Career Announcements

Steven Kuperschmid and Peter Marullo

Ruskin Acquires 4 Partners, 2 Attorneys From Small Firm

By Christine Simmons |

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, one of the largest law firms on Long Island, has added six corporate and transactional attorneys, including four partners, in its largest acquisition to date.

Joseph Alexis

Veteran Brooklyn Prosecutor Named Chief of Trial Bureau

By Andrew Denney |

Joseph Alexis, a 25-year veteran of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and the head of its red zone trial bureau, has been promoted to chief of the office's trial bureau, according to an internal memo released Monday.

John Aerni, left, and Adam Kaiser

Alston & Bird Picks Up Two Winston & Strawn Partners

By Christine Simmons |

Adam Kaiser and John Aerni, two Winston & Strawn litigation partners in New York, moved to Alston & Bird on Thursday, and most of their business from two large insurer clients, CNO Financial Group and AIG, is coming with them, they said.

On the Move

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Shearman & Sterling; and White & Case announce promotions, while three other firms announce new hires.


Schneiderman Promotes Moore as AG Labor Chief

By Joel Stashenko |

ReNika Moore has been appointed new chief of the Labor Bureau in the state Attorney General's Office, AG Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday.

On the Move

Ten firms announce promotions, while Herbert Smith Freehills, Troutman Sanders and King & Spalding have new additions.

Diane Brayton, New York Times general counsel

New York Times Appoints a New General Counsel

The New York Times Co. announced Monday that Diane Brayton will succeed Kenneth Richieri as the company's top lawyer on Jan. 1, 2017. Richieri, who has held the general counsel role since 2006, will retire on Dec. 31, 2016.

The Appellate Division, First Department, at 27 Madison Ave.

Character and Fitness Panel to Interview Applicants

Approximately 84 applicants for the bar will be interviewed on Tuesday, Nov. 15 by the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department.

David Watson, executive director of the New York State Bar Association

State Bar Director to Lead Michigan CLE Institute

By Joel Stashenko |

The New York State Bar Association has started a national search for a new executive director as David Watson, who has led the bar since June 2014, prepares to leave at the end of the year for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Education.

On the Move

BuckleySandler has named to partner Heather Russell to spearhead its financial institutions regulation, supervision & technology (FIRST) practice, along with other promotions & new hires.

David Pressman

Boies Schiller Hires American UN Diplomat David Pressman

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner said Thursday that it has hired David Pressman, a senior U.S. envoy to the United Nations who has close ties to actor George Clooney and his wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

Judge Maas

SDNY Magistrate Judge Steps Down to Join JAMS

By Christine Simmons |

Southern District Magistrate Judge Frank Maas has retired from the bench and joined ADR provider JAMS.

On the Move

Announcements from White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Morrison & Foerster and more.

United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York, Buffalo, NY

Top Assistant Named Acting Western District US Attorney

By Joel Stashenko |

James Kennedy Jr. has been designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as acting U.S. attorney for Western New York to succeed William Hochul Jr., the Buffalo-based prosecutor's office announced Monday.

John Siegal

Mayor Appoints Baker & Hostetler Partner to Police Review Board

By Christine Simmons |

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed John Siegal to New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Friedman Kaplan Litigator Jumps to Wilmer

By Christine Simmons |

Hallie Levin is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr this week.

K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two international arbitration partners in New York have joined K&L Gates from Cozen O'Connor, opting for a larger, global platform and allowing K&L to fill a gap in its international arbitration practice.

Outgoing Paul Weiss partner Toby Myerson

Leading M&A Partner Leaves Paul Weiss to Launch Business Advisory Firm

The former co-chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison's corporate department, Toby Myerson, is leaving the firm to form his own business advisory boutique at the start of next year.

Judge Walsh

Albany Judge Named Co-chair of Ethics Panel

Albany County Family Court Judge Margaret Walsh has been appointed co-chair of the state court system's Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

William Hochul, Jr.

Hochul to Be GC of Sports Entertainment Company

By Joel Stashenko |

Western District U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. will become general counsel of the corporation that owns the Boston Bruins hockey team when he retires, the entertainment and hospitality group Delaware North Companies announced Monday.

