Posts

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 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 bolsters international trade capabilities

Geoffrey M. Goodale has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office. The addition of Goodale enhances the firm’s international trade capabilities. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Goodale was a partner at FisherBroyles, LLP.

“Geoff is a key addition to our Corporate Practice Group,” said Matthew A. Taylor, CEO and Chairman of Duane Morris. “His extensive experience in the significant and always-evolving area of international trade is a crucial advantage for our global clients.”

“Geoff’s practice brings a key component of strength to our clients as they run their businesses in an increasingly interconnected world,” said Brian P. Kerwin, chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. “His experience will be invaluable to our clients as they navigate the intricacies of a global supply chain.”

“We’re excited to have Geoff join us in Washington, D.C.,” said Patrick D. McPherson, managing partner of the Duane Morris Washington, D.C., office. “He will be a great addition to our office and the firm.”

For over 17 years, Goodale has assisted U.S. and non-U.S. entities of all sizes and in many industries in achieving their international business objectives in cost-effective ways. His practice focuses on export controls, economic sanctions, import compliance, trade litigation, international intellectual property rights protection, foreign direct investment, cybersecurity, anti-corruption, and government contracting matters.

Goodale counsels companies on a wide range of issues relating to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) enforced by the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the economic sanctions laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, he conducts internal investigations and audits to assess compliance in these areas.

Goodale also advises clients on all aspects of compliance with U.S. import laws and regulations, including those relating to determining the proper classification, valuation and country of origin of merchandise. He regularly represents clients in matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including assisting clients in preparing for and undergoing CBP audits. He also assists clients in developing duty-savings strategies through the effective use of duty drawback, foreign trade zones and subzones, preferential duty programs, and free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Dominican Republic Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).

Goodale’s experience also includes representing both U.S. and non-U.S. companies in all manner of anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), including investigations, administrative reviews, scope ruling requests and anti-circumvention proceedings, as well as in appeals of certain DOC and ITC decisions to the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has represented complainants and respondents in trade-related intellectual property rights cases filed with the ITC under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and appeals of certain such decisions to the CAFC.

Additionally, Goodale possesses extensive experience in advising clients on international mergers and acquisitions. With respect to acquisitions by foreign entities of U.S. companies, this experience includes, among other things: taking actions necessary to clear proposed deals through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); filing required submissions with DDTC and/or BIS when export-controlled products and technologies are involved; and structuring transactions so as to mitigate foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) in a way that is acceptable to the Defense Security Service (DSS) in order for the U.S. company to maintain its Facility Security Clearance (FCL).

Goodale also provides compliance counseling to government contractors on a wide range of matters covered by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). In addition, he provides counseling to clients relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and conducts internal investigations to ensure that clients comply with the requirements of the FCPA and other anti-bribery laws, such as the UK Bribery Act.

A long-standing and active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Goodale currently serves as co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s National Security Committee and vice-chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section’s Business and Trade Division. He also currently is the chair of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section and co-chair of the D.C. Bar’s International Trade Committee.

Goodale is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2001), where he was a Dean’s Fellow and a notes editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Prior to obtaining his J.D., Goodale obtained a M.A. in Government and a B.A. in Russian Studies and Government (with honors) from the College of William and Mary.

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.