SDV Hires Kerianne Kane as Associate

Kerianne Kane has joined Northeast office of Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. (SDV) as an associate.

In a release, the firm said Kane has a background in state and federal litigation and a practice previously focused on issues involving Metro-North Railroad. Her experience includes defense of claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act and whistleblower complaints under the Federal Railroad Safety Act as well as defense of insureds in personal injury and property damage matters.

The firm said Kane is also experienced in complex litigation matters involving business disputes, securities fraud and intellectual property infringement.

 

 




FisherBroyles Adds Health and Pharmacy Law Partner Beth Stephens in Atlanta

Beth Stephens has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and Health and Pharmacy Law practice group.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Beth to FisherBroyles and to our dedicated team of Atlanta-based partners,” said Ted Lavender, an Atlanta-based FisherBroyles partner and member of the Health and Pharmacy Law practice group. “Beth’s significant experience involving ERISA and other diverse healthcare plan issues, along with her public policy background, will provide valuable insights and support for our healthcare clients.”

Stephens said, “I am very eager to continue my practice and contribute to the successes of FisherBroyles clients who benefit greatly from the firm’s cloud-based partnership model and the top-level experience of the firm’s former Big Law partners.”

In a release, the firm said Stephens focuses her practice on the representation of ERISA and other self-funded employer healthcare plans and their fiduciaries, as well as plan participants, in healthcare reimbursement disputes. She also defends clients under consumer protection laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and deceptive trade practices laws.

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Stephens was the senior director of public policy & advocacy at Georgia Watch, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization. In that role, she developed educational resources for healthcare consumers, authored policy papers, and lobbied on behalf of consumers at the state and federal levels on various issues, including healthcare, access to civil justice, and financial services. Her work has included collaboration with government agencies, policymakers, legislators, academic partners, professional associations, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.

Previously, Stephens was an attorney in the Health Law Unit at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where she represented low-income Georgians in a variety of civil legal matters.

Stephens received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

 

 




Veteran Litigator Kenneth Sachs joins Dykema

Dykema announced the addition of Kenneth J. Sachs to its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group as a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. Sachs joins Dykema after practicing in the Troy, Mich., office of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., for more than a decade.

In a releqse, the firm said Sachs has experience advising clients regarding employee benefit plans, executive benefit programs and business planning. He also represents public and private entities concerning their corporate, fiduciary and governance responsibilities. Sachs routinely designs, drafts and establishes retirement plans, welfare plans, medical plans (insured and self-funded), fringe benefits and various other programs provided to employees.

The firm said Sachs also assists clients with audits, non-discrimination testing and the proper administration and funding of such plans. He also counsels clients in regard to incentive compensation programs, implications of mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and a variety of many other matters.

“We’re extremely happy to further expand our practice by adding an attorney with Ken’s experience and capabilities,” said Margaret Hunter, Leader of Dykema’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group. “His breadth of knowledge in a wide variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters will serve as a tremendous resource to Dykema and its clients.”

Sachs earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Wayne State University Law School, a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan.

 

 




Freeborn Expands NY Corporate Practice with Addition of Partner Robert Frucht

Robert G. Frucht has joined Freeborn & Peters LLP as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s New York office.

“We are excited to welcome Bob to our growing New York office and corporate team,” said Daniel Hargraves, managing partner of Freeborn’s New York office. “As a leader in corporate and securities law, Robert offers valuable insights for our expanding roster of corporate clients in New York and across all the firm’s offices.”

Freeborn also recently added Christopher A. Pesch as a corporate partner in its New York office, which was formed in March 2016 through the combination with New York City firm Hargraves, McConnell & Costigan P.C.

Frucht focuses his practice on domestic and international transaction-based corporate and securities law. His work includes debt and equity financings involving both public offerings and private placements, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions, and general corporate counseling. He has cross-border transactional experience involving the U.K., India, Russia, Hong Kong and British Virgin Islands.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Frucht was a partner with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

Frucht received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

 

 




Bradley Adds 17 New Associates

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 17 attorneys have joined the firm as associates across the firm’s offices in Birmingham; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C.

“We are excited to welcome this new group of highly motivated attorneys as new associates across multiple practice groups and Bradley offices,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “We look forward to their contributions to the successes of our clients.”

The firm’s new associates in each Bradley office are as follows:

Birmingham

Kaylee M. Beauchamp is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She served as a judicial extern for the Judge Michael P. Mills of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. She received her J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she was executive editor of the Mississippi Law Journal and Federal Courts Law Review. She also volunteered at the Mississippi Innocence Project, conducting legal research, screening cases, and interviewing witnesses. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Rachel A. Conry is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She clerked for Judge Kevin C. Newsom on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was articles editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology and was a member of the Moot Court Board. She received her Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Vanderbilt University.

K. Laney Gifford is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She served as a judicial intern for Judge R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She earned her J.D. (summa cum laude) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where she served as both student materials editor and junior editor for the Cumberland Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Auburn University.

Claire B. Johnson is a member of the Environmental Law Practice Group. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was development editor for the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review and was on the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. During her time at Vanderbilt, she also served as president of the Energy and Environmental Law Society and initiated a sustainability program for the law school. In addition, she served as the public interest stipend director of the Legal Aid Society and as vice president of the Women’s Law Student Association. She received her Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Clemson University.

Riley McDaniel is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He was an extern for Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He received his J.D. (with honors) from Emory University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. He received his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Auburn University.

Alexander G. Thrasher is a member of the Construction Practice Group. Prior to law school, he worked as a project manager for an industrial contractor. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was the recipient of the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award. He also was selected to serve as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Teaching Fellow and as a research editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

Davis S. Vaughn is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He received his J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served on the executive boards of the Mississippi Law Journal and the Federal Courts Law Review. While in law school, he also worked with the Mississippi Innocence Project and helped with the initial representation of three innocence claims. He received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from the University of Alabama.

Charlotte

Dexter C. Hobbs Jr. is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He clerked for Judge Louis Bledsoe of the North Carolina Business Court. He received his J.D. (with honors) from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina.

Nashville

Elliot A. Bertasi is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. Prior to law school, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Duke University School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Alaska Law Review and co-director of the Street Law Society. He received his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from the University of Tennessee.

Shundra Crumpton is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a member of the Legal Aid Society Board, Black Law Student Association, and the Labor and Employment Law Society. During law school, she also worked in the Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.

Elizabeth B. Holland is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. She served as a judicial intern for Judge Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court. She received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a research editor for the Tennessee Law Review and CLE editor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. She received her Bachlor of Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Georgia.

Alexandra C. Lynn is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Prior to law school, she worked as a research technician for the Center for Environmental Biotechnology and completed graduate-level coursework in translational biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She received her J.D. (with high honors) from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was an articles and aquistions editor of the Tennessee Law Review and the publications editor of Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law. She received her Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.

Daniel Paulson is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was on the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Calvin College.

Caroline Dare Spore is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She clerked for Judge Julia Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her J.D. (summa cum laude) from Washington University School of Law, where she was senior executive editor of the Washington University Law Review. During law school she spent a semester working in Washington University’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where she assisted clients involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. She received her Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mike Stephens is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He interned for the Civil Rights and Claims Division of the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and as a board member for the Wake Forest Moot Court. He received his Bachlor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Clemson University.

Rachel E. Taylor is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. Previously she worked as a licensed life and health insurance agent. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she served as a staff editor and a member of the disciplinary committee for the Kentucky Law Journal. She also served as treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Western Kentucky University.

Washington, D.C.

Stephanie J. Dinan is a member of the Construction Practice Group. She clerked for Judge Anthony C. Epstein of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. She also worked as an extern for the Williamsburg Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from William & Mary Law School, where she was managing editor of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from James Madison University.

 

 




Katie Ashley Joins Bradley as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs

Katie Ashley, former director of legislation for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office as a senior advisor in Bradley’s Government Affairs and Economic Development practice groups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katie to our firm as a senior advisor on diverse government affairs and economic development issues,” said Bradley Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board Jonathan Skeeters. “Katie’s experience and wealth of knowledge gained during her long tenure as a key official in the Tennessee governor’s administration will be great assets to our clients.”

In a release, the firm said Ashley represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Tennessee and Washington, D.C., helping to develop successful strategies for achieving clients’ business goals.

