October 4, 2007
Dreier Stein & Kahan and Browne Woods & George to Merge; New Firm to Remain New York Dreier LLP Affiliate
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreier Stein & Kahan, based in Santa Monica and Century City, and Browne Woods & George, based in Beverly Hills, have announced that as of January 1, 2008, they will merge their practices, bringing together two powerhouse Southern California law firms.
The new firm, to be named Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods & George LLP, combines the 54-attorney entertainment litigation and corporate transactional firm founded earlier this year by Marc Dreier, Stanton "Larry" Stein and Robert Kahan and the 17-attorney business litigation and trial firm led by Allan Browne, Edward Woods and Eric George. The firm will be the west-coast affiliate of 125-attorney New York-based Dreier LLP and will be located in the Santa Monica and Century City offices.
"The merger is a winning proposition for our clients," stated Larry Stein, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and head of its Entertainment & Media Department. "We are able to provide representation at the very highest level in all areas of business litigation, entertainment litigation and corporate law. The principals of the firms have enjoyed close professional and personal relationships for years and have referred business back and forth, so we have a strong basis for collaboration moving forward."
"This merger is the right move at the right time," stated Allan Browne, co-founder of Browne Woods & George and founder of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in California. "This is a great match. The caliber of the Dreier Stein & Kahan attorneys and our affiliation with the full-service Dreier firm in New York will allow us to more fully service our clients."
Added Marc Dreier, co-founder of Dreier Stein & Kahan and Managing Partner of Dreier LLP: "This truly exceptional group of trial attorneys at Browne Woods & George allows us to enhance our full-service capabilities on both coasts. Not only will we be able to better service our existing clients, we will be able to offer an array of services to new clients."
Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP is headquartered in Santa Monica's Water Garden complex, with a second office at Fox Plaza in Century City. Its primary areas of practice include entertainment litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property, media, corporate, finance, securities, franchise and distribution law, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, bankruptcy, insolvency and other areas of transactional and litigation law. Dreier, Stein & Kahan LLP serves as the west coast affiliate of Manhattan-based Dreier LLP, a firm that represents institutional, entrepreneurial and individual clients in diverse sectors of financial, industrial, hospitality and service-oriented markets.
Browne Woods & George LLP
Browne Woods & George LLP specializes in high-stakes, cost-effective business litigation. Its attorneys are experienced at all levels of federal and state court proceedings, having garnered more than 20 years' worth of successes for both plaintiff and defendant clients. BWG represents a full array of businesses and individuals, including manufacturers, retail establishments, entertainers and entertainment companies, lawyers and law firms, real estate developers, syndicators, and entrepreneurs. BWG attributes its proven track record to its attorneys being not only civil litigators, but bona fide trial lawyers.
Marc S. Dreier
Marc S. Dreier is the founder and managing partner of Dreier LLP. Mr. Dreier's expertise is in commercial litigation, having practiced in that area exclusively for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience, in particular, in securities litigation and arbitration, employment disputes, intellectual property, and real estate litigation. He appears regularly in federal and state trial and appellate courts and regulatory forums throughout the country. Prior to founding Dreier LLP in 1996, Mr. Dreier was head of the litigation department in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, a national firm of 900 attorneys. Previously, he had been a litigation partner at Rosenman & Colin LLP. He is a member of the Bars of the States of New York and Arizona and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District Court of Arizona. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. Mr. Dreier received a B.A. from Yale College in 1972 and his J.D. from The Harvard Law School in 1975.
Stanton "Larry" Stein
Larry Stein is co-founder of DSK and heads its Entertainment & Media Department. His clientele includes writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, entertainment guilds, talent agencies, personal and business management companies, and independent production companies. In 2007, Mr. Stein was listed in Who's Who in L.A. Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal and ranked above the No. 1 ranking as a "star performer" in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. Mr. Stein has appeared on the cover of the National Law Journal and was named "Entertainment Lawyer of the Year" by the Beverly Hills and Century City Bar Associations. He received the ACLU Foundation's Pro Bono Civil Liberties Award. He's listed in The Best Lawyers In America and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He was profiled in California Lawyer as one of the top five "A-List Entertainment Lawyers" and in the Daily Journal's 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the State Bar of California. He is a founder and past President of Public Counsel and has served on the Board of Bet Tzedek Legal Foundation and Ocean Park Community Center. He is an adjunct professor at USC School of Law, where he teaches Entertainment Law, and was a distinguished speaker at Harvard Law School's Conference on Entertainment and Sports. He has lectured at Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA Law School.
Bob Kahan heads Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP's Transactional Department. His practice includes a full range of business services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, franchising, and general corporate matters. Mr. Kahan advises clients in a variety of industries, including restaurant management, food service, post production, talent agency, and business management. Mr. Kahan is a past Chair of the California State Bar Franchise Law Committee, a member of the International Franchise Association's Legal/Legislative Committee, and has served as Vice Chair and a member of the California State Bar Executive Committee, Business Law Section. He also was a member of the Committee on Partnership and Incorporated Business Associations, and a member of the California State Senate Select Committee on Small Business Enterprises. He currently serves on the Boards of the City of Hope's Inner Circle and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He also has served as a member of the Board of Overseers, Landmark School, as a member of the Board of Trustees, Windward School, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Drop-In Center in Santa Monica. Mr. Kahan has written and lectured on many business and corporate law issues, including securities, franchising, shareholder matters, and small and emerging growth companies.
Allan Browne is one of the leading trial lawyers in California. Mr. Browne has won judgments or settled multi-million dollar cases on a regular and frequent basis for the past three decades. During his career, he has had more than 100 trials. A frequent lecturer and noted author, he has conducted more than 50 seminars for trial lawyers throughout California on procedural and substantive legal matters, and is the planner, editor and contributing author of California Business Litigation, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to legal journals, having written more than 30 articles on various legal subjects. Mr. Browne is the founder and first President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the largest business trial lawyers association in California. He has also served as Judge Pro Tem, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Edward A. Woods
Edward A. Woods, one of the founding partners of Browne Woods & George, specializes in the trial of complex commercial and entertainment matters. He has obtained judgments and settlements totaling several hundreds of millions of dollars for the firm's clients, including manufacturers, retail establishments, entertainers, film production and distribution companies, lawyers and law firms, real estate developers and syndicators, and entrepreneurs. Mr. Woods is a co-author of California Business Litigation, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar, and serves on the Board of Trustees of an international private secondary school.
Eric M. George
Eric M. George focuses on complex, frequently high-profile business litigation matters, and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar judgments and settlements for clients. He presently serves on federal and state judicial selection committees, and also on the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board. Prior to joining Browne Woods & George, Mr. George served as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and, prior to that time, as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson. Regularly featured as one of California's Top 100 Attorneys, Mr. George also is a co-author of the practice book Competitive Business Litigation, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar.
Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
CONTACT: Lori Teranishi, of Van Prooyen Greenfield LLP, +1-415-981-1964,[email protected], for Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP