Career Announcements

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.

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions, the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office has appointed Taryn Merkl as acting deputy chief of its criminal division, and attorneys Jennifer Keough, Neil Zola and David Isaac have formed JND Legal Administration to administer large-scale class actions, bankruptcy and mass tort cases.

Judicial Conduct Board Names Top Two Officers

By Joel Stashenko |

Manhattan attorney Joseph Belluck has been elected as the new chairman of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates allegations of misconduct against state and local judges in New York and recommends sanctions up to removal from office.

David Loftis

Legal Aid Establishes Post-Conviction Position

By Andrew Denney |

David Loftis has been named attorney-in-charge of post-conviction and forensic litigation for the Legal Aid Society after spending a decade as managing attorney for the Innocence Project.

On the Move

New hires and promotions from six firms.

Maria Vullo

Two Appointments Made to Financial Services Dept.

By Joel Stashenko |

Department of Financial Services Acting Superintendent Maria Vullo announced Thursday she has designated Scott Fischer as executive deputy superintendent for insurance at the agency and Laura Evangelista as deputy superintendent of insurance to fill the slot Fischer is vacating.

Rodney Villazor, left, and Patrick Smith of Smith Villazor.

Former Prosecutors Leave DLA Piper for Own Firm

Former federal prosecutors Patrick Smith and Rodney Villazor are setting up their own litigation boutique in New York focused on white-collar defense and regulatory enforcement matters.

Eric Blinderman

Proskauer Senior Counsel Joins UK Litigation Funder

Eric Blinderman, a senior international litigation counsel at Proskauer Rose, has been named CEO of Therium Inc., a new U.S. offshoot of U.K. litigation funder Therium Capital Management Ltd.

On the Move

Four firms announce new additions, while Littler Mendelson announces new co-chairs of the firm's financial services industry group and Skadden names six new partners.

Craig Boise

Syracuse Appoints New Law School Dean

By Andrew Denney |

Craig Boise, a one-time New York attorney who has spent the last five years as dean of a law school in Cleveland, Ohio, has been named as the new dean of the Syracuse University School of Law.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Former Nassau Prosecutor Will Head John Jay Institute

By Andrew Keshner |

The recently formed Institute for Innovation in Prosecution has tapped Meg Reiss, a former top-ranking Nassau County prosecutor, as its executive director.

Richard Emery

Emery Steps Down as Chair of Police Oversight Board

By Andrew Keshner |

High-profile civil rights attorney Richard Emery said in a statement that "the issues of inhibitions on my law practice, several of my recent public statements and recent litigation have created daily distractions from the success of the CCRB."

On the Move

Six firms announce new additions, including Loeb & Loeb, where Philippe Manteau will serve as chair of the Western Europe corporate practice.

Quinn Emanuel Partner to Take Post in AG's Office

By Joel Stashenko |

Manisha Sheth will become the new executive deputy attorney general for economic justice in the state Attorney General's Office, overseeing the bureaus of investor protection, antitrust, the internet and technology, consumer fraud and real estate finance.

Ellen Yaroshefsky

Yaroshefsky Leaves Cardozo for Hofstra Ethics Institute

By Andrew Denney |

Ellen Yaroshefsky, a longtime professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is leaving the school to lead the legal ethics program at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown

Veteran Queens Prosecutor to Lead Major Crimes Unit

By Andrew Keshner |

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has selected Daniel Saunders, a longtime prosecutor in his office, to serve as the executive assistant district attorney for the Major Crimes Division.

Scott Barshay

Top Cravath Deal Lawyer Scott Barshay Jumps to Paul Weiss

The move by Barshay, who advised on nearly $300 billion in M&A transactions last year, could have a big impact for both firms.

Former US Prosecutor Joins Wachtell Lipton

By Christine Simmons |

Marshall Miller, a top U.S. Department of Justice official before stepping down last year, joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as of counsel on Monday. The hiring is not common for Wachtell, which infrequently hires lateral counsel.

AG's Antitrust Chief Leaving for Gibson Dunn

By Joel Stashenko |

Eric Stock, chief of the antitrust bureau in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, is leaving to become a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

On the Move

Seven firms, including Baker & Hostetler, White & Case and Proskauer Rose, announce new additions.

James McGovern

Eastern District Prosecutor Joins Hogan Lovells

By Andrew Keshner |

James McGovern, who has led the criminal division of the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office since 2014, will become a partner in the firm's white collar and fraud practice.

On the Move

New hires at K&L Gates, White and Case, Norton Rose Fulbright, and more.

New York State Capitol in Albany

Former Cuomo Counsel to Head Ethics Commission

By Joel Stashenko |

The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics has named Seth Agata, former acting counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as its new executive director.

On the Move

Five Dickstein Shapiro partners have moved to Blank Rome, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Thompson & Knight have each announced a promotion.

CT Firm Opens NYC Office With Two From LeClairRyan

By Rebecca Baker/Connecticut Law Tribune |

Hartford-based Shipman & Goodwin has launched a New York City office that will be led by two veteran lawyers from LeClairRyan.

On the Move

Andrews Kurth has added John Flanagan as a partner in its business transactions/real estate practice and Mark Mandel as a partner in its white-collar crime practice.

Sidley, Holland Boost IP Practice With New Hires

By Christine Simmons |

Sidley Austin has hired a trio of IP partners from Ropes & Gray and Holland & Knight has added partners from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and now-defunct Dickstein Shapiro.

Michael Cahill co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden.

Brooklyn Law Prof to Lead Rutgers' Camden Campus

Rutgers School of Law has announced its selection of a co-dean for the reunified school's Camden campus: Michael Cahill, a professor and administrator at Brooklyn Law School. He will join Ronald Chen, who is co-dean in residence at the Newark campus of New Jersey's only public law school.

On the Move

Kramer Levin, Debevoise, Kirkland & Ellis, White and Case and Mintz Levin have each added an attorney.

Former Weil Gotshal Partner to Direct NYSE Regulation

The New York Stock Exchange announced this week the hiring of Anthony Albanese, the former acting superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, to be its new chief regulatory officer.

On the Move

Fried Frank appointed Steven Scheinfeld as global chair of the corporate department, among other announcements.

The entrance to the Rikers Island Correctional Department facility

Members of Rikers Island Review Panel Selected

By Joel Stashenko |

Former chief judge Jonathan Lippman announced Thursday the members of a commission he is chairing to study the Rikers Island jail complex and whether alternative facilities are practical.

Darcel Clark

Bronx DA Announces Top-Level Hires in Office

By Andrew Keshner |

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark announced several senior-level hires Thursday, bringing in attorneys from outside agencies and prosecution offices. The hires include chiefs of the newly-formed Public Integrity and Rikers Island Prosecution bureaus.

4 From Cadwalader Join Greenberg's Litigation Team

By Christine Simmons |

Continuing its hiring streak, Greenberg Traurig has brought in four partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, including Louis Solomon, who was co-chair of the litigation department.

Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Buffalo

Sweet Nominated for Seat in Western District

By Joel Stashenko |

President Barack Obama has nominated Kathleen Marie Sweet, a medical malpractice specialist at a Buffalo law firm, for a judgeship in the Western District of New York.

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

Character and Fitness Panel to Interview Applicants

Approximately 240 applicants for the bar will be interviewed on Tuesday, March 22 by the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department.

On the Move

Announcements from Epstein Becker Green, Greenberg Traurig, Kaye Scholer, Fried Frank, and more.

On the Move

Nixon Peabody, McKool Smith, K&L Gates and Bracewell have added new attorneys, while other firms announce promotions.