Burns Charest Attorney LeElle Slifer Named Partner

Attorney LeElle Slifer has been named partner by the Dallas-based trial law firm of Burns Charest LLP.

Slifer, who joined the firm as counsel in 2016, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation involving a wide range of claims, including breach of contract, oil and gas royalty disputes, and patent infringement.

“Everyone who works with LeElle admires her legal expertise and intelligence, and her dedication and persistence in anticipating and meeting the needs of her clients,” said Dan Charest, co-founder of Burns Charest. “We are pleased to recognize those qualities in welcoming her to the partnership.”

Some of Slifer’s current representations include Kosmos Energy, in both Texas state court and before the International Chamber of Commerce, and Stonebriar Commercial Finance, in various federal and state courts across the nation. She currently represents wounded service members and their families bringing a civil action in the Eastern District of New York against six international banking organizations for allegedly conspiring with Iran to evade U.S. economic sanctions and conduct illicit trade-finance transactions.

Slifer has handled several significant appellate matters, including to the U.S. Supreme Court in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend. She represented the plaintiffs in DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com, where after winning a jury verdict of patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas, her team secured an appellate victory at the Federal Circuit. Some of her other clients include Pizza Hut, Q Aviation, Black Stone Minerals, Torreya Partners, and Verdad Capital.

Slifer began her legal career in 2010 as a clerk to Judge Jerry E. Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2011, she joined Susman Godfrey LLP in Dallas before transferring to the New York office in 2013. She is admitted to practice in both Texas and New York.

She earned her law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School in 2010 where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and a member of the Harvard Federalist Society. Slifer received her undergraduate degree with high honors from Duke University in 2007.

Burns Charest has offices in Dallas, Denver, and New Orleans.

 

 




Four Farrell Frtiz Lawyers Receive NY State Bar Association Appointments

Four lawyers with Farrell Fritz have received appointments from the New York State Bar Association.

On January 16, 2019, Robert M. Harper began a one-year term as Chair of the NYSBA’s Trusts & Estates Law Section.

Edward D. Baker, Cheryl L. Erato, and Nicholas G. Moneta were appointed Vice-Chairs of Committees of the Trusts & Estates Law Section and will serve three-year terms.

Baker is now Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Vice-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee. Erato is Vice-Chair of the Surrogate’s Court Committee, and Moneta is Vice-Chair of the Practice & Ethics Committee.

The Trusts & Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association has approximately 4,300 members.

Harper, a Garden City, NY, resident, is counsel in the firm’s estate litigation department. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and his B.S. from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Baker, a Plainview, NY, resident, is an estate litigation associate. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Moneta, a Rockville Centre, NY, resident, is a trusts & estates associate. He earned his J.D, cum laude, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and his B.F.A., magna cum laude, from Adelphi University.

Erato, a Massapequa, NY, resident, is an estate litigation associate. She earned her J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Stony Brook University.

 

 




Freeborn Elects Joseph L. Fogel as Co-Managing Partner

Freeborn & Peters LLP announced that the firm has elected Joseph L. Fogel as its new co-managing partner.

As co-managing partner along with William E. Russell, Fogel is responsible for development and execution of the firm’s overall growth strategy and its various industry initiatives.

“It is an honor to join Bill in this new leadership role and to help promote Freeborn and its rich history of serving clients and the community,” Fogel said. “I also feel fortunate to be able to support our work and attorneys following some of the most significant growth in our firm’s history, with the additions of offices in New York, Tampa (Fla.) and Richmond (Va.) all within the last three years. It is an exciting time at our firm and we are enthusiastic about what’s to come.”

Richard J. Traub, a Freeborn partner and chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, said, “We are thrilled to introduce Joe as Freeborn’s new Co-Managing Partner to help lead our firm through ongoing prosperity and success for our clients. Joe is an accomplished litigator whose deep knowledge and understanding of the law will be great assets as we continue to leverage Freeborn’s talented bench of attorneys and international-scope capabilities as a Litigation Powerhouse®.”

Russell added, “I am eager to work alongside Joe to continue to foster our firm’s core values of integrity, caring, effectiveness, teamwork, and commitment through our work and our relationships with our valued clients.”

Fogel joined Freeborn in 1994. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and serves as Co-Leader of the Complex Litigation Group. He has experience litigating complex business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts and arbitral forums around the country, the firm said in a release.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Fogel was associated with the firms Jenner & Block and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He received his J.D. (with honors) from DePaul University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

 

 




Lando & Anastasi, LLP Announces Four Attorneys Elevated to Partnership

Lando & Anastasi, LLP announced that Gregory K. Gerstenzang, Nathan T. Harris, Hannah R. Koyfman, Ph.D., and David M. Roccio have been elected partners of the firm.

In a release, the firm said Gregory K. Gerstenzang works with clients to leverage their intellectual assets through strategic patent portfolio development and management. He prosecutes patent applications domestically and abroad in a wide range of technologies. Gerstenzang uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of technical experience in the semiconductor industry to maximize clients’ return on their intellectual property.

Nathan Harris has an IP practice, with experience in patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, and counseling, as well as domain name disputes. Harris has handled matters involving a variety of technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning in the areas of computer vision, identity authentication, and text analytics, the firm said.

Hannah R. Koyfman, Ph.D. counsels clients in the life science industries to design and execute a global patent strategy. Her work includes drafting patent applications and prosecuting them to issue, as well as managing a prosecution strategy with foreign associates in numerous countries. She also performs freedom-to-operate analysis to help clients understand the extent and strength of third-party positions. In addition, she conducts due diligence on patent portfolios to help venture firms and large pharmaceutical companies gauge the value of their investments. Koyfman also has experience working as a member of litigation teams.

