Innovation in the legal industry, hiring and pro bono work


Happy October to all! We’re back with the first edition of the Legal Roundup News Column for October 2021. Read on for the latest news on law firm hiring, volunteer work and innovation in law firms. ‘lawyers.

Hiring and relocation of a law firm

Dinsmore & Shohl has expanded its immigration practice with the addition of Michelle Salter to its Morgantown, West Virginia office. Ms Salters manages temporary work permits, permanent residence, I-9 verification, and helps doctors return to their home countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dinsmore is a great choice. It is a national firm that matches my national practice, and it is well known within the business immigration community. The practice group has excellent health care knowledge, so I was drawn to the infrastructure of the practice and its ability to help my clients, ”said Ms. Salter.

“We are delighted that Michelle has joined the Immigration Practice. She brings a wealth of business immigration experience, and her healthcare immigration expertise reinforces and continues to strengthen our ever-expanding expertise in this vital practice area, ”said Matthew Gunn, President of the Practice Group of the immigration from Dinsmore.

Blank Rome LLP has added Sonia Kaur Bain to its New York real estate practice group. Ms. Bain brings to the company a wealth of knowledge in real estate acquisition, development, land and lease space and financing. Ms. Bain is also President of New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

“Sonia’s well-established practice and decades of experience in the real estate market will be invaluable to our firm as we continue to strategically develop our real estate service offerings to meet growing market demands. Sonia is a versatile and respected practitioner recognized for her holistic approach to customer service. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm, ”said Grant S. Palmer, Managing Partner and CEO of Blank Rome.

“Blank Rome’s continued investment in the booming New York real estate market provides a tremendous opportunity to continue to evolve my practice and meet the needs of my clients while building strong cross-marketing relationships across all practices. cabinet, ”said Ms. Bain.

Sidley Austin LLP has added Anthony Grossi to the firm’s Global Restructuring group in its New York and Washington DC offices. Mr. Grossi advises on Chapter 11 reorganizations and has served as a bankruptcy advisor to the US House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary.

“Anthony has represented debtors in some of the most complicated and high profile Chapter 11 cases in recent years. This extensive experience will immediately contribute to the growth of our corporate-side restructuring practice and, along with his creditor experience, will significantly increase our bench strength in the global restructuring market, ”said Jennifer Hagle.

Varnum LLP opens new office in Naples, Florida. The firm’s Naples office is headed by Thomas W. Forester, partner in real estate and corporate law, and includes Steven Adamczyk, who focuses on condominium and estate planning, and partner Gerardo Ortega.

“It has been very rewarding not only to launch the Naples office, but to see a strong response from the business community from day one. I am happy to be here, proud of the work we do and look forward to continuing to grow and discover new opportunities, ”said Mr. Forester.

Pro Bono & Recognition

Jason Rosenthal of Much Shelist became a member of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), an association of lawyers who represent insurers and policyholders in disputes arising from insurance policies. ACCC Fellows must also have at least 15 years of experience in the insurance industry.

“Insurance is a key component of most business transactions, a key factor in litigation, and an important risk transfer tool for most businesses. I am honored to join this prestigious group of lawyers and look forward to working together to advance the field of insurance law, ”said Mr. Rosenthal.

“The ACCC is delighted to welcome Jason Rosenthal as the latest member to become actively involved in its work,” said Sherilyn Pastor, ACCC President.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly included Suma V. Nair of Goulston & Storrs on its 2021 list of “Best Women in Law”. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Ms. Nair for her work with private clients on business succession and succession planning, as well as estate and charitable tax planning.

Ms. Nair also serves on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) and is an elected member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Proskauer Rose LLP has launched a partnership with the American Red Cross to help provide relief and relief services across the country. Proskauer’s lawyers donate supplies, offer pro bono legal support, help with corporate responsibility efforts and more. Proskauer also supports American Red Cross initiatives towards military personnel and has chosen this area of ​​Red Cross service as one of their primary goals.

Legal Industry Award and Innovation

The law firm Shumaker has selected five of its partners to lead their new lines of services focused on emerging areas of law. New areas include health, environment and energy law, intellectual property and technology, labor, employment, pensions and wealth strategies.

“As our customers’ businesses evolve, Shumaker continues to refine its service lines to best meet the needs of those we serve. This means we continually strive to anticipate and identify trends to make a positive difference for our clients by helping them successfully navigate emerging industries, ”said Tom Dillon, President of Shumaker.

The five selected partners are:

Morgan Stanley at Work has partnered with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati to develop a new application programming interface allowing seamless sharing of stock information between law firms and stock management providers. The API is called “Neuron,” which reads and writes capitalization data directly into Shareworks during any real-time update.

“We are excited to partner with Wilson Sonsini to raise the industry bar and deliver a modern digital experience for clients to manage their equity information and data. As startups stay private longer, the need for more reliable and transparent digital solutions to manage table data cap becomes absolutely critical. With this API, we hope to eliminate the friction that private companies encounter in managing their capitalization table and their action plans with stakeholders, partners and service providers ”, said Kevin Swan, co- Head of Global Private Markets at Morgan. Stanley at work.

“Start-up clients don’t have the time to manually enter data and send in updated spreadsheets to make sure all parties are working with the same capitalization data every time a new hire is made. is hired or new funds are secured. With this API, Wilson Sonsini and Morgan Stanley at Work are helping startups and founders accelerate their growth with an open data ecosystem built on our intelligent Neuron platform. “said David Wang, CIO of Wilson Sonsini.

Copyright © 2021 National Law Forum, LLCRevue nationale de droit, volume XI, number 286

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