Kossoris Search is an attorney search firm specializing in the placement of Partners and attorneys.
Amy Kossoris has placed hundreds of attorneys over the past 12 years.
Recent partner placements include but are not limited to New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Napa Valley, Brussels and London.
Amy Kossoris has over 17 years of experience in legal search and has placed lawyers with law firms and in-house.
Recent announcements include, but are not limited to:
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Sean Hill with Kirkland & Ellis in Boston
June 28, 2017
“Sean and Stephanie are talented lawyers with a broad range of experience and stellar reputations in the investment funds world. They will be strong additions to our premier, global investment funds group, as well as our new Boston office,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Hill represents investment managers in all aspects of their business and operations, with a particular emphasis on formation of private investment funds, and in structuring and execution of secondary transactions. He has experience advising managers across the spectrum, from emerging managers to established, multi-strategy firms managing more than $100 billion in assets. Mr. Hill has been recognized as a leading attorney for fund formation by industry publications including Chambers USA, which noted that he is “very pragmatic, responsive and very attuned to his clients’ particular needs,” The Legal 500 U.S. and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars. Mr. Hill was previously co-head of the Private Investment Funds Group at Proskauer Rose LLP. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S. from Rutgers University.
Ms. Berdik advises private investment fund sponsors on all aspects of the structuring and establishment of private investment funds and portfolio investment activities, including capital raising, fund regulatory and compliance matters, and firm ownership and operational issues. She also has extensive experience advising sponsors on managed accounts and single investor funds involving a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. institutional investors. Ms. Berdik was previously a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S.B.A. from Bucknell University, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars.
“We are excited to welcome Sean and Stephanie as the first investment funds lawyers in our new Boston office. Their experience is perfectly aligned for our global investment funds platform, which now includes more than 230 dedicated attorneys focused on providing sophisticated fund sponsor clients with full coverage throughout the lifecycle of a fund,” said John O’Neil, global head of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group.
Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. With more than 230 dedicated Investment Funds attorneys, including 70 partners, few firms approach the breadth, depth and scope of Kirkland’s experience in investment funds legal services.
He counsels sponsors located or operating in North America, Europe and Asia in the formation of private funds investing in numerous sectors and pursuing a wide variety of strategies, including buyout, private credit, distressed and special situations, liquid credit, venture and growth capital, secondaries and fund of funds, as well as hybrid structures, funds of one and separate accounts.
Sean also works with fund sponsors to structure firm ownership and operations, succession planning and executive transitions, and incentive arrangements. He has also advised on numerous transactions involving alternative investment managers, including seed capital, minority and strategic investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and IPOs.
For more than 15 years, he has worked with clients on all types of secondary transactions, including direct secondaries, highly structured and synthetic transactions, large portfolios, preferred equity positions, leveraged secondaries and fund liquidations. Sean has advised on several multibillion-dollar secondary transactions and has extensive experience in spin-outs of assets and investment teams and in complex fund restructurings, having worked with GPs, buyers and limited partners.
Additionally, Sean represents institutional investors in review and negotiation of portfolio investments and financings, including investments in private equity, credit, energy, natural resources, special situations, venture capital and hedge funds as well as co-investments and managed accounts.
Before focusing on the investment management industry, Mr. Hill had a general corporate practice, working with private companies and financial sponsors on M&A transactions, venture financings, licensing and company formation. Prior to that, he worked on structured finance transactions, including CMBS and CLOs, and briefly practiced commercial litigation.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Cadwell Leslie & Proctor with Boies Schiller, Los Angeles.
April 10, 2017
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor—one of California’s preeminent litigation boutiques—will join its ranks, effective April 17. The combination of these firms will give BSF added strength to serve clients in key California markets, and will provide Caldwell Leslie’s attorneys with a global platform from which to serve existing and future clients.
“The attorneys at Caldwell Leslie are highly respected trial lawyers, and they share our values as litigators and our dedication to excellence. Any major law firm would be proud to have them as members, and we are fortunate that they have chosen to join us,” said BSF Chairman David Boies.