David M. Roccio’s practice focuses on obtaining patents and counseling clients on a range of patent-related issues. He has represented clients covering a broad spectrum of technologies, including Mobile AdHoc Network communications, switching and routing, data centers, uninterruptible power supplies, load centers, network-based conferencing/compression, programmable RF transceivers, digital imaging, and semiconductor devices and manufacturing, the firm said.

 

 




FisherBroyles Adds Private Investment Funds Partner in Boston

Weatherly Ralph Emans has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Boston office in its Private Investment Funds practice group.

“We are very pleased to welcome Weatherly to FisherBroyles and to our team in Boston,” said FisherBroyles Managing Partner Michael Pierson. “Weatherly’s substantial experience counseling investment funds clients, along with her impressive credentials, makes her a great addition to our deep bench of partners serving our private investment funds clients. Her arrival at the firm bolsters our firm’s growing funds practice, and we are pleased that FisherBroyles is able to offer an even greater client offering as a result of Weatherly joining our firm.”

Emans said, “I am very excited to continue serving my clients from this superb, cutting-edge law firm platform, and to getting to know and working alongside experienced and talented FisherBroyles partners across numerous practice areas and throughout the country.”

In a release, the firm said Emans focuses her practice on domestic and international private investment fund formation. She represents fund managers in the formation of closed- and open-ended funds and funds of funds. She also advises clients on management-level ownership and operating arrangements, ongoing operations, and compliance. Emans represents emerging fund managers and clients in investments in portfolio companies, as well as institutional and individual investors/LPs in funds. In addition, she works with startup/emerging company clients in formation and early financing rounds. She also represents her clients in other corporate matters.

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Emans practiced law at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC, and Pepper Hamilton LLP, both in Boston, and at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago. Previously, she also worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to law school, she worked in finance in New York and taught Latin for a year.

Emans received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also holds an M. Phil from Oxford University and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Yale University.

 

 




Akerman Adds Pair of White Collar Crime Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

Litigators Michael Kelly and Douglas Paul have joined Akerman LLP from Hogan Lovells as partners in the Washington, D.C. office. They work in white collar crime and compliance.

In a release, the firm said Kelly and Paul, a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) branch chief, have decades of experience in government investigations and criminal and civil enforcement actions, including matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities fraud, and other U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and SEC investigations.

“We are excited to expand our White Collar Crime team in Washington, D.C. with Mike and Doug, who build upon our national capabilities in compliance, liability and enforcement,” said Lawrence Rochefort, chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. “Mike and Doug join us at a time when Akerman has experienced tremendous growth and success for our clients. Their unique background make them a valuable addition for our clients facing increased government scrutiny.”

Kelly defends companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement actions covering a wide variety of issues. He has helped clients respond to allegations concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, health care fraud, sanctions, tax fraud, accounting fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud, false statements, conspiracy, and food safety. Mike also advises boards of directors and audit committees on the most effective ways to respond to allegations of illegal conduct, and conducts independent investigations on their behalf.

Paul, a former branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and a former Assistant Independent Counsel, represents individuals and companies in government investigations and enforcement actions covering a variety of areas. He has assisted clients in responding to allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, other violations of the Securities Act of 1933, Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) violations, health care fraud, accounting fraud, fraud, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

As a branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, he exercised direct supervisory authority over the far-reaching and complex investigation into Enron Corp. When serving as an assistant independent counsel, Paul prosecuted public corruption.

Trial lawyers Amy Doehring from McDermott Will & Emery and Ellen Robbins from Sidley Austin LLP recently joined Akerman’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices, respectively. They were preceded by former in-house counsel Elliot Strader in Dallas, whose practice focuses on insurance and high-stakes litigation matters. Other recent additions include a four-person insurance litigation team in Houston, two former federal prosecutors who joined the Chicago office, and a six-member professional liability team joining the West Palm Beach office.

 




Cheryl L. Erato Joins Farrell Fritz as a Trusts & Estates Litigation Associate

Cheryl L. Erato has joined Farrell Fritz in its Uniondale, NY, office as a trusts & estates litigation associate.

Erato is a Massapequa, NY, resident. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, she was an associate at Salem, Shor & Saperstein, LLP in Lake Success, NY.

She earned her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Stony Brook University. She is admitted to the New York bar and the New Jersey bar.

 

 




Bradley Attorney Steven Snyder Earns Fellow of Information Privacy Designation

Steven T. Snyder, a senior attorney in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Charlotte office, has earned the Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

“We are very proud of Steve’s ongoing leadership in the privacy space, and we congratulate him on achieving the Fellow of Information Privacy credential,” said Bradley Charlotte Office Managing Partner Christopher C. Lam. “Steve is among numerous Bradley attorneys with top industry credentials who help guide our financial services and technology clients through complex and evolving security and privacy issues.”

A member of Bradley’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group and the firm’s Privacy, Security, and Innovation team, Snyder uses his industry experience as a network engineer and cyber risk manager to assist clients in navigating the increasingly complex matters related to data protection arising from emerging technologies, the firm said in a release. He represents clients in cyber risk assessment and mitigation in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, e-commerce, health and fitness, and education. He advises on all aspects of clients’ privacy and data security programs and regularly works with technical, legal and business stakeholders to mitigate security and privacy risk.

