The American Lawyer Recognizes Two Dechert Partners in California as West Trailblazers  

August 01, 2022

Two California-based Dechert LLP partners have been recognized among The American Lawyer’s 2022 “West Trailblazers” listing, which recognizes professionals in the western states who have moved the needle in the legal industry. Honorees must all have made significant marks on legal practice, policy or technological advancement.

Kimberly Branscome, co-chair of Dechert’s Product Liability and Mass Torts practice, has delivered key trial victories in bet-the-company litigation to a number of high-profile clients. She won one of the nation’s first talc trials by demonstrating that key expert witnesses lacked credibility, using similar trial strategies to secure bellwether victories for a global automaker in litigation regarding vehicle ignition switches. Ms. Branscome, who was named among the Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers in California” list in 2021 for the third consecutive year, is currently advising 3M and GlaxoSmithKline in two of the largest-ever multidistrict litigations. As managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, she is also overseeing Dechert’s strategic expansion in California, focusing on growth in white collar, litigation, funds and fintech.

Timothy Spangler is a leading adviser to financial services providers seeking to leverage the potential of emerging technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The California-based partner is frequently honored for his innovations at the intersection of investment management and financial technology. Last year, Mr. Spangler was recognized for innovation by the Financial Times for advising investment manager Franklin Templeton on the world’s first blockchain-based mutual fund. Other notable innovations include advising fintech pioneer Ark Invest on the launch of its private Bitcoin fund, and assisting Figure Technologies in housing its lending on the blockchain, revolutionizing and streamlining the home loan business.

The American Lawyer featured the winning lawyers in its “West Trailblazer” supplement on August 1.

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