Career Announcements

On the Move

Lowenstein Sandler, Otterbourg, Fox Rothschild, Cozen O'Connor, Mayer Brown and JAMS all announce new additions, while Andrews Kurth has elected three partners to its principal governance body.

Fordham Law School

Competition Law Institute Gets New Head at Fordham

Fordham University School of Law has named James Keyte, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as director of its Competition Law Institute. He replaces Barry Hawk, who has served as director since the institute launched in 1974.

On the Move

Six firms announce new hires, while Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has named Philip Hirschhorn as head of its New York office.

On the Move

Among other announcements, commercial banking attorney Christopher Palmer has been named managing partner of Garden City-based Cullen and Dykman.

Daniel Stewart

Stewart Tapped as Northern District Magistrate Judge

By Joel Stashenko |

Daniel Stewart, a private practitioner in Queensbury, Warren County, has been selected as the next U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of New York. He will start Sept. 28, the day outgoing Magistrate Judge Randolph Treece's retirement takes effect.

On the Move

Six firms announce new additions, BuckleySandler announces a promotion to partner, and Portolano Cavallo has opened its first U.S. representative office in New York for clients looking to make Italian investments or to establish and operate businesses in Italy.

Deadline for Housing Court Judgeships Is Extended

By Andrew Keshner |

The application deadline for prospective New York City Housing Court judges has been extended to Sept. 28.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Attorneys Chosen to Serve on City Marshal Committee

By Ben Bedell |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named four attorneys to a 15-member committee that identifies, recruits and recommends candidates to serve as city marshals, who are the enforcement arm of the city's Civil Court.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Brendan Schulman has left Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel to join aerial technology company DJI as its vice president of policy and legal affairs.

Barry Cozier

Cozier to Chair Statewide Attorney Discipline Panel

By Joel Stashenko |

Former Appellate Division Justice Barry Cozier, who had been vice-chair of the panel charged by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman with evaluating New York's attorney discipline system and recommending improvements, will replace former Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti as chair.

On the Move

Among other moves, Steptoe & Johnson has added Wendell Willkie II as of counsel, joining the firm from MeadWestvaco, where he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Peter Skelos

Peter Skelos to Join Forchelli Curto as Partner

By Andrew Keshner |

Peter Skelos, who served as an Appellate Division, Second Department, justice for 11 years, is joining the Long Island firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana as a partner.

On the Move

Six firms announce additions, while Kelley Drye and Katten Muchin have elected new partners.

William Banks

Banks Steps In as Interim Dean of Syracuse Law

By Andrew Denney |

William Banks, a Syracuse University School of Law professor who teaches national security law and counterterrorism law, started his tenure as the school's interim dean on Aug. 1.

The Court of Appeals in Albany

Deadline Extended to Apply for Court of Appeals Seat

By Joel Stashenko |

The application deadline for the upcoming opening on the Court of Appeals created by the resignation of Judge Susan Phillips Read has been extended to Aug. 24.

Magistrate Judge Brown

Obama Picks Brown to Fill Third Eastern District Spot

By Andrew Keshner |

President Barack Obama has nominated Eastern District Magistrate Judge Gary Brown to fill a vacancy on the Eastern District bench. He was among seven nominations made Thursday by Obama to the federal courts of New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Alan Rothstein

City Bar Reorganizes Staff, Names New Counsel

By Andrew Keshner |

As Alan Rothstein prepares to retire as the New York City Bar Association's longtime general counsel, the organization has brought in two new attorneys and re-worked some responsibilities for existing staff.

New York University School of Law

U.S. Justice Official to Join NYU Law as Senior Fellow

By Andrew Keshner |

Marshall Miller, principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, is leaving to join New York University School of Law's corporate compliance program.

On the Move

Paul Keller, an intellectual property litigation practitioner, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner; Greenberg Traurig has added John Kaufmann as of counsel in its tax practice; and more.

Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo's Office Makes Two Appointments

By Joel Stashenko |

Sandi Toll has become first assistant counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was an attorney with Jenner & Block in Manhattan for 11 years, and a partner for four years, before joining Cuomo's office as assistant counsel in 2013.

On the Move

Carolina Fornos and Caroline Harcourt have rejoined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Hugh Verrier, a project finance attorney, has been re-elected chairman of White & Case for a third consecutive term; and more.

On the Move

Additions and promotions at Akerman, Davis Polk, Sheppard Mullin, Seyfarth Shaw and more.

Georgia Pestana

Pestana Named 1st Assistant in City Law Department

By Joel Stashenko |

Georgia Pestana's designation as the first assistant corporation counsel in New York City makes her the first woman and the first Latina to hold the No. 2 position at the city's Law Department.

Michèle Penzer

Latham Names Penzer as NY Managing Partner

By Christine Simmons |

Michèle Penzer, the outgoing co-chair of Latham & Watkins' banking practice, has been named managing partner of the firm's 337-attorney New York office, succeeding James Brandt.

On the Move

Announcements of promotions and additions from Hunton & Williams, Shearman & Sterling, Latham & Watkins, Jackson Lewis, Kaye Scholer and Epstein Becker & Green.

Alvin Bragg

AG Personnel Designated to Probe Police Killings

By Joel Stashenko |

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has designated Alvin Bragg Jr., his executive deputy for social justice, to supervise attorneys who will investigate and prosecute police killings of unarmed civilians.

JPMorgan Taps Friedman as General Counsel in 2016

By Sue Reisinger |

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has chosen Stacey Friedman, a former litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell, to succeed Stephen Cutler as head of its nearly 1,200-lawyer team.

Penelope Andrews

Former Albany Law Dean Returning to South Africa

By Andrew Denney |

Penelope Andrews, who was Albany Law School's first female president until stepping down July 1, has taken a new job as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town in her native South Africa.

On the Move

Six law firms, along with JAMS, have announced new additions, while Debevoise & Plimpton has announced a promotion.

Peter Skelos

Skelos Announces Departure From Appellate Bench

By Andrew Keshner |

Peter Skelos, a justice in the Appellate Division, Second Department for 11 years, is retiring from the bench to join private practice.

Kathleen Massey

Dechert Taps Massey to Lead NY Office

By Christine Simmons |

Thomas Munno, who has served as Dechert's New York managing partner for the past 21 years, retired from the partnership Tuesday. The firm has appointed Kathleen Massey to succeed him in overseeing Dechert's largest office, which has more than 200 lawyers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New Surrogate Takes Bench in Westchester County

By Andrew Keshner |

A new surrogate has taken the bench in Westchester County. Surrogate Brandon Sall was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the state Senate last month.

Evan Goldberg getting sworn in as president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

Goldberg to Head Trial Lawyers Association

By Andrew Denney |

On July 1, Evan Goldberg, a partner at the personal injury firm Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, will begin a term as president of the more than 4,000-member New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Alan Levine

Cooley Partner Levine to Take Helm of JTS Board

By Andrew Denney |

Alan Levine, a senior litigation partner in Cooley's New York office, on July 1 will become the chair of the board of trustees for The Jewish Theological Seminary, the flagship institution for Conservative Judaism.

Richard Zabel

Top Federal Prosecutor to Become Hedge Fund GC

By Mark Hamblett |

Richard Zabel, deputy to Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, is leaving the office to return to private practice.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Robert E. Rice, a veteran regulatory enforcement lawyer and former federal prosecutor who most recently served as chief counsel to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, has joined Ropes & Gray.

On the Move

Announcements from Drinker Biddle, DLA Piper, Akin Gump, Arent Fox and Cadwalader.

