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November 2017


A feature story on the growth of firms in the Asian legal market in this month’s issue of The American Lawyer carries news that China member firm Beijing DHH Law Firm has become the 10th largest firm in China, with 1,035 lawyers. Since last year, the firm has opened eight new offices in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Changsha in China, and in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.


Raj Anand of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has contributed an essay to LexisNexis’ one-of-a-kind publication, Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society. Mr. Anand’s essay is a personal account of his experience with the Quebec Secession Reference, a decision that confirmed lawyers' obligation to uphold the rights of minorities. His essay is one of more than 50 curated essays on major political and historical developments in Canadian constitutional history. The book offers an insightful, balanced look at Canada's constitutional past and present, highlighting its achievements while acknowledging persistent injustices. It can be purchased online from the LexisNexis online store.


Egypt has recently adopted a new investment law, which provides a number of highly favorable incentives for local and foreign investors, Egypt member firm Maher Milad Iskander reports. For an overview of these incentives and the number of new free zones provided for under the new law, contact the firm to request a complimentary copy of its publication, “Egypt: Land of Opportunities 2018.”


Brian Rosenthal of Arkansas member Rose Law Firm is the new president-elect designee of the Arkansas Bar Association. He will serve a one-year term as president-elect beginning in June 2018 before assuming the office of president at the association's 2019 annual meeting. Mr. Rosenthal serves as counsel in commercial transactions, refinancings, real estate and environmental matters, and is an American College of Environmental Lawyers fellow. He received his J.D. from the University of Missouri. 


Sandra Corbett, QC, of Alberta member firm Field Law has been presented the 2017 Women in Law Leadership Award in the area of leadership in the profession. The award recognizes lawyers in private practice who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a commitment to being a positive role model for other lawyers. The honor was conferred at the 7th annual WILL award dinner, which was held November 9, 2017, in Calgary.


Steven Campbell has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Formerly COO of Dykema, a 350-lawyer firm with 12 offices throughout the United States, Mr. Campbell has extensive experience transforming large, complex, multi-location professional organizations. Prior to Dykema, he served as COO of Stinson Leonard Street in Minneapolis and as executive director of Gunster in West Palm Beach. In addition, Mr. Campbell has spent the last four years consulting with law firms and professional service organizations as the principal of Acumen Consulting.


Jennifer Bergeron, Said Jabbour, Alexandra Roselli and Hunter Schoen have joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese as associates in the firm’s New Orleans office. Ms. Bergeron’s practice will focus on commercial litigation, labor and employment, bankruptcy, civil rights, education and energy law. She is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, where she also earned a certificate in civil law. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, where he also earned an LL.M. in taxation, Mr. Jabbour previously served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jennifer Henderson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama’s Western Division. Ms. Roselli completed her J.D. at Loyola University College of Law. She previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Laurie White of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and as a mental health intern at the Positive Living Treatment Center in New Orleans. Mr. Schoen is a graduate of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable William Crain of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.


Liz Quinn has been named partner on Ireland member firm Mason Hayes & Curran’s debt recovery team. Ms. Quinn has extensive experience in advising on complex commercial disputes, ranging from credit insurance, fraud, product liability and professional negligence. In addition to recovering debts for large public sector clients, she also specializes in complex enforcement procedures and remedies, such as bankruptcy, fraudulent transfers, severance of joint tenancies, appointment of receivers by way of equitable execution, discovery in aid of execution, chargeable shares and other tools to assist creditors convert judgments to cash. She completed her legal education at the National University of Ireland Galway.


Elizabeth Barrera has joined the litigation team at Kentucky member firm McBrayer in the firm’s Lexington office. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a federal judicial clerk for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Ms. Barrera will focus her practice in the areas of business and corporate law, commercial and business litigation, employment litigation and estate and trust litigation.


Maryland member firm Rifkin Weiner Livingston has combined with Biran Kelly LLC, a law firm with offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Biran Kelly’s principals, Jonathan Biran and Ty Kelly, and associate Alison Schurick will join Rifkin Weiner Livingston’s litigation group effective January 2, 2018. Mr. Biran and Ms. Kelly are both former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and have both been recognized as Super Lawyers® in Maryland for each year of the last four years. They will be based in the firm’s Clipper Mill offices in Baltimore.


In an effort to make Brussels a more attractive commercial litigation center, the Belgian federal government has unveiled plans to create the Brussels International Business Court, Belgian member firm Lydian reports. The BIBC will be an English-speaking Belgian state court aimed at attracting Brexit-related disputes as well as international commercial litigation. Currently, only Dutch or French are allowed before Brussels’ courts, adding significantly to the cost of litigation. Furthermore, there is currently an almost unlimited right to appeal any judgment, resulting in often lengthy proceedings. Under the proposed federal plan, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration rules, not the Belgian judicial code, will govern. The BIBC is expected to be operational by January 1, 2020. For more information, contact the firm’s managing partner, Peter De Ryck.


Sara Davis Buss and Christopher Rayl have joined Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans as partners. Both Ms. Buss and Mr. Rayl are well-known and highly regarded in the public finance sector, having closed billions of dollars in public finance projects including some of western Pennsylvania’s most complex transactions. Ms. Buss is past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers and chaired the National Association of Bond Lawyer’s Bond Attorneys Workshop in 2014. Mr. Rayl is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, and Allegheny County Bar Association. They will both be headquartered in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Also at Eckert Seamans, Taylor Brailey and Shari Maynard have joined as associates. Ms. Brailey focuses her practice in labor and employment matters. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Commerce. Ms. Maynard focuses her practice in the areas of general corporate and commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and defending claims brought pursuant to the federal False Claims Act. She earned her J.D. at the Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, where she served as managing editor of the Penn State Arbitration Law Review. Ms. Brailey will practice in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, while Ms. Maynard will be headquartered in its Philadelphia office.


Building on its legacy as an industry leader, South Africa member firm VDMA Attorneys is expanding its local presence with the official launch of its new office in the Southdowns Ridge Office Park in Centurion and the much anticipated launch of its new Johannesburg office in 2018. For further information about contacting the firm, click here.


Charles Modell of Minnesota member firm Larkin Hoffman received the Lew Rudnick Award at the 40th annual American Bar Association Forum on Franchising in Palm Desert, California, on October 19, 2017. The Rudnick Award honors franchise lawyers who, over the course of their careers, have made substantial contributions to the development of the ABA Forum and to franchise law as a discipline. Mr. Modell has been a leader in franchising for decades, sharing his wisdom and insights in scores of speaking engagements, over fifty published articles and service to the franchise industry’s most important organizations. He is only the ninth recipient of the award.


Eric Benson of Colorado member firm Ireland Stapleton has been named to the Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains board of directors and will lead the group’s charitable and community service initiatives. Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains connects Dartmouth alumni living in the Rockies and provides educational and community service opportunities. Mr. Benson is a business law attorney, advising clients on entity formation, employment, compensation and incentive plan issues, mergers and acquisitions, leases, contracts, and general corporate matters. He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth and his law degree at Harvard Law School.