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News from the Network (March 2017)


England member firm Mills & Reeve has announced its completion of a merger agreement with London law firm Maxwell Winward. Maxwell Winward is renowned for its real estate, surety, projects and construction practices, enabling Mills & Reeve to further develop its real estate and project and construction practices in London. The merger will take effect June 1, 2017. The firm’s senior partner, Justin Ripman, said, “This merger will enable us to substantially grow our presence in the City. It helps realize a key aim of our 2020 strategy to expand our offering to London-based and international clients by successfully leveraging our nationwide network of leading legal experts.”


Kathryn English of Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans has been named to lead the firm’s business division, succeeding Timothy Hudak, who with Dorothy Davis recently assumed the role of co-CEO. Ms. English has served as vice chair of the business division since 2009 and as a member of the board of directors since 2005. In addition, Patricia Mahlstedt was named co-chair of the hospitality and gaming group and Christopher Bennett was named vice chair of the group. They will serve alongside hospitality and gaming group co-chair Mark Stewart and vice chair Jay Blount. Finally, April Morgan Hincy was named vice chair of the firm’s financial services litigation group. Also at Eckert Seamans, Pia Aklian has joined its financial transactions and business counseling practices in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Ms. Aklian is experienced in negotiating and drafting complex corporate and commercial transactions and has worked on a broad range of corporate matters including shareholder agreements, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreements, and licensing. Previously, she was general manager and in-house counsel to a mobile enterprise software company. Ms. Aklian is a graduate of Widener University School of Law.


Thailand member firm Tilleke & Gibbins was again honored as Firm of the Year for Vietnam at Managing Intellectual Property’s Global Awards 2017, held earlier this month at London’s Savoy Hotel. This marks the fourth consecutive year, and the fifth time in six years, that the firm has topped the field in Vietnam. The firm’s strong regional presence was further affirmed by its appearance on the short lists for firm of the year awards in two other countries, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as for the entire Asia Pacific region – an award won by the firm in 2015.


Virginia member firm McGuireWoodshealthcare litigation group has announced its 2017 healthcare litigation and compliance webinar series. Programs will discuss the outlook for healthcare litigation in 2017, thoughts on identifying and mitigating data security risks in healthcare organizations, components of an effective compliance program, what to consider when drafting and enforcing physician non-compete agreements, and much more. You may attend as many as you like. Replays will be available for those who cannot make the scheduled times. The schedule of programs is as follows:

April 17

Emerging Areas of Enterprise Risk for Managed Care Organizations and Health Plans

May 23

Effectively Managing Complex Healthcare Litigation in a Budget-Sensitive World

July 17

Out of the Breach: Data Security & Information Governance for Healthcare Entities

Aug. 10

Key Considerations in Drafting and Enforcing Physician Non-compete Agreements

Sept. 18

Effective Internal Investigations for Healthcare Entities

Oct. 19

Bringing and Defending Overpayment Recoveries – A View From Both Sides

Nov. 13

7 Elements of an Effective Compliance Plan and Mitigating Compliance Risk

Dec. 7

The Future of False Claims Litigation Against Providers and Payors

For more information about each program, please click here.     


Emily Powell has been named a shareholder and director at Colorado member firm Ireland Stapleton. Ms. Powell is a special districts attorney working as general and special counsel to fire protection, park and recreation, and municipal districts on issues involving contracts and intergovernmental agreements, special district organization, authority formation and boundary realignments, as well as advice and assistance on all aspects of statutory compliance, board meeting procedures, elections and personnel matters. Also at Ireland Stapleton, Walt Lemanski has joined as a director. Mr. Lemanski is a corporate transactional attorney who advises clients on recognizing risks and opportunities in business transactions and assists them in structuring deals to identify and allocate those same risks and opportunities in a manner acceptable to all the parties. Finally, litigation practice head Kelley Duke has been named an American Arbitration Association panel member.  An experienced trial attorney, Ms. Duke prosecutes and defends companies in a variety of industries including real estate development and construction, accounting, marketing and public relations, state-legal marijuana, franchising, snow sports, oil and gas, special districts and ranch properties. She is also a member of the SCG Legal board of directors. 


U.S. President Donald Trump's far-reaching executive order imposing new bans on refugees and some legal immigrants has not only sown considerable confusion but also among individuals and businesses around the world generated considerable interest in immigration options to Canada. To help its fellow member firms advise their clients, both individual and corporate, Alberta member firm Field Law has prepared “Canada Welcomes You,” which was written by Vance Langford and Jenna Kirk, both of whom are members of the firm’s business immigration group. With over 15 years’ experience working with Canadian and international clients, Mr. Langford has extensive knowledge of the Canadian temporary foreign worker program, employer compliance and strategies for obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in Canada. He received his legal education at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Kirk has assisted individuals and employers with applications for admission to Canada as temporary residents and foreign workers, and with applications for permanent residence and citizenship. She also has experience with U.S. visa applications, waivers and NEXUS applications, as well as Canadian record suspension applications, applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and residency appeals. She received her J.D. from the University of Calgary.


Michael Swartz of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been selected by the Toronto Construction Association nominations and awards committee as the winner of the 2016 TCIC Chancellor's Award of Excellence. The Construction Institute of Canada is dedicated to raising the level of construction industry professional excellence through education, training and continuing professional development. His selection as the recipient of the TCIC Chancellor's Award of Excellence is a recognition of his efforts to give back to the industry to which he devotes much of his practice. Mr. Swartz is a frequent speaker at various construction association meetings on issues of concern to the construction industry. He also teaches construction law courses at various postsecondary educational institutions and serves on the Toronto Construction Association industry practices committee, the Ontario Bar Association construction and infrastructure law section, and the task force on construction lien act reform.


Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese partner Leslie Lanusse has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star for the seventh consecutive year, recognizing her commitment to putting clients first and delivering outstanding results. The honor cements her status as a BTI Client Service All-Star “MVP,” a title reserved for attorneys who have achieved “all-star” status for at least two years in a row. Ms. Lanusse has appeared on BTI’s All-Star MVP list annually since 2011, receiving the most consecutive MVP titles of any attorney on the 2017 list. A labor and employment lawyer, she has more than two decades of experience  defending claims of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state compensation commissions, defending OSHA and environmental whistleblower claims before administrative agencies, defending Family and Medical Leave Act claims, and defending employers during investigations of compliance with wage and hour laws.


James “Jimmy” Judkins, Thomas Schulte, Jr., and Jonathan Hayes have joined Florida member firm Ausley McMullen. Mr. Judkins has been a certified civil trial lawyer for more than 30 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He represents clients faced with complex civil, criminal, and family law issues. His trial work includes complex criminal cases in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, involving allegations of health care fraud, bribery, bank fraud, antitrust, commercial crimes, and drug offenses. Mr. Schulte has practiced law for over 20 years, focusing on family law, criminal defense, clemency, personal injury, and general civil trial practice. Finally, Mr. Hayes is the firm’s newest associate. He joins Ausley McMullen following his clerkship with the Honorable Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida.