Elite Law Firms Promoted 122 Lawyers to Partner

Oct. 4, 2017, 5:01 PM

By Victoria Graham, Bloomberg BNA

October is now upon us and with the changing of the seasons comes partner promotions at some of the world’s most prestigious law firms.

Elite firms Kasowitz, Benson Torres, Kirkland & Ellis, Convington & Burling, and Kramer Levin announced the names of dozens of lawyers who now hold the coveted partner title.

We’ve listed the names from press releases we’ve gathered. Take a peek to see if a colleague of yours made the cut:

If we missed any, email us! BigLawBusiness@bna.com .


Promoted the following 16 to partner:

John Balzano (New York): specializes in U.S. and China regulatory and policy matters concerning food, drugs, medical devices, and other regulated products. Mr. Balzano has developed strategies with clients to obtain pre-market approvals for products in China. He has direct experience navigating through the regulations and approval processes of China’s Food and Drug administration.

Lindsay Burke (Washington): is experienced in navigating domestic and international clients through employee management issues and international HR compliance. Ms. Burke is vice chair of Covington’s employment practice group. She has dealt with employment issues ranging from discrimination, trade secret, employee agreements, and non-competition issues.

Bradley Chernin ( San Francisco): advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, strategic investments, joint ventures, licensing, and general corporate matters. Mr. Chernin’s experience ranges from clients in software, financial technology, social networking, digital media, online gaming, and clean technology, among others.

Christopher DeCresce (New York): focuses on clients in the financial services industry in regards to capital market transactions and mergers and acquisitions. His experience also includes securities and capital markets, governance, securities law reporting, and compliance.

Guy Dingley (London): is experienced in issues related to taxation and employee benefits, with a focus on corporate taxation and value added tax, the taxation of investments funds, global mobility, and the establishment of incentive arrangements. Mr. Dingley navigates corporate and business acquisitions and disposals, mergers and reconstructions.

Matthew Dunn (Washington): specializes in white collar defense and litigation specific to healthcare companies. Mr. Dunn’s experience includes representing companies in government-facing litigation, such as claims under the False Claims Act. He has represented clients in matters both criminal and civil with the Department of Justice, Congress, and other enforcement agencies.

Laura Flahive Wu (Washington): deals with issues relating to contractual disputes, cable carriage complaints, and securities litigation. Ms. Wu’s client roster includes a variety of industries, including sports, media, internet, technology, and financial services.

Pamela Forrest (Washington): is experienced with FDA regulatory issues advising clients on FDA medical device matters. She navigates client through pre-market notification, pre-market approval, product recalls, Medical Device Reporting (MDR), Quality System Regulation (QSR) compliance, establishment registration and device listing, labeling, and promotion.

Alexa Hansen (San Francisco): is a patent litigator and works specifically on pharmaceutical and biological patents. She provides patent analysis for product acquisition and financial transactions.

Megan Keane (Washington): focuses on patent litigation cases with life sciences clients. She has litigated before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as federal courts.

Sam Pyun (Seoul): is an international litigator specializing in corporate and banking transactions. Mr. Pyun’s work focuses on cross-border projects, financing, and acquisitions in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Kyle Rabe (New York): is a member of Covington’s corporate group with experience in mergers and acquisitions, takeover defenses, sports media transactions, and private equity fund formation.

Ansgar Simon (New York): specializes in tax efficiency involving mergers and acquisitions, restructuring transactions, recapitalization, divestitures, and restructuring of joint ventures. Mr. Simon has worked on the financing of corporate and partnership transactions, tax-efficient structuring for private equity funds, and the tax-efficient structuring of inbound and outbound investments.

Andrew Soukup (Washington): represents financial institutions in class action suits. His experience defending clients in consumer protections claims under class-action lawsuits includes financial services, communications, technology, and retail industries clients.

Emily Ullman (Washington): represents clients in tort risk matters. Ms. Ullman has litigated for clients in the life sciences industry, consumer goods manufacturers, and suppliers.

Mark Young (London): advises clients on preparation and response to cyber-based attacks and internal threats to their networks and information. Mr. Young provides counsel to online/e-commerce, technology, health, and pharmaceutical companies.


The firm promoted the following 9 lawyers to partner:

Thomas Amburgy (New York): focuses on complex commercial and antitrust litigation.

Marcus Barber (Silicon Valley): specializes in complex patent infringement for a variety of sectors including software, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.

