(Reuters) – Florida-founded law firm Holland & Knight has added 17 lawyers, including seven partners, to its ranks in Mexico from local law firm Sánchez Devanny, the firm said Thursday.
Most of the team joined Holland & Knight’s Monterrey, Mexico, office, which the firm added through its 2021 merger with U.S. firm Thompson & Knight. Several other lawyers are based in Mexico City.
The lawyers from Sánchez Devanny specialize in areas including corporate law, international trade, tax and environmental law, and represent clients in Mexico’s industrial sector, according to Holland & Knight.
Holland & Knight said it now has 62 Mexico-based attorneys. The firm has nearly 2,000 lawyers globally.
Luis Rubio Barnetche, executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office, said Monterrey is a fast-growing city and there is high demand for legal services in the area as more global companies move in.
Latin American and cross-border work has long been a focus for Holland & Knight. Gerardo Prado Hernández, a new partner joining the firm in Monterrey, cited that “sharp focus on Latin America” in a statement and said moving to the larger firm would help his group expand their client offerings.
A spokesperson from Sánchez Devanny, which has three offices in Mexico, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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A California law firm representing some Hyundai and Kia owners in lawsuits against the carmakers over thefts is urging Congress to take action on the issue.
It’s the latest development in a series of pushbacks against the South Korean brands to more aggressively address the thefts of models without immobilizing antitheft technology as standard.
Multiple major U.S. cities have sued the automakers, about two dozen attorneys general have urged them to take stronger action about the thefts, and 18 states have asked a federal regulator to recall the 2011- to 2022 models in question.
Now MLG Attorneys at Law has written a letter to Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell to take up the matter as chairwoman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The firm said in a statement that the committee has previously brought automakers to testify before Congress, resulting in action on vehicle safety issues.
MLG said it’s leading a class-action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia over the thefts. It said it’s now representing a growing list of personal-injury cases related to the thefts.
The carmakers have expedited measures intended to prevent thefts and help vehicle owners get their models insured, including speeding up a software update and working with insurer AAA to insure affected models. But the increasingly loud pushback from various corners maintains they’re not doing enough.
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Padmini Rathore, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the law firm DSK Legal, is set to join Khaitan & Co as the Chief Practice Officer.
Rathore, an alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communications, began her career with GroupM as a media planner. She went on to work with consulting firm Accenture and the local subsidiary of the UK-based pharma major GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.
Prior to joining DSK Legal, Rathore was the principal and head of consulting at Rainmaker Online Training Solutions. She also worked with the law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as director of business planning and compliance and with erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co as director strategy.
“Padmini’s role will encompass the oversight, strategy, and management of our Practice & Sector groups, in close collaboration with the leaders of the various practices,” said Amar Sinhji, Executive Director at Khaitan & Co, said, “With a leadership of more than 200 partners, this is a key management role, which will help align firm-wide strategy & management of all practice groups. Padmini’s extensive experience in overall firm management & strategy will be very helpful in her role at our firm, given our scale and continuing growth trajectory.”
In March last year, Khaitan & Co became the first Indian law firm to reach the 200 partners milestone. Currently, the firm has a bench strength of over 1000 lawyers. The firm has also recently onboarded a Chief Risk, Audit & Compliance Officer and a Chief Digital Officer.
May 1 (Reuters) – U.S. law firm Haynes and Boone has hired transactions lawyer Larry Shosid from midsize firm Bell, Nunnally & Martin in its founding city of Dallas, the firm said Monday.
Shosid, who spent 32 years at his former firm, will be a member of Haynes and Boone’s M&A and private equity and real estate practices. The firm said he brings more than three decades of experience ranging from complex M&A and securities offerings to general corporate representations and property and energy deals.
He said he was drawn to Haynes and Boone because of its larger platform.
“I’ll have access to a lot more specialists and in connection with my practice,” Shosid said.
Haynes and Boone has around 650 lawyers in 19 global offices. Bell Nunnally has around 60 lawyers in Dallas.
