Kossoris Search is an Agency specializing in the placement of high profile attorney partners and groups both in the United States and internationally.
Amy Kossoris has effectuated many of the highest profile partner placements with the most prestigious global law firms consistently for nearly 20 years. This includes placing well over 1,000 lawyers in cities including but not limited to New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, and Brussels.
Recent placements include, but are not limited to:
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Jeffrey Goldfarb with Paul Hastings in New York City
October 18, 2021
Paul Hastings Lands Former Willkie Finance Practice Vice Chair
Paul Hastings has brought on former Willkie Farr & Gallagher finance practice vice chair Jeffrey Goldfarb to its New York office.
Goldfarb, a private equity and leveraged finance attorney, joins the firm as a partner after more than 16 years at Willkie, the firm announced Monday.
“It was a decision that I made over time and was not taken lightly,” Goldfarb said. “I was impressed with the platform at Paul Hastings and very impressed by their depth and commercial practice. So, when I found that there was a possibility of moving here, over time it made sense for me.”
He added, “I could have stayed at Wilkie for the remainder of my career and I still have a lot of great friends there, but at this time it made sense to move to a different kind of platform and a new opportunity.”
Goldfarb said the news of his move has been well received by his existing clients.
“A number of my clients will likely move with me, but there are some that are legacy Willkie clients I would expect to stay,” he said.
Paul Hastings said Goldfarb serves as counsel to multiple public and private corporations across multiple industries, including financial services, technology, consumer financial and products, manufacturing, insurance and infrastructure. He focuses his practice on complex debt transactions for borrowers and lenders, with a special emphasis on leveraged acquisition financings and debt restructuring.
Prior to his time at Willkie, Goldfarb was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett from 2000 to 2005.
A spokesperson for Willkie said the firm “wishes him well.”
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Nader Salehi with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.
September 28, 2021
Kirkland & Ellis Adds Prominent SEC Enforcement Defense Attorney Nader Salehi to Investigations Team
Kirkland & Ellis is excited to announce that Nader Salehi, one of the nation’s top securities enforcement defense attorneys, has joined the Firm as a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office.
Mr. Salehi represents investment banks, asset managers and public companies in high-profile, bet-the-company matters. He has experience on a broad range of issues including internal investigations, investigations involving whistle-blower complaints, and investigations prompted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other Self Regulatory Organizations (SROs) and federal and state regulators.
“We’re proud that Kirkland continues to be a very attractive firm for the most talented and successful lawyers, such as Nader,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “Nader’s passionate pursuit of success for his clients and his team-oriented approach make him an ideal fit for Kirkland.”
Mr. Salehi commented, “Kirkland is known for working on the most complex and sophisticated matters for the most discriminating clients. I was drawn to the Firm’s unique platform, its collaborative culture and its commitment to excellence. I believe there is an exciting opportunity for me to take my practice to new heights at Kirkland and I look forward to working with Mark Filip, Asheesh Goel, and my friend and former colleague Reg Brown, as well as the rest of this stellar team.”
Mr. Salehi has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the areas of securities, regulation, and enforcement. He began his career in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and joins Kirkland from another prominent law firm, where he was co-head of the securities enforcement practice.
The addition of Mr. Salehi builds on the momentum of Kirkland’s Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Group. He joins a renowned bipartisan team that comprises former officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, House and Senate Subcommittees, and the White House.
“Clients turn to Kirkland when the stakes are highest – whether it be a public crisis or a major enforcement action. Nader’s unmatched experience in SEC enforcement, leading sensitive and mission-critical investigations for top banks, financial firms and boards, is a perfect complement to this team’s robust roster of talent,” said Mark Filip, a member of Kirkland’s Executive Committee who leads the Firm’s Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Group.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Javad Mostofizadeh with Latham & Watkins in the Bay Area
August 10, 2021
LATHAM & WATKINS EXPANDS INVESTMENT FUNDS PRACTICE IN THE BAY AREA
Javad Mostofizadeh advises on the structuring, formation, and operation of venture capital funds.
Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Javad Mostofizadeh has joined the firm’s Bay Area offices as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Investment Funds and Private Equity Practices. Mostofizadeh’s practice is focused on the structuring, formation, and operation of US and global venture capital funds, as well as growth equity and private equity funds. He also counsels fund managers on all aspects of day-to-day operations.
“Javad’s comprehensive understanding of the venture capital funds space, combined with his technical skills and entrepreneurial mindset, will be of tremendous benefit to our clients,” said Andrea Schwartzman, Global Chair of Latham’s Investment Funds Practice. “He is an extremely accomplished funds practitioner and we are excited to welcome him to our market-leading Investment Funds Practice.”
“Javad’s deep experience in venture capital is perfectly complementary not only to our strong Investment Funds and Private Equity Practices, but to our robust emerging companies ecosystem,” said Charles Ruck, Global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. “We are focused on continuing to expand these practice areas across the US and globally to grow in line with our clients’ needs, and Javad is an excellent addition to the firm.”
“Javad has an outstanding reputation for his involvement in some of the most sophisticated and innovative venture capital funds work in the market,” said Tad Freese, Managing Partner of Latham’s Bay Area offices. “Adding a partner like Javad to our strong investment funds and emerging companies teams is an exciting milestone as we continue to demonstrate our leadership in the Bay Area and ability to scale our offerings to meet each client’s unique needs and ambitions.”
Mostofizadeh said: “Latham has a well-established Investment Funds Practice and an impressive integrated global platform that includes a number of other diverse and dynamic transactional practices, which will benefit my clients immensely. I am personally drawn to the firm’s team-based approach to handling client matters as well as its collegial culture, and am looking forward to joining the Bay Area offices.”
Mostofizadeh joins Latham from Gunderson Dettmer in Silicon Valley. He is the second partner to join Latham’s Investment Funds Practice in recent weeks. The firm in July announced the arrival of William C. “Beau” Brashares to the New York office.
Mostofizadeh received his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and his LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Victor Levy with Kirkland & Ellis in New York
July 21, 2021
Kirkland Takes Clifford Chance New York Funds Partner
Kirkland & Ellis has brought on board a private funds partner from Clifford Chance in New York, just days after it lost an investment funds partner to fierce rival Latham & Watkins in the city.
Victor Levy joins Kirkland after three years at CC, prior to which he had been a partner at DLA Piper for more than three years.
His hire follows closely behind the departure of William C. “Beau” Brashares, who joined Latham’s corporate and investments fund group on Monday as part of a double Kirkland exit – another corporate partner left the firm to join Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Commenting on Levy’s hire, Boston-based Kirkland investment funds partner Sean Hill said in a statement: “Victor is an outstanding funds lawyer whose deep experience advising credit fund sponsors in particular will further strengthen our leading credit funds practice.”
According to a statement sent out by Kirkland, the firm’s investment funds group advised on over 135 credit funds for more than 50 unique credit sponsors in 2020.
Levy is the most recent hire for Kirkland’s wider funds practice, with the firm having brought on board a new funds partner in London earlier in July from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a few months after it hired a funds-focused senior associate at U.K. firm Macfarlanes to its London ranks.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Paul Marquardt with Davis Polk in Washington DC
June 14, 2021
Davis Polk welcomes leading international trade and national security lawyer Paul Marquardt.
Washington DC, June 14, 2021 – Davis Polk today announced that Paul Marquardt, a leading economic sanctions and national security lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in the Financial Institutions Group in Washington DC.
“Paul is an exceptionally talented practitioner and a fantastic addition to our distinguished regulatory team in Washington. His extensive experience in sanctions and national security reviews is a strong complement to our practice, and is increasingly important to our clients as they continue to navigate these issues in pursuing complex, cross-border transactions,” said Neil Barr, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner. “We are delighted to welcome Paul to Davis Polk.”
Mr. Marquardt joins Davis Polk from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he led the foreign investment and national security practice. He advises international clients regarding the application of U.S. sanctions laws and in export control matters. In addition, Mr. Marquardt counsels clients on anti-money laundering issues and with respect to anti-corruption matters, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He interacts regularly with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. Departments of Justice and State, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the World Bank, and other domestic and international regulators. His practice includes diligence, advisory, compliance, internal investigations and enforcement matters.
Mr. Marquardt also has over two decades of experience in national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as related issues, such as mitigation agreements, regulation of classified contracts and national security reviews in other jurisdictions. He has broad transactional experience, particularly in the private equity and financial sectors, including with respect to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters.
His practice spans a wide range of clients, including state-owned entities, sovereign wealth funds, technology and defense companies, and private equity funds around the world.