A registered patent attorney, Snyder also holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials through the IAPP and is certified in Cybersecurity Fundamentals by the IT governance association ISACA.

The firm said individuals who have earned the FIP designation have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of privacy laws, privacy program management and essential data protection practices through the successful completion of two IAPP credentials. The designation also indicates considerable on-the-job experience helping organizations navigate through and remain current with the complexities of the privacy industry. Founded in 2000, the not-for-profit IAPP is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

 

 




Blank Rome Adds Corporate Partner in New York

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jeffrey E. Cohen has joined the firm’s New York office as partner in the Corporate, M&A, and Securities group, which also just added Terrence Everett as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Cohen, with experience in the corporate realm, regularly advises public companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public and Rule 144A offerings, securities law reporting, securities and corporate compliance, and corporate governance matters. He joins Blank Rome from Baker McKenzie where he served on the firm’s Global Securities Steering Committee and, prior thereto, as head of the Securities group at Coudert Brothers LLP.

“We are delighted to have Jeffrey, an accomplished corporate attorney, join our firm,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s Managing Partner and CEO. “He has continuously proved himself as a leader within the legal community and is recognized for providing superior guidance to clients on their most complex corporate and securities matters. He is a wonderful addition to our growing corporate practice.”

In a release, the firm said Cohen advises clients on a broad range of client matters, including negotiated private company acquisitions and public company mergers, securities law, public offerings and capital markets, Rule 144A offerings, venture capital, and private equity, as well as public company corporate governance, corporate compliance, and ongoing securities law reporting. He has represented both U.S. and foreign issuers and investment banks in private and public equity and debt offerings, as well as foreign governmental instrumentalities in major privatizations.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jeffrey to Blank Rome,” said Louis M. Rappaport, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities practice group. “Having a team of exceptional corporate attorneys is crucial to keeping any business on an upward trajectory. Jeffrey’s background in corporate law will strengthen our team and ensure that our clients are satisfied with everything from day-to-day management and strategic planning to solidifying a once-in-a-lifetime deal.”

“I am extremely confident in my decision to join Blank Rome and look forward to leveraging the firm’s collective resources in service of our clients,” Cohen said. “The firm has been recognized time and time again for their work in corporate law and M&A transactions, and I could not be more excited to join a group of such talented and dedicated attorneys. Further, Blank Rome offers unique synergies to my practice, coupled with the opportunity for cross-practice and cross-office overlap, adding critical value and counsel to our clients.”

Cohen earned his J.D. from Harvard University and his A.B. from Princeton University.

 

 




Bradley Adds Veteran Healthcare Lawyers to Dallas Office

Healthcare lawyers Wendi Campbell Rogaliner and Scott Schardt have joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s newly opened Dallas office in the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group.

Both lawyers join Bradley from the Rogaliner Law Firm, a boutique health law firm Rogaliner founded 15 years ago.

“Wendi and Scott are top-notch attorneys who will strengthen our new Dallas office and expand the reach of our national healthcare practice,” said Jonathan M. Skeeters, Bradley’s Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner. “We know firsthand of their excellent work, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the firm, bringing us to over 50 attorneys who are licensed in Texas.”

In a release, the firm said Rogaliner and Schardt focus their practices on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters for healthcare providers, with a particular emphasis on hospital and health system operations.

“Wendi and Scott are highly respected in the health law bar and will be a tremendous resource for our clients,” added Travis Lloyd, chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. “Their addition deepens our bench, broadens our experience base, and bolsters our core strengths.”

Rogaliner has represented hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers for more than 20 years. She has experience in healthcare facility operations, and she is routinely called on to advise on transactions, contract negotiations, licensure and enrollment matters, clinical trial issues, and the intricacies of the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

Rogaliner earned her law degree with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Prior to owning and managing the Rogaliner Law Firm, she served as in-house counsel for a publicly held hospital system.

“After working in the healthcare industry for more than two decades, I can tell you that Bradley’s lawyers are among the most accomplished and well-respected in the industry. When I learned that they would be opening a Dallas office, I jumped at the opportunity to become part of their team. I’m proud and honored to join their ranks, and partnering with Dick Sayles and the lawyers that have joined him from the former Sayles Werbner team is the opportunity of a lifetime. I could not be more excited about expanding the scope of expertise Scott and I can offer to our clients from the Bradley platform, and we are both proud to be part of the founding lawyers of this Dallas office of Bradley,” said Rogaliner.

Schardt focuses his practice on regulatory matters applicable to hospitals and healthcare providers, including Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, Medicare provider enrollment and reimbursement, HIPAA and other compliance matters. He has represented healthcare providers in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions.

Schardt received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He currently serves as chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

“Reforms in healthcare and an ever-changing business environment have created unique obstacles for healthcare providers and suppliers,” said Schardt. “I look forward to serving as a strategic advisor to Bradley’s healthcare clients.”

“The addition of Wendi and Scott to our new Dallas office immediately adds to the services we can provide to our clients in Texas and beyond,” said Richard A. “Dick” Sayles, managing partner of Bradley’s Dallas office. “We’re excited to have these talented lawyers joining our team and expect this is a sign of more exciting news to come from Bradley’s Dallas office.”

 

 




Hogan Lovells Names New Business Restructuring and Insolvency Global Practice Head

Chris Donoho has been named Practice Area Leader for Hogan Lovells‘ global Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice. Donoho succeeded Stephen Foster of the London office effective January 1.