Judge Berry

Berry Retires After Three Decades as Judge

By Joel Stashenko |

Jeffrey Berry has retired after a 31-year judicial career, during which he served as a judge of the Newburgh city and Orange County courts and as an acting state Supreme Court justice.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Chad Silverman, a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is returning to Skadden Arps, and Otterbourg P.C. has named Melanie Cyganowski chair of its restructuring and bankruptcy department.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Appoints Aide to New Risk Officer Post

By Joel Stashenko |

Linda Lacewell, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides since his days as attorney general, has been appointed to the new post of state chief risk officer.

Andrew Klein

Clerk of State High Court Announces His Retirement

By Joel Stashenko |

Andrew Klein, clerk of the state Court of Appeals since November 2010, said he will retire this summer.

Barry Bohrer

Court Reform Groups Choose Schulte Partner as New Chair

By Joel Stashenko |

Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Barry Bohrer has been elected the new board chairman of the Fund for Modern Courts and the Committee for Modern Courts, closely affiliated Manhattan-based groups that advocate for diversity of the judiciary, increased merit selection for judges, and other court-related reforms.

Mayor Appoints Two to City Family Court

By Andrew Denney |

The appointments of David Kaplan, who was supervising judge of the New York City Housing Court, and Emily Ruben, who was attorney-in-charge of the Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, brings the number of Family Court judges appointed this year to eight and leaving one vacancy.

On the Move

Three firms announce new additions, while another three announce promotions.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

Goldman Attorney Named SEC Chief of Staff by White

By Jenna Greene |

Andrew "Buddy" Donohue, a top lawyer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., will serve as the SEC's next chief of staff, replacing Lona Nallengara. Donohue, an SEC veteran, headed the Division of Investment Management from May 2006 to November 2010, helping to develop regulations governing the $39 trillion asset management industry.

On the Move

Four firms announce new additions, while Mintz Levin has promoted an attorney to member of the firm.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Names Former Aide To Port Authority Board

By Joel Stashenko |

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated Steven Cohen, his former top aide as both attorney general and governor, as a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky

Lawsky to Step Down as NY Financial Regulator

By Associated Press |

Benjamin Lawsky, the state's top financial regulator who collected billions of dollars in penalties and fees from Wall Street giants, announced Wednesday that he will step down.

Richards Kibbe Managing Partner Jumps to Patterson Belknap

By Jennifer Henderson |

Craig Newman, former co-managing partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe, has made the move to fellow New York-based firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Newman will serve as a partner in Patterson Belknap's litigation department and will lead its privacy and data security practice.

On the Move

Jonathan A. Willens and Edward Scarvalone, former Southern District assistant U.S. attorneys have opened Willens & Scarvalone, a litigation boutique, and other announcements.

Randall Jackson

Boies Schiller Hires Third Prosecutor of 'Madoff Five'

By Mark Hamblett |

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Jackson, who helped prosecute five employees of Bernard Madoff for their role in his record-breaking Ponzi scheme, is leaving the Southern District to become a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

On the Move

Announcements from Troutman Sanders, King & Spalding, Vedder Price, Kaye Scholer, Venable and Farrell Fritz.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Helene D. Jaffe and Alan R. Kusinitz have joined Brown Rudnick, where Jaffe will head the firm's new antitrust practice.

Daniel Master Jr., right, is sworn in as Acting District Attorney of Staten Island by Richmond County First Deputy Clerk Mario DiRe.

Masters Assumes DA Post in Staten Island

By Andrew Keshner |

Daniel Master Jr. was sworn in Tuesday afternoon as Acting Staten Island District Attorney, stepping in for the borough's outgoing top prosecutor, Daniel Donovan Jr., who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Richard Levin

Levin Leaves Cravath for Jenner Block

By Andrew Denney |

Prominent bankruptcy attorney Richard Levin, a primary author of the 1978 U.S. Bankruptcy Code, is leaving Cravath, Swaine & Moore after nearly eight years. Levin, 64, said he is leaving Cravath because of its mandatory retirement age of 65.

