Dallas Attorney Rogge Dunn Launches New Firm

Veteran Dallas attorney Rogge Dunn has established a new firm, the Rogge Dunn Group, PC.

In a release, the new firm said Dunn has experience representing executives, companies and brokers in business litigation, employment disputes and claims involving the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Joining Dunn at the firm are partners Gregory Clift, Bryan Collins, Josh Iacuone and Brian Shaw, and attorneys David Gross and John Lynch. All were previously with the firm of Clouse Dunn in Dallas.

“The timing was right to make this move, and my colleagues and I are excited about the opportunity to showcase our expertise, flexibility, and innovative approaches to resolving contentious disputes, both in the courtroom and at the bargaining table,” says Dunn. “We have a team of lawyers with big firm talent without the bureaucratic constraints.”

Dunn is certified in both Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been repeatedly honored among the state’s top litigators by his peers and a wide range of legal publications. He has been recognized on multiple occasions as one of the top 100 attorneys in Texas on the Texas Super Lawyers list, and has been repeatedly selected to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list.

The firm said Dunn has litigated claims on behalf of a number of high net worth individuals and Fortune 500 executives, as well as professional athletes, coaches, judges and corporate general counsel. While several of these cases have garnered national and international attention, Dunn has successfully resolved numerous other matters on a confidential basis.

Dunn earned his law degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the school’s Board of Advocates. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Southern Methodist University, and currently serves on the Associate Board of SMU’s Cox School of Business, as a member of the SMU Digital Accelerator Advisory Board, and as an adjunct professor of the school’s MBA program.

 

 




Barnes & Thornburg Adds Intellectual Property Litigator in Atlanta

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added David Kelly as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department in the firm’s Atlanta office. He joins from Hunton & Williams LLP, where he chaired that firm’s Life Sciences practice.

In a release, the firm said Kelly is a patent litigator who represents clients on a variety of intellectual property matters in the life sciences and technology industries, including medical device, pharmaceutical and molecular diagnostic, as well as synthetic biology and biotech companies. Kelly’s experience extends to managing IP due diligence and international patent prosecution dockets and acting as trial, appellate and inter partes review counsel in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and federal district courts.

“We’re excited to add David to our IP bench in Atlanta,” said Stuart Johnson, managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office. “Our region’s tech ecosytem is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., which makes David’s medical and tech-focused legal practice directly applicable to the strategic opportunities we see in our region and elsewhere.”

On the trial side, Kelly has been lead trial lawyer on numerous cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and false advertising. He has deep knowledge and experience at every stage of litigation, including transferring cases to different venues, dismissing claims, obtaining summary judgement of patent validity and invalidity, obtaining sanctions against competitors, and winning appeals for both patent owners and accused infringers.

“David is a talented IP litigator and counselor to his clients,” said Julia Gard, chair of Barnes & Thornburg’s Intellectual Property Department. “His tactful ability and experience in successfully litigating high-stakes, multi-million dollar patent infringement cases will be a great advantage to our national practice visibility. His wide-ranging knowledge and impressive skillset in court will be a great benefit to our clients.”

Kelly received his J.D. from the University of California-Davis, and a double B.S. from the University of Georgia. He also completed two years of graduate coursework in microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked in a well-known virology laboratory studying Epstein-Barr virus.

 

 

 




Buchalter Welcomes New Attorneys in Seattle

After opening an office in Seattle late last year, Buchalter announces that Jeffrey G. Frank has joined the firm as managing shareholder of the new office, and Bradley P. Thoreson, and Doug Prince have both joined as shareholders. All join from Foster Pepper where they were partners. Sherman Helenese joined the Seattle office in November of last year. He was previously with Garvey, Schubert & Barer. Mitchell J. Olejko, a Shareholder in Buchalter’s Health Care Practice Group, now practices out of both the San Francisco and Seattle offices.

“The decision to open an office in Seattle was a natural one as the city’s technology, financial services, real estate, and construction industries are all thriving. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff, Brad, Doug, and Sherman to the firm,” said Adam J. Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buchalter. “We anticipate and look forward to further increasing our presence in Seattle in the near future.”

Frank has practiced in the areas of commercial, construction, and real estate litigation for more than 30 years. Frank is currently a Board Member of the Foundation for Washington State Courts King County Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees and as an Officer of the King County Bar Foundation. He earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

“Buchalter is very well-established in the California market, and I’m excited for the opportunity to expand the Firm’s footprint to Seattle as we counsel businesses in the State of Washington on increasingly complex corporate, finance, and real estate matters,” said Frank. “In addition to the opportunity to lead Buchalter’s expansion outside the States of California and Arizona, I was drawn to Buchalter because of its focus on client service.”

Thoreson concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of contractual business and real estate disputes. During his 30 years of practice, Thoreson has successfully tried more than 40 cases to verdict, both in state and federal courts. Active in community philanthropy, Thoreson currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seattle Pacific University and the Board of Governors for the Washington Athletic Club, where he is also a member of the 101 Club. In addition, he recently completed a two-year term as Board Chair of the Corporate Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Thoreson earned his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University, where he played basketball, and received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

“Given the depth and breadth of Buchalter’s expertise in the areas where I practice, joining Buchalter presents an incredible opportunity for me and my clients. As a result, I could not be more pleased to help launch Buchalter into this market. For me, my practice and my clients, the firm and its culture is the perfect fit,” said Thoreson.

Prince has over 35 years of experience in asset based lending. He is admitted to practice in both Washington and Oregon. Prince is a current Board Member of Impact Capital and Mary’s Place and serves on the executive committee of both boards. He earned his J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Helenese’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property and technology transactions, privacy and data security. He represents clients ranging from emerging growth to public corporations in the technology, retail, advertising, transportation, consumer products, and professional services industries. Helenese earned his J.D. from the University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law, his M.B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, his M.A. from the University of Southern Maine, and his B.A. from Colby College.

 

 

 




FisherBroyles Adds Five New Partners in IP Group

Cloud-based distributed law firm partnership FisherBroyles LLP announced that John Eisenhart, Elizabeth Haanes, James W. Hill, Keats Quinalty and Cara Crowley-Weber have joined the firm as partners and members of the Patent Prosecution team, which is part of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice group.

“We are thrilled to welcome John, Elizabeth, James, Keats, and Cara to the firm and its Intellectual Property practice group, which continues to expand and solidify its place among the top IP law groups in the nation,” said FisherBroyles Intellectual Property Managing Partner T.J. DoVale. “FisherBroyles attracts top-notch talent by aligning the interests of our clients with the interests of the firm and our attorneys. With very low overhead, we can offer our clients the experience of Am Law 200 partner-level attorneys without pricing ourselves out of the market.”

The FisherBroyles Intellectual Property practice group includes more than 50 patent prosecutors, 12 trademark prosecutors, and several IP litigators and transaction attorneys. All five new IP partners come to FisherBroyles with strong technical backgrounds and BigLaw experience.

Eisenhart joins the firm’s Washington, D.C., office from Nixon Vanderhye P.C. in Arlington, Va. He focuses his practice on U.S. and international patent prosecution for all manner of computer software, telecommunications and voice over IP, imaging and displays, semiconductor fabrication and packaging techniques, mechanical systems, electronics, optics and biomedical engineering technology. He received his J.D. from George Mason School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Also based in the firm’s Washington office, Haanes most recently was a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. She focuses her practice on the technology areas of vaccines, infectious diseases, medical diagnostics, biomarkers, personalized medicine, therapeutic antibodies, genomics, proteomics, and gene therapy. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.

Hill joins FisherBroyles’ Los Angeles office from Perkins Coie LLP, where he also was a partner. His legal practice includes patent litigation and prosecution, strategic counseling, intellectual property due diligence and licensing in the areas of medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software, and signal and imaging processing. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Boston University, his M.D. from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Based in FisherBroyles’ Atlanta office, Quinalty most recently was a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson. He has more than 20 years of experience working with patents, including all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution, client counseling regarding IP protections and strategies, and drafting opinions. His experience also includes more than two years working as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Crowley-Weber joins the firm’s Denver office from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where she was a partner and former co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice. She works with companies from coast to coast providing counsel on patent portfolio management and business strategies to drive revenue based on intellectual property in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy and agriculture industries. Her work also includes advising clients on intellectual property matters. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Health Science Center, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona.

 

 




Hogan Lovells Adds Three Partners in Bankruptcy And Restructuring Practice

Hogan Lovells announced that bankruptcy lawyers Richard Wynne, Bennett Spiegel, and Erin Brady have joined the firm’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency (BRI) practice as partners in Los Angeles. Additionally, Wynne will serve as co-head of the U.S. BRI practice.

In a release, the firm said all three are recognized leaders in their practice, with significant experience advising debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, bondholders, trustees, and buyers across a wide range of industries. They frequently handle complex restructuring matters, Chapter 11 cases, and out-of-court workouts in jurisdictions across the nation. Practicing together for over 15 years, the three have had leading roles in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 restructuring cases.

