LUCE FORWARD ADDS BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY GREGG S. KLEINER AS SPECIAL COUNSEL IN ITS SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

SAN FRANCISCO (May 16, 2011) – Gregg S. Kleiner recently joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, one of California’s leading litigation law firms, as special counsel to the firm’s Commercial, Finance & Insolvency practice group. Mr. Kleiner will work out of the firm’s San Francisco office.

Mr. Kleiner’s primary focus at Luce Forward will be representing Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, pursuing and defending preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, asset sales and acquisitions, and statutory liquidation proceedings, while enhancing the firm’s litigation capabilities in the bankruptcy and insolvency arenas. He will work closely with partners Michael A. Isaacs, Charles P. Maher and Barry Milgrom, all of whom joined Luce Forward in 2000 and whom he previously worked with at Rosenblum, Parish & Isaacs PC.

“Luce Forward has long had an extraordinarily successful group of litigators, and with the arrival of Gregg to our team, our capabilities will only be that much stronger,” said Kurt L. Kicklighter, Luce Forward’s Managing Partner. “As Luce Forward continues to grow its practice groups and offices throughout California, we welcome Gregg and look forward to the unique expertise he brings to the firm.”

Prior to joining Luce Forward, Mr. Kleiner was special counsel at Cooley LLP where he regularly represented Chapter 11 debtors in possession, creditor committees, sellers of distressed assets, third party purchasers of assets, assignors and assignees for benefit of creditors, dissolving corporations and their liquidation managers, secured and unsecured creditors in contested matters and adversary proceedings, with a special emphasis on defending preference litigation.

Previous positions include associate counsel at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro; director & shareholder at Rosenblum, Parish & Isaacs PC; associate at Graham & James LLP; and Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James R. Grube, United States Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.). Mr. Kleiner received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, with distinction and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Luce Forward’s Commercial, Finance and Insolvency Group, which has attorneys in the firm’s San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego offices, approaches commercial transactions and insolvency matters in a practical, creative, economical and effective way. As part of a full-service law firm, Luce Forward takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these issues by drawing on the experience of attorneys who practice in its corporate, intellectual property, litigation, appellate, tax, real estate, environmental, labor and employment, ERISA and international departments.

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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