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Law Department Hires New Lawyers, Fellows

The New York City Law Department has hired 35 attorneys and 16 post-graduate fellows from the graduating class of 2014 to work in its various departments.

Makau Mutua.

Mutua Steps Down as Buffalo Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Makau Mutua will leave the deanship at SUNY Buffalo Law School on Dec. 17 after seven years, the school announced Monday. He will return to campus to teach full time after a yearlong sabbatical.

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Brown Rudnick has added Alfred Fabricant and Lawrence Drucker as partners in its intellectual property litigation group, among other moves.

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Five firms announce new additions; New Orleans-founded firm McGlinchey Stafford has opened an office in Midtown Manhattan; and Bryan R. Williams was elected chair of the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Valerie Jacob.

Fried Frank Capital Markets Attorneys Join Freshfields

By Brian Baxter |

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.

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Four firms, including Thompson Hine and Edwards Wildman Palmer, have added new attorneys.

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Four firms announce new additions, including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which has added the former general counsel and commercial director of Skanska Infrastructure Development North America as a partner in its energy and infrastructure group.

Peter Lyons.

Freshfields Lures Longtime Shearman M&A Attorney

By MP McQueen |

In another big move to boost its ranks in U.S. transactional work, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has picked up mergers and acquisitions partner Peter Lyons from Shearman & Sterling, where he worked for more than three decades.

Debo Adegbile, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

Civil Rights Advocate Joins NY Office of Wilmer Hale

By Tony Mauro |

Debo Adegbile, who argued two voting rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and was a senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Bronx Office Hires 54 New Prosecutors

The Bronx District Attorney's Office has hired 54 assistant district attorneys, all graduates from the law school class of 2014.

Partners Leave Kenyon for a 'Bigger Platform'

By Christine Simmons |

A five-partner group of intellectual property litigators from Kenyon & Kenyon, including two former management committee members, has left to join Goodwin Procter.

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Four firms have added partners and others have added counsel.

Freshfields’ Hires Bolster Deal-Making Capability

By Brian Baxter |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer announced Tuesday that it has brought on Mitchell Presser, a former partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz , as well as James Douglas, the former banking group leader at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, to serve as head of the Freshfields M&A and leveraged finance groups, respectively, in New York.

Queens DA Announces Hiring of 21 Prosecutors

The Queens District Attorney's Office has announced the hiring of 21 new assistant district attorneys. Sworn in Tuesday, they have begun a training course that includes lectures, courtroom observation, mock hearings and visits to correctional facilities and alternative sentencing programs.

Marc Fliedner

Brooklyn DA Names Head of Civil Rights Bureau

By Andrew Keshner |

Longtime prosecutor Marc Fliedner has been tapped to lead the civil rights bureau within the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, which will also include a hate crimes unit.

Antonia Apps

Milbank Taps Departing U.S. Prosecutor as Partner

By Mark Hamblett |

Veteran prosecutor Antonia Apps is leaving the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office to join the global litigation department at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

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Among other recent announcements, Cole Schotz has added Brian Gardner, who will lead the New York construction litigation practice, and Eve Konstan has been named executive vice president and general counsel for HBO.

Hal R. Lieberman

Attorney Ethics Expert Joins Litigation Boutique

By John Caher |

Richard Emery and his colleagues at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady rely on Hal Lieberman so much for advice that it made sense to have the ethics expert down the hall rather than four blocks away.

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McDermott Will & Emery has added Alysse McLoughlin as a partner, rejoining the firm from Barclays; P.J. Forcino has joined Meyer Suozzi as executive director; and Wilson Sonsini has added Benjamin Hoch; among other moves.

Jones Day Recruits Partner From Shearman

By Brian Baxter |

Michael McGuinness, a corporate partner and former head of the Latin American M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, has left the firm for Jones Day, which over the past year has sought to attract south-of-the-border clients by opening an office in Miami and making key lateral hires.

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Steptoe & Johnson, Hiscock & Barclay and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center are among the firms and organizations announcing new hires.

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Six firms have brought on new attorneys.

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Paul Weiss has added as partner Elizabeth Sacksteder from Citigroup; Arnold & Porter has added Alexander Shaknes, late of Winston & Strawn; and Bingham McCutchen has added former assistant U.S. attorney David Miller, among other moves and announcements.

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Eight firms announce new additions, including Steptoe & Johnson, Latham & Watkins and Hunton & Williams.

Michael Caplan

Goodwin Proctor Names New Chief Operating Officer

By Christine Simmons |

Michael Caplan, who led efforts to manage legal costs at Marsh & McLennan Companies, has landed at Goodwin Procter as the law firm's incoming chief operating officer.

