Career Announcements

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.

Former Dickstein Partner Joins Litigation Boutique

By Christine Simmons |

Eric Fisher, a former bankruptcy partner at Dickstein Shapiro, said Monday he has left to join Binder & Schwartz because a smaller firm platform was consistent with his practice of representing clients adverse to banks and other financial institutions.

Joan Illuzzi

Illuzzi Returns as Counsel to Manhattan DA Office

By Ben Bedell |

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Wednesday he was rehiring Joan Illuzzi as special counsel. Illuzzi, a former senior prosecutor in the office, lost her election bid to be Staten Island's district attorney in November.

On the Move

Robins Kaplan, Orrick Herrington, Pryor Cashman and Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider have added attorneys, while other firms announce promotions.

On the Move

Greenberg Traurig and Reed Smith have added new partners, while Shearman & Sterling, Wilson Sonsini, Dechert and White & Case announce promotions.

Michael McMahon

New Staten Island DA Names Top Assistants

By Andrew Keshner |

As Staten Island District Attorney-elect Michael McMahon assembles his top-level staff, he is bringing in an attorney with years of prosecutorial experience and keeping a long-serving prosecutor in the office.

On the Move

Davis Polk & Wardwell has promoted five attorneys to counsel in its corporate department and two in its litigation department.

On the Move

Latham & Watkins has added Sandeep Savla, formerly of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank; Valerie Mitchell Johnston has been appointed deputy general counsel of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and Loeb & Loeb has elected four to partner, among other announcements.

Susan Kohlmann

Jenner Names First Woman Managing Partner in NY

By Christine Simmons |

Jenner & Block has named Susan Kohlmann as managing partner of the firm's 67-attorney New York office, succeeding Richard Ziegler, who led the office for the past eight years.

On the Move

Sutherland Asbill, Fox Rothschild and Gibson Dunn have each added a partner, and Loeb & Loeb and Baker Botts have announced additions.

Justice Hunter

Bronx Judge to Join United Nations Tribunal

By Andrew Denney |

Justice Alexander Hunter Jr. will retire next year from the Appellate Term, First Department, and the Bronx Supreme Court to take a new judicial position on a United Nations tribunal in which former and current U.N. employees can appeal administrative decisions.

On the Move

BakerHostetler, Katten Muchin and Latham & Watkins have added new partners, while Simpson Thacher announces promotions, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a new deputy general counsel.

Darcel Clark

Clark Names Two to Lead Bronx DA Transition Team

By Andrew Keshner |

Bronx District Attorney-elect Darcel Clark has tapped former Bronx prosecutors Daniel Karson, the current chairman of Kroll, and Taa Grays, chief of staff to MetLife's general counsel, to lead her transition team.

Recognition for Lawyers

Among other honors, Donald Francis Donovan has been elected president of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Children's Rights presented its Champion Award to Alan Myers, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest honored Jennifer Parish at the 2015 Felix A. Fishman Awards Luncheon.

Jonathan Lupkin, left, and Michael Rakower

Rakower Lupkin Splits Into Separate Firms

By Christine Simmons |

The founding partners of Rakower Lupkin, a New York litigation boutique formed in 2012, are going their separate ways.

Justice Lowe

Lowe Is Named to Head Williams Commission

By Andrew Keshner |

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has appointed Presiding Justice Richard Lowe III of the Appellate Term, First Department, as chair of the New York court system's Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, which promotes racial and ethnic fairness in state courts.

On the Move

Ropes & Gray and King & Spalding announce new partners; Herrick Feinstein, Baker & McKenzie and Arnold & Porter announce new hires; and Kevin Bernstein has been elected to chair Bond, Schoeneck & King's management committee, among other news.

On the Move

Four law firms and Exiger, a corporate consulting firm, announce new hires, while other firms announce promotions.

Jason Brown and Janet Sabel

Schneiderman Appoints Two New Top Deputies

By Joel Stashenko |

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will rely on "two first-rate legal minds," Jason Brown and Janet Sabel, to replace a single aide who left the agency in September.

