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Senior legal editors

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Antitrust

Jennifer Coon

Jennifer Coon joined Practical Law from Dechert LLP, where she was an associate in the antitrust group handling a variety of merger, counseling and litigation matters. Jen was responsible for managing the US premerger notification program at Dechert, including analyzing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and preparing required HSR filings.

Christian Lorenz

Christian Lorenz joined Practical Law from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was a senior associate in the antitrust group. Christian's practice involved a full range of antitrust matters including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and civil and criminal investigations by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, and competition authorities around the world.

Bankruptcy

Ira Levee

Ira Levee has over 30 years of bankruptcy experience. He joined Practical Law from Lowenstein Sandler LLP where he was of counsel in the Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization and Creditors' Rights practice group, representing debtors, creditors, and other stakeholders including securities class action plaintiffs. Previously, he was a partner in a bankruptcy boutique in Roseland, NJ.

Lara Sheikh

Lara Sheikh joined Practical Law from the New York City bankruptcy boutique firm, Togut, Segal & Segal LLP, where she was a senior associate for seven years. Previously, she was an associate and senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency group at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in New York. Lara also served a two-year term as judicial law clerk to then Chief Bankruptcy Judge Stuart M. Bernstein in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jordanna Nadritch

Jordanna Nadritch joined Practical Law from Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, where she was a partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring group, handling all aspects of chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court workouts. Previously, she was an associate in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Ilissa Watnik

Ilissa Watnik joined Practical Law from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was an attorney in the corporate and bankruptcy group. Previously she was an attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a business analyst.

Aliza Reicher

Aliza Reicher joined Practical Law from Brown Rudnick LLP, where she was a senior associate in the bankruptcy and corporate restructuring group focusing primarily on creditor committee, equity committee and equity holder representations in bankruptcy. Previously she was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where she focused on debtor representations in bankruptcy and prior to that a bankruptcy associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Capital Markets & Corporate Governance

Kelly Brennan

Kelly Brennan joined Practical Law from the private practice of law. She was previously a member at White Arnold & Dowd PC and prior to that a member at Balch & Bingham LLP. She also served as general counsel to a broker-dealer.

Amanda Lamson

Amanda Lamson joined Practical Law from in-house legal practice at both NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies, where she focused on securities, M&A and corporate governance. Previously she was an associate at Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, practicing in the Activist and Corporate groups.

Jerry Carannante

Jerry Carannante joined Practical Law from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a senior associate in the Corporate and Finance group, specializing in a variety of capital markets transactions and complex corporate matters for large public companies.

Sharon Makower

Sharon Makower joined Practical Law from Cablevision Systems Corporation, where she was associate general counsel. Previously she was a senior corporate attorney for Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, specializing in securities and M&A. Before that, she was an associate in the corporate group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Joe Green

Joe Green joined Practical Law from Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, where he was a senior associate advising startup and emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously, he was an associate in the capital markets practice group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

Robert Pelgrift

Robert Pelgrift joined Practical Law after practicing for many years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where he served most recently as counsel in the capital markets practice group and also represented the firm's private equity clients. Previously, he clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tricia Groot

Tricia Groot joined Practical Law from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she was a counsel in the corporate department, focusing on capital markets and corporate governance. Previously, she was an associate in the corporate department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she focused on capital markets, banking & credit, and mergers & acquisitions.

Christopher Roehrig

Christopher Roehrig joined Practical Law from Torys LLP, where he was a senior associate in the corporate and capital markets practice groups. Previously he was an associate in the capital markets and mergers and acquisitions practice groups at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Alain Kuyumjian

Alain Kuyumjian joined Practical Law from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he was counsel in the capital markets and Spain and Latin America practice groups, advising on public and private capital markets debt and equity transactions, as well as corporate governance, public disclosure, securities law compliance, and general corporate matters. Previously, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP practicing in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practice groups. He is also a consultant on governance and other corporate advisory matters including board reviews.

Commercial Transactions

Allison Coplein

Allison Coplein joined Practical Law from Stillman Welch, LLC, a boutique firm in Atlanta, where she was an attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. Previously she practiced as a corporate and tax attorney at several law firms in Atlanta, including the firm now known as Baker, Doneslon, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Allison, also a CPA, started her career as a federal and international tax consultant with KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Richard Miller

Richard Miller joined Practical Law from Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, where he was a partner focusing on commercial transactions, corporate law and intellectual property matters. Previously he was a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman P.C., Fox Rothschild LLP, and Miller Mitchell PC and a consultant to Proskauer Rose LLP. Rich has also been General Counsel of Prince Sports Group, Inc. and Amswiss International Corporation, was Associate General Counsel at Loeb Rhoades Hornblower & Co., and was Counsel to Chesebrough-Pond's, Inc., Bausch & Lomb, Inc. and Stark & Stark PC.

Charles Donefer 

Charles Donefer joined Practical Law from Squishable.com, Inc. where he was General Counsel focusing on transactional matters, licensing and consumer product safety. Previously, he was an associate attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP) in New York.

Erin Neff

Erin Neff joined Practical Law from Walgreen Co., where she was Senior Counsel in the Litigation and Regulatory Law department. Previously, she was an associate for Petti, Murphy & Associates. Erin is the Managing Editor of Practical Law’s national Commercial Transactions service.

Tod Eggenberger

Tod Eggenberger joined Practical Law from Thomson Reuters, where he held a number of editorial management roles. Before that, he was a commercial litigation associate with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where he worked in their New York office while at Columbia Law School, and in Minneapolis upon graduation. While at Columbia, Tod published a journal article cited by the US Supreme Court in a landmark RICO case. Tod is the Managing Editor of Practical Law's jurisdictional Commercial Transactions Service.