As the chief legislative executive for Haslam, Ashley advised the governor, his senior staff and 23 department commissioners on political strategy and legislative affairs. The Office of the Governor’s press release states that during her eight-year tenure with the Haslam administration, Ashley played an essential role in budget matters and policy development that led to Tennessee being recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient and effective government, and fiscal strength. Among her achievements, Ashley helped launch the Drive to 55 initiative, with the goal to increase to 55 percent the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025 to meet future workforce demands. Ashley’s legislative efforts also helped Tennessee become the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates a chance to earn a certificate or degree beyond high school free of charge and with a personal mentor.

Previously, Ashley worked for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in Washington, D.C.

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and is not an attorney.

 

 




Dykema’s Steven C. Liedel Will Serve as GC to Michigan Governor-Elect’s Transition Team

Steven C. Liedel, managing member of Dykema’s Lansing office and member of its Government Policy & Practice group, will serve as general counsel to Michigan Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s transition team.

Liedel’s practice focuses on government organization and restructuring, economic development, state constitutional law, and tax policy. He previously served as former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s chief legal counsel, during which time he was chair of the State Administrative Board, Chief Privacy Officer for the State of Michigan, Executive Committee member of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Transition Liaison to the incoming Snyder Administration. Before that, as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor, Liedel served as attorney and policy advisor on matters relating to executive orders, legislation, veto messages, appointments to public office, economic development, local government, tax policy, and procurement reform and fiscal controls.

“Steve’s leadership capabilities, experience and past success in this space make him a terrific choice to serve as legal counsel to the Governor-elect’s transition team,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “We at Dykema know that his extensive relationships and comprehensive understanding of government will be a tremendous asset in this role.”

Liedel earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

 

 




Litigator Luke Wohlford Joins Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas

Barnes & Thornburg has added trial attorney Luke Wohlford as a partner in the Litigation Department in Dallas. Previously, Wohlford was a director at Crowe & Dunlevy.

In a release, the firm said Wohlford concentrates on corporate and fiduciary litigation, complex contract litigation, product liability, antitrust, and class action litigation. His clients include public entities, private companies, family-owned businesses and high net worth individuals, and he manages all stages of litigation, including post-trial proceedings and appeals at the state and federal level.

In addition to his trial experience, Wohlford develops litigation avoidance strategies for his clients and provides counsel on other aspects of their business, including investigations, regulatory compliance and contract negotiations, the firm said.

“I worked with Luke when he was a young lawyer. He is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handling oil and gas matters, which is crucial in Texas,” said Mark Bayer, Dallas office managing partner. “He is the fourth litigator to join us in Dallas over the past six months, and I’m thrilled to see our office continue to attract top-notch talent and thrive in this market.”

Barnes & Thornburg recently moved to the new PwC Tower at Park District. Since opening in 2015, the office has steadily added practitioners in the areas of corporate, environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and real estate.

“Barnes & Thornburg has quickly assembled a talented group in Dallas, including an impressive litigation bench,” said Wohlford. “This is a growing office with a sterling reputation, and I’m looking forward to contributing to its success.”

Wohlford clerked for Deanell Reece Tacha, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is the chair of the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Kansas.

 

 




Buchalter Opens Eighth Office in San Diego

Buchalter announced its new office in San Diego with the addition of lawyers – Tracy A. Warren, J. Patrick Allen, Brittney R. Dobbins, Kathryn B. Fox, and Rick A. Waltman.

Tracy is the Managing Shareholder of the new office. Robert Zadek, previously in the firm’s San Francisco office, is now full-time in San Diego as is Jeff P.M. Lewis, a member of the Health Care Practice Group. Shareholder J. Rick Tache, Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, will also spend a significant amount of time in San Diego.

“The decision to expand to San Diego was a natural one as the city’s technology, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and health care industries are all booming. We look forward to further expanding our presence in San Diego in the near future to meet our clients growing demands for the services we offer,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Adam J. Bass.

In arelease, the firm said Warren represents both national and international clients in employment matters involving single plaintiff and class action defense. She also advises, counsels, trains and litigates in areas including wage and hour compliance, pay equity, sexual harassment, retaliation, terminations, hiring, leave of absence, reductions in force, employee discipline, workplace accommodations, religious exemption, NCAA bylaw compliance, and other matters of legal compliance.