On the Move

Kramer Levin, Covington & Burling and White & Case announce promotions, while other firms and the Bronx District Attorney's Office announce new additions.

SDNY Criminal Division Chief Departs for Mayer Brown

By Christine Simmons |

Daniel Stein, chief of the criminal division at the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office, is joining Mayer Brown as a partner, where he will lead its regulatory and investigations group and co-lead its white collar defense and compliance group.

New York Skyline

Sheppard Mullin Snags Sichenzia Ross Founding Partner

Richard Friedman, a founding partner and former longtime head of New York securities boutique Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference, has left the firm to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

On the Move

Four firms have promoted several attorneys to partner, while seven firms have added new attorneys.

City Hall

NYC Law Department Hires 61 Recent Graduates

The New York City Law Department has hired 61 recent law school graduates in its various divisions, up from 56 new hires last year, the agency has announced.

United States Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.

U.S. Attorney for Western District to Retire This Month

By Joel Stashenko |

William Hochul Jr., 57, will retire Oct. 28 after nearly 30 years at the U.S. Justice Department and six years as one of New York's top federal prosecutors.He said he will pursue unspecified opportunities in the private sector.

Peter Solmssen, AIG general counsel

AIG Fills GC Spot With Former Siemens Lawyer

American International Group Inc. has hired named Peter Solmssen its executive vice president and general counsel, replacing recently retired general counsel Thomas Russo.

Katharine Parker

Proskauer Partner Leaves Firm for Federal Bench

By Mark Hamblett |

Katharine Parker, a partner in Proskauer Rose's labor and employment department, was appointed to a Southern District magistrate judgeship.

Robert Ray

Ex-Whitewater Prosecutor Jumps to Thompson & Knight

By Christine Simmons |

Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr on the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations, joins the firm from Fox Rothschild.

Joshua Farrell

Mayor Taps State Attorney for Albany City Court Seat

By Joel Stashenko |

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has appointed Joshua Farrell, currently a lawyer in the New York attorney general's office, to temporarily fill a seat on the Albany City Court. Farrell is also widely expected to be elected in November for a full judicial term on the same court.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown

Cantoni Set to Become Counsel to Queens DA Brown

By Andrew Denney |

Linda Cantoni is set to take over as counsel to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, succeeding Lois Raff, who retired this month after holding the job for 25 years.

Michael Hess

Former NYC Corporation Counsel Joins Westchester Firm

By Christine Simmons |

Michael Hess, New York City's corporation counsel under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is joining Dorf & Nelson, a 16-attorney Westchester firm.

On the Move

Seven firms plus Fordham Law School announce new additions and promotions.

Steven Koppel, Aviva Yakren and Adam Verstandig of Sidley Austin

Sidley Snags Jones Day Real Estate Team

By Meghan Tribe |

A three-partner group has left Jones Day for Sidley Austin in New York. Steven Koppel, Aviva Yakren and Adam Verstandig, all of whom once worked at now-defunct Heller Ehrman, specialize in real estate finance.

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions or promotions, along with the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office and Nardello & Co.

Martin Seidel

Cadwalader Corporate Litigation Chair Jumps to Willkie Farr

By Christine Simmons |

In another loss of a leading litigation partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Martin Seidel, who was chair of its corporate litigation group, has moved to Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

AG Names New Investment Protection Bureau Chief

By Joel Stashenko |

Katherine Milgram has been promoted to chief of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investor protection bureau. Milgram has been with the Attorney General's Office since 2013 and most recently was deputy chief of the bureau she was named Monday to lead.

Jessica Ortiz

SDNY Narcotics Unit Chief Leaves to Join Boutique

By Christine Simmons |

Litigation boutique MoloLamken has brought on Jessica Ortiz, the former chief of the narcotics unit at the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office. She is the first woman partner of the 25-attorney boutique.

Jeffrey Keitelman

Stroock Names DC Partner as New Co-Leader

By Christine Simmons |

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has named Jeffrey Keitelman, a real estate practice leader who joined the firm last year from DLA Piper, as co-managing partner.

