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Law Firm Recent Moves and Hires
Law firm Van Ness Feldman has elected three new partners to its Seattle office:
“Clara, Steven and Chris have distinguished themselves not only in their professional accomplishments, but also in their relationships with clients and colleagues. They reinforce the firm’s collaborative culture,” said Tadas Kisielius, Managing Partner of Van Ness Feldman Seattle.
Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles (SA&M) have expanded their practice with the addition of apparel and fashion attorney Mark Brutzkus and litigation attorney Nick Rozansky to their Southern California office.
Mr. Brutzkus represents consumer products companies in various e-commerce and procurement issues, and has advised apparel, textile and consumer products clients at various stages of the business process.
“SA&M is a great platform for me to expand my consumer products practice, particularly because the company has an unparalleled track record of working with emerging growth backed by venture capital, middle market, large technology and entertainment and digital media, as well as investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters.More and more of my clients are asking for ancillary practice areas and specialist lawyers who can help achieve holistic long-term goals,” Brutzkus said.
Mr. Rozansky advises corporate clients on a variety of issues, including litigation, risk avoidance, intellectual property protection, and more. When necessary, Mr. Rozansky handles larger files such as infringement issues, contractual matters and shareholder disputes.
“This move provides my clients with much-needed corporate and M&A expertise, and significantly expands my litigation capacity by joining three renowned litigation partners and several highly skilled litigation partners” , Mr. Rozansky said.
“Mark and Nick share the values that make up our unique and coveted culture at Stubbs Alderton, and we expect Mark and Nick to make immediate and lasting contributions to our firm,” said Scott Alderton, Managing Partner of SA&M.
Gilbert LLP elected Heather Frazier to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2022. Ms. Frazier focuses on insurance recovery in mass tort proceedings, complex alternative dispute resolution and other matters . Ms. Frazier has worked at Gilbert since 2015.
“I am delighted to join the partnership at Gilbert alongside the most innovative and dynamic lawyers I have had the chance to know. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the growth and unique culture of the firm in this new role and to helping our clients solve the unsolvable,” said Ms. Frazier.
“During her time with us, Heather has established herself not only as an excellent lawyer, but also as an exceptional Gilbert citizen. She has been a real asset to all of us, serving our clients and our community with talent, dedication and tenacity. We look forward to a long, exciting and mutually satisfying relationship with our new partner,” said company founder Scott Gilbert.
Law firm Bernstein Shur has announced the election of four attorneys to shareholders:
Kevin Decker advises companies on energy project contracts and project development and uses past experience to resolve regulatory proceedings and project-related disputes.
Suzanne Breselor Lowell represents buyers and sellers in complex commercial and residential real estate transactions, and has experience in many areas, including solar and wind energy development as well as public-private partnerships.
John Moran represents start-ups and small businesses in a variety of business matters. Mr. Moran is also the co-founder of the company’s food and beverage industry group.
Beth Smith is a real estate attorney who focuses on renewable energy projects. In addition to her energy practice, Ms. Smith represents entities in various commercial and residential transactions.
“This is an exceptional group of lawyers. They have all shown an impressive dedication not only to their clients, but also to our local communities and the legal profession. I am confident that they will continue to use their in-depth knowledge and skills to provide high quality legal advice to help our clients achieve their business goals,” said Joan Fortin, CEO of Bernstein Shur.
Legal industry recognition and awards
Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property Department recently ranked in three of Patexia Inc.’s reports: ANDA Litigation Intelligence Report, IPR Intelligence Report and CAFC Intelligence Report.
The firm has received numerous awards, including being ranked among the top performing and most active law firms in several categories of Patexia Inc’s ANDA Litigation Intelligence Report 2021. Polsinelli has also been ranked as one of the Performing and Active Lawyers, who rated 243 law firms and 1,471 lawyers on activity and performance within the Hatch-Waxman/ANDA space.