Like BSF, Caldwell Leslie is dedicated to providing clients with strategic, creative representation in complex, high-stakes litigation, taking on and winning cases in a variety of industries. Both firms regularly represent clients as plaintiffs as well as defendants, Boies said.
“The Caldwell Leslie team has built an outstanding reputation, and they will provide added strength to help our clients manage their most critical legal issues, especially in Southern California. Their arrival continues our expansion and emphasis on our core capabilities in complex business litigation,” BSF Managing Partner Jonathan Schiller said.
BSF partner Bill Isaacson said: “We have always been about trial work and difficult cases. I look forward to working with the excellent lawyers of Caldwell Leslie, and the added strength that they will bring to BSF on the West Coast.”
Caldwell Leslie co-founder Christopher Caldwell said: “We were particularly excited to join BSF because of the firm’s unique strength in the litigation realm and our shared understanding of the role litigation has in helping clients solve problems. The move will strengthen our ability to serve our clients, while providing us an opportunity to bring our expertise to serve BSF’s existing clients.”
Caldwell has built an extensive practice encompassing all aspects of criminal and civil litigation. Splitting his time between plaintiff and defense work, he focuses on cases in the entertainment industry and in the areas of intellectual property, securities, employment, professional liability, and white collar crime. He advises major media companies, movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America, and also regularly represents Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes securities class actions, SEC enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations, and employment disputes. Caldwell was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2016 and was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in March 2017.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to join forces with a firm, which, like us, believes in preparing each case with a firm eye on trial, and each trial with an eye on appeal,” said David Willingham, who served as chair of Caldwell Leslie’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance practice. Willingham will now lead the West Coast Global Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at BSF.
“Among Caldwell Leslie’s core values is our dedication to pro bono work. With BSF’s shared commitment, our attorneys will have an even greater opportunity to continue serving those in need,” Willingham added. Caldwell Leslie was named to Law360’s 2016 “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” list, which honors firms who have a demonstrated commitment to serving the public interest.
“One of the things that has made Caldwell Leslie special is its entrepreneurial spirit—a value we share with BSF,” said Caldwell Leslie shareholder Linda Burrow. Burrow’s practice is focused on the entertainment industry.
In addition to Caldwell Leslie’s commercial, environmental, employment, internal investigations, and white collar crime practices, the firm is keen to expand its entertainment and media practice, which advises some of the world’s leading entertainment companies with their most complex disputes.
Michael Leslie, co-founder of Caldwell Leslie, will also be joining the BSF team, along with many other Caldwell Leslie lawyers, including senior lawyers Robyn Crowther, whose practice includes legal malpractice, trade secrets, real estate and employment disputes, and Michael Roth, who has a vibrant class action and unfair competition practice.
BSF, a leading litigation firm, has recently expanded its presence across the U.S. and in London. In addition to the newly announced merger with Caldwell Leslie, the firm has added new partners in its Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, and London offices. The firm recently moved into a new downtown office space in Washington D.C., and has announced plans to move its New York office to Hudson Yards in 2018.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Liesl Fichardt with Quinn Emanuel, London
May 2, 2017
Ever-expanding disputes powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has turned to Clifford Chance for tax investigations and disputes head Liesl Fichardt.
Fichardt specializes in advising clients on complex tax investigations, large tax inquiries as well as negotiations with tax authorities. She has considerable court and tribunal experience which includes conducting cases in the Tax Tribunal, the courts of appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Before joining Clifford Chance in 2013, Fichardt headed up Berwin Leighton Paisner's tax disputes practice and was previously a partner at US firm Dorsey & Whitney.
Quinn's London co-managing partner Richard East told Legal Business: 'The thinking’s pretty simple. This is an area that’s throwing out an increasing number of high value disputes - that includes disputes both in country (with HMRC) - but also international tax disputes. Liesl is working on cases where a particular country’s tax authorities have become very aggressive with international investors. That leads to work both within that foreign country, but also gives rise to the prospect of international arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. Her practice therefore also has a very neat fit with our international arbitrators.'
