Updated June 2023
In the Spotlight
Field Law (Canada: Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon) announced the highly anticipated publication of a new book, “The Law of Regulatory Investigations in Canada” co-authored by James Casey, KC and Jason Kully. This book focuses on regulatory investigations and the legal issues that arise during that part of the regulatory process and offers a multi-disciplinary approach to this important topic. The text is organized by legal issue and covers a wide range of regulatory contexts, including professional discipline, police discipline, securities, financial regulation, environmental, occupational health and safety, privacy, human rights, competition law, and more! This multi-disciplinary approach provides an effective framework for a comprehensive analysis and synthesis of legal issues that arise in regulatory investigations generally. This text is a must read for administrative law lawyers and regulatory agencies, including professional regulators, as they encounter administrative law issues in their investigative processes.
Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) announced the firm has released its first ESG Report, as part of its commitment to the UN Global Compact principles. The firm has also been named an excellence awardee in the Australasian Law Awards in three categories: Technology & Innovation, Employee Health & Wellbeing and Diversity Initiative of the Year.
Holman Webb Lawyers (Australia: Sydney) announced the firm has been awarded Law Firm of the Year (1-100 lawyers) at the 2023 Australasian Law Awards.
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC (US: Colorado) announced that the firm has relocated its Denver headquarters to 1660 Lincoln Street, Suite 3000, Denver, Colorado 80264. The firm has taken over the top floor of the 30 story, newly renovated building located at the corner of 17th and Lincoln Streets, in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood. The space has been completely remodeled to better suit the modern work styles and needs of the firm and its Denver-based attorneys. To encourage and maintain a workforce capable of successfully working both in office and remotely, the layout will feature a number of shared offices, hotel-style offices, and advanced technology that will increase communication and collaboration within teams and practice groups. This flexible atmosphere will better accommodate both remote and in-office workers, helping the firm to better serve its clients. The firm also launched a new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group. This practice group, led by experienced litigator and ADR professional Julie Walker, will focus on arbitration and mediation services. The attorneys in this practice group are fully certified ADR professionals who have undergone significant training in ADR techniques and procedures. They have experience serving as neutrals in mediations and arbitrations around the country in a variety of commercial, consumer, regulatory, and construction related cases. Each of the firm’s arbitrators serve as panel members for the American Arbitration Association and regularly act as privately appointed arbitrators.
Robinson+Cole (US: Connecticut) announced that its Government Relations Group will operate as the CT Government Relations Group of Robinson+Cole LLC (CTGRG-RC)—a subsidiary of the law firm. The entity will continue to be led by long-time Robinson+Cole team members Susan J. Halpin and Brooks C. Campion, who will serve as co-principals of the new subsidiary.
In the News
AGM Abogados (Spain) announced the prestigious French portal Leaders League has included the firm among the recommended law firms in its renowned ranking in Spain. In its 2023 edition, Leaders League recognizes the firm, recognizing the work of the team within the category “Valuable practice” in the area of Commercial Litigation, and highlighting partners Guillermo Bayas, Sergio López, Gregorio Riber and Miguel Noriega. The firm also announced The Legal 500, in its 2023 edition, has selected two areas of AGM Abogados. The Dispute Resolution area, led by Sergio López, Guillermo Bayas, Miguel Noriega and Gregorio Riber, stands out in the “Tier 5” category. For the second consecutive year, the ranking highlights as “Firms to Watch” the Tax area, led in this case by Leonardo Cárdenas, Jordi Rovira and Ignacio Ruiz.
Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Brody & Agnello, P.C. (US: New Jersey) announced that G. Glennon Troublefield was installed as the 126th President of the Essex County Bar Association. The Essex County Bar Association is one of the oldest and largest bar associations within the State of New Jersey. Glennon’s ascension to the Presidency is a testament to his leadership and his unwavering dedication to bettering the greater Essex County legal community.
Clark Wilson (Canada: British Columbia) announced that Sonia Kainth has joined as a partner with the Family Law group. For over a decade, clients have trusted Sonia’s compassionate and sensible guidance to help untangle the legal aspects of their evolving family dynamics. Her practice includes cohabitation and marriage agreements, adoption and child custody, separation agreements, divorce, spousal support and entitlements, asset and debt division, parenting issues, relocation, and child support.
