News Briefs

Robert Weber

Robert Weber Joins Sheppard Mullin

Robert D. Weber has joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm’s Business Trial practice group. Weber joins from DLA Piper.

Weber brings a broad securities litigation practice, representing clients in a diverse array of matters including securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, proceedings initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities, internal corporate investigations, arbitrations and other complex commercial litigation. He also regularly advises public companies regarding corporate governance and disclosure issues.


“Rob is a strong securities litigator and excellent fit for our Business Trial practice group. He brings bench strength to our securities litigation capabilities and we enthusiastically welcome him to the firm in Los Angeles and firm wide,” said Jon W. Newby, vice chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

“I am excited to join Sheppard Mullin, given its dominant footprint in Los Angeles and throughout the state that will be of great value in growing my practice. I have been very impressed with the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative culture, as well as a large and growing corporate practice that dovetails well with my securities litigation specialty,” Weber said.


Bo Pearl

Make-A-Wish’s New Board Chair

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles’ Board of Directors has elected Bo Pearl of Century City’s O’Melveny & Myers LLP as Board Chair. Pearl is a long-time supporter of nonprofit organizations and has served for four years as Board Director for Make-A-Wish Greater LA, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

“Bo has been a passionate advocate for Make-A-Wish and is the focused, visionary leader we need to drive expansion of our LA chapter’s reach. We are thrilled to have him at the helm of our board,” said Neal Aton, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater LA. “Bo’s leadership and dedication to our mission will be invaluable as we together strive to reach every eligible child in LA County.”

“Make-A-Wish changes the lives of kids with life-threatening illnesses. It has helped my family directly,” said Pearl. “I hope to help the organization grant as many wishes as possible. I am humbled to help a great cause.”


Rob Begland
Stacy Freeman


Cox Castle’s New Attorneys

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, a preeminent full-service law firm in Century City focused on real estate in the United States, recently added four attorneys to its litigation and dispute resolution practice team. Rob Begland joins as a litigation partner along with senior counsels Stacy Freeman and Cathy Tran Moses, and associate Kevin Hannifan.

“Our litigation attorneys have broad expertise at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, and we’re extremely honored to bring even more legal and business value to Cox Castle clients with the additions of Rob, Stacy, Cathy, and Kevin,” said Mario Camara, senior partner on Cox Castle’s Management Committee. “As one of the firm’s largest practice groups, the individual talents of each of our litigators contribute to our firm’s collective knowledge – enabling us to advocate effectively for our clients.”