In a release, the firm said Donoho has been with Hogan Lovells for nearly a decade, and since 2015, he has served the firm’s New York office as administrative partner. He represents creditors in restructurings, frequently on behalf of investment funds or banks. He also has experience in representing companies facing distress, either in or out of court, including currently representing Orexigen Therapeutics in its Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware. Donoho has played a leading role in several award-winning deals including his representation of the Kodak Pension Plan in the Eastman Kodak Company Chapter 11. He recently co-led the representation of the Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors of Abengoa, and also recently represented the private equity sponsor in a new value plan in the RMH bankruptcy in Delaware.

Foster, who led the practice for over eight years, will return to his practice full time after a successful tenure as practice lead. His worked in restructuring and insolvency, including strategic planning and advisory work, distressed M&A transactions, debt/equity swaps, debt sales, and formal insolvency processes.

Last April, a three-partner team led by Richard Wynne that included Bennett Spiegel and Erin Brady joined the firm’s Los Angeles office. The New York office recently saw the addition of debt capital markets partner Stuart Morrissy and partner Douglas Taber, GE Capital’s former Lead Executive Counsel, Restructuring & Banking.

 

 




Trial Lawyer Alaina King Benford Joins Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne

Alaina King Benford has joined Houston civil trial law firm Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC as a partner.

In a release, the firm said Benford has represented Fortune 500 corporations and individual clients. As a litigation partner at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, Benford handled a variety of disputes primarily involving chemical manufacturers, pipeline companies and oil and gas companies. She also has experience in multiparty cases across industries and considerable expertise in eminent domain disputes, the firm said.

“We are extremely pleased to have Alaina join us,” said Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne co-founder Kevin Jordan. “Given her trial skills and experience, she’s a natural fit with our firm.”

Benford is a graduate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) National Trial Academy. She earned her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she was Law Review Editor-in-Chief and holds a BBA degree from Texas Southern University.

“I am very excited to join Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne and its team of seasoned litigators. The firm will provide more courtroom opportunities to advocate for clients.” Benford said.

Benford was recognized among Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2015 by Houston Woman Magazine and was named to the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Law in Houston by the National Diversity Council in 2017. She earned a 2016 Global Inclusion Award at Norton Rose Fulbright for her commitment to diversity at the firm.

 

 




Blank Rome Adds Real Estate Partners in New York

Michael Peskowitz and Lauren Scarantino have joined Blank Rome LLP as partners in the Real Estate group in the firm’s New York office. Peskowitz and Scarantino focus their practice on commercial real estate lending, representing both lenders and borrowers in commercial transactions for all property types. The duo joins from Thompson & Knight LLP.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our Firm’s growth in 2019 with the addition of Michael and Lauren,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s Managing Partner and CEO. “Together, they bring exceptional real estate knowledge that will seamlessly integrate with our respected real estate practice and contribute to cross-practice collaboration, strengthening the core of our Firm.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Peskowitz has primarily represented institutional lenders in the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans secured by commercial mortgage-backed securities. Peskowitz’s practice also focuses on the purchase and sale of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, participation interests, and mortgage-backed securities, in addition to restructuring these various debt instruments. He represents real estate developers in the acquisition and financing of commercial properties, including hotels, golf resorts, office buildings, shopping malls, retail stores, and multifamily apartments both domestically and abroad.

Scarantino has experience in assisting with the representation of special services in connection with securitization, including the process of reviewing offering circulars, as well as preliminary and final employment agreements. Loan syndication, acquisition and disposition of mortgage and mezzanine loans, A/B notes, participation interests and mortgage-backed securities, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, formation of real estate joint ventures and partnerships, debt restructurings, loan modifications, and work-outs are also central to her practice.

“Having Michael and Lauren join our team will have a tremendous impact on our practice,” said Samuel M. Walker, Co-Chair of Blank Rome’s Real Estate group. “Their comprehensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions substantiates our efforts to deepen the capabilities of our group and continue to offer our clients a full-service practice, and greatly adds to our New York office’s recent expansion efforts with the addition of new lateral hires.”

“Our decision to move to Blank Rome was largely in part a result of the success of the firm’s real estate practice. As a nationally recognized group, they are a full-service operation that receives tremendous support from other departments,” said Peskowitz . “We wanted to join a broad-based national real estate group that represents all aspects of real estate while maintaining a strong presence in the New York market.”

Peskowitz earned his B.A. from Colgate University, his M.A. from The New School for Social Research, and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Scarantino received her B.A., with honors, from Georgetown University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.

Since January 1, Blank Rome has welcomed a number of lateral partners across its U.S. offices.
• Blank Rome Adds Prominent Family Law Team in Los Angeles, Led by Kristina Royce and Ashley Silberfeld
• Blank Rome Bolsters Corporate Practice with Addition of Terrence Everett in Los Angeles Office
• Blank Rome Welcomes Accomplished Corporate Partner Jeffrey Cohen in New York

 

 




FisherBroyles Opens Office in Miami with Four New Partners

FisherBroyles, LLP, has opened an office in Miami. This marks the firm’s second Florida location among its 22 offices nationwide.

The Miami office is anchored by new partners Robert T. Wright Jr., Irene Oria, Janet Moreira, and Casey H. Cusick, who join existing FisherBroyles partners Wayne Alder, Robert B. Graziano and Susan V. Warner, who previously worked from the firm’s other Florida office in Naples.

“We are very excited to continue our strategic growth nationwide with the opening of our second Florida office and our first presence in the vibrant city of Miami,” said FisherBroyles Co-Founder and Managing Partner Kevin E. Broyles. “As a firm, we are always working to make sure we are positioned wherever our clients need us, and that we are hiring top legal talent. Our move into Miami and the additions of Robert, Irene, Janet and Casey help us to achieve both goals.

