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Firm Life: News and notes from around the legal community

May 11, 2020
By Chicago Lawyer

Promotions

Greenberg Traurig promoted Rachel B. Cohen-Deano, Julia D. Riedel Emfinger and Brian R. Singer to shareholder.

Cohen-Deano is a member of the corporate practice and focuses on forming private equity, distressed debt, venture capital and special strategy investment funds, and structuring and negotiating complex corporate transactions.

Emfinger is a member of the litigation practice and represents clients in labor and employment litigation, product liability disputes and bankruptcy litigation as well as a wide range of complex business litigation, arbitration, mediation and trials in both state and federal courts.

Singer is a member of the corporate practice and represents private equity sponsors in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings and other transactional matters.

Bryce Downey & Lenkov named Jeanne M. Hoffmann as managing capital member of the firm.

In addition to her new role as managing capital member, Hoffmann also leads the intellectual property and entertainment practice groups and is co-chair of the insurance group. Her practice concentrates on business litigation and transactions, intellectual property and insurance coverage.

Detroit-based Dalton & Tomich named Noel W. Sterett as a partner in its Rockford office. Sterett serves businesses and religious organizations, focusing on discrimination cases relating to the Religious Land Use & Institutional Persons Act.

Brenner, Monroe, Scott & Anderson promoted Thomas A. Doggett to partner. He focuses his trial and litigation practice in the areas of personal injury, including medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premise liability, motor vehicle collisions, slip/trip and fall cases and other personal-injury claims.

SmithAmundsen elevated Anne M. Fishbeck, Kelly M. Haab-Tallitsch and Ronald D. Balfour to partner.

Fishbeck defends transportation and logistics businesses in contract disputes, personal injury, regulatory compliance, preservation of evidence and risk avoidance in catastrophic loss scenarios.

Haab-Tallitsch assists employers on employee benefit and executive compensation matters, helping them understand their obligations under the Affordable Care Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code.

Balfour defends putative class claims involving a wide range of substantive issues from alleged consumer fraud and breach of contract to housing and disability discrimination and data privacy.

Levin & Perconti promoted Cari F. Silverman and Jaime Koziol Delaney to partnership. Both handle personal-injury, nursing home and medical-malpractice cases.

K&L Gates promoted Alexis Crawford Douglas and Katherine L. Staba to partner.

Douglas focuses her intellectual property practice on a variety of transactional and litigation matters related to trademarks, domain names, social media and copyrights.

Staba is a member of the firm’s technology transactions and data protection group. She focuses on complex global transactions and counseling relating to digital media planning and buying, advertising and marketing, claim substantiation, software licensing and intellectual property issues.

Moves

Melissa J. Lettiere joined Plunkett Cooney as a senior attorney in the firm’s commercial litigation and real estate and title insurance law practice groups. Lettiere routinely litigates lien priority disputes, title and mortgage fraud, title and mortgage lien validations, quiet title actions, foreclosures and real estate transaction fraud.

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff added Davis M. Chin Jr. as of counsel to the innovations, information technology & intellectual property practice group, and Daniel S. Murow as an associate to the real estate & environmental practice group.

Winston & Strawn added Daniel M. Blouin as a partner. Blouin has experience in multi-district litigation and has served as national coordinating counsel in many high-stakes matters. His clients span a range of industries, including retail, health care, transportation, financial services, insurance and manufacturing.

Levin & Perconti added Samantha A. Guttenberg, Julie V. King, Danielle L. Vargas and Jack Terran as associates. The firm also added Steven M. Sandler as the new intake attorney. Guttenberg, King, Vargas and Terran will concentrate their practice in personal-injury, medical-malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Sandler previously was a trial attorney for a Chicago personal-injury firm handling aviation, medical negligence and product liability matters.

Cavanagh Law Group brought on Jason M. Kroot as a partner. Kroot has experience handling complex personal-injury and medical-malpractice cases in federal, state and county courtrooms.

