Holland & Knight, DLA, Nixon Peabody: Business of Law
By Elizabeth Amon - Jun 10, 2013 12:00 AM ET
Former Florida Representative Miguel De Grandy joined Holland & Knight LLP’s Miami office as a partner. De Grandy was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1989 to 1994 and most recently was the principal shareholder at his own boutique government affairs firm.
De Grandy provides legal representation for clients doing business with city, county and state governmental agencies. In addition to government procurement, he also handles administrative and regulatory, land use and zoning, environmental, bid protest, and litigation matters, the firm said in a statement.
Turnbull has experience in all areas of real estate development, from land use and zoning, acquisitions and sales, and financing, to legislative and governmental affairs matters.
Holland & Knight has 1,000 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bogota and Mexico City.
Ogletree Deakins Adds Employment and Labor Relations Attorneys
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC hired Ronald Kreismann as a shareholder in its New York City office. He joins from Blank Rome LLP, where he was a partner.
In Portland, the firm also hired Caroline Guest as shareholder, along with an of counsel, both of whom previously were with Littler Mendelson PC.
Kreismann has more than 40 years of experience in labor and employment law matters. He represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations and counsels them on employment matters including wage and hour, equal employment opportunity, and family and medical leave, the firm said in a statement.
Guest is a labor and employment attorney with nearly 20 years of experience. Her practice includes litigation, counseling and training.
Ogletree Deakins has more than 650 lawyers at 44 offices in the U.S. and Europe.
Kaufman Dolowich Adds Two Partners and Four Lawyers in L.A.
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP announced that insurance industry and business litigator Dean B. Herman and Hee Young Lee, who represents insurers and policyholders, have joined the firm as partners in the Los Angeles office. They will be accompanied by a senior counsel and three associates. Herman, Lee and the three associates join from Mendes & Mount LLP in Los Angeles.
Herman will serve as co-chairman of the firm’s national insurance/bad faith practice group with Kevin Mattessich, a New York-based partner, and together Herman and Lee will manage and lead the firm’s insurance practice in the California offices, the firm said.
Herman defends and advises insurers and professionals on liability, first and third-party insurance coverage issues, bad faith and errors and omissions issues. He will also be working out of the San Francisco office.
Lee’s practice is focused on advising and defending insurers and their insureds in federal and state courts in intellectual property, environmental, construction defect, agribusiness, privacy and personal lines claims matters. She also defends insureds in professional liability claims. Lee will have a leadership role in the Los Angeles office, the firm said.
Based in Woodbury, New York, Kaufman Dolowich has 80 lawyers in offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Bird & Bird Appoints IT/IP Partner in Poland
Bird & Bird LLP added Malgorzata Darowska as a partner in the Poland office. She joins from Dentons where she was head of the intellectual property and technology practice for more than two years, Bird said in a statement.
Malgorzata will work across the IT and IP practices and has more than 13 years’ experience in financial services, energy, IT, media and telecommunications, life sciences and food and beverages matters, the firm said. She specializes in technology transfer and commercialization, e-commerce, privacy and data protection, consumer protection and IP, in particular projects related to IP management.
Bird & Bird has more than 1,000 lawyers in 25 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
DLA Piper Adds to Employment and Litigation Practice
DLA Piper LLP said employment and commercial litigator Joseph Guarino joined the firm as a partner in Florham Park, New Jersey. He was previously an employment litigation partner in the Newark office of Epstein Becker Green PC.
Guarino is both a litigator and employment counselor. He has handled employment matters including wage and hour class actions, ERISA, ADA, and a variety of employment discrimination, whistle-blowing and retaliation cases, the firm said.
DLA Piper has 4,200 lawyers in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
Real Estate Attorney Rejoins Day Pitney in Stamford
Day Pitney LLP announced that James P. Carlon has rejoined the firm, as partner in the real estate, land use and environmental department in Stamford. Carlon, who was previously a commercial real estate associate at Day Pitney, joins from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Carlon has experience representing clients on commercial real estate transactions including construction and permanent financing, acquisitions, sales and lease transactions, the firm said. His practice includes handling commercial real estate assets, including office developments, retail property and apartment complexes. He has also consulted with real estate clients on bankruptcy and restructuring matters relating to the bankruptcy of large retail tenants of shopping centers.
Day Pitney has more than 300 attorneys in Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York andWashington.
BlackBerry’s New Chief Legal Officer Fights Company Critics
Steve Zipperstein prosecuted failed savings-and-loan associations in the 1980s and investigated the government’s siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in the 1990s. Now the battle-hardened lawyer has joined Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry to fight its critics, Bloomberg News’s Hugo Miller reports.
Zipperstein, who turns 54 this month, was lured out of retirement in Santa Barbara, California, last year by an offer to become BlackBerry’s chief legal officer. He joined the Waterloo, Ontario-based company in July to handle everything from patent disputes to privacy issues, and says his time as a Justice Department lawyer and federal prosecutor in Los Angeles will serve him well in defending BlackBerry’s interests.
“I was really blessed to be able to combine jury trial courtroom experience with inside-the-Beltway Washington political policy experience,” Zipperstein said in an interview.
After years of market-share losses, BlackBerry is trying to stem a customer exodus to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, and the company’s taking a more assertive legal approach to disputes. That includes challenging analysts who publish reports that BlackBerry says are untrue and lobbying for legislation to thwart companies derided as patent trolls, which obtain patents to demand royalties rather than making their own products.
Manchin Says Attorney General Holder Should Consider Resigning
Attorney General Eric Holder should consider resigning, Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, says in interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”
“Whenever you feel that you have lost your effectiveness or may be losing your effectiveness to the detriment of the job that you do,” he said about Holder, “you have to evaluate that and make a decision. And I think we’re at the time now where decisions have to be made”
On June 4 Holder said he had no immediate plans to leave his post.
Nixon Peabody Names Barron San Francisco Managing Partner
Anthony Barron was named managing partner of the Nixon Peabody LLP’s San Francisco office. He was most recently deputy leader of the firm’s largest practice, commercial litigation and will continue his litigation practice, which includes construction, real estate, banking and other matters.
“Tony has demonstrated strong leadership skills while building a thriving practice,” Andrew I. Glincher, Nixon Peabody chief executive officer and managing partner, said in a statement. “I am confident that Tony will ensure our continued growth and success in California.”
Barron succeeds Paul Schrier, who served in the role for almost seven years and oversaw the addition of more than 70 attorneys from the former Thelen LLP firm. Schrier, a business and real estate attorney, will continue to focus his practice on mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions in a wide array of industries.
The firm has Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices on the West Coast, in addition to San Francisco. Nixon Peabody has about 700 attorneys in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
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