Kevin Cyrulnik (New York): focuses on commercial litigation, structured finance products, real estate disputes, and antitrust matters.

Uri Itkin (New York): represents hedge funds, financial institutions, insurers, corporations, and private equity firms in real estate, securities, structured financial, and derivative products matters.

Kirsten Jackson (Los Angeles): specializes in litigation matters within the insurance industry including commercial general liability, cyber liability, and professional insurance liability.

Thomas Kelly (New York): focuses on complex civil ligation representing hedge funds, private equity firms, real estate developers, insurance companies, non-profits, municipalities and individuals. Mr. Kelly’s represents clients in complex tort, contact, and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Marissa Miller (New York): is experienced in commercial and civil litigation relating to securities fraud, breach of contract, and business torts.

Julia Sanabria (New York): represents clients in leasing and subleasing of office and retail space throughout the United States.

Lauren Tabaksblat (New York): specializes in complex civil litigation. Her clients include publicly traded companies, private corporations, and high-net-worth individuals.

Kasowitz promoted the following 3 lawyers to special counsel:

Robert Bosslet (Los Angeles): focuses on complex civil litigation and has represented clients in antitrust, securities, and ERISA litigation, as well as contract disputes.

Joshua Fulop (New York): represents employers and senior executives in employment-related litigation and disputes.

Sara Saylor Ho (New York): specializes in real estate litigation including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development and financing of office buildings, hotels, retail center, and other commercial real estate properties.

Kirkland & Ellis

Announced the following 97 as partners:

Jennifer Avery-Emani (Chicago): specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Aaron Berlin (Chicago): focuses on debt finance.

Robert Britton (Chicago): is a litigation partner with a focus on restructuring. Britton represents debtors, equity owners, creditor groups, and distressed investors across various industries including television and radio broadcasting, airline, steel, oil & gas, retail, and automotive.

Ralph Dado, III (Chicago): works in government, regulatory, and internal investigations litigation. His experience includes work with the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and the U.K Bribery Act. Dado is skilled in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations work.

Christopher Elder (Chicago): practices mergers and acquisitions and private equity litigation. He has handled matters for clients such as Bain Capital, GSO Capital Partners, Sun Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners.

Seth Fishman (Chicago): focuses on investments funds.

Karen Flanagan (Chicago): practices mergers and acquisitions and private equity litigation.

Maggie Flores (Chicago): focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and capital markets. Ms. Flores has provided counsel for issuers and sponsors in initial public offerings, secondary equity and high yield offerings.

Emily Geier (Chicago): specializes in restructuring focusing on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency proceedings.

Anna Geml (Chicago): practices mergers and acquisitions and private equity litigation within Kirkland’s corporate practice group. She advises clients on all matters concerning transnational risk.

Joe Graham (Chicago): specializes in restructuring.

Sam Hong (Chicago): focuses on technology and IP transactions concerning the drafting and negotiation of licensing and transfer agreements and other transactions.

Amanda Jacobowksi (Chicago): focuses on commercial litigation, antitrust and competition matters, and government and internal investigations.

Howard Kaplan (Chicago): is a litigation partner.

Emma Lange-Novak (Chicago): is a corporate partner with Kirkland specializing in business transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalization.

Margaret Gillespie Cahoon Linkous (Chicago): is a partner with the real estate group specializing in transaction experience with hotel, retail, office, industrial, healthcare, and multifamily properties.

Paul Mysliwiec (Chicago): specializes in investment funds.

Stacy Pepper (Chicago): represents individuals and corporate clients in civil litigation, internal investigations, and government enforcement actions.

Gregory Pesce (Chicago): specializes in restructuring matters including bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Anne Salomon (Chicago): is a litigation partner.

Anthony Sexton (Chicago): focuses on tax aspects of business transactions and reorganizations.

Daniel Siegfried (Chicago): is a litigation partner with experience in False Claims Act disputes and appellate litigation.

David Stults (Chicago): is a corporate partner specializing in structuring, negotiating, forming and operating private investment funds with domestic and international private fund sponsors.

Benjamin Winger(Chicago): is a restructuring partner focusing on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency proceedings.

Alyse Wu (Chicago): focuses on intellectual property litigation relating to patent and trade secret matters.

David Couper (Hong Kong): works with the debt finance team. Mr. Couper is experienced in syndicated lending, leverage acquisitions and general banking.

Hao-Chin Jeng (Hong Kong): practices both corporate and litigation law within the U.S. and China. Mr. Jeng’s practice areas include antitrust & competition, securities fraud, privacy and data security, and other regulatory matters.

