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K&L Gates Adds 40 Lawyers to Firm's Partnership

19 December 2022

The partners of global law firm K&L Gates LLP have voted to elect the following individuals from across the firm’s global platform as new partners, effective January 1. The group comprises 40 individuals representing 22 offices, including Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Research Triangle Park, Seattle, Seoul, Sydney, and Washington, D.C.

K&L Gates Global Managing Partner Jim Segerdahl remarked: “We are thrilled to welcome such an outstanding and accomplished group of lawyers to their new positions at our firm. Their election reflects the firm’s commitment to advancing high quality professionals around the world in order to continue to serve our clients across a wide range of regions, practices, and industries.” 

The lawyers joining the firm’s partnership are:

Katherine Allor (Chicago) is an intellectual property litigator with experience in many phases of patent litigation, including both supporting and defending charges of patent infringement. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience in numerous post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Farah Al-Nabulsi (Dubai) regularly advises on M&A transactions, investment and joint venture arrangements, market entry, restructurings and disposal transactions, corporate governance, and other corporate commercial and advisory matters.

Corey Bieber (Chicago) advises clients on legal matters involving technology licensing, information security, privacy, and compliance. This includes engagements concerning data privacy and security, biometrics, HIPAA, software copyrights, and software and information technology services licensing. He also leverages his professional technology background to develop customized litigation analytics software for clients in class action litigation matters.

Jan Boeing (Luxembourg) has experience in a variety of international, multi-jurisdictional banking and finance transactions, including debt restructuring, capital market matters, and regulatory matters relating to the financial services industry.

Kevin Cao (Palo Alto) focuses his practice on venture capital financings, reorganizations, M&A transactions, and corporate governance matters. He has represented various domestic and international clients across industries including technology, products, banking, energy, aviation, and real estate.

Chris Carson (New York) focuses his practice on advising corporate clients on the tax aspects of cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and similar transactions, as well as advising asset management clients on tax matters in connection with private equity fund structures.

Damiano Castelli (Brisbane) is a real estate lawyer who works across the renewable energy, resources and infrastructure projects sector, in addition to having experience managing the acquisition, development, leasing, and disposal of commercial, industrial, retail, and residential property.

Simon Chan (Doha) has experience advising financial institutions, corporate sponsors, and borrowers on general financing, including project, leveraged, asset, and Islamic financings, as well as restructurings. He also advises project companies, sponsors, and lenders on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects.

Penny Chen Fox (Los Angeles) represents employers in numerous sectors and industries in high-stakes wage and hour class action and California Private Attorneys General Act matters. She has successfully defended a broad range of companies against individual, class, and representative wage and hour actions in state and federal courts.

Andrew Chung (Seoul) focuses his practice primarily in the areas of cross-border commercial transactions involving both public and private companies and private equity investments, including multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions on behalf of both Korean and global clients.

Christopher Fernandez (Charlotte) represents lenders, servicers, and special servicers in a variety of transactions, including workouts, restructurings, foreclosures, and bankruptcies. He has experience in nearly all aspects of loan servicing, general commercial litigation, discovery, e-discovery, and bankruptcy litigation.

Andrew Feucht (Seattle) represents a variety of public institutions, private investment programs, and other limited partners in their alternative investments. These investment partnerships include venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, and distressed debt funds, among others.

Alanna Fitzpatrick (Brisbane) is a workplace health and safety lawyer who assists clients in responding to and engaging with regulators investigating safety incidents in order to help minimize the risk of reputational damage and personal/corporate prosecution.

Meghan Flinn (Washington, D.C.) focuses her practice on government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate level. She represents individuals, investment advisers, broker-dealers, public companies, banks, and other financial institutions before various state and federal regulators and enforcement authorities.

Pamela Grossetti (Boston) practices in the area of investment management and securities law, and focuses on advising investment advisers, registered and unregistered investment companies, and other financial service providers on the various legal and regulatory aspects of their operations.

Kodey Haddox (New York) represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial cases in federal and state court, arbitration, and mediation. He has experience with the many aspects of discovery, motion practice, and trials in state and federal courts as well as mediation of complex disputes.

Adam Heyd (Seattle) focuses his practice on corporate and transactional law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, securities law compliance, corporate governance, and venture capital financings.

Stacey Hyman (Newark) focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, including insurance coverage, specifically health care and ERISA disputes.

Cheryl Isaac (Washington, D.C.) advises clients on compliance with derivatives laws and regulations, including those promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve, and other federal regulators.

