Nossaman Names New Practice Chairs
Los Angeles, CA – We are pleased to announce we have named six new practice chairs to lead key groups across the firm.
David Lee will serve as chair of Litigation Department. David joined Nossaman in 2017 and has more than 20 years of litigation experience. He focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark claims, trade secrets and internet domain name disputes. David also handles business litigation matters involving contract claims, unfair business practices and other corporate disputes. He provides risk management and general counsel to startups and growing companies in multiple areas, including intellectual property strategies, risk avoidance analysis, contract negotiations and strategies. His clients include technology companies, public entities, manufacturers and business owners.
Ben Rubin will serve as chair of the Environment & Land Use Group. Ben joined Nossaman in 2007 and his practice focuses on helping developers, public agencies, landowners and corporate clients on a variety of complex land use and environmental matters. He counsels clients on matters dealing with the Federal and State Endangered Species Act, the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act, the California Hazardous Waste Control Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, the California Permit Streamlining Act and the Federal and State Constitutions. Ben was a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford, United States District Judge. He also served as an intern for the Honorable Patrick J. Walsh, United States Magistrate Judge.
Simon Adams and Jill Jaffe will serve as co-chairs of the Real Estate Group. Simon joined Nossaman in 2018 and has more than 20 years of experience. He handles leasing transactions and construction contract matters for a variety of commercial, retail and industrial spaces, including professional offices, technology laboratories, data centers, telecom towers and brick and mortar stores. He also advises on acquisitions, dispositions and sale and leaseback arrangements and provides counsel on financing issues. He counts among his clients major information technology and telecommunications companies, pharmaceutical corporations, medical insurance providers, pension finance firms and banks
Jill joined Nossaman in 2012 and specializes in disputes involving real estate, public procurements and infrastructure projects. She has particular experience counseling clients on myriad aspects of public contracting and procurement disputes and litigation claims on behalf of project owners, including defending bid protest challenges and litigating construction claims. She is experienced in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, including pre-litigation government investigations, pleadings, e-Discovery, dispositive motions, mediation and trial. Jill has successfully obtained verdicts for her clients as a lead trial attorney, including for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Melissa Borrelli will serve as co-chair of the Healthcare Group. Melissa joined Nossaman in 2021 and has worked in and around healthcare law and policy for close to two decades. She provides legal services and solutions to payors, health systems, providers and others in the health, managed care and health insurance industry. Melissa offers legal counsel to commercial, discount, specialized (including EAP, psychological, dental, vision and chiropractic/acupuncture) and government-based health plans, including Medi-Cal, Medicare and Marketplace. In addition, she advises health plans and risk-bearing providers on licensing, contracting and other matters pertaining to the laws and standards of managed care, and advises on issues pertaining to compliance and regulatory affairs, auditing/operational assessment, privacy and information security, enterprise risk management, digital health, corporate governance, contracts, process improvement and due diligence.
Allison Callaghan will serve as co-chair of the Employment Group. She joined Nossaman in 2015 and focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling. She has a proven track record defending employers in wage-and-hour class and PAGA representative actions and single-plaintiff harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. Allison has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, including at trial, as well as in administrative and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She also regularly advises both public entities and private companies on a broad array of employment and management issues, and conducts workplace trainings and investigations.