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Big Law News Roundup - August 2018

Aug. 31, 2018, 2:11 PM

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Akerman expands domestic, cross-border M&A teamPeter Eccles and Karyn Koiffman join the firm in Washington D.C., and New York, respectively. Eccles focuses his practice on M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions and other corporate and commercial arrangements, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions in Latin America, particularly Brazil. Koiffman focuses her practice on acquisitions and divestitures, including leveraged buyout transactions, follow-on acquisitions, mergers and stock and asset transactions.

Akin Gump adds counsel Mira Baylson to Philadelphia litigation practiceBaylson was previously with Drinker Biddle & Reath, where she focused her practice on the defense of white collar criminal and other government enforcement actions and investigations. She has experience litigating in both federal and state court and has tried more than 100 cases to verdict, including several successful jury trials. Baylson was also the first recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Fellowship for Social Justice in the Delaware Valley and served as a developer and inaugural fellow for Project Dawn Court.

Elena Jacque joins Blank Rome as associate in New York corporate, M&A and securities groupJacque joins the firm from Ellenoff Grossman & Schole, where her practice focused on M&As, joint ventures, securities regulation, public and private offerings and general corporate matters. She assists public and private companies in M&A transactions and securities offerings, including representing underwriters and issuers in public equity offerings, and underwriters, issuers, and collateral managers in matters involving the structuring, securitization and refinancing of collateralized loan obligations.

Geoff Bowman joins Denton as partner in construction, infrastructure, PPP and litigation and dispute groupsBowman’s practice is focused on resolving construction disputes, as well as cases relating to tendering and procurement. He also has experience in insurance defense and technical cases, particularly professional negligence of architects and engineers. He will be based out of the firm’s Vancouver office.

Morgan Lewis adds two partners to California corporate transactions teamEric Hwang and Christopher Rose join the firm’s global corporate transactions team. Hwang focuses his practice on advising technology, life sciences, and healthcare companies, as well as investment banks and venture capital and private equity clients, on complex, cross-border M&As, strategic joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, and corporate governance. Rose represents corporate venture capital investors and their portfolio companies on M&A matters, IPOs, and venture capital and private equity investments. Hwang will be based out of the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, while Rose will operate out of the Century City and Silicon Valley offices.

Bobby Solhi joins Borden Ladner Gervais as partner in Toronto tax groupSolhi advises Canadian and international clients in various industries on the GST/HST, customs and provincial taxes. He also has a tax litigation and dispute resolution practice, assisting clients with tax disputes at the audit, objection and appeal stages. He previously led the community tax practice at a boutique law firm and has also worked with the Ontario Ministry of Finance in the Corporate and Commodity Tax Branch.

Norton rose Fulbright adds two partners to New York real estate teamJill Block and Marc Shapiro joined the firm’s real estate team, coming over from Mayer Brown. Block has experience representing buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, investors and developers in joint venture arrangements, and lenders and borrowers in mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions. Shapiro focuses on real estate and real estate finance, counseling lenders, owners and operators in complex financing, purchase, sale and leasing transactions involving office, shopping center, industrial, multifamily and hospitality properties.

Rachel Weiner Cohen joins Latham & Watkins as counsel in litigation and trial departmentCohen represents clients in high-stakes patent disputes across a range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing, power conversion, automotive parts, medical devices, multimedia, mobile, as well as web applications and social networking. She joins the firm from WilmerHale and previously clerked for Judge Sharon Prost at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge Freda L. Wolfson at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She will be based out of the firm’s D.C. office.

Latham & Watkins adds partner Greg Rousell to Silicon Valley M&A practiceRousell was previously with Fenwick & West where his practice focused on M&As and other strategic transactions. He has extensive experience advising technology clients in the social networking, software, electronic game, and mobile application sectors.

Zal Kumar joins Mayer Brown as partner in New York SALT groupKumar was previously the director of business tax services for the New York City Department of Finance. He will focus his practice on a full range of state and local tax legal services, with emphasis on the financial services sector. While with the DOF, Kumar was responsible for supporting legislative, regulatory and compliance initiatives as well as drafting and publishing technical memoranda, notices, publications, and audit policies and procedures. He will be based out of the firm’s New York office.

Audrey Garfield joins Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as counsel in transactions practiceGarfield was previously with VMWare, where she served as senior corporate counsel in the product, technology and privacy law group. She has more than 20 years of experience handling a variety of technology, IP and privacy issues. She will be based out of the Palo Alto office.

