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October 2018


Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has had 34 of its lawyers listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada including Clare Burns and Bryan Finlay, both of whom were also recognized as Toronto "Lawyers of the Year" in trusts and estates and administrative and public law, respectively. Robert Warren was listed in the 2018 Lexpert® special edition for energy. Caroline Abela was appointed member at-large of the Canadian Bar Association’s wills, estates and trusts section executive committee.  Kayla Theeuwen was featured in a Financier Worldwide article entitled, "UK targets overseas territories transparency," discussing the imposition of public registers in British overseas territories and how they will affect corporate entities domiciled in those jurisdictions. Finally, Susan Rosales has returned to the firm as a senior land use planner.


Dominican Republic member firm Guzmán Ariza President and Managing Partner Fabio Guzmán Ariza has been named “senior statesperson” in the 2019 edition of Chambers Latin America in recognition of his more than 35 years of service, advising international clients on real estate and tourism matters in the Dominican Republic. Chambers has only conferred this honor on three other Dominican attorneys since it began publishing its rankings of Dominican firms and legal practitioners. In addition to the firm's rankings in the Latin America-wide categories of real estate and tourism, dispute resolution, and environment, Christoph Sieger was singled out for special recognition in real estate and tourism and Giselle Pérez Reyes was acknowledged for her expertise in environmental law. The firm was also listed as a "top-tier firm" in real estate and tourism in the Dominican Republic by the Legal 500, and Messrs. Guzmán Ariza and Sieger were also named "leading lawyers" in the field. Fabio Guzmán Saladín, a member of the SCG Legal board of directors, was also recognized for the second time as a “next generation lawyer” in corporate and finance.  


Earl Forte has joined Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans as a member of its litigation division in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Mr. Forte specializes in commercial disputes and bankruptcy cases, and has substantial experience with business torts and matters involving fraudulent transfer and breach of fiduciary duty. He is also experienced in commercial, financial, and corporate workouts. Mr. Forte is the author of The Fraudulent Transfer Handbook and three supplemental volumes. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Also joining the firm’s litigation division in its Philadelphia office is Monakee Marseille. Ms. Marseille is a member of the firm’s mass tort practice group, which includes the defense of toxic tort, product liability, and personal injury matters. She currently serves as national coordinating counsel of an international manufacturer of naval and commercial equipment. Ms. Marseille is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. Carolyn Boucek has also joined the firm as a litigation associate in the Pittsburgh office. She is experienced in the creation of critical case documents including complaints, written discovery, pre-trial statements, and motions in matters involving medical malpractice, professional negligence, product liability, property disputes, and premises liability. Ms. Boucek has also assisted in general litigation matters involving the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, toxic torts, higher education law, and class action lawsuits. She graduated from Cornell Law School, where she served as managing editor of the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. Also at Eckert Seamans, Cecelia Fanelli has joined the firm as a member of its hospitality group. Ms. Fanelli will divide her time between the firm’s White Plains and Philadelphia offices. She has more than 30 years of experience in litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings in the hotel, real estate, and banking industries. Ms. Fanelli, who has been ranked nationally by Chambers USA in the leisure and hospitality category since 2011, represents domestic and international developers, builders, owners, and operators of hotels and resorts, as well as lenders, franchisees, and franchisors. A recognized thought leader in the hospitality industry, she is a Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Ms. Fanelli earned her J.D. at Cornell Law School, where she served as editor of the Cornell Law Review.


Jeremy Mittman has joined Los Angeles member firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp as a partner in its labor and employment department. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mittman represented management clients for 15 years in a broad range of employment-related matters in the financial services, security services and media and entertainment industries. He also specializes in privacy and data security, and a significant part of his practice focuses on international employment matters involving such issues as data privacy in global human resources information systems, multi-country employment contracts, international background checks, terminations and other employment-related matters. Mr. Mittman regularly assists clients in complying with the EU Data Protection Directive and has substantial experience drafting safe harbor certifications to the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as model contractual clauses to comply with EU law. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center. 


