Happy Holidays from the National Law Review! We hope you are staying safe and well as Thanksgiving rolls around. Read below for the latest news on law firm hiring and expansion, industry awards and honors, and the latest on law firm diversity, equity, and recruiting.
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Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP has added attorney Mark Nagumo as Counsel in the firm’s Chemical Patent Practice Group. Mr. Nagumo, a former US Patent and Trademark Office patent attorney, has extensive experience in chemical research, particularly in biology, materials, and a range of other analytical techniques.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to our firm,” said Oblon Managing Partner Philippe Signore. “Mark is a highly experienced and respected chemical patent attorney with many years of experience at the USPTO that is of great value and benefit to our clients. He is a great addition to our team.
Polsinelli PC has appointed two new chairs for the firm’s Business Department: Jane Arnold and Kolin Holladay. Ms. Arnold, an experienced mergers and acquisitions attorney, is based in the St. Louis office. Louis, where he serves as the Department’s managing partner. Mr. Holladay, whose practice also focuses on mergers and acquisitions, is an Associate in the Nashville office.
“The selection of Arnold and Holladay as Chief Business Officers demonstrates the firm’s long-standing commitment to inclusion, representation, and geographic diversity at all levels,” said Chase Simmons, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polsinelli. “These two are leaders who are well-respected in our firm and the firms they serve. Under their leadership, the Business Office will continue to work in ways that benefit our attorneys and our clients, which is in line with our strategic priorities.
James M. Tartaglia has rejoined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as Counsel in the Charleston office. With mineral title content and focus, Tartaglia joined the firm’s Energy Group, where he focused on energy contract law.
“We look forward to Jim’s return to the firm,” said Steptoe & Johnson CEO Christopher L. Slaughter. “His skill and knowledge of the oil and gas industry strengthens our energy contracting practice and will be an asset to our clients.”
As of November 1, 2022, Proskauer Rose LLP has promoted 33 of its attorneys – 25 to partner and 8 to senior counsel. This type of promotion is the firm’s largest to date and includes lawyers from nine different offices around the world.
“We are pleased to promote this talented group of attorneys, whose values, entrepreneurial spirit and drive represent the best of Upa,'” said Steven M. Ellis, Chairman of Proskauer. “We welcome each of our new partners and senior advisors to this important initiative and wish them continued success as they support our clients, build on past wins, set precedents and serve as strategic partners.”
The following attorneys have been promoted to partner: Michelle Annese, Kimberly Braun, Ryan Carpenter, Aliza Cinamon, Grant Darwin, Christopher Elson, Nolan Goldberg, Laura Goldsmith, Oliver Howley, John Ingrassia, Philip Kaminski, Christine Lazatin, Shawn Ledingham , Matthew Levy , Stéphanie Martinier, Richard Miller, Bharat Moudgil, Adam Nelson, Caroline Robbins, Cameron Roper, Bradley Schecter, Adam Scoll, Sean Spence, Scott Patrick Thurman, and Harriet West.
The following attorneys have been promoted to general counsel: Stephen Chuk, Pinchos Goldberg, Allison Lynn Martin, Jennifer Rigterink, Jurate Schwartz, Jennifer Yang, Edward Young, and Oleg Zakatov.
Frost Brown Todd has merged with California law firm Alvarado Smith, effective January 1, 2023. The combined firm will have more than 575 attorneys in 17 offices across nine states and Washington , DC, and the addition of AlvaradoSmith provides strategic expansion to Los Angeles. , Orange County, and San Francisco markets.
“AlvaradoSmith is known for successfully handling matters with clients associated with large firms, while FBT has the resources of a large firm and the culture of a winning firm,” AlvaradoSmith said. Managing Shareholder Ruben Smith. “We believe this combination will be a great fit, allowing us to grow our capabilities and resources while maintaining our deep relationship with our customers and community. We look forward to a future with Frost Brown Todd.
“This merger is a future move and a significant growth opportunity for Frost Brown Todd and AlvaradoSmith,” said FBT CEO Adam Hall. “As one of the largest and most influential economies in the world, California connects to all of Frost Brown Todd’s practice groups and many of our offices. We know our clients benefit greatly from the extensive knowledge and relationships AlvaradoSmith attorneys have cultivated throughout the state for decades. We look forward to working with them as we further enhance our presence in California and strengthen Frost Brown Todd’s corporate teams.
