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BTI Consulting Group Recognises Eversheds for Superior Client Service

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has been named to the elite 2021 BTI Client Service 30, a list of law firms recognised for delivering superior client service. The rankings are based on unprompted client feedback from general counsel at some of the world’s largest organisations.

The BTI Client Service 30 is a subset of the organisation’s larger client survey, The BTI Client Service A-Team 2021: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, which evaluates individual law firm performance through thousands of client interviews conducted over the span of 20 years.

This year’s analysis is a result of 350 independent, candid, one-on-one interviews with corporate counsel; firms cannot lobby or self-nominate to be added to the list. Of the 282 law firms recognised in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2021, Eversheds Sutherland ranked among the top 30.

Additionally, Eversheds Sutherland was recognised as a “Leader” in unprompted communication, anticipating client needs, commitment to help, client focus, understanding business, value for the dollar and quality products. The firm also achieved recognition in all three of BTI’s newest categories in the 2021 report: mobilising resources, fielding the absolute best team and quickly assessing the client’s situation.

“We greatly appreciate the confidence of our clients and peers, and are very grateful that they continuously entrust us with some of their most important matters and objectives,” said Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman. “We take great pride in meeting the highest standards of service, and it is extremely rewarding to be singled out for this honour.”

About BTI Consulting Group

The Boston-based consulting group is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. BTI conducts the only continuous benchmarking market study in the legal services industry based on independent interviews with general counsel and key decision makers who hire law firms.

About Eversheds Sutherland

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 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 69 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 M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labour law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms.

Duane Morris Welcomes Corporate Partner Hernan Gonzalez Moneta

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in its New York office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, he was an attorney at Reed Smith LLP. Gonzalez Moneta joins on the heels of the addition of three partners from Reed Smith LLP – David M. Hryck, Christopher W. Healy and C. Neil Gray – and economist Theodor J. van Stephoudt in New York on March 15.

“Expanding upon our international platform is a key element of our strategic growth plan, and Hernan will add a new facet of international corporate and tax capabilities to Duane Morris,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “This is an exciting time for the firm, with strong momentum and talent gains that accelerate our growth opportunities and enable us to more fully serve clients around the world.”

“I’m pleased to develop and grow my practice at Duane Morris, and to utilise the collaborative resources available to deliver the best solutions for my clients,” added Gonzalez Moneta.

Hernan Gonzalez Moneta advises clients with respect to Mexican and international tax and corporate matters, including all aspects of cross-border transactions, interpretation and application of tax treaties, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, permanent establishment issues, licensing structures, tax compliance, transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning and expatriates’ tax regime, as well as research and development of tax incentives. He concentrates his practice on international tax planning and guides clients in the implementation of their multijurisdictional business structures. Gonzalez Moneta also has broad experience in advising individuals and international families, celebrities and entertainers with their international endeavours. He is recognised as a trusted advisor for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and global families with focus on cross-border gift and estate planning structuring and succession governance. In addition, he has substantial experience in representing taxpayers undertaking voluntary disclosures under the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. He also assists clients with the negotiation of private letter rulings concerning international transactions, including the lobbying and prosecution of administrative matters before Mexican federal and state authorities. Gonzalez Moneta has drafted tax reform proposals concerning clients’ benefits, which were discussed and passed by the Mexican Legislature. Likewise, he has advised Mexican federal government agencies regarding compliance given to legal and payment obligations under major media campaigns. Gonzalez Moneta has also determined for the Mexican operations of major international groups value-added tax (VAT)-efficient strategies for imports and exports, as well as assisting them in securing large VAT refunds. In addition, Gonzalez Moneta has successfully handled several tax, administrative and intellectual property litigation procedures.

Gonzalez Moneta is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2010) and the Universidad de Monterrey (J.D., 2001, B.A., 2003).

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.

Product liability team led by Jayme Long joins DLA Piper in Los Angeles

DLA Piper 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, US 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 US LLP. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her B.S. from San Diego State University.

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women, and in particular those working at our firm. The theme for 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge,’ a reminder that we all can and should choose to call out gender bias and inequality to create an inclusive world.

Women are not a homogenous group; they are diverse by nature of their backgrounds, their life experiences, their abilities, perspectives and opinions, and International Women’s Day is about celebrating inclusion of women in its truest sense.

We have much to celebrate in our global firm – we have remarkable women doing notable work throughout the world. In January 2021, we became the first ‘Am Law 200’ firm to name a woman of color, Shauna Clark, as both our Global and US Chair. Recently, Shauna spoke with women leaders of the firm to get their views on the challenges that women face today, including discrimination and micro-aggression in the workplace and the perceptions of female leadership during a pandemic.