“We have been looking to expand the national capabilities of our BRI practice, and Rick, Bennett, and Erin are an ideal fit,” said Chris Donoho, head of the firm’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice group for the Americas. “They have a nationally recognized practice and their ability in particular to do big-ticket debtor side and official creditors’ committee work will significantly improve our ability to take on the largest and most complex of matters. Plus, they are terrific individuals that are a great personality fit, and I especially look forward to working alongside Rick in leading the BRI practice.”

Mike Maddigan, office managing partner for the firm’s Los Angeles office, added: “Our firm and our office are committed to excellence. As we continue to grow our presence in Southern California, we are looking for top-tier talent that will benefit the evolving needs of our clients. Rick, Bennett, and Erin bring a world-class reputation and the experience necessary to expand our offerings in the BRI market locally and nationally. We are particularly pleased to be adding their significant entertainment industry experience to the capabilities of our Los Angeles Office.”

About the lawyers:

Rick Wynne: Nationally recognized for successful results in many complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts. He focuses on solving clients’ most challenging problems by designing and implementing negotiations, litigation strategy and as lead trial counsel in a wide range of industries. Wynne is currently representing Mattel as the largest creditor and Creditors Committee Co-Chair in the Toys R Us Chapter 11 case. He has been recognized for his strength in consensus-building skills, valuation litigation and trials, winning praise in Chambers as a “fantastic” lawyer who is a “tenacious and savvy negotiator” and “does exceptionally well in court.” After Wynne led a team that won an expedited trial against Netflix for Relativity Media, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Wiles, in awarding Relativity all of its legal fees over Netflix’s objections, ruled that “A complicated, fast-paced ‘bet the company’ litigation requires counsel of higher caliber and expense than a routine case with little at stake. A party may not need a Ferrari to go to the corner grocery store, but winning a Grand Prix race is a different matter.”

Wynne, who is an amateur car racer, earned his J.D. from Columbia University and his B.A. from Indiana University.

Bennett Spiegel: Spiegel has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, and buyers in corporate restructurings and bankruptcies for more than three decades. He recently represented RBS in the Thornburg Mortgage cases. Spiegel has substantial entertainment industry expertise, having represented Zsa Zsa Gabor in her Chapter 11 case, as well as Motley Crue in the Bankruptcy case of band member Vince Neil, Relativity Media in the Section 363 sale of its television business and confirmation of a chapter 11 reorganization plan. He has also represented Leiner Health Products, Calpine, Cable & Wireless and W.R. Grace as Chapter 11 debtors. Spiegel earned a J.D. and M.B.A. from Yale University and his B.A. from Rutgers College.

Erin Brady: Brady focuses her practice on the representation of debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, individual creditors, and others in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation and corporate restructurings. Throughout her career, she has successfully helped clients resolve the legal turmoil surrounding corporate restructurings and liquidations. She represented American Apparel and its affiliates in their two recent chapter 11 cases and been recognized as one of Law 360’s Rising Stars and Global Restructuring Review’s “Top 40 Under 40” for her work on high-profile matters in the Relativity Media, Chemtura, Fleming Companies, Quiznos, Adelphia, and Thornburg Mortgage cases. Brady earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University and her B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.

 

 

 




Rose Walker Adds Transactional, Corporate Attorney Holly Clarke

Business trial law firm Rose Walker has added transactional and corporate attorney Holly Clarke to the firm.

“Holly has a rare combination of high-level contracting, international transactions and in-house counsel experience,” says Rose Walker founding partner Marty Rose. “Her background and experience certainly fit the direction we would like to take in the development and growth of our firm, and I look forward to our future with her in our Dallas office.”

Clarke has experience in structuring international government contracts. She has served as in-house counsel at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., L-3 Communications Aerospace Systems and Caterpillar Inc., handling legal issues related to contract procurement, negotiation, performance, close-out, and disputes. At the state and federal levels, she has represented clients with contracts involving the U.S. Department of Defense, including the Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as NASA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

The firm said Clarke has served as lead negotiator and lead counsel on numerous international transactions, with representative transactions, including a $120-plus million direct-commercial sale contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to develop certifiable unmanned aircraft systems for the UK, several VVIP aircraft interior contracts valued in excess of $500 million with multiple international customers, the direct commercial sale of services to the Republic of South Korea, the FMS sale of transport aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force, and an avionics upgrade contract with the New Zealand Air Force.

