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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Featured in LA Business Journal Article Regarding Tech Growth in the Legal Industry

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The Los Angeles Business Journal featured the recent expansion of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Business Litigation practice in its March 31 edition regarding tech growth in the Los Angeles legal market. To view the full article, click here.

For more information about our Business Ligitation practice, contact SAM Partner Michael Sherman, at masherman@stubbsalderton.com or 818-444-4528.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Firm with Business Litigation Practice Group

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Leading Business Litigation Group Headed by Michael Sherman Joins Firm

Los Angeles, CA (March 11, 2014) – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that nationally recognized litigator Michael Sherman has joined the firm as a partner in its Sherman Oaks office. Mr. Sherman will lead the firm’s newly-created Business Litigation practice group.

Michael Sherman is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation.    He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law.  Michael’s trial skills and courtroom success resulted in his having been named to the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California list, published by the Daily Journal newspaper chain.

“Stubbs Alderton & Markiles has been planning to expand our capabilities by creating a vibrant business litigation practice, and we could not be more excited about having someone of Michael’s stature joining us to do so.  We have worked closely with Michael for many years, often referring our most important litigation matters to him at Bingham McCutchen.  Michael is one of the best litigation attorneys in Los Angeles, and together we are going to build a general litigation practice that is as dynamic, efficient and effective as the transactional practice we have built over the last 12 years.”

The addition of the Business Litigation practice group continues the firm’s strategic expansion in the Southern California market, following the opening of their Santa Monica office and addition of a Brand Development and Content Protection practice in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

“Southern California is one the world’s largest economies.  Its business life-blood is entrepreneurs and start-ups that have grown to become many of the world’s leading businesses.  The partners of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles know that as well as any lawyers.  Managing disputes efficiently and strategically is on occasion the key to success, and that’s what I bring to the Firm.  I’m very excited to participate in the Firm’s continued success.”

Michael has been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by his peers and featured in the press for some of his significant victories on behalf of clients. He is a recent past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker and writer on business litigation and trial advocacy, and has consistently been named to “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of commercial litigation.

Also joining the firm is David Gubman, a seasoned business litigation attorney.  David will join the firm as of counsel in its Sherman Oaks office.  David has big-firm experience and he and Michael have successfully tried cases together.

Please visit www.stubbsalderton.com for complete attorney bios.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Business Litigation Practice

The Firm’s litigators have significant depth and breadth of resources and a detailed knowledge of clients’ industries and business concerns.  In providing the best possible representation, our litigators appreciate that on occasion disputes may need to be tried to a judge, jury or arbitrator, and that in other instances the client is best served with an early resolution that is designed to preserve business relationships and minimize expense and litigation distraction.

Our litigators have a proven track record for analyzing complex legal and business challenges.  Our attorneys are experienced, innovative and aggressive in their pursuit of strategic outcomes.

Our litigation clients include household name Fortune 500 companies along with middle market, and emerging growth companies.  We seek to make long term relationships with our clients throughout their evolutionary path.  We deliver efficiency and value to every client we serve through a well-defined budget and clear communication about their case.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and Internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer electronics and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm.  For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com

Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces Third Class of Preccelerator Program

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Preccelerator Program begins its third class of companies in Santa Monica

Los Angeles (March 6, 2014) Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of a new group of companies to join the third class of its Preccelerator Program in Santa Monica.  The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and access to sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping start-ups grow their idea from business concept to funded startup.

The new participants include:

CardBlanc - a virtual debit card that unlocks an effortless and secure mobile shopping experience for kids 13 and up.

District2.Co – an online community established to service garment industry professionals who are dissatisfied with the sourcing and supply chain deficiencies in the fashion industry.

GoGet! – an App and Marketplace that helps Store Owners and Consumer Users make money by obtaining a marketing commitment from the Store Owner and giving money in small increments to loyal and new customers in exchange for sharing information.

Rally – creators of an automated kiosk network to rent battery packs to smart phone and tablet users.  Rally is a convenient, low-cost and mobile way to charge your device that provides power when you need it, where you need it most.

Team(You), Inc. – a software tool that incentivizes students in classrooms and increases their engagement.

The Program has one additional company that is in stealth mode, and one company from the last class that is continuing with the Preccelerator.

Program Director Ryan Azlein states “We are excited to have this new class of promising startups join our Preccelerator. The recent expansion of our Santa Monica office has allowed us to expand participation in the Preccelerator and enhance the facilities and programs.”