CNPLaw LLP (Singapore) is proud to announce that in the 2023 edition of Chambers Global Guide, the firm has been ranked for its Capital Markets practice, with Partner Tan Min-Li from CNPLaw’s Corporate Finance team having been recognized a Notable Practitioner. The firm also announced that it has been shortlisted as a finalist by Asian Legal Business in its 19th South East Asia Law Awards two years running for the following categories: Debt Market (Premium) Deal of the Year and Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year. The firm also announced they have been recommended by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023 for the sixth year in a row. They have expanded their list of accolades to 6 practice areas in 2023 with the latest nomination for Construction. They have been recognized in the following categories: Commercial and Transactions; Construction; Family and Matrimonial; International Arbitration – Domestic firms; Insolvency; and Private Client.
Field Law (Canada: Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon) announced it has bulked up its intellectual property services by acquiring the firms Hicks Intellectual Property Law and Hicks & Associates Intellectual Property, collectively known as Hicks Intellectual Property. The union between Field Law and Hicks Intellectual Property significantly increases the capacity of Field Law and allows the firm to expand its IP services and to broaden its technical subject-matter knowledge in the patent field. With a combined team of 17 intellectual property professionals, the acquisition has rapidly grown Field Law’s intellectual property practice. It presents an opportunity for further growth in this advancing area of law. The Hicks Intellectual Property Canmore office will become Field Law’s fourth location, giving the firm a strong base to serve new and existing clients in Alberta’s Bow Valley. The firm also announced four new attorneys: Robert Joseph, KC., Stephanie Martin, Matt Vernon, and Sarah Halkyard. Robert Joseph, KC, loves helping people and corporations resolve disputes quickly and affordably. With his experience in construction, design and fieldwork, he can speak the language and understand the unique challenges that come with this industry. Stephanie’s practice focuses on estate and incapacity planning, including the drafting of wills, personal directives, and enduring powers of attorney. Matt Vernon has a commercial civil litigation practice, focusing on oil and gas, shareholder disputes, directors and officers liability and employment disputes. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta, as well as at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands. Matt also represents clients in numerous forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitral proceedings, judicial dispute resolution and mediation. Sarah Halkyard joins the Calgary office, focusing on intellectual property law. Her unique software engineering knowledge and legal expertise enable her to provide clients with comprehensive, practical solutions for their intellectual property needs.
Fraser Trebilcock (US: Michigan) announced Thaddeus Morgan has recently been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ in 2023 for construction law. Only twenty attorneys in the state received this recognition.
Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) announced it has significantly expanded its national commercial, private clients and insurance practices with the appointments of three new partners: Suzie Leask, McLane Edinger and David Chew. Suzie’s team of four senior lawyers have joined with her, bolstering the firm’s Newcastle presence. In Doyle’s Guide 2023, Partner Chris Sacré has been recognized for Transport Law, Partners Fay Calderone, Aaron Dearden and Mark Dunphy for Employment Law (Employer Representation), Partner Kristopher Kunasingam for Immigration Law and Special Counsel Nicholas Beech for Workplace Health & Safety Law. A Hall & Wilcox team, headed by Health & Community Co-Lead, Partner Alison Choy Flannigan, acted for Captia Pty Limited as the trustee of the Captia Trust on the sale of Sydney Surgical Centre to the CURA Day Hospitals Group. The firm also has been recognized with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the firm was voted number three of all law firms across Australia in the Top 25 Attraction Firms by Lawyers Weekly. The firm also announced it has won two 2023 Client Choice Awards: Best Law & Related Services Firm ($100-$200m revenue) and Best Professional Services Firm ($100-$200m revenue). Hall & Wilcox was also a finalist as Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services and Most Innovative Law & Related Services Firm. The awards are based on feedback from more than 17,000 clients of professional service firms across the market. Additionally, several teams advised Waldner group on its acquisition of the business of Laboratory Systems Group Pty Ltd, ACA International on its sale to Dachser and the owners of Caraniche on its sale to WISE Employment. The firm advised Spirit Super on its joint acquisition, with US infrastructure investor Stonepeak, of GeelongPort; Nostra Property Group on its agreement to acquire Porter Davis’s multiple dwelling business; and Breakthrough Victoria on its AU$5 million investment in FLAIM Systems. The firm also worked with the Australian Football League (AFL) in relation to arrangements for the entry of a new Tasmanian-based team into the AFL and AFL Women’s Competition; and assisted Visit Victoria, Victoria’s major events and tourism agency, with arrangements for the National Hockey League (NHL) to play pre-season matches in Melbourne in September. 75 Hall & Wilcox lawyers have been named in the 2024 Best Lawyers in Australia, including five awarded Lawyer of the Year – Partners Drew Castley (Ethics & Professional Responsibility Practice and Insurance Law), John Gray (Commercial Law), Kelli Stallard (Product Liability Litigation), Nicholas Studdert (Personal Injury Litigation) and Consultant Andrew Lyle (Product Liability Litigation).