Retired Queens Judge Joins Firm in Long Island

By Tania Karas |

Jeffrey Lebowitz, a recently retired Queens County Acting Supreme Court justice and New York Court of Claims Judge, has joined Jaspan Schlesinger as special counsel.

Clockwise, from top left, Javier Bleichmar, Joseph Fonti, Dominic Auld and Steven Tountas

Four Partners Leave Labaton to Form Their Own Boutique

By Christine Simmons |

Dominic Auld, Javier Bleichmar, Joseph Fonti and Stephen Tountas have formed their own boutique focusing on representing large investors in class actions and other litigation.

Weil Gotshal Lures Away Kirkland Bankruptcy Partner

By MP McQueen |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has lured away prominent bankruptcy partner Ray Schrock from rival Kirkland & Ellis in a move that will bolster its own signature practice.

Lawrence Byrne

White Collar Litigator Tapped as NYPD Counsel

By Andrew Keshner |

Lawrence Byrne, a Pepper Hamilton partner whose father and brother were police officers, has been tapped as the police department's deputy commissioner for legal matters.

The attorneys of recently expanded Romer Debbas LLP. First row, left to right, Elsa Ayoub, Pierre Debbas, Marianna Moliver; second row, Guy Arad, Sharon Zimmer, Matthew Melnick, Michael J. Romer; third row, Suzanne Wismer, Louis Sherman, Michael Feldman; and fourth row, Timothy Byon, Arthur Michaelson, Jules Levy.

Firm Doubles in Size With Former Hofheimer Lawyers

By Christine Simmons |

Real estate boutique Romer Debbas is bringing on a seven-attorney group from shuttered firm Hofheimer, Gartlir & Gross.

Troutman Sanders Gains Partners from Dentons

By Christine Simmons |

Hugh McDonald, Jonathan Forstot, Patrick Fitzmaurice and Louis Curcio, who represent banks and other lenders in bankruptcy and litigation, have joined Troutman Sanders in New York.

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Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

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DLA Piper, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Sullivan & Worcester and Schulte Roth & Zabel have each added an attorney.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Appoints Members to Judicial Advisory Panel

New York Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced the 16 appointees who will serve on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

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Jones Day and Troutman Sanders have added partners and Dr. James Tacci has rejoined Hiscock & Barclay.

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Rodger Citron has been appointed to serve as associate dean for academic affairs at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Martin Clearwater & Bell has added Gregory Reilly as a partner and head of its employment and labor law practice group, and other moves.

Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

Ciparick, Cozier to Lead City Judicial Advisory Board

By John Caher |

The appointments will give former Court of Appeals Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and former Second Department Justice Barry Cozier key roles in the selection of judges to the civil, criminal and family courts in New York City.

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Seven firms announce new additions, while Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected two new partners.

Her Justice Selects New Executive Director

By Tania Karas |

Amy Barasch, the former executive director of the New York state office for domestic violence prevention, will join Her Justice as executive director in September, the group announced.

Former Chief ADA Joins New Corporate Consulting Firm

By Andrew Keshner |

Daniel R. Alonso, the former top deputy at the Manhattan District Attorney's office, is joining a newly-launched consulting firm co-founded by Michael Cherkasky and Michael Beber.

Goodwin Procter Designates NY Litigator Next Chairman

By Valori Corral-Nava |

Goodwin Procter has named New York litigator David Hashmall as its next chairman, replacing Regina Pisa when she steps down on Sept. 30. She has led the Boston-based firm since 1998.

Two Appointments Fill Out State Casino Location Board

By Joel Stashenko |

Retired David Polk & Wardwell partner Dennis Glazer and Long Island Association President Kevin Law have been appointed to the board tasked with screening the 17 applicants seeking to operate four new casinos that New York voters approved last year.

New Attorney Tapped to Manage Phillips Nizer

By Christine Simmons |

Phillips Nizer, a 74-attorney general service law firm, has elected Marc Landis to succeed Perry Galler, making Landis the firm's first new managing partner in 20 years.

Former State Lawmaker Joins Rivkin Radler

By Andrew Keshner |

Rivkin Radler, a firm with more than 130 attorneys over several metropolitan-regional offices, is bringing former state lawmaker and public safety official Michael Balboni into its ranks.

Wachtell offices CBS Building

Partner Leaves Wachtell for Entrepreneurial Role

By Brian Baxter |

After 14 years, Jeremy Goldstein has left Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he served as a partner for the last six years, to start his own practice.

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Grant & Eisenhofer and Hinshaw & Culbertson have each added an attorney, while Withers Bergman announces promotions.

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Eight firms have added partners, while six others have added counsel.

Cuomo Signs Bill for New Family Court Judgeships

By John Caher |

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday creating 25 new Family Court judgeships, including nine to be established in New York City starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

Criminal Division Head Leaving U.S. Prosecutor

By Mark Hamblett |

After heading the Criminal Division for Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for more than two years, Lorin Reisner is leaving the office.