“Discrimination is much less overt now, it’s subconscious in many ways and I think that makes it more challenging to overcome,” said Alison Deitz, Managing Partner, Australia. “We, as female leaders, need to be very aware of that and ensure we can overcome it, whether by unconscious bias training or actively putting in place metrics for gender pay equity, to ensure that we’re not discriminating in any shape or form.”

“We’re getting to the point now where gender discrimination is more systemic, so it’s around the actual structures themselves and who is at the table making the decisions and the transparency around that, which is different to what was more bold and in your face in the past,” echoed Angela Tancock, Chief Strategy Officer, Canada.

The reality, then, is that women still are fighting not just for a place at the table – but to be listened to when they get a seat there.

“As a woman I get penalised for my tenacity and for being direct,” explained Natasha Moore, Head of Learning and Development, Europe, Middle East and Asia. “Women are often invited to the party, but we’re not invited to dance.”

One issue that remains is that women who are assertive are sometimes painted in a negative light, which can make them reluctant to display their full confidence or potential.

“In the context of the work place, many women wait until they are 100 percent ready to take up a challenge, whereas our male counterparts would not do that, and what I say to women is – you go the extra mile, not because you are a woman but because you will find very few people in that space, and that is your place to make your mark in, in whatever way you choose to,” said Marelise van der Westhuizen, CEO, South Africa.

“Women who are seen as go-getters can be judged more harshly and we don’t just see that in professional organisations, but in the wider world too,” added Farmida Bi, EMEA Chair. “Women politicians, for example, are held to a different standard. However, the thing I’ve found most interesting about the current pandemic is the discussion around whether female leaders in countries like New Zealand or South Korea have proved to be more successful because they are leading in a different, better way.”

“When I started, I didn’t have the courage to be my authentic self and I became very adept at shifting my personality to make those around me more comfortable, and it was just another weight that I carried, in addition to being black and a woman and young in a male-dominated environment,” Shauna said.

Combatting the issue requires raising issues of disrespect, implicit bias and micro-aggression when we see it, in order to seek to correct and improve it, Shauna said.

“The conversation needs to be about resilience and being human and correcting mistakes,” Shauna said.

“There are both the implicit bias issues that people have – I have them, we all have them – sometimes there are also biases that we hold ourselves to,” added Gina Shishima, Chief Strategy and Operations Partner, United States. “I also think it’s not the best thing to focus on; if I have to say it again, I’ll say it again. I think trying to be cognisant of it is key, but I try to focus on being effective.”

Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts, including how we strive to achieve gender balance.

Eversheds Successfully Defends Representative in SEC Appeal

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

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.

Mr. Rubin said, “This is the first time in at least five years that the SEC has completely ruled against FINRA in an appeal of a disciplinary hearing. This case is a great example of how and when to push back against regulators.”

The SEC’s decision can be found here.

About Eversheds Sutherland’s Securities and Enforcement Litigation team

Eversheds Sutherland defends broker-dealers, investment advisers, public companies, accounting firms and individuals in securities exams, investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations and related securities litigation, including class actions. With a comprehensive understanding of the financial regulatory landscape and an appreciation of our clients’ business needs, we know what it takes to make cases go away—whether that means shutting cases down early, negotiating reasonable settlements or litigating.

About Eversheds Sutherland

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 3,000 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 M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labor law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland is a global legal practice and comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. The use of the name Eversheds Sutherland is for description purposes only and does not imply that the member firms or their controlled, managed or affiliated entities are in a partnership or are part of a global LLP. For more information, visit eversheds-sutherland.com.

Kim Askew named a Leader in Diversity by the Dallas Business Journal

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Kim Askew, a partner in the firm’s Employment practice, was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s inaugural Leaders in Diversity list honouring “organisations and individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Askew has received numerous awards throughout her career as a result of her legal practice and her efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, including the inaugural Dallas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, which was named after her and recognises a Dallas Bar Association member who is dedicated to good work and positive relations with lawyers, the judiciary and the community, and the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, which recognises contributions to diversity in the legal profession. Askew serves as the local Diversity and Inclusion chair for DLA Piper’s Dallas office. She has moderated firmwide webinars focusing on racial equality, allyship and social justice, and she sits on the board of the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit that advocates for women’s rights through litigation and policy initiatives.

In her practice, Askew represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements. She has successfully tried cases to jury and non-jury verdicts in state and federal courts across the US and has handled appeals before federal and Texas appellate courts.