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC (US: Colorado) announced Chambers USA has once again ranked the firm’s litigation practice group and has individually ranked Ireland Stapleton attorneys Rebecca L. Almon, James G. Benjamin, Kelley B. Duke, and K.C. Groves. The firm also announced that eight of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of Thomson Reuter’s Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This year’s Colorado Super Lawyers include Rebecca L. Almon for Environmental Law, James G. Benjamin and Russell W. Kemp for Real Estate, Kelley B. Duke and K.C. Groves for Business Litigation, Michelle B. Ferguson for Employment and Labor Law, and Julie M. Walker for Professional Liability Defense. Returning to the list of Colorado Rising Stars is James R. Silvestro for Land Use and Zoning Law. The firm also announced that Kobi Webb has re-joined the Firm after serving as senior litigation counsel at an international mountain resort company. Webb is a member of the Firm’s litigation practice group and focuses her expertise on issues impacting businesses and real property. She is adept at navigating clients through a diverse range of complex issues, including breach of contract, intellectual property, eminent domain, business dissolution, environmental, and securities claims. She also has experience representing owners of high-value properties with valuation assessments and property tax appeals. The firm also announced attorney Tracy A. Oldemeyer has joined the firm as a Director. Oldemeyer is a business, litigation, arbitration, and telecommunications attorney. She has nearly three decades of experience, including a focus on matters related to 9-1-1 and telecommunications, general civil litigation, complex commercial litigation, and insurance. She practices at the trial and appellate levels in several state and federal courts, as well as before the Federal Communications Commission and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Attorney Lidiana Rios was elected to serve on the Colorado Bar Association (CBA)’s Litigation Section’s Executive Council as Secretary/Treasurer. Rios also serves as the Chair of the Litigation Section’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Committee, has been an at-large member of the Section’s Executive Council, and previously served as legislative liaison. The firm also introduced the 2023 members of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness (EDI) Committee. This year’s EDI Committee will be led by attorneys Sarah Benedict and Lidiana Rios and office services coordinator Sarah Hoffman. Other members of the committee include Sarah Abbott, Harshy Badhesha, Barb Gregory, K.C. Groves, Logan Groves, Malia Heyd, Russell Kemp, Tanya Mundy, Paige Pashea, Zach Price, Lauren Senior, and the firm’s managing director Erica Tarpey. The firm and its EDI Committee’s mission is to create a working environment that: Supports the diversity, equity, and inclusion of all employees; Attracts and retains diverse lawyers and professionals; Listens to the needs of our stakeholders and works together to advance equity; and Educates and equips our organization to advance equity by encouraging diversity in our business relationships, supporting organizations that advance equity, diversity, and inclusiveness, and actively working to address injustice.
McBrayer (Kentucky) announced Keeana Sajadi Boarman has been named the newest member of the Executive Committee. Boarman, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Kentucky College of Law, concentrates her practice on mergers and acquisitions, general business law and lending transactions across a variety of industries. She chairs the firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group and serves on the Executive Board of Commerce Lexington. The firm also announced that Claire Vujanovic will serve as the next President of Louisville Girls Leadership. After serving on the organization’s board for two years, including serving as Vice President, she now steps into the role of President.