“With Buchalter’s already well established reputation in the market, I am honored to further deepen that footprint.” said Tracy. “I am thrilled to offer my clients the full-range of business services and exceptional client service the firm has to offer.”

Warren earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.J. in broadcast journalism cum laude from Temple University, and her B.A. magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey. She is also an Emmy Award winning sportscaster and the first female sports reporter at television stations in Philadelphia and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bank & Finance expert Robert Zadek focuses his practice on matters involving factoring, fintech, reverse factoring, supply-chain finance, asset-based lending, purchase order financing, commercial loan documentation, trade finance and letters of credit, loan workouts, and bankruptcy. Robert earned his J.D. and LL.M from New York University School of Law. He earned his B.S. from Syracuse University.

Allen represents employers in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Dobbins represents individuals and businesses in employment, patent, and trademark litigation, including both single plaintiff and class action defense before state and federal courts and agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. In addition to litigation, she offers preventive advice regarding all aspects of labor and employment law, as well as trademark prosecution. Dobbins earned her J.D. with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from DePaul University in Illinois.

Fox advises employers on litigation avoidance and provides counseling on workplace law matters. She earned her J.D. with a concentration in Labor & Employment Law with honors from California Western School of Law. Fox earned her B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Waltman provides counseling services to businesses on a variety of employment-related issues, including compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the California Labor Code, the California Health and Safety Code, as well as other state and federal laws. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Minnesota.

 

 




Corporate Partner Kenneth Baronsky Joins Sidley in Century City

Sidley Austin LLP announced that Kenneth J. Baronsky has joined the firm in Century City as a partner in its Corporate group.

In a release, the firm said Baronsky has experience advising companies, private equity sponsors, executives, owners and board members.

He joins from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he served as managing partner of its Los Angeles office and as its corporate practice group leader for more than a decade.

In a release, the firm said Baronsky advises on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, equity and debt investments, restructurings and other corporate transactions.

“Ken’s arrival reaffirms Sidley’s position in Los Angeles as the destination corporate practice for Wall Street lawyers,” said Dan Clivner, co-leader of the firm’s Private Equity practice and managing partner of the Los Angeles and Century City offices. “Ken is a class act and he brings a breadth of experience that is second-to-none. I’m thrilled he’s joined our growing team here in Greater Los Angeles and around the world, and am eager for our clients to experience the benefits of Ken’s knowledge and experience.”

In addition to Baronsky, Sidley’s Private Equity practice has recently added laterals including Adam Weinstein and Tony Feuerstein, who joined the global Private Equity and M&A practices as partners in New York in October.

 

 




Littler Opens Fifth Office in Germany With Frankfurt Location

Vangard, a part of Littler’s global platform, has opened a new office in Frankfurt, its fifth location in Germany. The new office will be headed by partners Christoph Crisolli and Peter Hoppenstaedt, who will be joined by partner Dr. Frank Zaumseil and associates Dr. Antje Peterhänsel, Dr. Stefanie Reiche, Ulrike Schulke, and Stephanie Koch.

“We’re continuing to expand globally to address the evolving business and legal needs of our clients,” Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, said in a joint statement. “Frankfurt is one of the key economic centers in Europe and having an office in this city further strengthens our presence throughout Germany. Led by Christoph and Peter, this outstanding group broadens our ability to provide local companies with comprehensive services covering the full range of workplace issues.”

Christoph Crisolli, who has led the Frankfurt office of Kliemt.Arbeitsrecht since 2005, specializes in restructuring, with an additional focus on international employment law. His recent work includes the merger of Dell and EMC, the relocation of the European supply chain of Olympus to Poland, and the reorganization of the works council structure at Western Union.

Peter Hoppenstaedt serves domestic and international clients with an emphasis on industrial codetermination matters. He also has extensive experience in the hotel industry and most recently guided the integration of Starwood in the Marriott Group.

“We are thrilled to be establishing vangard’s fifth office. It is an exciting opportunity that will offer tremendous perspectives for our younger colleagues, too,” said Crisolli. “Our long-time clients place great value on close, personal service and comprehensive advice in employment matters, and with vangard they find continuity at the highest level at home and around the world through Littler an international legal practice comprised of reputable firms spanning three continents to create a single source solution provider.”

“This top-notch addition complements vangard tremendously. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with our new colleagues, whose experience in the Frankfurt market represents a significant value-add for us and our clients,” said vangard founding partner Dr. Frauke Biester-Junker.

