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Duane Morris Named a South Florida Top Workplace

Duane Morris LLP has been named a 2021 Top Workplace in South Florida by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey administered by Energage. The firm’s Boca Raton and Miami offices participated in the survey.

Duane Morris is ranked in the Top Small Workplaces category. For more information, visit the Top Workplaces website.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Duane Morris Named to BTI Client Service 30

Duane Morris LLP has been named to the BTI Client Service 30: Best of the Best in Client Service Delivery. The designation, part of BTI Client Service A-Team 2021: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, marks the firm’s first appearance among what BTI Consulting Group considers the “elite firms that outperform everyone else” in terms of client service. According to the BTI research, Duane Morris is ranked at No. 14 among the 650 core law firms that serve Fortune 1000 and large private clients.

Based on BTI’s annual survey of a broad cross section of over 350 general counsels and associate general counsels at the nation’s largest corporations and private companies, the report describes Duane Morris as steadily climbing the rankings over the past five years and now “blazing into the top half of the BTI Client Service 30.” Duane Morris is also one of only 70 firms identified by legal decision-makers to substantially improve its client service performance in 2020, during a global pandemic, and hailed as one of the 10 firms with “excellent improvement” during this most challenging year. Overall, Duane Morris was recognised as “the best of the best in providing value” by survey participants.

“We’ve always been focused on delivering the best of Duane Morris to our clients. The events of 2020 really galvanised our relationships, as we were working together and partnering with clients and addressing needs via user-friendly, actionable advice,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “We are pleased to be recognised for our efforts by both BTI Consulting and our clients, and we’re not going to stop innovating.”

BTI’s report notes that, “Alongside Best of the Best distinction in providing value, Duane Morris stands out as a Leader in 8 of the 17 activities clients look for in a superior client service performance. The firm has been investing in its client service, client teams, and industry initiatives—clearly recognised and appreciated by clients.”

Additional client comments include:

  • “They have a strong focus on understanding the business and what we need, as well as partnering well with business and leadership.”
  • “They have a ton of global resources, can scale up, are very responsive, and offer a single relationship manager.”
  • “They provide clarity of communications and practicality of recommendations.”

According to BTI’s in-depth interviews with general counsels and other in-house legal officials, only 282 law firms—down from 340 last year—were singled out by legal decision-makers for their prowess in at least one of the 17 activities driving superior client relationships. The activities include: advising on business issues; unprompted communication; fielding the absolute best team; understands client’s business; mobilises resources quickly; quickly assesses the situation; client focus; provides value for the dollar; commitment to help; anticipates client’s needs; innovative approach; deals with unexpected changes; quality products; legal skills; keeps clients informed; handles problems; and meets core scope.

Duane Morris Welcomes Corporate Partner Hernan Gonzalez Moneta

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in its New York office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, he was an attorney at Reed Smith LLP. Gonzalez Moneta joins on the heels of the addition of three partners from Reed Smith LLP – David M. Hryck, Christopher W. Healy and C. Neil Gray – and economist Theodor J. van Stephoudt in New York on March 15.

“Expanding upon our international platform is a key element of our strategic growth plan, and Hernan will add a new facet of international corporate and tax capabilities to Duane Morris,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “This is an exciting time for the firm, with strong momentum and talent gains that accelerate our growth opportunities and enable us to more fully serve clients around the world.”

“I’m pleased to develop and grow my practice at Duane Morris, and to utilise the collaborative resources available to deliver the best solutions for my clients,” added Gonzalez Moneta.

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta advises clients with respect to Mexican and international tax and corporate matters, including all aspects of cross-border transactions, interpretation and application of tax treaties, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, permanent establishment issues, licensing structures, tax compliance, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning and expatriates’ tax regime, as well as research and development of tax incentives. He concentrates his practice on international tax planning and guides clients in the implementation of their multijurisdictional business structures. Gonzalez Moneta also has broad experience in advising individuals and international families, celebrities and entertainers with their international endeavours. He is recognised as a trusted advisor for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and global families with focus on cross-border gift and estate planning structuring and succession governance. In addition, he has substantial experience in representing taxpayers undertaking voluntary disclosures under the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. He also assists clients with the negotiation of private letter rulings concerning international transactions, including the lobbying and prosecution of administrative matters before Mexican federal and state authorities. Gonzalez Moneta has drafted tax reform proposals concerning clients’ benefits, which were discussed and passed by the Mexican Legislature. Likewise, he has advised Mexican federal government agencies regarding compliance given to legal and payment obligations under major media campaigns. Gonzalez Moneta has also determined for the Mexican operations of major international groups value-added tax (VAT)-efficient strategies for imports and exports, as well as assisting them in securing large VAT refunds. In addition, Gonzalez Moneta has successfully handled several tax, administrative and intellectual property litigation procedures.

Gonzalez Moneta is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2010) and the Universidad de Monterrey (J.D., 2001, B.A., 2003).

