Major Plaintiffs Practice Opens in Calif., Joins Westward Move By Corporate Firms
A major plaintiff firm known for its work in securities class actions has opened a new office in California, establishing its first outpost beyond its 70-attorney headquarters in the suburban Philadelphia area.
The new San Francisco office of Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check will be headed by Ramzi Abadou, a former partner in the San Diego office of Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, reports the National Law Journal in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.). Two associates will work with him there.
Name partner Darren Check says the new Barroway office is needed to handle the firm’s growing portfolio of work in California.
“A lot of it was the outgrowth of the options backdating scandal,” he tells the NLJ. “We had a large number of cases in state court in California, which precipitated a need for people to work out there.”
News of the new Barroway outpost follows recent announcements by Chadbourne & Parke and Jenner & Block that they are opening new California offices, too. The Chadbourne office is expected to have a significant intellectual property practice; Jenner is particularly known for its corporate litigation practice.