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Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) was named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 28 practice areas by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. The firm also had 26 attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2020. Adler Pollock & Sheehan is offering the Honorable Walter R. Stone 2L Diversity Fellowship to an outstanding second-year law student.

CNPLaw LLP (Singapore) advised a selling shareholder on the divestment of his entire equity interests in a Singapore accounting and corporate services firm. The firm also advised Singapore-based technology services group, ADERA AI on its joint venture with recently delisted food and beverage (F&B) player, BreadTalk Group.  CNP announced that the firm has been appointed to be on the National Parks Board’s panel of law firms for the provision of legal services for three years. This appointment makes it the 10th Singapore government agency panel that CNP is on. CNP also advised Tech Data on its acquisition of the Innovix group of companies, a member of the Fortune Global 500-listed Jardine Matheson Group. CNP announced that the firm received the Recommended, “Recognised and Notable” rankings for 2021 from Asialaw Profiles for various practice areas and industry sectors. CNP further announced that the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice has been ranked by Asian Legal Business (ALB) this year and has received a Tier 3 ranking within the domestic category.

DeWitt LLP (Wisconsin) announced attorney and former Justice Louis B. Butler Jr., has attained the designation of Distinguished Faculty by the National Judicial College. DeWitt Earns 17 Tier One Rankings in 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® . The firm’s Shannon A. Allen and Brian R. Smigelski were named by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® to its top 25 list. 

Dilinh Legal (Vietnam) announced the publication of their first Vietnam Investment Guide. The VIG draws upon their experience and expertise to present an overview of Vietnam’s legal environment for foreign investors. 

DSM Avocats à la Cour (Luxembourg) announced that IFLR1000 ranked the firm in Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A in its 2020 edition.

Field Law (Alberta, Canada) expanded their Business Law group by welcoming three lawyers to the firm, Niall BurkeDeirdre Lanigan and Dunni Shopido. Niall is a real estate lawyer focusing on all aspects of business purchases and sales, commercial, retail and residential purchases and sales, leasing, securities and business structuring. Deirdre’s practice focuses on transactions and securities with previous experience in corporate litigation and employment issues. Dunni’s practice also focuses on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, the firm is expanding its Insurance and Dispute Resolution group by welcoming William McClary to the Firm. William is an insurance litigator who strategically guides and counsels clients through complex litigation. Field Law published The Annotated Health Professions Act written by James Casey, QC, Katrina Haymond, Greg Sim and Jason Kully. The book is available from Thomson Reuters and can be purchased by clicking here.

Fraser Trebilcock (Michigan) announced that Shareholder Brian T. Gallagher was recently elected Secretary of the Taxation Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan. Matthew J. Meyerhuber joined the firm’s litigation department. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 2020, Matt externed at the Michigan Department of Attorney General, where he assisted the Flint Water Crisis prosecution team.

GvW Graf von Westphalen (Germany) continues to expand its IP expertise with the recruitment of Nicolas Dumont as Equity Partner. Mr. Dumont’s practice focuses on patent litigation and product privacy, particularly in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Göttingen and regularly advises medical device manufacturers in injunction proceedings relating to patent infringements. GvW has also promoted Corinna Lindau and Dr. Hartmut Henninger to Equity Partners effective 1 January 2021. For the fifth time, the firm was shortlisted for “Law Firm of the Year: Germany” in the 2020 edition of The Lawyer European Awards. As in previous years, The Lawyer selected a shortlist of law firms from 15 jurisdictions and territories across Europe. Other SCG Legal firms on the shortlist include Lydian (Belgium), Szecskay Attorneys at law (Hungary,) and Moroglu Arseven (Turkey).

Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) announced that Special Counsel Peta Bunce has joined their national Property and Projects team, based in Brisbane. Peta is a specialized commercial property lawyer with 20 years’ experience, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales in national and international firms. The firm advised medical device startup Margin-Clear Pty Limited in its most recent capital raising from existing shareholders, sophisticated investors and professional investors of AUD1.25 million. Health & Community Leader, Partner Alison Choy Flannigan led the Hall & Wilcox team. Hall & Wilcox won the MergerMarket Australia M&A Collaboration of the Year Award 2020. The firm’s winning deal was advising Amorepacific, the world’s 12th largest cosmetics company, on its investment in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale. Partners John Hutchinson and James Morvell and Senior Associate Vanessa Murphy also advised Powerwrap Limited (ASX:PWL) on the successfully completed $70 million recommended off-market takeover bid by Praemium Limited (ASX:PPS). In addition, five of the firm’s partners are finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020: Graydon Dowd for Dispute Resolution, Harry New for Financial Services, Alison Choy Flannigan for Health, Matt McDonald for Insurance, and Ben Hamilton for Intellectual Property. Five of the firm’s leading women from across both legal and operations have been named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020, Ilona Strong – Partner of the Year – BigLaw, Fay Calderone – Thought Leader of the Year, Jasmine Koh – Innovator of the Year (Individual), Briele Heath – Marketing Communications Professional of the Year, and Michelle Delos Santos – Legal Support Professional of the Year. The firm has been selected for the Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice 2020 list and is a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion’ category at Hunter Business Awards. Also, Hall & Wilcox has won the ‘Excellence in Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion’ category at the Hunter Business Awards and has been named a top 10 law firm considered the most attractive to move to, as voted by legal professionals across the country in the Lawyers Weekly ‘Top 25 Attraction Firms.’ The firm has advised Channel Capital on its investment transaction with permanent capital solutions provider, Kudu Investment Management, LLC. Corporate & Commercial Partner Chris Brown led the Hall & Wilcox team on this deal. 

