Edward Woods and Susan Leader Join Akin Gump’s Commercial Litigation Practice in Los Angeles

(Los Angeles) Edward A. “Eddie” Woods and Susan K. Leader have joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as partners in the firm’s commercial litigation practice in Los Angeles. Both were previously partners in a boutique Los Angeles-based litigation firm.

Both Mr. Woods and Ms. Leader maintain broad practices handling complex commercial litigation matters for clients across a number of key industries.

“We are very pleased to welcome Eddie and Susan to Akin Gump,” stated firm Chairman R. Bruce McLean. “Both are top-notch trial lawyers who impressed us with their deep track record of experience and breadth of knowledge.”

“Eddie and Susan will be tremendous assets to our team and our clients,” added Steve Baldini, head of Akin Gump’s litigation practice.

“I am thrilled to join Akin Gump, one of the most well-respected law firms in the country,” stated Mr. Woods. “Akin Gump will provide a tremendous national and international platform for my practice. This move will allow me to continue handling complex commercial, trust and entertainment litigation for my clients while offering them many additional opportunities.”

Ms. Leader concurred, stating, “It’s energizing to have the opportunity to join a firm like Akin Gump, whose significant depth will be a boon to my diverse commercial and IP litigation practices. I am particularly excited about the benefits and opportunities that the firm’s global reach and strengths will provide to my clients.”

Mr. Woods maintains an extensive commercial and entertainment litigation practice, representing entrepreneurs, manufacturers, retail establishments, real estate developers and syndicators, entertainers, film production and distribution companies, lawyers and law firms in a variety of matters.

Mr. Woods received his J.D. from UCLA in 1972, and received his B.A. in film from UCLA in 1968. He is admitted to practice in California.

Ms. Leader has substantial experience in litigating and trying complex commercial matters in federal and state courts and arbitration for clients in the aerospace, retail and automotive industries. For these clients, she focuses on disputes alleging breach of contract and business torts, as well as intellectual property claims in copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets and IP claims under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Ms. Leader received her J.D. in 2001 from the University of Virginia School of Law and received her B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1997. She is admitted to practice in California.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, is a leading international law firm with offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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