Law Firm Recognition, Expansion, and Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Happy Spring from the National Law Review to all of our readers! Please read on for the latest news from the legal industry, including law firm hiring, professional recognition and achievement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Hiring, promotion and expansion of a law firm
Lots of Shelist, PC added Dan Rosenberg to his Construction practice group, located in the company’s Chicago office. Mr. Rosenberg has experience managing construction, design and development contracts, federal and state compliance matters, litigation and dispute resolution. His previous roles have given him insight into the construction industry at the intersection of immovablefinancing and transactions.
“Dan is a wonderful addition to the Much team,” said Construction Group Co-Chairman, Josh Leavitt. “Our colleagues and clients will benefit from his combination of legal and technical know-how and his practical business insight. We have added another senior lawyer who can both negotiate the most sophisticated agreements and lead a team of trial if litigation is necessary.”
Timothy M. Murphypartner at Sunstein LLP, is now the Litigation Chairman of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). PTAB Practice Group attorneys work to defend and enforce patents challenged before the PTAB, assisting clients in the United States and abroad.
With his experience in patent interference proceedings, inter partes review and re-examination proceedings, Mr. Murphy will help maximize the value of clients’ patent portfolios for litigation, licensing and acquisitions, as well as protect key customer technologies.
“We are delighted to have Tim serve as President of the PTAB Litigation Practice Group,” said Kerry L.Timbers, Sunstein’s managing partner. “Tim’s experience handling appeals and other proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as his understanding of the process, make him an exceptional choice to lead the team and continue to bring value to our customers.”
Arent Fox Schiff widened its Antitrust and Competition practice group with the addition of a partner Michael Jahnke at the company’s New York office. Mr. Jahnke’s practice focuses on a variety of consumer protection and antitrust topics, ranging from commercial disputes, mergers and acquisitions to litigation and transactional advice. Previously, he worked in a wide range of industries including financial services, food and beverage, energy, technology, and more.
“After a record year for M&A activity, anticipation is building for closer scrutiny of deals and increased volume of filings by the FTC and DOJ,” ArentFox Schiff said. Companies and Securities practice group co-leader Steven A. Cohen. “Michael’s great ability and proven track record in resolving complex antitrust issues will be a valuable resource for our clients.”
Tycko & Zavareei LLP announced the creation of its new Call practice group, to serve and represent clients at all levels of appellate courts in the United States. The firm assists clients in a wide variety of cases, including class action lawsuits against leading mortgage companies and loan servicers. Early band members include Hassan Zavarei and Jonathan Tyckomanaging partners of the firm, as well as partners Glenn Chappell, David Jochnowitz, Dia Rasinariuand Lauren Kuhlik.
“I am delighted to be part of Tycko & Zavareei LLP’s new practice group,” said Mr. Chappell, who will serve as practice chair. “We hope to build on our previous successes on appeal and develop this practice into a force for the public interest.”
Recognition of law firms and lawyers
Barnes and Thornburg’s the Dallas office is a 2022 Best place for working parents, which recognizes companies with family-friendly policies and practices to support employees, including working parents. This is the second year that the Dallas office has received this designation.
Designation is determined by a self-assessment that examines 10 family-friendly policies, including company-paid healthcare coverage, paid vacation, parental leave, breastfeeding benefits, assistance with childcare, backup childcare, flexible hours and remote work opportunities. The Barnes & Thornburg parental leave policy provides 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave to all teammates, including adoption. Barnes and Thornburg’s Talent Resource Group for working parents and allies, BTParentsoffers a support network.
The Dallas office also hosts a number of events for children and families, including Take Your Kid to Work Day; a Halloween event; and include teammates’ children in the office’s monthly birthday video message.
World Trademark Review (WTR) “WTR 1000” recognized by Pierce Atwood trademark practicenoting that the firm’s brand counsel “synchronizes with clients on many levels and designs innovative brand strategies that protect them while encouraging them to achieve their business goals.”
Chairman of WTR Recognized Trademark Practice Group Jonathan Gelchinsky as an “extremely reliable and responsive attorney with excellent knowledge of USPTO practice.” WTR also congratulated the company partner Michael Hernandez for providing “timely and pragmatic advice on legal and business matters”.
In addition, Mr. Gelchinsky earned individual silver rankings for “Prosecution and Strategy” and “Enforcement and Litigation”.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP dominates the Canadian market for practice rankings in the Chambers Global 2022: The Best Lawyers in Business, achieving more Level 1 practice rankings than any other Canadian law firm for the sixth consecutive year. The chambers recognized 11 practices in total.
Blakes Band 1 workout rankings include:
Bank and finance
Disputes (international and cross-border)
Energy: oil and gas
Energy sector (international and cross-border)
International and cross-border transactions
Projects: PPP and infrastructure
Room rankings are determined by feedback from guests, peers, and other independent sources.
In addition to the Blakes’ Chambers ranking, the firm announced that 196 of its lawyers and 92 of its practice groups are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory. Twenty-five new Blakes lawyers made the directory this year, and nearly half of Blakes lawyers appear on the Most Frequently Recommended Lawyers list, the most prestigious category in the directory.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Epstein Becker & Green, CP celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Women’s initiative, which aims to enhance and support the careers of professional women in the legal sector. Originally founded by Maxine Neuhauer, Frances Greenand Joan Disler (retired), the initiative provides opportunities for networking and skills enhancement.
“For women, finding the time to network effectively and develop much-needed hard and soft skills can be especially challenging for a myriad of reasons,” said Maxine NeuhauserMember of the Cabinet.
two lawyers with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP are now part of The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The LCDD added Samantha Peckham to the 2022 Pathfinder Programand added Jade Davis to the 2022 Scholars Program. LCLD is committed to creating a more diverse legal industry.
“Jade Davis and Samantha Peckham are exceptional lawyers and future leaders. As part of the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are thrilled and honored to have Jade and Samantha participate in LCLD’s 2022 Fellows and Pathfinders programs,” said Tom Dillon, President of Shumaker and Managing Partner of Toledo. “Jade and Samantha are strong representatives of our firm and will be invaluable contributors to LCLD’s leadership programs.”
Proskauer Rose LLP announced a new scholarship partnership with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) in 2020 to help fight racial injustice. The joint venture is part of the diversity and inclusion of the company Collaborate for change initiative.
Austin McLeoda Proskauer labor and employment associate who participated in the fellowship said the legal community should encourage pro bono opportunities for civil rights.
Also, Mr. McLeod reflected on his experience with the fellowship, saying, “Fighting for racial justice should not be the responsibility of civil rights organizations alone. Proskauer is committed to this fight, but will continue to need willing individuals to move these efforts forward.
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