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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.

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.”

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 Hernan Gonzalez Moneta

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta has joined Duane Morris as a partner in the law firm’s Corporate Practice Group in its New York office. Prior to Duane Morris, he was an attorney at Reed Smith.

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 has also determined for the Mexican operations of major international groups value-added tax-efficient strategies for imports and exports, as well as assisting them in securing large VAT refunds. In addition,

Duane Morris Overview

Duane Morris 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 law firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Duane Morris Law Firm Opens Office in Dallas

Duane Morris is a law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1904 as Duane, Morris, Heckscher & Roberts, the firm has offices in the United States, London, Singapore, Vietnam, Oman, Myanmar, Shanghai, and Taiwan.

Duane Morris 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.

Duane Morris’ corporate, trial and intellectual property practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and its interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables it to deliver additional value to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 firms, whether they operate in the high tech, financial, energy, transportation or healthcare industries.

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 office is located at 100 Crescent Court in Dallas.

As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65000 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.

Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.

Duane Morris LLP Welcomes New Real Estate Partner

Real estate is property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this an item of real property, buildings or housing in general.

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

“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 law 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 United States, 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 law firm’s collaborative culture and applying it to my practice,” Tom 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.

Tom 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.

Duane Morris Overview

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 law firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Duane Morris Law Firm Appoints New Austin Managing Partner

Duane Morris law firm is headquartered in Philadelphia. Founded in 1904 as Duane, Morris, Heckscher & Roberts, the firm has offices in the U.S., London, Singapore, Vietnam, Oman, Myanmar, Shanghai, and Taiwan.

The law firm has appointed Bert Greene managing partner of its Austin office.

“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 Chief Executive Officer of Duane Morris. 

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 United States immigration court.

Greene is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.

Duane Morris Austin Overview

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).