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Morrison & Foerster Los Angeles Names New Managing Partner


Max Olson is a highly regarded litigator who successfully represented U.S. Olympic Gymnast Paul Hamm in the fight to keep his gold medal.

Los Angeles (November 29, 2004) Morrison & Foerster LLP announced today that Max Olson has been named managing partner of the Los Angeles office. Mr. Olson takes over from David Babbe who served as head of the office for the past seven years. Mr. Babbe steps down after serving two terms as managing partner and will continue his complex business litigation practice, focusing on insurance coverage and professional liability litigation. The Los Angeles office has 110 attorneys and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

"This office has a strong foundation in litigation, business, labor and tax, all of which are important to the entire firm," said Mr. Olson, a partner who joined the Los Angeles office 13-years ago. "I plan to continue to expand in those areas and to maintain the legendary service that our clients have come to expect from Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles and worldwide."

Mr. Olson is a well-known fixture in the patent litigation and licensing arena, representing clients that include Sega, Konica Minolta, Advantest, Fujitsu, Ricoh, Asahi Glass, Fujitsu Ten, Emulex, Anytime Pte Ltd and others. In addition, Mr. Olson most recently represented Paul Hamm, the Olympic gymnast whose all-around gymnastics gold medal gold medal was challenged by Korean gymnast Yang Tae Young in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the world's highest court for resolving sports disputes. After hearing 12 hours of witness testimony and legal arguments presented by Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles-based team (including Mr. Olson, Kelly Crabb and James Maniscalco) in Lausanne, Switzerland, a panel of three CAS arbitrators held unanimously that Mr. Hamm should keep his gold medal. Mr. Olson added: "Working on the Paul Hamm case was extraordinarily rewarding. Paul performed like a true champion and deserved the gold medal. We were also able to establish a firm legal precedent that the honest decisions of Olympic judges and referees on the field of play are final and should not be challenged in court after the competition has ended and the medals have been awarded."

Mr. Babbe commented: "The Los Angeles office has seen significant growth in its patent litigation and prosecution practices, and Max will be instrumental in continuing to identify opportunities and expand our presence in these key practice areas. Max will also continue to grow our litigation and transactional practices for which the Los Angeles office has become so well known."




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