“I am excited about the opportunities someone with my background has at a firm that is as established and respected as Rose Walker is in the Dallas legal community,” says Ms. Clarke. “I look forward to being a part of the Dallas office for many years to come.”

Clarke joined the firm April 9.

 

 

 




Whitney D. Seltzer Joins Foley & Mansfield New York Office

The national defense firm of Foley & Mansfield announced that attorney Whitney D. Seltzer has joined its NYCAL defense team. Seltzer represents prominent national corporations in all aspects of complex product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation.

Prior to joining Foley & Mansfield, Seltzer practiced at an industry leading toxic tort and product liability defense firm. In a release, the firm said she has experience in all phases of litigation, and has represented a wide variety of manufacturers, distributors, and premises owners as both local and national coordinating counsel. Licensed in New York, she is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

 

 

 




Litigation Partner Shane A. Brunner Joins Michael Best’s Madison Office

Shane A. Brunner has joined Michael Best as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

In a release, the firm said Brunner has more than 18 years of experience focusing on intellectual property litigation and other complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and contract matters in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, biotechnology and computer technologies.

“We’re thrilled to have Shane on board,” said John Scheller, Chair of Michael Best’s Litigation Practice. “His broad range of intellectual property litigation experience and proven track record will bring great depth to our already-established group, and we’re looking forward to having him on our team.”

“I’m excited to be with Michael Best,” said Brunner. “The firm’s IP and Litigation Practice Groups are very established and well respected. I’m honored to be part of this noteworthy group.” Brunner will be based out of the firm’s Madison office.

Brunner earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was articles editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and Order of the Coif. Before becoming a lawyer, Brunner obtained a B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to work several years as a certified public accountant at a Big Four accounting firm.

 

 

 




Longford Capital Adds Litigator in Chicago

Longford Capital announced that Justin A. Maleson has joined the firm as a director in Chicago. The firm said Maleson will assist with investment sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of portfolio investments.

Prior to joining Longford Capital, Maleson was a partner in the litigation department of Jenner & Block, where he focused on large-scale commercial litigation.

In a release, the firm said he has litigated cases across the country, and his experience spans a wide range of substantive areas of the law, including commercial contracts, business torts, intellectual property, and licensing. He has been involved in all phases of the litigation lifecycle from inception of a dispute through trial and appeal. In private practice, Mr. Maleson regularly directed and participated in fact development and case assessment, and counseled corporate clients about the strength of claims, strategy, and dispute resolution.

“Justin has extensive experience bringing litigation from inception through trial and appellate levels,” said Michael A. Nicolas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Longford Capital. “He has effectively managed large litigation teams in complex disputes, contributing to his understanding of claimant needs. His arrival is an important addition to our firm as we continue to scale our team to respond to the increasing demand for well-designed litigation finance that we continue to experience.”

Maleson has published extensively on topics relating to the protection of confidential and trade secret information, as well as corporate information technology transactions and disputes.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland, and obtained his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

 

 

 




Akerman Adds IP Litigation Partners Tim Sendek, Darrick Hooker in Chicago

Akerman LLP announced the addition in its Chicago office intellectual property litigators Timothy Sendek, former leader of Lathrop Gage’s IP Litigation Team, and Darrick Hooker from Lewis Brisbois, both as partners.

“Tim and Darrick are accomplished trial lawyers with impressive experience handling IP litigation, procurement and counseling,” said Michael Switzer, chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. “Their arrival broadens our strengths and international reach, as we expand our presence across major business centers to better serve our clients.”

Sendek focuses his practice on patent, trademark and copyright disputes in U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His experience includes numerous Section 337 trials at the ITC, jury and bench trials in district court and patent office litigation, including more than 60 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. A registered patent lawyer with a background in engineering, Sendek represents clients in a range of technologies and sectors, including automotive, electronics, food and beverage, and consumer goods. In addition to his litigation experience, he advises clients on IP compliance, risk management, counseling and patent prosecution. At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Sendek has asserted and defended petitions for IPR and other America Invents Act post-grant challenges. In 2015, Patexia ranked him as one of the top five U.S. lawyers handling IPR petitions. In addition to practice, Sendek teaches patent litigation as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Hooker is a counselor and a litigator who routinely counsels and represents clients with a variety of intellectual property issues, including patent litigation and counseling relating to litigation, as well as trade secret, trademark, copyright and entertainment matters. He has transactional and litigation experience representing clients, including but not limited to, the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, computer software, chemicals, mechanical devices, industrial, renewable energy, utility, mechanical engineering and automotive/transportation industries. He also assists his clients with licensing, risk assessment and management, internal governance, compliance, freedom to operate, and due diligence investigations in connection with licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on entertainment matters, including licensing and branding issues. As a commercial litigator, Hooker has litigated both jury and non-jury cases involving complex commercial matters, including cyber security, product liability, premises liability and commercial agreements. As a result, he has developed a reputation for having an in-depth understanding of a client’s business and technology to successfully identify and manage global assets, and prepare for and manage litigation.

