LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – – Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a leading international law firm, has added Jeffrey M. Weiner as a partner in its highly rated Corporate, Securities and Finance Group. Mr. Weiner will work in the firm’s rapidly growing Century City office, effective immediately.
“Jeff is an outstanding lawyer with diverse corporate and securities law experience. We are pleased he has joined the firm,” said Roger Warin, Steptoe’s Chairman. “Broadening and expanding our corporate capabilities is a top priority of the firm, as we continue to grow the Century City and downtown LA offices.”
Mr. Weiner’s practice spans general business and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and business financing and technology transactions. He has worked with many well-established public and private companies, and with a wide variety of successful entrepreneurs building businesses across many industries.
His general business and securities law representations include serving as primary outside counsel for companies, providing ongoing representation and counsel on day-to-day matters as well as strategic advice. Mr. Weiner also represents acquiring and target companies, investment bankers, special board committees, and investors in merger and acquisition matters. In addition, he represents investors and companies in venture capital and other private equity transactions, as well as in public offerings and technology outsourcing and licensing transactions.
Mr. Weiner will be part of Steptoe’s expanding Los Angeles Business Solutions team, which includes 11 experienced attorneys, including Robbin Itkin, Sharon Kopman and Katherine Piper whose practices focus on restructuring and purchase and sale of distressed assets; Susan Wolf in mergers and acquisitions and general business counseling; Mike Heimbold and Rich Reinis in corporate transactions, apparel and entertainment; Don Wellington and Ed Gregory in ERISA, employment and executive compensation; Pat Derdenger in tax; and Nancy White in corporate and real estate finance.
“Steptoe is a great fit for my clients and my practice, and I already know most of the Century City partners,” said Mr. Weiner. “I am very impressed that the firm has managed to attract so many first-rate lawyers so quickly, and very excited we are building such a dynamic corporate group focused on the middle market technology, apparel, entertainment, financial services and real estate companies that predominate in Southern California.”
Mr. Weiner received his J.D. in 1975 from NYU, and his B.A. in 1972 from UCLA. He teaches legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions in the Mergers and Acquisitions Executive Education Program at The Anderson School, UCLA’ s graduate school of management. He also has authored or co-authored several articles on securities law and general business subjects. In recognition of his outstanding legal acumen and skills, he was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in mergers and acquisitions by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines.
“Jeff brings us additional strength and depth in servicing the transactional needs of our clients,” said Scott Katzman, Chair of Steptoe’s Corporate, Securities and Finance Group. “Together with other outstanding additions to our corporate practice, Jeff further enhances the firm’s capabilities and growing base of corporate clients in Southern California.”
Mr. Weiner comes to Steptoe from DLA Piper, Los Angeles, where he was a partner in that firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group.
Steptoe’s fast-growing Century City office now has 27 attorneys after just 15
months of operation. The office’s practice areas of concentration include general business litigation; restructuring and insolvency matters; labor and employment and trade secret counseling and litigation; patent and trademark litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling; entertainment litigation; and business structuring and financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP just celebrated its tenth anniversary in its downtown Los Angeles office at an open house in the firm’s new Century City office, attended by more than 400 clients and friends of the firm.
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With more than 450 attorneys, Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides counsel and representation in a wide range of legal fields. In more than 60 years of practice, the firm has gained a national and international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has offices in Washington, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Century City, London and Brussels.