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International law firm Withers has added nine new partners and a further 17 fee-earners in California, opening new offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Rancho Santa Fe in the process. 

The majority of the new team joins the firm from the Private Client Services Group at McKenna Long & Aldridge and comprises well-respected and highly experienced trusts and estate planning, charitable giving and trusts and estate litigation lawyers. Withers' California practice is also enhanced by litigation partner Michael Brophy, who joins from Russ August & Kabat, and Counsel Christine Steiner who joins the firm from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
 
The extended California team joins Withers shortly after the arrival of five corporate, litigation and IP partners from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, who are based in Connecticut.
 
"Our new California team provides a huge boost to our US capabilities and, in addition to our recent East Coast hires, grows our American partnership size by nearly a third,” says Managing Director Margaret Robertson. “Our San Francisco office opened at the start of 2014, and an integrated technology, estate planning and real estate practice is winning work across the north of the state.  The new team allows us to significantly extend our footprint across California, as well as provides real weight and strength for our clients in, and with interests in, the state.”
  
"We are extremely fortunate to have this large group of esteemed lawyers join our expanding West Coast team. Their arrival, coming shortly after our exciting growth in Australia and Singapore, further enhances our international strengths and our strategic aim to be the world's leading firm for advising owners and investors of private capital," says Chairman Ivan Sacks.
 

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