He is admitted to practice before several federal courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Science & Education Technology, Free Spirit Media, and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. Hooker is also a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington.

 

 

 




Buchalter Signs Team of Energy Attorneys in San Francisco

Buchalter announced that a team of attorneys, Evelyn Kahl, Michael Alcantar, Nora Sheriff, Donald Brookhyser, and Katherine “Katy” Morsony, have joined the firm as members of its Energy & Natural Resources Group in the San Francisco office.

Joining the firm from Alcantar & Kahl, the team, including two analysts and a legal administrator, provides regulatory and corporate counsel to private companies engaged in energy matters, the firm said. The group’s experience includes matters relating to climate change, electricity, natural gas, clean energy, and demand response.

“Enhancing the firm’s energy expertise has been a high priority for us, and we are thrilled to welcome this talented team of attorneys to Buchalter,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Adam J. Bass.

With more than three decades of experience in the energy industry, Kahl advises electricity and natural gas infrastructure owners, transporters, and end-users on the integration of California energy laws and regulations. She also has experience representing the regulated industries of water, telecommunications and transportation, most recently on the topic of passenger transportation using autonomous vehicles. Kahl earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Concordia College.

“We are delighted to join Buchalter. With the firm’s well-established reputation and full service platform, our team will be able to service our clients on a larger scale,” said Kahl.

Alcantar’s experience includes energy policy and infrastructure development, legislative actions, administrative and judicial litigation, agency and regulatory compliance, engagement, and advocacy. He represents large industrial customers, conventional and renewable project developers, generation operations and procurement entities. Specifically, Alcantar handles solicitations, compliance, and the negotiation and development of successful agreements in support of new or repowered projects. Further, a significant part of his practice addresses project development, ongoing operations and regulatory compliance for large cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) resources under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Southern California.

“Buchalter’s growth and commitment to the future is remarkable,” added Alcantar. “I am excited to be joining lawyers that provide clients with outstanding service and effective business solutions.”

Sheriff focuses her practice on electric and natural gas regulatory and administrative litigation, legislative efforts, and end-use contractual transactions; she works to ensure clean energy tools are available for large end-use customers to help mitigate the impacts of the high cost of California power on California manufacturing. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, her B.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University, and her M.A. in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento.

“I am so excited to continue to represent our clients at Buchalter and for the opportunity to grow our practice with the impressive platform Buchalter provides,” said Sheriff.

As a civil litigator and a utility law specialist, Brookhyser represents independent generators. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown Law and his B.A. from the University of Oregon. Morsony’s experience includes California’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas programs. She earned her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. from Emory University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

 




Langley & Banack Lawyer Receives Certified Information Privacy Professional/US Designation

Lui Chambers, an international business attorney and shareholder with Langley & Banack, Inc., has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world’s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program.

In a release, the firm said Chambers counsels clients on privacy and data protection, data breach response, cybersecurity and general cyber-contracting matters. Chambers has experience in crisis management, both in information privacy matters, as well as in general disaster response. Prior to joining Langley & Banack, she served as regional general counsel for a large multi-national corporation and was alternate incident commander of the regional incident response team.

In addition to crisis management, Chambers assists clients with drafting and implementation of cyber-security and general incident response plans and structures, enhanced compliance, and governance policies and protocols, the firm said. She also advises financial institutions and industry clients in the drafting and negotiation of their website development, website hosting, SaaS agreements and other internet and data-based service agreements.

“Unfortunately, laws and their communication are not keeping up with the rapid advances of technology. As a result, corporations, business owners, financial institutions and others in private and public industries are not adequately prepared when a data breach occurs,” said Chambers.

“A breach can involve the unauthorized access of personal information or otherwise confidential data, such as trade secrets, confidential business processes, corporate structures and more,” Chambers said.

“The challenge is that laws vary on state and federal levels as to what is considered confidential information in the first place and how to handle a breach or theft of such information or access to any system containing such confidential information,” she continued.

“That is why it is imperative for organizations, small and large, to have protective provisions and procedures in place both in their contracts, on their websites and in internal policies,” added Chambers.