Mari Orser

Mari Orser joined Practical Law from the San Francisco office of GATX Corporation, where she was counsel focusing on commercial transactions. Previously, she was an associate with Stein & Lubin (now Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco, and Latham & Watkins in San Francisco and Chicago.

Paul Horowitz 

Paul Horowitz joined Practical Law from private practice. Previously, he was a partner in the customs and international trade practice groups at Baker McKenzie and Coudert Brothers LLP in New York. Before that, he was a senior associate at a customs and international trade boutique in New York.

Dan Schaeffer

Dan Schaeffer joined Practical Law from Neal & McDevitt LLC, where he was Of Counsel, focusing on technology and other complex commercial transactions. Prior to that, he was a bankruptcy associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston, an intellectual property associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, and had his own practice. Dan also led the in-house Intellectual Property legal team at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Lawrence Hsieh

Lawrence Hsieh joined Practical Law from private practice. Previously, he was in-house counsel with Nissho Iwai American Corporation, and a corporate associate with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, Komatsu & Koma and Shea & Gould. He is the author of the Corporate Transactions Handbook.

Laszlo Serester

Laszlo Serester joined Practical Law from Chinook Sciences, LLC, where he was Corporate Counsel. Previously he was Assistant General Counsel at Minerals Technologies, Inc. and an associate in the corporate and securities department of Baker McKenzie in New York.

Sharon Kohn

Sharon Kohn joined Practical Law from Kraft Foods, where she was Chief Counsel, Marketing Services and Planters, focusing on marketing, advertising, and privacy law and commercial contracts. Previously, she was Marketing and Advertising Counsel at McDonald's Corporation and Assistant General Counsel at Rand McNally & Company. Prior to that, she was an intellectual property associate at Kirkland & Ellis.

Paula Shakelton

Paula Shakelton joined Practical Law from private practice. Previously, she was a senior business litigation associate at Jones Day and Ulmer & Berne, where she focused on product liability, consumer law, and regulatory matters.

Mary Anne Martin

Mary Anne Martin joined Practical Law from US. Foods where she was a Director in the Commercial Law Department. Previously she practiced as Senior Director and Managing Counsel of the Merchandising and Marketing Law Department at Walgreen Co. and Senior Counsel at Sears, Roebuck and Co. Prior to Sears, she practiced at law firms in Chicago, Illinois including Peterson & Ross and Martin, Craig, Chester & Sonnenschein, LLP.

Corporate and M&A

Karl Ahlm

Karl Ahlm joined Practical Law from Gould & Ratner LLP, where he had been a partner in the business counseling and transactional group. Previously, he was a partner at DLA Piper US LLP specializing in private equity and M&A transactions, and before that a corporate associate at Winston & Strawn LLP, focusing on a broad range of M&A, finance, and securities matters.

Priya Howell

Priya Howell joined Practical Law from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she worked as a corporate attorney specializing in M&A transactions. Previously she was counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Before that, she worked in the general practice/corporate law group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Los Angeles.

Karen Bertulli

Karen Bertulli joined Practical Law after practicing with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., where she was a shareholder in their Corporate department. Karen's practice focused on public and private securities compliance and general corporate counseling. Previously, she was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in their Litigation and Corporate groups. Karen is the Managing Editor of State Corporate Content.

Hannah Kong

Hannah Kong joined Practical Law after serving as General Counsel for Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity fund manager with assets under management of approximately 2 billion. Previously, she was a partner in the Corporate Group at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, where she focused on private equity. Prior to that, she was an associate in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Catherine Chang 

Catherine Chang joined Practical Law from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where she was an associate in the corporate group. Previously she was an associate at both Morrison Cohen LLP and Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.

Emma Lee

Emma Lee joined Practical Law from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where she was a partner in the business services department and a former co-chair of the corporate practice group. Previously she was an associate at both Salans LLP and Moon & Ikeda, P.C.

Melanie Arad Fitzpatrick

Melanie Arad Fitzpatrick joined Practical Law from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she was an associate in the tax department. Previously she was an associate in the tax department at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Melissa Lovell 

Melissa Lovell joined Practical Law from Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC, where she was a member in the business transactions group, specializing in corporate law and M&A matters.

John Gathings

John Gathings joined Practical Law from Moore & Van Allen, PLLC where he was a member in the Corporate practice group, representing both buyers and sellers, assisting clients from pre-transaction planning and structuring through due diligence, negotiating and drafting definitive documentation, financing, closing and resolution of post-closing adjustments and other post-closing issues. Previously he clerked for the Honorable Donald J. Russell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Anne Maglione

Anne Maglione joined Practical Law from Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was a senior associate in the firm's corporate department.

Ana Guzman

Ana Guzman joined Practical Law from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she worked as a senior attorney in the corporate and securities department. Previously, she was a senior associate in the business transactions practice group at Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP, where she handled a wide range of corporate transactional matters.

Sara McLeod

Sara McLeod rejoined Practical Law from Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, where she was of counsel in the tax group. Previously she was a director and senior tax counsel at UBS and special counsel in the tax department at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Barbara Oikle

Barbara Oikle joined Practical Law from Greenberg Traurig, P.A., where she had been a shareholder in the corporate and securities department specializing in M&A and securities transactions for public companies. Previously she was a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Barbara also clerked for Chief Justice Poritz of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Daniel Rubin

Daniel Rubin joined Practical Law from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was counsel in the M&A group. Previously he was a corporate associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Amy Adams

Amy Adams joined Practical Law from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was an associate in the employee benefits and executive compensation department.

Ray Kaplan 

Ray Kaplan joined Practical Law from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he was an associate in the Employee Benefits department. Previously he was with Deloitte LLP and the Segal Company specializing in employee benefits and executive compensation.

Jessica Cherry

Jessica Cherry joined Practical Law from the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she was a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation department. Previously she worked as an associate in the global equity services department of Baker McKenzie in San Francisco.

Kyle Murray 

Kyle Murray joined Practical Law from the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), where he worked as an ERISA attorney focusing on health and welfare plan issues. Previously he was an employee benefits associate at Ogletree Deakins.

Jessica Faith

Jessica Faith joined Practical Law from Principal Financial Group, where she was in-house counsel for the retirement and income solutions business unit. Previously, she was an associate in the ERISA, benefits, and executive compensation group of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Finance

Maria Barclay

Maria Barclay joined Practical Law from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a senior corporate attorney in the finance group. Previously she was an attorney in the banking and finance team at the Auckland, New Zealand office of Bell Gully.

Richard Katz

Richard Katz joined Practical Law following a long career with The Bank of New York Mellon's Legal Department. Richard focused on commercial lending, letters of credit, credit support for bonds and commercial paper, and trade finance. Before that he was an associate in the Corporate Department of Demov, Morris & Hammerling. Richard is a Senior Legal Editor on Practical Law's Finance team.

Eric Berman

Eric Berman joined Practical Law from Sidley Austin LLP, where he worked as an associate in the corporate finance group, specializing in derivatives, securitization and structured finance, prime brokerage and securities lending.

Melissa Malpass 

Melissa Malpass joined Practical Law from WilmerHale, where she was counsel in the Financial Institutions group and handled consumer regulatory issues. She was previously an associate in the Consumer Financial Services group of K&L Gates, where she represented financial institutions, primarily residential mortgage lenders, in enforcement matters involving federal consumer financial laws.

Jeremy Estabrooks

Jeremy Estabrooks joined Practical Law from Axiom Law, where he worked at the general counsel's office of American Express and dealt primarily with banking, M&A and regulatory issues. Before that, he worked in the financial services group at Goodwin Procter LLP in New York. Before that, he worked in the finance and corporate and securities groups at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, also in New York. Jeremy began his legal career as a Stimson Fellow, working on various legal reform initiatives with the Russian government in Moscow, Russia.

Erlyne Nazaire

Erlyne Nazaire joined Practical Law from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was a corporate attorney in the international practice group handling project finance, private M&A and joint venture transactions.

Tim Fanning

Tim Fanning joined Practical Law from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was senior counsel in the corporate finance group, representing investment funds, banks and corporations as borrowers and lenders in connection with credit facilities and a range of other financings. Tim is the Managing Editor of Practical Law's Finance team.

Vince Salvatore 

Vince Salvatore joined Practical Law from private practice, where he advised New York municipalities, 501(c)(3) organizations, and startups on corporate, finance, and energy matters, and was General Counsel of Sustainable Westchester. He was previously General Counsel of Island Capital, finance partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, and Assistant General Counsel at Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Vince began at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where he worked on finance, M&A, and litigation matters in the firm's New York, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Washington, D.C., offices.

Intellectual Property & Technology

Mark Baker

Mark Baker joined Practical Law from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he was counsel focusing on patent litigation matters. Before that, he was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he specialized in patent litigation and intellectual property transactions.

Lindsey Gillespie

Lindsey Gillespie joined Practical Law from Potomac Law Group, PLLC, where she was of counsel focusing on US and global privacy and data security matters. Previously, she was a senior privacy associate in the information technology and communications group of Baker McKenzie in Chicago, an Assistant General Counsel at the University of Michigan, where she focused on technology related matters, and an associate with Miller Canfield.

Rita Berardino

Rita Berardino joined Practical Law from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she was counsel and previously a partner focusing on intellectual property and information technology matters in corporate transactions and licensing and collaborations primarily in the areas of pharmaceuticals and software. She previously was an intellectual property litigation associate at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Ulana (Uli) Holubec

Ulana (Uli) Holubec joined Practical Law from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where she was a senior associate and handled a variety of trademark and other intellectual property matters. Uli previously was an intellectual property attorney at White & Case LLP and an intellectual property litigation associate at Lieberman & Nowak, LLP.

Beth Bruns

Beth Bruns joined Practical Law from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, where she was an entertainment and new media attorney in the motion picture, television, and music transactions group. Previously she was a Senior Business Affairs Attorney at the Public Broadcasting Service, focusing on production, licensing, and distribution of PBS television and new media content. Before that, she was a corporate and securities associate at Hunton & Williams. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Entertainment Law.

Eric Lee

Eric Lee joined Practical Law from Medtronic, Inc., where he was principal patent counsel responsible for the Kyphon intellectual property portfolio. Immediately before joining Medtronic, Eric was chief counsel for patents at Georgia-Pacific LLC. Before that, he was assistant chief intellectual property counsel at Becton, Dickinson and Company. Previously Eric worked as an associate at Dorsey & Whitney and Fish & Neave.

Michael Burling

Michael Burling joined Practical Law from Paul Hastings LLP, where he was a litigation associate focusing on patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. Previously Michael was an intellectual property litigation associate at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Laura Lee

Laura Lee joined Practical Law from NBCUniversal, where she was vice president in the partnerships and licensing group with a focus on new media, mobile, interactive entertainment, and consumer products transactions. She previously was an associate at Nixon Peabody LLP.

Michael Chiappetta

Michael Chiappetta joined Practical Law from Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, PC, where he was counsel focusing on trademark and copyright litigation. Previously, he was an entertainment litigation associate at Troop Meisinger Steuber & Pasich, LLP in Los Angeles.

Beth Magnuson

Beth Magnuson, CIPP/US joined Practical Law from Oracle, where she was managing counsel, responsible for privacy and security matters. Her prior positions at Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems) focused on trademark and copyright matters. Before that, she was special counsel with Faegre & Benson, general counsel of Pumpkin Masters, a seasonal products company, and an intellectual property associate at both Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and Welsh & Katz (now Husch Blackwell).

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis joined Practical Law after counseling in-house legal and business teams regarding patent litigation and licensing issues. Previously she was a patent litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Dana Post

Dana Post, CIPP/E joined Practical Law from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP where she served as Special Counsel, advising companies on global data privacy issues arising in cross-border data transfers. She also has extensive experience counseling organizations on cybersecurity issues, including data security obligations and data breach litigation strategy. Dana was previously an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Sidley Austin LLP.

Rakiya Diggs 

Rakiya Diggs joined Practical Law from DLA Piper LLP, where her practice focused on technology-related intellectual property and commercial transactions, including licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, and intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions. She has experience both in the law firm setting and as an in-house attorney representing clients in the software, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, transportation, and energy industries. Previously, she was an associate at King & Spalding LLP.

Sari Heller Ratican

Sari Heller Ratican, CIPP EU/US joined Practical Law from Amgen Inc. where she was Chief Privacy Officer responsible for developing and implementing Amgen's global privacy program. Previously, Sari was Amgen's senior legal counsel responsible for advising on matters associated with the company's commercial operations. Before that, Sari was a healthcare and technology start-up associate at Klein & Martin and legislative counsel for the American Medical Association.

Frank Forman

Frank Forman joined Practical Law from Cooper & Dunham LLP, where he focused on pharmaceutical patent prosecution matters. Previously, Frank was Senior Patent Counsel at Astellas US LLC and Senior Corporate Counsel at Pfizer Inc., where his responsibilities included pharmaceutical patent strategy, prosecution, transactions, and litigation. Before that, Frank was a medicinal chemist at Sphinx Pharmaceuticals.

Zach Summers

Zach Summers joined Practical Law from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he was a patent litigation associate. Before that, he was an associate at Irell and Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he specialized in patent litigation and licensing matters.

Melodi (Mel) Gates

Melodi (Mel) Gates, CIPP/US joined Practical Law from Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, where she was a senior associate focusing on cybersecurity and privacy issues, including in the health information technology field. Prior to practicing law, Mel worked for over twenty years in the telecommunications industry, last serving as chief information security officer (CISO) for a large network provider. She is also an appointed member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC).

International Arbitration

Francesca Albert

Francesca Albert qualified as a solicitor in 2001, training with, and later becoming Of Counsel, at Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She specialized in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration working in Herbert Smith's London, Tokyo and Moscow offices. In 2013 she moved to Dechert Russia LLC as National Partner and joined Practical Law as Arbitration Editor in 2015. Francesca taught LLM modules on the protection of foreign direct investment at Queen Mary, University of London and lectured on investment treaty arbitration to Masters students of international law and finance at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). She co-founded the Moscow Arbitration Forum 40 (now Russian Arbitration Association 40) and sat as Co-Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association. She has spoken extensively and been published widely on international arbitration matters. She is fluent in five languages including Russian.

Claire Lipman

Claire Lipman trained and qualified at Paisner and Co (now Berwin Leighton Paisner), where she worked for some 13 years in their dispute resolution department. In addition to practising in all areas of general commercial litigation, Claire specialises in international arbitration and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has contributed a chapter in ADR and Commercial Disputes, published by Sweet and Maxwell. Claire joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution in July 2007.

Victoria Kummer

Victoria Kummer joined Practical Law in 2015 after retiring from Dickstein Shapiro, where she was a partner in the Business Litigation group for 12 years. Previously at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Baer Marks & Upham, she practiced for more than 20 years as a commercial litigator before courts and arbitral tribunals around the world. Since 1998, she has also been an arbitrator, serving on panels of the AAA, ICDR, FINRA, CPR, and ICC, and a mediator for the NY Supreme Court Commercial Division, the SDNY and the Second Circuit. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, teaching Legal Writing and an upper level course on Pretrial Practice.

Melissa Lorenzo-Herve

Melissa Lorenzo-Herve joined Practical Law from Fortent, a compliance information management company, where she was a legal editor. Previously she was an associate in the M&A group at Troutman Sanders LLP and before that was an associate in the corporate and litigation groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Steven Skulnik 

Steven Skulnik joined Practical Law from Ganfer & Shore LLP, where he was counsel in the litigation department. His practice focused on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration. He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner in Pavia & Harcourt LLP. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a panel arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and other providers. Steve chairs the New York City Bar Association's Arbitration Committee and is a former co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Labor & Employment

Chris Alber 

Chris Alber joined Practical Law from Proskauer Rose, LLP, where she practiced immigration law for more than seven years. Before joining Proskauer, Chris spent more than seven years as an immigration attorney with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, an international boutique immigration firm. Chris frequently speaks and writes on immigration topics.

Belle Hsu 

Belle Hsu joined Practical Law after having her own law practice in California providing advice and counsel on labor and employment law to employers. Prior to that, she was director of human resources and associate general counsel for Advanced Bionics Corporation and was an employment attorney for BP America Inc.'s West Coast operations. Before going in-house, she specialized in labor and employment law as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Littler Mendelson, P.C., both in Los Angeles.

Delyanne Barros

Delyanne Barros joined Practical Law from Outten & Golden LLP, where she was an associate representing plaintiffs in employment-related matters for over six years.

Rosemary Joyce

Rosemary Joyce joined Practical Law from Littler Mendelson P.C., where she was Special Counsel litigating and providing counsel in all areas of employment law. Previously, she worked as an attorney in the labor and employment practice groups of Fox Rothschild LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Suzanne K. Brown

Suzanne K. Brown joined Practical Law from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where she was a litigation associate in the labor and employment group, concentrating on wage and hour litigation and compliance. Previously Suzanne was a labor and employment associate with Gibbons, P.C., McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, and the Law Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Terence McGuire

Terence McGuire joined Practical Law from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he was an associate in the labor and employment practice group, concentrating in traditional labor law and employment litigation matters.