Quinn has made several strategic hires to its London office in the past 18 months, most recently with Addleshaw Goddard partner and fraud specialist Mark Hastings. The US firm also strengthened its competition disputes bench capabilities with DLA Piper's UK competition head Kate Vernon, brought on Herbert Smith Freehills' James Bremen as its chair of the construction practice and hired Clyde & Co litigator Paul Friedman as part of a bid to expand its Israel practice.
In Paris Allen & Overy's global co-head of arbitration Michael Young also joined last year, alongside the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills' Paris disputes chief Isabelle Michou.
However the firm lost litigation partner Martin Davies to Latham & Watkins. Davies joined Quinn in late 2010 from Olswang where he headed up its litigation practice. He is the first lateral hire to leave the London office in around nine years.
Liesl Fichardt is a partner specializing in complex international and cross border Tax Investigations and Disputes. She joined the firm’s London office in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Liesl was the head of the Tax Investigations and Disputes practice at Clifford Chance. She is one of the leading experts in complex international tax disputes, and she has considerable court and tribunal experience which includes conducting cases in the Tax Tribunal, the courts of appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Liesl advises on all areas of international tax disputes including raids by tax authorities, organizational and reputational risk issues, complex investigations, strategic discussions with tax authorities, settlement of disputes and litigation.
Liesl is top rated in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories and is listed in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders as one of the top tax specialists in the UK. Liesl is former Chair of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and also sits on the International Taxes Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Thomas Nolan with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles
February 22, 2017
Latham & Watkins has hired the chair of Skadden’s West Coast litigation department. Thomas Nolan, a former federal prosecutor whose clients have included Toyota Motor Corporation, MGA Entertainment, Inc. and Allianz Life Insurance Company, will work for Latham in downtown Los Angeles.
Nolan said Latham is “the only other firm on the planet” where he would consider practicing law, other than Skadden.
“Latham provided me a longer glide path and a stronger leadership role on their international litigation trial practice to continue what I love to do, and that is try cases,” Nolan said in an interview. “Unfortunately, I’m not good at anything else. I don’t play golf, and I’ll never slow down.”
A Skadden spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Nolan had been with Skadden for 14 years having joined from the now-defunct Howrey LLP. During his time with the firm, he advised Toyota Motor Corporation on its defense of unintended acceleration class-action and individual litigation, as well as MGA Entertainment, Inc. in litigation against Mattel Inc. over claims the company stole plans from its rival regarding its Bratz line of dolls, according to his old Skadden biography.
In a search of Bloomberg Law, Nolan has recently advised Kia Motors America, Inc. in a 2016 trademark lawsuit filed against it by Allstate Insurance Company. He is also working on the same case as Ted Boutrous of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in representing lenders such as CashCall and WS Funding, LLC and Delbert Services Corp in litigation over deceptive practices brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Previously, Nolan served as chief of fraud and special prosecutions in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in that office from 1975 to 1979.
Nolan received his undergraduate degree and his juris doctor from Loyola University. Additionally, Latham hired litigator Joshua Hamilton from Paul Hastings in Century City. Hamilton has represented public and private companies at trial in securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Thomas Nolan is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. Mr. Nolan is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial attorneys, and has extensive civil and criminal trial experience representing corporations and individuals in complex litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Nolan is a former federal prosecutor and served as Chief of Fraud and Special Prosecutions in the Los Angeles United States Attorney’s Office. He has been a member of the defense bar since 1979.
Mr. Nolan has represented both corporate plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of complex civil litigation matters including class actions; a wide variety of contract disputes, including a three-month jury trial against 63 insurance carriers; unfair business practices and consumer fraud; as well as antitrust and intellectual property issues. Mr. Nolan is also recognized as a leading lawyer for “first of their kind” trials.
Mr. Nolan has represented corporations and individuals in criminal DOJ prosecutions and SEC enforcement matters and in internal investigations involving FCPA allegations, securities fraud, money laundering, RICO, healthcare fraud and insider trading violations.
He leverages extensive trial experience including winning jury verdicts of more than US$1 billion for his clients and defeating claims exceeding US$15 billion asserted against clients.
Mr. Nolan has served in numerous honorary positions and received numerous accolades over his extensive career, including:
American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
Loyola Marymount University – Board of Regents
Loyola University School of Law at Los Angeles – Board of Directors
Loyola University School of Law at Los Angeles - Champion of Justice Award
Beverly Hills Bar Association - Excellence in Advocacy Award
Association of Business Trial Lawyers – frequent lecturer
Federal Bar Association – frequent lecturer
California Bar Association - Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
The Am Law Litigation Daily - Litigator of the Week
Mr. Nolan has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and he is one of only 23 attorneys listed in the top tier of national trial attorneys by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which also ranks him in its top tier for general commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Nolan has been profiled for 12 different years as one of the “Top 100” most influential lawyers in California and as one of the “Top 30 Securities Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Los Angeles Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year.”
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Amanda Moore with Simpson Thacher in New York
June 15, 2017
Amanda Moore focuses her practice on the representation of private fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of domestic and offshore real estate funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, funds-of-funds and other privately-offered pooled investment vehicles. In addition, she has extensive experience representing the wealth management divisions of banks and other financial institutions in connection with the distribution of alternative investments to high net worth individuals and institutional clients on a worldwide basis.
Ms. Moore also has substantial experience advising clients on the formation and operation of investment management companies and the establishment of employee compensation arrangements, including "carried interest" plans and other profit-sharing arrangements, as well as experience advising clients on corporate transactional matters, including joint ventures, private placements and both private and public mergers and acquisitions. Representative clients include J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Ms. Moore was a partner with Stroock, New York prior to joining Simpson, and spent part of 2012 and 2013 seconded to the Alternative Investments group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Trevor Soames with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Brussels
December 14, 2016
Trevor Soames has joined the firm as a partner based in its Brussels office. Trevor was formerly the Co-Chair of Howrey’s worldwide antitrust practice. He has long been recognized by all the prominent legal directories and publications as one of the leading Brussels competition law players.Trevor’s practice is global, covering the full range of competition and antitrust matters, including mergers, monopolization (industry dominance) government investigations and litigation, state aid and cartel investigations in Europe and the USA, as well as contentious matters in the EU. A significant element of his practice relates to complex cases at the interface of intellectual property and antitrust.
Trevor Soames has been practicing EU competition and regulatory law for more than 30 years. He has been a resident, living and working in Brussels since 1993. To proclaim his commitment to the EU and continental Europe and to preserve his ability to work in Brussels post-Brexit, Trevor has applied for Belgian citizenship and has no plans to return to the UK post-Brexit. He was admitted to the Barreau de Bruxelles on 5 December 2016 as a Belgian Avocat. This will guarantee essential legal privilege and advocacy rights before the EU Courts. Educated at Cambridge University, Trevor is a Barrister (called to the Bar in 1984) and a Solicitor-Advocate.
He was Co-Chair of Howrey’s worldwide antitrust practice and founder of its highly successful Brussels office, which ranked as one of only four Brussels Elite practices by Global Competition Review in 2009 and 2010. After leaving Howrey, Trevor was a partner of Shearman & Sterling until he resigned in October 2016 and joined Quinn Emanuel as a partner in December 2016.
Trevor has long been recognised by the leading directories and commentators as one of a handful of leading Brussels players. He has first chaired many leading cases over the years in multiple areas of EU and indeed UK competition law. These have included mergers, joint ventures, cartels, monopolisation (dominance), state aid and associated litigation including civil damages claims and appeals. A significant portion of his practice relates to complex cases that involve the interface of intellectual property and antitrust, especially in relation to standard essential patents. He is also a leading lawyer in the transport sector, especially in shipping and air transport. Trevor has repeatedly been identified by Euromoney as one of the top 20 aviation lawyers in the world and ranked #1 in Belgium in GCR’s International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, praised as “the most prominent competition lawyer in the air transport industry”.