Daniel Margulies (Hong Kong): focuses on restructuring.

Paul Quinn (Hong Kong): is a member of the litigation team where he works on issues related to commercial and insolvency related disputes.

Robert Sandes (Hong Kong): focuses on restructuring matters including cross-border insolvencies and restructurings.

Yue Zhang (Hong Kong): specializes in investment funds.

Michael Fisherman (Houston): focuses on capital markets transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance.

Cyril Jones (Houston): focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Samuel Peca (Houston): focuses on the representation of private equity firms, private companies and public companies in complex transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Michael Rigdon (Houston): focuses on capital markets transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance.

Nicolas Thompson (Houston): a litigation partner with experience in government and internal investigations as well as complex commercial litigation.

Andrew Butel (London): advises clients on white collar and corporate crime matters.

Mark Ingram (London): a tax partner with Kirkland focusing on UK and international tax planning. Mark provides counsel in cross-border private equities, M&A transactions, and private fund structuring.

Phillip Kurek (London): provides guidance to clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration.

Jeremy Leggate (London): specializes in investment funds guidance notably in the structuring and operation of alternative investment funds, focusing on private equity funds.

Frazer Money (London): focuses on tax and structuring matters with experience in complex credit transactions and cross-border restructurings.

Jon Newman (London): a white collar, litigation, and arbitration partner advising on commercial litigation disputes in the UK and abroad.

Aranpreet Randhawa (London): an investment funds partner advising clients in the structuring and establishment of global and regional private equity and infrastructure funds, secondary transactions, carried interest arrangements, co-investment plans and fund reorganizations.

James Simpson (London): a capital markets partner with experience in U.S. and international finance and capital market transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Adam Skinner (London): focuses on financial regulation and funds matter with specialty in regulatory issues arising within the private investment fund industry.

Mark Thompson (London): provides counsel on private equity and real estate matters.

Jacob Traff (London): a corporate partner with experience in private equity transactions and counsel in corporate finance and M&A.

Rebecca Villarreal (London): focuses on corporate law specifically with the structuring of private equity deals, leveraged buyouts, strategic acquisitions, and divestitures.

Christopher Wall (London): a banking partner with experience in leveraged acquisitions, fund finance, restructuring, investment grade borrowing, real estate finance, tax driven structured finance, and general banking.

Benjamin Herbert (Los Angeles): an intellectual property litigation partner with experience in patent infringement litigation involving diverse technologies such as medical devices, computer software and hardware, and satellite technology.

Bryan Ikegami (Los Angeles): focuses on corporate law specifically in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate securities, and finance and corporate governance.

Michael Onufer (Los Angeles): a litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis.

James Rapore (Los Angeles): a litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis.

Kristin Rose (Los Angeles): specializes in complex civil litigation in federal and state courts.

Juliet Anderson (New York): an investment fund partner representing private investment fund sponsors in structuring and forming private equity funds.

George Bauer (New York): focuses on white collar criminal defense, government enforcement and regulatory matters, and internal investigations. Bauer is experienced in securities and commodities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related anti-corruption and compliance issues.

Shanti Sadtler Conway (New York): provides counsel on intellectual property litigation including copyrights, trademarks, false advertising, right of publicity, social media, licensing, and contract issues.

Christopher DeCoro (New York): an intellectual property litigation partner with a focus on patent litigation.

Rachel Gray (New York): specializes in debt finance.

Anthony Grossi (New York): is a member of Kirkland’s restructuring group with a focus on the representation of distressed companies.

Patrick Jacobs (New York): focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Ming Lim (New York): is a corporate partner focusing on securities law matters and capital market transactions.

Renata Lombardi Malavazzi (New York): is a member of Kirkland’s corporate practice group concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and general corporate matters.

Sean Malone (New York): primarily counsels private equity sponsors on the formation, marketing and management of investment products.

Mary Mazzello (New York): focuses on intellectual property litigation primarily with trademark clearance, trademark prosecution, false advertising, copyright, and social media issues.

Marsha Mogilevich (New York): specializes in capital markets representing sponsors, issuers, and underwriters in securities matters including initial public offerings and equity offerings.

Mira Atanassova Mulvaney (New York): is an intellectual property litigation partner with specialty in patent infringement litigation. Mulvaney has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer electronic industries.

