Reed Smith's global platform appoints 31 new partners across the firm, promotion of 35 associates to counsel
Effective of Jan. 1, 2022, Reed Smith today makes an announcement of 66 lawyers' promotion worldwide, thirty-one associates and counsel became partners, 35 associates also have promoted to counsel.
Casey Ryan, Antoine K.F. Smiley, Joshua Love, Nicholas M. Gibson, Emily L. Hussey, Evan T. Knott, Gerard C. Martin, Jason T. Mayer, Noel C. Paul, Christopher T. Kuleba, Simon M. Kliegman, Konstantinos (Dean) P. Melitsanopoulos, Trish O'Donnell, Adam D. Solowsky, James A. Holt, Joseph M. Motto, Marc D. Hauser, Molly Q. Campbell, Liza V. Craig, Megan Fanale Engel, Elizabeth Leavy, Benjamin P. Chapple, Carl De Cicco, Simone Goligorsky, Nathan Menon, Susan Riitala, Suzie A. Savage, Patrick Sutton, Christian Leuthner, Michaela Westrup, Nicolas Walker, Hagen Rooke, Donna Salcedo, Carla Wirtschafter, Jillian L. Burstein, Timothy R. Carwinski, David M. Cummings, Amanda E. Brown, Mary M. Balaster, Michael J. Lombardino, Arturo Muñoz Holguin, Sujey S. Herrera, Samuel Kadosh, Ian M. Turetsky, Miranda A. Jannuzzi, Michael I. Lurie, Jaclyn M. Setili Wood, Vicki J. Tankle, Richard Graham, Devin Misour, Catherine E. Kiernan, Cheryl A. Lagay, Kevin M. Hara, James F. Hennessy, Ehsan Sanaie, Alexander Brandt, Maccailein Campbell, Daniel B. Ellison, Katie Grace, Catriona E. Henderson, Daniel Kyriakides, Ravi Pattani, Laura-May Scott, Minas Kitsilis, Alexander Hardinghaus, Oscar Wong, Jemma A. Collins
Being the members of 10 practices, the new partners are located in 14 Reed Smith offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia. Among them around 32percent like ten of the new partners are women and 45 percent are diverse.
Being the members of 13 practices, the new counsel are based in 16 offices in these same four regions where 43 percent are women and 30percent are diverse.
Casey Ryan, Reed Smith's global head of legal personnel and a member of the firm's Senior Management Team said, "This is a strong, proficient and varied group of new partners and counsel. Their progress reveals each individual's excellent legal skills, enthusiastic record of client service, brilliant productivity and steady positive contributions to our firm, communities and the legal profession. Their endeavours and the significant roles played made us proud and for sure will continue to play further in Reed Smith's global success."
Antoine K.F. Smiley is a member of the Energy & Natural Resources I ndustry Group with a practice focus on projects and construction. His clients include owners of renewable and gas-fired energy projects and heavy industrial process plants, major engineering and construction contractors, and energy- and transport-related manufacturers. Leveraging his technical knowledge and experience working for construction and engineering firms, Smiley assists clients through the life cycle of a project – from initial EPC transactions to project counselling during the course of the work– and in large-scale complex arbitration in the United States and internationally. His project work spans major areas of energy, mining and public infrastructure and technology, including renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro), gas power plants, LNG mega-projects, pipelines, and marine, rail and road transportation.
Joshua T. Love is a transactional attorney in Reed Smith's Entertainment & Media Industry Group. He represents emerging and superstar-level talent, music companies, entrepreneurs, investment vehicles, brands and advertising agencies on a wide array of music business-related agreements, including recording, publishing, live touring, sponsorship and endorsement, management, master use and synchronization, and other music rights clearance agreements. Love also regularly advises clients on U.S and international music rights issues related to digital content distribution and new technologies (including NFTs and Web3 applications), and he has significant experience representing buyers and sellers of recorded music and music publishing assets.
Nicholas M. Gibson, a member of the Global Corporate Group, concentrates his practice on private equity M&A across a broad range of sectors, both in the United States and internationally, with a particular emphasis on the middle market. He partners with private equity sponsors, private equity-backed companies and public and private strategic clients in structuring and closing complex business transactions, including leveraged acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, growth equity investments, and corporate carve-out transactions ranging in transaction size from less than $1 million to more than $1 billion. Gibson's pragmatic approach starts with gaining a deep understanding of each client's business and goals. His practice also includes guiding private equity portfolio companies and strategic clients in corporate governance issues and general corporate law matters.
