Career Announcements

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.

Justice Ostrager

Ostrager Is Named to Commercial Division

By Ben Bedell |

Acting Justice Barry Ostrager has been designated to sit in Manhattan's Commercial Division, where many high-stakes corporate cases are litigated.

Alan Vinegrad

Vinegrad Hired as Attorney for Suffolk County DA

By Andrew Keshner/Associated Press |

Alan Vinegrad, a high-profile white-collar defense attorney and former Eastern District U.S. Attorney, has been retained to represent Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

John Gleeson

Former Eastern District Judge Joins Debevoise

By Andrew Keshner |

John Gleeson has joined Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner in the firm's litigation department after stepping down from the Eastern District bench earlier this week.

Alan Waldenberg.

10-Lawyer Team Jumps From Bracewell to Schulte

Bracewell, a Houston-based firm that rebranded itself in January following the departure of former name partner Rudolph Giuliani to Greenberg Traurig, has lost another key group to Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Edward Kehoe

New Managing Partner Named at King & Spalding

By Christine Simmons |

King & Spalding has named Edward Kehoe as the new managing partner of its 116-attorney New York office. He succeeds Robert Perry, who held the role for eight years and who will continue in the intellectual property practice.

On the Move

Nixon Peabody, Foley & Lardner and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe have announced new partners, while four other firms have added attorneys.

Gilbert Taylor

DeBlasio Appoints Four to Family, Civil Courts

By Andrew Denney |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen the former head of the New York City's Department of Homeless Services and three other nominees to serve on the bench in the city's Civil and Family courts.

On the Move

Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas and Ropes & Gray have each added a partner.

Daniel Silver

Eastern District Prosecutor Joins Clifford Chance

By Christine Simmons |

Daniel Silver, the federal prosecutor who led an investigation and prosecution of HSBC for money laundering and sanctions violations, joined Clifford Chance as a partner Tuesday.

Latham Adds Top Litigators to Partnership Ranks

By Christine Simmons |

Latham & Watkins is bringing in as litigation partners Serrin Turner, the Southern District assistant U.S. attorney who secured the conviction of the founder of black market website Silk Road, and Douglas Yatter, a chief trial attorney at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Gilbert Taylor

Ex-Homelessness Official Nominated for Family Court

By Joel Stashenko |

Gilbert Taylor, the one-time commissioner of homeless services for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is in line for a mayoral appointment to the Family Court.

On the Move

Pete Thurlow has joined Polsinelli as shareholder and patent prosecution attorney, and Cliff Weber has joined PCSB Bank as senior vice president, general counsel, and chief risk officer.

Kelly Currie

Currie Returns to Crowell After Stint as Prosecutor

By Andrew Keshner |

The top deputy in the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office is returning to private practice where he will handle a range of matters including white-collar defense work.

Merri Moken and Maria Palmese

Two Kenyon Partners Depart for Other Firms

By Christine Simmons |

Merri Moken and Maria Palmese have left to join Holland & Knight and Wuersch & Gering.

On the Move

John Kornfeld, formerly a partner at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, has joined with Robert Moses and Andrea Ziegelman to practice together as Moses Ziegelman & Kornfeld, among other announcement's.

On the Move

The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made a number of legal appointments and the American Kennel Club has appointed Jay Waks as its senior executive vice president and general counsel, along with other announcements.

The courthouses of the four divisions of New York's Appellate Division

Cuomo Fills 10 Vacancies on Appellate Division

By Andrew Keshner |

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 10 judicial appointments Thursday for seats in the state's four intermediate appellate courts.

On the Move

Six firms have added new attorneys, while DLA Piper and Sheppard Mullin announce promotions.

Judge Whelan

Judges Named to Supervise Two Suffolk County Courts

By Andrew Keshner |

Family Court Judge Theresa Whelan and District Court Judge Karen Kerr have been selected to oversee Suffolk County's Family Court and its District Court.

Southern District Seeks to Fill Magistrate Judge Post

With the impending retirement of Magistrate Judge Frank Maas, the Southern District of New York is accepting applications for a full-time magistrate judge.

On the Move

Dechert, Cadwalader, Phillips Nizer and Hughes Hubbard & Reed each announce a new addition.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Quinn Emanuel has added as a partner Chad Johnson, most recently chief of investor protection in the New York Attorney General's Office, and Simpson Thacher has appointed partner Jonathan Youngwood as co-head of its litigation practice.

Randal Jeffrey and Sara Meyers

Legal Services Organization Announces Reorganization

By Andrew Denney |

The New York Legal Assistance Group, a growing nonprofit that provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers, has created two new executive positions and reorganized its general legal services unit.