LaShann DeArcy Hall

Litigation Partner Becomes Eastern District Judge

By Andrew Keshner |

LaShann DeArcy Hall, a Morrison & Foerster partner, was confirmed as an Eastern District judge on Monday by the U.S. Senate, filling a position that opened when Judge Nicholas Garaufis took senior status in October 2014.

On the Move

Six firms announce new hires, and Kenyon & Kenyon partner John Kenny has been named an administrative patent judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

On the Move

Announcements from eight firms, including Goodwin Procter's naming of Jeffrey Simes as chair of the firm's litigation department and Cahill Gordon & Reindel's addition of Pierre Gentin, formerly the global head of litigation and regulatory investigations for Credit Suisse, as a partner.

Mark Hannemann, Thomas Makin and Matthew Berkowitz

Three Kenyon Attorneys Join Shearman IP Practice

By Christine Simmons |

Mark Hannemann, Thomas Makin and Matthew Berkowitz joined Shearman & Sterling this week, doubling the number of partners in its intellectual property litigation practice. The three-partner team had spent nearly their entire career at the 100-attorney Kenyon IP boutique, where Hannemann was an executive committee member.

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Assembly Speaker Appoints Two as His Chief Counsel

By Joel Stashenko |

Kathleen O'Keefe and Howard Vargas have been appointed as the two chief counsels to state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a reorganization of the counsel's post that previously had been held by one lawyer.

Ira Lee Sorkin

Sorkin-Founded Boutique Merges With Mintz & Gold

By Christine Simmons |

Prominent white collar defense attorney Ira Lee "Ike" Sorkin and his legal partner, Amit Sondhi, have merged their practice into 30-attorney Mintz & Gold, after a two-month stint operating their own boutique.

Judge Vilardo

Unanimous Senate Vote Fills Federal Judgeship in Buffalo

By Andrew Keshner |

Lawrence Vilardo, a prominent Buffalo attorney, was confirmed as a judge in the Western District of New York Monday with an 88-0 vote by the U.S. Senate.

Ropes & Gray Beefs Up Its New York Operation

Ropes & Gray is continuing to expand in New York City, boasting last week in a press release that two new partner additions have helped to make it one of the 20 largest firms in the nation's biggest legal market.

John Kiernan, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

City Bar Nominates Kiernan as Its Next President

By Andrew Denney |

The New York City Bar Association has nominated John S. Kiernan, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, as the next president of the city bar. If elected at the city bar's annual meeting on May 17, 2016, Kiernan would succeed Debra Raskin.

Kristen Clarke.

AG Civil Rights Unit Chief to Head Lawyers' Committee

Kristen Clarke, a civil rights lawyer for the New York Attorney General's Office, will become the new president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the organization said Thursday.

Judge Donnelly

Senate Backs State Judge for U.S. Eastern District

By Andrew Keshner |

The U.S. Senate confirmed Ann Donnelly, now a state Court of Claims judge and acting Manhattan Supreme Court justice, to sit on the Eastern District bench. The vote was 95-2.

On the Move

Seven firms have added attorneys, while Kirkland & Ellis has announced promotions.

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

Character and Fitness Panel to Interview Applicants

Approximately 120 applicants for the bar will be interviewed Oct. 20 by the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department.

On the Move

Nine firms announce new additions, including Morvillo Abramowitz, Willkie Farr, and WilmerHale.

Robert Capers

Capers Nominated to Replace Lynch in the Eastern District

By Andrew Keshner |

Robert Capers, a senior federal prosecutor in the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head that office.

Nicholas Allard

Brooklyn Law Dean Allard Adds Role at Dentons

By Andrew Denney |

Brooklyn Law School Dean and President Nicholas Allard has taken a new second job as senior counsel at Dentons for the global law firm's public policy and regulation practice. He has resigned his position as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.

