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Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) along with ten of its attorneys have been ranked by Chambers in Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate. AP&S announced the addition of Carlos Montemor as its new Chief Operating and Financial Officer. Vicky Almeida was honored at Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law virtual event, receiving the Hall of Fame Award which is a special lifetime achievement award for the senior leaders of the profession. David Riedel was recognized as JD Supra Top Authors for the level of visibility and engagement he attained with readers on the subject of Wealth Management & Estate Planning newsletter Insight on Estate Planning. 

Amit Pollok & Matalon (Israel) has been ranked in 17 practice areas in the 2021 edition of Legal 500, as well as the Israeli publisher Dun’s 100 in 19 practice areas. Ian Rostowsky, partner and Co-Head of the High Tech and Venture Capital Department, was named as one of Israel’s leading practitioners in the Life Sciences field by Who’s Who Legal, 2021. APM & Co. also announced Adv. Omer Carmel and Adv. Sahar Peled joined their firm as a partner in the Hi-Tech and Venture Capital department. The firm collaborated with OneTrust DataGuidance, the industry-leading privacy and security regulatory research Platform. Adv. Adi El-Rom and Adv. Hilla Shribman contributed the Israel Data Retention Note. You can find more information on the Data Retention series, and their contribution here.  APM & Co. published the 2020 Most Active Funds report, which ranks Israeli and foreign venture capital funds according to the number of first investments they made in Israeli high-tech companies during the year of 2020. The report was prepared by the distinguished IVC Data and Insights, with the firms cooperation. Click here for the full report. ICLG invited APM & Co. to partake in the 15th edition of its exclusive Mergers & Acquisitions 2021 publication. Partners, Advocates Ian Rostowsky and Stephen Barak Rozen, together with associate, Adv. Elinor Polak, reviewed, among others, M&A structures and regulation in Israel, addressing relevant authorities, target defenses, bidder protection and more.

Bass Berry & Sims (Tennessee) announced the launch of Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Resource Center, which will provide a central location for healthcare leaders to access tools and information. Also, Jennifer E. Michael, former Chief of the Industry Guidance Branch at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG), has joined Bass, Berry & Sims as a member of the firm’s Healthcare Practice.

Carney Badley & Spellman (Washington) elected Sidney Tribe as Shareholder. Sidney’s practice is primarily civil appeals in both state and federal courts, which has been her focus for the last twelve years.

Clark Wilson (British Columbia, Canada) announced that Chris Sharpe has joined the firm as Partner in the Commercial Real Estate group. Chris has over a decade of experience advising a broad spectrum of clients including residential, commercial, hospitality, leisure, retail and industrial real estate developers as well as institutional clients operating in complex and large-scale transactions and developments.

CNPLaw (Singapore) announced that Who’s Who Legal (WWL) 2021 has recommended Managing Partner, Ms. Lisa Theng, in the practice area of Corporate Governance. Lisa continues to be one of the 13 lawyers in Singapore recognized by the publication for this practice area since 2020. The firm’s Intellectual Property practice has been ranked by Asian Legal Business for the sixth consecutive year. The IP practice has maintained its ranking with Trademarks and Copyright work receiving a Tier 2 ranking within the Singapore jurisdiction. Litigation Partner, Ms. Venetia Tan, has been listed as one of Asian Legal Business Asia’s Super 50 Dispute Lawyers. Partners, Ms. Tan Min-Li and Mr. Bill Jamieson, have been recognized in the 13th Edition of Best Lawyers in Singapore. Min-Li is recognized for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law and has been listed in Best Lawyers since the 2014-15 edition. Bill is recognized this year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law. Finally, CNP acted as Singapore counsel on the establishment of Hera Capital Partners Holdings VI Pte. Ltd., a Singapore domiciled fund, and on its investment in Nutrition Technologies. Nutrition Technologies is an AgTech company headquartered in Singapore and operating in Malaysia. Partner Bill Jamieson advised HCPHVI on the transaction.

DeWitt LLP (Wisconsin) announced Olivia Kelley was elected to the Milwaukee Bar Association’s (MBA) Board of Directors. Kelley is a partner and Co-Chair of DeWitt’s litigation practice group and Chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) announced that Kathleen M. Newman has successfully achieved recertification as a Family Law advocate.  The firm has elected Scott M. Paler to its Executive Committee. Paler is a partner and serves as Chair of the Background Screening Practice Group, Past-Chair of the Firm’s Employment Practice Group, and an active member of DeWitt’s Litigation Practice Group. Additionally, Gerbers Law, S.C., combined its practice with DeWitt LLP and began operations as DeWitt LLP in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Its attorneys practice primarily in the areas of commercial and business law, real estate, civil litigation, banking, probate, estate and business succession planning.  The firm also announced the Wisconsin Senate unanimously confirmed DeWitt attorney Joe Miotke’s reappointment by Governor Tony Evers to the Wisconsin State Public Defender Board. Miotke was first appointed to the State Public Defender (“SPD”) Board by Governor Scott Walker in 2017.  Attorney Jason E. Engkjer has joined the firm as a member of its growing Transportation & Logistics Practice Group. Engkjer’s practice is primarily devoted to corporate planning, transactions and complex commercial litigation with a unique focus on transportation and supply chain law. Finally, DeWitt announced the inclusion of four of its attorneys in the 2021 Intellectual Property (IP) Stars list of recommended IP practitioners. David Biek specializes in Business Transactions, Intellectual Property, International Law, Non-Infringement and Patentability Opinions, Due Diligence, and Patent Litigation. Joe Miotke who specializes in Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Litigation, and Patent Litigation. Charles Sara specializes in Intellectual Property and International Law and Christopher Scherer, specializing in Intellectual Property and International Law. 

Erickson Sederstrom (Nebraska) announced that William T. Foley has been elected President and CEO of the Firm.  Bill is joined on the Management Team by Bonnie Boryca, Vice President, Andrew Collins, Treasurer, and Heather Veik, Secretary.   

Fraser Trebilcock (Michigan) announced the addition of Randy Tahvonen, former Chief Judge of the 29th Circuit Court serving Clinton and Gratiot Counties, to the firm. He will be focusing on alternative dispute resolution. Fraser Trebilcock attorney Peter D. Houk has been selected as a member of Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Hall of Fame Class of 2021.” This special award recognizes esteemed members of the legal profession who have been in practice for at least 30 years. Mr. Houk has practiced law for 50 years, he was the City Attorney for Lansing, the Prosecuting Attorney for Ingham County, and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan before being appointed to the bench in 1986. Since retiring from the bench, he has mediated hundreds of cases. Also, Fraser Consulting LLC, an affiliate of Fraser Trebilcock, and IPv4.Global, a division of Hilco Streambank, co-brokered the sale of a block of Pennsylvania State University’s IPv4 addresses to a U.S. cloud communication platform. At the inception of the Internet, a significant number of IP addresses were assigned to research and higher education institutions. With a finite number of possible addresses and the global exhaustion of freely available space, this asset quickly became valuable to entities that require these resources. Higher education institutions can now take any unused, potentially hidden space, in their possession to bring in dollars for scholarship funds, growth plans or other projects, helping fund the future of the institution and future generations.

Field Law (Alberta, Canada) welcomed Brandon Harrison to the firm. Brandon will be joining the Insurance and Litigation group with a focus on insurance defense. His additional experience in contractual disputes and strata property law matters gives him a well-rounded approach to insurance litigation issues. Jonathon Austin and Amanda Baker also joined the firm. Both Jonathon and Amanda will be part of the Insurance and Litigation group, focusing on insurance defense. Field Law also welcomed Brent Boisvert to the firm. Brent slowed down his law practice to focus on his entrepreneurial ventures, including co-founding the cannabis retail chain, Seed & Stone (which he sold to Canopy Growth in 2018) and Vantage Hemp Co., a CBD extraction company. Finally, the firm announced the publication of “The Canadian Treatment of Construction and Builders’ Liens on Crown Lands”, written by Anthony Burden. This unique book is an important new resource for lawyers practicing in construction law, particularly for construction occurring on provincially funded projects. For more information please click here.