“Paul not only brings to the table a rare and valuable combination of vast experience in both sanctions and CFIUS work, but he is also deeply conversant in transactional matters,” said John Reynolds, head of Davis Polk’s economic sanctions and national security practice. “He is an excellent addition to our team.”
Paul Marquardt said, “Davis Polk’s reputation in the regulatory space is unparalleled, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside many of the firm’s lawyers throughout my career. I am grateful for my time at Cleary, but the opportunity to join this fantastic team and collaborate in advising our clients on their most complex international trade issues is truly exciting.”
Chambers USA recognizes Mr. Marquardt as a leading international trade practitioner, in both Export Controls & Economic Sanctions and CFIUS. He serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.
Mr. Marquardt received his J.D. and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Michelle Ontiveros Gross with Latham & Watkins in the Bay Area
February 22, 2021
PROMINENT DATA & TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS PARTNER JOINS LATHAM IN THE BAY AREA
Michelle Ontiveros Gross adds experience advising clients on a broad range of intellectual property and data protections issues.
Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Michelle Ontiveros Gross has joined the firm’s Bay Area offices as a partner in the Data & Technology Transactions Practice. She advises clients on a wide range of technology-related matters, and counsels companies in connection with the development and protection of their technology assets, drawing on her breadth of experience in the industry. Her practice spans a variety of transactional, intellectual property, and privacy and data security matters, with a particular focus on complex technology transactions, cloud, SaaS, and outsourcing transactions, and large-scale M&A deals and capital markets offerings.
“Michelle is a phenomenal transactional lawyer with diverse experience across the high-growth technology sector,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. “Her arrival further strengthens our market-leading capabilities advising clients with intellectual property strategy and commercialization, and the integration of business units and product lines in connection with mergers and acquisitions.”
Tad Freese, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Michelle to our Bay Area team. She adds depth to our Data & Technology Transactions Practice as our work for clients continues to grow more complex and sophisticated. Michelle stands out for her significant depth of experience in a broad range of IP and technology transactions and data privacy matters.”
Ms. Gross also has experience advising clients on technology and data initiatives, the development of privacy and data security policies, negotiating cybersecurity terms in commercial transactions, and advising on privacy and data security issues in connection with product development. She regularly advises on matters related to data rights, SEC cybersecurity disclosure, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation, and CAN-SPAM, among other privacy and data security regulations.
“In a highly competitive and dynamic marketplace, our clients must develop, protect, share, and exploit their data, technology, and intellectual property. Michelle will offer valuable insights and skill to our clients and add tremendously to our team,” said Gail Crawford, Global Chair of the firm’s Data & Technology Transactions Practice.
Added Ben Potter, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Technology Industry Group and Global Vice Chair of the Emerging Companies Practice: “Michelle understands the complexity and opportunity inherent in technology deals, which fits well with Latham’s approach of helping clients navigate every eventuality as they move through all stages of growth and across myriad issues and geographies. We have an incredibly deep tech practice and Michelle’s arrival further reinforces our growth strategy in the Bay Area and reinforces our position as having one of the strongest technology teams in the US and globally.”
Ontiveros Gross said: “I was attracted to Latham’s exceptional capability with depth and quality in every major technology hub in the world, and the firm’s culture of teamwork and collaboration. Few firms can match Latham’s broad and substantive technology expertise and client roster, and I look forward to joining this dynamic team where I see great potential for the long-term growth of my practice.”
Ms. Gross joins from Mayer Brown LLP in the Bay Area. She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2004 and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2001.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Reginald (“Reg”) J. Brown with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.
November 30, 2020
Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce the addition of four new partners to the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, effective Dec. 1. Led by Reginald (“Reg”) J. Brown, the team brings deep and wide-ranging regulatory and enforcement experience and skills, bolstering Kirkland’s global government investigations and crisis management capabilities.
The team, which also includes Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney, strengthens the Firm’s unique experience in counseling leaders and organizations in matters that require navigating a combination of high-stakes litigation, complex regulatory environments, ongoing public policy debates, reputational concerns and media scrutiny.
All of the attorneys, including Mr. Brown, have track records of successfully leading mission-critical global regulatory, enforcement and reputational matters. Mr. Brown has counseled many of the world’s top institutions and well-known leaders and executives, and has served at the highest levels of government, including in the White House, prior to his extensive work in private practice. Mr. Brown joins the Firm from WilmerHale, where he was a partner for 15 years and served as chair of that firm’s Financial Institutions group, and vice chair of the Crisis Management and Strategic Response group.
“Reg Brown has long been trusted by top global institutions and leaders to help them navigate challenges where the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Joining with him is a talented group with impeccable credentials. The addition of these accomplished attorneys is exciting for Kirkland and our clients,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee.
Mark Filip, a member of Kirkland’s Executive Committee who leads the Firm’s Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Group, added: “Reg and his team are going to be a great resource for our clients. This is a strength on strength move, and they further deepen our government-facing investigations, advisory and crisis management practices. We are pleased to welcome some of America’s leading practitioners to Kirkland.”
Mr. Brown has earned recognition as a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal in 2019, a “Nationwide Leader” in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) category by Chambers USA in 2020, and a “highly regarded lawyer in financial services regulatory” by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms. He has also been recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. for financial services regulation from 2017–2018, and recognized by the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Brown’s congressional investigations defense practice is also widely recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s most preeminent. In 2020, Mr. Brown was also named one of the nation’s top Lobbyists & Influencers by the nonprofit diversity focused organization Lawyers of Color.
“Kirkland & Ellis has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and I am really looking forward to working with such distinguished colleagues – both old and new – on complex, high-profile and high-stakes matters, combining my expertise with theirs as we tackle our clients’ most pressing challenges,” Mr. Brown said.
Reginald (“Reg”) J. Brown
Reginald (“Reg”) J. Brown is widely recognized for his crisis management expertise. He provides investigations-related guidance and strategic counsel to a broad range of companies and senior executives confronting challenges and opportunities at the intersection of government, law, media and public policy. He has assisted leading institutions and high-profile individual clients – ranging from the world’s most prominent banks, hedge funds, private equity and venture firms, energy companies, government contractors, healthcare institutions and technology firms, as well as CEOs and high-ranking public officials – with more than a hundred congressional inquiries, enforcement investigations and crisis avoidance and mitigation matters.
Mr. Brown most recently served as the chairman of WilmerHale’s Financial Institutions Group and also led that firm’s congressional investigations practice as vice chair of the Crisis Management and Strategic Response Group. From 2003 to 2005, Brown served as associate White House Counsel and special assistant to the president and also previously worked as assistant to the CEO and vice president for corporate strategy at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University.
Daniel Chaudoin focuses on representing financial institutions in connection with investigations regarding the federal securities laws, as well as consumer protection laws and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Prior to his work in private practice, Mr. Chaudoin served on the staff of the Securities & Exchange Commission for 10 years, ultimately as Assistant Director, Director of Enforcement. Mr. Chaudoin earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
Jeremy Dresner is a trusted counselor to major financial institutions, market-leading companies and senior executives facing high stakes reputational matters, frequently in connection with enforcement proceedings, congressional investigations and actions with significant collateral consequences. Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star” in government relations, his practice focuses on government and internal investigations and high-stakes crisis management assistance. Mr. Dresner served as a law clerk for Judge Susan H. Black in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He earned his law and bachelor’s degrees from Duke University.
Daniel Kearney focuses his practice on enforcement and regulatory matters for financial institutions, as well as government regulatory litigation and policy counseling. He has navigated a range of enforcement actions and other regulatory matters before the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. Mr. Kearney served as a clerk for John G. Roberts in both the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Kearney earned his law degree from Yale University, his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his master’s degree from Boston College.
Kossoris Search is pleased to assist Taft Stettinius & Hollister with the placement of Mark Shublak and several founding partners mentioned below in opening their new Washington, D.C. office & Preeminent Public Affairs Group
February 17, 2021
New Washington, DC Office & Preeminent Public Affairs Group Fuel Taft Law’s Continued Expansion
With its 135-year legacy rooted in the historic Taft family that gave the country a U.S. President, Senator, and Supreme Court Chief Justice, together with other U.S. Senators and top-level U.S. Government officials, Taft Law is substantially expanding its existing group of government relations professionals in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois by establishing a new bipartisan and diverse federal and state Public Affairs Strategies Group (PASG) in the nation’s capital and its Midwestern markets.
