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Cathy Birkeland Featured in Chicago Law Bulletin

Cathy Birkeland has been featured in the inaugural Women in Law report by the Chicago Law Bulletin, which profiled “50 exceptional women leaders in the law”.

Cathy helps issuers, underwriters, and investors execute successful capital markets transactions, and advises public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and securities law matters.

Her published profile highlighted both Birkeland’s leadership roles in Latham’s Chicago office and her market-leading practice as a member of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice.

Latham’s Chicago office, on the ground for more than four decades and more than 200 lawyers strong, provides a full scope of services to United States and global clients across virtually every industry while connecting seamlessly with the resources and reach of the firm’s worldwide platform.

It also cited her dedication to mentoring young lawyers and deep commitment to diversity, as well as her active involvement in the Chicago community — including her current leadership of Latham’s Chicago Taskforce for the Commitment to Racial Justice and Economy, which is dedicated to fighting racial injustice and promoting equality through pro bono efforts, programming, and financial support for Chicago-based organisations.

Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform spanning 14 countries, Latham lawyers help clients succeed.

Home to top-ranked lawyers from the full spectrum of corporate, finance, tax, and litigation practices, our Chicago office routinely advises on high-profile mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, public company, banking, restructuring, real estate, and shareholder activism matters.

And our nationally renowned Chicago-based trial lawyers regularly set precedents affecting entire industries, from high-stakes securities litigation and cutting-edge intellectual property matters to make-or-break investigations, class actions, and environmental matters.

Duane Morris partner named Washington, DC trailblazer

Duane Morris partner Michael E. Barnicle has been named a Washington, DC trailblazer by National Law Journal. The inaugural list honours individuals who are “truly agents of change.”

In law school, Michael Barnicle read about U.S. military veterans who were not receiving the benefits they deserved. He was so upset that he started a free legal clinic to help veterans obtain what the government owned them. But that wasn’t enough. “I said, ‘well, if I’m going to walk the walk and talk the talk. …'” He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a paratrooper and served in Iraq. The experience informs his private practice, in which he facilitates government contracts – including defence contracts – for his clients. “I’m a bridge a lot of times,” spanning the worlds of business and the military. “I speak (both) languages and that really facilitates difficult things.”

Barnicle entered the Army through a pilot program that provided legal advisers to military commanders in areas of conflict. “The more difficult the place in the world, the more difficult the legal problems.” In the four years since he left the Army, Barnicle became a partner at Duane Morris and helped create the firm’s government contracts and international trade practice group. His client list includes many defence contractors, and at least half his practice involves international markets. Although attached to the firm’s Washington office, Barnicle works mostly out of Chicago. “Federal government contracts don’t have geographic limitations.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnicle has spent much of his time “helping suppliers think creatively to work with both the federal and state governments” to maintain the supply chain for medicines and medical equipment. When the pandemic subsides, he will resume working with technology companies that he thinks are key to supporting military operations. “They’re kind of the new Lockheeds and the new Raytheons and the new large defence industrial base contractors. It’s really important that they understand how to work with the government.”

Duane Morris partner named in “40 Under 40” list

Duane Morris partner Oderah C. Nwaeze has been named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. The list honours professionals who have demonstrated business success, community involvement, leadership ability and influence. Mr. Nwaeze will be honoured at a reception on August 27, 2020.

Mr. Nwaeze is a trial lawyer with significant experience litigating complex corporate and commercial matters. His experience consists of corporate governance actions, statutory actions arising under Delaware General Corporation Law, state and federal class actions (including matters involving state and federal securities laws, statutory and common law fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty) and breach of contract disputes. He also represents financial institutions in litigation matters and has a unique understanding of the legal and business sensitivities of banking clients, which he sharpened through a secondment with TD Bank, N.A. in 2018.

Mr. Nwaeze sits on the Duane Morris Philadelphia office’s Inclusion Committee. He also serves on the Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees for Bancroft, a non-profit provider of specialised services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. In March 2019, he was appointed to the board of directors for Campus Philly, an organisation dedicated to fuelling economic growth in Philadelphia by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.