April 30, 2009) – Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a prominent California law firm, today announced it continues with its plans to grow its offices statewide with the addition of veteran attorney Jess R. Bressi to the firm’s Orange County office. Bressi will be a Partner in the firm’s commercial, finance and insolvency and real estate and environmental litigation practice groups.

Bressi, who has spent the last 24 years at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, is an experienced courtroom litigator who focuses his practice on financial remedies, bankruptcy, business litigation, real estate development, construction and secured transaction disputes. He is also an expert in the distressed real estate arena, helping his client acquire distressed real estate loans for fun and profit.

“Jess has an infallible reputation throughout California,” said Kurt L. Kicklighter, Luce Forward’s Managing Partner. We know he will be a key contributor to our success as we continue with our firm-wide plan for strategically expanding our legal services throughout the state. Having handled every aspect of bankruptcy and business litigation, we know his experience with business litigation disputes will serve many of our clients struggling with the challenges of today’s economy.”

Experienced in bankruptcy, real estate, finance and litigation, Bressi often lectures and writes on those topics. He is a past president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and a current member of its board of directors, as well as a current member of the board of directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the California Receivers Forum and the Financial Lawyers Conference. Bressi received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge.

“Luce Forward has a diverse and deep platform to support me and my clients in both real estate litigation and bankruptcy issues,” Bressi said. “I am thrilled to work with these talented attorneys in growing both the firm and the success of our clients.”

Bressi’s move follows the recent addition of intellectual property and technology attorneys Peter Gluck and Michael Krietzman to Luce Forward’s Orange County office which opened in 2007 and now has 18 attorneys. Both are Partners in the firm’s new Technology Law Group, a practice dedicated to the protection, development and funding of technology-based businesses.

Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.luce.com.

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