Edwards Maxson Mago & Macaulay added Joan M. Lebow, Michael B. Cohen, Joseph G. Krcmar and Damon G. Newman as partners. Lebow’s health care and technology practice encompasses commercial transactions with a focus on software and technology licensing.

Cohen represents clients in complex commercial disputes, employment and trade secret claims, and civil and white-collar criminal matters. Krcmar focuses his practice on complex litigation and counseling clients on related issues, including commercial contractual disputes, construction and real estate law and related regulatory issues. Newman concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and creditors’ rights.

ATG Trust Company, a subsidiary of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc., added Catherine H. Bross as trust officer.

Brady, Connolly & Masuda added Karen E. Zimmermann and Dylan R. Besser as associates. Besser concentrates on civil litigation and insurance defense. Zimmermann focuses on workers’ compensation defense.

Katten Muchin Rosenman added Bret T. Diskin to the firm’s corporate practice as a partner. Diskin’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions and venture capital investments, as well as securities disclosure and corporate governance matters.

Kopon Airdo added George Hugh Sweeney and David A. Pestell as associates. Both defend clients in complex civil cases, including health-care matters and catastrophic injury claims.

Massey & Gail added Alejandra Contreras Macias as an associate and Rachel S. Morse as a partner. The firm also promoted Matthew J. Reedy to partner. Macias has experience representing large corporations in complex shareholder derivate lawsuits and multi-party disputes.

Morse’s practice areas include trade secrets, antitrust, intellectual property, breach of contract, fraud, business torts, restrictive covenants and professional malpractice. Reedy has experience handling class actions and individual cases in areas like consumer fraud, Employee Retirement Income Security Act withdrawal liability, breach of contract and fiduciary duty.

Michel’s practice includes obtaining patent protection for clients by assessing the patentability of inventions, then drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy added Malaika D. Tyson and Erick J. Michel as shareholders. Tyson focuses her practice on corporate intellectual property and patent protection strategies. She provides patent and trademark prosecution, competitive intellectual property analysis and portfolio management, and management of complex multi-faceted intellectual property transaction.

Latham & Watkins added John J. Barber as counsel in the litigation and trial department and as a member of the securities litigation and professional liability practice. Barber has experience managing litigation and government regulatory matters, conducting internal investigations, and advising on transactional and employment-related diligence matters.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale added Scott Cruz as an officer in the employment and labor practice group. He represents public- and private-sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventative counseling.

Appointments

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund named John Francoeur as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He is responsible for all areas of finance, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, profitability reporting and the implementation and monitoring of controls.

Motherway & Napleton associate Dominic C. LoVerde was appointed to the American Association of Justices’ New Lawyers Division Publications Committee and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Legislative Committee.

Elections

Gresham Partners principal and chief wealth strategist Kim A. Kamin was elected as a member of the board of regents of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel March 5 at its annual meeting. Kamin was nominated to the board after fewer than 10 years in the college and is currently the youngest regent. She is the only non-academic fellow serving as a regent who is not with a law firm or trust company.

Honors

Steptoe & Johnson associate Julie C. Michalski was named a recipient of a Burton Award for distinguished law school writing.

Michalski’s article in the Michigan Technology Law Review, “Microgrids for Micro-Communities: Reducing the Energy Burden in Rural Areas,” explained how states can increase rural residents’ access to affordable energy by considering Alaska’s policies as a prototype.

Coplan & Crane partner Benjamin A. Crane was presented with the Champion Award by Oak-Leyden Developmental Services Feb. 21. The organization serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. The award is given to people champion the mission, programs and services of the organization.

Fellowships

Kirkland & Ellis partners Luke L. Dauchot and Brian D. Sieve have become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Dauchot focuses on resolving cases of unusual complexity, including many intellectual property-focused matters involving patents, trade secrets and contracts. Sieve has experience representing financial services companies, hedge funds, private equity funds, manufacturers and high-tech companies.

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