Press Release April 5, 2017

Alston & Bird Expands in L.A. with New Construction, Government Contracts Partner

Alston & Bird has expanded its construction and government contracting capabilities with the addition of John D. Hanover as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He was previously with Peckar & Abramson, P.C., where he was a former managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco offices and a member of its executive committee.

“Having served as co-counsel with John on a complex matter for Turner Construction, I can attest to his superb legal and business skills,” said Chris Roux, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s Construction & Government Contracts Group. “John’s experience as lead counsel in jury and nonjury trials and in more than 100 construction arbitrations and mediations, coupled with his business acumen, make him a terrific addition to our team and a go-to lawyer for clients involved in big-claim litigation projects.”

Hanover has more than 30 years’ experience as a construction litigator working on a wide range of complex, high-visibility matters – from contract disputes and delay and interruption claims, to payment remedies and defective work complaints. He represents a diverse client base that includes general contractors, subcontractors, developers, design professionals, construction managers, owners, financial institutions, and sureties.

“Given the amount of current and anticipated spending on construction and infrastructure projects in California and nationally, John’s arrival is particularly well-timed,” said Jeff Belkin, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s Construction & Government Contracts Group. “Our clients already are keeping us extremely busy, so we are eager to make use of the added bench strength that John gives us and the experience he brings representing large engineering firms and general contractors in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and other areas that are important to our clients and that go to the core of what we do best as a firm.”

In addition to his work at Peckar & Abramson, Hanover served as executive chairman, CEO, and general counsel of the broker-dealer known as Hanover Securities for the past year and as President and general counsel of the registered investment advisor Banes Capital Management, LLC, from 2012 through 2016.

Hanover is the latest addition to the firm’s Los Angeles office, which has seen several new partner arrivals in recent years, including class action partner Kathy Huang, who joined last month, and cybersecurity and white collar partner Michael Zweiback, who arrived in March 2016.

“John is an icon in construction law in both California and nationally, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team,” said Thomas Wingard, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office. “He adds significant weight to our construction and government contracting capabilities and greatly deepens our bench of Southern California litigators.”
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