Emily L. Hussey is a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group. She represents diverse health care entities, including telehealth platforms, drug distributors, physician and veterinary practices, wholesalers, online pharmacy and prescription management services, pharmacies (commercial/retail, nuclear, compounding and institutional), hospital systems, and outsourcing facilities. With a deep understanding of life sciences issues, including FDA, DEA and state regulatory compliance, she also advises on the regulation of compounded drugs for humans and animals. Hussey also advises health care, life sciences, investment and private equity clients on the regulatory requirements and business considerations at issue in health care transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She advises clients on due diligence, change of ownership, regulatory approvals and regulatory compliance.
Evan T. Knott advises and litigates on behalf of corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes as a member of the Insurance Recovery Group. His practice is nationwide, and he has appeared in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings across the United States. Knott has substantial experience successfully resolving disputes under general liability, commercial property, pollution liability, professional liability, and D&O liability insurance coverage. His clients range from Fortune 100 corporations to small businesses across a range of industries and business sectors, including international agricultural and food processing companies, private universities, nationwide retailers, heavy truck and farm equipment manufacturers, hedge funds, commercial property managers, bathroom appliance manufacturers, oil refineries, and the largest marine dredging company in the United States.
Gerard C. Martin is a member of the Financial Services Industry Group. He represents lenders, borrowers, sponsors and investors in U.S. and international transactions in a variety of industries, including asset-based loans, leveraged loans, and other secured financing transactions, acquisition financings, recapitalizations, bridge facilities, venture loan transactions, and complex intercreditor arrangements. His experience includes restructurings and workouts, cross-border and multi-currency financings, debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings, as well as project finance, leveraged leasing, aircraft and other equipment financings, and transfers of portfolios of loans and leases.
Jason T. Mayer is a member of the Global Commercial Disputes Group. He counsels managed care organizations in arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts across the United States involving payer-provider disputes; contract claims; out-of-network reimbursement issues; claims related to fraud, waste, and abuse; and violations of state and federal statutes and regulations. Mayer represents commercial clients as well as Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care organizations, providing counsel on unique litigation and compliance issues across markets and regulatory spheres. In addition, Mayer represents and provides counsel to clients in the cannabis industry on regulatory and securities disputes.
Noel C. Paul, a member of the Insurance Recovery Group, advises companies on insurance and risk management issues and leads their efforts in obtaining significant insurance recoveries through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and litigation across the United States and internationally. His practice is focused on recovering insurance for policyholders under all types of corporate insurance policies, ranging from general and professional liability policies to cyber liability and D&O coverage, and he regularly reviews clients' insurance programs for gaps in coverage and negotiates optimal terms on renewal. Paul advises clients in industries ranging from FinTech and health care to hospitality and telecommunications. He also assists clients in the sports industry and comments on the nexus of sports and insurance.
Christopher T. Kuleba is a member of Reed Smith's Insurance Recovery Group. His practice focuses on advocating for and assisting policyholders to resolve complex insurance coverage issues and maximize their insurance recoveries through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or federal- or state-court litigation. Kuleba's clients range from high-net-worth individuals to small- and medium-sized businesses and condominium associations to Fortune and Global 100 companies representing a broad range of industries, including financial services, construction and engineering, property management, staffing, manufacturing and retail, private equity, and oil and gas in coverage disputes under primary and excess commercial and residential property, commercial general liability, D&O, energy, crime and fidelity, and professional liability insurance policies.
Simon M. Kliegman is a tax lawyer in the Global Corporate Group. He advises inbound and outbound multinational companies, individuals and investment funds on United States and international tax matters, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions and restructurings. He also advises companies on the design and implementation of tax-efficient operating models, including the development and licensing of intellectual property, character and source of income for tax purposes and transaction flows.
Konstantinos (Dean) P. Melitsanopoulos is a partner in the Global Corporate Group of Reed Smith. Melitsanopoulos has worked on billions of dollars of business transactions and concentrates his practice on advising a wide range of U.S. and international clients on private equity transactions, public and private M&A, emerging company/venture capital transactions, secondaries, alternative investments, financing transactions, corporate formation, corporate governance and securities compliance. His practice also includes taking a lead role in advising companies on accomplishing their short and long term goals in a wide range of fields, including (without limitation) financial services, technology, consumer brands and retail, life sciences, energy, shipping and transportation, and media and entertainment.