Michael S. Caccese and James R. Segerdahl of K&L Gates

K&L Gates Picks Leadership Pair to Take Reins from Kalis

By Julie Triedman |

K&L Gates has selected investment management practice head Michael Caccese and longtime general counsel James Segerdahl to succeed chair and global managing partner Peter Kalis, who is stepping down early next year after two decades as leader, the firm announced Monday.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner

Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Susan Beck |

Nearly a year after leaving office, John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is joining Squire Patton Boggs, the firm announced Tuesday.

Justice Leach

Veteran NY State Judge Leach Tapped for Judicial Conduct Commission

By Joel Stashenko |

Veteran state judge Leslie Leach has been appointed to a vacant seat on the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

McDermott Hires Schulte Roth Private Equity Pro in New York

By Susan Beck |

McDermott, Will & Emery announced Friday that Robert Goldstein is joining the firm to head the private equity group in its New York office. Goldstein was previously a partner at Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where he had worked since 1999.

Capitol of Puerto Rico, in San Juan

Former SDNY Judge on Puerto Rico Restructuring Team

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Retired SDNY bankruptcy judge Arthur Gonzalez has been named to the restructuring team helping Puerto Rico bail out $72 billion debt.

Michael Farbiarz

Ex-Terrorism Prosecutor Named GC of Port Authority

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced on Thursday it has named Michael Farbiarz, a former federal prosecutor known for his national security work, as its general counsel.

Steve Kemps

S&P Global Names New GC

S&P Global has named Steve Kemps as its new general counsel and executive vice president.

On the Move

Seven firms have added new partners, and L-3 Communications has appointed Ann Davidson as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Ghillaine Reid

Reid Departs Boutique for Large Firm's Financial Team

By Christine Simmons |

Ghillaine Reid, a former New York branch chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in New York and will co-lead the firm's broker-dealer practice.

Richard Hartunian

Northern District U.S. Attorney Named Chair of DOJ Advisory Group

By Andrew Denney |

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian has been appointed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch to lead a key advisory committee.

John Squires, Gibson Dunn

Former Goldman IP Counsel Is Recruited by Gibson Dunn

John Squires, a former chief intellectual property counsel at Goldman Sachs who went on to top roles at Chadbourne & Parke and Perkins Coie, decamped this week for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New York Fed Names New General Counsel

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said on Friday its board has promoted Michael Held from deputy general counsel to general counsel and head of its legal group, beginning Aug. 15.

On the Move

Steptoe & Johnson; Blank Rome; DLA Piper; Reed Smith; Ropes & Gray; and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein have each announced a new addition.

On the Move

Seven firms have picked up new partners and Loeb & Loeb has elected three to partnership.

Michael Weiner of Dechert in New York

Antitrust Leader at Hughes Hubbard Joins Dechert

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert is continuing to bulk up its antitrust group with the addition of Ethan Litwin.

Mayor Appoints Shulman as Family Court Judge

By Sarah Betancourt |

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday appointed Monica Shulman, a court attorney-referee in Family Court in Manhattan since 2010, to Family Court.

NYC Housing Court Judges Sought

The Advisory Council for the New York City Housing Court is accepting applications for Housing Court judges through Sept. 16.

Davis Polk Senior Counsel Named New Dean at Touro

By Andrew Denney |

Harry Ballan, who is senior counsel to Davis Polk & Wardwell, has been named the new dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and will start his new job on Aug. 8.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) shoots during the third period of the Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center in San Jose CA, on June 12, 2016.

NHL Players Union Creates Position for Weil Veteran

The National Hockey League Players' Association announced last week that it has hired Bruce Meyer in New York as senior director for collective bargaining, policy and legal. Meyer was once part of a legal team that struck down the NFL's player free agency system on antitrust grounds.

NY Real Estate Boutique to Join Phila.-Based Practice

Philadelphia-based law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads has brought on all nine lawyers from Manhattan real estate boutique Schechter & Brucker, further growing its presence in New York.

Panel Schedules Hearing on Family Court Nomination

The Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing Thursday on the nomination of court attorney-referee Monica Shulman as a Family Court judge.

Allen & Overy Adds Five to U.S. Finance Practice

Scott Zemser, from White & Case, will become co-head of A&O's global leveraged finance. Joining alongside him are finance partners from White & Case, Proskauer Rose and Milbank Tweed.

