Fox Rothschild said Monday that it had hired three intellectual property lawyers for its Los Angeles office, continuing the trend of Philadelphia based firms expanding in the city of angels.
The firm said that veteran intellectual property lawyer Thomas T. Chan will join as a partner, while Lisa A Karczewski will be of counsel, and Steven S. Hangami will join as an associate.
Fox opened its LA office in 2006 in the city’s Century City section, and has not only a commercial law practice but a thriving entertainment department as well.
The ongoing expansion by Fox and other Philadelphia based firms might seem counter-intuitive, since California now is struggling to recover from the economic downturn that officially ended in the summer of 2009 but still plagues the golden state and much of the country.
But many of the big firms are finding a way to make it work. Blank Rome for example has been handling numerous commercial real estate workouts. Entertainment law has always been a robust practice, and many of the Philadelphia based firms believe that Los Angeles is a key jumping off point for expanding into Asia.
It is also a place with an awful lot of trade mark and patent disputes are litigated, a point that seems to underlie the Fox Rothschild expansion.
One of Philadelphia’s great lawyers passed away on Thursday at the age of 88. Jerome Shestack was a former president of the American Bar Association and had been appointed to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1979 by former president Jimmy Carter. But his resume doesn’t come close to describing Shestack’s impact on the profession or the high regard in which he was held by fellow lawyers. The Harvard Law grad was known as super smart, and very worldly wise. He was also great fun with a very wry sense of humor and a keen appreciation of human foibles. More shortly on Jerry.