SOURCE: JONES DAY

March 25, 2008 14:57 ET

Prominent Labor & Employment Attorneys Join Jones Day's Irvine Office

Latest Arrivals Nearly Double Irvine Lawyer Count in Last 14 Months, Add New Practice Capabilities to Flourishing Office

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - The international law firm Jones Day today announced that Robert Naeve and Steven Zadravecz, two veteran labor and employment attorneys, have joined the firm's Labor & Employment Practice -- winners of the 2008 American Lawyer Labor & Employment Department of the Year -- as partners in the Irvine office.

Both lawyers come to Jones Day from the Irvine office of Morrison & Foerster, where they were partners. Mr. Naeve was chair of the Orange County-based Labor and Employment Law Department and Mr. Zadravecz was a senior member of that practice group. The new additions to Jones Day will launch the Labor & Employment practice in the firm's Irvine office with the assistance of several associates who will also be coming to Jones Day from Morrison & Foerster.

Jones Day's Irvine office now consists of more than 40 attorneys, a nearly 100% increase in size since January 2007, and comes on the heels of the addition of prominent securities lawyers Eric Landau and Shawn Harpen, who joined the firm as partners in January after leaving the Irvine office of McDermott Will & Emery.

"The addition of these two premier labor and employment litigators to our partnership at Jones Day, and our Irvine office in particular, is a clear sign that the firm continues to attract the best legal talent in Orange County," said Richard Grabowski, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Irvine office. "The firm's commitment to the growth of our California practice -- and Orange County in particular -- will undoubtedly result in additional growth for our office in the coming year."

Mr. Naeve's practice focuses on complex civil litigation with particular expertise in a number of substantive areas, including unfair competition litigation involving allegations of theft of trade secrets, wrongful solicitation of employees, breach of duty of loyalty, and enforcement of pre- and post-term non-competition agreements. Mr. Naeve is also deeply involved in program and facilities access litigation filed under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, California's Unruh Civil Rights Act and Blind and Disabled Persons Act, and various other federal and state laws, regulations and building codes. In addition, Mr. Naeve represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, and has acted as lead trial counsel in over 30 wage-and-hour class actions challenging the employment practices of employers in the retail, banking, food service, and high-tech industries, and has handled innumerable wrongful termination, employment discrimination, invasion of privacy, and other related claims. Mr. Naeve earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from Stanford University Law School.

Mr. Zadravecz represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including actions in state and federal court and before administrative agencies involving employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge and retaliation claims, wage and hour class actions, actions involving trade secrets and employee raiding, and matters relating to unfair competition claims. He frequently lectures to employer and management groups and conducts in-house workshops regarding compliance with California and federal employment laws. Mr. Zadravecz earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

These two recent arrivals follow a series of lateral partner additions throughout the firm's California offices to bolster its presence in the state:

--  Brette Simon joined as partner in the Los Angeles office -- from
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton -- in February (Private Equity);
--  Eric Landau and Shawn Harpen joined as partners in the Irvine office --
    from McDermott Will & Emery -- in January (Securities and Shareholder
    Litigation);
--  James Olson and Randall B. Schai joined as partners in the San
    Francisco office -- from Heller Ehrman -- in January (Banking and Finance,
    Private Equity respectively); and
--  Stuart Ogg joined as partner in the Los Angeles office -- from Weil,
    Gotshal & Manges -- in December (Capital Markets).
    

Jones Day (www.jonesday.com) is an international law firm with 30 locations in centers of business and finance throughout the world. With more than 2,300 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe, and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the world's largest law firms. Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies.

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