Thomas Griebe, a founding partner with vangard added, “The addition of the Frankfurt office strongly positions us in Gemany’s major economic centers and we are excited to have these seven attorneys part of our team as we continue to grow our presence and respond to the needs of our national and multinational clients.”

With the opening of the new office in Frankfurt, which is considered one of Europe’s most important and vibrant financial hubs, vangard and Littler continue to rigorously pursue their strategy, and the practice is strengthening both its national and international client service capabilities through this latest addition. vangard also serves clients through its offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich, and with this latest expansion will grow to 50 employment law experts across Germany.

 

 




Nathan Kelley, Former Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel at the USPTO, Joins Perkins Coie

Nathan Kelley has joined Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Kelley recently stepped down as the Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Kelley earlier acted as the USPTO’s Chief Administrative Patent Judge in charge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

“Nate is one of the foremost intellectual property lawyers in the country, and he is widely respected for his litigation experience and ability,” said Shannon Bloodworth, Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s IP practice. “His deep knowledge of the USPTO and Federal Circuit will broaden and strengthen our nationally ranked team of IP litigators. He is a significant addition to our team, and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to join us.”

In a release, the firm said that, as Solicitor, Kelley defended the Director of the USPTO in court, managing all IP litigation. He participated in patent and trademark cases in recent years, including Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, and Novartis AG v. Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc.

During his term as Solicitor, Kelley defended hundreds of decisions of the PTAB and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) before the Federal Circuit. Kelley also advocated the USPTO’s position during interagency deliberations on IP cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp., B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., and Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. He also oversaw the USPTO’s defense of numerous district court cases against it.

In his role as Solicitor, Kelley also developed USPTO rules and regulations, helped shape federal policy on various IP matters, and he counseled the Office on the implementation of the America Invents Act.

Before becoming Solicitor, Kelley served as an Associate Solicitor at the USPTO for six years. Before that, he worked for six years with the Federal Circuit, first as a member of its permanent legal staff and then as a law clerk for Circuit Judge Randall Rader.

At Perkins Coie, Kelley will focus his practice on Federal Circuit appeals, inter partes reviews (IPR) at the PTAB and related USPTO work, and advising clients on IP strategy and policy more generally.

In addition to augmenting the firm’s IP practice, Kelley provides another boost to the firm’s thriving Washington, D.C., office. “Our Washington office has seen exponential growth over the past decade. We now have 130 lawyers, with a substantial number of new additions that deepen our regulatory and administrative law practices,” said Bill Malley, Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., office. “Nate’s hiring furthers this trend of adding senior-level lawyers with impressive federal government experience. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Along with Kelley, other additions to the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 2018 include Stephanie Roy (Technology Transactions & Privacy), Robert Burgoyne (Commercial Litigation), Nir Margalit (Real Estate & Land Use), and Valerie Dahiya (Investment Management).

 

 




Litigation Partner Thomas Walker Joins FisherBroyles in Atlanta

Thomas Walker has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a litigation partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.

“We are very pleased to welcome Thomas to FisherBroyles’ Atlanta office,” said FisherBroyles’ General Counsel and Managing Partner of Litigation Joel M. Ferdinand. “Thomas has 20 years of diverse litigation and bankruptcy experience and is a great addition to our deep bench of litigators across FisherBroyles’ 21 offices throughout the country.”

Walker said, “I am thrilled to join FisherBroyles and provide my clients with services supported by the the firm’s cloud-based partnership model and my talented partners with Big Law experience.”

In a release, the firm said Walker focuses his practice on representing creditor and debtor clients in bankruptcy, pre-bankruptcy workouts, real estate foreclosures, dispositions of collateral under the Uniform Commercial Code, and all related litigation. His creditor representations include lending institutions, utility companies, real estate companies, and other secured and unsecured lenders. His debtor representations include a major health care company, a supermarket chain, and the largest auto-hauling company in North America. In addition, Walker represents purchasers of assets and businesses on matters both inside and outside the bankruptcy process, as well as other clients in general commercial litigation, with a primary focus on lending litigation, collections and similar matters.

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Walker was a partner with McGuireWoods LLP in Atlanta.

Walker received his J.D. (cum laude) from Tulane Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.