Trish O'Donnell, a member of the Financial Industry Group, advises clients on cross-border structured credit transactions, both in the New York and London markets. Her experience includes representing clients in structured transactions, including structured repos, receivables financings, ABS (esoterics) and bespoke structured financings, both from a regulatory and transactional perspective. She frequently advises clients on derivatives matters, including finance-linked hedging arrangements, FX and interest rate swaps, and has an in-depth knowledge of the market for these products.
Adam D. Solowsky, a member of the Financial Industry Group, focuses his practice on representing corporate trustees and other financial intermediaries. He is internationally known for his work representing trustees on sovereign bond defaults and restructurings. He works on United States and cross-border transactions, particularly involving the Latin American market. His agency experience covers the range of corporate trust and agency services, from deal inception through termination, and he helped to develop many of the market standards used across the corporate trust and agency industry today. He regularly advises on bond issuances, SEC reporting requirements, credit arrangements, agency appointments, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, defaults and out-of-court restructurings. Before joining Reed Smith, he was a managing director and managing counsel at a major international bank, where he advised its corporate trust and global operations groups.
James A. (J.T.) Holt, a member of the Labor & Employment Group, has a diverse practice that includes representing employers of all sizes, ranging from multinational Fortune 500 companies to start ups and non-profits, in complex and single-plaintiff litigation in court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. He also has a robust counselling practice in which he provides executives, administrators and other key decision makers with practical guidance that balances their objectives of complying with federal, state and local laws with maximizing productivity and controlling risks and costs. His experience spans a broad array of key practice areas, with a focus on traditional labor relations, wage-and-hour and leave law compliance, discrimination, harassment, and whistle blower cases, C-suite relations, and corporate investigations.
Joseph M. Motto is a transactional and regulatory lawyer in the Global Corporate Group. Motto represents global financial institutions and banks in negotiating complex asset management services arrangements with their customers, structuring product offerings, responding to RFPs, and complying with federal and state regulations governing the provision of financial services. Motto represents investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and other regulated entities in following the federal laws that govern the securities industry, including the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, and the Securities Exchange Act. Motto is also an experienced commercial negotiator who structures and closes complex technology, outsourcing, and procurement transactions for hosted technology, software licensing, and professional and consulting services, including building template contracts tailored to his corporate clients' regulatory environments, risk tolerances, and business and operational objectives.
Marc D. Hauser, a member of the Global Corporate Group and Chair of the Cannabis Practice Team, has worked on billions of dollars of business transactions over 23 years of practice, both in-house and in private practice. Currently focusing his practice primarily on the cannabis industry, he was recently recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 as one of the leading cannabis attorneys in the United States. His extensive connections throughout the industry give him access to an extensive knowledge base and skill set. His transactional experience covers a broad range of industries and asset classes, including capital markets work, acquisitions and dispositions, governance, restructurings and workouts, and complex tax structuring. In addition, Hauser is a key member of Reed Smith's SPAC practice, advising on the private capital and sponsor aspects of special purpose acquisition company formation.
Molly Q. Campbell is a versatile litigator in the Global Commercial Disputes Group, who focuses on large-scale business and corporate disputes and has significant experience in health care and managed care litigation. She has litigated cases in both state and federal court and in arbitral forums, including complex fraud cases arising under the False Claims Act and related qui tam actions, pharmaceutical product and medical device product liability, and breach of contract cases. Her experience representing managed care companies includes suits challenging provider contracting, claims processing, benefit interpretations, and payment practices, as well as claims related to fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of state and federal statutes and regulations. Campbell also has experience representing government contractors in bid protest and trade secret disputes and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation.
Liza V. Craig, a member of Global Regulatory Enforcement Group, focuses her practice on government contracting, to include all aspects of the procurement process. She advises her clients throughout the proposal preparation and submission process, through the resolution of disputes related to awards, administration, and termination of government contracts and in all matters related to contract compliance. She also focuses on assisting international companies that are doing business or seeking to do business with the U.S. government, and has significant cross-border experience. Craig has advised on high-dollar Department of Defense weapon systems competitive procurements, technical IT procurements, and the procurement of supplies and services. She has also successfully litigated a number of bid protests before the Government Accountability Office. Craig is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she lectures on mediation and government contracts at the J.D. and LL.M. level.
Megan F. Engel is a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group, where her practice focuses on assisting health care providers faced with False Claims Act litigation and government or internal investigations. Her practice extends to compliance with regulatory fraud and abuse issues in health care. She has significant experience assisting hospitals, academic medical centers, retail pharmacies, and medical device manufacturers respond to allegations of wrongdoing by qui tam whistleblowers, both before and during government review. She also has significant experience counseling clients in the areas of pharmacy pricing issues, research misconduct related to federal awards, and grant fraud.
