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BAKER & HOSTETLER: BakerHostetler Announces 17 New Partners.

By Press release submission | Jan 7, 2020

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Baker and Hostetler issued the following announcement on Jan. 2.

BakerHostetler announced that 17 lawyers have been elected to the partnership. The new partners are in nine of the firm’s offices and represent clients in the practice areas of Business, Employment, Intellectual Property and Litigation.

New partners in the firm’s Business Group:

Joseph M. Esmont (Cleveland) litigates complex commercial, mass tort and fraud cases, especially in the energy, utilities and financial services industries; restructures troubled companies; protects clients from struggling business partners; and advises on transactions with distressed firms. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Towson University. Joe was previously counsel at the firm.

Laurice Rutledge Lambert (Atlanta) focuses her practice on healthcare law, advising healthcare providers, investors and insurers in structuring complex transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic affiliations and alignments, as well as on regulatory and compliance matters. She received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Laurice was previously an associate at the firm.

Andrew V. Layden (Orlando) concentrates his practice on commercial bankruptcy, troubled loan workouts, financial restructuring and commercial litigation. He represents financially distressed businesses and their owners in a variety of industries, including energy, hospitality, retail, healthcare and real estate. Andrew received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his B.S. from Florida State University. He was previously an associate at the firm.

New partner in the firm’s Employment Group:

Ashlee C. Grant (Houston) represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her practice includes representing management in both federal and state court litigation and arbitration proceedings involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violations of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Ashlee earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School and her B.A. from Northwestern University. She was previously an associate at the firm.

New partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group:

Brendan E. Clark (Cleveland) practices intellectual property and technology law, primarily in patent enforcement and procurement matters. He also has experience working cases involving trademarks, copyrights and technology issues, and represents clients in the software, aerospace and defense, and communication industries. Brendan earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Illinois. He was previously an associate at the firm.

Carrie A. Longstaff (New York) focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, licensing, opinion work and transactional IP due diligence. She has represented clients in various tribunals on matters of trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret and complex commercial issues. Carrie received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Delaware. She was previously counsel at the firm.

Jason P. Grier (Atlanta) practices before federal district courts and administrative tribunals such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has nationwide experience litigating all types of intellectual property disputes. Jason earned his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, his M.S. from Georgia State University and his B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously an associate at the firm.

New partners in the firm’s Litigation Group:

Trischa Snyder Chapman (Columbus) focuses her practice on establishing strategy and supervising execution of large-scale discovery in bet-the-company litigation and crisis management matters (such as those related to major civil, criminal, congressional and regulatory proceedings). She earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and her B.S. from Ohio University. Trischa was previously an associate at the firm.

Matthew D. Feil (New York) focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, civil asset forfeiture and environmental matters. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, his Master of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College and his B.A. from American University. Matthew was previously an associate at the firm.

Jonathan A. Forman (New York) works with hedge fund and private equity fund managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers, insurance companies, and other financial services companies and their management to respond to regulatory examinations and government investigations as well as to resolve complex disputes. He received his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and his B.A. from Emory University. Jonathan was previously counsel at the firm.

Thomas E. Hogan (Washington, D.C.) represents clients in complex commercial, environmental and administrative law litigation. He advocates for clients in their dealings with regulators and counsels them on proactively managing potential liabilities. Thomas earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his A.B. from Brown University. He was previously counsel at the firm.

Bridget S. McCabe (Los Angeles) focuses her practice on high-stakes, complex commercial disputes in federal courts across the country, including antitrust litigation, trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, Administrative Procedure Act challenges and commercial contract claims. She received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and her B.A. from the University of San Diego. Bridget was previously an associate at the firm.

James R. Morrison (Seattle) represents companies and individuals in commercial litigation, employment matters, data privacy, class actions and internal investigations. He earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Washington. James was previously an associate at the firm.

Lana Muranovic (Houston) counsels U.S. and foreign companies regarding a wide variety of international trade matters and has extensive experience related to U.S. import and export controls, sanctions, and anti-bribery/corruption laws and regulations, as well as laws governing foreign investment in the U.S. She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. Lana was previously an associate at the firm.

Kenneth G. Prabucki (Cleveland) practices complex commercial litigation and has extensive experience managing all stages of the litigation process, including discovery, motion practice, trial and settlement. He received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from Ohio University. Ken was previously an associate at the firm.

Michelle R. Usitalo (New York) represents clients in commercial litigation and has extensive experience in complex business matters, bankruptcy litigation, international asset recovery, copyright litigation and the management of multijurisdictional international litigation. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Emory University. Michelle was previously an associate at the firm.

Joanna F. Wasick (New York) handles a broad range of complex commercial litigations, major bankruptcy cases, and white collar prosecutions and investigations. She is also a member of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies team and advises clients on matters such as structuring and launching security token offerings, smart contracts and securities law compliance. Joanna earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She was previously an associate at the firm.

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