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Morgan Lewis Appoints New Co-Managing Partner in San Francisco Office

January 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, January 21, 2015 – Morgan Lewis is pleased to announce the appointment of partner Brian C. Rocca as co-managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office effective immediately as the firm – now one of the largest in the world – begins a significant new chapter in 2015. Mr. Rocca joins partner Molly Moriarty Lane in the role.

Mr. Rocca focuses his practice on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters. He is recognized by Chambers USA (2013 and 2014) and is noted for “quickly gaining a reputation as one to watch in the coming years across the antitrust and complex commercial litigation space.” Clients have been “very impressed” by his “great judgment” and willingness to “roll up his sleeves and really dive in deep to understand the case,” as well as his strategic mindset. Mr. Rocca has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 through 2014 as a “Rising Star” in the antitrust area. In the antitrust field, he has worked on high-stakes litigation in both civil and criminal contexts, and in a wide range of industries.  Mr. Rocca joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen, where he served as co-managing partner of the San Francisco office. He earned his J.D. at University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. at UC Davis. 

Ms. Lane, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice, focuses on complex litigation in California state and federal courts across a range of industries, including the retail, technology, healthcare, and financial services sectors. She represents clients through the entire litigation life cycle, from pre-litigation counseling to trials and appeals. In 2014, Ms. Lane was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times. She earned her J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. from UCLA. 

“We are thrilled to have Molly and Brian as joint leaders of our San Francisco office, particularly at such an exciting time for the firm with our enhanced abilities to counsel and serve new and valued clients,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Morgan Lewis is dedicated to delivering the highest quality results to advance our clients’ legal and business interests – from San Francisco to London, New York to Tokyo, Silicon Valley to Moscow, and points in between.”

In November, Morgan Lewis welcomed more than 200 partners and nearly 600 other lawyers, legal professionals, and staff from Bingham McCutchen. Morgan Lewis offers clients global access to broad capabilities across a comprehensive spectrum of services and industries addressing virtually every aspect of corporate, financial, and asset management operations.