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Updated March 2022

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Adams and Reese (Louisiana) is pleased to announce the expansion of its nationally-ranked construction practice with the combination of Tampa, Florida-based Cotney Construction Law LLP, a full-service legal and consulting firm serving the construction and infrastructure industries with 16 attorneys and professionals located across the United States. This combination takes the firm’s current roster of construction attorneys to 75, making it one of the largest construction practices in the country. The new group routinely represents construction and infrastructure clients, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, roofers, developers. The 15 attorneys are: Tray Batcher, Benjamin Briggs, Roscoe Green, Brian Lambert, Hilary Morgan, Brian Oblow, Gabe Pinilla, Mason Pokorny, Benjamin Lute, Ashlee Poplin, Kyle Rea, Christie Coston, Jacqueline Feliciano, Steven McCommon and Lee Tomlinson.

Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom) announced the firm is opening a new office in Oxford after many years already working with clients in the area and developing a particularly strong reputation in the technology, life sciences, education, private wealth and real estate investment sectors. As well as being home to Europe’s top ranked university, the wider Thames Valley region is a major center for the auto, high-tech and pharmaceutical industries and is less than an hour from Heathrow Airport. The new office will open in April and will join London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Norwich, expanding the firm to seven offices.

Rose Law Firm (Arkansas) announced it will merge with Smith Hurst, PLC and jointly operate as Rose Law Firm effective April 1, 2022. Rose Law Firm’s David S. Mitchell Jr. will continue to lead the combined firm. Rose Law Firm, which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, said the deal would expand its capabilities in northwest Arkansas and bolster its ability to serve high-net-worth families as well as support large to small businesses across the state. Hurst said the firms have complementary practice areas and share the same values.

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Ausley McMullen (Florida) announced that Alexandra E. Akre, Jonathan W. Hayes and Clayton T. Osteen have been elected to shareholders in the firm. Akre and Hayes were judicial law clerks prior to joining the firm. Osteen was formerly an attorney in Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Akre focuses her practice on a variety of litigation and appellate matters involving administrative law, constitutional law, education, healthcare and employment law. Hayes practices in the areas of litigation, appellate practice, probate, trust and estates, business law, healthcare, employment law, corporate law and government. Osteen primarily focuses his practice in the areas of construction law, administrative law, licensing and business litigation. These promotions follow the firm’s growth plan as they recently brought on a high-profile construction litigation team led by Shareholder Anthony D. Tilton as well as Shareholder Benjamin B. Bush, a well-established real estate lawyer.

Boutin Jones (California: Sacramento) announced the promotion of Matthew D. Carlson, Donna L. Courville and Y. Peter Silchuk to firm shareholders. Carlson has more than a decade of experience in tax controversy law and was previously an attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, where he represented the IRS in federal tax and bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated many cases in the United States Tax Court, both on behalf of the IRS and taxpayers, including taking dozens of cases through full trial and briefing. Courville has more than 25 years of experience practicing estate planning, gift and estate tax planning, trust administration and probate law. She has helped hundreds of clients set up estate plans that successfully carry out wishes for themselves, their families and businesses. She also works closely with families and the nonprofit community to set up charitable contributions that become a legacy. Silchuk has a decade of experience working on sophisticated real estate transactions and is sought-after for his unique skill set in conservation easement work, partnering closely with the firm’s tax group to provide counsel on tax deduction conservation easements. His focus on conservation easements requires a unique combination of knowledge in the areas of real estate, administrative, land use and mineral and water rights, and he has developed important relationships with state and federal agencies that play a critical role in the success of conservation easement transactions.

Clark Wilson (Vancouver) announced that Mauro Palumbo has joined the firm as a Partner in the Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions group. With more than 20 years of practice, Mauro advises issuers, investors and entrepreneurs on legal and regulatory issues in matters of commercial, corporate finance and securities law. Mauro’s services include TSXV and CSE listings along with compliance and disclosure requirements, reverse takeovers, both public and private debt and equity financing as well as mergers and acquisitions.

DSM Avocats à la Cour (Luxembourg) announced the renowned guide IFLR1000 has once more distinguished the firm as a recommended financial and corporate law firm in its 31st edition. The guide ranks law firms and lawyers for their transactional work based on extensive market research and client feedback.

DeWitt LLP (Wisconsin) announced Sarah E. Schuchardt joined its Family Law practice group in the firm’s Madison office. She specializes in representing individuals in family law proceedings and handles matters such as divorce, paternity, custody and placement, child support, adoption and prenuptial agreements.

