Seyfarth, McKenna Long, Duane Morris: Business of Law
By Elizabeth Amon – May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET
Seyfarth Shaw LLP hired Steven R. Meier for its corporate department in Chicago. Meier joins Seyfarth from Jenner & Block LLP, where he was the co-chairman of the real-estate securities practice and a member of its tax department, the firm said in a statement.
Meier’s practice focuses on federal taxation. He counsels clients on the design, implementation and disposition of real-estate investment programs, the firm said. He has worked with public companies, private equity firms and entrepreneurs on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions. He also advises clients on tax and business planning for tax-exempt organizations and advises on tax controversy matters.
Seyfarth Shaw has more than 800 attorneys at 12 offices in the U.S., London and Shanghai.
McKenna Long Hires Partner to Head Public Finance Group
Jon Ballan joined McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in New York as a partner. Ballan will head the firm’s New York public finance group and will be co-chairman of the firm’s global infrastructure and public-private partnerships practice. He was previously a member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC, where he led and developed the New York public finance group, McKenna said in a statement. He is joined by an additional attorney.
Ballan’s experience includes municipal and infrastructure finance, public authority finance, stadium finance, economic development, housing finance, project finance, government relations, and privatization and securitization of public assets.
“Jon’s addition demonstrates the firm’s commitment to expanding our public finance group, as well as the New York office,” New York executive partner, Gordon Giffin, said. “His deep experience in varied areas of public finance is an exceptional complement to our firm’s focus on the intersection of government and business.”
McKenna Long has more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisers at 16 offices in 13 markets.
Duane Morris Adds New York Corporate Partner Bruce Czachor
Duane Morris LLP said Bruce Czachor joined the corporate practice group as a partner in the New York office. He joins the firm from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Czachor focuses on representing investment banks and corporate clients in capital markets transactions, as well as advising clients with respect to securities law matters, the firm said. He also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2011, Czachor was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP for more than 23 years, resident in its New York, Silicon Valley and Toronto offices.
Duane Morris has more than 700 attorneys at 24 offices in the U.S., London and Asia.
McCarter & English Expands Corporate Practice in New York
McCarter & English LLP added Joseph W. Bartlett as special counsel in the firm’s corporate, securities and financial institutions practice in New York. He was previously in Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s corporate department in New York, the firm said in a statement.
Bartlett’s practice includes serving as counsel to asset managers, including those of public and private equity funds, with a focus on technology companies. His venture fund work began with the first Greylock fund, and he has drafted documents for several of the largest and most successful LBO funds, according to a firm statement.
“Joe is the preeminent authority on private equity and venture capital law, and we are honored to have him on board,” McCarter managing partner Stephen M. Vajtay Jr. said in a statement.
McCarter & English has 400 attorneys at seven U.S. offices.
Baker Botts Adds Partner to Tax Department in Dallas
David I. Schiller, formerly a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, joined Baker BottsLLP’s tax department in Dallas.
Schiller’s practice includes advising on the tax, ERISA, and securities law ramifications of executive compensation, including stock based compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation and employment.
“David’s comprehensive knowledge will expand our ability to provide sophisticated employee benefits counsel on M&A transactions and on executive compensation matters generally,” Richard Husseini, chairman of Baker Botts’ tax department, said in a statement.
Baker Botts has about 700 lawyers at 14 offices in the U.S., Europe, China and the Middle East.
Winston & Strawn Hires Real Estate Partner in New York
Winston & Strawn LLP announced that William X. Lang has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the real estate practice. Lang was formerly a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he focused his practice on commercial real estate transactions and financing matters.
“Bill brings a broad skill set and extensive experience in commercial real estate that complements our existing platform and enhances our ability to serve our clients’ in New York, nationally and globally.” Michael Elkin, New York office managing partner.
Lang has experience representing clients in the acquisition and sale of commercial and multifamily properties, leasing of commercial and retail properties, and borrower side financing of commercial properties, the firm said. He also represents commercial lenders in the restructurings of distressed assets.
