Big Law Firms Announce Promotions for 2018

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Many lawyers will celebrate the New Year with a new job, as four big law practices have recently announced promotions that will take effect on or around Jan. 1.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, White & Case LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, and Pillsbury Winthrop Saw Pittman LLP have released the names of attorneys stepping into new roles in 2018. Promotions were for partner and counsel posts.


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil promoted 10 lawyers to partner and nine to counsel, the firm announced Nov. 21. The promotions are in seven of the international firm’s practices and will all take effect Jan. 1, 2018.


New Partners

Adam Banks (New York) Complex Commercial Litigation

Evert Christensen (New York) Securities Litigation

David Griffiths (New York) Business Finance & Restructuring

Eoghan Keenan (New York) M&A

David Gail (Dallas) Private Equity

Benton Lewis (Dallas) Banking & Finance

Marcin Iwaniszyn (Warsaw) Banking & Finance

Filip Uzieblo (Warsaw) Private Equity and M&A

Matthew Goulding (Boston) Private Equity

William (Chris) Welty (Hong Kong) Private Equity and M&A


New Counsel

Brian Drozda (New York) Banking & Finance

Jacob Ebin (New York) Complex Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property & Media

Shawn Kodes (New York) Structured Finance & Derivatives

Kevin Crews (Dallas) Private Equity

Ryan Gorsche (Dallas) M&A

Magdalena Pyzik (Warsaw) Private Equity and M&A

Youjung Byon (Hong Kong) Private Funds

Peter Olds (London) Private Funds

Robert Vlasis (Washington, D.C.) Patent Litigation


White & Case LLP

White & Case announced Nov. 21 it promoted 21 lawyers to counsel and 16 to local partner. The appointments will take effect Jan. 1, 2018, with one exception.


New Partners

Charbel Abou Charaf (London and Doha, Qatar) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Daniel González Estrada (Mexico City) Global Commercial Litigation Practice

Sven Hentschel (Hamburg) Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice

Gero von Jhering (Hamburg) Global Commercial Litigation Practice

Béla Knof (Hamburg) Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice

Sylvia Lorenz (Hamburg) Global Intellectual Property Practice

Sara Vanetta (Berlin) Global Commercial Litigation Practice

Martin Weber (Berlin) Global Banking Practice

Felix Höpker (Düsseldorf) Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice

Cristina Freudenberger (Frankfurt) Global Capital Markets Practice

Piero de Mattia (Milan) Global Capital Markets Practice

Jan Stejskal (Prague) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Aneta Urban (Warsaw) Global Banking Practice

Tess Fang (Hong Kong) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Keisuke Imon (Tokyo) Global Asset Finance Practice

Gee Hou Tng (Beijing) Global Banking Practice


New Counsel

Keith Schomig (Washington, D.C.) Global International Trade Practice

Reuben J. Sequeira (Washington, D.C.) Global Antitrust Practice

Jason Xu (Washington, D.C.) Global Intellectual Property Practice

Poonam Gupta (New York) Director of Immigration Services

Amit H. Thakore (New York) Global Intellectual Property Practice

Jeremy Ostrander (Silicon Valley) Global Antitrust Practice

Meredith Campanale (London) Global Project Finance Practice, effective January 30, 2017

Melanie Davies (London) Global Capital Markets Practice

Chris Duncan (London) Global International Arbitration Practice

Paddy Patrick (London) Global Commercial Litigation Practice

Pedro Morales (Mexico City) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Michael Bark-Jones (Stockholm) Global Banking Practice

Jean-Julien Lemonnier (Paris) Global Antitrust Practice

Jean Paszkudzki (Paris) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Anastasia Pitchouguina (Paris) Global White Collar Practice

Estelle Jégou (Paris) Global Antitrust Practice

Britta Elsner-Gündel (Frankfurt) Global Banking Practice

Daria Plotnikova (Moscow) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

James Rimmer (Riyadh) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Anne Wicks (Abu Dhabi) Global Project Finance Practice

Kazuo Kasai (Tokyo) Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice


Pillsbury Winthrop Saw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury announced Nov. 20 eight of its lawyers will be promoted to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2018.


New Partners

David Dixon (Northern Virginia) Government Contracts & Disputes

Andrew Gajkowski (Austin) Intellectual Property

Amanda Halter (Houston) Environmental

Taisuke Kimoto (Los Angeles) Corporate & Securities

Anne Lefever (New York) Litigation

Laura LoBue (Washington, D.C.) Litigation

Alicia McKnight (San Francisco) Finance

Matthew Oresman (London and Washington, D.C.) Public Policy


Mayer Brown LLP


Mayer Brown announced Nov. 20 it promoted 31 lawyers to partner, effective Jan 1, 2018.


News Partners

Christopher Comstock (Chicago) Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mark Dempsey (Chicago) Banking & Finance

Darius Horton (Chicago) Banking & Finance

Gina Oderda (Chicago) Wealth Management

Lindsay O’Neil (Chicago) Banking & Finance

Peter Price (Chicago) Tax Controversy

Matthew Provance (Chicago) Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Lei Shen (Chicago) Corporate & Securities

Joseph Castelluccio (New York) Corporate & Securities

Jeremiah A. DeBerry (New York) Diversity & Inclusion (profile not on website)

Jared Goldberger (New York) Tax Transactions & Consulting

Scott Guetzow (New York) Real Estate

Adam Kanter (Washington, D.C.) Corporate & Securities

Dara Kurlancheek (Washington, D.C.) Intellectual Property

Stephen Medlock (Washington, D.C.) Litigation & Dispute Resolution,

Brad Resnikoff (Washington, D.C.) Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement

Kristen B. Ford (Houston) Corporate & Securities

Michael Gaffney (Charlotte) Banking & Finance

Ruth Zadikany (Los Angeles) Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Elodie Deschamps (Paris) Tax Transactions & Consulting

Alban Dorin (Paris) Banking & Finance

Julien Haure (Paris) Employment & Benefits

Caroline Lan (Paris) Corporate & Securities

Rebecca Bothamley (London) Corporate & Securities

Ben Fryer (London) Tax Transactions & Consulting

Iain Roberts (London) Real Estate

Jessica Walker (London) Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency

Gustavo Lasalvia Besada (São Paulo) Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Ludmila Arruda Braga (São Paulo) Real Estate

Luis Montes (São Paulo) Banking & Finance

David McKellar (Hong Kong) Legal Risk & Compliance


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