Andra B. Greene Named Managing Partner of Newport Beach Office

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April 2008
Andra Barmash Greene has been named Managing Partner of Irell & Manella's Newport Beach office.  In keeping with Irell tradition, Ms. Greene will maintain her full-time business and intellectual property litigation practice during her tenure as managing partner.

Ms. Greene graduated from Harvard Law School, after receiving her B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Prior to joining Irell & Manella, Ms. Greene served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Catherine B. Kelly of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Ms. Greene's extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts has included cases involving high-technology issues, patent infringement, copyright, trademark, IP license agreements, theft of trade secrets, professional negligence, First Amendment, business torts, real estate, lender liability, employment, wage and hour, executive compensation, class actions, environmental issues, securities litigation, insurance coverage, and white-collar criminal claims.

Irell established its office in Newport Beach in 1979, and when Ms. Greene arrived seven years later there were only around a dozen attorneys resident.  Today, 50 of the firm’s 220 lawyers are based there, with the rest working in the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Ms. Greene was the first woman to become partner in Newport Beach, in January 1991.

David Siegel, Irell's Managing Partner, said of Ms. Greene's new appointment: "When you think about what makes someone a leader, Andra has demonstrated all the requisite skills.  Directing major litigation teams and representing our clients at trial, serving on important committees here at the firm, and in professional development and community organizations she somehow finds time for – in and outside the firm at every level, Andra has for many years held a leadership role and she always will.  It was only natural that she become leader of our Orange County office.  It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever been involved in."