Mintz Levin nabs litigation group from Sedgwick in effort to grow West Coast presence

June 22, 2017


By Nicolas Sonnenburg

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has nabbed two members specializing in product liability defense from Sedgwick LLP. One of them was Ralph A. Campillo, who made headlines in 2007 as lead counsel for Merck & Co. Inc. in a hard-fought lawsuit over the pharmaceutical giant’s pain medication Vioxx.

The hires, which included two associates, were part of an effort to grow the Boston-based firm’s Los Angeles presence.

Mintz Levin opened in Los Angeles in 2001. Offices in San Francisco and San Diego were added later but have grown more rapidly than Los Angeles.

The Sedgwick team hired this week include Campillo and Arameh Zargham O’Boyle, as well as associates Nicholas A. Weiss and Christopher Norton.

Campillo and O’Boyle represent pharmaceutical, medical device and life sciences clients in product liability litigation.

Robert I. Bodian, managing partner, said the practice will fit well into Mintz Levin.

“I tend to look at things firm-wide as a general matter,” Bodian said. “For example, the product liability practice is national. Ralph’s got trials all over the country. He ties into the national practice.”

Campillo has represented a host of pharmaceutical and life sciences clients including Stryker Corp., Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

A year ago, Mintz Levin hired Joshua Briones from Blank Rome LLP as managing member of its Los Angeles office. The firm is also growing in other parts of California.

Last week, corporate attorney Gregory Chin joined in San Francisco. Earlier this year, IP litigator Stephen J. Akerley also joined the San Francisco office from Dechert LLP and corporate attorney Adam C. Lenain joined the San Diego office from K&L Gates LLP.

Victoria Gamble and Larry Watanabe of Watanabe Nason LLC represented the Campillo-O’Boyle team in their move to Mintz Levin.

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