Elizabeth G. Leavy is an experienced government contracts lawyer who represents companies in disputes related to the award, administration, and termination of federal and state government contracts, including bid protests and claims before the GAO, the Court of Federal Claims, and Boards of Contract Appeals. As a member of the Global Regulatory Enforcement practice, Leavy also has extensive experience representing government contractors targeted in government investigations and whistleblower lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Additionally, a significant portion of Leavy's practice includes regulatory advice and counsel for mergers and acquisitions involving the purchase and sale of companies that hold government contracts.
Benjamin P. Chapple is a member of the Global Commercial Disputes Group. His practice focuses on corporate and complex commercial litigation in Delaware courts and other courts and arbitral venues throughout the United States. He has experience with all aspects of corporate and complex commercial litigation, from first-chairing multiple trials to seeking review from appellate courts. Chapple also provides counseling and advice regarding the governance of Delaware entities and serves on the firm's Opinion Committee regarding Delaware legal opinions. His litigation practice touches on all areas of Delaware business law, with a particular emphasis on actions involving breach of fiduciary duty, inspection of company records, advancement and indemnification of legal expenses, and various post-closing disputes. His corporate and commercial counseling practice focuses on compliance with fiduciary duties and Delaware corporate and alternative-entity statutes in connection with various business transactions and day-to-day governance matters.
Carl De Cicco, a member of the Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice, is a strong all-rounder who helps clients to solve complex and sensitive employment matters, often with a cross-border element. Equally at home with disputes, transactional and advisory matters, De Cicco regularly works alongside senior HR professionals and in-house counsel across a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, media, pharmaceuticals, IT, and telecoms. He is well-regarded by clients for his commercial and practical advice.
Simone Goligorsky is a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group. She advises banks, hedge funds, utilities and energy and commodity companies on a variety of transactional, trading, cross-border regulatory, and risk management matters within the energy and commodity sector. Her experience includes handling transactions involving the acquisition and disposal of energy and non-energy commodity portfolios, assets and businesses; along with advising on, and documenting, more structured transactions such as energy management and market optimization arrangements, as well as bespoke trading arrangements using both industry-standard and customized trading agreements.
Nathan S. Menon is a member of the Financial Industry Group. He specializes in structured finance including securitization, forward flow and non-performing loan sale and acquisition transactions. He is particularly experienced at advising servicers on public securitization mandates and first-time market participants on a range on structured finance matters, including forward flow transactions and note program issuances. He also advises on commercial mortgage backed securitizations and social impact finance transactions, such as development impact bond programs. Menon is also a key member of the India Business Team, where he advises clients based in India as well as international clients doing business in India on a variety of transactional matters, including restructurings, loan sales and external commercial borrowing transactions.
Susan Riitala is a member of the Asset Finance team in the Transportation Industry Group, advising clients on a broad range of transactional shipping matters. Riitala acts for investment funds, banks, ship owners and charterers, advising on debt finance, sale and leasebacks, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate transactions. She is an expert in the secondhand ship sale space and regularly acts for private equity funds on vessel acquisitions and related arrangements. In addition to finance transactions, Riitala advises clients on commercial aspects of shipping transactions, including vessel management agreements, shipbuilding contracts, and refund guarantees.
Suzie A. Savage is a member of the Global Commercial Disputes Group. Her practice is focused on international arbitration; in particular, investment treaty arbitration and public international law, including high-value ad-hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, as well as arbitrations under the rules of major international arbitration institutions, such as ICC and ICSID. She acts for respondent states, and has been involved in cases in the oil, gas, mining, energy, and banking sectors. She acts in disputes arising out of Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty before ICSID, in claims involving jurisdiction, alleged unfair/inequitable treatment, unlawful expropriation and denial of justice. She has experience of annulment applications, the enforcement of awards, applications to remove arbitrators and English High Court proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996.
Patrick J. Sutton specializes in trade and commodity finance, sports finance, structured finance and commercial lending. He advises banks, traders, corporates, and non-bank lenders on a variety of financing structures in emerging and developed markets. His experience spans borrowing base, pre-export, and prepayment facilities, receivables discounting facilities and title-based financing (including inventory monetisations and repos), as well as structured finance products. He is recommended in Legal 500 for both Trade Finance and Emerging Markets Finance, and is a member of the firm's Energy & Natural Resources practice.
