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D.C. Corporate Partner Brian Weimer Expands Sheppard Mullin's Communications Team

FCC Specialist Straddles Both Regulatory and Deal MattersFirm Adds Second Transactional Partner This Month

April 20, 2009

Brian D. Weimer has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Corporate practice group and member of the firm's Communications team.  Weimer joins Sheppard Mullin from Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. 

Weimer has wide-ranging experience in telecommunications law, with particular expertise in the satellite, broadcasting and wireless industries.  He has represented satellite companies seeking licenses at the FCC as well as private equity groups and other investors seeking to buy satellite companies.  Weimer has represented major television networks at the FCC in both rulemaking and enforcement proceedings, as well as on day-to-day regulatory matters.  He has also represented numerous clients through all phases of the sale process for radio and TV stations, including structuring transactions as well as drafting and negotiating sale documents.  Weimer also has represented investors seeking to acquire wireless companies at auction and provided strategic advice on the availability, uses and value of wireless spectrum. 

"Brian is a high-quality attorney and an excellent fit with both our Corporate practice group and Communications team.  His expertise in telecommunications matters, which encompasses both regulatory and transactional work, will be of great value to clients," said Guy Halgren, chairman of the firm.  

Commented Weimer, "Sheppard Mullin offers an excellent, full-service platform to grow my practice, coupled with a collegial atmosphere that spans practice groups and offices.  I am thrilled to be joining the firm.  "  

"Brian's significant FCC experience is an excellent addition to the regulatory capabilities of our office, which includes government contracts, FDA, labor and aviation.  His transactional practice uniquely compliments and expands the breadth of our existing Communications practice, led by D.C. partners Chris Huther and Megan Troy, which is currently litigation-driven," said Ed Schiff, managing partner of Sheppard Mullin's Washington, D.C. office and head of the firm's East Coast Corporate practice.  

Weimer's experience includes the following: corporate counsel to Lincoln Financial Group in the sale of its radio properties, regulatory counsel to SAT-GE, the satellite division of General Electric, representing European private equity group BC Partners in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Intelsat, representing the CBS, FOX and NBC television networks in the FCC's media ownership proceeding, and strategic advice to Wall Street investment houses and private equity groups on opportunities in the wireless and satellite industries.

Weimer received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1995 and a B.A. from University of Chicago in 1990.

Earlier this month, Todd Bissett joined the Shanghai office of Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the firm's Corporate practice group.  Bissett joined from O'Melveny & Myers' in Beijing. 

Sheppard Mullin has close to 50 attorneys based in its Washington, D.C. office.  The firm's Corporate practice group includes more than 100 attorneys firmwide. 

About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw 100 firm with more than 560 attorneys in 11 offices located throughout California and in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanghai.  The firm's California offices are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, Century City, Orange County, San Diego/Del Mar and San Diego/Downtown.  Founded in 1927 on the principle that the firm would succeed only if its attorneys delivered prompt, high quality and cost-effective legal services, Sheppard Mullin provides legal counsel to U.S. and international clients.  Companies turn to Sheppard Mullin to handle a full range of corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions.  In the U.S., the firm's clients include more than half of the Fortune 100 companies.