The Taft Public Affairs Strategies Group (PASG) is comprised of several accomplished and highly acclaimed attorneys and advocates who recently joined Taft and who have extensive relationships with: (1) senior White House officials, (2) Congressional leaders and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, (3) federal executive branch officials, (4) state legislators and executive branch officials, and (5) mayors and other local officials throughout the Midwest. The group will be engaged in federal, state, and local legislative and executive branch lobbying and consulting, along with developing federal, state, and local legislative, executive branch, and other related strategies on behalf of Taft clients.
The new group includes the following roster of Taft partners and professionals:
1. Lacy M. Johnson is a preeminent, senior lawyer, who served on the Biden-Harris transition team, was a member of Vice President Harris’s Midwest Finance team, and is a trusted advisor and supporter of many Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) leaders and members. Prior to his private legal practice, Johnson served as a Lt. Colonel in the Indiana State Police, was a Lt. Commander of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Reserves, and served as the 7th District chairman of the Indiana State Democratic Party and as a delegate for the National Democratic party. He also is the past president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Johnson will serve as the Partner-in-Charge of Taft’s Washington, DC office.
2. John R. Hammond III also is a senior leading lawyer-lobbyist, who is a member of the Republican National Committee, serves on its executive committee, and is vice chair of its rules committee. He also serves on the national finance committee of the Republican Governors Association as well as on the executive board of the National Republican Lawyers Association. Hammond has helped shape a wide variety of public policies from state and local tax policy and environmental regulatory affairs to K-12 and higher education policy, tort reform, transportation, insurance, and economic development issues. He is a former top adviser to Indiana Gov. Robert Orr (R), for whom he was chief legislative director and education policy advisor.
3. Kyle J. Hupfer is a highly respected business executive and corporate lawyer with deep national and state political relationships. He is the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and serves as a member of and general counsel for the Republican National Committee. In 2020, Hupfer served as campaign manager to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) in his successful re-election campaign. Prior senior business roles include chief administrative officer and general counsel of IMMI in Westfield, Ind., and vice president and general counsel of ProLiance Energy in Indianapolis. Hupfer previously served as the director of the Indiana DNR and chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission under Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).
4. G. Frederick Glass is a Taft corporate business and transaction lawyer, who joined the firm in 2020, and serves as a senior strategic advisor to his clients as a member of the firm’s Business and Finance practice. He most recently served as the athletic director at Indiana University for nearly 12 years. He also previously served as chief of staff for former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh (D), and president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board, where he led successful negotiations to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, regularly host NCAA Final Fours, develop Lucas Oil Stadium, and expand the Indiana Convention Center. Glass will serve in a strategic advisory role with the Taft PASG.
5. Mark I. Shublak, who serves as the Republican co-chair of Taft’s PASG, is a trusted legal advisor and has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of legislative, regulatory, and procurement matters at all levels of government. Corporate executives, business association leaders, public sector entities, and important non-profit organizations regularly turn to him for his high-level strategic advice, legal counsel, and ability to assist their organizations with overcoming challenges and creating opportunities posed by government. Shublak concentrates much of his practice on state and local legislative advocacy, government contracts, regulatory matters, administrative law, public policy, and political strategy.
6. Carl L. Drummer, who serves as the Democratic co-chair of Taft’s PASG, was elected Center Township Trustee of Marion County, Ind., in 1996 after the Hon. Julia Carson (D-IN) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the youngest African-American to hold a political office at that time in Marion County, in either political party. Drummer served as deputy trustee under Hon. Carson from 1991-1993. Drummer also has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement. His major lobbying matters in Indianapolis have included the Citizens Energy Group water purchase, the city's parking meter deal, the soccer stadium, and mass transit.
7. Graham Y. Hill, a veteran attorney and lobbyist with three decades of Washington, DC experience, focuses his practice at the crossroads of complex legislative process and policy with political issues involving the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and the courts. He has held multiple senior staff positions in the U.S. Congress, including as committee staff director, senior committee counsel, and senior counsel for oversight and investigations. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in transportation infrastructure and energy infrastructure policy. His substantive knowledge of authorization, appropriations, and budget legislative processes brings a practitioner’s expertise to his client’s needs. Hill has also worked at the Republican National Committee, as a senate-confirmed appointee in the Bush administration, and currently serves on a joint department of interior and agriculture federal advisor council. Hill also serves on the boards of several national organizations.
8. Clayton J. Heil, a highly experienced public affairs lawyer, has worked in and around Congress for over 25 years. Heil works closely with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on a variety of matters, with a particular focus on the appropriations committees, to successfully advocate for client interests and priorities. As a former committee counsel, he is regularly called upon to draft bill and report language for use in the annual House and Senate Appropriations bills. Heil worked in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, where he held several high-level staff positions for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and on the Senate appropriations committee, rising to the position of deputy staff director and general counsel for the full committee.
9. Martin E. Edwards III, a veteran Capitol Hill lobbyist, served as legislative director to one of the top members on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. He works closely with legislators to contribute to environmental, cybersecurity, and energy policy legislation. Edwards also spent 20 years leading legislative affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He has decades of legislative and political experience, including creating strategic goals and priorities for clients, organizing lobbying and political activities, and ensuring compliance with federal guidelines. In each of the last 17 years, Edwards has been named as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper.
10. Chou-il Lee, an experienced litigator and public affairs attorney who joined Taft in 2012, concentrates his practice on a wide variety of matters involving municipalities. Having worked for multiple Indiana counties, cities, and towns before joining Taft, including serving eight years as corporation counsel for the City of Terre Haute, he understands the practical challenges faced by all branches of municipal government and the attorneys who represent them.
11. Ann E. Cottongim, Taft’s director of municipal and legislative relations, joined the firm in 2018 and focuses her time and talents on objectives involving local and state government affairs by maintaining and nurturing relationships with municipal, county, and state officials. Cottongim also served as deputy director and chief financial officer of Aim (Accelerate Indiana Municipalities).
12. Mary E. Wells joins Taft as the PASG executive assistant. She served as executive assistant to former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff Josh Pitcock. She held various administrative positions in the offices of former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) and former U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
13. Laura J. Brown will serve as the PASG executive coordinator. She served as executive assistant to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) and worked for several executives prior to her service in state government.
14. Stephania Rodriguez Villegas has taken on the role of PASG’s compliance manager. She has previous law firm experience, along with public affairs experience in the Indiana State House.
“This all-star team – with its diverse set of players – combined with our network of attorneys in state capitals, primarily located in the Midwest, allows us to provide legislative and executive branch strategies and solutions for our clients at the federal, state, and local levels,” Taft Chairman and Managing Partner Robert J. Hicks said. “Promoting and maintaining genuine diversity is something many firms strive to do but rarely accomplish the way that Taft has done with this skilled, racially, ethnically, and politically diverse group of professionals. We also look forward to adding even more talent in the coming weeks and months.”
Taft’s PASG primarily will be working from Taft’s offices in Washington, DC and Indianapolis, but intends to expand its physical presence and substantive reach throughout Taft’s other Midwestern offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, and four cities in Ohio. For its federal work in Washington, DC, the Taft PASG offices will be located at 101 Constitution Ave., NW to engage in developing winning strategies and advocating for its clients before the U.S. Congress, the White House, and executive branch agencies. The federal policy team will be led by Democrat Johnson and Republicans Hill and Heil, with Edwards, Hammond, and Hupfer also playing key roles in providing government affairs advisory services.
“Our team of professionals routinely works at federal, state, and local levels with lawmakers and government officials – on both sides of the aisle – to implement strategies and to achieve solutions for our clients. The depth of experience on this team will allow us to draw upon our seasoned and extensive careers in public service and politics to work on behalf of Taft’s clients to achieve unparalleled results. Our top-flight Washington, DC practice is built upon the work ethic and results-oriented mindset that come from our Midwestern roots,” Taft Partner John R. Hammond III said.
Taft plans to strategically hire more top public affairs practitioners in the coming months in Washington, DC and other Taft markets, with particular emphasis on expanding its public affairs advisory work in the government contracting area as well as the energy, environmental, IT and data privacy, and health care industries.
“Having a balanced and diverse group is even more essential today in our federal work,” Taft Partner Lacy M. Johnson said. “The amount of positive change happening in our nation’s capital and throughout the United States during the coming months and years will have a significant impact on many businesses and industries. Our mission is to be uniquely positioned as the trusted and strategic advisor to our clients to help them navigate that change, especially given the increased emphasis on achieving national bipartisan solutions in the Biden administration and the 117th Congress.”
The Taft PASG adds to Taft’s existing government relations professionals in Ohio (Chris L. Connelly, Steven R. Cuckler, George Glover, and Charles R. Saxbe) and Illinois (Lawrence J. Suffredin).