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC (US: Maryland) announced Partners Alan Rifkin and Arnold Weiner have been recognized by Chambers and Partners. Alan was ranked for Sports Law, and Arnold was ranked for Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. The firm has also been recognized for its Government Relations and Lobbying Division. The firm is ranked Band 1, and Bradley Rifkin and Mike Johansen were individually recognized as Band 1 lawyers.
Robinson+Cole (US: Connecticut) received a second-place ranking among 16 large employer finalists selected for the Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut recognition. The designation honors companies who were identified as “doing the right things to keep employees interested, engaged and balanced” as determined by a survey administered by third-party research firm, Workforce Research Group. Robinson+Cole was the highest rated law firm honored during the annual Best Places to Work Awards presented on March 2, 2023, in Plantsville, CT. This is the second consecutive year and ninth time the firm has been named a “Best Place to Work in Connecticut.” The firm also announced Kelly Butricks, Benjamin Daniels, Andrew DePeau and Eric Rigoli have been named to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) First 100 Plus Class of 2023. The First 100 Plus Class of 2023 is comprised of leaders working to improve the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families in Connecticut. The firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group chair, Kenneth C. Baldwin, serves on CCADV’s Board of Directors. Managing Committee member and Labor and Employment Group partner Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson was selected by the Hartford Business Journal for inclusion in its 2023 “Women in Business” recognition. Cole-Johnson is among 25 honorees chosen for demonstrating business savvy, confidence in themselves and their organizations, and a strong track record of professional leadership. Chambers and Partners has recognized 22 Robinson+Cole lawyers, including one that has been recognized nationwide in the following practices:
- Nationwide: Privacy & Data Security – Linn F. Freedman – Freedman was also listed in the Chambers Global 2023 ranking guide in the area of Privacy & Data Security – USA.
- Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Natalie D. Ramsey and Rachel Jaffe Mauceri
- Construction – Joseph A. Barra
- Corporate/M&A – Matthew J. Guanci, Jr., Eric M. Kogan
- Environment – Megan E. Baroni, Robert S. Melvin, Earl W. Phillips, Jr., James P. Ray and Emilee Mooney Scott
- Healthcare – Lisa M. Boyle and Theodore J. Tucci
- Insurance – Matthew M. Burke
- Labor & Employment – Stephen W. Aronson, Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Natale V. DiNatale
- Litigation: General Commercial – Jeffrey J. White
- Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – James A. Wade
- Real Estate – Garry C. Berman, Steven L. Elbaum and Charles Martin III
Robinson+Cole also earned rankings in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Environment, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate.
Rose Law Firm (US: Arkansas) announced the hiring of Chris McNulty. McNulty joins the firm as a member who will work in the firm’s litigation division in the Little Rock office. McNulty has an established commercial litigation practice, with a focus on bankruptcy, foreclosure, creditor rights, real estate disputes, and breach of contract issues.
Sánchez Devanny (Mexico) announced the promotion to General Partner of Arturo Garza Mátar. Arturo’s election strengthens the strong industry-leading Tax practice. Arturo joined Sánchez-Devanny as an intern in 2009. He has practiced in different areas of the firm such as Corporate and Civil and Commercial Litigation to finally specialize in Consulting and Tax Litigation in 2012 and in Wealth Management and Succession Planning in 2015. Practicing in different areas of law has developed him as an advisor capable of analyzing situations from a tax, corporate and litigation prevention point of view.
Wiley (US: Washington, D.C.) announced Crystal Tully has joined the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice as special counsel. Well known within the communications and technology sectors, Tully served as the Deputy Staff Director for the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation for over four years, where she oversaw legislative agendas including telecommunications, technology, consumer protection, data privacy, cybersecurity, aviation, surface transportation, and space. Tully previously led the Commerce Committee’s communications and technology policy team. Most recently, Tully served as General Counsel for Investigations & Nominations for the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she advanced a wide range of priorities before the Senate and the U.S. Department of Defense, and also assisted in drafting relevant titles of the National Defense Authorization Act. She aided in the enactment of several landmark bills including the CHIPS and Science Act, the Broadband DATA Act, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, and the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act.