GvW Graf von Westphalen (Germany) is advising the BGE on many aspects of procedures for a search of a repository site for high-level radioactive waste, ranging from administrative and procedural issues to specific questions regarding the interpretation and application of the GeolDG. Advising is a team across several offices, headed by Dr. Sigrid Wienhues and including the following further team members: Dr. Carsten Bittner (deputy lead, both of Hamburg), Juliane Hofmann (Berlin), Jana Gretschel (Munich) as well as Jennifer WagnerNadine HöhnNora von LaerDr. Stefanie Ramsauer and Dr. Ronald Steiling (Hamburg). Also, GvW remains in the lead for the ranking in customs and excise tax in the JUVE Manual for Tax Law with a 5-star rating and gains a strong rating in tax law. “No other law firm is represented as frequently at proceedings at German and international courts of law – including those dealing with fundamental questions,” says the new edition of the manual. GvW advised Scienta Scientific AB of Uppsala, Sweden, on its acquisition of the German company ENVINET GmbH. ENVINET is the leading manufacturer of environmental radiation monitoring networks. GvW advised Scienta Scientific through a team headed by Dr. Marco Zessel and further made up of Jan Hüniken (both M&A), Karsten Kujath (Employment Law), Christian Kusulis (Competition Law), Andrea Torka (Finance), Dr. Bettina Schmitt-Rady (Real Estate Law), Dr. Kristofer Bott (IP), Felix Prozorov-Bastians (Commercial), Dr. Michael Engel (Tax Law), Tom Kleine Jäger (IT Law, all of Frankfurt a.M.), Marian Niestedt (Customs and Foreign Trade Law), Christian Triebe (IP), Renata Rehle (State Aid and Subsidies, all of Hamburg) and Dr. Joachim Mulch (IP, Dusseldorf). GvW continues to move forward on its fast-track path of strategic and dynamic growth. The latest additions to the firm are equity partners Dr. Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, Dr. Sebastian Heim, and Dr. Axel von Walter, who are joining the firm with their teams from Beiten Burkhardt and will strengthen the Energy and Digitalization & Technology Focus Areas. Dr. Maximilian Emanuel Elspas is a seasoned expert in the energy sector and is set to head GvW’s Energy Practice Group. Working out of Munich, an international patent hub, Dr. Sebastian Heim and his team provide their clients with highly specialized advice in patent law, trade secret protection, and on matters of technology-related IP law. Together with his team, Dr. Axel von Walter advises on all aspects of digitalization and electronic business models. He also lectures media and information law at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and is renowned for his work in data protection. OQmented GmbH, the technology leader for MEMS-based VR/AR, LiDAR, and 3D-camera solutions, has successfully concluded a multi-million-euro seed financing round. The international consortium of investors is led by Vsquared Ventures and includes BioNTech supervisory board chairman Helmut Jeggle and a renowned Chinese tech entrepreneur. GvW Graf von Westphalen advises Vsquared Ventures on this financing round.

Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) had 61 lawyers from the firm named in the 2022 Best Lawyers in Australia. Five partners were awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the list: Anne MacNamara (Wealth Management/Succession Planning Practice, Sydney), Drew Castley (Ethics and Professional Responsibility Practice, Brisbane), Kelli Stallard (Product Liability Litigation, Brisbane), John Hutchinson (Funds Management, Melbourne) and Meg Lee (Land Use and Zoning Law, Melbourne). In Doyle’s Guide 2021, Partner Jane Baddeley has been recognized for Property & Real Estate and Leasing law, Partner Martin Ross for Technology, Media & Telecommunications law, and John Gray for Intellectual Property law and Technology, Media & Telecommunications law. Hall & Wilcox also welcomed two new partners – Brendan Tobin, who will boost the firm’s national planning and environment; and Tim Ainsworth, who will add further depth to the firm’s workers compensation team. In further news, Hall & Wilcox won two Excellence Awards in the Australasian Law Awards 2021: Law Firm of the Year (101-500 lawyers) and Diversity Initiative of the Year, and two of the firm’s lawyers have been named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards 2021: Alex Armstrong-Millar (Employment and Workplace Relations) and Ellie McGrory (Insurance). In a market-first, the firm launched its online PPSA Checklist, an issue-spotting tool to help insolvency and reconstruction practitioners streamline their assessment of creditor claims. Managing Partner Tony Macvean, along with CEOs from more than 100 organizations, joined forces with the Diversity Council Australia to sign the #IStandForRespect pledge. In signing the pledge, the firm commits to: stand against gendered harassment and violence in all its forms and take steps to address sexual and sex-based harassment in the workplace. Also, the firm has appointed finance industry professional Stephen Knight to the board of directors, as the firm’s second external board member. Steve has extensive experience in finance, investment banking, funds management, and public sector finance, holds several board and committee roles, and is an executive coach for CEO and C-level executives across a range of industries. Partners Natalie BannisterRory O’Connor, and Meg Lee have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2021 for their town planning and development and environment and climate change expertise. The firm was also named in the list for Town Planning & Development and Environment & Climate Change – Victoria 2021. The firm advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its $40 million acquisition of e-commerce company Hampers & Gifts Australia in a move that will further accelerate the Australian gourmet food products business’ growth in online sales. Partners James MorvellMark Dunphy, and Emily Kyriacou advised on the deal. Partner Nick Slack advised Victorian community housing provider HousingFirst Ltd on an innovative funding agreement that will deliver more social and affordable homes in the state of Victoria. Partner Ben Hamilton advised Digital Agriculture Services (DAS) on Graincast, the artificial intelligence cropping technology developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). DAS has acquired exclusive commercialization rights from CSIRO to deliver this technology globally in new fields of use. Finally, Hall & Wilcox is a finalist for ‘Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services in the Client Choice Awards 2021, based on clients’ ratings, independently researched by Beaton. The firm has again received an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which reflects the firm’s commitment to addressing barriers to gender equality within the legal profession and for women in the law. Partners Fay CalderoneAlison BakerKristopher Kunasingam, and Chris Sacré were recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021. The firm was also named in the list of Leading Employment Law Firms (Employer Representation) and Leading Workplace Health and Safety Law Firms. The firm advised Earth Rules, a subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products, on the divestment of its MAP out-of-home coffee business in Australia. Partner Oliver Jankowsky led the team supported by senior associate Chevi Levin and partner Emily Kyriacou. A Hall & Wilcox team, led by partner Jacqui Barrett, advised Stone & Chalk on its merger with the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber), one of six Industry Growth Centres set up by the Commonwealth to boost innovation and science in Australia. Hall & Wilcox has launched its third Frank Lab accelerator program. This year it will focus on female-led businesses, as part of the firm’s initiative to provide dedicated support and assistance to women working in startups and to reduce barriers to entry for women in growth businesses.