Lui Chambers holds the following academic degrees: Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law Center, cum laude, 2008; Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago, 2000; M.Sc. (Econs), London School of Economics, 1993; and a B.A. with Joint Honors, 1989, Leeds University. She is fluent in German and Spanish.

 

 

 




Jeffrey J. Catalano Joins Freeborn’s Litigation and IP Practice Groups

Jeffrey J. Catalano has joined Freeborn & Peters LLP as a partner in the Litigation and Intellectual Property (IP) practice groups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to the firm,” said Jennifer L. Fitzgerald, a Partner and Leader of Freeborn’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “With his experience and successes in high-stakes litigation and licensing matters, Jeff will further expand the depth and scope of both our trial and IP teams as we continue to focus on helping our clients achieve their business goals.”

Based in Freeborn’s Chicago office, Catalano focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation as well as IP-adjacent commercial litigation. His experience includes patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition disputes before federal courts, arbitrators, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the International Trade Commission. He has in-depth experience related to patent licensing, including the licensing of standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Catalano was a shareholder at Brinks, Gilson & Lione in Chicago.

Catalano received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.

 

 

 




FisherBroyles Adds Stuart A. Panensky to its Princeton, NJ Office

FisherBroyles, LLP has expanded its Cyber-Risk; Privacy & Data Security practice group with the arrival of new partner Stuart Panensky. Based in the firm’s Princeton, N.J. office, Panensky is the former co-chair of a boutique insurance law firm’s Cyber-Risk, Technology & Data Security practice group.

“Privacy and data security are very current issues with which the leadership of all of our clients are dealing,” said FisherBroyles, LLP General Counsel and Managing Partner of Litigation Joel M. Ferdinand. “The importance of offering the full spectrum of cyber and privacy legal services is absolutely unmistakable. Having Stu on board will allow us to further meet the cyber liability needs of our clients and, in particular, bolster the firm’s data breach incident response and technology liability capabilities. Stu will be an exciting addition to the Cyber-Risk; Privacy & Data Security and Litigation practice groups.”

Panensky said, “I am so pleased to be part of a firm that truly appreciates the relationship between cyber-risk, technology and privacy. This is a unique opportunity for me to offer my clients FisherBroyles’ full suite of privacy counseling. I am also very impressed with FisherBroyles’ own embrace of technology, as well as its deep bench in the privacy and technology areas across multiple industry sectors.”

Panensky is a business attorney and commercial litigator. His practice is concentrated in cyber-risk/technology, design professional and construction litigation, environmental liability, and other miscellaneous professional liability.

In a release, the firm said Panensky leads breach response investigations and provides legal advice on the nature of cyber occurrences, scope of data exfiltration, obligations to notify impacted consumers and/or state and federal government regulators, as well as contractual obligations to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. As breach counsel, Panensky is networked with other breach response vendors (IT, forensics, e-discovery, public relations, breach notification and others) and coordinates them in data breach response efforts including print and email notification, call-center management, credit monitoring and restoration services, and other cyber-incident response activity.

The firm said Panensky provides legal counsel related to pre-breach cyber-risk preparedness including, without limitation, drafting incident response planning documents, hosting mock-breach “tabletop” presentations to clients, opining on privacy and data and information security company policies, and reviewing technology vendor/provider contract agreements and scope documents. He previously served as co-chair of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance’s Cyber Liability Committee and frequently speaks and writes on cyber-risk.

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Panensky was a partner at Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP. He is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York and has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer or Rising Star on multiple occasions. Mr. Panensky received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Cinema Studies from Ithaca College.

 

 

 




DLA Piper Adds Two Partners to Litigation Practice in Dallas

Jason Lewis and Jason Hopkins have joined DLA Piper’s Litigation practice as partners in Dallas.

Lewis is a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who handles civil and criminal regulatory investigations and litigation matters. His practice focuses on SEC enforcement, government investigations, internal corporate investigations, FCPA matters, white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, crisis management and business disputes.

Hopkins focuses on securities litigation, including defending civil and criminal investigations and lawsuits brought by the SEC, FINRA, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, IRS and DOJ, as well as state securities agencies and state attorneys general.

“Jason and Jason are talented trial lawyers with considerable experience in high-stakes criminal and civil matters,” said Loren Brown, co-chair of DLA Piper’s global and US Litigation practices. “They immediately enhance both our growing litigation team in Dallas and our trial bench nationally.”

“These additions will enhance our growing platform in Dallas, a crucial market for many clients, as we continue to expand there and across the state,” said Marc Katz, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office. “They bring strong reputations as high-caliber individuals and attorneys who have a phenomenal litigation and regulatory investigation practice. We are extremely excited to welcome them to the firm.”