Dunton Rainville (Quebec) announced the firm has been ranked as a TOP 10 Quebec Regional Firm in a survey by Canadian Lawyer magazine. This is the second time the firm has participated in the prestigious survey, which is conducted across the country among lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel and clients. Dunton Rainville has experienced significant growth since 2018, increasing its number of employees from 180 to more than 250.

Fraser Trebilcock (Michigan) announced that Shareholder Aaron L. Davis has been elected to the firm’s Board of Directors to serve as Secretary. Aaron is chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment & Civil Rights practice group and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, which includes experience in a diverse range of employment matters such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

GvW Graf von Westphalen (Germany) announced the appointment of Dr. Annika Bleier, an attorney in the firm’s Hamburg office, as head of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) & Sustainability to guide internal sustainability efforts and advise the firm on ESG matters. In her new role, Dr. Bleier will continue to work as a lawyer in the fields of Constitutional Law and Public Commercial Law while dedicating a substantial portion of her time to ESG matters. The firm also announced the further expansion of its notarial practice in Frankfurt with the addition of Notary and Tax Advisor Dr. Ulf Gibhardt, a Partner who – in addition to notarial support for real estate and corporate transactions and restructuring – focuses on tax-optimized succession planning. His practice portfolio includes many private clients, whom he assists at the interface of inheritance, gift, family, international private, corporate and tax law.

Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) acted for the tennis player Novak Djokovic in the highly publicised Federal Court case to overturn the Federal Government’s decision to cancel his visa to enter Australia, and the subsequent Full Federal Court appeal. National Commercial Practice Leader Natalie Bannister led the matter, supported by partners Penelope FordGraydon Dowd and a team of lawyers. In addition, the firm made 13 senior promotions, reflective of the firm’s continued growth and success. The appointments follow Hall & Wilcox’s record promotion of 36 senior lawyers in July 2021, and 10 lateral partner appointments in 2021. Kathy Melville, from the firm’s Western Australian insurance litigation team, has been appointed as a partner. Jeanette Lui (banking) and Toniel Paton (insurance litigation) have been promoted to special counsel. 10 lawyers were promoted to senior associate. In Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 guide, Hall & Wilcox partners Mark DunphyJohn GrayMeg LeeMatt McDonaldPeter MurrayHarry NewMartin Ross and Chris Sacré were all individually ranked. The firm’s ranked practice groups are Dispute Resolution, Employment (Victoria and New South Wales), Financial Services Regulation, Insurance Defence, Investment Funds, Real Estate, Sports Law and Tax. In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 guide, Hall & Wilcox is recommended in 13 practice areas. 52 of the firm’s individuals were mentioned, including Partner Martin Ross, who was named a leading individual in the elite ‘Leading lawyers’ group for media and entertainment. The firm also has expanded its national projects and infrastructure expertise with the appointment of Partner Catie Moore, and strengthened its commercial practice with the addition of Partner Emma Leys, Special Counsel Claire Hawke-Gundill and their team. The firm has opened a new office in Adelaide, and now has eight offices nation-wide – Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide. Alison Choy Flannigan was named Health Partner of the Year, Mark Inston – Banking & Finance Partner of the Year, and Fay Calderone – Wellness Advocate of the Year, at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2021. Partners Katrina ReyeIlona Strong and Fay Calderone were included in Australasian Lawyer‘s Elite Women 2021 showcase of the of 50 leading women in law, nationally. Fay Calderone was also named a 5-Star Employment Lawyer by Human Resources Director. Hall & Wilcox insurance partners, lawyers and teams were recognised in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021 for their expertise in Public & Product Liability Law (Defendant), Compulsory Third Party Insurance Law, Professional Indemnity Law, Medical Negligence Law, Dust Diseases Law, Workers Compensation and WorkCover Law. The firm advised the shareholders of the Focus on Furniture group on its $80 million sale to Adairs Limited. Partner Deborah Chew led the Hall & Wilcox team, with Philip Hopley advising on the insurance aspects of the transaction, Michael Parker on tax, and Mark Dunphy on employment matters. The firm also announced the addition of new Partner Eden Winokur. Winokur’s practice includes handling cyber insurance claims and advising on cyber and data security risks. He has acted on hundreds of local and multinational cyber incidents and data breaches for insurers, corporates, and SMEs. He will also have a leadership role in the firm’s cross disciplinary team advising clients on cyber and data security issues as well as being part of the firm’s Rampart cyber incident response offering. The firm also further enhanced the depth of its finance, corporate and regulatory practices with the addition of Senior Commercial Counsel Peter Jones. Jones is well known and highly regarded in his sector, was most recently Deputy General Counsel of the Reserve Bank of Australia, previously worked as General Counsel at Tassal Group and was a partner at Allens for many years.

