Wrap-Up: Holidays Bring Law Firm Promotions, Hires

Many lawyers are getting new titles for the holidays this year, as firms announce hires and promotions before the calendar runs out on 2017.

This week, law firms announced partners promotions. Two Republican litigators will take on new roles at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and Holland & Knight LLC, and Polsinelli poached a team of intellectual property lawyers for its Silicon Valley team. And that was just Monday and Tuesday.

Here’s a wrap up of all the law firm news you need to know.


  • Latham & Watkins LLP scooped Andrew Clubok and Elizabeth Deeley for its litigation and trial department Dec. 19. Clubok and Deeley are both leaders in complex commercial litigation and experienced trial lawyers, Latham said in a release. Clubok will join the Washington and New York practices and Deeley will join the San Francisco practice.
  • Finn Dixon & Herling LLP added former Director of the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission Andrew M. Calamari to its ranks as a partner, effective on Jan. 15. Calamari, who’s had his post at the SEC for the past five years, will work on cases involving securities litigation, enforcement and internal investigations, and accounting, Finn Dixon & Herling said in a release Dec. 19.
  • Republican litigator Gregg T. Nunziata joined the Washington office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s federal regulatory and government practice Dec. 18. Nunziata previously worked for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) as his primary legal counsel and senior policy adviser during his presidential bid and following Senate campaign, Manatt said in a release. He was also a chief nominations counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee where he was involved in the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the firm said.
  • Polsinelli PC nabbed a team of five intellectual property lawyers from McDermott Will & Emery to grow its Silicon Valley office and intellectual property department, the firm announced Dec. 18. Fabio Marino, who leads the team, also became a shareholder of Polsinelli and managing partner of its Silicon Valley office. Lucas Dahlin, Barrington Dyer, Nitin Gambhir, and Teri H.P. Nguyen followed him, joining the firm’s IP Litigation Practice Group.
  • Holland & Knight LLC tapped Republican litigator and Podesta Group veteran Lauren Maddox as a senior policy adviser in its Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group in Washington, the firm announced Dec. 18. Before joining Holland & Knight, Maddox was an assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Ashurst added Michael Neary to its team as a partner in its New York office and named recent-hire Sarah Rackoff as a partner in its Washington office, the firm announced Dec. 18.
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP welcomed intellectual property, entertainment and technology lawyer Kelly Whitehart to its Atlanta office Dec. 18. Whitehart was previously a lawyer with Duane Morris LLP.
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP added private equity lawyer David Higgins to its London office as co-managing partner and member of the firm’s Global Management Executive Committee, the firm announced Dec. 18. Higgins joins the firm from the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.


  • O’Melveny promoted six lawyers to partner effective Jan. 1. Its 2018 class includes Caitlin M. Bair (Health Care and White Collar Criminal Defense, San Francisco), Kevin Feder (Health Care, Washington), Leah Godesky (Securities Litigation, New York), Amy R. Lucas (Appellate Litigation, Entertainment & Media, Los Angeles), David Ni (Capital Markets, New York), and Daniel Shamah (Bankruptcy & Restructuring, New York).
  • The Hispanic National Bar Association named Cozen O’Connor lawyer Rogelio “Roy” Carrasquillo chair of its Puerto Rico Task Force, the organization announced Dec. 18. The task force aims to mend the financial situation in the U.S. territory through “legislative and executive solutions,” HNBA said in a release.


  • Multinational law firm Osborne Clarke became the first European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) firm to use a file-sharing program from iManage LLC, the a Chicago-based workplace technology company announced Dec. 19. The program, iManage Work 10, allows workers to access a professional work product from any device. iManage has an international scope, providing services to more than 3,000 organizations worldwide, most of which are law firms and corporate legal departments, the technology company said in a release.

Pro Bono

  • A group of DLA Piper lawyers from around the world trained law students at the Addis Ababa University College of Law and Governance in Ethiopia’s capital Dec. 4-8. The lawyers were part of the firm’s nonprofit arm, New Perimeter, which provides pro-bono assistance to under-served communities worldwide. The program taught the students about business, legal, financial issues typically faced by litigators in Africa. The DLA Piper team was comprised of Richard Chesley (Chicago), Lisa Jacobs (Philadelphia), Jeff Salinger (New York), Sebastian Decker (Hamburg), Rebecca Dunlop (Brisbane), Mei Mei Wong (London), Jared Jensen (Phoenix), Tamika Cummings (Northern Virginia), and Jennifer Eldridge (Chicago).

To contact the reporter on this story: Madison Alder in Washington at malder@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Casey Sullivan in New York at csullivan@bloomberglaw.com.