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Product Liability Lawyers Join DLA Piper in LA

DLA Piper law firm announced today that Jayme Long has joined the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory practice as a partner based in Los Angeles.

Long is a first-chair trial lawyer who defends companies faced with complex litigation matters in a broad array of areas, including product liability, premises liability, mass torts and commercial litigation. She represents companies in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, safety and maritime industries in state and federal courts across the country.

In addition to Long, of counsel and certified appellate specialist Justin Sarno and associates Stephanie Peatman and Alexander Giraldo have also joined the Litigation and Regulatory practice in Los Angeles, along with paralegal Hannah Ali and trial assistant David Mitchell.

“Jayme is a deeply experienced trial attorney with an incredible range, demonstrated by a strong understanding of scientific and complex legal issues and an excellent track record in the courtroom. She and her team will add significant value and depth to our capabilities, allowing us to better serve the needs of companies operating in a wide range of sectors,” said James Brogan, United States chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice.

“I have followed the growth of Jayme’s practice for years and am very excited that she is joining DLA Piper. She and her team complement and expand our product liability and commercial disputes offerings on the West Coast, and her addition demonstrates our continued dedication to growing our presence in Southern California,” said Angela Agrusa, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles offices.

Long joins from Dentons United States LLP. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her B.S. from San Diego State University.

Eversheds Successfully Defends Representative in SEC Appeal

The SEC is an independent agency of the United States federal government, created in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The primary purpose of the SEC is to enforce the law against market manipulation. 

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that the firm successfully defended registered representative David Tysk in an appeal to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission of a disciplinary proceeding brought by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

In 2013, the firm was hired to defend Mr. Tysk against FINRA’s charges that he acted unethically and violated arbitration procedures. Before this successful appeal, FINRA had ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine and suspended him from the securities industry for one-year, essentially ending his career in the securities industry.

After several years of appeals, including two appeals to the SEC, the SEC found in favour of Mr. Tysk, overturning FINRA’s findings.

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Brian Rubin led the team with support from Litigation Partner Lee Peifer.

Eversheds Sutherland Overview

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 70 of the Fortune 100, 61 of the FTSE 100 and 128 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 68 offices in 32 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalised alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and mergers and acquisitions; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labour law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland is a global legal practice and comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland LLP and Eversheds Sutherland LLP, and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms.

Dentons Sets Legal Precedent in Czech Litigation

Dentons is a multinational law firm. Dentons was the world’s 5th-largest law firm by revenue, with $2.9B gross revenue in fiscal year 2019. The firm is called Dentons in all languages other than Chinese, in which it is called 大成.

Dentons law firm secured a victory for Veolia Energie ČR before the Czech Supreme Administrative Court, in a litigation regarding interest from illegal gift tax in energy context.

The case concerned a gift tax imposed on all emission allowances allocated to power plants in breach of the EU law.

A lawsuit is a proceeding by a party or parties against another in the civil court of law. The archaic term “suit in law” is found in only a small number of laws still in effect today.

The term “lawsuit” is used in reference to a civil action brought by a plaintiff demands a legal or equitable remedy from a court.

After the ECJ declared this tax illegal in the Skoda Energo case, the Czech tax authorities correctly reduced the tax but refused to pay the interest accrued as a result of the illegally imposed tax.

In its decision, the Supreme Administrative Court confirmed that the tax authorities have to pay interest from the date when the tax payer paid the illegal tax under the original decision of the tax authority imposing the tax and not only from the later decision on the change of the tax.

This refined the previous landmark decision of the same court from 2017, and confirmed Dentons’ position that the tax authorities need to pay the interest accrued from the illegally imposed tax with respect to the entire period.

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.

Byron Pacheco Joins Litigation Practice Group

Kirkland & Ellis law firm is pleased to announce that Byron Pacheco has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He is based in the New York office.

Kirkland’s New York office includes approximately 650 attorneys, making it one of the largest law firms in New York and a destination practice for the world’s brightest legal talent.

Byron has experience representing clients in complex disputes, both at the trial court level and on appeal, in a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, breach of contract, class actions, fraud, labour and employment and securities.

He also has experience handling government and internal investigations and has maintained a strong pro bono practice.

Earlier in his career, Byron clerked for judges in the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California. Prior to law school, he was a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Byron is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and was a New York City Bar Association Associate Leadership Institute Fellow and a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder. He was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Community Foundation.

Byron Pacheco is an alumnus of Stanford Law School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hamilton College and Harvard University, respectively. He was previously an associate with Boies Schiller Flexner.

Kirkland & Ellis is an American law firm. Founded in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Kirkland & Ellis is the largest law firm in the world by revenue and the seventh-largest by number of attorneys, and was the first law firm in the world to reach US$4 billion in revenue.

Kirkland aim to make a difference in their clients’ businesses and also in our community.

Richard Lewis and Emily Reid featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list

Hogan Lovells litigation partner, Richard Lewis, and Head of Financial Services, Emily Reid, are featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list, published today.

The prestigious list from leading UK legal magazine The Lawyer celebrates the most innovative and creative lawyers in the UK from private practice, in-house and the Bar.

Richard Lewis was recognised by The Lawyer for his work on complex CIS-related matters such as his ongoing work on the PrivatBank case against its former owners Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov. He has also recently picked up a major new mandate in the Kazakhstan Kagazy litigation.

The Lawyer commented: “In the UK legal market, Hogan Lovells litigation partner Richard Lewis is the go-to guy for complex CIS-related matters.”

Emily Reid heads the Hogan Lovells Financial Services practice and leads the Banking, Lending and Payments practice. Innovation has always been a significant part of Emily’s practice from her ground-breaking work on the UK’s first ever debit card to advising Zopa, the world’s first peer-to peer lender and challengers, such as Curve, on bringing their ground breaking products to market.

The Lawyer commented: “In the tech community, Reid is a fairy godmother for early-stage companies, leading a mentoring programme that each year provides 10 fintech-focused start-ups with £25,000 worth of free legal advice. In 2020, she will capitalise on that knowledge by encapsulating it into chatbots that will answer client queries automatically 24/7.”

Richard and Emily commented: “It is a privilege to be considered among the best lawyers in the UK. We are both delighted with today’s recognition.”