Career Announcements

Justice Biben

Biben Named Administrator of Manhattan Criminal Term

By Rebecca Baker |

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben has been chosen by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to replace former administrative judge Michael Obus, who had overseen the courts that handle Manhattan felonies for eight years.

David Kelley of Dechert

Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill

By Scott Flaherty |

Kelley, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2005, was a member of the executive committee at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Mark Weprin

Albany Deal Maker Leaves Cuomo's Office for Greenberg Traurig

By Christine Simmons |

Mark Weprin, the governor's deputy secretary for legislative affairs, joined Greenberg in a law and lobbying role this week.

Richard Ottinger Hall at Pace Law School.

Regional EPA Director Headed to Pace Law

Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Administration's regional director, will become a visiting scholar at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

On the Move

Blank Rome, Cornell Grace, Akerman and Anderson Kill have added attorneys; Orrick, Fitzpatrick Cella and Pryor Cashman have announced promotions.

Pamela McDevitt

State Bar Taps ABA's Staff for New Executive Director

By Joel Stashenko |

Pamela McDevitt, director of the law practice and technology group at the American Bar Association, has been named the new executive director of the New York State Bar Association.

On the Move

Fourteen firms announce promotions, and Greenspoon Marder and Smith, Gambrell & Russell have added attorneys.

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, during the American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington. The topic: “Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law.” November 6, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

John Carlin, who stepped down last year as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining private practice for the first time to start a practice group at Morrison & Foerster.

On the Move

Promotions, new arrivals, and a return in today's column.

Roman Martinez of Latham & Watkins

Assistant Solicitor General Rejoins Latham & Watkins

By Marcia Coyle |

Latham & Watkins' Supreme Court and appellate practice will welcome back Roman Martinez, who spent the last three years as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Justice Department.

On the Move

Among the firms announcing promotions are Norton Rose Fulbright, Akin Gump, Lowenstein Sandler, and Blank Rome, while Duane Morris, Paul Hastings, Pillsbury, Hughes Hubbard and Debevoise & Plimpton have added new attorneys.

On the Move

Eight firms announce promotions, and three firms have new additions.

On the Move

Boies, Schiller & Flexner has promoted six associates; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, two; and Jones Day, one. Also, three firms announce new additions.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

Post-Probe, Och-Ziff Hires New GC From Deutsche Bank

After a shaky year for its legal department, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has named David Levine its new chief legal officer, effective Jan. 23. The company, one of the world's largest hedge funds, also named a new chief financial officer, effective immediately.

On the Move

Cooley, Cadwalader, Gibson Dunn and Sidley Austin are among the firms announcing promotions, while Arent Fox, Farrell Fritz and Mayer Brown join the firms announcing new additions.

Justice Ritholtz

Retiring Queens Justice to Join Shiboleth

By Christine Simmons |

Queens Supreme Court Justice Martin Ritholtz will retire at the end of this month and join 20-attorney litigation and corporate firm Shiboleth as special counsel in January.

Joseph Fahey

Former Judge to Serve as Syracuse's Lawyer

By Joel Stashenko |

Former Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey will come out of retirement to become Syracuse's new corporation counsel beginning Jan. 1.

Judge Greenberg

Nassau Family Court Judge Elevated to Supervisory Role

Family Court Judge Ellen Greenberg, who is also an acting state Supreme Court justice, has been named supervising judge of Nassau's Family Court, county Administrative Judge Thomas Adams announced Friday.

Katherine Goldstein

SDNY Securities Fraud Chief Heads to Milbank

By Scott Flaherty |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy on Thursday became the latest law firm to snag a departing federal prosecutor in New York, hiring Katherine Goldstein, who’s stepping down next month as head of the securities fraud unit in the Southern District U.S. attorney’s office.

Judge Martino

Bronx Family Court to Get New Supervising Judge

Jeanette Ruiz, the administrative judge of the New York City Family Court has picked Judge Ruben Martino to supervise the Bronx Family Court.

Jennifer Scullion

Seeger Weiss Looks to Big Law for Newest Partner

Plaintiffs firm Seeger Weiss has added yet another former corporate lawyer to its partner ranks.

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.