Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Announces New Partners Richard Hong and Paul J. Laurin, New Litigator Risa J. Morris

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Hong Joins Firm from Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP, Laurin from Laurin & Associates, Morris from Folger, Levin & Kahn LLP

Los Angeles-based law firm Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated today announced ( the appointment of partners Richard Hong and Paul J. Laurin, and litigation associate Risa J. Morris. Hong joins the firm from Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP, while Laurin served previously as principal of Laurin & Associates. Morris was formerly an associate with Folger, Levin & Kahn LLP. These announcements follow the recent hiring of partner Wesley Hurst and litigator Christopher Fowler, signaling the firm’s sustained growth in the breadth and depth of the services and experience it offers clients.

Hong (, a seasoned business transactional attorney, will assist Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff in the expansion of its corporate department. Laurin will support the firm in his practice areas of business litigation related to real estate, creditors’ rights, insolvency and general business. Morris specializes in complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, and the representation of lawyers and law firms.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Richard Hong, Paul Laurin and Risa Morris to our firm as we continue to expand and thrive, even in today’s challenging landscape,” said Brian L. Davidoff, managing director, Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff. “Each brings a strong background and experience that will enhance our capacity to service our clients at the highest level.”Hong will augment Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff’s corporate practice with his skill in counseling clients on operational matters, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He obtained his juris doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Hong was a competitive boxer and still trains occasionally today. He resides in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, Calif.

Laurin ( has successfully represented numerous companies, banks and individuals in various state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He also is a member of the Judicial Appointments Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, California Receiver’s Forum, Association of Business Trial Lawyers and American Bankruptcy Institute. Before attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law—where he earned his juris doctorate—Laurin received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in the Westwood, Calif. community.

Morris ( is an accomplished litigator who has consistently achieved outstanding results for her clients. She received her juris doctorate from Stanford Law, with distinction, and her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Morris is a member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She also resides in Westwood, Calif.

Hong, Laurin and Morris will join the other recent additions to the firm, Hurst and Fowler. Before joining the firm, Hurst was the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. He will focus on expanding Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff’s commercial/business litigation practice, leveraging his expertise in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, class action defense and real estate disputes. Fowler, an associate, who also joined the firm’s litigation group, handles complex commercial/business disputes, intellectual property, partnership dissolution and securities litigation.

Los Angeles-based Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated is a full-service law firm founded in 1973. The firm ’s seasoned attorneys represent middle market companies, early stage entities, large corporations and individuals in matters involving business litigation and dispute resolution; corporate and securities; bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery; estate planning and trust litigation; intellectual property, advertising and promotions; Internet and new media; labor and employment; and, real estate. The firm's diverse team of attorneys and experienced, tenured staff collaborates to deliver consistently excellent service in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff is a proud member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus). Primerus ( is the leading alliance of small and medium sized, top-rated, independent firms. With over 140 law firms located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K., Primerus firms ( provide clients with responsive, high quality, partner-level service for much less than what large law firms charge. All Primerus law firms are: AV- rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service; screened for excellence; and audited annually for continued quality.


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