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Willkie Expands Los Angeles Office With Entertainment Negotiator Loeb & Loeb




Signage is seen at the legal offices of law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, New York, U.S., May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Steven Hurdle was vice president of capital and corporate markets at Loeb & Loeb
  • Willkie opened in Los Angeles in September

(Reuters) – Willkie Farr & Gallagher has hired a Loeb & Loeb transactions partner for its eight-month-old Los Angeles office, the company said on Monday, continuing construction on the West Coast.

The New York-based company has added Steven Hurdle to its corporate and financial services department and entertainment transactions practice, according to Willkie’s website. He has represented companies like unscripted TV producer Blackfin and shoe authentication firm Sneaker Con, his online biography said.

Hurdle spent more than 11 years at Loeb & Loeb and served as vice president of its capital and corporate markets department, according to Willkie.

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Willkie first opened his Los Angeles office in September with three Venable associates, including Alan Epstein, former president of Venables’ media and entertainment practice and its West Coast business transactions group. Willkie said he now has more than 60 attorneys in Los Angeles.

Hurdle said in a statement that Willkie’s rapid expansion to the West Coast was a draw for him.

Earlier this year, the company added Sid Fohrman, Sheppard Mullin’s music marketer, as a partner in its Los Angeles entertainment, sports and media practice.

New York-based Willkie hired two partners from Paul Hastings to open an office in Palo Alto, California in 2018. She hired two litigators from Keker, Van Nest & Peters to open in San Francisco in 2019 .

A Loeb & Loeb spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for comment on Hurdle’s hiring on Monday.

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