Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody LLP has elevated eight attorneys to the law firm’s 2023 partner class, representing a wide range of practice areas, including affordable housing and real estate, community development finance, complex disputes, healthcare, and intellectual property.
The new partner promotions are effective February 1, 2023. Overall, 50% of these attorneys are members of historically underrepresented groups at the partnership level in the legal profession.
“Collaboration and innovation are shared traits across our 2023 partner class, a group committed to providing the exceptional client service that defines our firm,” said Stephen Zubiago, Nixon Peabody CEO and managing partner. “These eight dynamic attorneys embody our firm’s purpose of creating a positive impact for our clients, community, and colleagues.”
Nixon Peabody’s 2023 Partner Class
Business & Finance Department
Jason Chimon, Healthcare, Long Island
Jason represents both buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of businesses in a wide range of industries. He also helps emerging companies grow their businesses and raise capital through seed, angel, venture capital, and private equity financings. This can include advice and negotiation regarding formation, IP licensing, and other agreements unique to each client. In addition, Jason works with academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), and clinical trial sites to facilitate the conduct of clinical research. He also works closely with his academic clients to develop and support their technology transfer programs and various technology-driven transactions.
Ravinderjit Braich, Intellectual Property, Boston
Ravi focuses his practice on helping clients—including hospitals, research institutes, and small and medium-sized companies—devise and pursue effective strategies for protecting their breakthrough technologies. He leverages his background in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, diagnostics, and life sciences to represent and counsel clients in both U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and related IP matters. He also works closely with corporations, universities, and licensee counsel on strategic management and growth of their patent portfolios. Ravi earned his Ph.D. in chemistry and is a former technology specialist at a large pharmaceutical company. He is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association.
Alper Tosun, Complex Disputes, New York City
Alper Tosun is a prominent practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration proceedings related to disputes in the construction, energy, mining, and infrastructure industries. His practice also involves a wide range of high-end litigation and white-collar matters. He has successfully represented clients in proceedings administered by the leading arbitration bodies, including the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Alper has drafted and negotiated a variety of derivatives and arbitration agreements, advised clients on the worldwide enforceability of arbitral awards, and negotiated cross-border commercial transactions. In addition to his experience as a litigator, Dr. Tosun was previously a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Project Finance, Infrastructure & Real Estate Department
Julia Casteleiro, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, New York City
Building on a background in general real estate, Julia works with clients toward the common goal of providing safe and affordable housing to all people. She helps clients navigate all aspects of acquiring, financing, and developing multifamily housing, from the first steps of negotiating a purchase and sale agreement to reviewing and finalizing closing documents. Julia has worked with many of the development teams involved in preserving and rehabilitating public housing owned by the New York City Housing Authority. In addition to negotiating financing aspects, this representation also included negotiating long-term ground leases, community facility leases, and commercial leases. Julia is a member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association.
Ari Glatt, Real Estate, New York City
Ari is a versatile attorney handling a broad array of commercial real estate transactions involving the acquisition, sale, development, leasing, and financing of properties nationwide, with a particular focus on condominium and cooperative projects. He counsels investors, nonprofits, joint ventures, lenders, and developers, along with their internal corporate teams, to provide customized business-focused strategies and tax-efficient structuring, deftly negotiating for his clients and always going the extra mile to achieve their goals. Ari has proven to be a critical member of the firm’s real estate law practice, notably for his innovative and practical solutions for closing deals and his skillful drafting of the entire range of documents, from conventional purchase contracts to sophisticated ground lease agreements.
Emily McKinney, Community Development Finance, Washington DC
Emily focuses her practice on community development and revitalization matters. She works primarily with the firm’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) team, representing large institutional investors in the acquisition, financing, and syndication of real estate transactions that utilize federal LIHTC tax credits. She helps transactions run efficiently by conducting necessary due diligence, identifying key issues early in the process, drafting and negotiating the core documents for a transaction, and using collective intelligence to find cost-effective solutions for her clients. Emily works closely with clients to ensure that the terms of a deal are structured in a manner that enables clients to mitigate risk while achieving their business goals.
Ian O’Banion, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, San Francisco
Ian represents developers, investors, lenders, and property owners in a variety of real estate transactions—including acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, workout, and sale-leaseback transactions—across numerous property types, ranging from industrial to office buildings to vineyards. Drawing on his experience as a licensed architect in California, he advises clients with respect to real estate development matters, from the purchase of raw land to the formation of design and construction agreements. Ian also helps clients navigate challenges presented by climate change and investigate related opportunities for financing, sustainability measures, and resource conservation in order to build smarter, more resilient communities. Ian is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.
Kathie Soroka, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, New York City
Kathie represents developers, housing authorities, public entities, syndicators, and other stakeholders in affordable housing transactions involving federal and state subsidy sources. She is noted as one of the nation’s foremost professionals in public housing repositioning, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Section 18 demolition/disposition, and Section 22 conversion. Kathie is also a recognized authority on complex regulatory issues involving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before joining Nixon Peabody, Kathie served as senior counsel to the general counsel at HUD during the Obama administration. Kathie is a member of the Housing and Development Law Institute’s Board of Directors. She is also active with the Illinois Housing Council and the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing.