Law notes: Drinker Biddle & Faegre  merge; Morris Nichols, Morris James,  Potter Anderson, and Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys admitted to bar

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Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath announced a merger

The combined firm will begin operations as Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath on Feb. 1, 2020.

With more than 1,300 attorneys and consultants in 22 offices across the U.S. and in China and the United Kingdom, Faegre Drinker will be one of the nation’s 50 largest law firms based on both size and projected gross revenue of nearly $1 billion. The law firm has an office in Wilmington.

The corporate and business litigation teams will each include more than 200 attorneys, and product liability and intellectual property attorneys will both number approximately 150. The combined firm also will have new practice capabilities and deeper regulatory expertise across a number of areas including employee benefits, finance and restructuring, government advocacy, health, insurance, investment management, labor and employment, private client, and real estate. In addition, the firm will be a leader in key industry sectors including construction, financial services, food and agribusiness, health and life sciences, insurance, and retail, a release stated.

Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting — FaegreBD’s advisory and advocacy division based in Washington, D.C. — will become Faegre Drinker Consulting. Drinker Biddle’s ancillary businesses — Tritura Information Governance, Innovative Health Strategies, and its government advocacy arm, The District Policy Group — will also become part of the combined firm’s service offerings.

The firm will combine offices in three cities: Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Drinker Biddle will gain offices in business centers, including Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Silicon Valley, as well as three international offices in London, Beijing and Shanghai.

Faegre Baker Daniels will gain new offices in strategic markets, including Dallas, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Wilmington. The firm’s five largest offices will be in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

16 attorneys admitted to bar

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP announced that 16 attorneys associated with the firm were admitted to the Delaware bar.

They are:

  • Nader Amerjoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Nader earned his J.D. (2019) from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; and B.A. (2015) cum laude in political science from the Armstrong State University.
  • Emily A. Bryant-Álvarezjoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Emily earned her J.D. (2018) magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and M.M.P (2015) from the University of Delaware; and B.A. (2012) in history and religion with honors from Swarthmore College.
  • Cameron P. Clarkjoins the Intellectual Property Litigation group. Cameron earned his J.D. (2019) cum laude from Penn State Law; and B.S. (2014) in microbiology from Brigham Young University.
  • Koah M. Doudjoins the Commercial Law Counseling group. Koah earned his J.D. (2019) from Penn State Law; and B.A. (2012) in philosophy from Berkeley.
  • Jason A. Fruchterjoins the Delaware Corporate Counseling group. Jason earned his J.D. (2019) from the University of Virginia School of Law; and B.S. (2014) summa cum laude from New York University.
  • Michelle Fujoins the Delaware Corporate Counseling group. Michelle earned her J.D. (2019) magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; and B.S. (2015) in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
  • Miranda N. Gilbertjoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Miranda earned her J.D. (2019) cum laude from William & Mary Law School; and B.A. (2015) summa cum laude in philosophy (pre-law) and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Joseph P. Halseyjoins the Business Reorganization and Restructuring group. Joseph earned his J.D. (2019) from Georgetown University Law Center; and B.A. (2014) in cross cultural studies from Nyack College.
  • Sarah P. Kabolyjoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Sarah earned her J.D. (2019) from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; and B.A. (2016) in political science from Gettysburg College.
  • Andrew Moshosjoins the Intellectual Property Litigation group. Andrew earned his J.D. (2019) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and B.A. (2016) summa cum laude in classical studies and cellular neuroscience from Colgate University.
  • Sarah E. Simonettijoins the Intellectual Property Litigation group. Sarah earned her J.D. (2019) from William & Mary Law School; and B.A. (2015) in comparative literature, international politics from the Pennsylvania State University.
  • Hallie Snyder Sacchettajoins the Delaware Corporate Counseling group. Hallie earned her J.D./M.B.A. (2019) cum laude from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law; and B.A. (2013) magna cum laude in economics and Chinese from Colgate University.
  • Sara Toscanojoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Sara earned her J.D. (2019) summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law; and B.A. (2015) magna cum laude in political science from Stockton University.
  • Brett S. Turlingtonjoins the Business Reorganization and Restructuring group. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Brett earned his J.D. (2018) magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and B.S. (2015) in finance; and B.A. (2015) in economics from the University of Maryland College Park.
  • Gage Whirleyjoins the Corporate and Business Litigation group. Gage earned his J.D. (2019) magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School; and B.A. in political science and science, technology, and law from Virginia Polytechinic Institute and State University.
  • Andrew Workmanjoins the Business Reorganization and Restructuring group. Andrew earned his J.D. (2019) from the University of Virginia School of Law; and B.S. (2015) summa cum laude in criminology, law and society from George Mason University.

Richards, Layton & Finger associates admitted to practice

Richards, Layton & Finger is pleased to announce that 13 associates of the firm have been admitted to the Delaware bar. The lawyers were admitted to practice in the State of Delaware by the Delaware Supreme Court in a ceremony today in Dover.

The newly admitted Richards Layton associates are Dorronda R. Bordley, Garrett S. Eggen, R. Parker Havis, Elizabeth A. Heise, Matthew M. Kent, Marina C. Leary, Brian T.M. Mammarella, Philip K. Micha, John T. Miraglia, J. Zachary Noble, Kate E. Peterson, Christian C.F. Roberts, and Matthew D. Schwalm.

Eggen and Noble are practicing in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Department, and Peterson and Schwalm are in the Commercial Transactions group. Heise, Miraglia, and Roberts join the firm’s Corporate Litigation practice. Havis and Micha are in the Real Estate group, with Micha also working with the Environmental group. Bordley joins Richards Layton’s Litigation practice, Kent is in Corporate Trust and Agency Services, Leary is part of the Limited Liability Company and Partnership Advisory group, and Mammarella practices in Corporate Advisory and Governance.

Potter Anderson attorneys admitted to bar

Three attorneys fromPotter Anderson, Wilmington, have been officially admitted to the Delaware bar. They are Joseph D. Farris,Justin T. Hymesand Zachary C. Woerner.

Farris is an associate in Potter Anderson’s Corporate Group. His practice primarily involves counseling Delaware corporations on corporate law, governance issues and transactional matters.

Hymes is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Group. His practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Woerner is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Group. His practice primarily involves counseling Delaware corporations on corporate law and governance issues. Zack also works with buyers and sellers in negotiated acquisitions and divestitures.

Two attorneys, admitted to practice, join Morris James

Morris James welcomed Kuhu Parasrampuria and Damon B. Ferrara to the firm’s business litigation practice.

Both attorneys were admitted to practice in the State of Delaware by the Delaware Supreme Court in a recent ceremony.

Kuhu and Damon will focus their practice on counseling and litigation involving corporations and other business entities formed under Delaware law.

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