Drawing on his experience at the English Bar as both prosecutor and defender in criminal cases, he is well known for his robust and no-holds-barred advocacy. Trevor is proud to defend his clients fiercely and without compromise. In 2010, he and his team were awarded Legal Business’ Competition Team of the Year award for the successful defence of Qualcomm in the 2005-2009 Article 102 investigation.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Michael Lacovara with Latham & Watkins, LLP
July 5, 2016
Latham & Watkins announced that Michael Lacovara will join the firm as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department in the New York office. His practice focuses on antitrust and complex commercial disputes across diverse industries, including the technology, financial services and natural resources sectors.
Lacovara, a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner before he joined Freshfields' New York office in 2012, co-founded S&C's Palo Alto office in 2000. He represented Microsoft Corp. in the federal government's landmark antitrust case against the software giant, spurring The American Lawyer to name him one of the top 45 lawyers in the country under the age of 45 in 2003.
Widely known as a leading trial lawyer, Lacovara has advised on antitrust, complex commercial, tax and tort matters in more than 30 states and 10 federal circuits across the United States. He is experienced in both the prosecution and defense of multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum litigation, and frequently serves as national and global coordinating counsel for business-critical cross border litigations. Lacovara also has an extensive background in investment banking, having co-founded and served as President and CEO of Cortview Capital Holdings, a securities trading and investment banking firm, among other roles.
Michael has developed a particular expertise in the strategic planning and the prosecution or defense of multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum litigations and in serving as national and global coordinating counsel for strategic litigations. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of legal, banking and management experience, Michael develops relationships for clients that meet their most pressing global challenges and assist them in realizing strategic opportunities. He has particular expertise in antitrust, securities and complex commercial disputes, and has represented clients across a broad range of businesses, including global enterprises in the financial services, technology and resource sectors.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Steven Baker, prominent litigation and international arbitration lawyer with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, London.
November 7, 2016
Steven has extensive experience in litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution, primarily focused on the financial services, technology, telecoms and energy sectors. He has significant experience in UK and cross-border litigation and international arbitration, including arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules, and also under a variety of systems of law. He also has substantial experience of conducting competition and regulatory litigation in the UK High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Chambers recognises Steven as a notable practitioner in both the UK and Europe editions of the directory, describing him as “very good at running complex commercial disputes, very bright and a pleasure to deal with”, and a “tremendous litigator – he is very clever and efficient, and handles multiple clients well”. He is regularly called upon to handle high-level financial sector disputes, in addition to his notable depth of contractual expertise, including for recently representing a major US investment bank in a claim involving cross-jurisdictional proceedings. Steven is also recommended for ‘Commercial Litigation’ as well as a key contact for ‘Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail and International Arbitration’ by Legal 500.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Steven was a partner and co-head of the International Dispute Resolution Group and head of the London Dispute Resolution Group at Bird and Bird LLP.
Steven is admitted to practice in London.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of John Roesser with Dechert, LLP
July 11, 2016
Dechert LLP has announced that John Roesser will join the firm as a partner in the international arbitration practice. Roesser will be resident in the firm's New York office. He represents clients around the world in complex commercial international disputes before leading arbitral tribunals, in state and federal courts as counsel, and frequently sits as an arbitrator.
Prior to joining Dechert, Roesser served as an international arbitration partner at another international law firm.
In a legal career spanning nearly two decades, Mr. Roesser's diverse practice has largely focused on resolving a broad range of disputes in the U.S. and various jurisdictions overseas, including those involving complex commercial, investment treaty, financial services, joint venture, pharmaceutical, insurance, construction and corporate governance issues. He began his legal career in Arnold & Porter's Washington, DC office in 1995.
