Alexander Dubose Jefferson Adds Former Appellate Justice

Bill Boyce, a justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston for 11 years, has joined Alexander Dubose & Jefferson in the firm’s Houston office.

In addition to his experience on the bench, he practiced law for 18 years as an associate and partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

While in private practice he argued more than 60 cases in appellate courts throughout Texas and across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.  He has been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law since 1994 and has served on the board’s appellate exam drafting committee.  He has been selected as Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.

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Cristopher Farrar Joins Bradley’s Houston Office as Construction Partner

Cristopher Farrar has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Houston office as a partner in the Construction Practice Group.

In a release, the firm said Farrar focuses his practice on drafting construction, engineering and architectural agreements, as well as service and operation-related contracts and oilfield transactions. He represents clients in a wide range of sophisticated and complex project development matters related to commercial, energy, oil and gas, power, renewable, manufacturing, chemical, pipeline, offshore, and infrastructure. He has experience managing major matters involving capital improvements and large asset-based transactions ranging from $25 million to more than $8 billion. Farrar also frequently presents at conferences and seminars on topics related to risk allocation in construction contracts.

Prior to joining Bradley, Farrar was a principal at Cokinos Young. He also has served as in-house counsel for international engineering and construction companies.

Farrar received his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.



Labor & Employment Partner and Litigator Gordon Berger Joins FisherBroyles in Atlanta

Gordon M. Berger has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and Labor & Employment and Litigation practice groups.

In a release, the firm said Berger has more than 25 years of experience representing corporations in litigation and preventive measures involving employment matters, contracts and commercial disputes. He has experience in HR outsourcing, as well as professional employer organizations (PEOs) and alternative staffing organizations or administrative services organizations (ASOs).

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Berger was a partner at Ford & Harrison LLP. He also previously practiced at Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.

Berger received his J.D. from Emory School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.



Shareholder Anthony Kuchulis Joins Littler’s Portland, Oregon Office

Anthony D. Kuchulis has joined Littler in its Portland, Ore., office. Kuchulis joins the firm from Barran Liebman LLP.

The firm said Kuchulis has experience defending employers in jury trials, class actions, mediations and arbitrations. He has achieved favorable outcomes in matters involving discriminations claims, leaves of absences, retaliation and other employment issues for clients in a range of industries, including higher education, transportation and logistics. Kuchulis also counsels clients on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and with issues related to pay equity, termination of employees, and unfair competition and trade secrets.

Kuchulis received his J.D., with honors, from Lewis & Clark Law School and his B.A. from the University of Oregon. Earlier in his career, Kuchulis served as law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice and tried cases with the Clackamas County and Deschutes County District Attorneys’ offices.



Hogan Lovells Adds M&A and Capital Markets Lawyer in Philadelphia

Robert C. Juelke has joined Hogan Lovells’ Philadelphia office as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice.

In a release, the firm said Juelke has experience advising on transactional matters for clients in the financial services industry, including insurers, investment advisers and real estate investment trusts. He represents both buyers and sellers in a broad range of M&A transactions and has handled numerous insurance portfolio transfers through complex reinsurance transactions. Juelke also regularly advises clients on capital markets transactions, SEC reporting requirements and corporate governance matters.

Juelke joins the firm from Drinker Biddle, where he served in several senior leadership positions over the past ten years, including chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group, chair of the Partner Compensation Committee and executive partner for the firm, where he managed more than 300 lawyers in the firm’s business and transactional practices. Juelke had been at the firm since starting practice in 1993.

Juelke graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1990 and earned his J.D. in 1993 from the William and Mary Law School.



Entertainment and Tech Lawyer M. Darren Traub Joins Davis Wright Tremaine

The media, entertainment, and intellectual property practice group at Davis Wright Tremaine has expanded with the addition of M. Darren Traub, a litigator and transactional attorney, who will work in the firm’s offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Traub was previously a partner at Akerman LLP in New York City.



Sidley Adds Arbitration Lawyers Tai-Heng Cheng and Simon Navarro in New York

Tai-Heng Cheng and Simon Navarro have joined Sidley Austin LLP as partner and counsel, respectively, in its New York office.

They join from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where Cheng chaired the New York International Arbitration practice. As an arbitration practitioner, Cheng will help direct the growth and development of Sidley’s global arbitration practice, the firm said inn a release. He was previously a tenured professor of law at New York Law School and served as co-director of the Institute for Global Law, Justice and Policy. While Cheng is based in New York, he will also be spending time in Asia and Europe.

Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Cheng focuses his practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitration, having achieved nine-figure victories in high-profile matters in Asia, New York and Europe, the firm said. One of his arbitrations was Vantage v. Petrobras, an arbitration under the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, which resulted in an award of $622 million plus 15.2 percent compound interest for the client. Cheng has also represented his clients in litigation, investigations and government enforcement matters.