Appellate Division, Third Department, courthouse in Albany

State Lawmakers Affirm Court of Claims Judges

By Joel Stashenko |

The state Senate confirmed the nominations of three judges to new terms on the Court of Claims Tuesday and 11 other men and women to seats on the court for the first time.

Gov. Cuomo

Members of JCOPE Study Panel Are Announced

By Joel Stashenko |

The attorneys and officials who will review the performance of the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics have been announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders.

Southern District Prosecutor to Become Partner at Wilmer

By Mark Hamblett |

Veteran prosecutor Sharon Levin, a longtime leader in the area of federal forfeiture law, is leaving the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office for a partnership at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Administers Oath to Appointed Judges

By Ben Bedell |

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio swore in 28 judges Monday who were recently appointed to the Family Court, Criminal Court and Civil Court.

On the Move

Three firms have added new partners, while two announce promotions.

On the Move

Four firms announce new additions, while general counsel have been hired at real estate private equity and asset management firm Savanna and Turing Pharmaceuticals AG.

On the Move

Announcements from Reed Smith, White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton, Nixon Peabody, Winston & Strawn, Sidley Austin and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office.

Mayer Brown Recruits Arbitration Veteran

By Nell Gluckman |

B. Ted Howes has left his role as head of McDermott Will & Emery's international arbitration practice to take a position at Mayer Brown.

Jeffrey Friedlander

Friedlander to Retire as 2nd in NYC Law Department

By Jeff Storey |

Jeffrey Friedlander, the longest-serving second-in-command in the history of the New York City Law Department, is leaving the office.

On the Move

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, O'Melveny & Myers, Schiff Hardin and Pavia & Harcourt have each added a new partner.

On the Move

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has added two partners to its intellectual property department.

Justice Singh

Singh Is Appointed to Commercial Division

By Ben Bedell |

Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh was named to the Manhattan Commercial Division bench Tuesday, replacing Acting Supreme Court Justice Melvin Schweitzer, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

David Samson.

Samson, Christie Ally and Ex-Chair of Port Authority, Leaves Firm

By Zack Needles |

Wolff & Samson founding partner David Samson is retiring and partners Armen Shahinian and Jeff Chiesa are stepping in as co-chairmen of the eight-member executive committee, the firm announced April 7.

O'Melveny, Shearman, Covington Bolster M&A Teams

By Brian Baxter |

With deal volume up during the first quarter, O'Melveny & Myers, Shearman & Sterling and Covington & Burling made notable additions Monday to bolster their M&A ranks in New York.

On the Move

Moves involving Akin Gump, Cahill Gordon, Ashurst, Covington & Burling, Kramer Levin and Fitzpatrick Cella.

On the Move

Promotions and additions at Kelley Drye & Warren; Simmons Hanly Conroy; Mayer Brown; Akerman; Nixon Peabody; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein; Duane Morris; and JAMS.

Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Buffalo

New Chief Judge Takes Reins in the Western District

By Joel Stashenko |

Frank Geraci Jr. has become chief judge for the Western District of New York after a little more than two years on the federal bench, succeeding Judge William Skretny, who assumed senior status on March 8.

On the Move

NYSARC Inc., a nonprofit supporting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families, has promoted Kathryn Jerian to general counsel, along with news from law firms.

On the Move

Schiff Hardin, Bond, Schoeneck & King and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher announce additions.

Mats Carlston

Winston Adds 3 Partners, Counsel From Pillsbury

By Christine Simmons |

Winston & Strawn said Monday it has hired three more corporate partners, a counsel and some associates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The hires include leveraged finance partner Mats Carlston, who will serve as Winston's co-chair of its global finance practice.

On the Move

Nine firms, including Blank Rome, Dickstein Shapiro and Paul Hastings, announce new additions.

Rajesh De

Departing GC Used Humor to Make People 'Less Afraid' of NSA

By Brian Baxter |

After nearly three years as general counsel for the National Security Agency, Rajesh "Raj" De is returning to Mayer Brown to lead the firm's global privacy and security practice.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson

Bronx DA's Office Brings on Four New Assistants

By Andrew Denney |

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson's office has hired four new assistant district attorneys who recently completed a one-week training and have started working for various divisions within the office.