On the Move

Four firms have announced new additions, and Tracey Cushing Gilliam has joined MetLife Inc. as senior vice president and chief counsel in litigation.

Steven Stimell

Bryan Cave, Day Pitney Appoint Managing Partners

By Christine Simmons |

Steven Stimell, a former co-leader of Bryan Cave's labor and employment practice group, will succeed Vincent Alfieri as managing partner for the firm's 130-attorney New York office, while Ellen Knarr will lead Day Pitney's New York office, succeeding Sabino "Rod" Rodriguez.

Basil Seggos

Cuomo to Nominate Aide for Environmental Post

By Joel Stashenko |

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he will nominate Basil Seggos, who has been his deputy secretary for the environment since 2013, as state environmental conservation commissioner.

On the Move

Gibson Dunn, Sullivan & Worcester and Herrick Feinstein have each added an attorney.

New York State Capitol in Albany

Colorado-Based Attorney Returns to NY for Ethics Post

By Joel Stashenko |

An attorney whose legal career has been focused for 25 years on Colorado has been tapped as executive director of the New York State Assembly's new Office of Ethics and Compliance.

Eric Tirschwell

Federal Sentencing Group Taps Kramer Levin Partner

By Christine Simmons |

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has appointed Eric Tirschwell as national chair of the commission's Practitioners Advisory Group, which provides the perspective of the private federal criminal defense bar on commission priorities and on proposed amendments to U.S. sentencing guidelines.

On the Move

Eight firms, including Troutman Sanders, Epstein Becker, Debevoise and Kramer Levin, have added new attorneys.

Patricia Miller

City Agency Names Head of Federal Litigation Unit

By Andrew Denney |

New York City's Law Department has promoted Patricia Miller to chief of its Special Federal Litigation Division. She will succeed Muriel Goode-Trufant, who has been named the department's new managing attorney.

Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.

Brennan Center Counsel to Head Pay Review Panel

By Joel Stashenko |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has selected the three members of a panel that will review salary levels of New York City elected officials and recommend pay increases, if deemed appropriate. Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., chief counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, will chair the commission.

Barry Koch

New DA Staffer Will Focus on Movement of Illicit Funds

By Andrew Keshner |

On Nov. 16, Barry Koch, senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Western Union, will fill a newly created position in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as counsel to the Investigation Division, working out of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, the office said.

Seeking 'a Smaller Firm,' Sorkin Launches Boutique

Veteran New York litigator Ira Lee "Ike" Sorkin has left Lowenstein Sandler to launch his own shop, Sorkin & Sondhi. Sorkin has represented high-profile clients, including convicted Ponzi scheme leader Bernard Madoff.

The Court of Appeals in Albany

Court of Appeals Appoints Deputy Clerk to Chief Post

By Joel Stashenko |

The state Court of Appeals has promoted its deputy clerk, John Asiello, to the chief clerkship of the court to replace retiring clerk Andrew Klein.

NY Litigator Is Named Winston Co-chairman

New York litigator Jeffrey Kessler had been elected co-chairman of the Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn, along with Dan Webb, who has served as sole chairman since 2006.

Health Care Firm Hires Three From Department of Health

By Christine Simmons |

Garfunkel Wild, an 80-attorney firm focusing on health care, has hired a trio of lawyers from the New York State Department of Health for an Albany office that opens Monday.

Oliver Armas

Hogan Lovells Designates New York Managing Partner

By Christine Simmons |

Two years after arriving at Hogan Lovells, Oliver Armas has become the managing partner of the global firm's New York office, overseeing 250 attorneys.

Leonard Koerner

Koerner Retires From City Law Department

By Christine Simmons |

Attorney Leonard Koerner, whose 48-year career in the New York City Law Department included seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, is retiring Friday.

On the Move

Lowenstein Sandler, Otterbourg, Fox Rothschild, Cozen O'Connor, Mayer Brown and JAMS all announce new additions, while Andrews Kurth has elected three partners to its principal governance body.