“Our team continues to work hard and provide excellent customer service, which is visible as we continue to rank high in the various Patexia reports,” said our Chairman of the Intellectual Property Department, Pat Woolley. . “As one of the nation’s largest intellectual property practices, our commitment to focus on our customers’ business and service needs has once again earned us recognition as one of the most efficient.”
Dinsmore won a diversity award from Crain’s Cleveland Business in its issue honoring seven “remarkable companies championing diversity and inclusion”. Dinsmore recently achieved Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus certification for the 2021 iteration of the Diverse Leadership Recruitment initiative.
The firm also launched a pre-law minority program to help students of color at four Kentucky universities, as well as establishing a scholarship with Procter & Gamble and the Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law for a recent graduate from a diverse law school to gain experience in civil matters. rights litigation and policy.
Everyone has a customer in the business world, and the customer population is becoming more diverse,” partner Richik Sarkar told Crain’s. “Look around you. If everyone is the same, especially in leadership, you will struggle to serve your customer, and if you don’t take the necessary steps to understand your customers, you will face failure sooner rather than later.
Six attorneys from Wiggin and Dana are included in the 2022 Family Law Edition of Best Lawyers in America®.
They include the following partners:
And a partner is on the Best Lawyers 2022 “Ones to Watch” list:
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Stark & Stark shareholder Bhaveen Jani to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
“I am honored to be appointed to an important Supreme Court panel where I can protect the people of New Jersey and the legal profession from the unauthorized practice of law,” Bhaveen said. “A great responsibility comes from being an advocate, especially to our clients and the community, and this committee will work to protect those we serve.”
Mr. Jani’s three-year term began on January 1, 2022 and will end on December 31, 2024. Mr. Jani is a member of a number of professional organizations in New Jersey, which qualified him for the position. . These organizations include the New Jersey State Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Hunterdon County Bar Association, and Mercer County Bar Association.
The committee performs three main functions, including providing advisory opinions, investigating complaints, and investigating illegal practice of law.
Shumaker’s attorney, Melanie Griffin, was appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to serve as secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Ms. Griffin has advised companies on a variety of commercial law matters and also has considerable experience in employment law and trusts and estates. Ms. Griffin has been recognized by many organizations over the years for her outstanding leadership efforts.
“I am very pleased for Melanie to have this opportunity to serve the citizens of the State of Florida,” said Ron Christaldi, Shumaker Tampa Managing Partner and President of Shumaker Advisors Florida. “With her vast experience and understanding of the business world, she will be an excellent leader of this important state agency.”
Shelli Erffmeyer and Renee Stallions, employees of Varnum LLP, were recently named Unsung Legal Heroes by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The publication award recognizes non-lawyer legal professionals who frequently exceed expectations and go above and beyond in their roles. Ms. Erffmeyer, a legal assistant supporting Varnum’s litigation practice group, has been noted for her exceptional initiative and dedication, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Stallions, Senior System Applications Analyst in the company’s Information Technology department, has distinguished herself with her tremendous flexibility and work ethic, ensuring that Varnum’s technology continues to operate effectively across all offices. .
“Shelli and Renee both deserve this recognition. Their exemplary service and commitment to the business has been especially appreciated over the past year throughout the challenges of the pandemic,” said Scott Hill, Executive Partner of Varnum. “As we congratulate Shelli and Renee, we are once again reminded of the vital role of our support staff. Their contributions are essential to the success of our firm.
Much Shelist, PC has announced its new membership in the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). The LFAA, which seeks racial equality and systemic change in the law, helps coordinate allied law firms to enact change that benefits underserved and oppressed communities. Previously, Much helped the LFAA file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court, which argues the court should review the retroactive application of Ramos v. Louisiana (which considers non-unanimous jury verdicts to be unconstitutional).
“We are proud to join the more than 300 Alliance firms working together to address systemic racism in the law,” said Steve Blonder, chair of the firm’s social accountability initiative, Much Community. “It is our privilege and our responsibility to continue to work for the rights of marginalized people.”
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