Career Announcements

Leon Lazer

Lazer Steps Down as Chair of Jury Instruction Panel

By Joel Stashenko |

Former Supreme Court Justice Leon Lazer has stepped down as the long-time chairman of the committee responsible for producing and updating the Pattern Jury Instructions for civil cases in New York.

On the Move

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler has promoted two to partner and three to counsel, and Dilworth Paxson has added Robert Frucht as of counsel.

U.S. Attorneys Richard Hartunian of the Northern District of New York and John Walsh of the District of Colorado

Two Named to Lead USAG Advisory Committee

By Joel Stashenko |

Northern District of New York U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian has been appointed as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys by Attorney General Eric Holder. John Walsh, U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado, has been selected as chairman.

On the Move

Eight firms announce promotions, while Fried Frank and Troutman Sanders have added attorneys.

Four Kasowitz Partners Join DLA Piper

By Christine Simmons |

DLA Piper has hired four New York partners from Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, including the chair of its employment and litigation practices, Eric Wallach.

Alicia Ouellette

Ouellette Named Dean of Albany Law School

By Rebecca Baker |

Alicia Ouellette, who has been acting dean of Albany Law School for the past three months, officially became the school's dean on Thursday.

On the Move

Ten firms announce promotions, while four more have added attorneys.

Barry Kamins

Kamins to Join Litigation Boutique as Named Partner

By Rebecca Baker |

Barry Kamins, a former state Supreme Court justice whose meteoric rise into the upper tier of the court administration ended in the midst of a judicial ethics investigation, will join a criminal defense firm that will become Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.

Morgan Lewis Shuffles Leadership in NY Office

By Christine Simmons |

After absorbing some partners from Bingham McCutchen, Morgan Lewis & Bockius has reshuffled its New York leadership while the former head of Bingham's Manhattan office has left the firm.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board handles complaints about alleged excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of police authority, discourtesy and offensive language.

Brooklyn Prosecutor Named Head of Police Review Board

By Andrew Keshner |

Mina Quinto Malik, special counsel at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, was announced as the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board's new executive director Thursday.

On the Move

Promotions and new additions at Sidley Austin, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Mishcon de Reya, O'Melveny & Myers, Alston & Bird and Reed Smith.

Alphonso David

David Is Appointed Governor's Counsel

By Joel Stashenko |

Alphonso David will become counsel to the governor beginning April 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced.

Judge Arcara

Arcara Takes Senior Status in the Western District

By Joel Stashenko |

Western District Judge Richard Arcara, a nominee of former President Ronald Reagan who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 19, 1988, has taken senior status, creating a vacancy for a permanent judge.

James Carr

Kelley Drye Selects New Chair of Firm

By Christine Simmons |

James Carr, who has been head of Kelley Drye & Warren's 15-attorney bankruptcy and restructuring practice since 2005, has been elected firmwide chair.

On the Move

Promotions and additions at Herrick, Feinstein; Haynes and Boone; Gibson Dunn; Paul Weiss; Shearman & Sterling; Quinn Emanuel; and Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro.

Tammy Robbins

Former Judge to Lead Boutique's Divorce Practice

By Andrew Keshner |

Former Nassau County Court Judge Tammy Robbins has joined Gerstman Schwartz & Malito to lead its divorce law practice and assist with the firm's criminal and civil litigation matters.

Judges Cawley, Lambert and Keene

Supervising Judges Named in Sixth Judicial District

By Joel Stashenko |

Three new supervising judges have been appointed in the state's Sixth Judicial District, court officials announced Wednesday.

Madeline Singas is sworn in Tuesday as Nassau County acting District Attorney, by Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas Adams. Singas' husband, Theo Apostolouby, held the Bible.

Singas Takes Oath to Become Nassau DA

By Andrew Keshner/Associated Press |

Madeline Singas, chief assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, has been sworn in as the county's top prosecutor to finish the term of Kathleen Rice, who was elected to Congress. Singas said that she intends to run for a full term as district attorney in November.

Victoria Graffeo

Graffeo Joins Harris Beach After 14 Years on High Court

By Joel Stashenko |

Victoria Graffeo, a former state Court of Appeals judge, has joined Harris Beach in Albany as a partner, firm officials announced this morning.

On the Move

Four firms have added new partners, while others have added additional attorneys.

Congressman Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Offenses

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion Tuesday, a charge he fought as he won re-election last fall but that leaves his congressional future in question.

On the Move

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has elected as a partner Andrew Smith in litigation. Norton Rose Fulbright has added Andrew Roth, a transactional and regulatory health lawyer, as a partner.

Former BigLaw Partner Charged in NJ with Bilking NY Firms

By David Gialanella |

A former partner at two New York firms was accused by federal prosecutors in New Jersey of forming two litigation-support companies in order to defraud the firms out of more than $5 million.

Celebrating a Century

The New York County Lawyers’ Association marked its 100th annual dinner Wednesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria and honored the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on its 225th anniversary.

SUNY Buffalo Law School and its interim dean, James Gardner

Interim Dean to Take Helm at SUNY Buffalo Law School

By Christine Simmons |

After the University at Buffalo's law school dean announced plans to step down this month, the school named James Gardner, a specialist in election and constitutional law, as its interim dean.

Clockwise from top left: Stephen Penn, Gerard Proefriedt, Neal Schwarzfeld and Sharyn Tritto

Norris McLaughlin Absorbs Partners From Closed Firm

By Christine Simmons |

A seven-attorney Manhattan real estate law firm has shut down, and four of its lawyers are joining 132-attorney firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.