 

 




Former Deputy Associate Attorney General Eric McArthur Rejoins Sidley in Washington, D.C.

Eric McArthur has rejoined Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner in its Supreme Court and Appellate practice. McArthur returned to Sidley after serving as Deputy Associate Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a release, the firm said he will focus his practice on representing clients in appellate court proceedings as well as trial court litigation matters, particularly those involving critical motions and complex issues of constitutional, statutory and administrative law.

In his role as Deputy Associate Attorney General, McArthur assisted the Associate Attorney General in supervising and managing high-stakes litigation handled by the DOJ’s Civil and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions. He represented the DOJ in coordinating litigation with the White House Counsel’s Office and other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. McArthur also argued on behalf of the United States in significant cases in both the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

“We are excited that Eric has rejoined the firm,” said Peter Keisler, co-leader of Sidley’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. “The wealth of experience and sharp insights he gained through directly supervising and handling important cases will be critical in helping guide our clients through matters involving advocacy and negotiation with the Justice Department, as well as litigation involving federal agencies.”

Earlier in his career, McArthur served as a law clerk for both former Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

 

 




Genhi Bailey Joins Perkins Coie As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in Chicago

Genhi Givings Bailey has joined Perkins Coie as chief diversity & inclusion officer. Bailey previously led the diversity and inclusion department at DLA Piper for eight years.

“Throughout her career, Genhi has shown a strong dedication to diversity and inclusion, which are core values of our firm,” said John Devaney, Perkins Coie’s firmwide managing partner. “Her exceptional skills, experience, and grasp of diversity and inclusion issues will help us build on the progress we’ve made to date and contribute fresh thinking to further advance our efforts. We are very excited to see what she brings to this role.”

Inn a release, the firm said Bailey, who will be based in Perkins Coie’s Chicago office, will lead the firm in achieving its current diversity and inclusion goals and develop new initiatives that champion diversity as a key ingredient to driving the firm’s success. She will lead recruitment, retention and advancement plans for diverse lawyers and work closely with the firm’s senior leadership and department heads to ensure consistent and effective diversity and inclusion efforts across the firm.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to join a firm like Perkins Coie, which has demonstrated a genuine commitment to embrace diversity and inclusion and embed it into its culture,” Genhi said. “I look forward to collaborating with others at the firm and adding my experience and knowledge to take the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts to the next level.”

Bailey serves as a board member and volunteer for various groups, including the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Umoja Student Development, the Posse Foundation and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. Prior to her roles focused on diversity and inclusion, Bailey was a Legal Placement and Diversity Consultant at Ajilon in Minneapolis and a practicing attorney focused on trademark and copyright in the entertainment industry. Bailey received her J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline College of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Metropolitan State University.

 

 




Former UT Law School Associate Dean John Beckworth Joins Jackson Walker

John Beckworth has joined Jackson Walker as of counsel in the firm’s Austin office. He is a lecturer and former associate dean at The University of Texas School of Law.

“To welcome an attorney of John’s exceptional reputation is a significant accomplishment,” managing partner C. Wade Cooper said. “He is a prominent voice in energy law and arbitration, having been in private practice for 30 years before joining The University of Texas School of Law. We are fortunate to have him on our team here at Jackson Walker.”

“Jackson Walker is a great fit,” Beckworth said. “I’m proud to join a firm with such a long track record of leadership in energy law and many areas, and one with a strong presence in Austin and throughout Texas.”

Beckworth began his career in 1983 in the Litigation Section of Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston where he was a partner in the law firm before leaving in 1994 to start his own practice. During his time in private practice in Houston, Beckworth handled and tried civil cases and appeals in Texas and across the country, and he continues to serve as an energy and business lawyer and arbitrator, according to a release from the firm.

In 2013, Beckworth left his active law practice in Houston to join The University of Texas School of Law in Austin as Associate Dean for Administration and Strategic Planning and as a lecturer. “John has a tremendous following throughout the Texas legal and business communities – especially in Houston, where he lived and practiced for three decades before moving to Austin,” said Houston partner Alfred M. Meyerson. “Our clients will certainly benefit from his extensive experience and vast network of professional contacts.”

