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Jasmeet K. Ahuja Named Legal Intelligencer Lawyer

Jasmeet K. Ahuja has been named a Legal Intelligencer Lawyer on the Fast Track. Jasmeet has worked closely with local and state governments on gun regulation reform and immigrant rights, playing a key role in a number of landmark cases.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and served as a federal criminal prosecutor.

Honourees are acknowledged for their influence in their practice areas in Pennsylvania and beyond, through their development of the law, strong leadership qualities, expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions, and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable, and professional volunteer work.

Hogan Lovells Philadelphia work with start-up companies and blue chips to gain approval for cutting-edge medical devices, defend hot-button investigations and enforcement actions, handle precedent-setting cross-border business, and focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.

Jasmeet leverages her time spent working as an engineer in the heart of our government’s national security apparatus, bringing both substantive and practical experience to her practice. From navigating the difficult terrain that follows a cyber security incident to advising on the development of secure software applications, she works with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

She also counsels companies facing complex antitrust investigations, leveraging her background in government to proactively advise clients on the most efficient way to address regulator questions.

Jasmeet also maintains an active pro bono practice, working closely with local and state governments on gun regulation reform and immigrant rights, playing a key role in the landmark City of Philadelphia v. Attorney General of the United States of America case.

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 Cannabis Industry Group Recognised by Business Insider

Duane Morris has been named a top law firm for cannabis law by Business Insider. The publication reached out to 29 players in the cannabis industry, from VCs to start-ups to multistate operators, to get their take on the best law firms in the industry.

Firm Profile from the Publication

Founded: 1904

Involved in cannabis: 2015

Recommended by: Panther Opportunity Fund, Salveo Capital

About: Duane Morris’ cannabis industry group, which has been around since 2015, is led by Seth A. Goldberg (Philadelphia), Tracy Gallegos (San Francisco/Las Vegas) and Paul P. Josephson (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Their clients range from those directly cultivating and selling cannabis products to investors in the industry. A spokesperson for the firm said that the group advises clients in a variety of areas, including regulatory, intellectual property, and litigation law.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Business Insider website (subscription required).

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.

Special Education Partner Spotlight – McAndrews Law Offices

As our firm celebrates our new name of McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse, Ryan, and Marone, we are spotlighting our named partners and celebrating their numerous achievements. These individuals are highly accomplished in our profession and are deeply valued in our firm as a result of their long and successful tenure in our legal family. Previously known as “McAndrews Law Offices, P. C.,” the firm is nationally recognised in the fields of special education, special needs planning, estate planning, and elder law. The firm has become one of the largest law firms in suburban Philadelphia, and also maintains offices in Scranton, Wyomissing, Wilmington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Alexandria (Virginia), and Georgetown (Delaware).

Michael Connolly: As stated by Dennis McAndrews, the Founder and Managing Partner of our firm, “Mike Connolly has proven himself to be an exceptional leader in the field of special education and is recognised in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the mid-Atlantic region as an outstanding attorney whose skills are at the highest level of our profession. Michael assists in the strategic handling of our cases and the management of our Special Education Department with collegiality and professionalism, and he is universally trusted and respected by all stakeholders in the field of special education.”

Our firm’s CEO, Katie Ryan, states that: “Michael is an outstanding mentor, colleague, and friend to everyone in our firm. In addition to his oversight duties as the Supervising Partner for Special Education, Michael handles his own caseload and assists with our federal court litigation with skill, insight, and a complete understanding of the specialised field in which we work. We (and our clients) are fortunate indeed to have Michael as the Supervisor of our Special Education Department.”

With twenty years of experience, Michael represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He has assisted parents in disputes involving their public school related to issues such as eligibility and identification, programming and placement, tuition reimbursement, discipline, bullying, and discrimination. Michael frequently lectures across the state and nationally to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law related topics.

Dennis McAndrews states that: “Heather has been an outstanding member of our office since 1999, when she first began working for the firm as a law student while simultaneously pursuing a second Master’s degree in Psychology. After law school (and obtaining her second Master’s Degree in Psychology), Heather immediately stepped into a leading role in our firm representing children with disabilities and their families. From the start, Heather has handled special education cases with a high level of professional skill, insight, and compassion for the children and families we serve. After a few years in our Berwyn office, Heather sought to open an office in her hometown of Scranton, and Heather quickly developed a substantial clientele in North-eastern Pennsylvania, and Heather promptly began representation of these families with her usual degree of alacrity and competence. Heather has operated our Scranton office for over a decade and has developed a reputation among parents, advocacy groups, hearing officers, and judges which is second to none. We are grateful every day that Heather is a member of our team.”

CEO Katie Ryan indicates that: “Upon beginning my role as CEO at our firm, it became immediately apparent to me that Heather is a magnificent resource for children and families, and brings tremendous skill and dedication to her work. Every attribute that is necessary to be a successful special education attorney is part of Heather’s toolbox, as she possesses a strong understanding of education, psychological testing, and litigation strategy. She is a frequent resource to other attorneys in our office, who lean on her for her substantial wisdom and invaluable experience.”