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Kristian R. Sullivan has joined the Patent Prosecution & Litigation practice group at Womble Bond Dickinson. In Houston, Mr. Sullivan provides intellectual property services, including drafting IP-related agreements, conducting freedom-to-control analyses, and securing valuable IP assets. He has worked across many industries, such as energy, engineering, technology, and construction.
“Houston’s economic market attracts a lot of clients in the manufacturing and oil/gas industries. Because of this, there is a demand for defense attorneys with mechanical engineering experience to do this work,” he said. and Jeff Whittle, managing partner of Houston-based Womble Bond Dickinson and Energy Sector Leader. “Christian’s strong engineering experience, including oil and gas, will enhance the Houston office and add depth to the Patent Prosecution & Litigation team and the growing Energy sector team.”
Sidley Austin LLP has added James Lu as a partner in the Corporate practice group. Mr. Lu, who focuses his work on representing investors and private equity investors in leading companies, is based in the Century City office. He has extensive experience in many areas, primarily public and private equity offerings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions.
“James is the trusted advisor that clients – and the law firm – want on his team. He combines leading market insights from both countries with a wide range of transactional expertise,” said Dan Clivner, the firm’s co-leader of global M&A and Private Equity. “Many of our friends who have worked with James don’t like to call him ‘our friend.'”
Danette R. Edwards, former Senior Counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Financial Services Practice as a partner. Ms. Edwards, who has extensive experience leading SEC enforcement efforts and litigating complex cases involving anti-fraud and other securities laws, will join the firm from its Washington office. , DC
“Danette is a strong addition to our Securities Litigation team as she provides our clients with exceptional experience on all types of SEC-related matters,” said Bruce G. Vanyo, chair of Katten’s Securities Litigation practice. “His impressive talent and impressive personality will enhance Katten’s reputation for defending high-profile safety issues for some of the nation’s most influential companies.”
Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick, PC has announced the addition of three new partners: Alma A. Godinez, Angelica M. Mercado, and T. Matthew Wolfe II. Ms. Godinez focuses her practice on personal injury matters involving malpractice, consequences, and other accidents. Ms. Mercado specializes in family and matrimonial law, and is skilled in drafting motions and motions arising out of matrimonial and non-marital matters. Mr. Wolfe II in his work on wills, trusts, estates, and tax matters, with an emphasis on topics such as family estate transfer and care planning, charitable giving, and retirement planning.
“We are delighted to welcome these three young professionals to the firm and know that their experience in some of our key areas of work will enhance our ability to serve our customer,” says Patricia M. Barbarito, co-Managing partner of Einhorn Barbarito.
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Jason Rubinstein, partner at Gilbert LLP, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Representing tenants facing eviction and helping injured people receive critical medical treatment, Mr. Rubinstein to organize pro bono work in his work. In addition to this role, at Gilbert, he has focused his work on insurance recovery and strategic risk management.
“The work of Legal Aid for those who live in poverty in the District is unmatched,” said Mr. Rubinstein of the honor, “and I look forward to helping to provide the leadership and legal assistance necessary to help those in need.”
The New York Law Journal recognized IMS Consulting & Expert Services as the winners of the “Best Of” 2022 award survey. They were named Top 3 recipients in the “Best of” category for the Jury Research Provider Online. The winners of this award were selected based on the results of a poll created in dozens of categories for lawyers and corporate executives to vote on.
IMS Vice President of Client Services, Chris Sizemore, said, “We are thrilled to have our clients choose one of New York’s leading legal services providers. IMS Counsel helps reduce the pre-trial bias by understanding the juror’s mind to identify and refine incentives that better connect with the decision makers in the case—judges, jurors, and defender.”
On September 22, 2022, Bruno R. Marasso, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, was installed as President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers. Mr. has received many awards. Marasso previously, including an Emerging Lawyer award by Law Bulletin Publishing Company every year since 2017, a Rising Star by Super Lawyer every year since 2018, a nomination for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2021 , and a nomination. to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 2023.
On his recent appointment, Mr. Marasso, “Romanucci & Blandin has a rich history of serving the Justinian Bar Association, and I am proud to continue that with my position as President. At Justinian, we are proud to contribute to the legal profession and society, and I am humbled to do this. Mr. Marasso served as Vice President of the Justinian Bar Association and focused on the areas of auto accidents, wrongful death, liability of the building, and malpractice of the organization.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Field
The Arab American Foundation has selected Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Associate Ali W. Latif for inclusion on their “40 Under 40” list for his work in empowering the Arab American community nationally. Ms. Latif is a trilingual Palestinian-American living in Columbus, Ohio specializing in business, immigration, and environmental law. Before joining Shumaker, Latif had his own firm, where he represented downtrodden clients. He continues to focus on underserved communities, spending hundreds of hours providing free legal services to low-income clients with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. In 2019, he received the LASC/CBA/CBF New Attorney Pro Bono Award.
Shumaker Diversity and Inclusion Committee Vice Chair Cheri Budzynski said, “We are thrilled that Ali has the opportunity to be recognized for his passion and leadership in connecting and empowering Arab Americans. As part of the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we recognize that our legal system must be inclusive to represent the diversity and people of our nation.”
Women of Color Counsel Foley & Lardner has nominated Senior Counsel Lauren Champaign to receive their “Next Gen Emerging Millennial Leader” award, which honors young attorneys with their legal and social mission skills. A commercial litigator specializing in collateral, product liability, antitrust, and consumer finance, Ms. Champaign founded Foley’s Civil Rights and Equity Practice.
Ms. Champaign previously worked with a number of legal aid organizations, such as the DC Legal Aid Society’s Housing Division, and served as Deputy GOTV Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Philadelphia. There, he contributed to growing voter turnout and eventual victory, and as Obama’s Regional Policy Director for America, he was featured in the Washington Post and PBS Now for his work. management in South Carolina and Chicago. Ms. Champaign and his five friends received the award on October 7th conference in the Business Strategy Conference of the Corporate Counsel.
Barnes & Thornburg partner Robyn Maguire has been named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law” list, which highlights women leading the legal field through education, leadership, and innovation . Ms. Maguire in civil litigation in Boston, where he handles product liability, real estate, and estate disputes.
Ms. is an active member. Maguire of his pro bono and volunteer community, assisting clients in housing and asylum matters and providing amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on related issues against immigration and employment discrimination. He is the chairman of the Hingham Regional Division Board, an executive committee and board member of Lawyers for Human Rights. He has previously been recognized as a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” in Massachusetts Super Lawyers and on the “Top Ten Verdicts” list in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Maguire and his fellow nominees will be featured in the magazine’s November issue and honored at an awards ceremony.
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