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Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. (Rhode Island) is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and 17 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Patricia Rocha and Hamza Chaudary were honored at Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law virtual event on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Pat received the Hall of Fame Award which is a special lifetime achievement award for the senior leaders of the profession. Kelly Malone was named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). CLSA is a construction lawyer honorary society, with selective membership by invitation only.  Attorney, Nicole Benjamin has been elected Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association.  Nicole has been actively involved with the Rhode Island Bar Association for years, having served on its House of Delegates for more than a decade and its Executive Committee for four years. Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly featured the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association’s President’s Message by Kelly A. Kincaid, in the September 17, 2020 issue. Adler Pollock & Sheehan successfully represented Encompass Health in its Certificate of Need Application to establish a 50-bed Rehabilitation Hospital Center in Johnston, Rhode Island.  The Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Nicole Alexander-Scott, M.D., MPH, issued her decision approving the Application. 

Ausley McMullen‘s (Florida) Shareholder Dylan Rivers won a big victory in the First District Court of Appeals. The Court ruled in favor of our client, a utility company, in a dispute regarding electric power lines and related items. The Court’s decision can be found here. Also, Shareholder Rob Clarke was re-appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to a third term on the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission selects nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. Rob is Board Certified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida State University College of Law. 

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. (Missouri) is pleased to announce that William R. (Trip) England III, Dean L. Cooper and Charles E. Smarr have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Smarr is listed in food and beverage law; Mr. Cooper in energy law; and, Mr. England in energy and communications law.

Carney Badley Spellman (Washington) welcomed Eric Hanson, subrogation attorney.  His practice concentrates on insurance issues with a specific focus on the prosecution of property damage claims. He has successfully litigated cases throughout the Western United States in both state and federal court. Before entering private practice, Eric clerked for Justice Charles Johnson at the Washington State Supreme Court. Liberty Upton has joined Carney Badley Spellman’s Estate Planning and Probate Department.  Ms. Upton’s legal practice encompasses estate planning, probate, trust administration, and taxation for families and individuals. She also works with business owners and assists them with issues of business formation, risk management, and business succession planning.

CNPLaw LLP (Singapore) is proud to announce that Who’s Who Legal 2020 has recommended their Managing Partner, Ms Lisa Theng, in the practice area of Corporate Governance. In this edition, only 13 lawyers in Singapore are recognized for the practice area of Corporate Governance, and Lisa is one of the selected few.  CNPLaw LLP advised Axington Inc. in relation to a mandatory unconditional cash offer made by DBS Bank Ltd. for and on behalf of DORR Global Healthcare International Pte. Ltd. for all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of the Company other than those already owned, controlled or agreed to be acquired by the Offeror and parties acting in concert with the Offeror, at a consideration of S$0.208 per Share.

DeWitt LLP (Wisconsin) announced one of its attorneys was recognized as Lawyers of the Year in the Best Lawyers 2021 Edition.  Additionally, 40 attorneys in the firm were named to the 2021 Best Lawyers Edition and one was named as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. DeWitt LLP also announced the addition of attorneys Minard “Mike” Halverson and Cecilia C. Kress to the firm.  Halverson joins the firm as a partner in its Minneapolis office. Kress joins DeWitt as an associate in its Madison office. Partner, Christopher M. Scherer, was appointed by the State Bar of Wisconsin to its Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section Board of Directors. His domestic and international practice involves all facets of IP law, especially patent and trademark prosecution.

Fennemore Craig (Arizona) and Dowling Aaron have merged, creating a law firm with roughly 350 lawyers and allied legal professionals.

Field Law (Alberta, Canada) has strengthened its corporate, commercial and securities capabilities with the addition of Sean MacLachlan in Calgary. By partnering with business leaders and peers, Sean helps business owners with the growth and success of their business ambitions. From seed-funding to public market capital, private and public M+A and commercial development, business owners and management teams trust Sean as their business advisor and advocate. Also, Field Law has announced the winners of its eighth annual Field Law Community Fund Program. This year we received 111 applications, the second-highest number of applications since the Program’s inception.

Fraser Trebilcock (Michigan) is proud to announce that attorney ?Elizabeth H. Latchana has been selected as a 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing by Best Lawyers. In total, 20 attorneys from Fraser Trebilcock have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021. Also, Fraser Trebilcock is excited to welcome attorney Klint Kesto to the firm, where he will work primarily in the Lansing office focusing on litigation and general business law. Immediately prior to joining the firm, Klint worked for his own law firm, where he handled general civil and criminal matters and had a government consulting practice.

GvW Graf von Westphalen (Germany) opened its sixth German office in Stuttgart, the firm is now located in all major German commercial cities.

Guzmán Ariza Attorneys at Law’s (Dominican Republic), Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza has just published the third edition of his book “Procedures in Civil and Commercial Matters after the Reforms of Law 845 of 1978“, in celebration of 42 years since the law was decreed.

Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) has launched a market-first Employee Share Schemes app that helps early-stage companies determine whether they qualify for startup tax concessions under the ESS rules. Also, Hall & Wilcox has received Excellence Awards at the Australasian Law Awards 2020: Managing Partner Tony Macvean – Law Firm Leader of the Year (>200 lawyers); Law Firm of the Year (101-500 Lawyers); and Excellence in Technology & Innovation. Partners Emma Woolley, William Moore and James Whiley, and Consultant Eileen Meehan, along with the Victorian and New South Wales Private Clients teams have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020 for Wills, Estates and Succession Planning. The firm’s Financial Services and Funds teams advised Newmark Capital Limited on the $121 million acquisition of the landmark David Jones building in Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. A cross-practice team advised the co-founders of startup Quad Lock on the sale of a majority interest in their company to Quadrant Growth Fund.

