Personal Notes on Lawyers
• Boris Bershteyn has rejoined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as of counsel, focusing on regulatory and enforcement actions by government agencies and litigation. Bershteyn held senior legal and regulatory positions at the White House and its Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2013.
• Avi Gesser, an official at the U.S. Justice Department, will return to Davis Polk & Wardwell in its litigation department as a partner, working with the firm's white collar criminal defense group. From early 2011 through August 2013, Gesser was a deputy director of the Justice Department, Criminal Division's Deepwater Horizon Taskforce.
• Goodwin Procter has added Derek Cohen as a partner in the firm's securities litigation and white collar defense group. Cohen was working at the Justice Department, where he served as deputy chief of the fraud section for the Criminal Division and a deputy director of the Deepwater Horizon Taskforce.
• Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer has added David Straite as of counsel, focusing on securities, corporate governance, hedge fund, antitrust and digital privacy litigation. Straite helped launch the U.S. offices of London-based Stewarts Law, where he was the global head of investor protection litigation.
• Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has added Kathleen Brown as a partner focusing on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs. She will be based in Los Angeles but will spend time in the New York and San Francisco offices. She was most recently chairwoman for investment banking in the Midwest region at Goldman Sachs Inc.
• Anderson Kill has promoted Dennis Nolan a shareholder. Nolan is chair of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group and cochair of its financial services industry group.
• Day Pitney has added Eric Fader as counsel in the firm's corporate and business law department. He was practicing at Edwards Wildman Palmer.
• Min Lee has returned to Debevoise & Plimpton as counsel, in the firm's privacy and data security practice and its intellectual property litigation group. She was at Penguin Random House, where she was vice president, associate general counsel.
• Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross has appointed Bret Votano as counsel focusing on corporate and real estate finance, mortgage lending and leasing. Votano joins the firm from Riemer & Braunstein.
• Weil, Gotshal & Manges has named partner S. Scott Parel as cochair of its pro bono committee, a position shared with Steven Reiss litigation partner and committee cochair. Parel practices corporate law from the firm's Dallas and New York offices.