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick (Oregon) announced that 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.  

Hawley Troxell (Idaho) announced the following attorneys have joined the firm: Fernando AcevesNoah BushAmy KnightPatrick Ngalamulume, and Nicole O’Toole.

Holman Webb (Sydney, Australia) Commercial and Property Groups advised New Landmark Hotels and Sydney Capitol Hotels on the sale of Capitol Square Hotel, a 94-room hotel, located in the heart of Sydney. Additionally, the firm has been listed as ‘First Tier’ firm in Doyle’s Guide Leading Dust Diseases Law Firms (Defendant) – Queensland. Mark Victorsen and Matthew Baker were listed as well. Caroline Knight and Special Counsel John Chouris were listed Leading Dust Diseases Liability Lawyers (Defendant) – South Australia, 2020. Wendy MacDonnell listed as ‘Leading’ Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers (Defendant) – New South Wales, 2020. Holman Webb’s CFO/COO Magdalena Kosior-Molloy joined Sage Australia’s ‘Finance Futurists’ group and CMO Adriana Giometti was nominated for The CEO Magazine’s CMO of the Year. 

Ireland Stapleton (Colorado) announced that David Manush has joined the firm. A litigation attorney, David’s practice focuses on construction law and professional liability matters.  Additionally, Julie M. Walker has been elected to the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Board of Directors.

Larkin Hoffman (Minnesota) has been named a ‘Best Law Firm’ by U.S. News for 2021. The firm’s franchise and land-use practices again received national recognition and were ranked in the first tier regionally.  Eight of the firm’s other practices were ranked in regional categories. The categories include construction law, real estate litigation, environmental law, eminent domain and condemnation law, land use and zoning litigation, tax litigation, tax law and municipal law. Additionally, the firm is proud to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys were selected by their peers as The Best Lawyers in America® for 2021, further, Peter Coyle and William Griffith were both recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective fields. Peter was selected for Land Use and Zoning Law and Bill was recognized for Municipal Law.

McBrayer (Kentucky) has added Sean E. Mumaw to its roster and announces the creation of its Estate Planning Team. This, in a move designed to provide the highest level of superior service to clients in need of advice on estate planning, charitable giving and other estate, trust and taxation issues. The firm was ranked among the top law firms for 2021 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America®. Both Lexington and Louisville offices received recognition on the list of “Best Law Firms” in a myriad of categories, demonstrating McBrayer’s consistent strength in a breadth of practice areas.

McGinnis Lochridge (Texas) partners Travis Barton, Jonathan Baughman, and Steven Watkins were recognized by  Benchmark Litigation as Litigation Stars in their 2021 rankings. Further, Phillip Schmandt has been selected as a board member for Habitat for Humanity Texas, a nonprofit that works toward securing affordable housing for all who need it. Best Lawyers has named McGinnis Lochridge Partner William H. Daniel a 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Financial Services Regulation Law. In addition, 19 McGinnis Lochridge attorneys were recognized for their work in a variety of practice areas.

McGuireWoods (Virginia) announced that Elizabeth Hogan, former senior vice president of market regulation enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), has joined the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.

Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom) launched a Brexit hub (online portal) to update their clients and friends of the firm on Brexit actions, including a series of risk registers on supply chains, data protection and intellectual property and includes a list of Brexit legal experts across the firm. The firm also produced a research report with insights into what clients want from a law firm in the future and, that while innovation and technological developments are expected, strong relationships remain key. The firm advised F-star Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing next-generation immunotherapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer, on its successful merger with Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mills & Reeve and the AMRC carried out extensive research to assess how Artificial Intelligence is bringing amazing advances to our world, but there is equally a need to regulate to ensure the safe development of technologies. Visit their page “A sense of direction for AI” to find out more and read the report. Cross-sector M&A specialist, Joanna Jowitt joined the firm from Deloitte. With significant mid-market transactional experience, Joanna has been leading domestic and international sellers and buyers on both local and cross-border transactions for more than 15 years. Also, Neil Ward joined the firm from Browne Jacobson, specializing in all areas of healthcare law. His particular areas of expertise relate to inquests and high-profile serious medical treatment cases heard in the Court of Protection. The firm has been listed in the top 30 most innovative law firms in Europe, according to The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2020 report. M&R also enjoyed another stellar performance in Legal 500, including 15 lawyers in “The Hall of Fame.” In addition, the firm was recognized in this year’s Legal Week Innovation Awards. The firm was listed in The Times’ Best Law Firms 2021, and won recognition among their peers for outstanding work across a wide range of legal activities, being commended in this survey in 12 specialisms.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Los Angeles, CA) has expanded both its entertainment industry labor and employment practice and its corporate group with the addition of Ann Calfas as a partner in Los Angeles and Andrea Cataneo as a partner in New York. 

Parson Behle & Latimer (Utah) announced that their Litigation, Trials and Appeals department chair Julianne Blanch was named by Utah Business Magazine as one of its 2020 “Women of the Year.”

Rifkin Weiner Livingston (Maryland) announced that Rita Piel has joined the firm’s Business and Commercial Transactions and Sports Franchise and Media Rights Law groups. Rita’s practice areas include mergers, acquisitions, recapitalization, business formation, contract drafting and negotiation, stockholder and member agreements, financing and investment documents, real estate, labor and employment. Additionally, the firm has added Obie Chinemere to their Annapolis office.  Prior to joining RWL, Obie most recently served as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.  His robust resume in politics also includes work as Campaign Manager for State Senator Cory McCray (D-45), Deputy Field Director for Ben Jealous’ gubernatorial campaign and Community Liaison for Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello. The firm’s managing partner Alan M. Rifkin has been honored by The Daily Record as one of its 2020 Icon Honors award winners.  This prestigious award recognizes leaders across Maryland for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership.  Alan was also recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal in its Who’s Who in Law 2020.

Robinson+Cole (Connecticut) has committed to the Culture of CARE, an initiative created in partnership between the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the AGC of Washington to advance the construction industry as the industry of choice for diverse and talented workers by building inclusive work environments in construction firms nationwide. The firm announced the election of Steven J. Boyajian, J. Tyler Butts, Ryan V. Leichsenring, Krista L. Patterson, Jonathan H. Schaefer, Emily Mooney Scott, Jonathan E. Small, Anthony J. Vogel and Abby M. Warren as partner, as well as the promotion of Brian E. Calabrese, Katherine M. Fix, and Kathryn M. Rattigan to counsel, effective January 1, 2021. Firm’s manufacturing Industry Practice Chair Jeffrey J. White is among seven new leaders elected to serve on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) Board of Directors. Further, Jeffrey is among six business leaders to receive the Connecticut District Export Council (CTDEC) 2020 Ambassador Award. The Ambassador Award is given in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in service to the region’s exporters and manufacturers. The firm received 36 first-tier metropolitan rankings, including 25 in the city of Hartford, in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Additionally, the firm had 47 attorneys named to Super Lawyers® lists for 2020. Twenty-nine attorneys at the firm were recognized as “Rising Stars.” Robinson+Cole was again ranked as a “highly recommended” in the area of labor and employment in Connecticut in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The firm’s Litigation Section co-chair and Managing Committee member Rhonda J. Tobin was selected by Business Insurance for inclusion in its 2020 “Women to Watch” recognition, which showcases an outstanding group of female executives in the insurance and risk management sector.

Rose Law Firm (Arkansas) celebrated its 200th anniversary on November 1 with the announcement of a philanthropic initiative to commemorate the milestone. “For two hundred years, Rose Law Firm has been committed to our clients, employees and the communities we serve,” said Robyn Allmendinger, managing member. “In the spirit of gratitude, today, I am pleased to announce our philanthropic initiative in honor of this anniversary, with gifts totaling $200,000 to benefit legal aid and nonprofit organizations in our state.” 

WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) Commercial Leasing Group is pleased to launch part two of the second season of WeirTalking Leasing – a legal podcast series highlighting the top commercial leasing trends in Ontario and Canada. In this season, our lawyers and guest speakers discuss key topics through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as navigating the real estate market, landlord and tenant issues, and how to prepare for future crises. Tune in here. The firm announced that Janet Bobechko joined the environmental law practice. Janet is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and a nationally recognized senior practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law, specializing in environment, governance, and compliance. Additionally, Philip Cho, Partner and Member of the Insolvency and Restructuring Practice Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL). Philip has been an active member of IAKL for many years and is recognized for his community leadership and volunteer work. The firm has been recognized as “Ontario Law Firm of the Year” by the Canadian Law Awards.  Also commercial litigator Nadia Chiesa was recognized as a 2020 Lexpert Rising Star.