Winston & Strawn has 15 offices in North America, Asia and Europe.
Cooley Hires San Diego Litigator Ray Hartman
Litigator Ray Hartman, previously with DLA Piper LLP, has joined Cooley LLP in the San Diego office.
Hartman has experience in environmental, toxic tort, product liability and real estate litigation matters, the firm said.
“Ray is an extremely talented litigator with a particularly strong track record in environmental litigation. He will be a great asset to our clients, particularly those who face challenges in the environmental area,” said Mike Attanasio, chairman of Cooley’s litigation department and partner in charge of Cooley’s San Diego office.
Cooley has 700 attorneys at 12 offices in the U.S. and Shanghai.
Bingham Enhances IP Practice With Silicon Valley Partner
Bingham McCutchen LLP added Sasha Rao as a partner to its intellectual property practice group and litigation area in Silicon Valley. She joins from Ropes & Gray LLP.
Rao’s experience includes jury and bench trials, Markman hearings, and International Trade Commission investigations, the firm said.
Bingham has about 1,000 lawyers in 14 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
IP Lawyer David O’Brien Joins Haynes and Boone in Austin
David O’Brien joined Haynes and Boone LLP in Austin as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property and technology transactions section. He joins from Zagorin O’Brien Graham LLP.
O’Brien advises clients on focused offensive and defensive analyses of intellectual property positions, including opinions, assertion analyses and acquisition due diligence, the firm said in a statement.
Haynes and Boone LLP has more than 525 attorneys at 12 offices in the Americas.
South Carolina Firm Merges With Adams and Reese
Adams and Reese LLP will expand into South Carolina through a June 1 merger with Columbia law firm Ellis Lawhorne & Sims PA.
Ellis Lawhorne’s 23 attorneys will give Adams and Reese more than 340 attorneys and advisers at 16 offices in seven states throughout the Southern U.S. and in Washington.
“Our firm’s strategic plan directs selective growth in targeted markets, and from our first meeting with the shareholders of Ellis Lawhorne last November, we knew our firms were a perfect fit,” Adams and Reese managing partner, Charles P. Adams Jr., said in a statement. “From the outset, we realized that our firms shared similar values, clients, and a complementary practice mix.”
Sixteen partners and seven associates join Adams and Reese from Ellis Lawhorne, including managing shareholder William P. McElveen Jr., who will be a transactions practice group leader. Robert P. Bethea Jr. will be the partner in charge of the Adams and Reese Columbia office.
“As the legal industry changes and the business environment for clients becomes more competitive and complex, we want to continue meeting our clients’ expectations. We realized that a merger with a larger firm would enable us to provide more resources to meet the higher levels of sophistication that our clients are increasingly requiring,” Bethea said in the statement.
This is Adams and Reese’s second merger in 2013. In March, the firm expanded in Florida by merging with Jacksonville’s Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson & Wachs. That gave the firm a fifth Florida office to complement ones in Tampa, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.
Rimon Hires Transaction Attorney to Open San Diego Office
Rimon PC added international transaction attorney Juan E. Zuniga as a partner in the new San Diego office. Zuniga, who joins from the Cross Border Law Group PC, which he founded in 2007, is joined by an associate.
The San Diego office is the firm’s 12th office and fifth in California. The firm, which opened five years ago, has offices in the U.S. and Israel.
Zuniga’s practice is focused on a variety of business transactions, including buying and selling real estate, mergers and acquisitions, overseas distribution agreements, international joint ventures, foreign trade and commerce, workouts of distressed assets, lending and investments issues, the firm said. He represents American clients in their investment in overseas properties and in establishing subsidiary operations internationally as well as foreign clients in their investment in American properties.
“Due to its complexity, cross-border transactional work is frequently an expensive proposition. Many companies and individuals have to shy away from expanding and taking on international work because of the additional legal challenges involved,” Michael Moradzadeh, chief executive officer of Rimon, said in a statement. “Juan has shown a deep understanding of what businesses need to do to overcome these hurdles.”
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