Gay F. Chase

Gay F. Chase joined Practical Law from the United States Merit Systems Protection Board, where she served as an Administrative Judge adjudicating federal employment cases. Previously she was an Assistant General Counsel for the United States General Services Administration specializing in federal labor and employment litigation. Before that she served as a Labor Attorney for the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.

Anna Pohl 

Anna Pohl joined Practical Law from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she was a trial attorney in the New York District Office and litigated employment discrimination cases, including systemic cases, under federal civil rights statutes. Previously she was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC where she represented plaintiffs in complex employment cases and class actions.

Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris joined Practical Law from DLA Piper LLP, where she served as Counsel in the labor and employment group for more than 10 years. Previously, Barbara spent seven years as Counsel at Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp, a boutique litigation firm in New York City. Before that, she was an associate at Alschuler, Grossman & Pines in Los Angeles.

Helena Sung 

Helena Sung joined Practical Law from MTV Networks, where she was senior employment counsel providing labor and employment advice to client groups across all channels, including production teams on scripted and reality television programming. Before that, she specialized in labor and employment law as an associate at Baker McKenzie and Kauff McClain & McGuire.

Law Department

Frances Faigenblat

Frances Faigenblat joined Practical Law from Sunbeam Products, Inc., where she was Senior Counsel, Corporate, handling a wide range of corporate, commercial and employment matters. She previously was a partner in the International and Cross-Border Transactions practice group at Holland & Knight LLP and before that an associate at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now DLA Piper).

Helen Respass

Helen Respass joined Practical Law from Sojitz Corporation of America, where she was assistant general counsel for the Americas region, handling a wide range of corporate, M&A, commercial and employment matters and overseeing the ethics and compliance program. She previously was an associate in the Executive Compensation and ERISA group at Linklaters LLP and before that an associate in both the Corporate and the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits groups at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham joined Practical Law from private practice and as an in-house consultant advising legal and business teams on a wide range of intellectual property and litigation matters. She was previously counsel in the Intellectual Property practice group at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP and special counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Litigation

Jessica Brand

Jessica Brand joined Practical Law from Sills Cummis & Gross PC, where she was a senior associate in the litigation group. Her practice focused on complex commercial and real estate litigation on the trial and appellate court levels in both state and federal courts. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District Court for the District of New Jersey, and was named a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for several consecutive years.

Noelle McCall 

Noelle McCall joined Practical Law from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was a litigation associate in the firm's Los Angeles office. Her practice focused on product liability, toxic tort, consumer class actions, commercial litigation, securities litigation, healthcare, and insurance recovery, as well as financial regulatory and compliance work.

Brian Birke 

Brian Birke joined Practical Law from Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. where he was a shareholder in the Complex & Business Litigation, Appellate, and Insurance Coverage & Defense groups. His practice focused on a wide range of disputes, including complex contracts, unfair trade practices, and bad faith and extra-contractual claims. He has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation.

Brandon Moss 

Brandon Moss joined Practical Law from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, where he was a partner. His practice focused on civil litigation, appellate practice, employment law, and public law. He also served as a judicial law clerk with the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang joined Practical Law from Bloomberg L.P., where he worked on the legal research product. He was previously a litigation associate at Jacob, Medinger & Finnegan LLP.

Andray Napolez

Andray Napolez joined Practical Law from the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie LLP, where he was a senior associate focusing on commercial litigation and white collar defense. Previously, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. There he investigated and prosecuted corporate fraud and abuse.

Amera Z. Chowhan

Amera Z. Chowhan joined Practical Law from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she was Counsel in the firm's litigation department. In her twenty years of practice, she focused on complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate court levels in both New York and federal courts.

Vlad Pavlovic

Vlad Pavlovic joined Practical Law from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he was a litigation associate. His practice focused on securities litigation, regulatory investigations and white collar criminal matters. Before joining Morgan Lewis, he was a litigation associate at Allen & Overy LLP.

Victoria Cioppettini 

Victoria Cioppettini joined Practical Law from Cole Schotz P.C., where she was a partner in the Litigation Department. Her practice focused on complex commercial disputes in New Jersey state and federal courts, through which she gained significant trial and appellate experience. Victoria also handled arbitration and mediation proceedings, counseled clients on e-discovery issues, and conducted internal investigations. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Joseph P. Rindone

Joseph P. Rindone joined Practical Law from Baker McKenzie, where he was a senior associate in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Group. His practice focused on representing corporate and individual clients, both domestic and international, primarily in the areas of white-collar defense (antitrust, securities, tax, export control laws and sanctions regimes, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and corporate compliance matters), complex civil litigation and class actions. He previously clerked for the Honorable Rudy B. Coleman, J.A.D.

Robert Conrad 

Robert Conrad joined Practical Law from the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was the firm's managing attorney. Previously he was a legal analyst at Bloomberg L.P. Before that, he worked as an associate in the litigation and products liability groups at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

John-Paul Rodriguez

John-Paul Rodriguez joined Practical Law from the Miami office of White & Case LLP, where he was associate in the firm's U.S. Disputes group. His practice focused on commercial litigation, insurance defense, toxic torts, and appeals in Florida state and federal courts.

Beth Crawford

Beth Crawford joined Practical Law from Lone Star College System where she was Acting General Counsel. Previously she was litigation counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, concentrating on commercial litigation and appeals. Before that, she clerked at the Texas Supreme Court and First Court of Appeals where she later served as a Senior Staff Attorney. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law.

Diana Rubin

Diana Rubin joined Practical Law from private practice at her own firm in New York, where she both represented clients and advised practicing attorneys on civil litigation in federal and state courts. Previously, she was a senior litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for 10 years, where she represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and M & A litigation. Prior to joining Skadden, she clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Peck in the Southern District of New York.

Dharma Betancourt Frederick 

Dharma Betancourt Frederick joined Practical Law from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she was a litigation associate focusing on securities litigation and white collar defense in federal and state court and in regulatory proceedings. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Kim Hendrix Scheidt

Kim Hendrix Scheidt joined Practical Law from the Philadelphia office of White and Williams LLP, where she practiced in the firm's commercial litigation and business insurance groups. Previously, she served as Corporate Counsel to The Siegfried Group LLP. Before that, she was Of Counsel at the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where her practice focused on insurance and professional liability litigation.

Matt Gayle

Matt Gayle joined Practical Law from Lavin, O'Neil, Cedrone & DiSipio, where he was an associate and later a shareholder in the firm's Philadelphia office. His practice focused on litigation of product liability and toxic tort matters in both state and federal courts. He previously clerked in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Stephanie Sklar

Stephanie Sklar joined Practical Law from the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she was the Director of Domestic Affairs. Previously she was an associate at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she worked in the litigation group in the Chicago office. She was also a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Chapman Spingola LLP.

Kelly Griffith

Kelly Griffith joined Practical Law from Spilman Thomas and Battle, PLLC, where she was a litigation partner, e-discovery Counsel, and Director of Litigation Support. In addition to representing clients in various types of civil litigation, she worked with clients, colleagues, and technologists to develop, implement, and manage e-discovery protocols in all manner of cases.

David Smith

David Smith practiced in law firms as a civil litigator for 10 years prior to joining Practical Law. He joined Practical Law from Malone Middleman, PC, where he specialized in all aspects of general civil litigation. Previous to this, he worked at K&L Gates as an associate in litigation, specializing in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insurance coverage practice.

Nicholas Haddad

Nicholas Haddad joined Practical Law from the New York office of Jones Day, where he was an associate in the Issues & Appeals group. His practice focused on appellate litigation and motion practice in both state and federal courts. Before joining Jones Day, he clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann in the Second Circuit and the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff in the Southern District of New York. Before that, he was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Fordham Law School.

Steven Skulnik

Steven Skulnik joined Practical Law from Ganfer & Shore LLP, where he was counsel in the litigation department. His practice focused on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration. He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner in Pavia & Harcourt LLP. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a panel arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and other providers. Steve chairs the New York City Bar Association's Arbitration Committee and is a former co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Yen Hope

Yen Hope joined Practical Law from Gilchrist & Rutter, where she was a partner in the firm's litigation department. She was previously a litigation associate at the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper. Her practice focused on business, real estate, and land use litigation. Yen is a Senior State Content Editor for California.

Lauren Sobel 

Lauren Sobel joined Practical Law from Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she was a Partner in the firm's Business Litigation department. Prior to that, she clerked for the Honorable Joan A. Lenard in the Southern District of Florida and the Honorable Debra C. Freeman in the Southern District of New York. Previously, she was also a litigation associate at Nixon Peabody LLP in New York.

Lauren Hornsby

Lauren Hornsby joined Practical Law from Cokinos, Bosien & Young, where she was a principal in the firm's Irving office. Her practice focused on construction defect litigation, commercial litigation, product liability litigation, appellate practice, and insurance recovery. Prior to that, she was a partner in Thompson & Knight LLP's Trial Section in Dallas, where for more than thirteen years her practice included commercial litigation, consumer protection litigation, ERISA litigation, product liability litigation, insurance defense litigation, and international business disputes.

Beth Tagliamonti 

Beth Tagliamonti joined Practical Law from Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was Of Counsel in the firm's litigation department. Previously she was an associate in the litigation group at Bryan Cave LLP.

Robert Iscaro

Robert Iscaro joined Practical Law from the New York office of Jones Day, where he was Counsel in the litigation department. His practice focused on product liability and toxic torts in both state and federal courts. He previously clerked in the New Jersey State Superior Court.

Jennifer Marino Thibodaux

Jennifer Marino Thibodaux joined Practical Law from Gibbons P.C., where she was a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation group. Her practice focused on consumer class action defense in New Jersey state and federal courts. She also handled various commercial matters and conducted internal investigations. She is experienced in e-discovery management and counseling. Previously, she clerked in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion on the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Scott Kaiser

Scott Kaiser joined Practical Law from the New York office of Gerard Fox Law, P.C. where he was Of Counsel in the firm's litigation group. He was previously an associate in the New York office of Bryan Cave LLP. His practice focused on complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, and labor and employment.

David von Ebers

David von Ebers joined Practical Law from solo practice in the Chicago suburbs, where he concentrated in complex commercial and business litigation, including corporate, real estate, employment, construction, trademark and trade name, and business-to-business contract disputes. Previously he was an associate and partner at Fischel & Kahn, Ltd., in Chicago, where he was one of the firm's primary commercial and business litigators. He also worked as a litigation associate at D'Ancona & Plfaum and Jenner & Block in Chicago. Mr. von Ebers graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1987. He is a Senior State Content Editor for Illinois.

Victoria Kummer 

Victoria Kummer joined Practical Law in 2015 after retiring from Dickstein Shapiro, where she was a partner in the Business Litigation group for 12 years. Previously at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Baer Marks & Upham, she practiced for more than 20 years as a commercial litigator before courts and arbitral tribunals around the world. Since 1998, she has also been an arbitrator, serving on panels of the AAA, ICDR, FINRA, CPR, and ICC, and a mediator for the NY Supreme Court Commercial Division, the SDNY and the Second Circuit. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, teaching Legal Writing and an upper level course on Pretrial Practice.

Robert Weisz

Robert Weisz joined Practical Law from the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he specialized in civil appeals in both federal and state courts. Previously he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Katsky Korins LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allen G. Schwartz in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Rob is a Managing Editor with Practical Law's Litigation Service.

Brian Lavin

Brian Lavin joined Practical Law from Hartman & Craven LLP, where he was a senior associate in the litigation department. Previously he was a litigation associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP. Before that, he was an associate at Clifford Chance LLP. Brian is a Managing Editor with Practical Law's Litigation Service.

Tom Witz

Tom Witz joined Practical Law from the Albany, NY office of the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, where he was a Litigation Partner. He has had significant trial and appellate experience representing clients throughout New York State in products liability, professional liability, medical and dental malpractice, and commercial litigation matters. Tom has handled matters in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. He was previously an associate at the law firm Thorn Gershon Tymann & Bonanni, LLP and Assistant Counsel with the NYS Division of Parole.

Melissa Lorenzo-Herve

Melissa Lorenzo-Herve joined Practical Law from Fortent, a compliance information management company, where she was a legal editor. Previously she was an associate in the M&A group at Troutman Sanders LLP and before that was an associate in the corporate and litigation groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Ruth Marshall 

Ruth Marshall joined Practical Law from the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was a litigation associate concentrating on securities litigation and complex commercial litigation. She was previously a litigation associate at the New York office of Bryan Cave LLP. Ruth is a Managing Editor with Practical Law's Litigation team.

Brandon Levitt

Brandon Levitt joined Practical Law from Hall, Lamb & Hall, where he specialized in complex commercial and terrorism litigation. Previously he was a senior associate in the Business Litigation department of Shutts & Bowen LLP in Miami.

Public Sector

Gay F. Chase

Gay F. Chase joined Practical Law from the United States Merit Systems Protection Board, where she served as an Administrative Judge adjudicating federal employment cases. Previously she was an Assistant General Counsel for the United States General Services Administration specializing in federal labor and employment litigation. Before that she served as a Labor Attorney for the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.

Beth Hoffman

Beth Hoffman joined Practical Law from the New York City Law Department, where she served as Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division. In that role, she litigated exclusively Section 1983 cases brought against the City of New York and its uniformed employees, including the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction. Beth also has experience in several other areas of federal litigation practice, including employment discrimination, bankruptcy, securities fraud, and class actions.

Grace I. Cheng

Grace I. Cheng joined Practical Law from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel, where she served as senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy counsel. Prior to that role, Grace served as Chief of the Government Information Law Division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, where her practice included FOIA, privacy, congressional oversight, records management, as well as a wide range of regulatory and policy matters related to government information disclosure. Prior to her government service, Grace was in private practice, specializing in civil litigation and commercial arbitration.

Roger Horner

Roger Horner joined Practical Law after more than three decades in local government. Most recently, he was the City Attorney for Brentwood, Tennessee, where he advised the City Manager, City Commission, and all City boards and departments. Prior to that, he served as Brentwood's Finance Director, and previously was a financial analyst for the Tennessee Public Service Commission. He is a past president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association (TMAA) and received TMAA's Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award in 2018. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Cathy Cunningham

Cathy Cunningham joined Practical Law with more than thirty years of municipal law experience. Most recently, Cathy was in private practice at Boyle & Lowry, LLP, where she advised municipal and special district clients on matters including utility and right-of-way, zoning and land use, personnel, code enforcement, and budget and tax. Previously, she was a Senior Attorney in the Irving, Texas City Attorney’s Office, where her activities were later recognized by the Texas House of Representatives with a Resolution and a flag in honor of her public service. Before that, Cathy worked for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Abilene, Texas.

Christine L. Krell

Christine L. Krell joined Practical Law after almost two decades in the Federal Government. Most recently, she served as Senior Assistant General Counsel to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where she specialized in multi-billion dollar Government-wide IT contracts, advised on matters of Government-wide procurement policy, and served as an attorney for the FAR Council. Prior to her time at GSA, Christine practiced procurement and fiscal law at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, and previously served in the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication.

Brett T. Egusa

Brett T. Egusa joined Practical Law after more than eighteen years as a civilian and military attorney in the Federal Government. Most recently, he served as Associate Chief Counsel, Procurement and Fiscal Law Division at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he specialized in procurement, fiscal, and grants law. Prior to his time at FEMA, Brett practiced procurement and fiscal law at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Previous to that, Brett was an active duty Army Judge Advocate General (JAG), where he practiced procurement, fiscal, operational, labor and employment, and criminal law.

Anna Pohl

Anna Pohl joined Practical Law from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she was a trial attorney in the New York District Office and litigated employment discrimination cases, including systemic cases, under federal civil rights statutes. Previously she was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC where she represented plaintiffs in complex employment cases and class actions.

Julian Grant

Julian Grant joined Practical Law with more than 20 years of local government experience. He previously served as the first City Attorney of Kyle, Texas, the Deputy City Attorney of Temple, Texas, and Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. Julian also served for nearly ten years as the highest ranking municipal law attorney for the State of Texas as the head of the Texas Attorney General's Local Government Section. He is currently the co-chair of the Land Use Section and the Finance & Economic Development Section of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), and is an IMLA Local Government Fellow.

Ian Williams

Ian Williams joined Practical Law from the County Attorney's Office of Volusia County, Florida, where he was an Assistant County Attorney. His practice focused on a variety of local government matters, including land use, environmental compliance, transportation, utilities, and litigating Section 1983 and inverse condemnation claims. Previously, Ian clerked for Florida's Fifth Judicial Circuit and was president of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association. Ian has prior government experience with the Massachusetts Port Authority and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control in Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland.

Real Estate

Julie Antalffy

Julie Antalffy joined Practical Law from an in-house counsel position at Situs, a global real estate advisory firm. She previously served as in-house counsel for US Bank in the special assets group and as a senior real estate and transactional associate at the boutique firm of Christian Smith & Jewell LLP. In her practice, Julie handled all aspects of commercial real estate, including lending and workouts, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial property management, and leasing.

Michael Plambeck

Michael Plambeck joined Practical Law from Christensen & Laue PA where he was a general practice attorney focusing on real estate and business transactions.

