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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.

Duane Morris Welcomes Corporate Partner Anastasia N. Kaup

Anastasia N. Kaup has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in its Chicago office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Kaup practiced at Mayer Brown LLP.

“Anastasia is a hard-working, highly skilled lawyer with a strong commitment to her clients and her fellow attorneys,” said Matthew A. Taylor, CEO and Chairman of Duane Morris. “She is a great fit with our collegial and collaborative culture and the level of client service we strive to achieve at the firm.”

“The addition of Anastasia to our strong and growing Corporate Practice Group will deepen our bench in our very busy national commercial finance practice,” said Brian P. Kerwin, chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. “Her skills and sophisticated transactional experience will be very beneficial to our private equity practice as well.”

“We’re excited to welcome Anastasia to the Chicago office and the firm,” said John Robert Weiss, managing partner of the Duane Morris Chicago office. “She has an impressive skill set, a team-oriented approach and she’s an excellent personality fit with our office, which has been recognised as one of the best places to work in Chicago.”

Kaup has represented financial institutions, funds and other corporate clients in financing transactions across the private equity, real estate, hedge fund, private credit and distressed lending spaces. Kaup structures, negotiates and documents complex financing transactions domestically and internationally at all levels of the organisational structure, with specific focuses on fund finance, sponsor finance and financing in distressed situations. Her fund finance experience covers a wide spectrum of transactions to meet the financing needs of various types of funds at every phase of their existence. She also assists with the analysis and negotiation of investor documents with institutional, governmental, high-net-worth and sovereign wealth investors. Kaup has represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in nearly every industry, as well as lenders to such entities, in a wide array of financing transactions. Kaup also has significant experience counselling clients in distressed situations, in bankruptcy as well as out-of-court restructurings, and has represented clients in some of the most complex restructuring cases in the last decade. She has negotiated and documented countless transactions involving multiple creditors and has substantial knowledge of intercreditor and subordination arrangements and agreements. Kaup’s experience with transactions during downturns as well as growth cycles distinctively positions her to assist clients with a broad range of financing-related needs at any time.

Kaup is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010) and the University of Utah (honours B.S., cum laude, 2008).

Duane Morris elevates four attorneys to special counsel

Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that it has promoted four associates to special counsel. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

“David, Heather, Stuart and Gretchen are tremendous attorneys and have proven their commitment to our clients through their hard work and initiative,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “We’re pleased to be able to recognise their accomplishments and look forward to watching them continue to build prosperous legal careers.”

David A. Kahn practices in the areas of corporate and healthcare law, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate entity and limited liability company formation and organisation, and other general corporate matters. He has experience in the preparation of stock, membership interest and asset purchase agreements, operating agreements and shareholder agreements, employment agreements, confidentiality, noncompetition, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements, general corporate counselling and other transactional matters.

Kahn is a graduate of Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2007), where he was a member of the Moot Court Society, and a graduate of Union College (B.A., 2002). Prior to entering law school, Kahn worked as a corporate paralegal for two years at an international law firm.

Heather N. King practices in the area of corporate and securities law, representing clients in connection with complex financings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private securities offerings. She regularly advises management teams and board of directors regarding corporate governance and matters relating to company operations. King has extensive experience advising clients in a variety of industries, including corporate clients in the technology, financial services, consumer products and healthcare industries.

King is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), where she was associate comments editor of the Law Review, and a graduate of Stevenson University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2000).

Stuart I. Seiden practices in the area of litigation and focuses on representing the interests of clients in state, federal and bankruptcy court litigation matters throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He has experience in mortgage-related litigation; consumer bankruptcy, including adversary proceedings; consumer credit card litigation; and consumer and commercial collections litigation. Seiden’s practice includes defending lenders, servicers and credit card companies from actions brought under TILA, RESPA, HOEPA, NJHOSA, ECOA, FCRA, TCPA and state consumer fraud statutes. He also responds to consumer disputes sent to his clients by state attorneys general offices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory agencies. Seiden also has appellate experience in the mortgage-related litigation space.

Seiden is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law–Camden (J.D., 2005), Lebanon Valley College (B.A., 2002) and The Hill School (1998). Prior to entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the late Hon. M. Allan Vogelson, presiding judge, Chancery Division, Camden County Superior Court. Additionally, Seiden worked for The Sports Corporation, a major professional hockey agency in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Gretchen L. Temeles, Ph.D., focuses her practice on patent procurement and patent portfolio management in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She counsels clients from multiple industry sectors including established specialty chemical, diagnostic and medical device companies, midmarket biotech companies, medical cannabis and cannabinoids, early stage start-up companies and universities. Temeles’ experience includes both U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent landscape analyses, freedom-to-operate searches, patent due diligence, noninfringement and invalidity opinions and European opposition proceedings. She works with clients to balance their patent and trade secret portfolios and assists clients with transactional work, including material transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements and licensing agreements. Temeles has experience in prelitigation and litigation matters in molecular diagnostics.

Temeles is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2009), Yale University (Ph.D., biology, 1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1974). Prior to her legal career, Temeles was a research scientist and group leader in a biotechnology company, where she worked on target identification and small molecule drug discovery. Previously, she held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Merck Sharpe and Dohme Research Laboratories. Temeles is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and has authored peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Duane Morris Joins Massachusetts COVID Relief Coalition

Duane Morris LLP has joined the COVID Relief Coalition for Small Businesses and Non-profits, a Massachusetts coalition of law firms, non-profits and government agencies providing pro bono legal support, access to emergency loans and other sources of relief to small businesses and non-profits impacted the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts small businesses and non-profits can visit covidreliefcoalition.com for access to free legal support on pandemic-related issues including real estate, tax and contractual matters. They can also apply for emergency loans and other sources of relief.

Coalition members include the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, City of Boston, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston Bar Association, The Boston Foundation, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Lawyers for Civil Rights and Lawyers Clearinghouse. Additional law firm partners include Brown Rudnick, Dechert, Fish & Richardson, Foley Hoag, Foley & Lardner, Goodwin, Goulston & Storrs, Kirkland & Ellis, Mintz, Morgan Lewis, Nelson Mullins, Ropes & Gray and WilmerHale.

About the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team

The Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team is advising clients on all aspects of the legal issues and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic including contractual, employment, insurance and healthcare issues. Attorneys are fielding inquiries and providing advice in a wide range of areas, including human resources, travel and transportation, immigration and border entry, hospital and healthcare operations, medical and pharmaceutical supply, FDA, food handling and preparation, OSHA, ADA compliance, data privacy, HIPAA, environmental and EPA, international transactions, shipping, supply chain and logistics, financial reporting, insurance liability, real estate issues, including landlord and tenant matters, and all types of contracts and quasi-contracts.