Mr. Roesser has served as counsel in a number of international and domestic arbitrations and frequently serves as an arbitrator. He has handled numerous cross-border disputes and a spectrum of litigation and transactional work. He also represents companies in securities and other financial litigation, M&A litigation, and shareholder derivative lawsuits. Mr. Roesser is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration's Commission on Arbitration, serves on the ICC's Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration and the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding, and has served on the ICC's Task Force on the Production of Electronic Documents in Arbitration. He has also served on the board of the New York International Arbitration Center.
Mr. Roesser earned his B.A. from Connecticut College, and his J.D. from The George Washington University, where he served on the advisory board of the George Washington University Law School's Center for Law, Economics, and Finance.
Kossoris Search provides partner and group placements in nearly every major U.S. city, most recently (but not limited to): New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Our firm is also involved with partners and firms across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Tara Lee with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
February 4, 2016
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP announced today that Tara Lee will be joining the firm's Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Ms. Lee is a veteran trial lawyer with particular expertise in international and transnational investigations. She was formerly Co-Chair of the DLA Piper's Global Investigations practice and Global Chair of the firm's Cross Border Litigation practice. Ms. Lee has significant jury trial and appellate experience, and her investigations and litigation practice includes some of the highest profile FCPA and FCA cases brought by the Department of Justice.
Ms. Lee has received numerous accolades recognizing her skills as a trial advocate. Chambers USA consistently ranks her among America's leading lawyers. In 2015, she was recognized by the National Law Journal as a Pioneer and Trailblazer in Litigation and named by the Financial Times as one of the Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in the US. She has been recognized as one of the Top Female Powerbrokers in Law by Law360, and by Congressional Quarterly as an expert in transnational litigation. The Washington Business Journal also recognized Ms. Lee as a Top Washington Attorney in the "Young Gun" category.
Tara Lee has significant jury trial and appellate experience, and her practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar and corporate crime, and government contracting. She has received numerous awards for her skills as a trial advocate and has been consistently ranked as one of America's leading lawyers by Chambers USA. She has also been named as one of the top Female Powerbrokers in Law by Law360. In 2015, she was named a Pioneer and Trailblazer in Litigation by the National Law Journal and recognized as one of the Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in the US by the Financial Times. While serving in the Jag Corps she was named the ATLA Outstanding Trial Lawyer.
She has particular subject-matter expertise managing investigations, litigation, and risk for clients expanding into the global marketplace and operating in emerging markets and unstable environments. She has been invited to appear as an expert witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee on accountability issues facing companies with employees abroad and has twice been invited to the United Nations to address UN Working Groups on matters concerning the U.S. civil litigation exposure of businesses operating overseas. Previously, Tara served as co-chair of DLA Piper's Global Investigations practice as well as the Global Chair of the firm's Cross Border Litigation practices. Prior to law school, she served as an officer in the United States Navy, serving in a US Navy helicopter squadron and in staff positions at Wing and AirPac level commands.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Richard Brand with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
June 8, 2015
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP today announced that Richard Brand has joined the Firm's New York office as a partner in its Corporate Department.
Brand is widely recognized as a leading advisor to public companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness and defense, shareholder activism and defense, general corporate advisory work and securities offerings. Brand's recent representations include The Macerich Company in connection with Simon Property Group's $23 billion unsolicited takeover offer and subsequent settlement with two activist investors; 3G Capital in its $28 billion acquisition, together with Berkshire Hathaway, of H. J. Heinz Company; Peter J. Solomon Co. as financial advisor to Office Depot in its pending $6 billion merger with Staples; activist investor Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management in its partnership with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. to make a $54 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Allergan, Inc.; and Sachem Head Capital Management in its acquisition of a 9.8% stake in CDK Global, Inc.
His hiring is a notable step by a major law firm to commit to representing activists, and to do so while still aiming to retain corporate clients. Founded in 1792, Cadwalader for decades has catered to big companies and banks, but going forward will also seek out work from hedge funds including Pershing Square and Sachem Head Capital Management LP, a Pershing Square spinout and another client of Brand's.
Before joining Cadwalader, Brand was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and, previously, an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and a staff writer for The Miami Herald.
