SOURCE: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

September 09, 2010 13:00 ET

Ethna Piazza Joins Corporate Practice Group at Allen Matkins

Accomplished Attorney Represents Broad Range of Industries Locally and Internationally; Expands Allen Matkins' Corporate, Licensing and Technology Practices

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2010) -  Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a leading California business and real estate law firm, announces the expansion of its corporate practice group with the addition of Ethna M.S. Piazza, as partner, in the firm's Del Mar Heights office.

For more than 25 years Piazza has advised entrepreneurs, investors, family-owned businesses and companies ranging from start-ups, to mid-market (both public and private), to multi-national corporations in a significant number of mergers and acquisitions, business and international contracts, and technology and intellectual property matters. She represents a broad range of clients, including golf and sporting goods companies, security companies, aerospace and defense companies, medical device manufacturers, apparel companies, and entrepreneurs. Her principal areas of practice are business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, corporate finance (including venture capital and equity fund financings), international contracts, manufacturing, distribution, licensing and joint ventures. She also advises clients on Internet law issues such as privacy, electronic signatures, and website development, hosting and product fulfillment. A detailed list of her representative clients and transactions can be viewed on the Allen Matkins Web site.

"Ethna is highly regarded in the business community and has vast experience working on corporate and intellectual property transactions. She is a welcome addition to Allen Matkins' strong roster of corporate lawyers," said Joe Davidson, firm-wide chair of the Allen Matkins corporate practice group and managing partner of the firm's San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices. "She has extensive experience advising both public and private middle-market companies. Her impressive background and long-standing client relationships will be a major asset to the firm."

Her clients value her ability to distill complex legal issues in a manner that permits them to successfully make decisions to achieve business goals. Piazza's philosophy is to team with her clients to assure that all of the business goals are met within the framework of legal consideration.

"I am excited to join Allen Matkins," said Piazza. "The firm is known for working very well together across its offices. That, combined with its strong platform, will give my clients a broad range of quality services."

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Piazza was a shareholder with Houston-based Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Prior thereto she was a partner in the Del Mar Heights office of Sheppard Mullin. She was also in-house counsel at Exxon, where she handled M&A activities in refining, shipping and pipeline, as well as natural resource damage issues.

In 1985, Piazza received her J.D. from the University of Texas. In 1982, she received her B.S. from the University of Houston. She is admitted to practice in California and Texas.

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Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 220 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, Century City, Del Mar Heights and Walnut Creek. The firm's broad areas of practice include real estate, land use, construction, real estate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities, intellectual property, environmental, taxation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and employment and labor law. For more than 30 years, Allen Matkins has helped clients turn opportunity and challenge into success by providing practical advice, innovative solutions and valuable business opportunities.

Allen Matkins is located on the Web at www.allenmatkins.com.

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