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Duane Morris Law Firm Named a Florida Top Workplace

A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law. The primary service rendered by a law firm is to advise clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, and to represent clients in civil or criminal cases, business transactions, and other matters in which legal advice and other assistance are sought.

For years, the Duane Morris Miami office has assisted a wide range of individuals and businesses with local, regional and international interests. Drawing on the resources of one of the nation’s largest law firms, Duane Morris attorneys in Miami offer legal services that address the complex challenges our clients face in today’s dynamic and competitive market.

Duane Morris 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.

The Duane Morris Boca Raton office provides a wide range of legal services and strategic advice to individuals, entrepreneurs, middle-market companies and large multinational entities with interests in South Florida and throughout the world.

Drawing on their extensive experience and the resources of one of the world’s 100 largest law firms, our Boca Raton attorneys serve clients locally and globally, helping clients navigate a changing and complex legal and business landscape.

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

Duane Morris Law Firm Named a New York City Top Workplace

A workplace is a location where someone works for their employer or themselves, a place of employment. Such a place can range from a home office to a large office building or factory.

Duane Morris’ lawyers in New York provide a diverse range of services to domestic and international clients ranging from large multinational corporations to closely held entrepreneurial businesses. As an integral part of the firm’s extensive network of attorneys, the New York office serves clients operating within the many global industries that conduct business in the world’s financial centre.

In February 2020, Duane Morris combined with Satterlee Stephens LLP, increasing its attorney headcount to more than 150 and further strengthening its robust New York presence.

Duane Morris has been named a 2021 Top Workplace in New York City by amNewYork Metro. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey administered by Energage. Duane Morris is ranked fourth in the Large Businesses category.

Duane Morris’ Broadway location provides a diverse range of services to domestic and international clients ranging from large multinational corporations to closely held entrepreneurial businesses. The firm maintains one of its largest contingents of attorneys in New York to better serve its clients operating within the many global industries that conduct business in the world’s financial centre.

In February 2020, Duane Morris combined with Satterlee Stephens LLP, giving the firm a Park Avenue location, further strengthening its already robust New York presence on Broadway.

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

Duane Morris Celebrates Black History Month 2021

Duane Morris LLP manages its diversity and inclusion program with the objective of utilising the best talent worldwide in solving legal problems. The firm recruits a diverse pool of lawyers that collectively possess an awareness of cutting-edge 21st century issues—legal, social and economic—for which clients require solutions.

Following the killing of George Floyd, protest erupted throughout the United States of America and the world, demanding change and an end to police brutality.

George Perry Floyd Jr. was an African-American man who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest after a store clerk suspected Floyd may have used a counterfeit $20 bill, on May 25, 2020.

In this unprecedented moment of reckoning and awakening, Duane Morris LLP held a series of events and discussions on racial inequality and the systemic changes that are needed for a more just society in America.

Duane Morris LLP is a law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joseph K. West is Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris.

In a law firm wide event to honour Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States of America, the acclaimed actor, director and producer Laurence Fishburne spoke about the much-heralded Juneteenth episode of his hit show, “Black-ish,” which he co-created, produces and co-stars in.

Joseph is an award-winning, nationally recognised subject matter authority in the field of diversity and inclusion, having worked, lectured and written extensively on diversity and inclusion issues impacting businesses and the legal profession.

Duane Morris Law Firm Grows Managerial Staff

Managerial Economics can be defined as amalgamation of economic theory with business practices so as to ease decision-making and future planning by management. Managerial Economics assists the managers of a firm in a rational solution of obstacles faced in the firm’s activities.

The Duane Morris Tax Accounting Group has added Galina Morgovsky, CPA, as a manager and Thomas Maag as a staff accountant.

“We are thrilled to welcome Galina and Tom to our rapidly expanding team,” said Michael A. Gillen, CPA, director of Duane Morris’ Tax Accounting Group. “With their addition, we have added strong talent and deepened our bench of highly skilled CPAs and lawyers, all of whom share a common vision, which emphasises an unwavering commitment to best-in-class client service.

Due to continued robust growth in our domestic and international high-wealth client base, we are especially excited to add Galina and Tom to our stellar team and continue to grow our client service group in the areas of comprehensive tax planning, compliance and representation for high-wealth individuals, closely held businesses and family offices.”