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Duane Morris Opens Dallas Office with Addition of Four New Partners

Duane Morris LLP has opened a new office in Dallas, Texas, with the addition of Trial partners Robert M. Castle III, Randy D. Gordon, Jamie R. Welton and Lucas “Luke” Wohlford. The group joins Duane Morris from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. The move further aligns Duane Morris’ domestic operations with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. The firm opened its Austin office in 2017 and its Houston office in 1999. The new Duane Morris LLP office is located at 100 Crescent Court in Dallas.

“For more than 20 years, we have focused on and invested in Texas. With our new Dallas location and team, our commitment is clear,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Duane Morris now has a critical mass of legal talent and a footprint in key markets, including Houston and Austin, and we expect to expand our presence in Texas in the years to come. We look forward to supporting our broad client base with high quality and cost-efficient legal services.”

“Texas is central to Duane Morris’ strategic growth plan, and our Dallas office creates more opportunities to better service our technology, corporate and energy clients and grow our business in-state,” said Tom Sankey, managing partner of Duane Morris’ Houston office and Texas operations. “Our Corporate, Trial and IP practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and our interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables us to deliver additional value.”

“Dallas, in particular, is an extremely positive business climate for entrepreneurs, the many Fortune 500 firms headquartered here and a broad array of high technology, healthcare, financial, energy and transportation clients,” added Randy Gordon, the managing partner of the Dallas office. “We are excited to plant the flag for Duane Morris in Dallas.”

“Matt Taylor’s vision for Texas is exciting, and the firm’s industry-focus groups represented a great opportunity to collaborate in new ways,” noted partner Rob Castle. “Overall, Duane Morris offers a unique and collegial culture that will enable me to better serve my healthcare client base.”

As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65,000 businesses located in the metropolitan region including Texas Instruments, AT&T, Comerica and Southwest Airlines, the city serves as headquarters to more than 20 Fortune 500 firms.

Duane Morris Welcomes Real Estate Partner Tom Galli

Tom Galli has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Galli was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

“Our Real Estate group is a high-performing practice, and its ongoing success is an important component of our strategy as a national, leading law firm,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “With Tom’s experience and relationships, we anticipate new growth opportunities as data centre, large development and public-private partnership projects move ahead in the United States.”

“Tom’s extensive experience on large-scale real estate transactions, distressed assets and complex financing arrangements will be a significant and synergistic boost to our Real Estate capabilities,” said George Kroculick, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. “We are delighted that Tom has chosen to join us. His skillset and client base are great complements to those of our practice group,” added Chester Lee, Real Estate Practice Group co-chair.

“I am pleased to be part of a thriving Real Estate group. Duane Morris represents a great strategic fit for clients with its large platform of offices across the U.S., in London and across Asia, and the breadth of sophistication of its business practices, particularly its Real Estate Practice Group. I am looking forward to being part of the firm’s collaborative culture and applying it to my practice,” Galli said.

With more than 30 years of experience, Galli represents clients on real estate transactions and developments for data centre, mixed-use, office, industrial, stadium, arena, retail and multifamily properties. He regularly represents private equity firms, REITs, publicly traded companies, developers, private companies and government agencies in a variety of real estate transactions and developments.

Galli is a 1988 graduate of Stanford School of Law and earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Bert Greene named Duane Morris Austin office managing partner

Duane Morris LLP has appointed Bert Greene managing partner of its Austin office. Since its opening in 2017, the Austin office has been run by Houston office managing partner Thomas W. Sankey.

“After three short years, we now have a growing nucleus of extremely talented lawyers in Austin, resulting in an office geared to become an even greater force in this high-tech hub,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Tom has done an amazing job spearheading the strategic growth of the firm’s presence in Texas. I know Bert will take the baton and run with it in Austin as we continue to propel our growth in the city and state.”

“I’m honoured to lead an office that has made such a major impact on the firm in such a short period of time,” said Greene. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Austin, throughout Texas and around the firm to keep building the momentum we have established here.”

Greene’s practice is focused on the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation and trade secret litigation. His litigation clients have included large and small technology companies, energy and chemical companies, and retailers in cases involving a diverse array of technologies. Greene has represented both patent holders and accused infringers in numerous federal jurisdictions across the country. He also has experience with patent prosecution, opinion work, portfolio management, copyright litigation, and trademark litigation. Greene has also handled numerous pro bono cases on behalf of asylum applicants in U.S. immigration court.

Greene is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honours, 2004), where he was managing editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, and the University of Texas at Austin (B.S., chemical engineering, with highest honours, 1998).

About the Duane Morris Austin Office

Duane Morris attorneys have longstanding ties to the Texas legal and business communities and have been practicing law in the state for many years. The opening of the firm’s Austin office in October 2017 further aligned Duane Morris’ domestic footprint with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. Clients benefit from the firm’s presence in the Texas capital and in Houston, along with the firm’s global breadth of services and experience representing public entities, large corporations, middle-market companies, emerging-growth companies and entrepreneurs.