Career Announcements

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Fredric Green addressing recruits at the Westchester County Police Academy

New Chief of Special Unit in Westchester DA Office

By Christine Simmons |

Fredric Green, the longtime chief of the sex crimes bureau at the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, has been appointed chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and a second deputy district attorney.

James T. Foley Courthouse, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Magistrate Judge Sought for Northern District Seat

By Joel Stashenko |

The Northern District of New York is taking applications until March 20 for a full-time magistrate judge to replace Randolph Treece, who has announced he is stepping down in September.

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.