Diversity is a core value and hallmark of Taft and plays an important role in attracting top talent and serving clients. In 2020, Taft was awarded Mansfield Certification Plus status, which rigorously measured whether law firms affirmatively considered at least 30% women, racial, and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Working Mother Magazine also recognized Taft’s support of working moms, naming it one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” in 2020.
The Taft PASG’s diverse team exemplifies Taft’s sustained growth and the success of its lateral attorney recruitment strategy. Ninety-four percent of lateral attorneys hired since 2015 remain on the Taft team. The firm also has strengthened and expanded its client service capabilities via mergers under the strong Taft brand in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis during the last 12 years. Since 2017, the firm has grown to approximately 625 attorneys, up from 400.
Learn more about Taft and the new members of the team by visiting the Public Affairs Strategies Group.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Dr. Katja Kaulamo with Paul Hastings LLP in Frankfurt
December 9, 2020
Frankfurt/Main — Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Dr. Katja Kaulamo, a leading capital markets lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner, based in Frankfurt. She joins from Skadden. Her arrival adds further momentum to the firm’s strong growth and performance across its global platform this year, particularly in London and Frankfurt, which are instrumental to the firm’s European strategy. Paul Hastings continues to focus on investments in top-tier talent that will further strengthen its collaborative offering across Europe and between Europe and the U.S., as well as expand the depth of its global capital markets platform, particularly in global financial centers.
“Our clients look to us to advise them on the full range of complex corporate transactions to finance their business and power their growth around the world,” said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “The addition of Katja adds further depth to our leading global Securities & Capital Markets, Finance and Corporate practices, particularly given her impressive experience advising on a broad range of capital markets and M&A transactions and related regulatory matters, both across Europe and between Europe and the U.S.”
“Katja’s arrival strengthens our integrated corporate and particular private equity offering in Frankfurt. This also marks the first of several significant additions we anticipate in the coming months as we accelerate the ongoing growth of our practice in Germany in response to clients’ needs and the trends we are seeing in the market,” said Dr. Christopher Wolff, Chair of Paul Hastings’ Frankfurt office. “Katja’s extensive experience advising German companies on their listings in the U.S. capital markets as well as her high-yield skillset also open up significant opportunities for collaborating with our American and London colleagues to help guide our clients’ growth across borders.”
“I am excited to join Paul Hastings’ global team and have the opportunity to join forces with my new colleagues in Frankfurt, as well as in London, Paris and across the U.S.,” said Dr. Katja Kaulamo. “Together we will offer clients a compelling combination of local and international expertise covering the full range of corporate and corporate finance transactions, including equity capital markets as well as high-yield and leveraged finance – and write the next chapter in Paul Hastings’ impressive growth story.”
Dr. Kaulamo advises on a wide range of complex international corporate and capital markets transactions for top institutions, including investment banks like Goldman, JP Morgan and Bank of America, as well as private equity firms and large, sophisticated corporates. She has extensive experience with initial public offerings, capital increases, rights offerings, block trades and offerings of convertible and hybrid capital instruments, as well as investment grade and high-yield debt. Her practice also includes capital markets-related regulatory advice, corporate governance, public M&A transactions, and other corporate matters.
The global Capital Markets practice at Paul Hastings has advised on several landmark transactions in recent years, including US$5.5 billion of high-yield notes issued in connection with Altice USA, Inc.’s combination of Suddenlink and Optimum; Minera Mexico’s US$1 billion senior notes offering; representing Barclays, BBVA and other banks in Prime Health Services’ debut $700 million offering of senior secured notes; representing Jefferies, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America in The Providence Service Corporation’s debut US$500 million notes offering to finance the acquisition of the Simplura Group; representing Goldman and Morgan Stanley in Accolade’s US$220 million IPO; representing Citigroup and other banks in Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s follow-on public offering of class A common stock; and Ascletis Pharma’s US$400 million IPO – the first listing under Chapter 18A of the listing rules in Hong Kong.
The arrival of Dr. Kaulamo continues Paul Hastings’ strong lateral growth across its global platform. Over the past 24 months, the firm has welcomed more than two dozen partners. Significant additions in Europe include Finance and Restructuring partners Peter Hayes and Mei Lian and Energy partners Derwin Jenkinson and Steven Bryan in London, and Private Equity/M&A partners Arthur de Baudry d’Asson and Charles Cardon, Restructuring partner Guilhem Bremond, Antitrust and Competition partner Camille Paulhac, Investigations and Compliance managing director Nicola Bonucci and Tax partner Bruno Leroy in Paris. In addition, the firm’s Capital Markets practice has welcomed global practice co-chair Frank Lopez in New York and partners Christopher Austin in New York and Chaobo Fan in Hong Kong.
At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Tina Sessions with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in San Francisco
November 5, 2020
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that Justina “Tina” Sessions has joined the firm as a partner in the San Francisco office. She will be a member of the antitrust practice.
A litigator focused on antitrust and IP matters, Sessions has counseled individual clients and steered joint defense groups through high-stakes antitrust cases and complex patent disputes. Throughout her career, she has worked with clients ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to help them navigate, negotiate, and win business-critical disputes with competitors and enforcement authorities. She has tried cases to verdict and handled evidentiary hearings, appeals, and other contested matters in courts around the country.
“Tina is an accomplished litigator who has earned praise from clients and her colleagues in the trial bar for representing innovative companies in complex disputes with significant issues at stake,” said Doug Clark, managing partner at Wilson Sonsini. “Our antitrust practice is constantly engaged in high-profile matters involving important questions of law and business that can impact entire industries, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors. With her impressive background and experience, Tina is a great addition to our antitrust team, and we’re excited to welcome her to the firm.”
Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Sessions was a partner at trial litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco, which she first joined as an associate in 2011, before being promoted to partner in 2018. Earlier in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, from 2010 to 2011, and the Honorable Claire V. Eagan, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, from 2009 to 2010.
“I am thrilled to join the talented antitrust team at Wilson Sonsini, which I know to be one of the leading antitrust practices worldwide,” said Sessions. “I look forward to collaborating with the firm’s world-class attorneys in all practice areas to represent clients in trials and other critical disputes.”
Sessions received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009, graduating magna cum laude, and her B.A. degree from Yale University in 2004. She is admitted to practice in California and federal courts around the country.
Based in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Brussels, the highly regarded antitrust practice at Wilson Sonsini advises clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by government agencies, antitrust litigation, and issues involving intellectual property, consumer protection, and privacy. The firm’s antitrust litigators have successfully represented clients in defense of antitrust claims seeking large damages awards and in cases that raise novel and complex intellectual property issues, including claims challenging IP licensing practices, standard-setting activities, and patent pools. The internationally recognized practice has been involved in several of the most important antitrust matters of the past decade and has obtained favorable antitrust outcomes for clients as diverse as Mylan, Google, Twitter, Live Nation, Netflix, Trulia, Seagate, Nuance, Coca-Cola, Glencore, The McClatchy Company, Brocade, Pixar, Micron, and Autodesk.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the combination of Fox Rothschild LLP with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP in San Francisco
December 10, 2020
Fortifying its presence in Northern California, Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce its combination with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, effective January 1, 2021.
“We have long sought to expand within the Bay Area’s vibrant legal market, and we are excited to kick off 2021 by welcoming 21 attorneys who share our commitment to delivering innovative business solutions and unwavering client service,” said Mark L. Silow, Chair of Fox Rothschild.
“The Greene Radovsky team enhances our national real estate practice by giving us the significant capabilities in California that we have been seeking, and this merger adds depth to our existing corporate, tax and wealth planning practices. The addition of these exceptional lawyers aligns with our commitment to grow our presence in the State of California.”
A boutique San Francisco-based firm founded in 1984, Greene Radovsky provides real estate, corporate, securities, tax, trusts and estates and wealth planning services. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, private investment funds, closely held businesses, real estate developers, institutional lenders, and high net-worth families and individuals. Founding partners Richard Greene and Joseph Radovsky are still actively practicing and will be joining Fox.
“We are excited to join Fox Rothschild and to introduce our clients to this dynamic full-service firm with a national footprint,” said Jeffrey T. Klugman, Managing Partner of Greene Radovsky. “Fox shares our dedication to fostering long-term relationships with clients and to providing excellent legal solutions to complex business challenges. We know our clients will find value in the depth of resources and knowledge available to them via Fox’s comprehensive range of practice areas.”