Fordham Law School

Competition Law Institute Gets New Head at Fordham

Fordham University School of Law has named James Keyte, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as director of its Competition Law Institute. He replaces Barry Hawk, who has served as director since the institute launched in 1974.

On the Move

Six firms announce new hires, while Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has named Philip Hirschhorn as head of its New York office.

On the Move

Among other announcements, commercial banking attorney Christopher Palmer has been named managing partner of Garden City-based Cullen and Dykman.

Daniel Stewart

Stewart Tapped as Northern District Magistrate Judge

By Joel Stashenko |

Daniel Stewart, a private practitioner in Queensbury, Warren County, has been selected as the next U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of New York. He will start Sept. 28, the day outgoing Magistrate Judge Randolph Treece's retirement takes effect.

On the Move

Six firms announce new additions, BuckleySandler announces a promotion to partner, and Portolano Cavallo has opened its first U.S. representative office in New York for clients looking to make Italian investments or to establish and operate businesses in Italy.

Deadline for Housing Court Judgeships Is Extended

By Andrew Keshner |

The application deadline for prospective New York City Housing Court judges has been extended to Sept. 28.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Attorneys Chosen to Serve on City Marshal Committee

By Ben Bedell |

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named four attorneys to a 15-member committee that identifies, recruits and recommends candidates to serve as city marshals, who are the enforcement arm of the city's Civil Court.

On the Move

Among other announcements, Brendan Schulman has left Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel to join aerial technology company DJI as its vice president of policy and legal affairs.

Barry Cozier

Cozier to Chair Statewide Attorney Discipline Panel

By Joel Stashenko |

Former Appellate Division Justice Barry Cozier, who had been vice-chair of the panel charged by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman with evaluating New York's attorney discipline system and recommending improvements, will replace former Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti as chair.

On the Move

Among other moves, Steptoe & Johnson has added Wendell Willkie II as of counsel, joining the firm from MeadWestvaco, where he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Peter Skelos

Peter Skelos to Join Forchelli Curto as Partner

By Andrew Keshner |

Peter Skelos, who served as an Appellate Division, Second Department, justice for 11 years, is joining the Long Island firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana as a partner.

On the Move

Six firms announce additions, while Kelley Drye and Katten Muchin have elected new partners.

William Banks

Banks Steps In as Interim Dean of Syracuse Law

By Andrew Denney |

William Banks, a Syracuse University School of Law professor who teaches national security law and counterterrorism law, started his tenure as the school's interim dean on Aug. 1.

The Court of Appeals in Albany

Deadline Extended to Apply for Court of Appeals Seat

By Joel Stashenko |

The application deadline for the upcoming opening on the Court of Appeals created by the resignation of Judge Susan Phillips Read has been extended to Aug. 24.

Magistrate Judge Brown

Obama Picks Brown to Fill Third Eastern District Spot

By Andrew Keshner |

President Barack Obama has nominated Eastern District Magistrate Judge Gary Brown to fill a vacancy on the Eastern District bench. He was among seven nominations made Thursday by Obama to the federal courts of New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Alan Rothstein

City Bar Reorganizes Staff, Names New Counsel

By Andrew Keshner |

As Alan Rothstein prepares to retire as the New York City Bar Association's longtime general counsel, the organization has brought in two new attorneys and re-worked some responsibilities for existing staff.

New York University School of Law

U.S. Justice Official to Join NYU Law as Senior Fellow

By Andrew Keshner |

Marshall Miller, principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, is leaving to join New York University School of Law's corporate compliance program.

On the Move

Paul Keller, an intellectual property litigation practitioner, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner; Greenberg Traurig has added John Kaufmann as of counsel in its tax practice; and more.

Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo's Office Makes Two Appointments

By Joel Stashenko |

Sandi Toll has become first assistant counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was an attorney with Jenner & Block in Manhattan for 11 years, and a partner for four years, before joining Cuomo's office as assistant counsel in 2013.