Luce Forward’s Los Angeles Office Gains New Partner

LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2009 – LAWFUEL) — John C. Kirkland has joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP’s Los Angeles office as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate practice group, focusing on public securities. Kirkland brings 20 years of experience in industries including media and entertainment, technology and life sciences, and will represent companies throughout the Pacific Rim, including Asian corporations seeking listing on U.S. stock exchanges.

“With the addition of John to our Los Angeles office, Luce Forward can offer sophisticated corporate securities services on a statewide basis,” said Kurt L. Kicklighter, Luce Forward’s Managing Partner. “His extensive experience leading complex securities transactions furthers our strategic goal to provide a full range of services to our clients in Los Angeles.”

Kirkland possesses a strong cadre of expertise in corporate and securities matters, including public offering and private placements of debt and equity securities, public company reporting, venture capital financing, negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, tender offers and going private transactions, special committee, audit committee and corporate compliance issues. Additionally, he has strong industry experience in healthcare, international trade and investment, retail and financial services. His robust background will position the Los Angeles office to become more important in one of the most vibrant markets in the state.

“Luce Forward is a top California law firm with a solid reputation for representing clients nationwide,” said Kirkland. “I am pleased to bring to the firm my client base of middle market public and private companies, which fits well with the firm’s strategic objective to provide creative and efficient litigation and transactional services.”

Prior to joining Luce Forward, Kirkland was a Partner at Dreir Stein Kahan Browne Woods George. He was previously a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and began his legal career at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He is listed in Southern California Super Lawyers and Who’s Who in American Law, and is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.

Kirkland earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, New York.

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

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