Greene adds: “Joe Radovsky and I are very pleased with and excited about the merger. As founding partners of our firm, we wanted to be certain all our clients would continue to receive outstanding legal service, which the merger assures will occur. Fox Rothschild also gives our excellent professionals the opportunity to work for a national law firm and enhance their careers. We are looking forward to continuing our practices at Fox Rothschild.”
Home to more than 35 attorneys in San Francisco and more than 50 attorneys in Los Angeles, Fox’s California-based team provides national and international clients, ranging from startups to multinational corporations with West Coast interests, with legal services in corporate, labor and employment, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, intellectual property, municipal insolvency, litigation, taxation and wealth planning, trusts and estates, entertainment, cannabis law, family law and business succession planning.
Fox will inherit Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh’s office space at 1 Front Street and will maintain its 345 California Street office.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Sean Royall a Co-Chair of Antitrust and Competition with Kirkland & Ellis in Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Olivia Andendorff has joined Kirkland & Ellis with him as partner in Dallas. Richard Cunningham has joined as a partner in Washington, D.C.
November 6, 2019
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Sean Royall, Olivia Adendorff and Richard Cunningham have joined or will soon be joining as partners of the Firm. Ms. Adendorff and Mr. Cunningham have already completed their transitions to Kirkland. Mr. Royall will do so upon finalizing obligations to his current firm.
Mr. Royall, Ms. Adendorff and Mr. Cunningham are leading antitrust, data privacy and consumer protection attorneys who regularly represent clients in some of the most high-stakes litigation matters and cutting-edge government investigations. All three lawyers have substantial experience handling major Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, including inquiries involving merger clearance, anticompetitive practices, advertising and marketing compliance, privacy, and data security. Mr. Royall, Ms. Adendorff and Mr. Cunningham each also maintain active litigation practices in courts throughout the United States, handling high-exposure government, private party and class action lawsuits for clients in high-tech, pharmaceutical and a wide range of other industries.
“We are delighted to expand our world-class litigation and government investigations practice. This group of lawyers brings strong experience and reputations for achieving results for their clients during internal investigations, before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, in litigation and at trial. They will be a tremendous asset to our clients across the country who face an increasingly complex regulatory and litigation landscape,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Ms. Adendorff and Mr. Cunningham were previously partners of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where Mr. Royall remains a partner pending his transition to Kirkland.
Mr. Royall has served as the long-time co-chair of the antitrust and competition practice group at Gibson Dunn, and was also a founding co-chair of the firm’s privacy, cybersecurity and consumer protection practice group. Mr. Royall has been honored by Chambers USA as a Band 1 antitrust lawyer for well over a decade, in addition to being a recent Law360 national MVP in Antitrust and receiving similar recognition by the National Law Journal, The Best Lawyers in America and Benchmark Litigation.
Among other high-profile representations, Mr. Royall was the lead lawyer for Facebook in the company’s recent privacy-related FTC investigation, in which a publicly announced settlement is pending judicial approval. In 2018, he was counsel for AT&T in connection with its acquisition of Time Warner and a member of the trial team that successfully defended that transaction against a DOJ-led court challenge.
Mr. Royall served as Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003 and played a key role in shaping and overseeing the agency’s antitrust enforcement agenda, both in the merger and non-merger areas. He also led the FTC’s review of many high-profile transactions, and has advised companies on proposed mergers and transactions involving hundreds of billions of dollars. Mr. Royall will split his time between Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., and Dallas offices.
Ms. Adendorff handles a variety of antitrust, consumer protection and general litigation matters, with particular experience managing complex commercial class actions. She has practiced in federal district and appellate courts across the country. In addition to playing a key role in the Facebook FTC investigation, her experience includes successfully defending Sanofi-Aventis in federal district court and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an antitrust-based False Claims Act suit brought by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, leading to a complete victory for her client.
Texas Lawyer named Ms. Adendorff “On the Rise” in 2019 and Dallas Business Journal recognized her among the “40 Under 40” business leaders in Dallas in 2017. Ms. Adendorff will be resident in Kirkland’s Dallas office.
Kirkland’s Dallas office launched in 2018 and now includes more than 50 lawyers handling an array of sophisticated transactions and litigation in Texas, the United States and globally.
Mr. Cunningham’s practice focuses on FTC and DOJ investigations and related client counseling and litigation. He spent more than eight years as a Staff Attorney and Senior Trial Counsel in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition prior to transitioning to private practice in 2013. At the FTC, he was involved in numerous prominent enforcement actions, including FTC v. Promedica, FTC v. Rockford Health and FTC v. Whole Foods.
Mr. Cunningham’s experience in private practice includes securing unconditional clearance for Tenet Healthcare's $2.1 billion joint venture with USPI, which created the nation’s largest operator of ambulatory surgery centers, and representing Allergan in competitor and consumer class action litigations. Super Lawyers and Euromoney have recognized him as a rising star in the antitrust space.
Mr. Cunningham will be based in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office, and will also spend significant time in Kirkland’s West Coast offices.
Mark Filip, a litigation partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee, stated: “Some of the most important areas of law now concern competition, privacy and related consumer issues in the context of technology companies. We have added an elite practice team in this area, which will continue to engage on these issues for clients from across the country and world, both in government investigations and in commercial and government-facing litigations.”
“Adding this group of litigation partners makes a strong statement about our commitment to having top-notch litigation talent, including here in Texas. They are a great addition to our platform,” said Andy Calder, a corporate partner in Kirkland’s Houston office and a member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Mark McNeill with Quinn Emanuel in New York
September 3, 2019
Quinn Emanuel is pleased to announce Mark McNeill as Partner in the firm’s New York office. Mark is an international arbitration practitioner and has represented companies and states in numerous commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, including in matters involving intellectual property, technology, nuclear construction, pharmaceuticals, business combinations, and more. Mark spoke to Law360 about developments within international arbitration of interest to him, highlights of his previous work, and what drew him to the firm. Read here: https://www.law360.com/…/quinn-emanuel-nabs-shearman-arbitr…
Mark McNeill is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s International Arbitration practice.
For over two decades, Mark has acted as an advocate representing companies and States in numerous commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, including in matters involving intellectual property, technology, nuclear construction, pharmaceuticals, business combinations, oil & gas, taxation, mining, insurance and reinsurance. He also serves as an arbitrator and he lectures on international investment arbitration at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. He is admitted to practice in New York, Paris and England & Wales.
Before joining the firm, Mark was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he represented the United States in investor-State arbitrations under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Legal 500 notes that "Mark McNeill is absolutely top class, both in his strategic and subject matter advice, but also in his written work and advocacy". Chambers Global mentions that Mark "receives consistently positive feedback". In particular, clients have praised his advocacy skills, stating that he is "very sharp", "uses just the right tone and words" and is "very talented".
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Thomas Gaynor with DLA Piper in San Francisco & Los Angeles
July 18, 2019
DLA Piper announced today the addition of a six-partner group whose members will be part of the firm's Corporate, Intellectual Property and Technology, and Litigation practices. The partners will be based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and New York.
The lawyers include Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang, Corporate partners in San Francisco; Stephen Reil, a Corporate partner in Los Angeles; Christopher Mooney and Maria Swiatek, IPT partners in Silicon Valley; and Abigail Reardon, a Litigation partner in New York.
"These lawyers will significantly enhance our platform across a wide number of sectors and markets," said Joe Alexander, global and US co-chair of the firm's Corporate and Private Equity practices. "The addition of several experienced partners will offer an ideal complement to our current capabilities in California, where we are focused on growing our Corporate practice to meet the needs of our clients."
"The addition of these lawyers is an important strategic element of our continued growth on the West Coast," said Louis Lehot, co-managing partner of the Silicon Valley office. "We are committed to providing our clients with exceptional advice and service, and their combined knowledge and experience will bolster our Corporate, IPT and Litigation practices, and be a tremendous resource to clients requiring sophisticated counsel."
"Together, these lawyers bring a strong reputation and valuable, diverse skillsets. At DLA Piper, they will be able to leverage the full scope of our global platform for the benefit of their clients," said Frank Ryan, global and US co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. "We are thrilled to welcome them to the firm and look forward to their contributions."
"We couldn't be happier to join the global DLA Piper platform to better serve our international clients, for whom we are poised to do more substantial and sophisticated projects," Gaynor said. "We look forward to working with the exceptional talent already at the firm to build a stronger future together."
They join from Nixon Peabody, where Gaynor led the firm's California Corporate practice and previously served as managing partner of the San Francisco office, and Swiatek previously served as managing partner of the Palo Alto office.
