Spring 2023
Lori Arakaki Joins SHJ
Lori C. Arakaki, an experienced litigator who handles complex commercial disputes before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, has joined the firm as a senior associate. Previously, Lori practiced in the litigation group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s San Francisco office. She also spent several years as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Los Angeles office.
The Sun Has Finally Set on NAFTA
On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took effect, replacing the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USMCA provides a three-year sunset period for investors to submit arbitration claims related to foreign investments established or acquired under NAFTA. Now that the practical deadline of April 1, 2023 has passed, investors can no longer access NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanism and must file investment claims under the USMCA regime. A new article by managing partner Andy Hicks and associate Fatima Aslam outlines key changes that investors should look out for. 
How Should Litigators Establish Evidence in Trade Secret Cases?
Trade secret litigation is set to increase in the coming decades, accelerated by the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016. A three-part series by partner Varant Yegparian examines different concerns regarding evidence in trade secret cases, aiming to shed light on the correlative legal requirements to which this evidence is applied.
What Companies Should Know About the Biden Administration's Antitrust Enforcement Campaign
On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for stronger enforcement of antitrust laws to promote competition and curtail the consolidation of American industries. Senior counsel Brandon Winchester and associate Kelly Swanson discuss the DOJ’s recent antitrust enforcement efforts and offer guidance for companies considering a merger in today’s altered antitrust landscape.
Meet Our 2023 Diversity Fellows
We are excited to announce that Iesha-LaShay Phillips (Yale Law School) and David Alan Johnson (Penn Carey Law) have been selected as SHJ's 2023 diversity fellows. The fellowship includes educational programming as well as substantive client work. Because we view it as the first phase in a long-term relationship, we typically invite fellows to return as summer associates and/or first-year associates on successful completion of the program.
SHJ Partners Share Oil and Gas Law Expertise
On May 18, partners Persis Dean and Marc Tabolsky will present “Case Study – Appealing Cases Involving Joint Operating Agreements,” part of a webinar series hosted by IEL’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Committee. Using the Apache Corporation v. Castex Offshore Inc. case as a springboard, they will discuss the decisions litigants and their counsel may face when it comes to appealing or defending a trial court judgment that involves gross negligence or willful misconduct. 
Brandon Winchester Comments on Bellwether Trial
Senior counsel Brandon Winchester spoke to Law360 about an upcoming trial in San Francisco federal court that, according to legal experts, will effectively test whether public nuisance arguments can be used against e-cigarette makers and other industries. Altria Group, one of the world’s leading providers of tobacco products, is set to appear in court over claims it conducted a "campaign of deceit" that hooked students on vaping.
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