According to managing partner Steve W. Berman, the Seattle-basedfirm opened its first east coast office here because "Boston is atthe center of the East Coast investment and finance world." Thefirm appointed Thomas M. Sobol as the office's managing partner."We have been looking to open an East Coast office, and when theopportunity came to have Tom lead our team, we knew the timing wasright," notes Berman.

Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Sobol was a partner in theBoston office of Lieff Cabraser, where he handled complexlitigation. At Lieff Cabraser, Sobol led the state in legal actionagainst the country's largest tobacco companies, which resulted inan $8.2-billion settlement. Berman points out that opening thisoffice will help the firm expand its work representinginstitutional investors, a growing segment of the firm's securitylitigation practice.

In addition to Boston and Seattle, Hagens Berman has offices inPhoenix and Los Angeles.

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