Mestel & Company Places Corporate Partner Benedict O. Kwon at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Benedict O. Kwon joins as a Corporate Partner at firm’s Orange County office

Mestel & Company, a leading national attorney placement and strategic consulting firm established in 1987, announces the placement of Benedict O. Kwon as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin’s Orange County office.

Ilene Fisher, Executive Managing Director at Mestel & Company’s Los Angeles office, led the search. With more than 20 years of legal search experience, Ilene has strong professional roots in the California legal community. She specializes in placing top-tier partners, associates and counsel-level attorneys in Am Law 200 law firms, high end boutiques, and corporations in California.    

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Sheppard Mullin in this search and to support the Firm with its growth initiatives,” said Joan Davison, President and CEO of Mestel & Company, a company of HCMC Legal, Inc. “Ilene and our dedicated team of placement consultants at Mestel take pride in being trusted advisors to our national clients, partnering with them in the search for exceptional legal talent and ensuring both strategic and cultural alignment.”

“Ben is an accomplished, well-respected attorney and we are excited to have him on our team,” said Jon W. Newby, vice chairman of Sheppard Mullin. “His extensive knowledge in fund formation and taxation will add great value for our clients and to our Corporate practice.”

Kwon’s practice focuses on private equity fund and hedge fund formation and structuring, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has experience with forming funds for private investments, including venture capital, real estate, private equity, mezzanine debt, hedge and film finance. He also advises startup companies on formation issues and efficient tax structuring and has counseled clients on Investment Adviser Act compliance issues. Kwon earned his J.D. in 1999 from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. in 1994 from the University of Illinois. He co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Formation.

Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm with 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s Orange County office has 78 attorneys. Its Corporate practice group includes 150 attorneys firmwide. Since 1927, companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions.

About Mestel & Company (An HCMC Legal Company)

Founded in 1987, Mestel & Company is a national leader in attorney recruitment and strategic consulting. We specialize in advancing the careers of individual associates, of counsel, partners, in-house counsel as well as facilitating the movement of groups and complex law firm mergers. Our depth of experience and dedication to honesty, candor, and integrity set us apart from our competitors. Mestel & Company is part of HCMC Legal, Inc., the only 100% employee owned company in the legal staffing industry, which ensures that each of our recruiters, as an owner, provides best in class service and is committed to the needs and sensitivity of our attorneys. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Mestel.

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Alison Chin, Executive Director of Marketing
Mestel & Company
achin(at) | 646-356-0502

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