Holland & Knight Hires Two Schulte Roth Lawyers

By Christine Simmons |

Lisa Prager and Lara Covington, two white-collars defense lawyers from Schulte Roth & Zabel, joined Holland & Knight as partners this week.

Georgetown University Law Center professor David Cole.

ACLU Names Georgetown Law Prof David Cole as New Legal Director

Cole's career move poses recusal issues for his wife, Judge Nina Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

On the Move

Brian Corrigan joined Farrell Fritz as a partner in the firm's estate litigation department, Kelley Drye & Warren named two new partners, John Dellaportas and Andrew Lee, and other announcements.

Roger Quillen

Georgia Firm Opens NYC Office With Ogletree Team

Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, is opening a New York office with a five-lawyer team from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart.

James McGuire

Former Appellate Justice Leaves Dechert for Boutique

By Christine Simmons |

James McGuire, a former justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has left Dechert to join litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg as a partner focusing on civil and criminal litigation and regulatory matters.

Debra Dandeneau and Peter Goodman

Baker & McKenzie Welcomes New York Bankruptcy Duo

By Christine Simmons |

Baker & McKenzie has brought in two prominent bankruptcy partners in New York: Debra Dandeneau, who became co-head of the firm's global restructuring and insolvency group, and Peter Goodman.

Arthur Ettinger, left, and Robert Preston

Greenspoon Marder Acquires 8-Lawyer NY Matrimonial Boutique

By Christine Simmons |

Greenspoon Marder, a Florida-based firm that opened a New York office only a few months ago, has hired eight additional attorneys in Manhattan from matrimonial boutique Preston Ettinger Steiner & Ackermanare.

Faiza Saeed

Cravath Elects Top M&A Partner Faiza Saeed as New Leader

By Julie Triedman |

Saeed will succeed Allen Parker to become the firm's first female leader.

Hassen Sayeed, left, and Hiroyuki Hagiwara, right, of Paul Hastings.

Paul Hastings Adds Two New Patent Attorneys

Paul Hastings continued to grow its IP practice this week by bringing on Hiroyuki "Hiro" Hagiwara and Hassen Sayeed in Tokyo and New York, respectively. They had worked together at Ropes & Gray representing life science clients in the U.S. and Japan for many years, the two said Wednesday.

L. Howard Belknap, COO of Butler Snow.

COO Leaves New York for a Job Down South

L. Howard Belknap, chief operating officer and executive director of Baker & McKenzie's New York office, is now the chief operating officer of Butler Snow in Jackson, Mississippi.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington.

SEC Official Expects to Fill 'Niche' at Latham

By Anna Ward |

Latham & Watkins has hired Paul Dudek, chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's office of international corporate finance.

On the Move

Among other moves, Jared Hershberg joined Reed Smith as a partner in its corporate and transactional advisory group, and Morgan Lewis named six of its attorneys as partners.

Maya Wiley

Wiley Resigning to Lead Police Watchdog Agency

A New York City civil rights attorney who has served as counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio for two years is resigning and will take a new job as the chairwoman of the city's police watchdog agency.

Kris Fischer, Law Journal Editor-in-Chief, Is Retiring

Kris Fischer, the New York Law Journal's longtime editor-in-chief, is retiring July 1. Fischer has been with ALM, the Law Journal's parent company, for 31 years in several different roles, spending the last 15 as the Law Journal's top editor.

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions; Fox Rothschild announces promotions.

Howard Friedman

Friedman to Serve as GC of NYC Education Dept.

By Andrew Denney |

Howard Friedman, an 18-year veteran of New York City's Law Department who has led its contracts and real estate division since last year, has taken a new job as general counsel of the city's Department of Education.

Manhattan Criminal Court at 100 Centre St.

Kirschner Appointed to NYC Civil Court

David J. Kirschner, who was principal law clerk to Bronx Supreme Court Justice Richard Lee Price and a former prosecutor, will serve as an interim Civil Court judge and sit in Criminal Court, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.

On the Move

Skadden has promoted seven attorneys to counsel, while several other firms announce new additions, including Littler Mendelson, Kramer Levin and Greenberg Traurig.

