Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.
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Francisco Valenzuela, of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for the 5th consecutive year. The Texas Rising Stars recognizes the state’s best lawyers under the age of 40 and those practicing law under 10 years. Valenzuela was selected based upon his expertise in employment litigation defense, school and education law, and state, local and municipal work.
Juan Castaneda, ’05 J.D. has been selected to the “2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list.
David Guevara, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Environmental Law” by Chambers USA for 2014.
Ryan Blaney recently joined the firm of Cozen O’Connor in its Washington, D.C. office. Blaney joins the firm in its Health Care Practice Group.
John R. Linzer has joined the firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of its Chicago office. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Linzer was an attorney at Beem Patent Law Firm in Chicago. His practice focuses on patent counseling, prosecution, litigation, and post-grant proceedings. Linzer’s counseling and prosecution experience involves working with inventors and corporate counsel, beginning at the earliest stages of the patent process. Linzer has tried cases at both the Federal district and appellate levels as well as participated in proceedings before the International Trade Commission.
Cordell Carter was recently appointed Chief of Staff & Director of the Office of the President – United States Programs, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Matthew Nelson, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is a contributor to the new Michigan Appellate Handbook. As co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, Matthew contributed to a chapter entitled “Appellate Briefs”.
John Huang has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” lawyer by Indiana Lawyer in its 2014 Leadership in Law program. John is an associate in the Litigation Group of Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP where he represents clients in commercial, education and Constitutional litigation matters.
Peter Breen successfully defeated a six-term incumbent state representative in the 2014 Republican primary for Illinois’ 48th House District, which covers parts of the western suburbs of Chicago. Breen won the election by 14 percentage points, 57-43, with almost one million dollars being spent on the race between the candidates and outside groups. Breen is currently unopposed in the general election.
Chris Mugica was selected to the “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list by Thomson Reuters.
Justin O. Kay has been named partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Kay is a litigator in the firm’s Chicago office. Justin’s practice focuses primarily on defending corporations and individuals in state and federal court and before federal agencies in cases involving consumer protection statutes, securities laws, and corporate governance statutes. Justin also has a broad array of experience involving general litigation and client counseling, including antitrust compliance; appellate litigation; general business and contract disputes; qui tam defense; insurance coverage defense; personal injury defense; and mediations, arbitrations, and administrative actions before the Federal Communications Commission.
Joseph P. Reid has joined Perkins Coie, San Diego office, as partner in the firm’s Patent Litigation practice. Reid has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in district courts nationwide, as well as the ITC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience in multi-defendant cases and cases involving industry standards. Reid has worked on dozens of cases, including ten that culminated in a jury or bench trial. Of particular note, he had a significant role in defending Microsoft Corporation against Lucent Technologies and the Multimedia Patent Trust in a series of trials that forged new damages law and were named among the “Top 10 Litigation Wins of 2008” by IP Law and Business.
Luke E. Debevec has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Luke is a member of the Insurance Recovery Group and has experience litigating, arbitrating, and settling numerous types of insurance, captive insurance, and reinsurance disputes. This includes coverage for environmental pollution and contamination claims; products liability litigation; liabilities faced by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and healthcare organizations; claims against churches and other religious organizations; civil rights cases and other municipal or governmental liabilities; fidelity and crime losses; claims arising from complex financial and real estate transactions; and first-party property losses.
Illinois Super Lawyers has named Patrick A. Salvi II ‘07 to its Illinois Super Lawyers list for 2014. Patrick Salvi II is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Jane S. Hahn have been named to Illinois Rising Stars and Illinois Super Lawyers 2014. Jane S. Hahn works in Business/Corporate for Howard & Howard Chicago Office.…
Melissa L. Nuñez has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP, Orange County office, as a new associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group.
Katie D. Triska is a shareholder in the Reinhart firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. She routinely advises employers on a wide range of employment issues, including successful hiring, employee performance management and termination strategies; development and implementation of anti-harassment and other personnel policies; evaluating reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws; and achieving compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state leave laws.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Salemi has been named partner. Dan represents clients in all areas of employee benefits. He counsels employers and plan sponsors on the design, administration and funding of retirement, health, fringe benefit and deferred and stock-based compensation arrangements. He advises clients on issues related to the management and investment of benefit plan assets, and has broad experience with the benefits and compensation issues that arise in litigation, collective bargaining, and mergers and acquisitions. Dan also has significant experience drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements.
Gauri P. Punjabi, an attorney in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been elected President of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. She previously served as Vice President of the organization.
Varnum is pleased to announce that Toni L. Newell has been elected to the partnership.
Newell focuses her practice on matters involving energy and oil & gas law, providing a variety of services for clients, including the areas of litigation, regulatory and transactional. Additionally, Newell provides non-energy specific legal services for clients in various commercial sectors.
Paul R. Harris is a new partner with Ulmer & Berne, Cleveland. Paul R. Harris of the firm’s Cleveland office has litigated a wide range of business and employment matters, and has extensive experience in both state and federal courts in and outside of Ohio. He also has significant appellate experience, including successful oral arguments before the Ohio Courts of Appeals. He represents various types and sizes of businesses in litigation, but also counsels businesses on practices to avoid litigation. Mr. Harris is named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and has received the highest ranking (AV Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell.
Christina Rissler was promoted to partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP effective January 1, 2014.
James P. Burkehas been named a 2014 Ohio Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Burke is an associate at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron, Ohio.
Julie E. Ravis has been named a Shareholder of the firm Stevens & Lee effective January 1, 2014. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation with a particular focus on litigation involving financial products and services. Her clients include financial services companies, broker-dealers, insurance companies, publicly traded corporations and private companies. She also represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels, including contractual disputes, fraud, shareholder derivative claims and breach of fiduciary duty. As part of Stevens & Lee’s electronic discovery team, she regularly counsels clients on e-discovery matters.
Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Husch Blackwell Partner Cynthia L. Cordes as its 2014 “Lawyer of the Year.”
Nikole L. Canute, a member of the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2013 Up & Coming Lawyers. Nikole practices labor and employment law, civil litigation, fraud investigation, fraud litigation and securities litigation. Nikole is also very skilled in handling electronic discovery and matters involving computer forensic investigation.
Susan Brichler Trujillo has been elected to partnership of Quarles & Brady LLP.
Alex Talcott ’07 J.D. and his boyhood Congressman Peter King ’68 J.D. of New York during a presidential exploratory visit to New Hampshire (Stratham, NH)
James M. Paulino II has joined the law firm Goldberg Segalla as an associate in its Rochester office.