11 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law firm, law, legal, attorney newsAlito is well known in the New Jersey legal community and has established a prominent employment practice throughout the state and regionally. Ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America (10th edition), Alito has extensive trial and appellate experience and is a frequent writer and lecturer on employment law issues. Immediate past president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and author of New Jersey Employment Law, Alito is a very active speaker and participant within state and federal bar associations, having served on Supreme Court committees related to Judicial Discipline, Women in the Courts, Lawyers Assistance Program Funding and Professional Responsibility Rules. Alito comes to K&L from McCarter & English.
Avallone, also a well-known and respected employment attorney in New Jersey, was recently recognized as one of New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 under 40” best attorneys. Avallone counsels clients on policies and practices in the workplace and represents management in employment- related litigation. He appears regularly in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Avallone also comes to K&L from McCarter & English.
Anthony P. La Rocco, Administrative Partner of K&L’s Newark office, said: “Rosemary and Vincent are an outstanding team. They have established exemplary employment law practices in New Jersey. We are thrilled that they are joining K&L and that they will be based in our Newark office. Their addition is an outstanding complement to K&L’s national team of nearly 60 employment and labor attorneys.”
Marilyn Sneirson, an employment and labor partner in K&L’s Newark office, added: “It will indeed be a privilege to work beside Rosemary and Vincent. With their addition, our clients will benefit from over five decades of collective knowledge and experience representing management in all aspects of employment law.”
Peter J. Kalis, Chair and Managing Partner of K&L, said: “It is an extraordinary day when our firm can welcome two such distinguished practitioners into our ranks, especially in an area of law which is of growing significance to the well-being of our clients.”
K&L now has 36 attorneys in its Newark office, 8 of whom practice employment law. “We have a highly capable and diverse team here in Newark and we are very pleased with how our office continues to grow,” adds La Rocco.
Kalis added, “Our growth in Newark is consistent with the expansion we’ve experienced in each of our ten offices across the country. With such a national platform, coupled with our soon-to-be finalized combination with the English firm Nicholson Graham & Jones in London, K&L will be able to respond to our clients’ growing needs, no matter where they may arise.”
K&L serves a dynamic and growing clientele in regional, national and international markets that includes representation of over half of the FORTUNE 100. Currently approximately 800 lawyers strong, K&L’s practice embraces three major areas–litigation, corporate and regulatory-and related fields. On January 1, 2005 K&L will combine with the English firm Nicholson Graham & Jones. Once the combination is finalized, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, as the firm will then be named, will have approximately 950 lawyers located in London and ten U.S. cities, including Boston, Dallas, Harrisburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For information, visit K&L’s web site at: www.kl.com, or Nicholson Graham & Jones’ web site at www.ngj.co.uk.