“Our Miami attorneys possess deep knowledge and experience in areas of litigation, intellectual property, and corporate law that are critical to our clients’ interests,” Mr. Broyles continued. “Through our firm’s unique broad-based partnership and cost-effective solutions, we are looking forward to helping our clients achieve their business goals in the growing Miami and South Florida business communities.”

The new FisherBroyles Miami office is located at 1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 900.

In a release, the firm said the Miami-based partners practice in diverse areas of the law, including complex business litigation covering a broad array of corporate matters, as well as employment, healthcare, real estate and intellectual property (IP).

The release continues:

New Miami Partners

Since 1974, Wright has been engaged in high-stakes business litigation in Florida and in federal trial and appellate courts. He has defended numerous business entities, including Fortune 500 companies, in putative class actions and multi-district litigation alleging employment discrimination, securities fraud, and consumer protection law violations. He also has experience with administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including Florida’s Attorney General and Office of Insurance Regulation.

Wright previously practiced at the law firms Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole; Shutts & Bowen LLP; Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand; and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Oria has more than 18 years of experience in complex commercial business litigation in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals. Her focus areas in recent years have included financial services, insurance and securities litigation, including nationwide class and multi-district litigation. As Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, Oria defended the interests of the United States in civil suits filed in U.S. District Courts, alleging statutory torts, constitutional torts, violations of civil rights and employment discrimination/harassment/retaliation laws, medical malpractice, and a myriad of other claims.

Previously, Oria practiced at the law firms Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (formerly Hunton & Williams LLP); Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Lowenstein Sandler LLP. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College of Columbia University.

Moreira focuses her practice on the protection, licensing and enforcement of IP. In particular, her practice involves international trademark portfolio counseling and management, trademark clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, and maintenance and enforcement of IP. She has experience assisting clients with the creation of trademark and branding strategies and developing action plans to maximize value and protection of IP, domestically and internationally. She negotiates and prepares IP licenses, releases, contractor agreements, marketing agreements, vendor agreements, assignments, and other agreements relating to IP issues. In addition, her practice includes significant work litigating trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and domain name disputes in federal court, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and through Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings.

Previously, Moreira practiced with the firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. She received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center and her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Cusick represents businesses and individuals in a diverse array of complex commercial disputes. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes, bet-the-company litigation involving ownership and control of closely-held businesses, shareholder disputes, and allegations of wrongdoing by corporate officers, partners and fiduciaries. He has experience litigating complex real estate-related disputes, particularly commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes throughout Florida. Mr. Cusick also has represented institutional clients and individuals in a variety of financial fraud related matters, including investors who suffered significant losses in Ponzi schemes. He also maintains an active general commercial litigation practice.

Cusick most recently was a partner in charge of the commercial litigation practice at a Miami-area boutique firm. He also practiced for several years at the mid-size litigation boutique now known as Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. Cusick received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Miami.

FisherBroyles Partners Relocating to the Miami Office

Alder concentrates his practice on litigation matters and represents companies, individuals and municipalities. He has experience in the litigation of claims related to professionals’ business and international transactions. He also handles the defense of directors and officers against trustees in bankruptcy, as well as matters related to marine and shipyard liability, product liability, environmental claims, personal injury, construction defects and claims, cyber risks and claims, architects and engineers, and insurance coverage disputes. In addition, Alder has experience in condominium law, including the Florida Condominium Act, homeowners’ association issues, general liability, and property claims and defense.

Graziano focuses his practice on healthcare and business litigation. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in federal and state courts. He has represented public corporations, private entities, and individuals from a broad range of industries, including healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and finance. He has litigated disputes involving the False Claims Act, products liability, antitrust, shareholder disputes, corporate dissolutions, and non-competition agreements. Additionally, he has knowledge of clinical medicine and is experienced in the defense of healthcare providers.

Warner represents corporations, small businesses and individuals before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level in a broad range of employment and business disputes. She has successfully represented employers and management on a wide variety of employment litigation claims, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Warner also has experience representing businesses against ADA Title III claims, including particular expertise in the area of ADA website compliance, defending against the first ADA website compliance lawsuit to go to trial in the country.‎ Ms. Warner also has defended against claims of defamation, negligent retention, breach of non-compete and employment agreements, and theft of trade secrets.

 

 




Charles Persons Joins Sidley’s Global Restructuring Group in Dallas

Sidley Austin LLP announced that the firm has expanded its restructuring capabilities in Dallas with the addition of Charles M. Persons.

Persons joins as counsel and will be a member of Sidley’s global Restructuring practice. While Persons will be resident in the Dallas office, he will work on national and cross-border matters as part of Sidley’s market-leading global Restructuring practice.

In a release, the firm said Persons has experience in the representation of major domestic and international debtors and creditors’ groups. Persons has built a practice around public and private out-of-court reorganizations and in-court Chapter 11 cases, advising on a variety of multifaceted matters including high-profile multinational restructurings. These include distressed acquisitions and a variety of bankruptcy litigation matters across multiple industries, from oil and gas to manufacturing and retail.

“Charles is a valuable addition to our global Restructuring group and will be an integrated member of our practice everywhere,” said James F. Conlan, chairman and global practice leader of Sidley’s firmwide Restructuring practice, and a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee.

“The addition of Charles supports clients’ needs for strong restructuring capabilities here in Dallas,” said Yvette Ostolaza, managing partner of Sidley’s Dallas office and a member of the firm’s Management and Executive Committees.