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC (Colorado) announced litigation attorney Lidiana Rios has been appointed as Secretary of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Foundation. The Foundation works to provide scholarship funding for students of color attending the University of Colorado Law School or the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Lydian (Belgium) announced that, as of January 1, the firm will be governed by a three-member board serving a three-year term (2022-2024). Jan Hofkens will serve as president of the Board and succeeds Partner Hugo Keulers as Managing Partner of the firm. He is joined by fellow Board members Sandra Lodewijckx and Jens Debièvre. Hofkens is a Partner in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice and this is his second term as Managing Partner. Lodewijckx is a Partner in the Commercial and Dispute Resolution practice and heads the Insurance and Reinsurance Team. Debièvre is a Partner in the Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory practice.

McBrayer (Kentucky) announced Alexander H. Gardner joined the firm’s Lexington office. His practice will focus on the areas of corporate and business law. The firm also welcomed new Human Resources Manager Laurie Skillman, who will work from the firm’s Louisville office, and Justin Thomas, who joins the firm in Lexington as a billing clerk. 

McGinnis Lochridge (Texas) announced energy litigator Seth Isgur has joined the firm’s Houston office.  Isgur spent 15 years at his previous firm (Norton Rose Fulbright) where he was a partner in the Energy Litigation Group and also the head of the firm’s Eminent Domain Group, generally representing condemnors (including pipeline companies and government entities) and chairing 70+ special commissioner meetings across Texas. The firm also announced the expansion of its Dallas office with the addition of three new partners – Lee Kirner, Ashley Parrish and James Phillips – who were previously with Cantey Hanger.

Parsons Behle & Latimer (Utah) is pleased to announce that a large group of Jones Waldo attorneys – across all practice areas and including shareholders, associates and of counsel attorneys – will be joining the firm in the coming weeks. The incoming attorneys will join under the Parsons Behle & Latimer name, making the firm one of the largest in Utah and the Intermountain Region. This addition significantly deepens the firm’s nationally-recognized litigation bench and provides new and existing clients with expanded resources, greater bench strength and a larger geographic footprint as well as enhanced synergies across key practices such as antitrust; corporate M&A; energy; environmental; employment – ERISA; First Amendment; franchise law; government relations; healthcare; immigration; intellectual property; real estate; and trusts and estates.

Rifkin Weiner Livingston (Maryland) announced Administrative Partner Michael V. Johansen has been selected to the Daily Record’s inaugural Power 40 Government and Lobbying List.

Scharf Banks Marmor (Illinois: Chicago) announced partners Theodore Banks, Darren Cahr, Rebecca Ford, Sarah Marmor and Stephanie Scharf were named 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers.

WeirFoulds (Toronto) announced the addition of Partner Lorraine M. Fleck to its Technology and Intellectual Property Law Practice Group. As the newest addition to the partnership, Fleck brings with her a wealth of experience in intellectual property, advertising and privacy law as well as being a registered Canadian Trademark Agent repeatedly recognized by World Trademark Review magazine as a recommended trademark expert in Canada in the fields of litigation, enforcement, prosecution (trademark applications) and strategy. She has also been recommended by her peers to Best Lawyers® in Canada for her expertise in intellectual property and advertising and marketing law.

Wynn Williams (New Zealand) announced NZ Lawyer publication has acknowledged three of the firm’s lawyers in its Rising Star 2022 line-up: Alice Balme, Richard Hargreaves and Kimberley Wong. Balme leads the firm’s Queenstown office and is a Partner in the Local Government and Environmental Law team. She advises clients on all policy matters, assists local and territorial authorities on contentious resource consent and district plan matters as well as frequently appearing on resource consent appeals and judicial review proceedings in the Environment Court and High Court. Hargreaves is a Senior Associate based in Christchurch who specializes in insurance defense work and, subject to Law Society approval, is set to become the newest partner in the firm. He is widely acknowledged by insurers and brokers alike for his expertise in defending professionals under their professional indemnity policies and is particularly known for his work defending lawyers and real estate agents. Wong is based in Auckland and is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Corporate Advisory team. She advises on all aspects of M&A, private equity investments and joint ventures. She also advises on the establishment and funding of private equity and private debt funds and on a range of corporate governance issues.