DLA Opens Phoenix office to enhance DLA Piper’s growing Southwest pr…

DLA Opens Phoenix office to enhance DLA Piper’s growing Southwest presence

New York and Phoenix – LAWFUEL – DLA Piper US LLP today announced that Mark Nadeau and Cindy Ricketts have joined the firm as partners in the Litigation practice group, adding significant depth to its global international arbitration practice. The pair come to the firm from Squire Sanders & Dempsey, LLP and will open a Phoenix office for DLA Piper located at 2415 East Camelback.

Nadeau and Rickett’s move to DLA Piper signals the continued expansion of one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices with 75 attorneys actively involved in the management of international disputes from offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and other markets throughout the world.

“Mark and Cindy are exceptional lawyers who add tremendous depth and experience to our already strong international arbitration practice” said Robert J. Mathias, U.S. chair and joint global leader of DLA Piper’s Litigation practice. “Their arrival enhances our Southwest presence while adding a strong new dimension to our growing global capabilities in the area of international dispute resolution.”

Claudia T. Salomon, co-chair of DLA Piper’s International Arbitration practice, added: “I am looking forward to having Mark on board to assist with the leadership and development of our global international arbitration practice.”

Deepening a Preeminent International Arbitration Practice

With 63 offices in 24 countries, DLA Piper’s International Arbitration practice assists clients worldwide in navigating complex cross-border disputes in jurisdictions across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States under a wide range of arbitral rules. The firm’s international arbitration team, located around the world, are intimately familiar with local arbitration associations and are well versed in local regulations and practices as well as linguistic and cultural variations. This enables the firm to provide clients with a full understanding of local requirements and a valuable perspective that spans borders.

“DLA Piper’s trajectory not only provides significant opportunities for our domestic and international clients but presents us with immense opportunities as lawyers,” said Nadeau. “The firm has gained substantial prominence in the legal and financial circles and is the first major law firm ranked in the top five globally to open an office in Arizona, marking a major shift in the area’s legal climate. We look forward to building on the firm’s Southwest regional presence and strengthening one of the leading international arbitration teams in the world today.”

About Mark Nadeau and Cindy Ricketts

Experienced in handling sophisticated international disputes — with a particular focus on international arbitration — Nadeau has handled several high-profile disputes involving television, aviation, real estate hospitality, trade secret, unfair business practice and general commercial litigation. He is also well known in the Southwest as a top trial lawyer handling major issues such as large real estate projects, private equity fund investment disputes, energy and product liability matters.

At his prior firm, Nadeau served as co-chair of the International Dispute Resolution Group, which he founded in 1998. A frequent speaker on the topic of international dispute resolution, Nadeau acted as chairperson and moderator for a select panel of experts called upon to advise the United Nations delegates at the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nadeau is a member of the Congress of Fellows of the Centre for International Legal Studies. He received the Samuel Wagner Advocacy Award as the outstanding graduate of his law school, and the Sell Scholarship. He also won first place in the Murray Love Trial Court competition and first place in the ABA Third Circuit Appellate Advocacy competition, where he was named outstanding advocate.

He received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Also experienced in handling cross-border disputes, Ricketts has served as lead and co-lead counsel in complex litigation matters involving director and officer liability, fraud, racketeering, securities fraud, failed thrifts, breach of contract, breach of warranty, trade secrets, breach of non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, unfair competition, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, product liability, receiverships, construction disputes, homeowner association disputes, class actions, toxic torts, copyright infringement, the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act, the Automated Clearing House rules and regulations and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act of 2006.

Her experience includes participation in trial teams in complex commercial and tort litigation matters involving multiple parties and multiple districts. She has substantial motion practice, appellate practice, jury and bench trial, arbitration and injunctive relief experience.

Ricketts is a recognized National Institute for Trial Advocacy instructor. She has taught both trial skills and deposition skills. At her prior firm, she was a member of the firm’s Advocacy Training Committee, which developed and implemented training programs to assist in the consistent development of associates across the firm’s multiple offices and varied advocacy practices.

Ricketts earned a J.D. from Arizona State University and a B.A. from Smith College. She is a member of the Order of Coif and received the Best Case Note Award in 1989 as a member of the Arizona State Law Journal.

About DLA Piper
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