Partner Placements2019-11-27T03:47:57+00:00


“Over the last four years, we have worked closely with Larry Watanabe and his recruiting firm on a variety of lateral partner searches in California. We view our relationship with WN as very successful by any measure, including the most important measure – number of placements. Over that period WN has been responsible for a number of important lateral partner placements with Paul Hastings, which attests to their market reach, their tenacity in the recruiting process and their investment in understanding us, our strategies and our hiring needs.”

—Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner, Paul Hastings

Corporate Partner Joins Mintz

We are pleased to announce the placement of Andrew Thorpe with Mintz in their San Francisco office. He was formerly a partner with Orrick in San Francisco. Watanabe opened Mintz's San Francisco office in 2012 and their San Diego office in 2006.

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Antitrust Litigation Partner Joins Alston & Bird

We are pleased to announce the placement of Stuart Plunkett with Alston & Bird in their San Francisco office. He was formerly a partner with Baker Botts in San Francisco... This year, Mr. Plunkett will serve as the 107th President of the Bar Association of San Francisco and currently serves on the Bar Association's Executive Committee.

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Trial Lawyer Joins Morrison & Foerster

We are pleased to announce the placement of Jessica Grant with Morrison & Foerster in their San Francisco office. She was formerly a partner with Venable in San Francisco. Ms. Grant is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents clients in an array of business litigation, products liability, and class action matters. She also has extensive IP litigation experience in complex cases involving patent, copyright infringement, and trademark matters, from inception of the case through trial. She has tried upwards of a dozen matters; on four of which, she served as lead trial counsel. She has substantial employment and class action experience, including serving as lead counsel in one of the largest wage and hour class actions ever to be tried to verdict. 

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“At DLA Piper, we like to say, ‘Everything Matters.’ That is clearly a philosophy that Larry Watanabe embraces with vigor.”

—Cameron Jay Rains, Global CO-CEO, DLA Piper