Robin Cohen

Insurance Team Departs Kasowitz for McKool Smith

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

McKool Smith, a 175-lawyer firm, is bringing on a team of lawyers from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman led by insurance recovery leader Robin Cohen.

Justice Diamond

Nassau Court Taps Judge to Supervise Guardianships

By Andrew Keshner |

Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond said one of his goals was to ensure more uniformity across the guardianship parts. For example, Diamond said he would be phasing in a standardized form on requests for expenditures.

Judge Hunt

Mayor Reappoints Family Court Judge

Queens Family Court Judge John Hunt has been appointed to a third 10-year term, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

On the Move

Four firms have added attorneys, while three firms and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office announce promotions.

On the Move

Shearman & Sterling, Willkie Farr, King & Spalding and Simpson Thacher are among the firms announcing new hires and promotions.

Michael McMahon

Staten Island DA's Office Adds Special Counsel

By Andrew Keshner |

Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon is bringing in a police officer-turned-prosecutor to advise his office.

On the Move

Five firms announce promotions, and six firms have added new partners.

Lourdes Rosado

AG's Office Names New Civil Rights Bureau Chief

By Joel Stashenko |

Lourdes Rosado, longtime attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, has been named new chief of the civil rights bureau for the New York Attorney General's Office.

On the Move

Quinn Emanuel, Robins Kaplan and Greenberg Traurig announce new hires, while Morrison & Foerster has elected three to partner.

On the Move

Seven firms announce promotions while Thompson Hine and Romer Debbas have each added an attorney.

Maria Vullo

Vullo Nominated to Lead Financial Services Dept.

By Joel Stashenko |

Maria Vullo, a veteran litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Manhattan, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services.

Two Paul Weiss Partners Leave for Boutique

Beth Wilkinson, a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has left the firm to launch a litigation boutique with partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.

On the Move

Six firms, including Boies Schiller and Morrison Cohen, announce newly elected partners.

Former Presiding Justice Gonzalez Joins NAM

By Ben Bedell |

Luis Gonzalez, who was a judge for 30 years and presided over the Appellate Division, First Department, for six years before retiring in December, is now on the New York City-based panel of hearing officers, which includes four former Appellate Division justices.

Giuliani to Join Greenberg Traurig as Senior Adviser

Greenberg Traurig announced Tuesday that former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and ex-prosecutor Marc Mukasey are leaving Bracewell & Giuliani to join the firm. Giuliani will chair the cybersecurity and crisis management practice and serve as a senior adviser to executive chairman Richard Rosenbaum. Mukasey will co-chair the firm's white-collar defense practice.

On the Move

Latham & Watkins has added Louis Trotta, formerly of Goldman Sachs, as counsel; Milbank Tweed has elected four to the firm's partnership; Craig Levine has joined The Bronx Defenders as managing director of the Civil Action Practice and External Affairs; and more.

On the Move

Harris Beach has opened a second office, Albany Law School has a new associate dean for strategic initiatives and information systems, and several firms and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's office announce promotions.

Four Attorneys From Kenyon Leave to Join Orrick

By Christine Simmons |

After a spate of partner exits at Kenyon & Kenyon last year, four attorneys from the intellectual property boutique have joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Darcel Clark

Bronx DA Builds Staff With Two Appointments

By Andrew Keshner |

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is bringing in a former judicial colleague and a former clerk to hold key positions on her staff.

Justice Whalen

Whalen to Preside Over Fourth Department

By Jeff Storey |

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Justice Gerald Whalen as presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, replacing Justice Henry Scudder, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Janet DiFiore

Confirmation Hearing Set for DiFiore as Chief Judge

By Joel Stashenko |

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Jan. 20 in Albany to consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nomination of Janet DiFiore, the Westchester County district attorney, as the state's next chief judge.

Dickstein Shapiro's Washington, D.C. offices at 1825 I Street, NW.

Dickstein Team to Open NYC Office for LA-Based Boutique

Litigation partner Jeffrey Mitchell and two counsels, Judith Cohen and Erin Burns, have left Dickstein Shapiro to open a New York office for Browne George Ross, the firm said Tuesday. The departures follow a year in which the 150-lawyer firm failed to close a merger deal with Bryan Cave in December and saw a steady loss of partners.

The Eastern District Courthouse in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

Gleeson to Leave Eastern District Bench

By Andrew Keshner |

In an email sent Monday to fellow judges and others, Judge John Gleeson wrote, "as difficult as it is to leave the work I love and the colleagues I love, this is the right decision for me and my family."

New Judges Headed to NYC Criminal, Family Courts

By Andrew Denney |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed 25 judges to the city's Criminal and Family Courts. He also appointed an interim judge to the city's Civil Court who will sit in Family Court.