Legal and Compliance Industry Certification
Ballard Spahr has earned 26 National 1 positions in 2023 Best Law Firms and a total of 160 lines across the board Best Law Firms categories. Best Law Firms Lists are compiled based on surveys from customers and professional references. To qualify, the law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the current version of Best Lawyers in a Best Law Firms-training area or metro area.
Ballard Spahr earned first place National rankings in the following categories:
Banking Law and Financial Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Discharge and Reorganization Law
Criminal Defense: White Flag
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Judgment – Bankruptcy
Judgment – First Amendment
Judgment – Mental Health
Justice – Labor and Employment
Litigation – Patents
Court – Real Estate
Merger and Acquisition Law
Public Finance Act
Real Estate Law
Securities Law / Money Market
The Security Act
Guardianship and Estates Law
Lauren Wachtler, partner in Barclay Damon’s New York office, will be honored by the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom by the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. The work of Ms. Watchler focuses on commercial litigation and business issues, and advocates for women’s equality in the legal profession and mentors and educates young attorneys.
The Scheindlin Award is presented annually on or about November 6, the day women were granted the vote in 1917 in New York state. “It is a great honor to receive the Scheindlin Award,” said Wachtler. “Judge Scheindlin is an outstanding jurist and continues to be a role model for women in our profession.”
The award honors Shira A. Scheindlin, former chair of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section and former district judge for the Southern District of New York. Scheindlin said, “I congratulate Lauren for being selected to receive the Scheindlin Award. Her commitment to the legal profession and mentoring young female attorneys is inspiring and continues to grow each year. Women litigants will continue to face challenges in the courtroom; however, we hope that Lauren’s work will pave the way for future generations of female litigants.”
Foley & Lardner LLP has received a People’s Choice Award from the Third Harbors Children’s Council of America, which seeks to honor an organization that exemplifies the Scout Law through community service and business. popular. The award will be presented at the Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner in Milwaukee on November 17, 2022.
Foley was nominated for his long-standing support of Scouting, including strong corporate support through fellow Three Harbors Council member Peter Fetzer. A friend of Mr. Fetzer in the firm’s Milwaukee office, where he focuses on banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate counsel for mutual funds, mutual funds, and brokers. investment ideas and public companies.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Britt Biles and Stephanie Yarbrough have been selected for inclusion on Women We Admire’s 2022 Top 50 Leaders Women in the Law list, which honors influential and successful women in the legal field.
Ms. Biles is a member of the House of Representatives who is playing a key role in the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. After serving as Deputy White House Counsel and SEC Director General, Biles served as Senior Counsel at the Small Business Administration, where she served as the chief legal advisor to the CARES Act Administrator and contributed to write guidelines for the Cost Savings Scheme. At Womble Bond Dickinson, he focuses on business litigation and government perspectives.
Ms. Yarbrough is a Board Member of Womble Bond Dickinson International and Vice Chair of the Economic Development Group who has devoted her twenty-year legal career to assisting economic development in the southeastern United States through local and international companies to expand their operations in Charleston and surrounding areas. Yarbrough’s work in creating thousands of new jobs and billions in investment has made him an industry thought leader, speaking at local and national conferences and appearing in a 2017 New York Times article about Charleston’s economy.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Gary L. Howard has been appointed to serve a one-year term as Vice Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Birmingham, Alabama attorney has been active with DRI for many years, previously serving as Diversity Expo Chair, Diversity for Success Seminar & Corporate Expo Program Chair, and member of the Annual Conference Steering Committee. Howard’s appointment follows his 2021 Albert H. Parnell Distinguished Program Chair Award, given to him for creating an exciting educational program for DRI.
Howard’s 25-year legal practice has seen him handle commercial litigation involving class actions, mass litigation, contract disputes, insurance cases, and related matters. He has argued in federal and state courtrooms and is admitted to practice in more than ten states.
Moore and Van Allen have announced the creation of a Human Rights and Human Rights Assessment in their White Flag, Law Enforcement and Investigation. Fifteen of MVA’s most experienced investigative lawyers will use the firm’s ESG, internal and cross-border investigation, and anti-trafficking expertise to conduct public justice and human rights monitoring. These reviews help businesses that want to improve their internal and external diversity practices.
Valecia M. McDowell, who will lead the new effort, said, “Our Human Rights and Human Rights Assessment methodology combines our deep experience and strong site strengths in key areas to help We help our clients strategically assess their internal and external operations, programs, and policies to improve efficiency and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) considerations.
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