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News from the Network (April 2017)


Chuck Fax of Maryland member firm Rifkin Weiner Livingston will address “The Future of Discovery” at the Lawyers for Civil Justice annual conference, which is being held May 4 and 5, 2017, at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Mr. Fax, who will be joined by Vanderbilt University law professor Brian Fitzpatrick, will discuss trending discovery topics such as the impact of proportionality, cost shifting and case management. His presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m. on May 4, following the conference’s keynote address, which will be delivered by Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Mr. Fax is co-author of Discovery Problems and Their Solutions, the fourth edition of which will be released next year.


Asian Legal Business magazine has named Thailand member firm Tilleke & Gibbinsone of the best law firms to work for in Asia. The ABL Employer of Choice Rankings took into account responses from more than 3,500 lawyers in private practice across Asia, ranging from managing partners to paralegals, as well as the publication’s own knowledge of the Asian market. Firms were ranked on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, and job security, among others. Said one the respondents at the firm, “I have the job I love.” The firm has also been shortlisted among the nominees for ALB’s SE Asia Law Awards 2017 in the categories of regional intellectual property law firm of the year, regional litigation law firm of the year, Thailand law firm of the year and Vietnam law firm of the year.Tilleke & Gibbins will host SCG Legal’s 2017 international meeting in Bangkok next month.


Pamela Harvey and Matthew Stern have joined Massachusetts member firm Keegan Werlin in its energy regulatory practice. Ms. Harvey is a graduate of Penn State Law. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Harvey was an economist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and, most recently, compliance counsel focused on commercial property insurance. Mr. Stern is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where he earned both J.D. and a master’s of environmental law and policy. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stern represented utilities and developers in Vermont on energy regulatory, siting, land use and environmental matters.


Stefini Salles, Leigh Ann Schell and Sara Valentine have joined Louisiana member firmAdams and Reese’s litigation practice team in the firm’s New Orleans office as special counsel. Ms. Schell and Ms. Valentine previously practiced at a majority female-owned local firm. With nearly 30 years of experience, Ms. Schell primarily handles complex litigation including wetlands/land loss matters, toxic torts, product liability, appellate work and commercial litigation. She also has handled on- and off-shore personal injury, environmental, False Claims Act/Qui Tam matters and employment litigation. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. MS. Valentine has practiced law for more than a decade and focuses her work primarily on environmental litigation and commercial litigation. Her practice includes land contamination and wetlands/land loss claims, and indemnity and contractual disputes. Ms. Valentine earned her J.D. as a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar, also at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. A litigator for nearly 20 years, Ms. Salles primarily represents and advises corporations in the areas of insurance defense, debt collection, commercial litigation, construction law, restrictive covenant enforcement and general casualty matters. She also has handled successions, family law and personal injury matters. Ms. Salles received her J.D. from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.


Rafał Hajduk has joined Poland member firm Domański Zakrzewski Palinka’s infrastructure and energy practice. An expert in transaction advice and legal services to businesses in the energy sector, Mr. Hajduk specializes in supporting energy infrastructure, particularly power generation, investments, in regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector and energy and derivatives trading. He is also the official Polish legal counsel to the European Federation of Energy Traders. Also joining Domański Zakrzewski Palinka’s infrastructure and energy practice are senior associate Grzegorz Filipowicz and associates Anna Konopka, Natalia Jankowska and Mateusz Koszel.


Justice Major Harding of Florida member firm Ausley McMullen is the recipient of the 2017 Faith and Profession Award from the Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center. The award was given in recognition of Justice Harding’s strengths as a business professional and a committed Christian who lives out his faith in the workplace and community. Justice Harding’s path to the bench began in 1968 in the Duval County Juvenile Court. He later served as a circuit judge and was elected chief judge in 1974 and 1975. He was appointed to the state’s highest court in 1991 and was subsequently retained by Florida’s voters. He served as Florida’s chief justice from 1998 to 2000. Justice Harding has been a shareholder with the firm since his 2002 retirement from the Florida Supreme Court.


Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has announced the election of announced the election of Heather Stone Fletcher and Nathaniel Wilks as partners in the firm. Ms. Fletcher focuses her practice on compliance, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting employee benefit plans. She represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Ms. Fletcher earned her J.D. at George Washington University School of Law. Mr. Wilks is a registered patent attorney whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the electronic arts, infringement and validity studies, patentability and right-to-use opinions, and litigation support. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Michael McIsaac of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is now a regular panelist on the “Moore in the Morning” free-for-all on NewsTalk 1010. “Moore in the Morning” is hosted by John Moore and is Toronto's most listened-to morning show. The show focuses on breaking news and live interviews with newsmakers of the day. Mr. McIsaac has appeared on the show several times to share his views on several topics. He has a broad-based practice representing a wide variety of middle-market Canadian companies across a range of industries including investment banking, manufacturing, finance, consumer products, automotive, renewable energy, construction and health services. Mr. McIsaac is also well-known for his 51 kilometer swim across Lake Ontario for a campaign he dubbed "Crossing for a Cause." The swim raised $155,000 for the Douglas Wright Foundation, a charity organization devoted to fighting melanoma in Canada.