updated 6/1/2011 10:16:52 AM ET 2011-06-01T14:16:52

LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Englander Knabe & Allen is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Cherin Group (TCG) and its principal, Alex Cherin, as part of the firm's Los Angeles-based practice effective June 1, 2011. Going forward, Mr. Cherin will serve as Senior Vice-President of EK&A and lead the firm's clean-technology and transportation groups.

Alex comes to EK&A after building The Cherin Group over the last year and a half into one of the leading advocacy groups in Southern California, catering to both emerging technology companies and a wide-array of private sector entities in the transportation, infrastructure and goods-movement fields. Prior to creating TCG, Alex served as both Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Port of Long Beach, the nation's largest seaport complex, with more than $140 billion worth of goods moving through the Port each year, where he helped spearhead innovative policies such as the landmark Clean Trucks Program.

During his tenure at the Port, Alex was responsible for advising the Board of Harbor Commissioners on all policy matters and was also tasked with leading the Port's strategic initiatives surrounding trade practices and infrastructure projects. Mr. Cherin also served as the Assistant City Auditor for the City of Long Beach and practiced international and maritime law with the firm of Flynn, Delich & Wise for over a decade. He currently serves on many civic boards in and around the Southern California area including Children Today, where he is currently Board President.

"The acquisition of Alex and his practice is a milestone for EK&A – it allows us to grow our clean tech and transportation client base and helps us a fill a niche we feel will be important in policy matters facing California for the next decade," said Harvey Englander, Managing Partner of EK&A.

"This transition allows me to grow my practice on a larger platform and in partnership with one of the most respected advocacy firms in the State," said Alex Cherin. "I am gratified at the interest EK&A has shown in growing these particular areas and am privileged to be part of their growth." Mr. Cherin received his B.A., with distinction, in both Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Mr. Cherin resides in Long Beach.

About Englander Knabe & Allen

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