Galina Morgovsky will be primarily responsible for tax planning and compliance activities, including tax minimisation strategies, for a diverse client base including high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. She will also devote time and energies to tax representation activities for high-net-worth individuals and businesses.

Morgovsky is a certified public accountant and graduated cum laude from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining TAG, she was a tax director with a national CPA firm.

Thomas Maag will be primarily responsible for tax planning and compliance activities, including tax minimisation strategies, for a diverse client base including family offices, estates, trusts and non-profit organisations. He will also devote time and energies to accounting and reporting activities for non-profit organisations.

Maag is a certified public accountant candidate and graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Prior to joining TAG, he was a tax accountant with an estate planning and family office law firm.

Duane Morris Lawyers Recognised at Leadership Awards

Duane Morris law firm has honoured three attorneys for their efforts to advance women in the legal profession. Manita Rawat, Lisa T. Scruggs and Linda B. Hollinshead received the awards at Duane Morris’ virtual annual firmwide meeting.

The Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award recognises significant contributions, including professional development, leadership and mentoring, made by a lawyer to women in the legal profession. The award is named in honour of the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Bryson was a leader in many significant civic and community causes, and she was repeatedly honoured throughout her career as a major pioneer, both as a female lawyer and as a lawyer of colour.

Likewise, Margery Reed spent her entire professional career as an attorney at Duane Morris, including 24 years as a partner of the firm. As demonstrated by her numerous awards, including her admission as a fellow in the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy, Reed was repeatedly recognised as one of the best commercial bankruptcy lawyers in the country.

A consummate partner, Reed was incomparably selfless in giving of her time and talents to assist her colleagues and mentor junior lawyers. She was a true professional in every sense, and her unwavering commitment to her clients and colleagues, the firm and the profession of law is the reason this award for professional excellence is given in her name.

Rawat is the managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. She counsels clients on a variety of issues related to intellectual property, working primarily with software, mechanical and aerospace technologies. Rawat also has significant experience with patent office post grant proceedings.

She also has substantial experience in supporting intellectual property issues related to corporate deals, such as mergers and acquisitions and investment funding. Rawat also assists clients in patent licensing and transactional matters, including structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements. She has significant experience with providing technical support on patent litigation matters at various stages of a case as well.

In 2020, Rawat was honoured with a Women of Influence Award from Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board and serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

A core member of the Education Industry group at Duane Morris, Scruggs provides litigation and counselling services for education and school reform organisations, including individual charter and private schools, early childhood centres, charter school networks, charter and education management organisations, school districts and other education non-profit and for-profit organisations and service providers. She has handled a wide range of litigation, regulatory and policy matters for clients relating to new school development, teacher evaluation, credentialing and certification reforms, public/private education ventures, virtual education/remote learning, school finance and parent and student civil rights.

Scruggs has been recognised by Crain’s Chicago Business on its listing of Notable Minorities in Law and as an Illinois Super Lawyer for eight years running.

Hollinshead practices in the area of employment law. She provides training and counselling to employers throughout the country on a variety of subjects, including monitoring employee attendance, FMLA compliance, medical and religious accommodations, leaves of absence policies, harassment and discrimination prevention, responding to harassment and discrimination claims, FLSA and wage and hour compliance, including employee misclassification, diversity and inclusion, termination of employees, hiring practices, performance appraisals and performance management. Hollinshead also advises public accommodations as well as recipients of federal financial assistance on program accessibility and other compliance obligations. She advises clients in numerous industries, including colleges and universities, manufacturing and retail companies, hospitals and other healthcare organisations, technology companies, financial services organisations, energy companies and not-for-profit entities.

Hollinshead is also a member of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group. She also assists employers by drafting employees policies and handbooks, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements, employment agreements, termination and severance agreements as well as independent contractor agreements. Hollinshead is a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Strategy Team.

Duane Morris named a Standout Firm by BTI Consulting Group

Duane Morris has been named a Standout Firm in Class Actions Litigation, Cybersecurity Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation by BTI Consulting Group.

According to BTI:

  • As litigation (of all types) is starting to pile up in what is expected to be a tsunami of litigation, corporate counsel re-evaluate their options of law firms based on current performance, response-to-date to the pandemic, ongoing interactions and prior performance.
  • Top legal decision makers identified the firms best suited to meet their most pressing litigation needs.

If you would like to find out more information about BTI Consulting Group, please visit: https://bticonsulting.com/

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.