Brand holds a B.A. from Princeton University and received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University, where he served on the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of a highly recognized patent trial team
March 30, 2015
Nationally Recognized Technology Patent Trial Team Join Paul Hastings in Palo Alto and Washington, D.C.
Palo Alto, CA and Washington, D.C. – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that patent litigators Yar Chaikovsky and Blair Jacobs have joined the firm as partners in the Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively. Mr. Chaikovsky will serve as vice chair of the Global IP practice. Messrs. Chaikovksy and Jacobs are widely recognized for guiding major clients to success in high-stakes, technology-focused IP disputes. Also joining the team are of counsel Stuart Bartow, Philip Ou, and Hong Lin, who will be based in Palo Alto and Christina Ondrick, Robert Walters, and Charles Hawkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. They join from McDermott, Will & Emery, where they were partners.
“Our clients face increasingly complex IP challenges in this environment of aggressive global competition, converging technologies, and a shifting legal landscape,” said Joseph O’Malley, chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings. “Yar and Blair are top-tier, tech-savvy litigators who will enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs in this difficult and fast-changing environment.”
“With the addition of Yar and Blair, Paul Hastings continues its strategy of building top-tier litigation practices to serve our clients anywhere in the world,” said Barry Sher, chair of Paul Hastings’ Litigation practice. “They share our focus on innovation and will help us continue to build on our strong record of leading tech companies and other clients to successful outcomes in complex disputes,” he added.
Mr. Chaikovsky serves as lead counsel for companies in all stages of development, from start-ups to established industry leaders. His practice is focused on software, digital, and Internet-related businesses, and he has also litigated in technology fields as diverse as semiconductors, handsets, networking, hardware, communications, video compression, consumer electronics, analog devices, and medical devices. In this role, he has successfully handled major jury trials and ITC proceedings. He is recognized as one of the top patent trial lawyers in the U.S. At Paul Hastings, he will serve as vice chair of the Global IP practice.
Mr. Jacobs is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who focuses on bet-the-company patent and trade secret disputes spanning all areas of intellectual property law. He has tried numerous jury trials and argued more than 20 cases before the federal courts of appeal. Mr. Jacobs has also litigated extensively before the ITC, successfully representing both complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations. He has been recognized as a top U.S. practitioner both at the ITC and for his district court and Federal Circuit practice. His practice encompasses an array of technical areas, including hardware and software, semiconductors, fiber optics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mobile handsets, SMS technology, robotics, photolithography, and product design.
Their arrival follows the recent addition of several other IP Litigation partners across the Paul Hastings platform, including Naveen Modi and Joseph Palys in Washington, D.C., and Andrew Grossman in Los Angeles.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of 7 Attorneys from Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, L.P.P. with Dickinson Wright's Washington, D.C. Office
September 1st, 2015
Dickinson Wright PLLC has announced the addition of seven attorneys joining the firm’s office in Washington, D.C. All of the attorneys are joining Dickinson Wright from Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, L.L.P.
“We are excited to join the Washington, D.C. office of Dickinson Wright,” says Attorney Stanislav . “This opportunity gives our attorneys and their clients access to Dickinson Wright’s 400 attorneys and 15-office network across more than 40 practice areas while still providing the high level of quality and service they have come to expect from us.”
“Joining Dickinson Wright gives us the opportunity to expand our practice on a national basis while strengthening the firm’s bench in Washington, D.C. with our expertise in intellectual property,” says Attorney John Holmes. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the intellectual property practice group and to continue to help our clients protect their business assets.”
“We are always looking for the right opportunities to provide the best services and legal talents to our clients,” says William T. Burgess, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “The addition of these talented and experienced attorneys gives our intellectual property practice additional depth that will complement the rest of our practice offerings across North America.”
