Commercial litigation team joins Hogan Lovells San Francisco office, as firm continues California growth

San Francisco, 7 September 2022 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells announced today that Megan R. Nishikawa and Amber Trincado have joined the firm as commercial litigation partners in the San Francisco office. Nishikawa and Trincado, who join the firm from King & Spalding, represent clients in high-stakes litigation in industry sectors including energy and pharmaceuticals.

“We are very happy to welcome Megan and Amber, who are joining the firm at a time when we continue to build our litigation practice—particularly in strategic markets such as California,” said Des Hogan, global head of Hogan Lovells’ Disputes practice. Tom Connally, head of the firm’s U.S. Commercial Litigation practice area, added: “With their significant experience in product liability, toxic tort, environmental and other complex commercial matters, Megan and Amber are a great complement to our nationally recognized commercial litigation team, which represents clients in many of their most challenging matters, at trial and through the appeals process.”

Nishikawa focuses on defending publicly traded companies in complex commercial and high-stakes product liability matters, including toxic tort and environmental claims. She represents clients in the energy, chemical, consumer, and pharmaceutical industries nationwide in state and federal courts. She has extensive experience co-leading trials and litigating at the appellate level, and she has led large teams for some of the world’s top energy clients. Nishikawa has broad commercial litigation experience, including general civil and class action litigation.

“I am thrilled to be joining Hogan Lovells, which has such a strong global disputes practice, and is committed to growth in California,” Nishikawa said.

Trincado represents clients in the energy and chemical industries in state and federal courts throughout the country. She has broad complex litigation experience, with a particular focus on large-scale groundwater contamination, environmental exposure, and personal injury actions. She also advises clients on compliance with and implementation of California’s Proposition 65. She has extensive experience in the courtroom and managing large litigation dockets.

Trincado said: “It is an exciting time to be joining Hogan Lovells, which is so well recognized for  commercial litigation throughout the U.S. Megan and I are very happy to be part of this team.”

The addition of Nishikawa and Trincado is the latest in a series of strategic moves to strengthen Hogan Lovells’ presence in California. The firm will soon be officially opening  its new San Francisco office at 4 Embarcadero Center, occupying the 35th Floor and providing expansive views spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge and beyond. The new San Francisco office follows the firm’s recent opening of its new Silicon Valley office in downtown Redwood City.

“We are delighted to welcome Megan and Amber to our growing San Francisco office,” said San Francisco Office Managing Partner Patrick Michael.  “The firm has prioritized California as a strategic growth market, and the additions of Megan and Amber, together with our new Northern California offices, demonstrates our commitment to continue investing in California and providing our clients with the highest level of service.”

The additions of Nishikawa and Trincado are the latest in a series of partners who have joined Hogan Lovells this year, in line with the firm’s focus on growing its presence in strategic markets such as California, New York, and Boston. In New York, six new partners joined the Corporate & Finance practice this year: Peter Cohen-Millstein, Megan Ridley-Kaye and Luke Iovine (all M&A), Adrienne Ellman (private equity, M&A), Parik Dasgupta (investment funds), and Jessica Millett (tax). In Boston, two new partners have joined this year: Alex Aber (M&A) and Chris Natkanski (IP transactions).

Nishikawa earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her B.A., English, from Macalester College, cum laude. Trincado earned her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law, magna cum laude, and her B.A. from Sonoma State University, also magna cum laude.


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