Career Announcements

Peter Skelos

Skelos Announces Departure From Appellate Bench

By Andrew Keshner |

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

Kathleen Massey

Dechert Taps Massey to Lead NY Office

By Christine Simmons |

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New Surrogate Takes Bench in Westchester County

By Andrew Keshner |

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

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

Goldberg to Head Trial Lawyers Association

By Andrew Denney |

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

Alan Levine

Cooley Partner Levine to Take Helm of JTS Board

By Andrew Denney |

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

Richard Zabel

Top Federal Prosecutor to Become Hedge Fund GC

By Mark Hamblett |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

Judge Berry

Berry Retires After Three Decades as Judge

By Joel Stashenko |

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

On the Move

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Appoints Aide to New Risk Officer Post

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Andrew Klein

Clerk of State High Court Announces His Retirement

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Barry Bohrer

Court Reform Groups Choose Schulte Partner as New Chair

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Mayor Appoints Two to City Family Court

By Andrew Denney |

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

On the Move

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

Goldman Attorney Named SEC Chief of Staff by White

By Jenna Greene |

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

On the Move

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Names Former Aide To Port Authority Board

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky

Lawsky to Step Down as NY Financial Regulator

By Associated Press |

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

Richards Kibbe Managing Partner Jumps to Patterson Belknap

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

On the Move

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

Randall Jackson

Boies Schiller Hires Third Prosecutor of 'Madoff Five'

By Mark Hamblett |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

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

Masters Assumes DA Post in Staten Island

By Andrew Keshner |

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

Richard Levin

Levin Leaves Cravath for Jenner Block

By Andrew Denney |

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

Appellate Division, Third Department, courthouse in Albany

State Lawmakers Affirm Court of Claims Judges

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Gov. Cuomo

Members of JCOPE Study Panel Are Announced

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Southern District Prosecutor to Become Partner at Wilmer

By Mark Hamblett |

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Administers Oath to Appointed Judges

By Ben Bedell |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

Mayer Brown Recruits Arbitration Veteran

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Jeffrey Friedlander

Friedlander to Retire as 2nd in NYC Law Department

By Jeff Storey |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

Justice Singh

Singh Is Appointed to Commercial Division

By Ben Bedell |

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

David Samson.

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

By Zack Needles |

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

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Buffalo

New Chief Judge Takes Reins in the Western District

By Joel Stashenko |

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

Mats Carlston

Winston Adds 3 Partners, Counsel From Pillsbury

By Christine Simmons |

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

On the Move

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

Rajesh De

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson

Bronx DA's Office Brings on Four New Assistants

By Andrew Denney |

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

Michael Rozen

Cuomo Announces Two JCOPE Board Appointees

By Joel Stashenko |

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

Court of Claims Reappointments

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

Anjan Sahni

Wilmer Adds U.S. Securities Fraud Chief as Partner

By Christine Simmons |

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

The SUNY System Administration Building in Albany and Joseph Porter

General Counsel at Excelsior College Moves to SUNY

By Joel Stashenko |

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

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

Winston & Strawn Lures 10 Partners From Pillsbury

By Brian Baxter |

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

Ronald Richter

Judge Leaving Bench to Lead Family Services Agency

By Christine Simmons |

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

On the Move

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

Sarah Coyne

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

By Andrew Keshner |

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

On the Move

Fox Rothschild and Withers Bergman announce new additions.

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

Seven firms announce new additions.

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

On the Move

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

James Garrity Jr., Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Attorney Is Returning to Bankruptcy Bench

By Christine Simmons |

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

Anthony Scarpino

Westchester Surrogate Joins Firm as T&E Partner

By Rebecca Baker |

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

Andrew Silfen

Arent Fox Picks Bankruptcy Chief to Lead NY Office

By Christine Simmons |

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

On the Move

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

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.