Charles Borgman and Jennifer Gilbert have joined Colorado member firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe. An experienced real estate attorney, Mr. Borgman assists developers, investors, lenders, housing authorities and nonprofits in the development, financing and operation of real estate projects in Colorado, with an emphasis on affordable housing projects. He previously served as general counsel of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, where as a member of the executive management team he advised the board of directors on corporate governance matters and oversaw the legal, compliance and internal audit functions. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Ms. Gilbert previously served as an assistant attorney general in Colorado, handling revenue and utilities matters, and as a deputy district attorney in Colorado's 18th Judicial District, where she was primarily responsible for litigating criminal, regulatory, administrative, and appellate matters. An accomplished trial attorney, Ms. Gilbert now focuses her practice on representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


Michael Orce has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Mr. Orce is responsible for the overall finances and operations of the firm while providing leadership to the management team. With nearly 30 years of management experience in the legal industry, he works with firm leadership to execute its strategic and operational goals. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Orce served as executive director of Murtha Cullina, where he led the administration and operation of the firm. He has an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Leslie Wong, Michael Scott and Polly Storey have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson as associates. Ms. Wong joins the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice group; Mr. Scott, its estates and trusts team; and Ms. Storey, its family law and estates and trusts groups. The firm has also hired students Alex Farkas (securities), Bhagwant Dhaliwal (commercial real estate and general business law), Ethan Plato (family law and higher learning) and Laura James (general business law and securities), each of whom has previously articled with the firm.


California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s chief counsel Peter Hyun has joined District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein as a partner in the firm’s white-collar defense and government investigations practice, where he will defend clients in congressional investigations, government enforcement actions and state attorneys general investigations. Before joining Senator Feinstein’s staff, Mr. Hyun was an assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia, where he investigated health care, mortgage and procurement fraud for the Justice Department’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement program. He also previously served as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s litigation bureau. Mr. Hyun received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Craig Newman of New York City member firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler recently authored an op-ed for The New York Times regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s first-ever use of a cybersecurity enforcement tool to punish a financial firm for its “failures” to protect client information against a cyber-attack. In “The S.E.C. Dusts Off a Never-Used Cyber Enforcement Tool,” Mr. Newman notes that the agency used its “Identity Theft Red Flags Rule” to censure a financial firm for allowing hackers to access social security numbers, account balances and even details of client investment accounts. “The S.E.C.’s action should set off alarm bells for every financial firm and board of directors under the agency’s watch. Most companies are probably not in compliance with the rule and, given the agency’s increased focus on cybersecurity, they should move quickly to address any issues.” Mr. Newman chairs the firm’s privacy and data security practice. To read the article, click here. Also at Patterson Belknap, Stephen Younger and Michael Farinacci have authored an article in Law360 regarding a recent decision by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division’s First Department in Daesang v. NutraSweet, finding that New York County’s Commercial Division erred when it partially vacated an arbitration award on the ground that the arbitrators manifestly disregarded the law. As a result, the Appellate Division confirmed the arbitration award, reaffirming New York’s pro-arbitration attitude. To read the article, click here.


Jennie Bricker and Lisa Hardie have joined Oregon member firm Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as of counsel, where they will lead the launch of the firm’s energy and natural resources practice. Ms. Bricker brings 20 years of experience as a natural resources lawyer. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, she clerked for the late Judge Otto Skopil of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and went on to practice real estate and natural resources law, developing expertise in waterway navigability, water rights, permitting, and property boundaries. Ms. Hardie has approximately 20 years of experience as an energy lawyer. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, she worked at large firms in Texas, Washington, and Oregon, where she assisted energy clients with issues including retail deregulation, regulatory compliance, and complex energy litigation and appeals. Two years ago, she was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to chair the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and served in that position until earlier this year. Ms. Hardie will assist clients with litigation, regulatory compliance, and energy policy issues.     


Carmen Moss-Holdstock has joined South Africa member firm VDMA as head of its tax practice. Ms. Moss-Holdstock is experienced in advising large corporate entities and financial institutions on domestic, corporate and international tax issues in relation to group reorganizations, mining, financing, real estate investment trusts and mergers and acquisitions. She will advise and assist clients with ruling applications to the South African Revenue Service, exchange control issues and dispute resolution. Ms. Moss-Holdstock has an LL.B. from the University of South Africa and an LL.M. from the University of Cape Town.