Thomas Gaynor handles large-scale cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, corporate governance, venture and private equity debt and equity financings, LLC and corporate formations and joint ventures, and domestic/offshore investment fund creation for clients across a wide range of sectors. He earned his J.D. from Boston College School of Law and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.
Jinjian Huang concentrates his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, real estate acquisition and development and renewable energy project finance. He earned his J.D. from Hastings College of Law, his LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law, and his LL.B. from Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Stephen Reil handles a range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, reorganizations, joint ventures, growth equity financing and corporate governance. He focuses on middle-market private equity matters representing public and private companies and private equity funds. He earned his J.D. and B.S. from Brigham Young University and his M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Christopher Mooney focuses his practice on strategic patent counseling, patent prosecution and patent litigation. He earned his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, his M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas and his B.S. from Texas A&M University.
Maria Swiatek provides strategic intellectual property counseling to high technology, energy and life science clients, with an emphasis on development and leverage of domestic and international IP portfolios, complex IP transactions, M&A due diligence and litigation matters. She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her B.S. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Abigail Reardon is a New York litigator with more than three decades of experience in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation and strategic counseling. She focuses on transaction structuring, dispute avoidance and disputes in the technology field as well as in the energy and financial services sectors. She earned her J.D. from Duke University and her A.B. from College of the Holy Cross.
Kossoris Search is pleased to assist Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles
March 26, 2019
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a transactional team in Los Angeles led by partners Michael Woronoff, Monica Shilling, Philippa Bond, Jonathan Benloulou, Anne Kim and Chris Wu. The team has extensive experience acting for clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including private equity, M&A, capital markets, business development companies, governance and tax matters.
Most of the members of the team started this month, and the new lawyers are based in the Firm’s Century City location, which is expanding to accommodate recent and future growth. With this addition, Kirkland has more than 150 lawyers in Los Angeles operating from its offices in Century City and downtown.
“Michael, Monica, Pippa, Jonathan, Anne and Chris are a formidable group with incredible talent, outstanding reputations and a strong team ethos. That’s a very exciting and attractive combination that will benefit clients as well as our teams in Los Angeles and around the world. We look forward to integrating them into our top-tier private equity/M&A platform,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
“This is a highly capable and versatile group, with experience that spans the full range of transactional matters. We are thrilled to welcome them to our office in Century City to further enhance our premier teams on the West Coast and across the Firm,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman-Elect of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
“Kirkland provided a compelling opportunity to continue to build out our market-leading platform for private equity-related transactions. We are delighted to join a great group of colleagues in Los Angeles and beyond, and look forward to contributing to Kirkland’s future growth and success,” said Mr. Woronoff.
Mr. Woronoff is nationally recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Chambers USA describes him as “100% focused on providing exceptional service,” and a client interviewed by The Legal 500 U.S. refers to him as “literally one of the best attorneys with whom I have ever worked.” He was the exclusive winner of Lexology’s Client Choice Award in the category of Mergers & Acquisitions (California) in both 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the Daily Journal acknowledged him on its “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for the sixth time, and in 2016 The Best Lawyers in America named him the Los Angeles “Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year.” Earlier in his career, Mr. Woronoff was a founding principal of Shelter Capital Partners, a private equity fund that invests in technology and technology-enabled businesses at all stages of development. For the past 16 years, he has taught at UCLA School of Law.
Ms. Shilling maintains a corporate and securities law practice, advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies, public companies, financial advisors, investment banks and issuers on the full life cycle of transactions. She is experienced with M&A transactions, capital markets, general corporate law and corporate governance, securities law and NYSE/Nasdaq compliance. Ms. Shilling also actively represents business development companies (BDCs). Publications including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and the Daily Journal have honored Ms. Shilling as a leading private equity, capital markets and corporate/M&A lawyer.
Ms. Bond focuses her practice on capital markets transactions and acts as counsel to issuers, sponsors and underwriters in registered public offerings, block trades and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as tender and exchange offers and consent solicitations. She also counsels institutional and corporate clients with respect to general compliance and governance. The Legal 500 U.S. and Chambers USA have recognized Ms. Bond as a top capital markets lawyers for several years, and the Daily Journal featured her among its Top Women Lawyers in 2017.
Mr. Benloulou regularly advises private equity firms and private and public companies on merger and acquisition transactions, restructurings and other strategic transactions. In addition, he has extensive experience in asset manager M&A transactions. He also counsels clients with respect to corporate governance and other general corporate matters. The Daily Journal named him to its “Top 20 Under 40” feature in 2015. He has also been recognized as a rising star by The Legal 500 U.S., The M&A Advisor and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”
Ms. Kim represents private equity funds, public and private companies and publicly traded partnerships with the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, cross-border transactions, formation of joint ventures, and capital markets and debt financings. She has been recognized for her work in tax by Chambers USA every year since 2014, and has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”
Mr. Wu’s diverse corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on private equity transactions. He also has extensive experience in representing issuers and investment banks in public and private securities offerings and counsels clients on matters of corporate governance, securities law and compliance. He has been recognized as a rising star by Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” since 2015.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Justin Hamill with Latham & Watkins LLP in New York
March 18, 2019
Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Justin Hamill has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Entertainment, Sports & Media Practices. Hamill advises public and private companies, investment funds, and financial institutions in negotiated and contested M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, public and private investments, and restructurings.
Hamill has substantial experience across a broad array of industries, with a particular focus on entertainment, sports, and media. Hamill also regularly handles sophisticated transactions in the technology, financial services, consumer products, healthcare, and real estate sectors.
“We are delighted to welcome another widely respected and accomplished M&A practitioner to our New York office,” said Rich Trobman, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “Justin’s arrival underscores our priority to serve clients by further growing our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York. He will enhance Latham’s global platform and our ability to help clients navigate their highest-stakes transactions in an increasingly complex business environment.”
“Justin is a recognized M&A practitioner of the highest caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him to our expanding practice in New York,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. “Justin is the third high-profile M&A partner to join our New York office in 2019. His arrival reflects our continued focus on expanding our premier corporate and private equity Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York and globally, and our steadfast commitment to evolving with our clients’ needs.”
Joe Calabrese, Global Chair of Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, added: “Justin is a recognized dealmaker in the entertainment, sports, and media space, and is a tremendous addition to our team. His on-the-ground presence in New York further solidifies the national and global reach of our practice and reinforces Latham’s commitment to servicing our clients in this important sector.”
“Justin’s arrival is another exciting milestone in the continued growth of our New York office, particularly the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices,” said Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “Justin’s deep experience and reputation for excellence will be of tremendous value to our clients.”
“I look forward to leveraging Latham’s integrated, global platform and industry focus to serve my clients,” said Hamill. “The firm has an excellent reputation globally for serving as a strategic advisor to clients on their most high-stakes transactions, and that reputation, combined with their deep industry expertise, particularly in entertainment, sports, and media, drew me to Latham.”
Latham announced in January 2019 the arrivals of Alexander Johnson and David Beller to the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices in the firm’s New York office. Hamill, Johnson, and Beller all bring substantial experience advising on complex M&A transactions.
Hamill joins Latham & Watkins from Paul, Weiss in New York. He received his JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his BA from Dartmouth College.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Ashar Qureshi with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in London
September 26, 2018
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Ashar Qureshi has joined the Firm's London office as a partner in the Corporate Department, where he will head EMEA global transactions.
At Fried Frank, Mr. Qureshi's practice will focus primarily on international corporate transactions, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, covering Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has experience representing international financial institutions, including underwriters, as well as corporations and governments on IPOs, equity and debt securities (including high-yield), complex hedge fund and private equity transactions and structures, rights offerings, and restructurings and privatizations.
“Ash's experience will allow us to further align our London offerings with our core practices firmwide and expand our cross-border transactional expertise,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Firm.”
Mr. Qureshi joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner in its global transactions practice. Prior to his time at Freshfields, he worked client-side in various roles including as a director at Hanson Asset Management, as a founding partner of NAYA Capital, and as executive vice chairman and CEO of Renaissance Group and Renaissance Asset Managers, respectively. Prior to that, Mr. Qureshi was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb, where he worked for nearly 20 years advising clients on a variety of international matters. He received a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
“Ash is highly regarded in the legal community as one of the leading US securities and transactional lawyers, and his addition will help further strengthen our global transaction offerings to clients,” added Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm's London office. “We look forward to working with him.”
“We are excited to work with Ash, who I have known for over 20 years and for whom I hold the utmost respect as a practitioner,” added Daniel J. Bursky, head of the Firm's Capital Markets Practice. “I am confident his global transactional expertise will enable us to better serve our growing client needs.”