On the Move

Six firms announce new additions, while Nixon Peabody has promoted two attorneys and Karen Shaer has joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Criminal Justice as first deputy director.

Greg Krakower

Getnick Firm Hire to Focus on Whistleblower Cases

By Christine Simmons |

Gregory Krakower, a former senior adviser to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has moved to plaintiffs firm Getnick & Getnick, where he will continue to focus on whistleblower cases.

CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, Queens

New Dean Named at CUNY School of Law

By Andrew Denney |

The City University of New York School of Law has named as dean Mary Lu Bilek, who has served on the CUNY Law faculty and has led the University of Massachusetts School of Law since 2012. She will begin on Aug. 15.

Linda Addison, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US managing partner

Norton Rose Lures 8 in NY for Public Finance Practice

Eight public finance laterals are joining Norton Rose Fulbright in New York as part of a general expansion, part of a 17-attorney exodus from Sidley Austin.

Verrilli Announces Departure From Justice Department

By Tony Mauro |

During his tenure, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. argued numerous cases challenging some of the most hotly contested administration policies, from health care reform to striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Patrick Birde

Fox Rothschild Lures Three Kenyon Patent Attorneys

By Christine Simmons |

Fox Rothschild has added a three-attorney group from intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon, including Patrick Birde, who formerly chaired the boutique's life science and chemical patent prosecution practice.

Sean O'Shea

Boutique Finds 'More Heft' by Joining Boies Schiller

By Christine Simmons |

Boies Schiller & Flexner is absorbing a five-attorney New York litigation boutique headed by Sean O'Shea, a former federal prosecutor.

On the Move

Seven firms have added new partners, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has appointed a new chief legal officer.

Thomas Russo.

GC Who Weathered Financial Crisis to Retire

Thomas Russo, the general counsel who helped American International Group Inc. navigate the difficult waters of the financial crisis and recovery, is getting ready to leave the company.

John Altorelli

Ex-Dewey Attorney Leaves DLA Piper for New Venture

By Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons |

John Altorelli, a corporate and finance partner who joined DLA Piper in 2012 after fleeing Dewey & LeBoeuf before the latter's historic demise, is leaving Big Law.

David Schizer

Ex-Columbia Law Dean to Head Relief Organization

By Andrew Denney |

David Schizer, who was dean of Columbia Law School until 2014, has been named the new CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian relief organization.

Surrogate McCarty

Former Nassau Surrogate Joins Firm as Of Counsel

By Andrew Keshner |

Edward McCarty III, the former Nassau County Surrogate who stepped down from the bench at the end of 2015 due to mandatory retirement rules, has joined the law firm Vishnick McGovern Milizio.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Cooley has named Andy Roth, formerly with Dentons, a partner in the firm's privacy and data protection group.

On the Move

Debevoise & Plimpton had promoted five attorneys to partner, and Mayer Brown and Kirkland & Ellis have added new partners.

Carrie Cohen

Prosecutor of Silver Returns to Morrison & Foerster

By Mark Hamblett |

Federal prosecutor Carrie Cohen is leaving the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office to join Morrison & Foerster's securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation and trials practice groups.

Randolph Treece

Retired Magistrate Judge Joins Albany Law Firm

By Joel Stashenko |

Randolph Treece, who was a Northern District magistrate judge from 2001 until his retirement in September 2015, has joined E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy of Albany.

Joan Wexler

Former Head of Brooklyn Law Joins Schlam Stone

By Andrew Denney |

Joan Wexler, the former president of Brooklyn Law School who was the school's first female dean, has joined litigation boutique Schlam Stone & Dolan as of counsel.

On the Move

Norton Rose Fulbright, Akerman, Pryor Cashman and Hancock Estabrook have each added an attorney.

Levy Leaves Leadership Post at SDNY to Rejoin Sidley

By Christine Simmons |

Michael A. Levy, who spent the last 13 years at the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office, including the last three as chief of the appeals unit, has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in its white collar defense and investigations practice.

Paul Weiss' David Bernick HANDOUT

Paul Weiss Hire Beefs Up Its Product Liability Ranks

In an effort to fill out its product liability and class action defense ranks, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hired David Bernick, a former general counsel at Philip Morris International Inc., as a partner from Dechert in New York.