The firm’s expansion in Texas this year has also included Litigation partners Rob Hoffman, Michael Moore and Matthew Nickel; Employment partners Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby; and Corporate partner Steven Bartz in Dallas. In Austin, the firm recently welcomed Corporate partners David Parrish, Nicole Brennig, Elise Green, Philip Svahn, Sara Stinnett and Richard Cardillo.

Lewis and Hopkins join from Greenberg Traurig LLP. Lewis received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Hopkins received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary and his B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

 

 




Financial Lawyer Cynthia Harkness Joins Foley

Foley Gardere LLP announced that Cynthia Harkness has joined the firm’s Finance practice as Of Counsel in the Austin office. Harkness joins Foley from Haddad Legal Group, P.C. where she was the head of the Business Transaction practice.

In a release, the firm said that, for more than 30 years, Harkness has counseled global businesses ranging from start-ups to large corporate entities in financial and structured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions of assets and entities, and creating and dismantling business entities. She also has experience counseling clients with regard to corporate bankruptcies, restructurings, risk management, licensing, and compliance and employment arrangements. Harkness advises clients in domestic and international financial and capital markets, as well as in the corporate, real estate, consumer and energy sectors.

Before entering private practice, Harkness was the general counsel of the Gapstone Group LLC; general counsel of The Weston Group; and senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Fieldstone Investment Corporation/Fieldstone Mortgage Company. She also has worked in varying in-house positions at Constellation Power Source, Inc., Enron Broadband Services, Enron Wholesale and Crédit Agricole Indosuez.

“Cynthia’s diverse transactional practice paired with her extensive in-house counsel experience provides our team with a unique perspective as we help our clients tackle some of today’s toughest issues,” said Laura Bilas, chair of Foley’s Finance practice.

The firm said Harkness also has business management experience and has been called upon to help clients build legal, compliance, human resources and quality control departments. As it relates to aiding human resource departments, Harkness has experience drafting and implementing policies and procedures, online training and online performance-management systems.

“Cynthia will be a great addition to Foley Gardere and to our Austin office as we expand our capabilities and services in the private equity and corporate practices,” said Kimberly Yelkin, managing partner of Foley Gardere’s Austin office.

Harkness also is a qualified as a FINRA Non-Public arbitrator.

 

 

 




Estes Thorne & Carr Celebrates 10th Anniversary as One of North Texas’ Largest Women-Owned Law Firms

Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary as one of the largest women-owned law firms in North Texas. The Dallas Business Journal has ranked the firm among North Texas’ 100 largest women-owned businesses. And for six consecutive years, the firm has made the list of Best Law Firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America.

In a release, the firm said the firm’s partners Dawn Estes, Jessica Thorne and Lori Carr have decades of big firm experience. Their varied practice includes commercial litigation, labor and employment matters, family law, construction, energy litigation, ERISA litigation, professional liability, and alternative dispute resolution. The firm also often serves as Texas local counsel.

“We seized an opportunity 10 years ago to create a firm that allowed us to unite our strengths, and we’ve never looked back,” said Estes, who was selected a Top 100 commercial litigator in Texas in 2017 by Super Lawyers. “We said we always wanted to swim in the deep end. By creating the right environment for us and our clients, we’ve never been out of our depth.”

Thorne, regularly recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for her family law practice, credits the success of the firm to its devotion to serving clients. “We established a goal to be a law firm where collaboration, seamless integration and creative problem-solving represent the rule rather than the exception,” she said. “And we wanted to have fun.”

Carr, Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is an experienced mediator and arbitrator who delivers expertise in all aspects of her practice, from litigation to workplace investigations, the firm said. “Our women-owned status made us unique 10 years ago, but today we’re known for the quality of our legal counsel, and that’s how we like it,” she said.

Carol Payne, also selected a Top 100 commercial litigator in Texas by Super Lawyers for 2017, said the future of the firm looks bright as it builds upon the vision and tenacity of the firm’s founding principals.

