June/July 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Installation of LACBA President Eric A. Webber Planned for June 29

Evening includes presentation of Shattuck-Price Award to Andrea Sheridan Ordin.

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Eric A. Webber will be installed as LACBA’s 2011-12 president on June 29 during a dinner program to be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing both the outgoing and incoming LACBA officers and trustees, the event also marks the installation of Sarah Luppen as 2011-12 Barristers president, along with the Barristers officers, executive committee, and committee chairs and co-chairs.

In addition to the installation activities, the following awards will be presented:

Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, LACBA’s highest honor: 
Andrea Sheridan Ordin, Los Angeles County Counsel

Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award:
Brian D. Huben

Matthew S. Rae Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award:
David K. Reinert

Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards:
Brian E. Schield, AIDS Legal Services Project; Abby B. Friedman, Domestic Violence Project; Jack Chihyao Sung, Immigration Legal Assistance Project; Patricia Hurst Holt, Lawyer Referral and Information Service

President Eric A. Webber. Eric A. Webber is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the transactions workgroup. He also serves in the firm's general counsel's office and has been a member of the firm's executive committee.

Webber's practice covers a variety of business transactions, including private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business organizations and restructurings, public and private debt offerings (senior, mezzanine, and subordinated debt), commercial lending (asset-based lending, secured and unsecured bank debt, and other financing transactions), workouts and recapitalizations, and public and private equity transactions. In equity offerings, he has represented issuers as well as underwriters and investors. He has been involved with major debt financings and restructurings, both public and private, in and outside of bankruptcy, representing borrowers and debtors as well as lenders and creditors. He also advises individuals on various issues relating to service as executive officers or board members for private and public companies, including corporate governance, fiduciary and other duties, insurance, indemnification, and risk management.

Webber's clients reach across a variety of sectors, from more traditional retail, entertainment, media, financial services, healthcare services and manufacturing businesses to cutting-edge electronics, software, recycling, and clean technology businesses. His clients include both operating businesses and investors, and U.S. as well as European and other foreign clients.

Webber has been named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine for 2011 and every prior year since the rankings began. The Legal 500 has also recognized him as a top lawyer in both mergers and acquisitions and business finance.

In addition to writing and speaking on various topics relating to equity and debt financing, bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities law, and ethics, Webber is a member of numerous professional organizations related to his practice areas. Before assuming the LACBA presidency, Webber served for several years on LACBA's Board of Trustees and the Board's Executive Committee. He also has served as chair of LACBA's Commercial Law Committee and chair of LACBA's Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section.

After finishing law school and before beginning his law practice, Webber served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, late judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Webber received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987, where he served as the articles editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to law school, he attended the London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1982), Marshall Scholar; and Indiana University (B.Sc., 1979; M.B.A., 1980) before that.

Dinner information. The dinner takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m., and after-dinner cocktails, desserts, and coffee.

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