CLEVELAND, OH – February 27, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News, Law…

CLEVELAND, OH – February 27, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News, Law Jobs – Baker Hostetler is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its strength, size and depth in Los Angeles with the addition of 19 lawyers associated with the Los Angeles office of Jenkens & Gilchrist. Effective March 1, 2007, Baker Hostetler’s Los Angeles presence will nearly double in size to 42 lawyers, enabling the firm to provide expanded legal services to clients throughout the region and nationwide.

“Our new lawyers will build on the firm’s current strengths and add new capabilities in our business, employment, intellectual property and environmental practices,” said Steve Kestner, Executive Partner of Baker Hostetler. “Our practices fit together extremely well, as do our cultures, and we’ve significantly broadened and deepened the services we can provide to our clients in the Los Angeles area.”

The firm now has 54 lawyers in Southern California practicing in all major areas of law. This announcement comes on the heels of the firm’s Houston office also having added four attorneys from Jenkens & Gilchrist in Texas. The firm now has more than 620 lawyers in 10 cities coast-to-coast., with international affiliates in Mexico and Brazil.

Dave Sampson, Managing Partner of Baker Hostetler’s Los Angeles office, said, “It’s a win for our current team, a win for the team joining us and, most important, a win for our clients. We are bringing together two extremely talented groups of lawyers who understand client needs in today’s competitive market.”

John Cermak, who served as Managing Partner of the Jenkens & Gilchrist Los Angeles office, sees the move as an opportunity for clients, and also for the lawyers involved. “It’s a natural fit for all of us, and we’re all excited about the opportunity to work together. Our first priority in the decision-making process was client service. Without question our combined resources will take our capabilities to the next level,” he said. “Our next priority was our people and the compatibility of our firm cultures. From the beginning of our discussions we have felt at home with Baker Hostetler.”

About Baker Hostetler

Founded over 90 years ago in 1916, Baker Hostetler is among the nation’s 100 largest law firms with 620 attorneys coast to coast. The firm has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Costa Mesa, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Washington, D.C. Its four primary practice groups are Business, Employment, Litigation and Tax. For more information, visit the firm’s Web site at

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