Sidney Liebesman joins Fox Rothschild as a partner in Wilmington litigation departmentLiebesman is an accomplished trial attorney who handles corporate law issues, shareholder derivative litigation and class action litigation involving shareholder rights and securities fraud. He has appeared before tribunals and conducted depositions in Europe, Singapore and Australia. He was previously a partner with a mid-Atlantic law firm.

Dentons adds two partners to Calgary corporate groupJames O’Sullivan joins the firm’s Calgary office, where he will provide corporate and commercial advice to junior private and public issuers, including capital pool companies, micro-cap, start-up and growth companies active in the energy, mining, healthcare and technology sectors. Rick Skeith, who also joins the Calgary office, focuses his practice on securities and corporate finance matters for various public companies and underwriters.

Dentons add partner Shea Coulson to litigation and dispute resolution groupCoulson focuses his practice on commercial, real estate, regulatory and constitutional litigation. He has a deep understanding of both commercial law, and the complex legal doctrines and political environments that govern regulatory decision-making by provincial and federal governments and their agencies. Coulson works with small, medium and large businesses through intricate, multi-party situations dealing with significant regulatory investigations and shifting regulatory environments. He will be based out of the Vancouver office.

Shane Albright joins Goodwin Procter as partner in Silicon Valley officeAlbright represents life science companies in a variety of corporate, financial and commercial matters, focusing on complex transactions involving intellectual property. He has experience counseling clients on corporate partnering issues, strategic alliances, technology licenses and key commercial contracts, including manufacturing and distribution agreements. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and has been recognized as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences.

McGuireWoods adds two experienced litigators to Houston officeYasser Madriz and Meghaan Madriz join the firm as partners in the litigation team. Yasser specializes in technology and IP disputes, trade secret theft, unfair competition claims and energy litigation, leveraging his skills as a former deal lawyer to advise clients in transaction-based controversies, business organization disputes and derivative suits. Meghaan represents a broad range of clients on compliance matters, investigations and disputes in courts across the U.S. and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, JAMS and the American Arbitration Association. Both litigators join the firm from Haynes and Boone.

Joseph LoBue joins Sheppard Mullin as partner in business trial LoBue was previously a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he served on the international arbitration, aerospace & defense and intellectual property practice groups. He represents clients primarily in the aerospace, oil and gas, energy infrastructure, industrial, telecommunications and government contracts industries in a variety of matters in both arbitration and traditional litigation. He will be based out of the firm’s D.C. office.

Polsinelli expands immigration practice with three hiresRaazia Hall joins the firm as a shareholder in the national immigration and workforce mobility practice. She has more than 20 years of experience practicing corporate immigration law, working with multinational and domestic companies regarding employment-based immigration matters. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region. In addition, Katherine Smith and Terra Martin joined the firm as associates in the immigration practice.

Bety Javidzad joins Dentons as a partner in LA officeJavidzad’s practice focuses on litigating complex commercial disputes, representing clients in breach of contract, business tort, unfair competition, false advertising and intellectual property related litigation, as well as in consumer class action defense. She was previously a judicial extern for Dean Pregerson of the Central District of California.

Dentons adds partner Helen Fotinos to Toronto franchising and distribution practiceFotinos focuses her practice on franchise and distribution law, related to corporate and commercial contracts and disputes. She previously served as general counsel to domestic and international franchisors, manufacturers and distributors in the quick-service and casual dining, food and beverage, hospitality and automotive industries. She sits on the Board of the Ontario Bar Association’s Franchise Law Section, the Canadian Franchise Association’s Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee and is an active member of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association’s Franchise Forum.

Darren Donnelly joins Polsinelli as a principal in IP departmentDonnelly represents clients in patent and other technology and intellectual property disputes, leading teams in the U.S. District Courts, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and at the Federal Circuit. He represents innovation-focused companies across a variety of computing, networking and other technologies. He also advises clients on patent and litigation risk in connection with investments, acquisitions and IPOs and on patent portfolio development, licensing and enforcement strategies. He was previously with Fenwick & West.

Butler Snow adds J.D. Cooley to business services groupCooley defended clients in several areas of litigation including construction, appellate, labor and employment and financial services. He also clerked for James E. Graves, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit during the 2015-2016 term. He will be based out of the firm’s Ridgeland office.

