January 9, 2012 – Los Angeles and San Francisco – Lim Ruger, a leading minority-owned law firm based in Los Angeles, is expanding its operations into the San Francisco Bay Area starting January 2012. As one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the US with a 25-year track record in the Los Angeles area, Lim Ruger is now poised to establish a strong presence in Northern California. The firm’s new office is located within the One Maritime Plaza in the Financial District of downtown San Francisco.
The lawyers comprising Lim Ruger’s San Francisco office are partners Justin Chang, Philip Wang and Marc Manason and associates Terence Woodsome and Traci Keith. Other than Mr. Manason (’84 UC Berkeley), who has been with Lim Ruger for nearly 20 years, the group that joined Lim Ruger’s San Francisco office is a team of lawyers that was practicing in the Bay Area under the firm name “Wang & Chang.” Mr. Wang, Mr. Woodsome, and Ms. Keith are all former Latham & Watkins lawyers and Mr. Chang is a former Shearman & Sterling lawyer. “The caliber of our new team is extraordinary,” said Lim Ruger’s managing partner John Lim. “We couldn’t have hand-picked a better match,” said Sandy Sakamoto, a partner in charge of diversity and practice development.
Both Messrs. Chang (’99 UC Berkeley) and Wang (’01 University of Michigan) bring to Lim Ruger extensive experience in representing public companies, international conglomerates, and Silicon Valley high tech entities. They are seasoned trial lawyers with substantial experience in handling matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and other federal and state regulatory agencies. Both clerked for federal district court judges prior to entering their respective private practices. Mr. Woodsome (’05 University of Virginia), whose practice area is intellectual property and patent litigation, has a PhD in Physiology from Georgetown and also completed a federal district court clerkship. Ms. Keith (’04 Columbia), who focuses on business litigation as well as intellectual property litigation, has an MA from Columbia as well as a BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology from MIT. “Our Northern Cal team perfectly fills the void we wanted to fill,” said Richard Ruger, the head of the firm’s corporate group, referring to their intellectual property capabilities. “Our platform is immediately strengthened by joining a proven law firm and thus our clients in the Bay Area will benefit greatly from this synergy,” said Philip Wang.
The San Francisco office will primarily focus on the same practice areas of Lim Ruger’s Los Angeles office—all aspects of complex business litigation and sophisticated corporate and real estate transactions—and will be supported by the Los Angeles office if and when appropriate. Significant new practice areas that the San Francisco office will bring to Lim Ruger include intellectual property and international arbitrations. With its San Francisco office, Lim Ruger aims to more effectively serve its clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, Global 1000 companies, governmental entities and utility companies, as it continues to demonstrate its commitment to diversity, inclusion and pipeline initiatives. For more information regarding Lim Ruger, please visit www.limruger.com.
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