 

 

 

 




Perkins Coie Adds Tech Partner John Delaney In New York

John Delaney has joined Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions & Privacy (TTP) practice as a partner in the New York office.

“As our tech clients establish their respective East Coast headquarters in New York’s Silicon Alley, we too continue adding to the depth of tech advisory services for which Perkins Coie has long been known,” said Marcelo Halpern, Firmwide Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s TTP practice. “John is a prominent authority in the areas of tech transactions, intellectual property, and social and digital media law, and he will further bolster our ability to provide seamless, high-level service to technology clients throughout their life cycle – from cradle through IPO and beyond. John will also add additional depth to our growing technology practice servicing industrial, financial services, media and product companies.”

Delaney served as the co-chair of the Media practice and former co-chair of the Technology Transaction practice at Morrison & Foerster. his client include emerging companies to household names, in the telecom, social media, music and financial industries, among others. He focuses on licensing, outsourcing, intellectual property, e-commerce, online liability, user-generated content and legal issues raised by emerging technologies. He also regularly assists clients with advertising, social media policies and online contracting matters. John is consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as one of America’s leading business lawyers and is a frequent speaker and lecturer.

“The technology sector is experiencing unprecedented growth in New York, and John’s addition unquestionably heightens our profile and capabilities locally,” said Keith Miller, Perkins Coie’s New York Office Managing Partner. “We are dedicated to growing our tech presence on the East Coast, especially in the transactions space, and John is extremely well-positioned to help us do that.”

In a release, the firm said Delaney is the fifth lateral to join the office in the past 12 months, and this spring the firm will move its New York office to a larger, more collaborative space at 1155 Avenue of the Americas to accommodate the continued growth.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add someone of John’s caliber and gravitas to our growing team,” said Charles Torres, lead partner of the firm’s New York Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (ECVC) practice. “I’ve known and respected John for years, and I’m excited to join forces. He is a perfect complement to our New York-based ECVC, M&A and Blockchain practices – together forming a prominent team focused on serving clients investing in the New York tech scene.”

On his decision to join Perkins Coie, Delaney said, “Perkins Coie’s reputation in the tech industry and its clear investments in the New York market made it an obvious choice of where to continue building my practice. I am excited to join such a well-regarded firm and a stellar team committed to serving this rapidly growing industry.”

Delaney earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an executive editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 




Bradley Elevates 16 Attorneys to Partner or Counsel

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 16 of the firm’s attorneys have been elevated to partner or counsel, effective Jan. 1. The new partners are Kristi Wilcox Arth, Marc Bussone, R. Aaron Chastain, Alexandra Dugan, Lee Gilley, Rudy Hill, Lauren B. Jacques, Amandeep S. Kahlon, Stephanie L. Kane, Zachary A. Madonia, Anna Manasco, Ellen Presley Proctor, Justin T. Scott, and Fritz Spainhour. The new counsel are Ryan P. Robichaux and Lauren P. Schick.

“We are extremely proud of our talented attorneys who have earned promotions as we begin the new year,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “Bradley’s new partners and counsel have demonstrated a high level of legal skill and acumen along with exceptional service to our clients in a broad range of practice areas.”

Details about each attorney newly elevated to partner, grouped by office, are as follows.

Birmingham

Chastain is a member of the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. He represents financial services institutions, healthcare companies, and other businesses in a broad range of litigation and compliance-related matters. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Auburn University.

Gilley is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He represents financial institutions, including banks, mortgage companies, and debt collectors, in litigation and regulatory matters related to compliance with ECOA, EFTA, FCRA, FDCPA, GLBA, HPA, RESPA, TILA, CFPB regulations, and numerous other state laws and regulations. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Vanderbilt University.

Hill is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups and also works from Bradley’s Montgomery, Ala., office. He handles matters at trial and appellate levels. He has first-chaired jury trials in federal and state courts and has briefed and presented oral arguments in state and federal appellate courts. He received his J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Alabama School of Law and his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) from Auburn University.

Kahlon is a member of the Construction Practice Group. He represents owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in construction and government contracts matters. His litigation experience covers a wide variety of disputes, including substantial experience in power and energy matters. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University.

Madonia is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies, as well as their officers and directors, in all stages of complex litigation, including high-stakes class and mass actions. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame.

Manasco is a member of the Appellate Practice Group. She has represented clients in the Alabama Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal courts of appeal across the country, and arbitration. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She also holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Emory University.

Proctor is a member of the Life Sciences Litigation Team. She focuses on representing healthcare industry clients in medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation in state and federal courts and in national MDLs. A significant portion of her practice is also dedicated to the representation of manufacturers in a variety of products liability litigation. She received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University.

Houston

Scott is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on commercial litigation, specifically in the energy, construction and real estate fields. He also has represented clients in the energy and heavy equipment manufacturing sectors in personal injury matters. He received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Abilene Christian University.

Nashville, Tenn.

Arth is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups. She handles a wide variety of litigation and intellectual property matters for individuals, small and large companies, tax-exempt organizations, and governmental entities. She received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She also holds a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from the University of Alabama.

Bussone is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group. He advises clients on a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Georgia State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

Dugan is a member of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Distressed Investing Practice Group. She represents financial services and mortgage company clients with compliance matters, including risk management and remediation, state investigations, regulations, and operational implementation of legal guidelines. She received her J.D. (with honors) from Emory University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Vanderbilt University.