Christian Leuthner is a member of the Tech & Data team of the Global Corporate Group, advising clients on all aspects of IT and data protection law, including cloud computing, online platforms, international data transfers, technology transactions, company integrations and e-commerce related projects. Working with clients ranging from multinational company groups and more mature companies to start-ups, Leuthner has a particular focus on ensuring his clients are maximizing the opportunities available to them through new and emerging technologies, while also minimizing any associated risk.
Michaela Westrup, a member of the firm's German Antitrust & Competition Practice, advises a range of international companies on EU and German antitrust and competition matters, including some of the world's largest digital platforms and industry leaders on investigations, competition litigation, compliance, distribution matters, and on cartel as well as market-dominance cases. Her practice focuses on antitrust and competition in the context of a broad range of sectors, including betting and gaming, consumer brands, e-commerce, entertainment and media, financial services, health care and IP, industrial and manufacturing, technology and digital platforms, and travel and mobility. Westrup has also significant experience guiding clients through regulatory aspects of transactions, often in cross-border M&A, to obtain merger clearance and deal with foreign investment screening.
Nicolas Walker focuses on environmental law, urban planning, energy and all aspects of administrative law and French regulatory issues. Bilingual in French and English and dual-trained in common and civil law systems, he assists international clients with large development projects, compliances issues and relationships with French government authorities, and he appears regularly before administrative courts in merits review cases. His practice also focuses on project development (construction and permitting), corporate social responsibility and ESG, particularly green advertising and the circular economy.
Hagen Rooke is a member of the Financial Services Industry Group who has extensive experience advising on financial regulatory matters. His practice covers a broad range of areas, including financial services licensing and approvals, conduct of business and regulatory change projects. His clients include payment services firms, digital asset exchanges and dealers, banks, capital markets intermediaries, funds and fund managers, exchanges, proprietary trading houses and commodity groups. With extensive experience engaging with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and other regulators, and of practicing in Asia and Europe, Rooke provides strategically valuable advice and has a unique understanding of the international issues and synergies that are relevant to clients.
Reed Smith's new 35-member counsel group includes 23 lawyers from the firm's U.S. offices and 12 from its offices in the UK, Continental Europe and Asia, including eight from London; four from Philadelphia; three each from Chicago and Houston; two each from Century City, New York, Pittsburgh, Princeton and San Francisco; and one each from Athens, Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dallas, Miami and Tysons.
In the United States, new counsel include: Donna S. Salcedo (Global Corporate Group) and Carla M. Wirtschafter (Global Regulatory Enforcement) in Century City; Jillian L. Burstein (Intellectual Property), Timothy R. Carwinski (Global Commercial Disputes) and David M. Cummings (Insurance Recovery) in the firm's Chicago office.
Other new counsel are Dallas-based Amanda E. Brown (Labor & Employment); Houston-based Mary M. Balaster (Energy & Natural Resources), Michael J. Lombardino (Labor & Employment) and Arturo Muñoz Holguin (Energy & Natural Resources); in Miami, Sujey S. Herrera (Global Commercial Disputes); and in New York, Samuel Kadosh (Global Commercial Disputes) and Ian M. Turetsky (Global Commercial Disputes).
Additional new U.S. counsel are Philadelphia-based Miranda A. Jannuzzi (Insurance Recovery), Michael I. Lurie (State Tax), Jaclyn M. Setili Wood (Life Sciences Health Industry Group) and Vicki J. Tankle (Life Sciences Health Industry Group); Pittsburgh-based Richard A. Graham Jr. (Intellectual Property) and Devin M. Misour (Global Commercial Disputes); Princeton-based Catherine E. Kiernan (Transportation Industry Group) and Cheryl A. Lagay (Financial Industry Group); San Francisco-based Kevin M. Hara (Life Sciences Health Industry Group) and James F. Hennessy (Life Sciences Health Industry Group); and in the firm's Tysons office, Ehsan Sanaie (Real Estate).
Reed Smith associates in the UK promoted to counsel include: Alexander M. Brandt (Transportation Industry Group); Maccailein Campbell (Financial Industry Group); Daniel B. Ellison (Real Estate); Katie Grace (Financial Industry Group); Catriona E. Henderson (Transportation Industry Group); Daniel Kyriakides (Real Estate); Ravi Pattani (Global Corporate Group); and Laura-May Scott (Global Commercial Disputes).
The firm's new Continental European counsel are Minas Kitsilis (Global Corporate Group) in Athens and Alexander Hardinghaus (Entertainment & Media Industry Group) in Munich. The new counsel in Reed Smith's Asian offices are Oscar Wong (Global Corporate Group) in Hong Kong and Jemma A. Collins (Energy & Natural Resources) in Singapore.
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