The Preccelerator Program was launched early in 2013 and has had great success with its first and second classes, which resulted in Fleck (fka Splash.io) being accepted into the Portland Incubator Experiment (P.I.E.) for their 12-week incubator program and 3Ten8 joining The Alchemist accelerator program in the Bay area.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Their mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of their Firm.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program and to fill out an application, click here or contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces Expansion of Santa Monica Office

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Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2013)  –  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced the expansion of its Santa Monica office at 1453 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. This office is located on the corner of Third Street Promenade and Broadway Boulevard. The growth of the Firm and its Preccelerator Program has provided the opportunity for this expansion.  The new office opening makes an inspiring statement about the support and involvement that Stubbs Alderton will continue to contribute to the Silicon Beach marketplace.  An open house celebration will be scheduled for some time in March.

Scott Alderton, a founder and managing partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, comments: “Since opening our office in Santa Monica, we have assisted in the growth of a handful of super early-stage businesses, two of which (Fleck and 3Ten8) have moved on to prominent Accelerator Programs.  Fleck moved to the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) in Portland, Oregon (http://www.piepdx.com) and 3Ten8 moved to The Alchemist in the Bay area (http://www.alchemistaccelerator.com). We have also produced and hosted dozens of “Preccelerator Events” ranging from simple mixers to substantive educational seminars.  That level of involvement is vital to Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, given our historical commitment to the start-up ecosystem. Our expansion and growth in Santa Monica is a demonstration of our commitment to be leaders and innovators in this community.”

Company Information
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Their mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of their Firm.

About the Preccelerator Program
The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and access to sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping start-ups grow their idea from business concept to funded startup. For more information, visit www.stubbsalderton.com/preccelerator

 Media Contact
For further information regarding this press release, please contact Heidi Hubbeling, Director of Marketing – (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces New Partner

JonathanFriedmanStubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2014, Jonathan Friedman has been named Partner of the firm.

Background

Jonathan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, including development-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market companies as well as angel investors, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Jonathan’s practice focuses on venture capital and corporate finance, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate and business matters. Jonathan has represented corporations and other entities in a wide variety of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, apparel, medical devices, entertainment and high technology.

To view Jonathan Friedman’s complete bio, click here.

 

SAM Client and Preccelerator Program Company Fleck Featured on FastCoDesign.com

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SAM client and Preccelerator Program company Fleck (fka Splash) is being featured in a review on FastCoDesign.com in an article entitled “An iPhone App That is Like Instagram for Designers.”

To view the full article, click here.

To download the app, visit http://getfleck.com, or visit the app store.

For more information about our Preccelerator Program, visit www.stubbsalderton.com/preccelerator

 

SAM Client Atomico Ventures Leads Investment Round of $51M to EdTech Veteran Knewton

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP client Atomico Ventures announced that it led the $51M investment round to EdTech veteran Knewton.  Other investors included GSV Capital, as well as previous backers Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, FirstMark Capital and Founders Fund, along with debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank.

Knewton is an education technology company that personalizes digital courses so every student is engaged and no one slips through the cracks.  As students progress through a Knewton-powered course, Knewton figures out what each student knows and how that student learns best, then recommends what to study next. Teachers use Knewton-powered predictive analytics to detect gaps in knowledge and differentiate instruction for each student.

Knewton plans on using the funds to expand its company into a global business, including adding 80-100 new employees to strengthen its existing data science and engineering teams, and moving into a new, larger headquarters in NYC.

To read the full press release on Tech Crunch, click here.

About Atomico Ventures
Atomico is a growth stage international investment firm, focused on helping the world’s most disruptive technology companies scale and reach their full potential globally.  Founded by Niklas Zennström, the co-founder of Skype, they have become the investor of choice for ambitious entrepreneurs due to their experience of building global companies, unique international network, and ability to help companies operationally, with offices in London, Beijing, São Paulo, Istanbul and Tokyo.

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Ryan Azlein at (818) 444-4504 or razlein@stubbsalderton.com

SAM Partner Tony Keats Co-Authors “Protecting the Brand: Counterfeiting and Grey Markets”

SAM Partner, and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Brand Development & Content Protection Practice, Tony Keats has Co-Authored the book, “Protecting the Brand: Counterfeiting and Grey Markets.” For more information regarding our Brand Development and Counterfeiting expertise, contact Tony at (310) 746-9802 or akeats@stubbsalderton.com.  For order information and discount codes, please see the below flyer.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Partner Jonathan Friedman Participates in Roundtable Discussion Regarding Partnerships Between Canada and the Silicon Beach Tech Community

January 14, 2014 – SAM Partner Jonathan Friedman participated in a roundtable discussion with the Consulate General of Canada, David Fransen and Director General, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Roxanne Dubé, as well as other active members of the LA/Silicon Beach Tech Community to outline the state of the LA Tech Community and how partnerships can be made between Canada and Silicon Beach.

Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian California Business Council, an entity that was formed to support Canada and California businesses growth. The Council aims to use its membership network to connect bi-lateral opportunities that will result in the job creation, investment connection and trade partnership support.  For more information regarding cross-border transactions between Canada and the U.S., please contact Jonathan at (818) 444-4514 or jfriedman@stubbsalderton.com.