Mr. Qureshi's arrival to Fried Frank continues the growth of the London office and follows the arrival of corporate real estate partners Darren Rogers and Patrick Williams in the last year, and the recent arrival of corporate partner Sam Wilson to the Firm's Asset Management Practice.
Fried Frank's Corporate Department provides innovative business solutions to sophisticated corporate issues and transactions, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. The Firm's corporate lawyers advise clients in the most complex negotiated and contested situations. The team works closely with clients to develop a practical understanding of their business, financial and legal objectives, to ensure clients possess the necessary information to make well-informed business decisions. The Firm's corporate lawyers are also knowledgeable in a wide variety of financial fields, and collaborate as appropriate with lawyers in the Firm's other practices when dealing with intricate transactional assignments.
Ashar Qureshi is a partner in the Corporate Department and head of EMEA global transactions, resident in Fried Frank's London office.
Mr. Qureshi concentrates his practice on international corporate transactions, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has experience representing international financial institutions, including underwriters, as well as corporations and governments on IPOs, equity and debt securities (including high-yield), complex hedge fund and private equity transactions and structures, rights offerings, and restructurings and privatizations.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Qureshi was a partner at a large international law firm. Mr. Qureshi was also previously a founding partner in multi-billion dollar hedge fund and the Executive Vice Chairman of Renaissance Group.
Mr. Qureshi is consistently recognized as a leading capital markets and corporate practitioner in legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Chambers UK, and is described by many “as one of the best lawyers ... in London.”
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Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Joseph Sacca with BakerHostetler in New York
September 16, 2018
Joseph N. Sacca, a long-time commercial and securities litigator with a top tier roster of clients and trial experience, joined BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group today as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Sacca comes to BakerHostetler from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Sacca represents clients around the world in complex corporate, commercial, and securities litigation in federal courts, state courts, and in arbitration proceedings. He also has extensive experience advising public companies and private equity firms in litigation involving mergers and acquisitions.
His arrival follows other key additions to BakerHostetler’s litigation roster this year, including Howard Cotton and Michael Gordon, two of the top commercial litigators from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in New York, and a technology-focused team with litigation experience from LeClairRyan in Atlanta.
In his nearly three decades as a litigator, Sacca has successfully represented his clients in numerous high-stakes matters. These include defending investment banks against multibillion-dollar claims arising from the banks’ sale of mortgage-backed securities, a successful defense of an automobile manufacturer in a multibillion-dollar securities fraud action, and representation of a Big Four accounting firm in actions alleging accounting malpractice and disputes with former partners.
“Joe is a brilliant trial lawyer with significant litigation experience handling complex matters,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of the firm’s national Litigation Group. “We have a deep bench of accomplished trial lawyers with bet-the-company experience, and are positioned to meet any client’s litigation needs, no matter how large or complex. Joe is a seamless addition to our group, and we are thrilled to have him join the firm.”
“BakerHostetler’s wave of recruiting top flight lateral litigators continues with the acquisition of Skadden powerhouse Joe Sacca, who is a very talented commercial and securities litigator,” said George Stamboulidis, BakerHostetler’s New York office managing partner. “We have strategically grown our litigation practice here in New York and in our other 13 offices around the nation over the past year, and are excited to continue this growth by bringing Joe onto our team.”
Sacca received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law, where he was the managing editor of the Temple Law Review. He is also committed to pro bono work, particularly in his role as the chair of the board for Infinite Family, a global mentoring organization dedicated to using technology to allow adults around the world to serve as role models and mentors for children in Africa.
“BakerHostetler has so much to offer my clients, including the firm’s strong overall litigation focus and its remarkable attorneys from various legal backgrounds” Sacca said. “I am excited to join this firm as it continues to build upon its exceptionally strong litigation capabilities.”
The Litigation Group consists of more than 360 attorneys across all of BakerHostetler’s 14 offices nationwide. With a roster of litigators that include former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers, and former government enforcement officials, the firm’s clients benefit from a team that can successfully represent them in nearly any type of case and proceeding.
Armed with a roster of powerful clients and substantial securities litigation and class action wins, Joe Sacca is a noteworthy addition to BakerHostetler's White Collar, Investigations, and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He represents an array of U.S. and international clients in complex corporate, commercial and securities litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. From defending a Swiss multinational investment bank in connection with a suit by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that sought to recover billions, to successfully representing one of the world's largest automakers in the trial of a multibillion-dollar securities fraud action -- a victory that the National Law Journal deemed the "Top Defense Win of 2005" -- Joe's high-profile work has gained plenty of notice outside of the courtroom.
He also has a significant background representing public corporations and private equity firms in litigation related to all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including hostile tender offers, shareholder actions and disputes arising from terminated merger agreements. Additionally, Joe has counseled clients as plaintiffs and defendants in cases that involved civil RICO, tortious interference and fraud, as well as contract, fiduciary duties and non-competition agreements.
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Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Nicola Dagg with Kirkland & Ellis in London
May 14, 2018
Kirkland & Ellis announced today that leading intellectual property lawyer Nicola Dagg will join the Firm’s London office as a partner.
Ms. Dagg brings more than 20 years of experience handling complex intellectual property disputes and advisory work. Her international practice focuses on patent litigation and breach of confidence disputes. She has particular experience in dealing with the legal and commercial aspects of highly scientific and technologically advanced matters.
“Nicola is one of the leading lights of the UK intellectual property community,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “Her arrival expands our Europe-based talent in our market-leading global IP practice and we are thrilled to have her join us. Her experience is quite complementary to our existing practice and will be particularly useful to our life sciences and technology clients as they defend their intellectual property around the world.”
“Nicola has led some of the most high-profile, high-value European patent litigation cases. She has tremendous experience and we look forward to integrating her into our global intellectual property practice,” said Greg Arovas, an intellectual property partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Chambers UK ranks Ms. Dagg as a Band 1 attorney for Patent Litigation and for Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation (2018), noting that she is “obviously excellent,” “brilliant with clients,” and possesses “fantastic commercial judgement.” She is also rated as a “leading individual” for intellectual property by The Legal 500 UK (2017), which calls her a “fantastic rainmaker with a large following.” She has an individual gold ranking in IAM Patent 1000.
Ms. Dagg will join Kirkland from the London office of Allen & Overy where until recently she served as the global head of intellectual property. She was formerly a partner with Hogan Lovells. She holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Bristol. She also previously served as Deputy Reporter General of AIPPI International.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Jamie Underwood with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C.
February 28, 2018
Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Jamie Underwood has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department and as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. She is a talented patent litigator with a successful track record representing leading technology and automotive clients in actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
Underwood has handled dozens of ITC investigations involving patent infringement, as well as trademark, trade secret, copyright, and antitrust issues. As a function of her ITC work, Underwood has also represented clients in ancillary matters before US Customs and Border Protection, as well as in appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Underwood litigates district court patent cases and advises companies on legislative policy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and the administration.
Bert Reiser, a Washington, D.C. partner who leads the firm’s ITC practice, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working across from Jamie in depositions and trial and have witnessed her intelligence, courtroom skills, and tenacity first hand. We’re excited to have her join our team and we know that clients will highly value these impressive attributes.”
Underwood’s leadership roles include serving on the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the International Property Owner’s ITC Committee, and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee. She is also a regular speaker at conferences on Section 337, IP, and international trade.
Matthew Moore, a Washington, D.C. partner and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, added: “Our ITC practice has grown continuously over the last several years, including seven active ITC cases this year. During the last two years, we have seen ITC filings reach record levels— all with very significant market implications for our clients. In addition, our ITC team has an unmatched track record in inter partes proceedings for clients before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Jamie has had extensive experience in both ITC and CBP matters, and she has a well-deserved reputation for delivering outstanding results. We’re thrilled she’s joining our team to further expand our market-leading capabilities.”
Michael Egge, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., said: “Jamie is a fantastic complement to our national powerhouse IP team. Our ITC practice has had tremendous success helping clients navigate the challenges and complexities of Section 337 actions. Jamie’s blend of ITC and district court patent litigation and legislative policy experience is an immediate value-add for our clients. We are delighted she is joining Latham.”
Underwood joins Latham from Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C. She is the second prominent lawyer with significant ITC experience to join Latham’s IP Practice in recent months. Her arrival follows that of Kevin Wheeler who is also in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
“I’m honored to be joining Latham’s pioneering Intellectual Property Litigation Practice at a time of rapidly growing demand among clients,” Underwood said. “The firm has taken a strategic approach to building a premier trial practice that I find particularly impressive. I look forward to growing my practice here and contributing to Latham’s cohesive trial-ready team.”