The firm said Navarro focuses his practice on representing clients in high-stakes, complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has experience working in Latin America and Spain and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. and Spain. Navarro works in energy, insurance, banking, mergers and acquisitions, construction and infrastructure. He is fluent in Spanish.

Cheng has served as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in more than a dozen arbitrations before major international arbitral institutions across multiple continents, and is a member of the arbitration panels of arbitration institutions in North America, Europe and Asia.



Littler Adds Courtney C. Williams in Nashville

Courtney C. Williams has joined Littler as an associate in the Nashville office. She joins from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Williams both advises companies and litigates on their behalf on a wide-range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination and harassment, and claims of wrongful termination and defamation, the firm said in a release. She also works with clients to develop employee handbooks and advises on severance, non-compete and other employment-related agreements.

Williams received her J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law and her B.A. from Carson-Newman College. She is a member of the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.



Real Estate and Financial Services & Lending Partner Joins FisherBroyles in Washington

Edward Zughaib has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and Real Estate and Financial Services & Lending practice groups.

In a release, the firm said Zughaib focuses his practice in real estate and real estate finance, including loans, workouts, foreclosures, the purchase and sale of real property, and the leasing of office, retail and industrial space. He has represented regional and national lenders and borrowers in loans secured by real estate and other collateral. He also has represented owners, developers and investors in acquiring and developing land for retail, commercial, industrial and residential real estate projects and in acquiring, selling and operating retail, office, multi-family and industrial properties. In addition, Zughaib’s experience includes creating and administering complex reciprocal covenant and easement agreements for large office parks and mixed-use developments, and representing landlords and tenants with respect to office, retail and industrial properties on an international basis.

Zughaib most recently was a partner at Locke Lord LLP. He also previously practiced at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, McGuire Woods LLP and Boothe, Prichard & Dudley,

Zughaib received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. He has been listed for Real Estate Law in The Best Lawyers in America referral guide for the last 20 years.



Litigator Andrew Kay Joins Venable’s Commercial Litigation Practice in DC

Andrew Kay has joined Venable LLP’s Commercial Litigation Practice as a partner in the Washington, DC office.

In a release, the firm said Kay focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on representing life insurers and financial services firms in regulatory litigation and related counseling, along with consumer class actions and shareholder and securities matters.

Kay was recently named a Law360 MVP in recognition of two litigation victories against federal and state regulators, in which he secured injunctions against regulations that impacted the retirement investment and life insurance industries. Both cases involved closely watched regulatory initiatives: the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule, and state unclaimed property regulators’ enforcement efforts directed toward life insurers. Kay has also successfully litigated in federal and state courts, including consumer and shareholder class action defense, breach of contract, business tort disputes, M&A disputes, governance disputes, and disputes over intellectual property ownership rights. He has experience litigating matters in a broad range of industries, including life insurance products, financial services, mortgage lending, chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, and energy.

Kay is a member of the board of trustees of Norwood School, an independent PK-8 school, where he chairs the development committee, and he serves on the development and alumni relations committee of the University of Michigan Law School. He also sits on the board of directors of Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital (CIS), an organization that partners with public schools in DC to provide support and services to students who are at risk of dropping out. He is also a former board president and trustee of Aidan Montessori School.

Kay received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997, and a B.A. from Cornell University in 1994.



Fears Nachawati Adds Three Lawyers to Firm

Dallas-based Fears Nachawati announced the addition of three new attorneys.

Misty Farris has a background as an appellate and legal briefing attorney and works with the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

Ann Saucer is a litigator with experience in consumer protection, class-actions, environmental law, toxic torts, and pharmaceutical litigation.

Amy Shahan briefs substantive trial court motions and responses and litigates claims on behalf of victims who have used or been exposed to toxic substances, defective products, and pharmaceuticals.

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Roetzel Adds Seven Attorneys in Ohio and Florida

Seven new attorneys have joined Roetzel & Andress LPA in offices across Ohio and Florida, the firm announced in a release.

The firm’s new attorneys are shareholder David W. Woodburn and associate Steven Howard Roth, both based in Cleveland; of counsel Christopher W. Tackett and associate Daniel B. Waters, both based in Columbus, Ohio; of counsel Garey F. Butler and associate Ashley S. Suarez, both based in Fort Myers, Fla.; and Akron-based associate Michelle R. Reese.

Butler, Suarez and Reese joined Roetzel’s Real Estate Group.

Cleveland Attorneys

A member of Roetzel’s Corporate, Tax & Transactional Group, as well as the Estate Planning Team, Woodburn focuses his practice on estate planning law, with an emphasis on business succession and asset protection planning. Prior to joining the firm in late January, Woodburn was chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. Woodburn received his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.