In addition to his roles as Associate Dean and lecturer in the Law School, Beckworth has served The University of Texas as a former trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation and as president and chairman of the board of the Texas Exes. In 2018 he was elected to become a trustee of the LBJ Foundation.

Beckworth is a longstanding appointed member of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. In 2017, he became a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

 

 




Ryan Letson Joins Bradley’s Huntsville Office as Associate

Ryan J. Letson has joined the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Huntsville office as an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

“We welcome Ryan to Bradley in our Huntsville office,” said Bradley Huntsville Office Managing Partner Frank M. Caprio. “Ryan is a great addition to our experienced team of attorneys with diverse backgrounds who excel at protecting and enforcing the IP rights of our clients.”

In a release, the firm said Letson focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology matters. He handles patent and trademark prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, he assists clients in disputes involving patents and other intellectual property in federal and state courts. His technical experience covers a wide range of areas including computer hardware and software, electronics, data communication networks, autonomous vehicles, electromechanical devices, payment processing and e-commerce systems, biometric sensors, and structural systems. Mr. Letson’s experience also includes litigating matters involving contract, business tort, government contract and real estate issues.

Prior to joining Bradley, Letson was an attorney with Maynard Cooper & Gale in Huntsville. He also previously worked as a systems engineer with The Boeing Company.

Letson received his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama.

 

 




Texas Lawyer Names Miranda Jones Top Woman in IP Law

Texas Lawyer has singled out Heim, Payne & Chorush partner Miranda Jones as its “Top Woman in IP” for the publication’s 2018 Professional Excellence honors.

The statewide recognition is based on Jones’ intellectual property law experience and numerous successes and professional accomplishments, which include trial counsel leadership roles in multimillion-dollar patent infringement litigation and significant appellate work at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jones is a partner in the firm’s national patent litigation practice group, representing patent holders as trial and appellate counsel in infringement litigation involving new technology in cutting-edge areas.

Read more about the honor.

 

 




Rusty Hardin Names Three Women New Partners

L-R: Jenny Brevorka, Lara Hollingsworth and Megan Moore

Texas trial lawyer Rusty Hardin has named Jennifer Brevorka, Lara Hollingsworth, and Megan Moore new partners at Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP, the civil and criminal litigation firm he founded 22 years ago.

“These talented lawyers have repeatedly demonstrated their courtroom savvy and business sense in negotiating and winning the best results for our clients,” said Hardin. “I’m thrilled to honor their achievements and promote them to a higher level of responsibility at our firm.”

Brevorka handles both civil and criminal matters, and she has successfully tried complex lawsuits in courtrooms across the country. She has represented elected officials and CEOs, whistleblowers, and small businesses.

Hollingsworth, who has been of counsel with Rusty Hardin & Associates for 15 years, has shifted to full time and focuses primarily on appellate work. She has extensive experience as lead appellate counsel in commercial trials.

Moore is a commercial litigator who has represented a diverse group of corporate and individual clients in business and employment disputes. She was a key member of a federal trial team litigating a matter with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

Read details about the new partners.

 

 

 




Olivier Dorgans Joins Paris Office of Hughes Hubbard

Olivier Dorgans has joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP as counsel in its Paris office to develop its French and European practice within the Sanctions, Export Controls & Anti-Money Laundering practice group and reinforce its leading Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations team.

“In terms of economic sanctions and export controls, Hughes Hubbard & Reed has a leading team in the United States, and the addition of Olivier Dorgans as its French counterpart will enable us to provide these services from Paris and respond to the concerns of our French and European clients.” Bryan J. Sillaman

“Hughes Hubbard & Reed has understood the importance of dealing with issues relating to economic sanctions and export controls encountered by French stakeholders from its Paris office via cross-functional teams. The strength of this relationship is being able to offer a single point of entry to French companies to offer them tailor-made approaches and solutions in a complex and constantly changing regulatory environment.” Olivier Dorgans

The firm said Dorgans has assisted several major French and foreign groups (financial institutions and industrial groups) with internal investigations for alleged violations of economic sanction regulations, export controls, anti-corruption matters and combatting money laundering and terrorist financing.

Dorgans is joining Hughes Hubbard alongside Paul Charlot, with whom he has worked for several years, and Camille Mayet, following recent lateral Ryan Fayhee, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office who was the former U.S. Department of Justice National Export Control Coordinator.