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Hanson Bridgett Nabs Two Top Business Partners from Carroll, Burdick & McDonough (May 4, 2009)

Hanson Bridgett LLP announced today that Partners Eric S. Clarke and Michael Y. Lateef have joined the firm's San Francisco office, expanding the firm's Business Section. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Mr. Clarke and Mr. Lateef were Partners at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, a national and international business and litigation law firm. 

Mr. Clarke counsels public and private companies in corporate mergers and acquisitions, secured transactions, and the licensing and development of intellectual property. Mr. Clarke served as the Chair of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough's Corporate Group from 2004 until his election to join Hanson Bridgett. Mr. Lateef, who holds a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University, counsels public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, secured transactions and real estate transactions. In particular, he has extensive experience counseling companies in connection with the tax implications of acquisitions and dispositions of stock and assets by both public and private companies. 

"We are thrilled that these two distinguished attorneys have joined our firm," said Business Partner and Section Head Teresa Pahl. "The addition of Eric and Michael allows us to serve a broader client base and to continue to meet the growing business and corporate needs of our existing clients. Both Eric and Michael are very entrepreneurial which is a great fit for our firm as this is something we pride ourselves in being as well." 

Hanson Bridgett's Business clients come from extremely diverse sectors of the economy. The addition of Mr. Clarke and Mr. Lateef will serve to further diversify the firm's client base. Both attorneys have extensive experience counseling public and private companies in all aspects of corporate law and will allow the firm to expand its corporate practice significantly. 

"Corporate practices tend to suffer in a down economy," said Managing Partner Andrew Giacomini. "We are proud that we are able to attract attorneys such as Eric and Michael and that we are in a position to grow this practice area at the firm. In addition to their national clients, Eric has strong ties to the East Bay and Michael to the North Bay, both markets we have wanted to expand for some time now." 

"Michael and I are excited to join a firm that has so many talented attorneys and that takes pride in its culture," said Mr. Clarke. "We knew from the first meeting with Hanson Bridgett attorneys that it would be a great fit for us and that our corporate experience would allow us to contribute to Hanson Bridgett's Business practice and that the firm would provide a great platform for me and Michael to better serve our corporate clients." 

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Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in Northern California and have earned a national reputation in many of our practice areas.

Our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. While we keep true to our California roots, our work increasingly takes us across state and national borders.

Michelle Klopp
Hanson Bridgett LLP
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