COSTA MESA, Dec. 20, 2012 — Megan N. Gess has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Corporate practice group, based in the firm's Orange County office.  Gess joins from O’Melveny & Myers in Newport Beach. 

Gess represents a broad range of public and private clients in mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings and private placements.  She also counsels clients on securities law reporting and compliance, corporate governance and general contract matters.

"We are very pleased to welcome Megan to our Orange County office, as the newest member to our marquee Corporate practice group.  Megan's dealmaking knowledge and experience are both complementary and supplementary to our existing capabilities, especially given her private equity and M&A expertise," said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin. 

"I am thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin.  The strength and breadth of the Corporate practice is very impressive, as is the firm’s successful growth and expansion in recent years.  I was particularly attracted to Sheppard Mullin’s entrepreneurial culture and collegial atmosphere," Gess commented.

Gess received a J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Davis in 1996. 

Sheppard Mullin has 60 attorneys based in its Orange County office.  The firm’s Corporate practice group includes 150 attorneys firmwide.

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