Jacques is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group and focuses her practice on assisting clients in the healthcare industry in a wide range of regulatory, operational and transactional matters. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Vanderbilt University.

Spainhour is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including many national and global life sciences and healthcare companies. He has extensive experience defending product liability cases. Government investigations and litigation also make up a substantial portion of his practice. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Wake Forest University.

Tampa, Fla.

Kane is a member of the Banking and Financial Services and Real Estate practice groups. She focuses her practice on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing. She represents financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, and corporate clients in a broad range of commercial real estate and commercial lending transactions. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Stetson University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

Details about the attorneys newly elevated to counsel, grouped by office, are as follows.

Birmingham

Robichaux is a member of the Government Affairs Practice Group. He focuses in political advocacy and compliance, representing clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Washington, D.C., Alabama, and other states. He represents businesses, trade associations, political action committees, nonprofits, government contractors, and other individuals and entities that are involved in the political process. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Catholic University of America.

Nashville

Schick is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. She represents developers, landlords and tenants in a variety of commercial real estate and leasing-related matters. She also practices in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Strum College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

 




Morrison & Foerster Elects 12 Partners

Morrison & Foerster announced the election of 12 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2019. The class of 2019 includes an equal number of women and men from multiple practice groups across seven offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

“I am delighted to welcome this highly talented and diverse group of lawyers to our partnership,” said Morrison & Foerster chair Larren Nashelsky. “They are gifted lawyers in their respective areas of practice, and each has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to clients, colleagues, and community.”

A release from the firm described the following lawyers who have been elected partners:

• Amanda Aikman, a member of the Litigation Department, and part of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, + White Collar Defense, FCPA + Anti-Corruption, and Investigations + White Collar Defense Groups, is based in the New York office. She represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement matters, conducts internal investigations, and advises companies on global compliance issues. Before joining the firm, Aikman was a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division. As a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) unit, Aikman investigated and prosecuted violations of the FCPA as well as other white collar crimes and was involved in a number of significant cases. She was also responsible for researching and preparing the first comprehensive draft of the landmark joint DOJ and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) publication, A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Aikman received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Stanford University.

• Caitlin Sinclaire Blythe, a member of the Litigation Department, and part of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, + White Collar Defense, and Investigations + White Collar Defense Groups, is based in the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on investigations, white collar defense and commercial litigation. She represents companies, audit committees, and individuals in SEC and DOJ enforcement matters, as well as internal corporate investigations involving accounting and disclosure issues. Blythe also represents corporations and individuals in class actions and other complex commercial litigation matters. Before joining Morrison & Foerster, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Blythe received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

• Andy Campbell, a member of the Corporate Department, is based in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions and advising public and private companies on a variety of other corporate and securities matters, including strategic transactions, corporate governance matters, and compliance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the listing standards of securities exchanges. With a particular focus on and experience in the REIT industry, Campbell regularly advises both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and other registered and unregistered offerings of common and preferred equity, debt, and convertible debt. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama and his B.A. from Williams College.

• Dario de Martino, a member of the Corporate Department and co-chair of the Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, is based in the New York office. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, principally in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, and corporate governance matters. de Martino represents a broad array of U.S.-based and international clients, ranging from global corporations to closely held companies, most of which are active in the following industries: technology, including blockchain and cryptocurrencies, financial services, and healthcare. He regularly counsels clients in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, including with respect to private equity investments in companies developing blockchain-enabled technologies and token offerings (also known as ICOs). de Martino received his J.D. from Federico II University School of Law and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School.

• Marc-Alain Galeazzi, a member of the Financial Services Group, is based in the New York office. His practice focuses on advising and counseling foreign and domestic banks, financial holding companies, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions on a variety of bank regulatory, Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML), and transactional matters. Galeazzi also has significant experience advising financial institutions on complex regulatory matters, including matters relating to the Bank Holding Company Act, the Bank Merger Act, the Dodd-Frank Act (with regard to the Volcker Rule, living wills, and enhanced prudential standards, among others), applications to federal and state banking regulators for expansion of activities, internal restructuring, and new products, sales, and acquisitions. Galeazzi received his LIC JUR from the University of Fribourg and his LL.M. from Boston University School of Law.

• Annabel Gillham, a member of the Litigation Department, is based in the London office. She manages the London employment department and is part of the firm’s Employment + Labor and Global Privacy + Data Security Groups. Her employment practice covers cross-border employment counseling, executive hiring and firing, strategic employment advice on transactional matters and investigations and employment litigation. Gillham also regularly designs and presents training and legal updates to senior managers and HR executives and has participated in working party UK government consultations (including on the UK gender pay reporting regulations). On the data protection side, Gillham advises multinational organizations on individual rights requests, regulatory investigations and all aspects of GDPR compliance. She has particularly strong experience guiding clients through the new regime governing access to data relating to criminal allegations. Gillham received her G.D.L. and L.P.C. from the University of Law of England & Wales and her B.A. from the University of Bristol.

• Akira Irie, a member of the Intellectual Property Group, is based in the Tokyo office. He has represented clients before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the USPTO. He also assists clients in patent litigation before Japanese courts. His litigation experience includes pre-suit analysis, managing discovery and trial strategy, taking and defending depositions, arguing discovery and pre-trial motions, and arguing at Markman hearings. Additionally, he also has experience drafting pre-trial and post-trial briefs, preparing and presenting witnesses for trial testimony, and participating at patent trials before the ITC and U.S. district courts. He is also registered to practice before the USPTO as a patent attorney and has argued in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the USPTO. Irie received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and his B.A. from Swarthmore College.