Taylor Wilson, managing partner of Haynes and Boone, said in a statement that he has worked with Shosid in the past and is excited about his addition to the firm.
Shosid, 61, said most of his clients are coming along with him. His clients have included Dallas-based companies such as tax services and software provider Ryan LLC and information management software developer ISN.
Dallas-based Bell Nunnally’s managing partner, Christopher Trowbridge, said the firm wishes Shosid well.
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Former North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has joined DLA Piper as an advisor in the global law firm’s regulatory and government affairs practice.
Burr, who retired from the Senate this year after almost three decades in Congress, joined as the chairman of the firm’s health policy consulting group, DLA said in a statement. He’s expected to consult on policy to life sciences and health care companies “navigating a rapidly changing policy landscape and significant regulatory and political uncertainty,” the firm said.
His team will focus on strategic planning, business consulting and congressional and federal agency consulting, the firm said. Burr’s group will also help clients identify legislative or regulatory opportunities or vulnerabilities, DLA said.
During his tenure in Congress, Burr was a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He helped lead a number of government health care initiatives focused on everything from regulatory modernization, pandemic prevention and biomedical research, among others.
Burr also served as chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Burr’s expertise in those areas could help the firm advise clients on other policy areas, such as energy, national security and defense, technology, financial services, tax policy and education, DLA said.
Burr is the latest former member of Congress from North Carolina to transition to consulting work. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who served 18 years in Congress before deciding not to run for reelection, joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior advisor in its Washington, D.C., office.
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(Reuters) – The CEO of Los Angeles-based health information database company Prism Science LLC on Monday sued U.S. law firm Seyfarth Shaw for at least $13.5 million, alleging the firm botched the sale of his other companies to a London-based private equity firm.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Mahesh Naithani claimed the companies were initially valued at $100 million by their buyer, Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP, before Seyfarth’s faulty advice led to their sale for less than half that amount.
Inflexion bought the companies — Medmeme LLC, Pharmaspectra LLC and Medical Intelligence Solutions LLC — for about $43.2 million in 2019, the lawsuit said. Naithani alleged that had Seyfarth properly advised him, he would have rejected Inflexion’s lowball offer.
A Seyfarth spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Naithani and his companies declined to comment.
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Seyfarth earned $2.25 million from its work on the Inflexion acquisition, the lawsuit said. Naithani said he is seeking at least $13.5 million in damages.
Naithani also alleged that Seyfarth’s negligence put him on the hook for a $25 million breach-of-warranty claim Inflexion later filed against him. The claim resulted in a settlement and $2 million in “unnecessary and wasted legal fees,” Naithani said in his lawsuit.
The case is M3 Cubed US LLC v. Seyfarth Shaw, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:23-cv-00957.
(Reuters) – U.S. law firm Fox Rothschild said Monday that Todd Rodriguez, a longterm leader of the firm’s healthcare group, will take over as firmwide managing partner effective April 1.
Rodriguez succeeds Mark Morris, a real estate lawyer who has served as the Philadelphia-founded firm’s managing partner since 2017. Morris will become chair, replacing current chair Mark Silow.
Rodriguez, who has served as co-chair of the firm’s healthcare department since 2008, said Silow and Morris have built a “very healthy and robust firm” with a diversity of people and practice areas, and he views his charge as “continuing that legacy.”
The new leaders step into the roles for three-year terms.
Fox had about 200 lawyers located regionally when Silow became managing partner in 2005 and has since grown to 1,000 lawyers in 29 offices nationally, the firm said.
The firm has expanded over the years in part through a series of mergers with much smaller law firms in different markets. It has also opened new offices in recent years with hires and attorney relocations, including most recently in Boston, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Missouri.
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Rodriguez declined to share specific details about the firm‘s 2022 financial results. The firm generated $650 million gross revenue in 2021, according to figures reported by The American Lawyer.
He did say that like many of Fox’s peer law firms, the firm is “coming off of two very successful years financially [2020 and 2021], and I recognize that repeating that level of success will be challenging.”
He added that Fox is “uniquely situated to meet that challenge” due to its diversity of client offerings.