State Trial Lawyers Group Swears in New President

By Brendan Pierson |

Michael Levine of Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo was sworn in Tuesday as president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

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Promotions, appointments and added counsel occurred for six firms.

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Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has added a partner, while other firms have added counsel

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Seven firms announce new additions, and Albany Law School has appointed professors Deborah Kearns and Sarah Rogerson as co-directors of its Law Clinic & Justice Center.

Former County Executive Joins Private Practice

By Tania Karas |

C. Scott Vanderhoef, the longtime Rockland County Executive who left office in December, has joined Saretsky Katz Dranoff & Glass as of counsel.

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Day Pitney, White & Case, Paul Weiss and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz have each added a partner, while the Fund for Modern Courts has added new members to its board of directors.

Bingham Real Estate Team to Join Sidley Austin

By Christine Simmons |

The four-partner team, joining Sidley as partners, includes Richard Fries, the chair of Bingham's real estate group; Scott Stern; Neil Cohen; and Todd Marcus.

Manhattan DA Appoints New Head of Rackets Bureau

By Andrew Keshner |

The top deputy in the Manhattan District Attorney's Rackets Bureau has been tapped to take the bureau's top post.

State Bar Selects New Executive Director

By Joel Stashenko |

David Watson, who has been the executive director of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association since 2010, will be the new executive director of the New York State Bar Association.

Linda Addison, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US managing partner

Norton Rose Chooses New U.S. Managing Partner

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Linda Addison has been elected to serve as U.S. managing partner for Norton Rose Fulbright through Dec. 31, 2016, the firm announced Tuesday. Addison, a partner in New York City and Houston, has been serving in that role since December, when her predecessor, Kenneth Stewart, a partner in Dallas, took a six-month medical leave.

Bronx Judge to Coordinate Medical Malpractice Cases

By Andrew Keshner |

Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon will lead a state court program promoting early settlements in medical malpractice cases.

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Haynes and Boone and Debevoise & Plimpton have added partners, while other firms have named practice group leaders and added counsel.

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Four firms have added partners, while others have added counsel and given awards.

Paul Hanly.

Mass Torts Firms to Become Simmons Hanly Conroy

By Amanda Bronstad |

Two bastions of the mass torts bar—Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd and Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes—have merged to create a new firm.

Six Litigators to Join Tyrrell at Edwards Wildman

By Christine Simmons |

Six attorneys who worked closely with James Tyrrell Jr. at Patton Boggs are following him to Edwards Wildman Palmer. They will focus on toxic tort, product liability, and complex commercial litigation.

Applications Due June 15 for Court of Appeals Spot

By Joel Stashenko |

Applications for the upcoming vacancy on the state Court of Appeals occurring with the expiration of Judge Victoria Graffeo's term must be received by the Commission on Judicial Nomination by June 15.

Retired Judge Joins White Plains Firm

By Rebecca Baker |

Francis Nicolai, a former Appellate Term presiding justice and administrative judge, has joined Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti in White Plains as senior counsel.

James Tyrrell Jr.

Tyrrell Lands Partnership at Edwards Wildman

By Christine Simmons |

James Tyrrell Jr., the prominent Patton Boggs litigator who was not expected to be part of the firm's merger with Squire Sanders, has landed at Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

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Outdoor advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings has named Craig Gangi as executive vice president and general counsel and Proskauer Rose partner Robert Kafin has been elected as chair of the Times Square Alliance, among other announcements.

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Sean Hayes and Edward Ughetta have joined Nixon Peabody's private equity team.

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Dechert has added as partner Jeffrey Brown, most recently co-chief, general crimes unit for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District, and Diamond McCarthy has hired Mark Jay Krum to lead its litigation practice in New York, among other announcements.

Federal Prosecutor to Join Ropes & Gray

By Mark Hamblett |

Veteran federal prosecutor Marc Berger is moving into the private sector, joining Ropes & Gray's government enforcement practice in New York as a partner in July.

Madoff Prosecutor to Join Intelligence Firm

By Christine Simmons |

Julian J. Moore, one of the chief investigators of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and a lead federal prosecutor in the Bernard Madoff case, has joined investigative consulting firm K2 Intelligence as a senior managing director.

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Allen Fagin, former chairman of Proskauer Rose, has been appointed executive vice president and chief professional officer of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, among other moves.

State Comptroller Expands Anti-Corruption Campaign

By John Caher |

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this week that he has promoted his investigative counsel, Nelson Sheingold, to deputy comptroller as part of an effort to beef up the anti-corruption measures that have become a major focus of his administration.

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Levine Lee has added the former deputy chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District as a partner and Brown Rudnick has added the former deputy chief appellate attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District, among other moves.

Housing Court Seeks Applications for Judges

The New York Civil Court's Housing Part is now soliciting applications for Housing Court judgeships that will open during 2015, the part's advisory council announced.

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Seven firms announce new hires, outsourcing firm EXL has appointed Nancy Saltzman as general counsel and company secretary, and Fordham Law School has appointed Nestor Davidson as associate dean for academic affairs.

Crowell & Moring Names N.Y. Managing Partner

By Christine Simmons |

Crowell & Moring has named Edwin Baum managing partner of the firm's New York office, taking the place of corporate partner Joseph Adams, who has led the New York office for four years and will continue his practice at the firm.

Bankruptcy Group Joins Goodwin Procter

By Christine Simmons |

Five attorneys that made up the New York office of Stutman Treister & Glatt, a well-known bankruptcy boutique that closed amid a slowdown in large Chapter 11 work and low interest rates, have joined Goodwin Procter's financial restructuring practice.

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Beveridge & Diamond has elected to principal Megan Brillault, Wayne Roth has joined LeClairRyan as a shareholder, and other announcements.

Law Professor to Chair Rent Guidelines Board

By Associated Press |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed a law professor and former federal prosecutor to head the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

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Six firms announce new hires, while two others announce promotions.

Western District Chief Judge Plans to Take Senior Status

By John Caher |

Western District Chief Judge William Skretny, who has led the court since 2010, has announced that he will take senior status next March. Skretny's decision means Frank Geraci Jr. of Rochester will become the next chief judge.

Criminal Division Head Named in Eastern District

By Andrew Keshner |

James McGovern, the division's deputy chief, will replace Marshall Miller, who was promoted to be second-in-command at the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division.

Columbia Announces New Dean of Law School

By Tania Karas |

Gillian Lester, an employment law and policy expert who is the interim dean at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, has been named the next dean of Columbia Law School.

Brooklyn AUSA Tapped for Deputy Post in D.C.

By Andrew Keshner |

Marshall Miller, the criminal division chief of the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, has been tapped as the top deputy for the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division.

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Three firms announce new additions, while Eckert Seamans and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District announce promotions.

AG Replaces Head of Conviction Review Unit

By John Caher |

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that Gail Heatherly will take over as head of the conviction review unit, which was created in 2012.

Brooklyn DA Names Leaders of New Units

By Andrew Keshner |

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has tapped the New York Attorney General's office and the Bronx District Attorney's office for prosecutors to lead a newly-formed frauds bureau and forensic science unit.

DA Taps Dewey Prosecutor To Be Tax Crimes Chief

By Tania Karas |

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Peirce Moser, who is heading the team prosecuting four former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers for financial fraud, has been appointed as chief of the office's Tax Crimes Unit.

Immigrant Fraud Bureau Created in Brooklyn

By Andrew Keshner |

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has tapped Assistant District Attorney Maritza Mejia-Ming to head a newly-created unit that will press cases where immigrant communities are targets of fraud.

Sherburne Steps Down as GC at BNY Mellon

Jane Sherburne is handing over the reins of senior executive vice president and general counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation to J. Kevin McCarthy, who will assume the post on April 15.

Cuomo Names Members of Juvenile Justice Panel

By John Caher |

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed a 16-member commission to provide "concrete, actionable recommendations" on juvenile justice, with the aim of raising the age of criminal responsibility.

Robles-Román to Lead Women's Rights Group

By Tania Karas |

Carol Robles-Román, former deputy mayor for legal affairs and counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will become president and CEO of Legal Momentum, a national nonprofit that advances the rights of women and girls, the group announced Tuesday. She starts April 21.

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Holwell Shuster & Goldberg has added John DiMatteo as a partner to lead the firm's intellectual property practice, among other news of moves and promotions.

Harvard Law Prof to Head Conviction Review Unit

By Andrew Keshner |

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has named Ronald Sullivan Jr. special counsel to the district attorney and chief of the conviction review unit, which has the closely watched task of reviewing convictions secured under Thompson's predecessors that have come under question.

Patterson Belknap Elects New Cochair

By Christine Simmons |

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler has elected Lisa Cleary as its new cochair and managing partner, succeeding Robert LoBue, who has held that position for the last seven years. She will serve alongside William Cavanaugh Jr., another firm cochair.

DA's Former General Counsel Joins Gibson Dunn

By Christine Simmons |

Caitlin Halligan, who left the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in January after four years of helping oversee more than 500 lawyers, joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher this week as partner focusing on appellate litigation.

Ling-Cohan Appointed to Appellate Term

With her appointment to the Appellate Term, First Department, Justice Doris Ling-Cohan became the first woman of Asian descent to be appointed to an appellate panel in New York state.