Holman Webb (Sydney, Australia) had the following lawyers named in the 2022 The Best Lawyers in Australia list: John Wakefield (Alternative Dispute Resolution), John Van de Poll (Insurance Law), Zara Officer (Health and Aged Care Law and Medical Negligence), Caroline Knight (Occupational Health and Safety Law and Personal Injury Litigation) and John Chouris (Insurance Law and Occupational Health and Safety Law). Holman Webb Lawyers acted in the Federal Court on behalf of Milton Savage (chairman of the KNTAC); Enid Tom and the KNTAC to seek to protect a culturally significant story site from development by the Torres Shire Council. The firm was able to successfully obtain the injunction at very short notice, granting protection of the site on Prince of Wales Island (Muralug), as well as the site at Pearl Harbor (Waubinin Malu) allowing them time to bring separate proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court in order to appeal the Torres Shire Council decision to both propose and approve a development at Pearl Harbor. Native Title: Protecting Culturally Significant Sites from Development.

Ireland Stapleton (Colorado) named litigation attorney James Silvestro a Shareholder and Director. Silvestro’s practice focuses on land use, real estate, and business litigation matters. John “Sean” Jennings has been named a Shareholder and Director. In his practice, Sean focuses on representing businesses in matters involving regulatory law, government relations, and commercial transactions. Litigation and regulatory attorney Lidiana Rios has been named to the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (“CHBA”) Foundation Board of Directors. Business and real estate attorney Russell W. Kemp has been elected to chair Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors. Community First Foundation is one of the largest foundations in Colorado and is most known for Colorado Gives Day, the statewide program that raised a remarkable $50 million in 2020 for nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.  Finally, the Chambers USA directory has again ranked Ireland Stapleton’s attorneys and litigation practice group in its annual guide and the Firm’s litigation practice group is ranked amongst the top litigation law firms in Colorado. Rebecca Almon is ranked individually for environmental law. Jim Benjamin is ranked for real estate law.  K.C. Groves is ranked for general commercial litigation. 

Larkin Hoffman (Minnesota) announced the arrival of Christopher A. Young to their Business Litigation group. Chris is an accomplished litigator and trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience in complex intellectual property and commercial litigation.  His practice focuses on sophisticated patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes, general commercial litigation, and novel product liability actions.  The firm also announced that Bryan Huntington and Jacob Steen have been elected as shareholders of the firm.  Bryan represents developers, landowners, contractors, builders, surety companies, condominium owners, landlords, and tenants in the enforcement of property rights. Jacob advises and represents businesses, developers, and property owners seeking favorable government approvals including liquor licensing business licensing, zoning, environmental review, and other ?regulatory matters.

McGuireWoods (Virginia) Wrede Smith, a former U.S. Department of Justice antitrust lawyer who advises global companies in antitrust investigations and litigation, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner. Smith represents clients in government reviews of mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal government investigations, civil antitrust litigation, and antitrust counseling.

Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom) was ranked as “world-class” with a three-star Best Companies rating and best-ever position in the UK 100 Best Companies to Work For 2021 list. Golden win for M&R as it secures the law firm of the year award at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2021. Maggie Hastings joins the firm as a senior legal adviser, bringing a wealth of in-house experience within the life sciences industry. Additionally, Mills & Reeve commissioned a survey that includes insights that show UK business owners are optimistic about the year ahead, with 86% planning on growing their business, introducing new products, or moving into new markets, despite the impact of both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm published its new gender and ethnicity pay gap report and highlights can be read here. M&R represented England and Atlético Madrid footballer Kieran Trippier in defending betting-related charges issued by The Football Association (FA). Additionally, the firm has acted for Orparlis, the market-leading provider of PDF and document imaging components for software developers on their first UK acquisition of Aquaforest.  The firm also acted for 4Basebio UK Societas on the Company’s successful admission to AIM and move from Germany to the UK, one of the final cross-border EU transfers to take place.  Mills & Reeve acted for the owners of Pi Innovo Holdings, the parent company of Pi Innovo LLC, in Michigan, USA, on its acquisition by Dana Incorporated, based in Ohio. Pi Innovo is a leader in embedded software solutions and electronic control units with a track record for delivering sophisticated modular software and controls solutions for a wide variety of applications.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Los Angeles, CA) has elected three partners as co-chairs of the firm. Lucia CoyocaDavid Steinberg, and Greg Hessinger will succeed current co-chairs Kevin Gaut and Nimish Patel. Lucia is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience, her practice involves entertainment industry disputes and insurance coverage work. She also represents employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment cases. David is a partner in the entertainment & IP litigation practice and is known for his work on intellectual property issues focusing on copyright, trademark, anti-circumvention/Digital Millennium Copyright Act, unfair competition, and trade secrets. He also has extensive experience in entertainment and general business litigation. Greg is a partner in the labor and employment practice and represents a variety of regional and national employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Prior to returning to private practice 15 years ago, Hessinger was the executive director of each of the two largest performers’ unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which have since merged.

Patterson Belknap (New York, NY) announced that Lauren Schorr Potter, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation department. Ms. Potter will focus her practice on white-collar defense and investigations and complex civil litigation. Prior to joining Patterson, Ms. Potter served for more than six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she was most recently co-chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Patterson Belknap has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as the 2021 “New York Firm of the Year” and “Pro Bono Firm of the Year.” The awards recognize the firms and litigators who have performed exceptionally at both local and national levels. The firm was also recognized as “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” for their work in Trump v. Hawaii, where they represented a union of federal asylum and refugee officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security who have opposed various restrictions the United States has placed on refugees seeking entry into our country.

Rifkin Weiner Livingston (Maryland) announced that Madelaine Kramer Katz and Michael T. Marr have joined the firm as partners.  Madelaine is joining the firm’s Complex Commercial and Civil Litigation, Class Action, and False Claims Act practice groups and Michael is joining the firm’s Complex Commercial and Civil Litigation, Class Action, False Claims Act, Business and Commercial Transactions, and White-Collar Criminal Defense and Investigation practice groups. Also, RWL partner Camille G. Fesche has been honored by The Daily Record as one of  Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2021. This year’s honorees were chosen by The Daily Record based on their ability to navigate Maryland businesses through these extraordinary times as well as being actively involved in their communities while also mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Robinson+Cole (Connecticut) Managing Committee and Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Committee announced several initiatives including providing billable-hour credit for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) activities, instituting the use of personal pronouns in email signatures and online bios, and providing as an employee benefit access to a breast milk storage and delivery service for use when nursing mothers are traveling. In addition, Robinson+Cole joined the newly-established Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), which works with its member firms to best enable them – and the LFAA – to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism. In its 2021 edition, the legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 19 Robinson+Cole lawyers. In addition, the firm received rankings in seven practice area categories that the publication covers in Connecticut. Chambers USA 2021 recognized the following Robinson+Cole lawyers in the designated categories of law: Linn F. Freedman – Privacy & Data Security; Eric M. Kogan – Corporate/M&A; Megan E. BaroniRobert S. MelvinEarl W. Phillips, Jr. and James P. Ray – Environment; Lisa M. Boyle and Theodore J. Tucci – Healthcare; Bruce B. BarthBritt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Natale V. DiNatale – Labor & Employment; Bradford S. Babbitt and Jeffrey J. White – Litigation: General Commercial; James A. Wade – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Garry C. Berman and Steven L. Elbaum –Real Estate; Rachel Jaffee Mauceri and Natalie D. Ramsey – Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Patricia J. Igoe – Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance. Robinson+Cole also earned rankings in the following Connecticut practice areas: Corporate/M&A, Environment, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Real Estate. Manufacturing Law Industry Team Chair Jeffrey J. White is among 11 new leaders elected to serve on the Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM) National Board of Directors. WiM is the only national association specifically dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing sector. Also joining is Deirdre M. Robinson as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group. Robinson represents developers in the Northeast and across the country in all aspects of affordable housing development with an emphasis on syndication of tax credits including low-income housing, historic, and new markets. Managing Partner Rhonda J. Tobin is among those recognized in the 2021 Insurance Law Trailblazers list. Published in a special supplement of The National Law Journal, the inaugural list spotlights professionals who are agents of change in the area of insurance law. Tobin was named a “trailblazer” for being a leader in the insurance industry, representing insurance companies for 30 years in litigation, arbitration, and mediation of complex disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage.

