Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Manish Antani has joined the Firm as an associate in the Corporate, M&A and Securities group in its Los Angeles office. Antani joins from Eisner Jaffe PC. He concentrates his international practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, and licensing and distribution agreements, with a strong emphasis in technology and apparel. He also has significant venture capital experience, including drafting and negotiating governing documents for target companies and investors. His joint venture experience includes drafting and negotiating JV agreements in a variety of industries in connection with domestic and international deals.
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Stacey McConnell has recently founded the Chicago and Silicon Valley based Adept Legal Talent Group— a boutique freelance network of high-achieving lawyers and paralegals committed to serving sophisticated legal needs. The A.L.T. Group works with law firms, in-house legal departments and directly with businesses to provide project-based legal counsel in all practice areas.
Stone Grissom’s first novel titled “A Cry for Justice” was recently published and is available on Amazon. In this legal thriller, Grissom makes several references to Notre Dame Law School and states it is “my small homage to my cherished time as a Domer”. Grissom is an Edward R. Murrow winning journalist and the prime time news anchor at News 12 on Long Island. In addition to his many awards as a journalist, Grissom has utilized his background in civil rights and experience as a criminal defense attorney in his work as a legal analyst on local and national stations covering national and international stories including the Sandy Hook shooting and the civil trial of Michael Jackson. Grissom was also awarded the Louis A. Powell Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy by the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Andrew Baum has been appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District in south suburban Denver. Baum currently serves as a Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2016. Baum presides over a domestic relations docket. Before becoming a judicial officer, he served in the Denver District Attorney’s Office for eight years, most recently in the Economic Crime Unit. Prior to joining the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Baum served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for four years. Baum also serves as one of the officers of the Colorado Notre Dame Lawyers Committee.
Chris McLemore, an attorney at Butler Snow in London, has been shortlisted as “Lawyer of the Year” – Partner in the third annual Future Leaders Awards by Citywealth magazine, one of the leading business publications in the United Kingdom. The Future Leaders Awards originated in 2015 in order to champion professionals under 40 in all facets of the private wealth industry – investment management, law, trust and private banking sector in the U.K. The contest’s philosophy is to recognize and support future leaders who are outstanding at their work and also make a meaningful contribution to society. McLemore advises clients on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, trusts and estates. His practice areas include wealth transfer planning, tax and estates and trusts.
Marisa Lorenzo has been elected to partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York. Lorenzo is a litigator who focuses on investigations, enforcement actions and lawsuits involving the communications industry. Lorenzo works with clients, including communication service providers, to navigate government investigations, Federal Communications Commission enforcement actions, and False Claims Act cases brought under both federal and state laws. In addition, Lorenzo represents clients in a variety of industries in all phases of complex federal and state commercial litigation, including trials, appeals, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II has been selected to The 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Each year, Lawdragon selects their list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a meticulous process that includes editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Salvi II concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. At a young age, Salvi II has won numerous million dollar jury verdicts. In the past year alone, he obtained the largest porch collapse settlement in Illinois history, as well as an $11.25 million verdict on behalf of a young mother who was killed in a car crash. In addition, Salvi II’s legal expertise is regularly featured on local Chicago newscasts.
Andrew J. Hofland has joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office and a member of the Litigation & Trial and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. Before joining the firm, Hofland served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Oklahoma. As an AUSA, he represented the United States in a variety of complex criminal prosecutions in federal court; including cases involving organized crime, drug trafficking, fraud and internet crimes against children. Hofland also served previously as a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer in the U.S. Navy. During his time with the Navy, Hofland gained significant trial experience prosecuting and defending service members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary proceedings.
Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly has joined Bodman PLC as a member in the firm’s Detroit office. An established employee benefits lawyer with a multi-disciplinary approach to complex benefits issues, she is co-chair of Bodman’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group and a leader of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan service team. She has been honored by several of the leading publications that evaluate business attorneys, including recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by southeast Michigan business publication DBusiness, as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, and as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.
Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC is pleased to announce that Courtney A. Kirtley has joined the firm as an attorney practicing in the areas of commercial and financial law. Ms. Kirtley will serve the firm’s clients from the Fayetteville, West Virginia office. At Kay Casto & Chaney, Ms. Kirtley counsels clients in the areas of general business, and commercial/financial law, a focus that entails banking, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, consumer protection, as well as real estate.
Akerman LLP is proud to announce that Robyn Bowland has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Bowland is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and focuses her practice on intellectual property, litigation and counseling. She has experience litigating all aspects of patent disputes dealing with various technologies, including software, telecommunications, and medical devices. Bowland also represents clients in trade secret, false advertising, privacy, tortious interference and breach of contract claims.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren is pleased to announce that Thomas Burnett has been named a shareholder in Reinhart’s Litigation Practice in its Milwaukee office. Burnett represents a variety of clients such as business owners, insurers, actuaries, and financial institutions as well as product manufacturers, developers and distributors. Burnett has experience with a wide range of complex legal issues but concentrates his practice on product distribution and franchise litigation, false advertising and unfair competition, antitrust and trade regulation, and insurance and financial services litigation matters. Burnett is involved in all aspects of trial and appellate practice and successfully represents clients before state and federal courts throughout the country at both the trial and appellate levels.