Also a member of the Corporate, Tax & Transactional Group, Roth focuses his practice in the areas of corporate/business transactions; real estate; intellectual property; and sports, media and entertainment law. Prior to joining Roetzel in January 2019, he worked for several private and public businesses and organizations, including as in-house counsel for a private equity company and as a legal consultant for a multi-billion-dollar steel company. He also has worked for multiple professional sports teams, including NFL and NBA franchise teams, governing bodies, and sports agencies. Mr. Roth received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), both from Case Western Reserve University.

Columbus Attorneys

Tackett represents businesses in commercial contract litigation and business disputes, employment litigation and compliance matters, and various types of administrative litigation. He primarily handles commercial litigation matters involving contract disputes between businesses, contentious business breakups, claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, and disputes regarding alleged non-solicitation or non-compete violations between businesses and their former partners or associates. Prior to joining Roetzel in March, Tackett was an attorney at Nordone Limited. He also previously was an attorney at Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A. Mr. Tackett received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law and he currently is working toward a Master of Laws at Capital University Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University.

Waters focuses his practice on tax law. Prior to joining Roetzel in April, he was an attorney at a real estate development company. He also formerly practiced at Grey Jones & Associates and Nardone Limited. Waters received his J.D. from Charleston School of Law, his Master of Laws in taxation from Boston University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fort Myers Attorneys

Butler assists clients in real estate, general corporate and probate matters. In his real estate practice, he represents business and individual clients in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate, and in industries that include retail, healthcare, banking and hospitality. Prior to joining the firm in early January, Butler was a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. He also holds a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

Suarez focuses her practice on real estate law with an emphasis on residential and commercial transactions, real estate development, and commercial leasing. Prior to joining Roetzel in December 2018, she was an attorney at Zampogna Law Firm. Suarez received her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

Akron Attorney

Reese concentrates her practice on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on financing, conveyances, and condominium and association matters. Prior to joining Roetzel in January, Reese was an attorney at Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. Before law school, she worked as an environmental health and safety technician, assisting a variety of corporations and manufacturers with environmental health and safety matters. Reese received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Findlay and an Associate of Science from the University of Akron.



Sidley Adds Global Finance Partner in New York

Finance lawyer Leslie A. Plaskon has joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in its Global Finance practice in New York. One of several recent additions to Sidley’s New York office, Plaskon joins from Paul Hastings LLP, where she was a partner.

In a release, the firm said Plaskon represents alternative lenders, investors, traditional banks and investment banks, as well as borrowers in connection with complex finance transactions, cross-border matters and intercreditor arrangements. She also has experience with distressed situations, debt restructurings and bankruptcy matters, including debtor-in-possession and exit financing facilities, and Chapter 11 plans, having advised clients in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings and workouts.



Quarles & Brady Adds Four New IP Attorneys

Quarles & Brady LLP announced the expansion of its Intellectual Property Group with the addition of four patent attorneys.

Kris Fredrick, previously the general counsel and IP counsel for Honeywell International Inc.’s Laboratories, joins the firm’s Minneapolis office. Tolga Gulmen, Ph.D and Tambryn VanHeyningen, Ph.D join the firm’s Madison office and M. Scott McBride, Ph.D joins the Milwaukee office.

In a release, the firm said it has now added two dozen IP attorneys and professionals across the country since the beginning of 2018.

Kris Fredrick, partner, helped develop and manage the expansive international IP portfolio of Honeywell, a global leader in technology, software, and manufacturing. Over his 20-year career, Fredrick has developed experience in the implementation of portfolio development, growth, licensing and expansion opportunities. He has attained a global perspective regarding patent prosecution, IP enforcement, M&A IP due diligence, and the assessment of strategic partnerships and alliances. His industry sector knowledge spans space, aviation, commercial and residential buildings, industrial automation and control, sensors, cybersecurity, and process control technologies. Fredrick received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Tolga Gulmen, Ph.D, of counsel, is experienced in drafting, prosecuting, managing and licensing patent portfolios. He works with a wide range of sophisticated technologies in the areas of chemical sciences, nanotechnology, life sciences and biotechnology, engineering, and software. Earlier in his career, Gulmen founded a law firm focused on university technology transfer offices and startups and served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, supervising students providing intellectual property and business legal services to entrepreneurs. He received his B.S. from the College of William & Mary, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkley, School of Law.

M. Scott McBride, Ph.D, partner, focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution and enforcement. He provides counseling and opinion work related to freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and patent invalidity. McBride leverages his experience as a research scientist and has worked for university technology transfer offices, small startups and large research companies. He received his B.S. from Colorado State University, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School.

Tambryn VanHeyningen, Ph.D, partner, focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution, licensing, and portfolio development and management. She also provides strategic counseling regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions. VanHeyningen’s practice has a particular emphasis on life sciences, chemistry and biotechnology, where she can leverage her experience as a research scientist working in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and mechanisms of disease. She received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College, her Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine, and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.