Underwood received her BA from the University of Illinois and her JD from American University Washington College of Law, magna cum laude. Following law school, Underwood clerked for Judge Truman Morrison of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and for Chief Judge Frank Nebeker of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Jamie D. Underwood is a partner and global IP strategist in Latham & Watkins’ Intellectual Property Litigation and International Trade Commission (ITC) Practices. Ms. Underwood uses her first chair experience to help complainants, respondents, and third parties to resolve investigations before the ITC and related matters before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has advocated for clients in more than 50 Section 337 actions involving a wide range of products and industries, and is also an expert in ITC-related arbitration. In addition, Ms. Underwood advises entities on legislative and policy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and the Administration. Her professional activities in the Section 337 arena have garnered rankings by Chambers, IAM Patent 1000, and Managing Intellectual Property. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Aside from her involvement in Section 337, Ms. Underwood has litigation experience in federal trial and appellate courts, where she has handled disputes involving trademarks, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, antitrust, and complex commercial questions. She also has provided pro bono representation in political asylum, employment discrimination, and appellate procedure suits before the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Underwood was head of a multinational law firm’s Section 337 group, and before joining private practice, was law clerk to Judge Frank Q. Nebeker, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as well as Judge Truman A. Morrison, III of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. During law school, Ms. Underwood gained significant exposure to thought leaders in international law through an internship with the Hungarian Parliament, consultation for the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and a Dean’s Fellowship supporting a book on the constitutional courts of Central and Eastern Europe. She also prosecuted domestic violence cases at the US Attorney’s Office in D.C. as part of one of the top trial clinics in the country.
To complement her casework, Ms. Underwood keeps stakeholders abreast of leading-edge ITC developments through her avid involvement in the ITC and IP communities. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Federal Circuit Bar Association, on the ITC Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and within the ITC Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Underwood has lectured on ITC practice at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She also speaks and writes regularly on the topics of Section 337, intellectual property, litigation, and international trade. Her contributions are reflected in the book A Lawyer’s Guide to Section 337 Investigations Before the US International Trade Commission. For the last several years, she has participated on the global trade stage as an NGO delegate to multiple World Trade Organization Ministerial Conferences. She is also an advisor to the Corporate Accountability Lab.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Jeffrey Bjork with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.
February 7, 2018
Jeffrey Greenberg, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, said: “Jeff is a widely recognized and admired leader in bankruptcy law, and we’re excited to have him drive our practice forward here at Latham. His ability to find creative yet practical solutions to complex restructuring challenges will be of tremendous value to our clients.”
“Jeff has a multi-faceted practice and is known as a sophisticated national insolvency player. He possesses the experience, skill set, and collaborative character that clients seek when they turn to Latham’s top-notch practice,” said Los Angeles partner Peter Gilhuly, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. “I’ve seen Jeff described as ‘fearless’ in his representation of clients, which is an apt description of the drive and knowledge he brings to the task at hand.”
Scott Gottdiener, Global Chair of Latham’s Finance Department added: “Jeff’s arrival on the West Coast will complement our growing national and global bankruptcy practice, and signals our continued commitment to helping clients through what may be some of their toughest business decisions.”
Bjork said: “Latham has a global, integrated platform that can support the type of complex and cross-border matters I am increasingly seeing in my practice and in the market. I am thrilled to join such a talented and well-regarded group of colleagues and a platform that will offer me the opportunity to represent companies, creditors, and other major stakeholders. I am delighted for the opportunity to build the practice further to meet our clients’ complex needs.”
Bjork joins Latham & Watkins from Sidley Austin in Los Angeles where he was a partner. He has received accolades as a leading practitioner from an array of publications covering the profession, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, The Best Lawyers in America, and Turnaround & Workouts. He earned his BA from Pepperdine University in 1995 and his JD from Emory University in 1998. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. James Massey in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, prior to embarking on a career in private practice.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Harvey Wolkoff with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as the managing partner of the firm's new Boston office.
January 23, 2018
After roughly 40 years at Ropes & Gray, commercial litigator Harvey Wolkoff is retiring from the firm to join the newest office of global litigation giant Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Less than a month after opening an office in Boston, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is building out its operations in the city with two additions from Ropes & Gray.
Harvey Wolkoff, who has spent roughly 40 years at the firm, will retire on Feb. 1 and become managing partner of Quinn Emanuel’s newest office. The commercial litigator is bringing with him Ropes & Gray associate Brian Shaughnessy, who will come aboard as of counsel.
Wolkoff first joined Ropes & Gray in 1975 but left four years later to become a federal prosecutor in New York. He returned to the Boston-based Am Law 10 firm in 1982 and made partner two years later.
“I loved working at Ropes & Gray all the time that I did, but firm rules are firm rules,” said the 67-year-old Wolkoff, referring to Ropes & Gray’s mandatory retirement age of 65. “I needed a place to find to roost, I guess, and I couldn’t think of a better place than Quinn Emanuel—it really is a terrific litigation powerhouse.”
In his four decades at Ropes & Gray, Wolkoff has represented clients in complex commercial disputes in a variety of areas, including consumer and security class actions, contract disputes, data intrusions, frauds and securities litigation.
“[Wolkoff] likes to try cases. We do, too,” said a statement from Quinn Emanuel managing partner John Quinn. “He is the perfect fit.”
As head of Quinn Emanuel’s Boston operation, Wolkoff said the firm plans on exploring various opportunities to expand in the city with the goal of becoming the preeminent litigation firm in Boston.
“I see a litigation shop like Quinn Emanuel perfectly positioned to take on the most important and significant litigation cases that arise out of that kind of thriving business activities that are occurring,” Wolkoff said.
Quinn Emanuel, which earlier this week saw eight partners leave the firm to form their own shop, announced in late December that it would set up shop in Boston with New York-based intellectual property litigation partners Steven Cherny, Patrick Curran and Sandra Bresnick.
In Boston, Quinn Emanuel is joining an increasingly crowded local legal market. Large out-of-town firms have made inroads to expand their capabilities in the city in an effort to capture work from its budding life sciences, private equity and technology sectors.
“Boston has become one of a handful of the most thriving, vibrant cities in the entire country, and I see the market expanding, not only in 2018 but beyond,” Wolkoff said.
Kirkland & Ellis opened an office in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood last summer and has moved to acquire local talent, including Ropes & Gray private equity partner Jason Serlenga, Proskauer Rose partners Sean Hill and Stephanie Berdik, McDermott private equity partner Michael Sartor and Choate, Hall & Stewart private equity co-chair Christian Atwood.
Hogan Lovells, which earlier this month lost four litigators in Boston, headed up to Boston last summer after acquiring Collora, a 25-lawyer litigation boutique, while Womble Bond Dickinson set up its own outpost last September after adding three intellectual property partners from McCarter & English.
Not to be outdone, DLA Piper brought on former Nutter McClennen & Fish private equity group co-chair Adam Ghander for its Boston office, which opened in 2003.
Kossoris Search is pleased to announce the placement of Jeffrey Sullivan with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in London
July 20, 2017
"Jeff will be an excellent addition to our international arbitration team," said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. "He has a vibrant practice and an excellent reputation in the market. Given the prevalence of investment treaty disputes and the inclusion of arbitration clauses in large commercial transactions and investment ventures, we believe that this is an area of increasing importance to our clients."
"Jeff's investment treaty expertise will add to our bench strength in this important and busy area and will balance in precisely the right way," said Penny Madden QC, Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group. "His practice complements our exciting growth in London and across New York, Dubai and Hong Kong."
"Jeff is recognized as a rising star in arbitration," said Cyrus Benson, Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group. "As a former adversary to Jeff in a major arbitration proceeding, I have the utmost respect for him as a first-rate technical lawyer and advocate."
Sullivan practices in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations with particular expertise in public international law (PIL). He regularly represents clients in the energy, infrastructure and private equity sector, in which he is known for spearheading multiple Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations against the Kingdom of Spain relating to the regulation of the Spanish renewable energy sector.
Sullivan is an advisory board member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), a member of both the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat's Legal Advisory Task Force and UNCTAD's Investment Experts Group, and sits on the Executive Board of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA). He also served as the Vice-Chair of the International Investment & Development section of the American Bar Association.
Sullivan has practiced with Allen & Overy in London since 2006. Prior, he practiced in Washington, D.C. with Foley & Lardner from 2000 to 2005.
He is a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and England and Wales. He received his law degree in 1999 from the University of Florida. He completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Public International Law in 2006 from University College London.
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 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 Liesl Fichardt with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.