Nixon Peabody introduces 2016 new partner class

February 01, 2016

Boston, MA. We’re extremely proud of our latest group of attorneys elected to Nixon Peabody's partnership. Meet these 11 new partners and learn about their practices in their own words:

Business & Finance Department

Theodore Ghorra, Securities, New York City, handles corporate transactions including M&A, public offerings, and private placements and has extensive experience in confidentially marketed public offerings, registered direct offerings, traditional follow-on offerings, and PIPE transactions. He represents both investment banks and public companies, and closes deals in the life sciences, alternative energy, patent, technology, and health care fields, among others. Looking ahead to 2016, Ted notes, “There are opportunities in both stable and volatile markets. When public/private companies do well or are flush with cash, they will likely continue their strong M&A activity. If the securities markets express volatility, these companies will quickly pivot back to the market when windows of stability open via the execution of alternative securities offering transactions. ” Active in pro bono, Ted was recently honored by the legislatures of the State of New York and City of New York for his years of community service and charitable work.

Richa Naujoks, Securities, New York City, advises clients in cross-border acquisitions, investments, and commercial transactions. Her clients range from startups to large public companies. Richa has built and managed the firm’s Microfinance and Impact Investment practice which often involves complex structuring across multiple countries. “We are actively involved in shaping strategies around emerging forms of fundraising and investing, including crowdfunding,” says Richa. She also leads our firm’s South Asia practice and co-chairs the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. Active in pro bono matters, Richa was recently nominated for TrustLaw’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by her client, Wello, a cross-border social venture that delivers clean water to people who lack access to it.

Catherine Ng, Global Finance, Boston, is a member of our Corporate Trust team and represents corporate trustees, collateral administrators, paying agents, depositaries, collateral agents, administrative agents, and other service providers in all facets of structured finance transactions and other debt financing. Catherine works on various matters involving CLO transactions that span the life cycle of a transaction, as well as on loan agency and custody matters. She also represents corporate trustees in mortgage-based securities including servicing transfers and enforcement actions. “Our team continues to monitor and track legal and business trends facing corporate trustees in the structured finance market to better understand our clients’ needs and to help grow their businesses,” she says. Catherine also mentors law students through the Boston Lawyers Group.

Litigation Department

Elizabeth Baio, Intellectual Property Counseling & Transactions, Chicago, handles various aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement for a broad range of technology companies. Ela has extreme experience in both patent and trademark law and effectively develops IP protection strategies that align with the companies’ business objectives. “I’ve been following the effects of the implementation of the America Invents Act. We’re developing and implementing strategies for clients to optimize their IP protection in view of recent changes in this area.” A pro bono advocate, Ela has helped nonprofits register their trademarks and has counseled them on non-profit law. She serves as a committee member with Attack ACC, a Chicago-based nonprofit, and is also the chair of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) Newsletter Committee.

Dan Deane, Commercial Litigation, Manchester, is the deputy leader of our Class Action and Aggregate Litigation team and focuses much of his practice on class action defense. Dan also co-leads the firm’s TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) team. “The uncapped statutory damages under the TCPA continue to make it an attractive vehicle for class action plaintiffs’ lawyers seeking big pay days against consumer-facing businesses,” says Dan. But, he adds, Supreme Court decisions coming out this term may “begin to contract the reach of the statute.” Dan’s practice also includes defending businesses and individuals under government investigation and defending employers in employment litigation. Active in community service and pro bono, Dan manages the firm’s relationship with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire and is the Vice Chair of the Federal Practice Section of the New Hampshire Bar.

Jennifer Hayes, Intellectual Property Litigation, Silicon Valley, is an experienced patent and commercial litigator whose practice crosses over into patent prosecution and intellectual property licensing. Jennifer represents clients in trade secret and copyright matters in a variety of high-tech industries. “New patent litigation cases remain brisk, and IPRs continue as a frontline defense in many cases. This is an important consideration for both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation,” Jennifer notes. “I am also seeing an uptick in trade secret litigation and continue to counsel clients on the best strategies to protect their trade secrets, control risks, and avoid potential trade secret misappropriation litigation.” Active in pro bono, Jennifer manages our relationship with Swords to Plowshares, serving California veterans, and California Lawyers for the Arts, which refers patent pro bono matters. She is also involved in several intellectual property and women in technology organizations.