FisherBroyles Adds Commercial Litigation Partner Barry Goheen in Atlanta

Barry Goheen has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a commercial litigation partner in its Atlanta office.

In a release, the firm said Goheen, with more than 25 years of experience, focuses his practice on consumer class actions, credit-related financial products and services, data breach and privacy litigation, and complex litigation. He has served as lead or co-counsel in over 50 class actions in all areas of the law, including antitrust, financial products and services, securities fraud, consumer protection, privacy/data breach, and product liability and general commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Goheen practiced at King & Spalding LLP for more than 22 years, and was a partner with the firm for more than 16 years.

Goheen received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.



Trial Lawyer Mark Werbner Joins Winston & Strawn in Dallas

Dallas-based trial lawyer Mark Werbner has joined Winston & Strawn LLP in the firm’s Dallas office. Werbner, co-founder of the Dallas litigation boutique Sayles Werbner, will be a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice.

“If we were the so-called ‘Dream Team’ before, then adding Mark makes us dream-plus-one,” said Winston & Strawn Dallas Managing Partner Tom Melsheimer. “He’s just that good at what he does, and we are extremely fortunate to have him come join us.”

“When we opened the Dallas office two years ago, we were determined to bring in only the very best talent to be a part of our team,” said Winston & Strawn Chairman Tom Fitzgerald. “Mark Werbner fits that bill. He is an outstanding lawyer, and we look forward to working with him.”

Werbner, who is board certified in both Criminal Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has tried more than 150 jury cases, many of which involved cutting-edge legal theories and very substantial stakes. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and in the International Society of Barristers, as well as an advocate in American Board of Trial Advocates.

“This was just the right opportunity at the right time—a time in my career where it made sense to go a different way,” Werbner said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Tom and the other lawyers in Dallas and the Winston team globally.”



Energy Dealmaker Jimmy Vallee Joins Winston & Strawn In Houston

Corporate energy lawyer Jimmy Vallee has joined Winston & Strawn LLP‘s Houston office.

Vallee joins Winston from Paul Hastings where he was a partner in the Corporate Department. He has advised clients in more than $100 billion worth of global energy transactions, Winston & Strawn said in a release.

Vallee’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters, primarily for energy companies, investment banks, and investors involved in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, and oil field services industries. His clients include public and private corporations, master limited partnerships (MLPs), sovereign wealth funds, and private equity funds.

Vallee is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, MLPs, energy regulation and transactions, and securities law. He is also the author of the 2017 Amazon best-seller “Giant Shifts: Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future.”

He earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law and is a graduate of Lamar University.


Cravath Veteran Rebecca Rettig Joins FisherBroyles as Partner

Rebecca Rettig has joined FisherBroyles, LLP, as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Rettig is a partner in the firm’s Litigation department, as well as a member of the Fintech and Blockchain practice group.

In a release, the firm said Rettig is the latest attorney to join FisherBroyles from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she practiced for more than eight years.

Rettig’s litigation practice involves securities, shareholder derivative, general commercial, contract disputes, copyright and trademark disputes, employment disputes, insurance coverage, and auditor and accountant liability. She has served as trial counsel in cases and arbitrations around the country, and has represented Fortune 100 companies, large financial institutions, major airlines, pharmaceutical companies, technology companies, private equity funds, and hedge funds, as well as startups and emerging companies.

In the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, Rettig represents and advises clients in matters relating to U.S. regulations, intellectual property, trade secrets and contracts, as well as offering and trading practices. Her work in this area also involves litigation, arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution. Rettig is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Recognized this year by Crain’s New York Business as one of the top 100 women lawyers in New York City, Rettig received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, her Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.



Jared C. Sherman Joins Farrell Fritz as a Corporate Associate

Jared C. Sherman has joined Farrell Fritz in its Uniondale office as a corporate associate.

Sherman is a New York City resident. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, he was an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, both in New York, NY.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and his B.A. from State University of New York, University at Albany. He is admitted to the New York bar.



Brown Rudnick Adds Executive Compensation Partner in New York

Steven Einhorn has joined Brown Rudnick LLP’s New York office as a partner in its Tax Practice Group. He was previously at Proskauer Rose LLP in its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice.

In a release, the firm said Einhorn represents both employers and senior executives in the negotiations and drafting of employment agreements, equity compensation arrangements, severance agreements, nonqualified deferred compensation agreements and other compensation arrangements. In addition, Einhorn counsels clients on the design, implementation and ongoing concerns of employee benefit plans.

Einhorn reunites with Partner Rachel Wolkinson, who joined the firm in February, also from Proskauer. Einhorn will be the fifth partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group.

Einhorn received his LL.M. from New York University of Law and his J.D. cum laude from Baylor University School of Law.