Judge Smith

Smith to Join Friedman Kaplan After Leaving Bench

By Joel Stashenko |

Robert Smith will join Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman as a partner following his retirement as associate justice on the Court of Appeals on Dec. 31. The 60-attorney firm announced Thursday that he will be an active litigation partner as head of Friedman Kaplan's appellate practice.

On the Move

Two Kirkland & Ellis partners have departed, moving to Willkie Farr and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Chadbourne & Parke has added a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay; and other moves.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Proskauer Rose has promoted five attorneys to partner and Epstein Becker Green has added Joshua Stein as a member in its employment, labor, and workforce management practice. He will co-chair the ADA and Public Accommodations Group.

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions, while promotions were announced at Latham & Watkins, McDermott Will & Emery, and Ropes & Gray.

Kelly Currie

Crowell & Moring Partner Named Lynch's No. 2

By Andrew Keshner |

Kelly Currie, a member of Crowell's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group with more than 10 years of prosecutorial experience, has been tapped as the top deputy in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District.

Ariel Belen

Ex-Judge to Help Guide Stop-and-Frisk Remedies

By Mark Hamblett |

Retired Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Ariel Belen has been chosen by Southern District Judge Analisa Torres to help the NYPD enact remedies to unconstitutional practices in New York City's stop-and-frisk litigation.

Norman Goodman

New York County Clerk Retiring After 45 Years

By Tania Karas |

New York County Clerk Norman Goodman is leaving the post he has held since 1969, retiring on Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

Gov. Cuomo

Former City Official Tapped to Lead NY Family Services

By Joel Stashenko |

Robert Velez, the former chief of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, has been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Mylan Denerstein

Former Counsel to Cuomo Now a Gibson Dunn Partner

By Joel Stashenko |

Mylan Denerstein, former counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Manhattan. She will focus on white-collar, legislative and investigation matters at the firm.

Claire Gutekunst

State Bar Announces President-Elect Nominee

By Joel Stashenko |

Manhattan attorney Claire Gutekunst is in line to become the 2016-17 president of the New York State Bar Association.

On the Move

Eight firms announce new additions, while Nancy Hoppock has been named first deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

On the Move

Seven firms added new partners or attorneys.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Banking Attorney to Serve on Jail Oversight Body

By Ben Bedell |

Derrick Cephas, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named to New York City's Board of Correction, one of three new appointees by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the nine-member board, which is empowered by the City Charter to set "minimal standards" for the city's jails.

Skadden Partner Leaves Firm for Kirkland & Ellis

By Susan Beck |

In its latest prominent hire from a rival firm, Kirkland & Ellis has brought on corporate finance partner Richard Aftanas from Skadden Arps. Meanwhile, Simpson Thacher, which lost two top partners to Kirkland over the past year, lured back IPO specialist Joshua Bonnie.

Justine Luongo

Legal Aid Appoints Criminal Practice Head

By Christine Simmons |

The Legal Aid Society has named Justine Luongo as attorney-in-charge of its Criminal Practice, overseeing 1,100 staff members representing more than 230,000 indigent New Yorkers a year.

Judge Jackson

City Criminal Court Gets New Administrative Judge

By Andrew Keshner |

Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson has been named administrative judge of New York City Criminal Court. Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alexander Jeong will serve as deputy administrative judge.

On the Move

Kramer Levin, White & Case, Borah Goldstein and Bracewell & Giuliani have each added attorneys, while White & Case has promoted four attorneys to partner.

On the Move

Hodgson Russ has appointed Gary Schober, former firm president and CEO, as managing partner of its New York City office; Kirkland & Ellis and Goodwin Procter announce several promotions; and four other firms have added partners.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

Abraham George, formerly a deputy bureau chief in the Brooklyn D.A.'s Office's Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau, has become general counsel at The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice, and other moves.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

New DA Bureau to Target Violent Crime in Brooklyn

By Andrew Keshner |

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office is fusing its Gang Bureau and Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau to form a Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau.

Denis McInerney

Justice Department Official Rejoins Davis Polk

By Christine Simmons |

Denis J. McInerney, a former top official within the U.S. Justice Department, is returning to Davis Polk & Wardwell as a partner in its litigation and white-collar criminal defense and investigations practices.

Penelope Andrews

Albany Law School Dean Says She Will Step Aside

By Andrew Keshner |

Penelope Andrews, the president and dean of Albany Law School, has announced she will resign at the end of the school year, concluding three years in the role.

Stephen Juris

Morvillo Partner Leaves to Join Fried Frank

By Christine Simmons |

Stephen Juris, a partner of white-collar defense boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, has left to join Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in its commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement practices.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

Thompson Taps Veteran ADA as Chief Assistant

By Andrew Keshner |

District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has chosen longtime Brooklyn prosecutor Eric Gonzalez as his top lieutenant.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

Brooklyn DA's Office Adds 20 New Assistants

In Brooklyn, new district attorneys have traditionally been sworn in each February. This fall's class, sworn in last week, is the first to start under a new hiring schedule set by District Attorney Kenneth Thompson to begin each September, bringing the total number of ADAs to 466.

Deborah Archer and I. Bennett Capers

Two Law School Professors to Join Police Conduct Board

By Rebecca Baker |

Deborah Archer, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at New York Law School, and I. Bennett Capers, a professor at Brooklyn Law School, have been appointed to New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of police misconduct.

Recognition for Lawyers

Among other honors and awards, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has elected John Nonna, co-managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs' New York office, as co-chair of its board.

City Hall

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

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