Regina T. Baldwin

Regina T. Baldwin joined Practical Law from Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP, where she was of counsel in the real estate department. Previously, she was of counsel in the real estate departments of Sills, Cummis & Gross, PC and Winston & Strawn LLP. In her practice, Regina focused on all aspects of commercial real estate, including financing, sales and leasing.

Tara Ryan

Tara Ryan joined Practical Law from Cole Schotz P.C., where she was Special Counsel in the real estate department focusing on commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and finance. In her practice, she represented borrowers and lenders in commercial mortgage financing transactions, purchasers and sellers in commercial real estate debt acquisitions and dispositions and purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of single property and multi-state portfolio transactions.

Jill H. Blumberg

Jill H. Blumberg joined Practical Law from Hunton & Williams LLP, where she was a Senior Attorney in the real estate department focusing on commercial real estate matters. Previously, she was an in-house attorney and the Head of Equity Closings at New York Life Investments. Before that, she was a Counsel in the real estate group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Julie Schwartzberg

Julie Schwartzberg joined Practical Law from Greenberg Traurig LLP, where she was a shareholder in the real estate department. In her practice, Julie represented institutional lenders and purchasers in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. She specialized in real estate financing with an emphasis in CMBS lending. Previously she was an associate at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.

Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper joined Practical Law from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, where she was Assistant General Counsel in the Real Estate Unit of the Investments Department. Previously, Brenda was Counsel in the real estate department of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, and a real estate associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Rogers & Wells LLP. Brenda has handled all aspects of commercial real estate transactions in the U.S. and internationally representing developers, institutional investors and lenders, including acquisitions; dispositions; mortgage loan origination and servicing; warehouse line, subscription line and other complex structured financings; joint ventures; developments; and asset management.

Lori Schwarz

Lori Schwarz joined Practical Law from the construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, where she was a partner. She specialized in representing owners, developers, design professionals and sureties in all facets of construction contracting and risk management as well as in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes in state and federal courts.

Rebecca Gemmel

Rebecca Gemmel joined Practical Law from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she was an attorney in the real estate department with a focus on real estate finance. Previously, she was an attorney with McKenna Long & Aldridge and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps where she represented lenders and borrowers in commercial financing transactions, purchasers and sellers in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and landlord and tenants in leasing transactions. In her practice, Rebecca has also represented developers in land acquisition and development, as well as non-profits new market tax credit and charter school bond financings.

Lori Smith

Lori Smith joined Practical Law from Andrews Kurth LLP, where she was a partner in the real estate group. In her practice, Lori handled all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition and disposition of hotels, office, multifamily, and industrial properties, and all related financing; hotel and multi-family property management; commercial leasing; loan origination and servicing; and joint venture projects.

Laura Kern

Laura Kern joined Practical Law from Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, where she was Director of Finance and Real Estate Counsel. Previously, she was Legal Director at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and an associate in the real estate departments of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP and Ballard Spahr LLP. Laura has handled an array of commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, land use and eminent domain.

Nicky Sonntag

Nicky Sonntag joined Practical Law from Taft Stettinius & Hollister, where she was a partner in the real estate department. She specialized in representing developers, owners, purchasers, and lenders in the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate, development transactions, leasing matters, residential transactions, and financing.

Andrew Lettington

Andrew Lettington joined Practical Law from Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., where he was of counsel in the real estate department. In his practice, Andrew focused on commercial real estate, including the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of office, retail, and industrial properties.

Kevin Ulrich

Kevin Ulrich joined Practical Law from an in-house counsel position where he focused on all aspects of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, land use, and development. Previously, he was a real estate associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP and Cooper Levenson P.C.

Jennifer Leung

Jennifer Leung joined Practical Law from Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, where she was of counsel in the real estate department. Previously, she was of counsel at the real estate boutique firm of Lubin Olson LLP and a real estate associate at DLA Piper and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. In her practice, Jennifer focused on all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint ventures and leasing. She represented borrowers and lenders in financing, purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of single property and multi-property portfolio transactions, landlords and tenants in leasing, sponsors and equity partners in joint ventures.

Joshua Verleun

Joshua Verleun joined Practical Law from Cullen and Dykman, LLP, where he was an associate in the Energy and Utilities practice, representing energy and utility project developers in environmental, energy, and land use regulatory and transactional matters. Previously he was a Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper, Inc.

Trusts & Estates

Lindsay Mishcon Cohen

Lindsay Mishcon Cohen joined Practical Law from White & Case LLP, where she is of counsel in the Private Clients group focusing on trust and estate matters for high net worth individuals and families. Previously she was an attorney in the Private Clients group at Sidley Austin LLP.

Samantha Brinn Merel

Samantha Brinn Merel joined Practical Law from Sidley Austin LLP, where she was an attorney in the Private Clients group, focusing on international and domestic trust and estate planning for high net worth clients, including income and transfer tax planning, charitable planning, and planning for multi-national families. Previously, she was an associate in the Wealth Advisory group at Lazard Wealth Management.

Claire Hofbauer

Claire Hofbauer joined Practical Law from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she was an attorney in the Estate Planning and Personal Representation group handling estate planning, trust administration, corporate, tax, and real estate matters for high net worth individuals, families, and closely held businesses. Previously she was an associate at Wayne Johnson & Associates, PLC.

Carol Ina Neely

Carol Ina Neely joined Practical Law from Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, where she was counsel in the Trusts & Estates group focusing on estate planning and estate administration matters for high net worth individuals and families, and contested probate and fiduciary matters for corporate and individual fiduciaries. Previously she was with Wells Fargo Wealth Management.

Robert Hull

Robert Hull joined Practical Law from Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, where he was an attorney in the Trusts & Estates group handling a wide range of estate planning, probate and trust administration matters, including income and wealth transfer tax minimization, and multigenerational and business succession planning.
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