July 2021 Industry Legal News Update


Happy july! We’re back with another edition of our roundup of legal industry news. Read on for the latest news on hiring, pro bono and legal innovation in law firms.

Recruitment and relocation of law firms

Lots of Shelist Law announced new management committee members and practice leaders for their firm.

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, president of Much’s work and employment group, joined the management committee. In her work and employment practice, Ms. Halpern advises employers, designing practical solutions for complex legal and business problems.

“The Much culture enables each individual to grow and develop, and I look forward to promoting our people-centered philosophy as a member of our leadership team,” said Ms. Halpern. “I am proud to be part of a company that understands the power of diverse perspectives when it comes to creating a creative and collaborative workplace.”

Courtney E. Mayster, chairman of the Much’s Real Estate group, has joined the management committee. Ms. Mayster, a commercial real estate lawyer, guides lenders, property owners and investors through complex projects.

“Client relationships are at the heart of our firm,” said Ms. Mayster. “As a member of the Management Committee, I am delighted to lead Much’s efforts to improve the customer experience and to ensure that we continue to provide our customers with smart, practical advice and innovative ideas. “

Mitchell roth, Steve blonder, Greg mann, Michael Shaw, and Glenn taxman were all re-elected to the Much Management Committee.

Much also appointed six attorneys vice-chairs of their respective practice groups:

Mayer brown appointed Jean Nadolenco as a managing partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Nadolenco joined Mayer Brown in 1995 and his civil litigation and trial practice focuses on high stakes cases and class action defense.

“It is a tremendous honor to take on the responsibility of leading the Los Angeles office, which is a key strategic geography of the company’s West Coast footprint,” said Mr. Nadolenco.

“John is an exceptionally talented litigator who has served in a number of key leadership roles at Mayer Brown and is highly regarded in the Los Angeles business community and throughout the firm,” said Jon Van Gorp, the chairman of Mayer Brown.

Kennedy Global Law Firm added Judith A. Selby as a partner in their New York office. Ms. Selby brings a wealth of knowledge and nearly 30 years of experience in insurance litigation, with a focus in cyber and data privacy, and adds to Kennedys’ growing niche in the United States in response. cyber incidents and data privacy compliance.

“I am delighted to join Kennedys’ global Cyber ​​& Privacy practice. Increasingly, cybersecurity and privacy concerns are international and have no borders. My clients will benefit from the firm’s global expertise and resources as they grapple with today’s most challenging cybersecurity, privacy and technology challenges, ”said Ms. Selby.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Judy join Kennedys. Given her reputation in the United States and around the world, she will be a vital addition to our growing cybersecurity and data privacy practice in the United States and globally through Kennedys, ”said Meg catalano, US Managing Partner of Kennedy.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, srl added Ted hunter as a real estate partner in its New York office. Mr. Hunter advises on investments, financing and joint ventures, with work ranging from acquisitions, dispositions and leases to financings, developments and development transactions.

“A respected person in the commercial real estate industry, particularly in New York and New Jersey, Ted excels at navigating complex real estate transactions by finding common ground between his clients and other parties involved,” said Donna L. Wilson, CEO and Managing Partner of Manatt.

“Manatt’s holistic approach to the real estate industry, which includes both comprehensive legal and advisory offerings, and the firm’s long-standing focus on serving clients in this area make it the ultimate one-stop-shop for my clients, ”said Hunter.

Pro Bono & Recognition

The Public interest law initiative‘s (PILI) Pro bono recognition list recognized Barnes & Thornburg‘s pro bono, alongside 47 other law firms.

“We are deeply grateful for the recognition that PILI has given us for the sixth consecutive year. We have worked diligently in the Chicago office to grow and improve our pro bono business. This recognition is a testament to our firm’s long tradition of providing pro bono services to those in need, ”said Kevin driscoll, pro bono director of the Barnes & Thornburg Chicago office.

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is one of more than 160 law firms participating in the Mansfield 5.0 rule certification to treat. The Mansfield certification process ensures that companies consider at least 30% women, lawyers with disabilities of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, and LGBTQ for promotions and leadership roles.

“Mansfield certification is the gold standard for law firms that are committed to increasing diversity among their lawyers and professional ranks, as well as in leadership roles,” said the CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. Christopher L. Slaughter.

“Our clients have made diversity and inclusion a critical part of their business and they expect the same from their legal counsel. As a company, we have made great strides in our diversity and inclusion efforts and achieving Mansfield certification is the next step on this journey, ”said Michael E. Flowers, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Steptoe & Johnson.

Foley & Lardner in partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America to spread the message of diversity and inclusion, and help children reach their potential. Through the partnership with Foley, the Boys and Girls Club will strive to advance its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that provide culturally relevant programs and resources for children.

“We look forward to expanding our work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the children they serve. The work the Boys & Girls Clubs of America do every day is part of the change needed to provide equitable opportunity for all, ”says Jay O. Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner.

Foley also engages in volunteer work for Boys & Girls Clubs of America on legal issues helping local clubs deliver more programs to a wider range of children.

Law firm awards and innovation

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine recognized Susan A. Capra, partner of Clifford Law Firms, as one of the 50 Hi! Step-wife in 2021.

The Law Bulletin / Chicago Lawyer Selection Committee, Ms. Capra’s peers, and a Women’s Advisory Board selected Ms. Capra for the award from a pool of over 400 applicants. The committee selected the winners “for their work in mentoring and promoting other women in the profession, their success in the legal community and for being a shining example of leadership.”

Ms. Capra, who is also a registered nurse, focuses her practice on hospital and medical negligence litigation.

“I am honored to be one of those recognized for this honor in a profession to which I have dedicated my life,” she said.

The Legal 500 United States includes 90 Katten Muchin Rosenman Law Firm lawyers on its 2021 guide. Katten has been recognized as a leader in 21 practice areas.

Katten did well in the following areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions: mid-market (less than $ 500 million)

  • Structured financing: derivatives and structured products

  • Structured Financing: Securitization.

Katten’s attorneys were also included on The Legal 500’s list of “Top Lawyers”, including:

In addition, the Legal 500 has selected the Partner Brett J. Seifarth as a “rising star” for making major contributions to his practice.

The Legal 500 analyzes the strengths of law firms around the world, basing its ranking on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide and a team of researchers.

For the 10th consecutive year, DLA Piper ranked among the best women’s law firms by Mother who works. Specifically, DLA Piper has ranked very high for hiring and retaining women, offering flexible working arrangements and promoting the advancement of women in law.

“It is our responsibility as a firm to ensure that our leadership pipeline is made up of a diverse group of lawyers well equipped to meet the challenges of helping lead a global law firm and programs such as DLA Piper Women’s Leadership Alliance (THE LAW) are a crucial factor in our ability to achieve this goal. These initiatives and policies foster a more inclusive corporate culture, enabling us to better serve our clients in all sectors, ”said Jackie Park, American co-manager of DLA Piper.

LAW is focused on helping women lawyers through networking, leadership skills development and business development opportunities.

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