Thanks for reading the latest edition of the National Law Review’s bi-weekly roundup of legal news! In these last weeks of summer, we hope you stay safe and healthy. Read more below for updates on law firm hiring and expansion, industry awards and recognition, and spotlight on women in law.
Hiring and expanding a law firm
Moore & Van Allen PLLC has added Julianne Farnsworth as an associate and as a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. Currently based in the Charleston office, Ms. Farnsworth devotes her practice to complex civil litigation, representing clients in areas such as commercial torts, environmental law, labor law and other areas. She has practiced in state and federal courts across the United States and is additionally certified as a mediator in the state circuit and federal courts of South Carolina.
“We are thrilled to welcome Julianne, who has been one of the top litigators in the Charleston area for more than 30 years,” said Trudy H. Robertson, co-manager of the firm’s Charleston office. “Julianne’s experience and reputation will be invaluable in serving our litigation clients across all lines of business and industries.
Trey Baker, former Senior Advisor for Public Engagement at the White House, joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an Associate in the Department of Government Services and Finance. In his former role, Mr. Baker specialized in outreach to civil rights organizations and minority communities, focusing on criminal justice and law enforcement reform. He also served for four years as city manager of Granada, Mississippi.
“Trey’s extensive government experience and strong foundation in the DC market will prove invaluable to our clients, both locally and nationally,” said Roscoe Howard, managing partner of the firm’s Washington DC office. “His passion for community engagement, evidenced by his extensive work at the local and federal levels, brings a unique skill set to our talented group of legal professionals. We are happy to have it.
Honigman Law, LLP continued its recent growth efforts by announcing the launch of Honigman Law Israel, an Israeli subsidiary focusing its efforts on US mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, venture capital, real estate, and more. For potential candidates, the branch offers the opportunity to continue practicing complex legal matters in the United States while in Israel. The HLI team has already added its first five lawyers: Sam Katz, who practices in corporate and capital markets; Inbar Rauchwerger, who practices in the field of mergers and acquisitions; Aviv Avnon, who practices in finance; David Snyder, who practices tax law; and Rachel Rhodes, who practices in corporate and capital markets.
“We are honored to bring on these five leading attorneys from some of the most prominent law firms in the United States, and we plan to bring in many more highly qualified individuals through this initiative,” said Honigman CEO and Chairman David Foltyn. “We continued to see incredible demand for our transactional advice, which compels us to continue to grow with the most talented lawyers. Together with HLI, we have created a win-win opportunity for A+ lawyers who wish to reside in Israel for personal reasons but did not have the opportunity to do so, and for Honigman, who can deepen and develop the great talent that we can dedicate to our customers.
Much Shelist, PC has added three new lawyers: Jonathan Friedland, Jeremy Waitzman and Hajar Jouglaf. Mr. Friedland joins the firm’s Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights group, and Mr. Waitzman and Mr. Jouglaf join the firm’s Corporate & Finance group. The trio have previously worked together representing companies across the United States, focusing their efforts on mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Together, they advise clients in many industries, including manufacturing, information technology, retail and hospitality.
“Jonathan, Jeremy and Hajar impressed us from the start of our conversations,” said firm managing partner Mitchell Roth. “They bring legal prowess and business acumen that will be extremely valuable to our clients, and they share our commitment to best-in-class service.”
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC has added Jeffery D. Mulrooney as Of Counsel to the company’s commercial department. Mr. Mulrooney has extensive experience in handling intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on patent, trademark and copyright applications across all industries, including medical devices, materials, consumables, etc. Within the firm, he will focus his practice specifically on intellectual property and transactional issues.
“Jeffrey’s focus on copyright, trademark and patent law is a great addition to our Pittsburgh office,” said Christopher L. Slaughter, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. “We are always on the lookout for the best lawyers to meet our clients’ needs and with the explosive growth of technology industries in our footprint, Jeffrey’s experience will be a great asset to our clients and our firm.”
Industry awards and recognition
Two associates of Romer Debbas, Michael R. Feldman and Alison L. Weisman, were honored by Best Lawyers. The award is based on peer ratings and feedback and recognizes lawyers early in their legal careers for “exemplary professional standards and excellence in private practice”. Mr. Feldman and Ms. Weisman have been specifically recognized as industry rising stars in the area of real estate law.
Michael Feldman is a partner and head of the residential real estate department in the New York office of Romer Debbas. His practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions. Alison Weisman is a partner in the commercial real estate department of Romer Debbas. She focuses her practice on representing buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords and developers in various real estate and lending transactions. She is also a mediator by training.
Greenberg Traurig has been nominated by JUVE Verlag, a Germany-based business law publisher, as Law Firm of the Year in the Labor and Employment category. The company was nominated for its “positive and dynamic development over the past year”. The awards ceremony will take place on October 27 in Frankfurt where the winners will be announced.
197 Ballard Spahr lawyers received 330 awards this year America’s Best Lawyers guide. Additionally, 58 Ballard Spahr lawyers were featured in the Ones to Watch category, which is aimed at early career lawyers. Ballard Spahr lawyers also received 7 Lawyer of the Year awards:
Best Lawyers uses annual surveys to evaluate attorneys in the field, asking attorneys to rate their peers on their professionalism, integrity, and legal skill. Lawyers of the Year receive the highest overall peer reviews for a given practice area and region.
women in law
Clifford Law Office partner Sarah F. King is scheduled to present “The Power of Visual Persuasion” at the Society of Women Trial Lawyers Fall 2022 Conference in Nashville, TN. Chicago-based medical malpractice attorney Ms. King will share her insights on technological innovations and visual storytelling in virtual and physical courtrooms. She has previously presented at events such as the Michigan Association of Justice Medical Malpractice Seminar and the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, and is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. .
The Society of Women Trial Lawyers conference offers women practitioners across the United States the opportunity to enhance their trial skills while building valuable professional and personal relationships. This year’s event will take place at the Thompson Nashville Hotel on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
The Texas Diversity Council will recognize Michelle Ku, partner of Foley & Lardner, as the recipient of the 2022 Top Women Lawyers award during a virtual ceremony on September 27, 2022. and at the federal level, covering issues related to antitrust, government investigations , class actions, taxation and intellectual property. She and her fellow winners were selected for their professional achievement, impact on the legal industry, integrity and commitment to supporting other women in the field.
Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Alyson Brown has been selected for the National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Black Lawyers Under 40 for the second year in a row. Inclusion on the list provides access to a nationwide network of leading figures in the Black legal community and requires a reputation for professional excellence and leadership, determined through peer nominations and a third-party research process.
Ms. Brown is an employment law attorney based in Richmond, Virginia. At Hunton Andrews Kurth, she handles issues related to unfair workplace practices, labor law compliance and employment litigation. In addition to his advocacy experience before the National Labor Relations Board, Brown is a member of the Programs Committee of the Richmond Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Richmond YMCA. She was recently named to the 2022 Virginia Access to Justice Pro Bono Honor Roll.
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