Thomas Mealiffe, Complex Litigation, New York City, represents companies in commercial, complex tort, and product liability disputes in a number of industries including insurance, health care, banking, medical device, software, and aviation. “I’ve been following the increased regulation of manufacturers in the consumer product industry and the interplay between various regulatory regimes and digital health care products in order to prepare clients for the increased scrutiny and potential litigation exposure that will result.” Tom is a go-to litigator for our health care practice and is a member of our aviation and NP Trial teams. He is co-author of a book on Consumer Product Liability, which serves as a reference tool for lawyers and business people who interact or may interact with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Tom is a board member for the East Harlem Tutorial Program, a charter school that services upper Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City.

Real Estate & Community Development Department

Meghan Altidor, Affordable Housing, Washington, D.C., represents nonprofit and for-profit developers in acquiring, constructing, rehabilitating, and operating affordable housing developments across the country with a focus on New York and Washington, D.C. As a board member of the New York Housing Conference Young Leadership Council and a member of the New York State Homes & Community Renewal Multifamily Advisory Council legal subcommittee, Meghan keeps a high profile within the industry. “Between historic commitments by the New York Governor and New York City Mayor to the creation of affordable and supportive housing, it’s an exciting time to be part of the industry. New opportunities create new challenges in combining layers of federal, state, and local financing, and my role is to bring the pieces together and guide clients through these complex transactions.” Meghan is an active member of the diplomatic community in D.C. through the Embassy of Haiti.

Ashley Champion, Real Estate & Community Development, Rochester, NY, focuses her practice on commercial real estate, land use and zoning, retail leasing, and medical facilities representing local and national property owners, investors, developers, and tenants. “With evolving state and national health care regulations and advances in medical technologies, the demand for new and expanded medical facilities continues to increase. And we are best suited to facilitate future growth and evolution in the medical services markets.” Ashley is active in the firm’s pro bono efforts and provides counsel to the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School, which honored her as its champion during its annual fundraising breakfast last fall before an audience of several hundred community leaders.

Stephanie Seiffert, Private Clients Group, Rochester, NY, specializes in sophisticated estate planning, and complex trust and estate administration, and represents nonprofit entities and corporate fiduciaries concerning estate, probate, tax, and business disputes. She develops and maintains relationships with families through multiple generations ensuring their estate planning goals are brought to fruition. “Given the complexities of estate planning, I find clients crave simplification. I come up with creative and flexible provisions in estate planning documents to provide understandable, tax efficient solutions that will be successful now and in the future.” Active in the community, Stephanie serves on local nonprofit boards as the Treasurer to the Board and Chair of the Investment Committee of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County and a Board Member of Heritage Christian Services Foundation. Stephanie also gives back through her pro bono efforts focusing largely on contested guardianship matters and issues pertaining to U.S. veterans.

Aaron Yowell, Affordable Housing, New York City represents private, public, and nonprofit developers, investors, and real estate owners, with a focus on affordable and supportive housing developers as well as alternative financing structures for affordable housing, including private equity investments. He provides advice in all aspects of project development, rehabilitation, and operation, including tax exemptions, acquisitions, dispositions, public and private financings, and joint ventures. “As competition for private and public dollars increases, fast and adaptable execution is increasingly more important. I am finding ways to reduce friction for our clients, creating opportunities to leverage existing assets and unlock new lines of business.” Aaron is active in legal innovation, including spearheading the Code the Deal transactional law hackathon, and other legal technology initiatives of the firm. A member of the Advisory Board of the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing at NYU, Aaron was a founding board member of GreenHomeNYC.

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