Scharf Banks Marmor (Chicago, IL) attorneys Stephanie Scharf and Suzanne Alexander won a motion to dismiss, with prejudice, for Yelp. In this Family Medical Leave Act case, an employee took FMLA leave for alleged back pain and then promptly went on a trip to Thailand – which seemed inconsistent with her medical leave.  Also, Scharf Banks Marmor has launched a new Appellate Practice.  They have amassed an impressive track record of appellate victories in federal and state courts and have represented a range of corporate and individual clients, prepared “friend of the court” briefs on important cases that shape the law, and assisted with post-trial mediation and other settlement activities. Firm attorneys Sarah MarmorMorgan Churma, and Suzanne Alexander won dismissal with prejudice of race bias claims against the Cook County State’s Attorney and six official capacity defendants in Hudson v. Foxx in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  

Szecskay (Hungary) founder and Managing Partner, Dr. András Szecskay, was awarded the Jedlik Ányos Award by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), the central department for the protection of intellectual property. András received the award for his excellent standards and efficiency in the protection of industrial property. Nominated by official and external professional organizations, the Jedlik Ányos Award recognizes 5 awardees annually for their outstanding work as scientists, innovators, and protectors of knowledge.

WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) welcomed Partner Peter Gross to its Municipal, Planning, and Land Development Group.  Peter is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Planning and Development and by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law, 2021. He represents a range of municipalities and developers across Ontario and provides strategic and practical advice helping clients navigate complex development approval processes and obtain timely and cost-effective results. WeirFoulds was honored to announce that in the memory of their Partner, colleague and dear friend, Barnet Kussner (“Barney”), they have established the Barnet H. Kussner Memorial Award at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. The bursary will be awarded to a full-time student at the University’s Faculty of Law with a focus on municipal and planning law. The firm also announced that they have once again been recognized by their peers and colleagues as one of the top 10 Ontario regional law firms in Canadian Lawyer’s 2021 survey. Finally, WeirFoulds announced that former Partner Marie-Andrée Vermette has been appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Toronto). The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the appointment.

Wiley (District of Columbia) announced that Charles McKee, former Vice President of Government Affairs at T-Mobile USA, Inc., has joined the firm as a partner in the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice. Mr. McKee served for more than a decade as Vice President of Government Affairs, Federal and State Regulatory at Sprint Corp., prior to Sprint’s acquisition by T-Mobile in April 2020. Mr. McKee will use his extensive in-house experience to assist clients in reducing risk and minimizing costs of compliance, navigating the regulatory hazards associated with the launch of new services, advocating for a positive regulatory environment before government agencies, and defending enforcement proceedings when necessary. Also, Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., former General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has joined Wiley as a partner, and will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice. Mr. Johnson will join Claire J. Evans, who previously clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, as co-chair of the Appellate Practice. The Honorable Nazak Nikakhtar, former senior U.S. Department of Commerce official, has joined Wiley as a partner in the International Trade and Supply Chain and Transactional Support Practices and co-chair of the National Security Practice. Ms. Nikakhtar advises clients on trade and national security matters involving complex legal, economic, and policy dimensions and brings years of international trade, national security, and economic analysis experience from private practice – including high-profile trade remedy litigation and complex matters involving export controls, international and bilateral trade agreements, customs issues, competition, and economic policy, and WTO dispute settlement.