Michael Rozen

Cuomo Announces Two JCOPE Board Appointees

By Joel Stashenko |

Michael Rozen, a partner at Feinberg Rozen, has been appointed and Michael Romeo has been reappointed to the board of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Court of Claims Reappointments

Fifteen state Court of Claims judges, all reappointments to the court by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, were confirmed Tuesday. Most of the judges are assigned primarily to the Supreme Court bench, while some hold supervisory positions in the judiciary.

Anjan Sahni

Wilmer Adds U.S. Securities Fraud Chief as Partner

By Christine Simmons |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has hired as a partner Anjan Sahni, the chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District.

The SUNY System Administration Building in Albany and Joseph Porter

General Counsel at Excelsior College Moves to SUNY

By Joel Stashenko |

Joseph Porter has been appointed by State University of New York trustees as the college system's vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel. His appointment is effective in June.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW. December 8, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Winston & Strawn Lures 10 Partners From Pillsbury

By Brian Baxter |

Less than a week after Winston & Strawn hired Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's structured products practice head, Jeffrey Stern, it is poised to pick up another 10 corporate, finance and private equity partners from the same firm.

Ronald Richter

Judge Leaving Bench to Lead Family Services Agency

By Christine Simmons |

Ronald Richter, a Queens family court judge who previously led New York City's Administration for Children's Services, will step down from the bench in May to become CEO of Jewish Child Care Association.

On the Move

Additions and promotions at Venable, Goldberg Segalla and Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria.

Sarah Coyne

U.S. Prosecutor Joins Firm's White Collar Practice

By Andrew Keshner |

Sarah Coyne, chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as counsel in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.

On the Move

Fox Rothschild and Withers Bergman announce new additions.

On the Move

Nixon Peabody and Thompson & Knight announce promotions, while five other firms announce new additions.

On the Move

Sheppard Mullin, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Paul Hastings, Baker & McKenzie, and Anderson Kill announce promotions, among other news.

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions.

On the Move

Pryor Cashman has elected litigation partner David Rose to a three-year term on its executive committee, Michael Spencer and Brian Kerr have opened Spencer Kerr, along with other announcements.

On the Move

Goldberg Segalla announces several promotions, while Stroock, Reed Smith, Latham & Watkins, Cozen O'Connor and Debevoise have new additions.

On the Move

Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart has appointed new officers, and Cullen and Dykman has added two banking attorneys.

On the Move

Six firms announce promotions and three announce additions, along with news of the founding of Schaeffer Venaglia Handler & Fitzsimmons and a new president at LeGaL, The LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York.

On the Move

Matthew Biben, former general counsel of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, has joined Debevoise & Plimpton; class action boutique Sanford Heisler is now named Sanford Heisler Kimpel to include partner Kate Kimpel; and more announcements.

James Garrity Jr., Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Attorney Is Returning to Bankruptcy Bench

By Christine Simmons |

James Garrity Jr., co-head of Morgan Lewis & Bockius' bankruptcy and restructuring practice, has been reappointed as a bankruptcy judge for the Southern District.

Anthony Scarpino

Westchester Surrogate Joins Firm as T&E Partner

By Rebecca Baker |

After 14 years as Westchester County Surrogate, Anthony Scarpino has left the bench to lead an estates and trusts practice at DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise and Wiederkehr in White Plains.

Andrew Silfen

Arent Fox Picks Bankruptcy Chief to Lead NY Office

By Christine Simmons |

Arent Fox has named Andrew Silfen as managing partner of the 76-attorney New York office. He will continue to lead the bankruptcy and financial restructuring group and serve as an executive committee member.

On the Move

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hired Richard Tarlowe, former head of the complex frauds and cybercrime unit of the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office, as counsel in its litigation department, among other moves and promotions.