Michael Born joins Norton Rose Fulbright as counsel in Frankfurt bank and finance practiceBorn advises clients on regulatory issues, particularly in relation to banking regulation. He is also experienced in investment, payment services and capital markets law and advises on regulated company transactions.

Gregory Parisi joins Troutman Sanders as partner in D.C. financial institutions practiceParisi joins the firm from Hogan Lovells, where his practice focused on capital markets transactions, M&As, securities law and exchange compliance, FinTech, corporate governance and commercial matters. He often advises both public and private clients in the financial services industry, including both issuers and underwriters in securities offerings. He will be based out of the Washington, D.C., office.

White & Case adds partner Bingna Guo to Beijing officeGuo joins the firm as a partner in the global white-collar practice. She has considerable experience providing compliance advice and representation on domestic and cross-border matters for multinational companies, including in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, fraud, embezzlement, conflicts of interest investigations, compliance risk assessment and pre-transaction compliance diligence. Guo also has experience in cross-border litigation, international commercial arbitration and mediation, regulatory matters, crisis management and complex commercial litigation. She was previously a partner with O’Melveny & Myers.

Cozen O’Connor expands Seattle IP practice with two hiresFrank Abramonte and Lorraine Linford join Cozen O’Connor’s Seattle office in the global IP practice. Abramonte specializes in patent procurement and patent portfolio strategizing in electrical, software, electro-mechanical engineering and medical device related technologies. Linford focuses on helping clients develop comprehensive IP strategies that will further their business goals and meet industry challenges, including procurement and enforcement of trademark registrations and utility and design patents. Both attorneys join the firm from Seed IP Law Group.

Cozen O’Connor add four attorneys to Pittsburgh national labor and employment departmentMariah Passarelli, Bethany Salvatore, Abigail Green and Tiffany Jenca join Cozen O’Connor’s national labor and employment department in Pittsburgh. Passarelli and Salvatore join the firm as members, while Green and Jenca have joined as associates. Passarelli counsels clients on litigation avoidance, anti-harassment/discrimination and workplace violence. Salvatore focuses her practice on defending companies in arbitrations and state and federal single-plaintiff and class and collective actions on matters ranging from wage and hour to restrictive covenant enforcement. Green assists companies with the newly developing area of website accessibility compliance and she also defends employers in matters such as state and federal single-plaintiff actions involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour law and restrictive covenant issues. Jenca counsels employers in developing key policies and procedures, provides workplace training, defends companies in single-plaintiff litigation as well as class and collective actions and has prevailed in complex appellate matters. All four were previously with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Fatema Zanzi joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as partner in Chicago healthcare practiceZanzi specializes in legal issues facing the healthcare industry and is experienced in guiding health systems through major strategic transactions, as well as healthcare compliance, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws, medical staff issues, fraud and abuse and other matters facing healthcare providers and suppliers. She was previously with Drinker Biddle.

Thomas Grützner joins Latham & Watkins as partner in Munich white collar defense practiceGrützner is experienced in advising clients in adopting compliance management systems and risk mitigation measures, as well as conducting compliance due diligence in connection with M&A transactions, leading internal investigations and representing clients before government enforcement agencies. He joins the firm from Baker McKenzie.

Charles Wall joins Seyfarth Shaw as partner in D.C. P3 groupWall focuses his practice on advising project stakeholders in the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of large-scale public infrastructure development projects. He also advises clients on a variety of construction and corporate matters, including design-build and other construction-related contracts, joint venture agreements and teaming arrangements. Wall was previously a partner with Troutman Sanders.

Morgan Lewis expands IP practice with nine new partnersMark Itri, Christopher Bright, Michael Dreznes, M. Todd Hales, Soyeon Pak Laub, John Magluyan, Andrew Mickelsen and Nathan Smith join the firm as partners in the Orange County office. All eight have backgrounds in science or engineering, with many having worked closely with clients doing business outside the U.S. A ninth partner is set to be added at a later date.

Darryl Woo joins Goodwin as a partner in San Francisco technology litigation practiceWoo’s practice focuses on patent litigation, trade secret litigation, and other complex technology litigation. He has considerable experience as a first chair in jury trials and ITC cases. He was named to The Best Lawyers in America, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, and IAM Patent 1000 Lists of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

Gary Rose joins Dentons as partner in banking and finance groupRose represents banks, lenders and borrowers in matters related to their corporate and commercial financing activities. He works in various industries including energy, mining, real estate, transportation, leasing, manufacturing and construction. He will be based out of the Calgary office.