Vishal Phalgoo (New York): is a corporate partner with an emphasis on advising private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in acquisitions and investments, divestitures, joint ventures, financing, restructurings and other corporate transnational matters.

Cristine Pirro (New York): represents debtors, lenders and investors in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings, and Chapter 11 cases.

Jaclyn Rabin (New York): focuses on private investment fund formation as a corporate partner.

Alan Rabinowitz (New York): provides counsel on IP issues, specializing in patent litigation before federal district courts and patent proceedings before the United States Patent and trademark Office.

Elizabeth Richards (New York): is a corporate partner with an emphasis on the formation, organization, operation and securities regulatory compliance of domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds, funds-of-funds, real estate funds and other investment vehicles.

Drue Santora (New York): counsels clients on structuring, negotiating and documenting interest rate, currency, commodity, credit and equity derivatives transactions.

Peter Seligson (New York): is a corporate partner with a focus on capital markets transactions.

Clément Smadja (New York): focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate matters.

Leslie Theophile (New York): is an investment funds partner focusing on the formation, marketing, management and regulatory compliance of private equity funds and other investment vehicles.

Jessica Woolf (New York): specializes in debt financing, primarily representing corporate borrowers, private equity clients and lenders in U.S. and non-U.S. transactions.

Lina Zhou (New York): focuses on the formation, operation, and regulatory compliance of private equity funds and other investment vehicles.

Anjna Mehta (Palo Alto): is a corporate partner with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

James Beach (San Francisco): represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in all aspects of business including structuring and negotiating strategic and leveraged acquisitions of private and public targets.

James Beard (San Francisco): is an intellectual property partner with a focus on patent litigation. Mr. Beard represents clients in computer science, signal processing, biotechnology, medical devices, and consumer products.

Kristen Derhaag (San Francisco): focuses on debt finance.

Sarah Forney (San Francisco): specializes on patent disputes, handling cases ranging from semiconductors, wireless and cellular standards, encryption, relational databases and home appliances.

Aditi Iyer (San Francisco): represents private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in a range of corporate financing transactions.

Ashley Littlefield (San Francisco): is a commercial litigator with experience in matters such as securities and shareholder litigation, commercial contracts, and consumer class actions.

Sarah Schaedler (San Francisco): focuses on intellectual property and technology aspects of corporate transactions. Schaedler represents software and consumer product clients.

Jane Wu (San Francisco): is a corporate partner with a focus on debt financing transactions.

Devin Allan DeBacker (Washington, D.C.): focuses on novel, difficult, and unsettled issues cases. DeBacker has litigated under federal, constitutional, class action, international, and foreign law.

Jonathan Jones (Washington, D.C.): is an intellectual property litigation partner with experience in false advertising and patent infringement litigation.

William Kimmitt (Washington, D.C.): focuses on commercial litigation in federal and state trial courts.

Edmund LaCour Jr. (Washington, D.C.): specializes in appellate litigation and strategic counseling.

Beth Mueller (Washington, D.C.): is a partner in Kirkland’s government, regulatory & investigations group with a focus on white collar matters, government enforcement proceedings, and internal investigations.

Sanjay José Mullick (Washington, D.C.): provides counsel on export controls under various regulatory agencies such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Mullick advises on compliance and enforcement matters with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and foreign trade zones.

Bryan O’Keefe (Washington, D.C.): focuses on labor and employment transnational due diligence and post-acquisition labor, employment counseling, and bankruptcy planning and execution.

Andrew Pruitt (Washington, D.C.): practices commercial litigation in defense of Fortune 500 companies in federal and state courts.

Michael Schulman (Washington, D.C.): specializes in labor and employment law counseling employers on issues in federal, state, and local employment and labor laws.

Megan Wold (Washington, D.C.): focuses on appellate litigation and strategic counseling.

Kramer Levin

Promoted five to partner:

Valerie Campbell (New York): focuses on land use and historic preservation law. Campbell addresses municipal land use issues from private and public perspectives.

Daniel Eggermann (New York): specializes in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings representing distressed investors, bank debt holder and bondholder groups, creditors committees, and other parties.

Aaron Frankel (New York): is a trial lawyer in patent, trademark, and trade secret cases related to cellular networks, semiconductor, LED devices, computer security, networking, augmented reality, and other technologies.

Eliza Kaiser (New York): focuses on employment law litigation and advisory matters representing employers in financial services and technology.

Eileen Patt (New York): specializes in civil litigation with a focus on advertising law representing global brands in false advertising disputes and in class action litigation.

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