Sheppard Mullin Adds Two Former In-House Counsel to Corporate Practice Group
JAMDAT Mobile's Craig Gatarz and Internap Network Services Art Sida Join Firm's Century City and Orange County Offices
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Craig Gatarz and Arturo Sida have joined
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as part of the firm's Corporate
practice group. Gatarz, most recently chief operating officer and general
counsel with JAMDAT Mobile Inc. in Los Angeles, will be based in the firm's
Century City office. Sida, most recently assistant general counsel with
Internap Network Services Corporation in Costa Mesa, will be based in the
firm's Orange County office.
"We're very pleased to welcome Craig and Art to the firm and to the
Corporate practice group," said Randy Short, head of the firm's Corporate
practice group. "As in-house counsel of two clients, we have worked
closely with Craig and Art for years. They are excellent business lawyers
who will be valuable additions to the Corporate practice, combining their
respective in-house emerging growth technology industry expertise and prior
private practice experience."
At JAMDAT Mobile Inc., Gatarz built out and directly managed the team
responsible for all non-studio operations, including legal, human
resources, facilities, infrastructure, inter-company matters and
international operations. He directly oversaw and managed the
international expansion of business operations.
Gatarz' JAMDAT transactional experience includes four rounds of private
financing aggregating $33 million in capital raised, one international and
two domestic acquisitions (with an aggregate value of approximately $150
million) in which JAMDAT acquired intellectual property and studio assets
to enhance its operations (including the wireless rights to Tetris, one of
the world's most popular interactive games), and completion of a $101
million initial public offering and consummation of a $680 million merger
with Electronic Arts Inc., the world's leading publisher of interactive
At VitalStream Holdings, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company that was recently
acquired by Atlanta-based Internap Network Services Corporation, Sida
served as the chief legal officer and secretary responsible for developing
and managing the legal, corporate secretary and human resources functions.
He implemented Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance and was responsible for
securities law compliance, including the preparation of SEC '33 and '34 Act
filings. Sida's experience includes various financing deals aggregating
approximately $35 million in available capital, as well as two strategic
acquisitions and the merger transaction with Internap. Additionally, he
was responsible for all aspects of IP protection, including the evaluation
of technology and management of patent applications.
Previously, Sida was VP, legal affairs and assistant secretary for
AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a NYSE-listed leading pharmaceutical
services company. There he was responsible for a broad range of corporate
transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint
ventures, defense or prosecution of lawsuits, investigations and claims,
and corporate governance, stock exchange and regulatory matters, including
FDA, DOT, DEA and OIG issues.
Gatarz earned a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and
M.A and A.B., summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1984. Sida earned a
J.D. from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1980 and B.A.
from Stanford University in 1977.
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