Revenues and profits at many large U.S. law firms hit new heights in 2021, due in part to a surge in corporate deal work.
Last year saw 46 completed law firm mergers, and according to Fairfax Associates, more are on the way.
For years, middle market pressures led large firms to expand and add new practice capabilities, while smaller specialist firms developed their own position in the marketplace.
We now face a second pressing, and smaller and mid-market firms are seeking new partners.
Such deals raise the issue of how firms consolidate and invest in their systems, particularly the marketing technology stack.
It is a misstep to address marketing systems—the customer relationship management system, deal and litigation trackers, and other marketing databases—at the end of merger discussions.
How a merger is communicated—at what stage in the process and by whom—is vitally important to its success.
A well-run system that denotes key clients, responsible partners, billings, and nuanced notes about the relationships is critical.
I often suggest to clients pre-merger that they consider all their constituents, employees, lawyers, clients, recruiters, vendors, alumni, and referral sources and plan to communicate with each of them in a timely manner.
For example, there should be plans to communicate with clients in person or by phone. When that is not possible, there are other ways to reach out so clients hear the news directly rather than learn about the move in the media.
Once it’s time to make an announcement and plan who should be connecting with which groups, marketing technology is imperative to a successful communications strategy.
Marketing tech solutions streamline client information and contact mining, and link with finance. Without them, marketing efforts will be scattershot at best, and tactics can be far off base.
Ensuring a rollout of the right technology that facilitates each party’s strategy is important to get right. This should take place before planning communications and marketing tactics. Here are
(Reuters) – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith said Tuesday that it has hired six attorneys to its cybersecurity practice from rival law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.
The move comes after 32 Lewis Brisbois attorneys and 12 business professionals left in January to form a cybersecurity group at Atlanta-founded, midsize labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete.
The new hires joining Los Angeles-founded Lewis Brisbois will be spread across four offices. Partner Robert Walker joins the firm in Jackson, Mississippi, along with two associates, and will chair the firms data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Ross Molina joins as a partner in New Orleans; partner Tawana Johnson joins in Atlanta; and another associate will be based in Houston.
The attorneys handle data privacy compliance, pre- and post-incident cybersecurity, and national and international breach response, the firm said.
Walker spent almost four years at Wilson Elser, where he served as co-chair of the cybersecurity and data practice.
Lewis Brisbois co-chairman Bob Smith said in a statement that the new team will expand the firm’s “breach response and counseling” offerings for insurance and corporate-based clients.
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A representative from Wilson Elser did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the departures.
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TORONTO, July 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Gluckstein Lawyers is pleased to announce the launch of its new website.
“When we set out to build our new site, we had an ambitious plan. We did not want our website to be seen as merely an advertising vehicle. We wanted to position Gluckstein Lawyers as a thought leader and an information provider,” says managing partner Charles E. Gluckstein. “I truly believe we have accomplished that goal.”
Founded in 1962 by Bernard Glucksteinthe firm built a stellar reputation in personal injury and has since become an industry leader in the field of catastrophic injury and medical malpractice with a particular focus on birth injury.
Firm has expanded its reach
“In recent years, we have welcomed some notable additions, including senior lawyer gluckstein.com%2Fbio%2Frichard-halpern&a=Richard+Halpren” data-ylk=”slk:Richard Halpren” class=”link “Richard Halpren who acts exclusively for injured people in birth trauma cases,” says Gluckstein. “We expanded our reach, teaming with Ottawa trial lawyer Derek Nicholson and Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin. This year, sexual abuse lawyers Simona Jellinek, Erin Ellisand Ivanna Iwasykiw joined our growing firm and most recently Class action and Mass tort lawyers James Newland and Brian Moher have solidified a further practice area for our organization. As we continue to expand our practice areas, it has become clear that the website that had served us well over the years needed a new look.”
With the help of Cubicle Fugitive, the firm designed a website that is crisp, bright and visually appealing. It has a cleaner look, with more white background that captures the eye. The images chosen are appealing and effective, providing a