• Nicole Johnson, a member of the State + Local Tax Group, is based in the New York office. Her practice focuses on state and local tax controversies at the audit, administrative, and judicial levels, and encompasses tax matters regarding all tax types. Prior to joining the firm, Johnson was a state and local tax manager with one of the big four accounting firms, where she focused on complex state and local tax controversies and planning opportunities. She is a frequent lecturer concerning state and local taxes and has spoken before such organizations as the Council On State Taxation, the Energy Tax Association, the Ohio Tax Conference and the California Tax Policy Conference. In 2018, Johnson was appointed to the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal Advisory Panel. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and her BSB from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

• Jim Krenn, a member of the Corporate Department, is based in the San Diego office. He counsels private and public companies on a broad range of significant business transactions, from formation through liquidity. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and emerging company counseling. Krenn advises clients on private and public acquisitions on both the buy-side and sell-side across numerous transaction structures, including equity purchases, asset purchases, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures of divisions and subsidiaries, cross-border transactions and auctions. He counsels emerging life science and technology companies in equity financings and general corporate matters and angel, corporate, and venture capital investors in investments in such companies. In addition, Krenn represents public companies on capital markets transactions and reporting matters, and advises boards of directors on corporate governance issues. Krenn represents clients in multiple industries, including biopharmaceutical, artificial intelligence, medical device, e commerce, cybersecurity, software, Internet, social media, semiconductor, unmanned aerial vehicles, agtech, consumer products, finance, cleantech, energy, and action sports. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

• Joyce Liou, a member of the Intellectual Property Group, is based in the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, domestic and international trademark prosecution, copyright and trademark enforcement, and domain name arbitration. She has litigated trademark, copyright, and design patent infringement cases, as well as proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition to litigation, Liou advises clients on complex intellectual property issues such as counterfeit and gray market goods. Her clients come from a wide range of industries and fields, including wireless networking, consumer electronics, computer software, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, plants, and food products. Liou received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

• David Newman, a member of the National Security and Global Risk + Crisis Management Groups, is based in the Washington, D.C. office. Drawing on his experience as a senior White House and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney and his background in government regulation and national security, his practice involves guiding clients through sensitive matters pertaining to national security and global risk and crisis management. He has significant experience advising clients on crisis management, counseling clients on Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, and conducting internal and government-facing cross-border investigations. Recently named as one of the top “40 under 40” figures in the data law bar around the world by Global Data Review, Newman has been called upon over the past year by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine, among others, to provide thought leadership and insights on trending cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Newman held several key posts at the White House, serving as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama and on the staff of the National Security Council. Throughout his tenure at the White House, he regularly advised the President and other senior administration officials on a range of complex matters affecting the federal government, overseeing a broad portfolio that spanned national security priorities, crisis response and preparedness planning, new data and technology initiatives, criminal justice reform, and civil rights litigation. Previously, Newman was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at DOJ, where he helped manage the DOJ National Security Division and counseled senior officials at the DOJ and across the government on a wide array of matters. A former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Newman received his J.D. from Yale University and his B.A. from Columbia University.

• Dr. Julia Schwalm, a member of the Commercial Litigation practice, is based in the Berlin office. Schwalm represents national and international clients in the resolution of large-scale commercial, often cross-border disputes, with a focus on technology-based disputes. She has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation strategy through trial to the enforcement of judgments, and settlement negotiations. She has handled cases in a variety of industries, including automotive, aviation, consumer goods, telecommunications, heavy machinery, and banking. She also advises clients on product liability issues, assists them with the risk assessment, and has conducted numerous EU-wide voluntary recalls for her clients. Schwalm received her Dr. iur. from the University of Regensburg.

 

 




Rick Sevcik Named Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Chicago Office

Rick Sevcik has been named managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Chicago office, effective January 1. He succeeds Christopher Wilson, who has served as office managing partner in Chicago since 2002 when the firm entered the market with just three lawyers. The regional office now has more than 110 lawyers practicing today.

“Rick is a terrific choice to continue the extraordinary growth that Chris helped the firm achieve in Chicago over the past 16 years,” said John Devaney, Perkins Coie’s Firmwide Managing Partner. “Rick is a well-respected tax attorney who has built a strong reputation in his field and the Chicago legal market. He embodies the firm’s core values through his long-time work on behalf of numerous nonprofit institutions and his commitment to Chicago’s civic and charitable communities. He has the aptitude, commitment and demeanor to effectively lead the office and continue to strengthen our ties in the Chicago community.”

In a release, the firm said Sevcik has nearly 30 years of practice experience and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice. He counsels nonprofits, public charities, private foundations, healthcare systems, and colleges and universities on their ongoing operations, management, governance and reporting obligations.

Sevcik serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association and was a founding member of the Ravinia Associates. He serves as the Secretary of National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Sevcik also serves on the planned giving advisory councils of Ravinia, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, and the Lincoln Park Zoological Society and is active with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He previously served on the Board of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society and as President of its Auxiliary Board.

 

 




Munck Wilson Mandala Opens LA Office

Munck Wilson MandalaMunck Wilson Mandala, with three offices in Texas, and The Hecker Law Group of California have joined forces to create a larger law firm with a Los Angeles office, the firm announced.

Gary Hecker and his team add more than 36 years of West Coast legal experioence to the newly opened MWM LA office.

The combined firm will provide legal services in technology, intellectual property, corporate and securities, M&A, entertainment, labor and employment, and commercial and complex litigation, the announcement said.

Read more about the firm.