April 2022 Legal Industry News

Happy Spring! We’re back with another spring edition of our legal industry news column. Read on to learn more about hiring and awards for law firms and women in the legal industry.

Employment and expansion of law firms

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP announced the addition of David Reichenberg, who will join the firm’s New York office as a partner. An experienced antitrust attorney, Mr. Reichenberg represents clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, assisting with unfair competition issues, trade secret matters and potential business initiatives. His focus spans many industries including financial services, entertainment, technology and healthcare.

“David’s impressive and deep experience across multiple sectors handling complex matters makes him a great addition to New York and will enhance some of our core industry offerings at the firm,” said Prana A. Topper, managing partner of Manatt’s New York office . “Our diverse legal and consulting colleagues in New York work constantly with professionals across our offices, so it’s also the ideal place for David to continue to grow his national practice and help clients navigate today’s regulatory landscape. “

Joseph T. Bueche, Justine L. Chilvers, Brooke E. Conner, James Kilner, Nathaniel Segal and Alex C. Weinstein are new shareholders at Vedder Price. Mr. Bueche (Chicago), Ms. Chilvers (New York), Mr. Conner (Chicago), Mr. Kilner (Chicago) and Mr. Weinstein (Chicago) were previously associates and Mr. Segal (Chicago) was previously counsel.

“On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to congratulate our newest shareholders on this well-deserved achievement,” said Dana S. Armagno, operating shareholder of Vedder Price. “Joseph, Justine, Brooke, James, Nate and Alex are all extremely talented attorneys and each of them is passionate about the firm and its clients. They are passionate about the future of the company and consistently deliver outstanding customer service. Their elevation to shareholder adds to our collective strength and we are deeply proud of the exceptional talent they represent here at Vedder Price.”

Dorsey & Whitney LLP added four more partners to the Salt Lake City firm: Aaron Barker, Matthew Bethards, Jason McCammon and Jordan Olsen. Each of these four attorneys joins the firm’s intellectual property practice group, which has grown rapidly since 2015, with an expansion of 65 percent.

“We are very pleased to have this powerful patent and trademark group join Dorsey,” said Elizabeth Buckingham, Head of Partners and Firmwide Intellectual Property Groups. “They build on Dorsey’s expertise in our core verticals of technology, healthcare and energy, while bringing additional skills that will help us better serve our customers’ IP needs.”

Jackson Lewis PC announced the formation of a Litigation and Appeals Practice Group to meet the firm’s increasing demand for multi-jurisdictional and high-stakes class actions. Donald E. English, Jr. and Greg Riolo will lead the new practice group, which will be comprised of attorneys with experience in areas such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, whistleblowers -Claims, wage and hour overage and all forms of discrimination. In total, the lawyers in the new practice group have negotiated over 1,000 labor and employment cases.

“Jackson Lewis’ new practice highlights our attorneys who offer high-stakes litigation and…

Appeal work for clients across all industries,” said Kevin G. Lauri, President of the Firm. “Our team consists of experienced litigators and appellate attorneys ready to help employers resolve their most complex and challenging business disputes.”

Legal Industry Awards and Pro Bono Recognition

Jason Karlov and Joel Katz, attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, were included on Billboard’s 2022 Top Music Lawyers List. Each year, the publication profiles notable lawyers in the music industry who handle the largest litigation and deals in the field.

Mr. Karlov chairs the company’s entertainment, media and sports practice. Its practice focuses on advertising, music, sports and entertainment deals for live events, organizations and artists. Previously, he has supported clients such as Rufus Wainwright, Michael Bolton and Bob Dylan, as well as professional sports clubs in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL. Mr. Katz’s practice also focuses on the entertainment industry, assisting clients music producers, artists, concert promoters and record labels. He was previously recognized for leading the team behind a December 2021 benefit concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles with Kanye West and Drake headlining.

Five attorneys from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP are named to the 2022 Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list. Partners Wade A. Glover, Dilen Kumar, Ryan J. Meyer, Olga M. Gurtovaya and associate Rachel M. Riley of the firm’s Dallas office are included on the list. Mr. Glover and Mr. Kumar practice in the Firm’s Corporate practice, Mr. Meyer and Ms. Riley practice in the Firm’s Litigation practice and Ms. Gurtovaya practices in the Firm’s Real Estate practice.

“Talent is a law firm’s most valuable asset and this group of emerging leaders proves it

the company’s commitment to attracting and retaining the best people,” said Mark S. Solomon, Managing Director

Associate of Katten’s Dallas office. “This award reflects the outstanding skills and the extraordinary

Customer service that these attorneys bring to the firm and their practice areas.”

Thomson Reuters has named Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as Canada’s Leading Law Firm Brand in its 2022 Law Firm Brand Index list for the seventh consecutive year. The award, which draws on data and feedback from company and industry leaders around the world, was launched in 2012. During that time, Blakes took first place eight different times.

Blakes Chairman Brock Gibson said of the recognition, “We are grateful that hundreds of executives from every industry and market continue to cite Blakes as their most trusted advisor.”

“We’re also proud of our teams, who consistently anticipate our customers’ needs and deliver innovative solutions to their most complex and sensitive challenges,” added Bryson Stokes, Managing Partner of Firm.

women in the legal industry

Stacey Neumann, a partner at Murray Plumb & Murray and chair of the firm’s Criminal/White Collar Defense and Employment practice groups, is now a member of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. The Commission, an independent, non-partisan state agency, administers state campaign finance laws, the Lobbyist Disclosure Act and the Maine Clean Election Act.

Ms. Neumann, a veteran commercial attorney and criminal defense attorney, previously served as a federal prosecutor for the District of Maine and as a public defender in Vermont. “It is an honor to be nominated and confirmed for this position and I look forward to working with the other Commissioners to ensure our electoral laws are upheld and our legislators continue to perform at the highest level,” she said. “I look forward to serving the people of Maine in this capacity.”

Global Data Review released their 2022 Women in Data Rankings, recognizing Francesca Fellowes, Head of the Leeds Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets team at Squire Patton Boggs. Women in Data seeks to highlight industry experts “at the forefront of legislation, regulation and technology around the world” and select recipients for the prestigious award based on a nomination process and extensive research by the Global Data Review team.

Ms. Fellowes’ practice focuses on a wide range of topics, including data protection, commercial agreements involving complex data ownership, and large-scale projects that rely on multiple data flows. She has experience in cross-country data protection compliance, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and many other related areas.

Erin Clifford, Founder of Erin Clifford Wellness and Partner at Clifford Law Offices, is hosting a three-part wellness-focused seminar series for attorneys and legal professionals. Presented jointly by the Illinois Judges Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, the series addresses issues of self-care, healthy living and mental well-being for attorneys and judges. Part 1, entitled “Food For Thought”, was presented on April 14, 2022 and included tips and strategies on diet, exercise and physical health for a busy lifestyle.

Part 2, Building Your Resilience Bank Account, will be presented on May 5, 2022. The program addresses the importance of becoming a resilient legal practitioner such as: B. strengthening mental and physical fitness, how success can be different for each individual, and how to find sources of support. Part 3, Build Your Prevention Toolbox, will be presented on May 26, 2022. This program covers self-care, stress management strategies, the importance of mindfulness and methods for living according to one’s values.

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