White & Case adds partner Ray Bogenrief to global M&A practiceBogenrief has experience representing large private equity firms in both domestic and cross-border transactions. He will be based out of the firm’s Chicago office.

Holland & Knight adds Benjamin Robinson as partner in Orlando construction industry practiceRobinson was previously with Broad & Cassel in Orlando and Jones Day in Washington, D.C. He also served in the federal judiciary as deputy rules officer and counsel to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. His practice focuses on complex business litigation and white-collar criminal matters.

Holland Knight expands international tax practice with seven hires in Tampa, New York, D.C. officesWilliam Sharp, Sr., and Andrea Darling de Cortésand join the firm’s Tampa office as partners in the international tax practice, along with associates Alexander Olama and Chad Vanderhoef. The tax team at the firm’s D.C. office also welcomed partner Robert Lorndale and counsel Alan Granwell, while counsel Robert Katzberg joins the office in New York. Sharp and his colleagues focus on international tax matters, advising both domestic and foreign clients on tax planning, compliance and controversy issues.

Gregory Carney joins Dentons as counsel in L.A. venture technology practiceCarney focuses his practice on M&A and corporate finance, representing buyers, sellers, PE funds and financial advisors in a variety of public and private transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and recapitalizations. He has considerable experience counseling issuers and investors in all aspects of public and private securities transactions, including public offerings and venture capital financings.

Akerman adds partners to Chicago, L.A. litigation practiceAmy Doehring joins the firm’s Chicago office as partner in the litigation practice group. She represents clients in a number of complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration. Her practice focuses on the defense of clients in several industries such as healthcare, food and beverage, engineering, manufacturing and insurance. The firm also added Ellen Robbins as a partner to its L.A. litigation group. Robbins has experience litigating in both state and federal court on behalf of public and private companies. Her practice is focused on complex commercial disputes and patent litigation. Doering was previously with McDermott, while Robbins comes over from Sidley.

Daniel Keating joins Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as partner in corporate and securities practiceKeating has more than 20 years of experience, focusing his practice on corporate and securities matters, including sophisticated domestic and international transactions. He represents clients in M&As, public offerings and financings, as well as related corporate governance matters. He was previously a corporate partner in an international law firm.

Elizabeth Harding joins Polsinelli as shareholder in Denver officeHarding focuses her practice on data privacy, advertising and technology licensing matters. She has more than 20 years of experience specializing in EU privacy and technology matters, particularly with navigating the U.K.’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and GDPR. She was previously with Holland & Hart.

Morgan Lewis expands Chicago transactions practice with two partner hiresJeff Weinstein and Patrick Lampe both have experience on a broad range of asset classes, including residential mortgage loans, vehicle and equipment loans and leases, credit card receivables, floorplan loans and trade receivables, and timeshare loans. They have also represented clients regarding nontraditional asset classes, including collateralized fund obligations, servicer advances, sports and stadium-related revenues, royalty rights, online marketplace loans, whole business securitizations, and media, sports, and entertainment rights.

Craig Wolfe joins Morgan Lewis as restructuring partner in New York officeWolfe represents distressed debtors in formal Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings, as well as strategic and financial purchasers in acquiring distressed businesses and specific assets. In addition, he represents creditors’ committees in the bankruptcies of businesses across multiple industries. He joins the firm from another global law firm.

Suzanne Odom joins Jackson Lewis as a principal in employee benefits practiceOdom was previously with Nexsen Pruet, where her practice focused on ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation. She has considerable experience counseling clients about ESOPs and regularly advises clients about tax-exempt organization matters. Her clients include for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities, across all industry sectors.

Crowell & Moring adds partner David Stepp to L.A. officeStepp has more than 30 years of experience providing counsel on global customs and international trade compliance. His practice focuses on customs compliance and counseling, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking, free trade agreements, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism participation and other international trade regulatory requirements. Stepp was previously with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton add two associates to Atlanta officeShan He and Julia Glasgow join Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as associates in the firm’s Atlanta office. Shan He will join the firm’s intellectual property department. Her practice focuses on patent preparation, prosecution and counseling primarily related to software and electronic arts. Glasgow joins the firm’s labor and employment team. Her practice focuses on counseling and defending clients in cases involving non-compete agreements, wrongful termination, harassment, maternity leave policies and other workplace issues.

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