The law firm BuckleySandler has beefed up its financial services practice with the addition of three heavy-hitting litigators all lured away from Dykema Gossett PLLC.

Richard E. Gottlieb, an experienced litigator who defends bank clients in class-action lawsuits alleging false and deceptive lending practices, has joined the Los Angeles office of BuckleySandler LLP as a partner, the law firm said Monday. Gottlieb had been head of Dykema's financial industry group and chair of its national consumer financial services practice. Last month, Gottlieb was one of just two lawyers nationally to be named by Chambers and Partners' "America's Leading Lawyers for Business."

In addition, Fredrick S. Levin, a class-action and securities litigator who most recently was a member at Dykema and had spent 19 years at Mayer Brown in Chicago, will join BuckleySandler as a partner.

Brett J. Natarelli, a consumer financial services litigator who practiced at Dykema for five years, will join BuckleySandler as an associate. Natarelli will open a Chicago office for BuckleySandler and Gottlieb will split his time between the Chicago and Los Angeles offices.

The three litigators "expand our capability to represent clients in major class-action cases…and enforcement matters, particularly in California and Illinois, two very important jurisdictions for financial services litigation," said Andrew L. Sandler, BuckleySandler's chairman and executive partner.

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