Boston, MA. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has elected 12 attorneys to its partnership effective February 1, 2011. Female attorneys represent 42 percent of the 2011 class. The new partners practice across geographies in diverse areas representing all of the firm’s departments: Business & Finance, Litigation and Intellectual Property, and Regulatory and Real Estate.
“This year’s class of newly elected partners represents the best of Nixon Peabody,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody. “These are innovative attorneys who are committed to quality service and who know how to strengthen our firm successes through teamwork and collaboration across practices and geographies.”
The new partners are as follows:
Business & Finance Department
Lee A. Harrington, Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Boston. Mr. Harrington’s practice is concentrated primarily on bankruptcy, reorganization, and commercial lending. He has represented debtors, trustees, secured lenders, creditors committees and unsecured creditors in negotiated workouts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, commercial litigation matters, and all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases in courts across the country. Mr. Harrington earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Jeffrey H. LaBarge, Global Business & Transactions, Rochester, NY. Mr. LaBarge works on sophisticated legal issues, concentrating on various aspects of business and corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property law, and federal and state corporate and securities law. His work also involves counsel with respect to raising capital under federal and state securities laws. Mr. LaBarge is a graduate of Rutgers-Camden School of Law and earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Daniel M. Deaton, Public Finance, Los Angeles. Mr. Deaton represents governmental agencies, nonprofit corporations, underwriters and others as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel in a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable public finance transactions. He also has considerable experience in general fund, water, transportation, university and cultural institution financings. Mr. Deaton has extensive experience in a wide variety of transaction structures, including, traditional fixed rate bonds, Build America Bonds, variable rate demand bonds, commercial paper and index tender rate bonds. Mr. Deaton earned his J.D. from Southern Methodist University and received his B.A. from the University of California at Irvine.
Litigation and Intellectual Property Department
Marcie K. Farano, Commercial Litigation, San Francisco. Ms. Farano is a seasoned commercial litigator and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Litigation team with experience representing both large companies and entrepreneurial ventures in a wide array of litigation, including matters involving trade secrets, breach of contract claims, securities and financial disputes , and other business torts. Much of Ms. Farano's practice is currently focused on representation of firm clients in Vietnam. Ms. Farano is a graduate of Loyola Law School and she received her B.A. from the University of California at San Diego.
Stephen M. LaRose, Commercial Litigation, Boston. Mr. LaRose is an experienced litigator who practices in a wide range of commercial business litigation matters, particularly focusing his practice in the area of financial services, disputes over private investment funds, and securities. He has successfully developed a market niche in the hedge fund and tax credit fund litigation fields. Mr. LaRose also represents clients before state and federal courts in general disputes over contractual provisions between business entities, competition over trademarks and trade secrets, employment matters, and tax controversies. He graduated from George Washington University School of Law and received a B.A. from Villanova University.
Tara E. Daub , Labor and Employment, Long Island, NY. Ms. Daub counsels and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She is an experienced litigator who regularly defends clients against employment-related claims of all types in federal and New York state courts, and before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. She received her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University and earned her B.A., cum laude, from Millersville University.
Deborah R. Schwartz, Labor and Employment, San Francisco. Ms. Schwartz is a skilled labor attorney with extensive experience successfully representing employers in labor and employment litigation and dispute resolution, including single, multi-plaintiff, and class-action matters. She also counsels employers on strategies to avoid litigation and provides comprehensive advice on employment law compliance. Ms. Schwartz graduated from Northwestern University School of Law where she received the Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship. She earned an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois.
Barbara A. Lukeman, Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation, New York City. Ms. Lukeman’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of products liability, mass tort defense, and complex business disputes. She has defended and counseled clients in many tort actions in federal and state courts with regard to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, lead paint, tools, and food products, as well as aircraft and automobiles. She teaches a course in products liability at Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Lukeman received her J.D. and B.A., summa cum laude, from Hofstra University and an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.
Mark J. FitzGerald, Patents, Boston. Mr. FitzGerald represents institutions including national and international corporations, universities, and start-up companies in protecting their technology from competition. His practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patents and counseling clients in matters regarding freedom-to-operate, patentability, invalidity and non-infringement in wide-ranging areas of biotechnology, including biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, stem cell biology, drug delivery, discovery platforms and bioinformatics, diagnostics and diagnostic instrumentation. Mr. FitzGerald earned a B.S. degree in biology and biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with High Distinction, a Ph.D. from Brown University's graduate program in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude.
Regulatory and Real Estate Department
Lindsay R. Maleson, Health Services, Long Island, NY. Ms. Maleson represents academic medical centers, medical schools, and graduate medical education programs in attaining and maintaining institutional and program accreditation. Ms. Maleson has extensive experience representing hospitals in medical staff matters and in drafting medical staff bylaws. Her practice also concentrates on the representation of hospitals, physician groups, pharmacies, and other entities with respect to regulatory and corporate transactional matters, including fraud and abuse, HIPAA and HITECH. Ms. Maleson graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned an undergraduate degree with honors from Haverford College.
Jared C. Lusk, Real Estate, Rochester, NY. Mr. Lusk represents a wide variety of landowners, developers, agribusinesses, retailers, public utilities, wind and other energy producers, as well as a number of fire and emergency service providers throughout New York State. He has extensive experience in a variety of legal matters, with a primary concentration on real estate development, planning, zoning, and compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act. He is very active in the community and serves on the Pittsford Town Council and several not-for-profit boards. Mr. Lusk earned his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and received a B.A. from St. John Fisher College.
Jonathan S. Penna, Real Estate, Rochester, NY. Mr. Penna has substantial expertise in a wide variety of commercial real estate matters. He has led complex acquisitions and sale projects, as well as commercial lease negotiations for various institutional and non-institutional real estate investors. Mr. Penna’s work also involves counseling clients on real property taxation and assessment matters, and advising municipalities and other condemning authorities on eminent domain procedure and valuation claims relative to real property acquisitions by condemnation. Mr. Penna graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo School of Law. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton.