Veteran L.A.-San Francisco Trial Attorneys Form Statewide Commercial and Media Litigation Firm

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Valle Makoff LLP will focus its practice on business, entertainment and corporate control disputes.

Trial lawyers Jeffrey B. Valle and Jeffrey T. Makoff announced that they have joined their commercial and media litigation practices into a single 16-lawyer firm named Valle Makoff LLP. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

Mr. Valle's practice focuses principally on commercial, media and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Valle recently won dismissal of a 16-plaintiff $30 million action against an international pharmaceutical company. He commented "Valle Makoff offers an unprecedented value proposition to businesses that have dispute resolution needs. Our firm is built around efficient case management, top-tier experience and fair billing practices."

Mr. Makoff handles primarily commercial, fiduciary and corporate control disputes. Mr. Makoff commented "Our group has depth in jury trials, complex motions and appeals of business issues. Many clients are looking for both sophistication and efficiency in their business litigation counsel. Valle Makoff is a logical, economical choice for businesses that are involved in significant disputes or negotiations."

Prior to forming Valle Makoff, Mr. Valle practiced as Valle & Associates in Los Angeles after leaving his position as co-head of the West Coast entertainment and IP practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 2002. Mr. Makoff left Skadden in 1992 and formed a firm that became known as Makoffs LLP.

Valle Makoff is joined by partners Susan L. Klein (former Vice President-Counsel at The Walt Disney Company), Ellen R. Fenichel (long-time law partner of Mr. Makoff), Katherine M. Balatbat (formerly of Skadden) and Steven M. Ragona (formerly of Skadden). The firm has seven associates and three "of counsel', divided among offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.

Further information about Valle Makoff LLP is available on its Web site at


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