By Casey Sullivan
Feb 20 (Reuters) - The 345-lawyer San Francisco business and
litigation law firm Sedgwick is expected to acquire the Oakland
boutique Brown Eassa & McLeod on March 1, Sedgwick announced on
Brown Eassa is a civil defense firm with practices in mass
tort, product liability, labor and employment and commercial
litigation, and has 20 lawyers.
The firm was founded in 1999 by Eugene Brown, Bob Eassa and
Bruce McLeod. It's clients have included Chrysler Group, Chevron
U.S.A. and Valero Energy Corporation, according to the firm's
Brown Eassa partner Bob Eassa said the move was prompted by
an overload of commercial litigation and toxic tort cases in
Texas, where the boutique does not have an outpost, but where
Sedgwick has offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston.
Eassa, who has defended a number of wrongful termination and
discrimination lawsuits against clients like Chevron USA, Longs
Drugs Stores California and Ablestik Laboratories, said he will
co-chair Sedgwick's labor and employment practice.
Brown Eassa partner Philip Cosgrove, who focuses on product
liability and toxic tort cases, will work out of Sedgwick's Los
Angeles office along with an associate, according to a release.
The rest of the Brown Eassa lawyers will be based in San
Francisco office, where Sedgwick has more than 130 lawyers, the
A spokeswoman and chairman for Sedgwick did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
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