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick (Oregon) is pleased to announce that Kurt Peterson has joined the firm as a shareholder based in their Portland office. Kurt started his legal career in 1998 after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law. Also, Graham Sweitzer has joined the firm as a shareholder based in their Portland office. Graham is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on the defense of complex civil litigation claims, with an emphasis in the areas of professional malpractice, product liability and personal injury.

Ireland Stapleton (Colorado) attorneys, Tom Downey and William E. Tanis have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year”. This recognition is only awarded to one lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographical region.

Lydian (Belgium) announced the arrival of Maxime Colle as Corporate M&A partner, alongside Peter De Ryck, they are strengthening their Corporate and Finance Department and further broadening their experience and offering in M&A.

McBrayer (Kentucky) announced that twenty-four attorneys in Lexington and Louisville have achieved a 2021 listing in U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America, a new firm record. The distinction is given based solely on peer review.

McGuireWoods (Virginia) is pleased to announce that Jason Cowley, former co-chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and former chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has joined the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.

Mills & Reeve’s (United Kingdom) life sciences team has acted for F-star Therapeutics on all UK aspects of its reverse merger with NASDAQ-listed Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals. Firm advised on critical telecoms program to replace HM Coastguard emergency radio network infrastructure. The firm has also been recognized again by Experian’s survey in the list of the UK’s most active corporate legal advisers, based on the number of deals completed so far in 2020. And Mills & Reeve carried out in-depth interviews with nearly 90 of their clients and contacts. The findings were fascinating, including relationships and that they are truly fundamental and having a strategic partner alongside you when making the toughest decisions is essential. Take a look here at more information and to download the report.  Do get in touch with Tom Pickthorn with any questions or comments.

Nyemaster Goode (Iowa) attorney and Army Lieutenant Colonel Kristina Stanger has assumed command of the 109th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, which was marked by formal ceremony on August 29, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa. Stanger is a shareholder in the firm and a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney based in Des Moines. Also, attorney Kevin Patrick has been appointed to the City of Des Moines’ newly created Community Policing and Code Enforcement Policy and Practice Review Committee. The Committee was created as part of the Racial Profiling Ordinance passed by the Des Moines City Council in June.

Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) 50 attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America, including eight as “Lawyer of the Year” and four additional attorneys as “One to Watch.”

Rifkin Weiner Livingston (Maryland) partner Steve Kuperberg was recently interviewed by Ted Slafsky, former executive director of the trade association 340B Health and current publisher of 340B Report.  In addition to publishing 340B Report, Mr. Slafsky is a monthly contributor to a blog hosted by Pharmaceutical Strategies Group (PSG), a third-party administrator that provides consulting and software solutions to assist healthcare companies with drug cost management, particularly surrounding the 340B federal drug pricing program.

Robinson+Cole (Connecticut) lawyer Eric D. Daniels and his wife Patricia J. Campanella Daniels were among the honorees recognized during the 2020 Human Relations Awards Banquet, hosted by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Partner and Litigation Section Co-chair Rhonda J. Tobin has been named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2020. In this national list published on August 13, 2020, Ms. Tobin is the only female litigator chosen in the state of Connecticut. This is the sixth consecutive year she has received the distinction. The firm is pleased to announce the addition of Frederick E. Hedberg as a partner in the firm’s Construction Law Group. Mr. Hedberg has more than 20 years of experience handling complex construction and commercial matters for his clients, both as a transactional attorney and an experienced litigator. The firm’s Sixty-one lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021. The Connecticut Law Tribune recognized Robinson+Cole lawyers Frank F. Coulom Jr., John L. Cordani, Taylor A. Shea, Jonathan H. Schaefer, and Dan A. Brody during the publication’s annual Connecticut Legal Awards on September 30, 2020. Robinson+Cole has achieved Mansfield 3.0 Diversity and Inclusion Certification that was developed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions.

Sánchez Devanny (Mexico) is proud to announce that, Turenna Ramírez Ortiz was elected as Managing Partner for the Mexico City office for the period of August 2020 – July 2022. Turenna succeeds José Antonio Postigo Uribe, who has been the Mexico City Office’s Managing Partner since August 2018. With this new position Turenna will be part of our Management Committee jointly with Ricardo León, the Firm’s Managing Partner and Rafael Villamar, Monterrey’s Office Managing Partner.

WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) represented Kontrol Energy Corp. in an acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of New Found Air, the client team included Daniel Thomson and Rob Eberschlag. Daniel Wong, Partner and Chair of the Labour and Employment Practice Group, has been elected to the board of directors for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Ontario). Seven WeirFoulds partners have been recognized in the 2020 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers. The listed lawyers include: Glenn Ackerley, Sandra Astolfo, Denise Baker, Lisa Borsook, Jeff Cowan, Barnet Kussner, Max Shafir.

Wynn Williams (New Zealand) is very pleased to announce four new partners. The firm welcomes Katrina Hammon as a Partner in the Auckland Corporate team and congratulates three senior associates on their promotion to Partner. Greg Simms and Shane Campbell in the Dispute Resolution team and Jenny Turner in the Private Client team. Also, Wynn Williams has advised global broadcasting and production business NEP Group on its acquisition of Sky Network Television’s outside broadcasting assets.  As part of the transaction NEP’s New Zealand operating business will be Sky’s technical production partner for the next ten years.