 

 

 




Hunton Andrews Kurth Promotes 14 to Partner

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (formerly Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon) began its new fiscal year on April 1 with the promotion of the following 14 lawyers:

Administrative Law
Samuel L. Brown, San Francisco

Corporate
Brittany M. Bacon, New York
Taylor E. Landry, Houston
Lawton B. Way, Richmond

Energy & Infrastructure
Parker A. Lee, Houston
Chumbhot Plangtrakul, Bangkok

Labor & Employment
Ryan M. Bates, Washington
Robert T. Dumbacher, Atlanta

Litigation
Brian C. Pidcock, Houston
Bridget B. Vick, Houston
Thomas R. Waskom, Richmond

Public Finance
Clayton T. Holland, Houston

Tax & ERISA
Hilary B. Lefko, Washington
Jocelyn Tau, Houston

 

 

 




Jackson Walker Expands in Dallas with Addition of Four Real Estate Partners

L-R: Scott Tuthill, Cynthia “Cindy” Brotman Nelson, Kevin L. Kelley, George C. Dunlap Jr.

Jackson Walker announced that Cynthia “Cindy” Brotman Nelson, George C. Dunlap Jr., Kevin L. Kelley and Scott Tuthill have joined the firm as partners in the real estate practice group in the Dallas office.

“We are privileged to have this exceptional group of lawyers join Jackson Walker,” said Wade Cooper, the firm’s managing partner. “They are well-known and highly respected in the real estate and legal communities, and we are very excited to call them our partners. Each of them brings unique experience and knowledge to the practice and shares our goal of providing unmatched client service in a great law firm environment.”

Kelley served as chair of the real estate practice and Nelson was chair of the hospitality practice at their previous law firm.

“We are thrilled to join Jackson Walker and work alongside attorneys we know and respect,” Kelley said. “The firm’s commitment to client service, efficiency, and low overhead adds a value we can continue to pass along to our clients.”

The addition of these four partners brings the total to seven partners who have joined Jackson Walker so far in 2018, the firm said. Also joining the real estate practice are associates James L. Miers and Ben Whitehill, who previously worked with the group, and Gabriela Rawlings.

Cynthia Brotman Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience representing and consulting institutional and entrepreneurial companies that develop, own, operate, finance, lease, and manage all types of commercial properties, with an emphasis on hotels and resorts and mixed-use developments. She handles complex commercial real estate and financing transactions, both within the United States and abroad. She received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award and served as a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, a law intern for a Western District of Texas judge, and a senior associate editor of St. Mary’s Law Journal.

George C. Dunlap Jr. has more than 30 years of experience in real estate, commercial finance, and investment funds and investor representation. His practice focuses on the representation of lenders and borrowers in loan transactions, acquisition and disposition transactions, and leasing and development matters. He represents clients in complex, large-scale projects such as major multifamily residential developments. Dunlap received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Kevin L. Kelley has more than 30 years’ experience in real estate development, investment, and finance in Texas and throughout the nation. His clientele includes commercial real estate developers, stakeholders in high-profile urban developments, hoteliers, and developers of corporate headquarters, campuses, and Fortune 500 companies. He is board certified in commercial real estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he served as an articles editor of St. Mary’s Law Journal.

Scott Tuthill has experience handling various commercial real estate transactions, particularly those involving the acquisition, financing, development, management, leasing, and disposition of office, industrial, multifamily, and retail development projects. He primarily works with senior executives and corporate counsel of domestic and global private equity funds, national retail companies, and national and regional real estate enterprises. He also has experience handling build-to-suit leases and acquisitions. Tuthill received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.

 

 




Littler Adds Shareholder Craig Borowski in Indianapolis

Craig M. Borowski has joined Littler as a shareholder in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Borowski was previously a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Borowski’s arrival marks the sixth lateral shareholder the firm has recruited since January.

“Craig is a skilled litigator and a fantastic addition to our team in Indiana,” said Alan L. McLaughlin, Littler’s Office Managing Shareholder in Indianapolis and Denver. “With a background that includes litigating more than 200 federal and state cases across the country, his deep knowledge of the employment and regulatory landscape will be a valuable resource for our clients.”

In a release, the firm said Borowski has experience defending employers in jury trials, appeals and single and multi-plaintiff litigation matters. Borowski’s trial victories include the defense of Fortune 500 companies against discrimination and retaliation claims in federal court in Indiana and against employment-related claims in Wisconsin state court, and he has defended employers in employment litigation in Indiana and more than 20 other states.

The firm said Borowski regularly represents companies before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he has defended more than 300 charges before the agency. He also represents clients before other federal, state and local administrative agencies and provides clients with proactive counsel on employment policy and personnel matters and training.

“I’m excited to join the strong team Littler has assembled here in Indiana, a state with a vibrant and growing economy,” Borowski said. “I’ve long admired Littler’s innovative approach, and I’m excited to join a firm with a deep focus on labor and employment law combined with a growing global footprint.”

Borowski received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law and his B.S. from Indiana University.