Chicago, IL, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law News – Law Jobs – Baker & McKenzie LLP announced today the election of ten new Partners, bringing the total number of Partners in the Chicago office to 109. The new Partners are:
Narendra Acharya – Employment and Compensation
Michael DeFranco – Corporate and Securities
Michael Donovan – Tax
Tom Hurka – Employment and Compensation
Tomas Man – Corporate and Securities
Helen Mantel – Corporate and Securities
Erin Maus – Litigation
Shima Roy – Litigation
Doug Sanders – Environmental
Erika Schechter – Tax
“We are delighted to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of these talented individuals. We look forward to their continued success, as we look to strengthen our capabilities in key practice areas,” said Phillip F. Suse, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office.
Narendra Acharya focuses his practice on matters relating to U.S. and international employee benefits and executive compensation, including global stock plans, pensions and employment issues in mergers and acquisitions. He joined the Firm in 2000.
Michael DeFranco concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and general corporate and securities matters. Michael represents buyers, sellers and their financial advisors in a wide variety of transactions, including negotiated and contested public acquisitions, private acquisitions and divestitures, and other strategic alliances. He joined the Firm in 2005.
Michael Donovan focuses his practice on tax planning for U.S. real estate projects, including tenancy in common structures under Section 1031, leveraged partnerships, and real estate investment trusts. In addition, Michael engages in a significant amount of tax planning for partnerships, corporations and tax-exempt entities. He joined the Firm in 2005.
Tom Hurka focuses his practice on employment and labor litigation, employment and labor counseling, domestic and international employment law and employment regulation. He regularly counsels employers on, and represents employers in litigation involving, federal, state and local employment and labor laws. He joined the Firm in 2001.
Tomas Man focuses his practice on the legal aspects of trade and investment in China. He also assists U.S. companies in their business activities in China, including trade and direct investment. He joined the Firm in 1996.
Helen Mantel advises clients in the areas of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, global corporate reorganizations, outbound investments, and joint ventures. Helen also assists clients with the general management of their global operations. She joined the Firm in 1995.
Erin McCloskey Maus concentrates her practice in international and domestic products liability and mass tort litigation. Erin also has a commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on contract, warranty, distribution, dealer, franchise, sales of goods, and Uniform Commercial Code litigation and related counseling. She joined the Firm in 1998.
Shima Roy focuses her practice on commercial litigation and international arbitration and she regularly appears before federal and state courts in matters involving commercial, intellectual property and other disputes. She joined the Firm in 1998.
Doug Sanders concentrates his practice in the area of environmental litigation, enforcement and compliance. He represents both domestic and non-U.S. corporations in federal and state court in environmental class action and mass torts litigation. He also advises clients with respect to liabilities arising from government enforcement proceedings, current and historical land contamination, environmental audits and environmental compliance issues under a broad range of federal and state environmental, health and safety statutes. He joined the Firm in 2001.
Erika Schechter focuses her practice on tax litigation and transfer pricing. She works with clients at all stages of tax controversies, from the audit level to IRS Appeals to litigation in the Tax Court and Appellate Courts. She also litigates state and local tax controversies. Erika assists clients in negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements with the United States and foreign governments and is also a Certified Public Accountant. She joined the Firm in 1996.