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy Collins has been promoted to partner. Collins focuses his practice on a wide array of the tax and ERISA aspects of tax-qualified retirement plans; equity awards, such as stock options, SARs and restricted stock; nonqualified deferred compensation and SERPs under Code Section 409A; executive employment agreements, golden parachutes and other change-in-control arrangements; severance contracts; performance bonus and incentive plans; and excess benefit and top hat plans.
Brian T. Kiolbasa was recently elected a shareholder of Lane Powell. Kiolbasa concentrates his practice on the representation of financial institutions, businesses and individuals in a broad range of commercial and complex litigation matters. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, from discovery and document analysis to preparing witnesses to testify. Kiolbasa has successfully represented a number of clients in lender liability actions, real estate disputes, bankruptcy litigation, and claims involving premises liability, business torts, products liability and contract disputes.
Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Brad Sobolewski to partner in its Cleveland, Ohio office. Sobolewski practices in Ulmer’s Complex Business Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., defending companies in class actions and other complex commercial, banking, insurance, and trade secret and non-compete litigation.
Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP in San Diego is pleased to announce that Daniel Gunning has been promoted to partner. Gunning continues to specialize in defending employers in employment litigation. When not in court, he and his wife Erin are busy teaching their son, Caden, a year and a half old, the words to the ND fight song.
Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Andrew Villier has been promoted to partner. Villier is a member of Perkins Coie’s Private Equity practice in the Denver office. He advises private equity firms and domestic and foreign private and public companies on complex business transactions (including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, minority investments and restructurings), employment agreements, equity arrangements and corporate governance issues.
Illinois Super Lawyers has named Patrick Salvi Jr., a partner with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2017. Each year, no more than five percent of Illinois lawyers receive this honor.
Locke Lord is pleased to announce that Carolyn Blessing has been promoted to Partner. Blessing focuses her practice in IP Pharmaceutical matters and Hatch-Waxman litigation. She represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in all aspects of federal intellectual property litigation, including pre-litigation activities, Paragraph IV Certifications, filing, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, motion practice, pre-trial, trial and post-trial phases. In 2016, she was listed as a “Rising Star” in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine. Blessing serves as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. She served as Chair of the Firm’s St. Procopius Legal Aid Clinic from 2014 through 2016.
Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Parme has been elevated to partner in the firm’s San Diego office. Since 2009, Parme has handled cases in Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP’s risk management & insurance, employment & labor, and construction practice groups. He has defended clients in a broad array of civil actions, specializing in the defense of complex and class action litigation. He holds a Certified Litigation Management Professional designation and has consistently delivered both superior client service and excellent results since joining the firm.
The Law Bulletin Publishing Company recently named Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partner Patrick A. Salvi II one of the top 10 Emerging Lawyers in Illinois. In addition, Salvi was recognized for his work in general personal injury law, professional malpractice personal injury law, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, and product liability.
The Missouri Commission on Human Rights named Cynthia Cordes the recipient of its 2016 Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award for promoting civil rights and equal justice. The award honors individuals or organizations that show passion for civil rights and equal justice and is named after the federal judge who presided over Missouri’s 1865 Constitutional Convention, signing the ordinance abolishing slavery in Missouri. Cordes is a partner at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City where she leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Corporate Compliance initiative where she provides anti-trafficking policies, training, and audits for corporations that are either mandated by new federal regulations to rid their supply chains of issues related to human trafficking or that otherwise elect to proactively address the issue in their company. She also founded the firm’s Human Trafficking Legal Clinic, the first of its kind in the country, in 2013.
Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution partner Jason Scheiderer was honored as a 2016 Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The publication recognizes lawyers under 40, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, who demonstrate professional excellence and community leadership.
Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Drewry has been promoted to partner in its Chicago office. Drewry is a member of the Corporate Department who represents large multinational corporations and private equity sponsors in negotiated and hostile public and private M&A transactions. He has substantial experience advising special committees of boards of directors in conflict of interest transactions and counseling boards and senior management on corporate governance and takeover defense matters, including shareholder activism.
Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Jason Morelli has been promoted to partner in its Chicago office. Morelli is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A transactions for private equity firms and public and private companies, as well as strategic investments, takeover defense matters and proxy contests. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including real estate and hospitality.
Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Nathan Logan has been promoted to counsel in its Chicago office. Logan is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions. His clients include private equity firms, REITs, developers, asset managers and operators in a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on hospitality, self-storage, office and retail.
Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane is pleased to announce that Ryan Davidson has been hired as an associate with a focus on litigation and general practice. Davidson spent the last three years running a solo law practice based in Lancaster.
Erin Seki, has been named a trustee on the board of Our Lady of the Lake University, an independent Catholic, co-ed university located in San Antonio, Texas. Seki has served as managing counsel for H-E-B, a San Antonio-based grocery retailer for eight years.
Kory Kramer, Chief Investment officer of Pacific Hospitality Group and chairman of Newport Beach Planning Commission was chosen as 2015’s 100 Most Influential in Orange County. Kramer helped lead development of the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach and the clubhouse at the Newport Beach Country Club during 2015. In August, he oversaw the acquisition of the AC Hotel in the French Quarter area of New Orleans.
Matthew Pepping has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior associate in the firm’s San Antonio office. Pepping joins Fulbright from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP where he worked on complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on insurance-related disputes.