Gina Johnson (Chicago) focuses her practice on patent litigation matters including cases in district courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission, both supporting and in defense of charges of patent infringement. She also advises clients on patent litigation risks and opportunities, trade secret policies and protocols, and risk mitigation through IP licensing.

Derek Kelley (Washington, D.C.) assists clients with boycott claims, restructurings, complex product liability litigations, monopolization, and antitrust risks associated with mergers and potential litigation.

Mary Scott Kennedy (Charlotte) focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mezzanine finance transactions, and corporate law matters in a variety of industries and sectors.

William LeDoux (Dallas) has a broad state and local tax focus with experience in multi-state tax planning and controversy matters involving sales, franchise, property, and income taxes and unclaimed property. He has assisted in the representation of taxpayers in administrative and judicial proceedings in various jurisdictions, many of which involved complex and novel issues.

Eric Lee (Boston) concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright, patent, and other complex intellectual property litigation. He also counsels clients regarding their intellectual property portfolio development through the creation, development, and leveraging of trademarks and copyright.

Simon Leslie (Sydney) works with emerging and growth companies and their investors, including venture capital, corporate venture, and private equity funds, as well as domestic and international corporates. He advises on the full cycle of investment work, from initial investment to exit, through bolt-on acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, and employee incentive plans.

K.E. Love (Seattle) focuses her practice on technology transactions, data protection, and agribusiness. She has experience in technology services, software licensing, sales and distribution, product development, supply and distribution, data center and infrastructure, and agribusiness.

Kevin McCormick (Nashville) primarily focuses his practice on patent portfolio management and related counseling, opinion work, and due diligence. He has domestic and foreign patent prosecution experience involving a variety of technology sectors.

Mitchell Moximchalk (Pittsburgh) primarily focuses his practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration, including the resolution of complex tax issues such as individual, fiduciary, estate, inheritance, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxation.

Marian Ngo (Melbourne) focuses her practice on complex commercial contract preparation and negotiation, acquisitions and disposals, and corporate advisory and other transactional advice across a broad variety of industry sectors, including transport and logistics, sports and entertainment, consumer products, and services and manufacturing.

Thomas Nietsch (Berlin) is a data privacy and tech transaction lawyer who advises clients in technology M&A transactions, negotiation of complex IT and software licensing and cooperation agreements, data protection compliance matters, and data use and sharing structures including their contractual implementation.

Victoria Oguntoye (Dallas) helps clients with the initial analysis, negotiation, and, where necessary, subsequent litigation of a wide variety of complex commercial matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts in different jurisdictions.

Jennifer Paterson (Dubai) advises both UAE-based and international clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. She also has experience representing clients in local and international arbitration proceedings administered through many of the major arbitration centers.

Gregory Pieris (Melbourne) has particular experience in litigious and non-litigious matters involving trademarks, designs, copyright, and trade practices law. He works for a diverse range of Australian and international clients, including sporting bodies, automotive and aerospace manufacturers, internet service providers, and manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods.

Samuel Richey (Chicago) represents clients ranging in size from venture-backed startups to multinational companies in developing, managing, and protecting all aspects of their intellectual property. He also provides technical analysis in litigation proceedings and assists in crafting client strategies to resolve requests from non-practicing entities.

Ramona Ruf (Berlin) is a notary and corporate lawyer who advises national and international clients on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and stock corporation and limited liability company law.

Alan Schacter (New York) represents clients in the real estate industry, including institutional investors, sponsors, borrowers and lenders, buyers, participants, sellers, landlords, and tenants, on matters such as joint ventures, structured secured loan transactions, hotel and commercial acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and management agreements.

Gabriel Scott (Research Triangle Park) applies his prior experience in government, private practice, and healthcare delivery to assist clients in identifying practical legal solutions to complex regulatory matters. His practice focuses on resolving compliance and reimbursement issues for hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Endre Szalay (Seattle) focuses his practice on compliance counseling under the full suite of environmental statutes. He assists a broad range of clients, including public entities, utilities, small businesses, and large corporations.

Hayley Trahan-Liptak (Boston) represents public companies, individuals, investment advisors, and financial institutions before various state and federal regulators and enforcement authorities. She frequently conducts internal investigations and compliance program reviews, including reviews related to accounting practices, anti-money laundering, and anti-corruption compliance.

Amy Wong (Orange County) advises clients on the various facets of their litigation needs and risk management, including contract, business torts, product liability, product advertising and marketing, class action defense, Americans with Disabilities Act, and civil rights disputes, among others.

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

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