Joining Dickinson Wright are Attorneys Michael A. Bush, Garret V. Davis, John E. Holmes, Stacey J. Longanecker, Christian C. Michel, Stanislav Torgovitsky, and Jomy J. Methipara. Also joining Dickinson Wright is Rosiland S. Rollins as a non-lawyer patent agent. Below is a description of each of Dickinson Wright’s new attorneys:
Michael A. Bush, Member – Mr. Bush has considerable experience prosecuting and preparing patent applications for mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, including mechanical devices, hardware and software. He counsels his clients and renders opinions on matters related to patentability, infringement and prosecution strategy involving domestic and foreign patents. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US Patent Bar Association, and the DC Bar. Mr. Bush received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University.
Garrett V. Davis, Member – Mr. Davis has experience in the preparation, prosecution and litigation of chemical and mechanical patent related matters. His litigation experience spans the spectrum from initial investigations and opinions on the merits through discovery, trial and appeal. He also represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office including appeals and interferences, interference proceedings, reissue applications and ex parte and inter parte reexaminations. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US Patent Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the DC Bar, and the Maryland Bar. Mr. Davis received his B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia University and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore.
John E. Holmes, Member – Mr. Holmes concentrates on electrical, electronic and mechanical patent matters including opinions, due diligence, studies and agreements. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, conducting studies of patent validity and infringement, and assisting clients in infringement avoidance and design-around efforts. He also has experience in drafting and negotiating IP licenses; drafting and negotiating hardware and software development and purchase agreements; and assisting with IP litigation and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Holmes is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US Patent Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the DC Bar. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Stacey J. Longanecker, Member – Ms. Longanecker has experience in electronic, electrical, communications and computer patent matters. She focuses on preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications and conducting studies of patent validity and infringement. She also counsels clients on patenting strategies and IP portfolio management including conducting IP due diligence studies for mergers and acquisitions and commercial market introductions of products and services. Ms. Longanecker is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US Patent Bar Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and her J.D. from Catholic University of America.
Christian C. Michel, Member – Mr. Michel specializes in litigation and the preparation and prosecution of patents, specifically in the electrical and mechanical arts. He has extensive knowledge and experience in counseling clients and providing opinions ranging from patent novelty to complex infringement and validity opinions. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US Patent Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar. Mr. Michel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and his J.D. from Villanova University Law School.
Stanislav Torgovitsky, Member – Mr. Torgovitsky has significant experience in negotiations, licensing and litigation, and counseling clients on development and enforcement of IP right. He also prepares and prosecutes patent applications and performs due diligence, product clearance, infringement and validity studies in electronic and electrical matters, software, business methods and mechanical arts. He also represents clients in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Virginia Bar, the DC Bar, the US Patent Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Torgovitsky received his B.A. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Jomy J. Methipara, Of Counsel – Mr. Methipara has considerable experience in patent prosecution and opinion work, U.S. and foreign patent procurement, and appeal proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also has substantial experience in counseling clients and rendering opinions on matters related to patentability, infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate, and prosecution strategy involving domestic and foreign patents. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the US Patent Bar Association. Mr. Methipara received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Andrea L.C. Reid with Dechert in Boston
August 13, 2015
Global specialist law firm Dechert LLP announced today that Andrea L.C. Reid has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice in the Boston office. Reid was previously a partner at Choate Hall and Stewart LLP.
“Andrea’s outstanding reputation and her nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry make her a perfect fit for Dechert,” said Jeffrey Plies, chair of Dechert's Intellectual Property group. “She will be a tremendous asset to our global patent counseling and prosecution practice, while strengthening our Boston-based team as well.”
Reid’s practice is focused on patent portfolio creation and management counseling for all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as conducting IP due diligence and advising litigation teams on technical scientific concepts. Prior to private practice, Reid worked as a patent agent at a global biotechnology company and as a chemist where she was an inventor on 14 U.S. patents and co-authored numerous scientific publications.
“I am delighted to be joining Dechert,” said Reid. “The firm’s intellectual property and life sciences practices have top-notch global reputations. I look forward to working with the team and contributing to the firm’s continued success.”
Reid is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office District of Columbia, as well as U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her B.S. in 1987 from Boston University, her M.S. in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and her J.D. (with distinction) in 2006 from Suffolk University Law School.