DLA Piper today announced that 66 lawyers have been promoted to its …

DLA Piper today announced that 66 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership for 2007. Across Europe and Asia there are 27 newly elected partners, with a further 39 in the US.

The promotions, effective from 1 January 2007, were made across all key practice areas throughout DLA Piper’s global network of offices.
The London office had the largest increase of new partners across Europe, with 10 promotions across seven practice areas. Two partner promotions were made in the Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool offices. The remaining eleven promotions were made in Beijing, Amsterdam, CEE, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Kyiv, Madrid, Milan, St Petersburg and Sheffield. Of the 39 promotions in the US, seven were in Chicago, five in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, and four in New York and San Diego. The remaining 14 promotions were made in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.

“We have a talented team of lawyers and I am delighted to be able to announce this year’s round of partnership promotions. The new partners have each demonstrated their commitment and ability to look after our clients,” said Nigel Knowles, Joint CEO at DLA Piper.

Francis B Burch, Jr, Joint CEO at DLA Piper, said: “These new partners represent the future of DLA Piper. The breadth of practice areas and jurisdictions represented by this group is a testament to our global focus and our vision to serve clients around the world.”
DLA Piper also announced that 21 lawyers have been promoted to its newly created legal director level. The new role was introduced, with effect from 1 January 2007, following an extensive review of the career development model across Europe and Asia. The legal director role creates a new level in between associate and partner which recognises the fee-earning capabilities, management skills and specialist knowledge of senior associates. In addition there were 111 lawyers promoted to associate level across Europe and Asia.

Robert Halton, Global People Officer, DLA Piper, said: “The quality and skills of our people are key to our continued success and the new legal directors have been selected in recognition of the value they add to their practice groups, our clients and the wider business. The new level within the fee-earning career structure provides greater career development opportunities for our lawyers by recognising their skills as a lead lawyer. It also offers a promotion route for those lawyers who do not aspire to join the partnership.”
The new partners are:
Amsterdam Paul Hopman Litigation and Arbitration

Austin David Jones Finance

Baltimore Anthony Ashton Litigation
Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark Finance
Naftali Weg Tax
Kenneth Aneckstein Trusts and Estates

Beijing Rocky Lee Corporate

Birmingham Noel Haywood Corporate
John Jeffreys Restructuring

Boston Francesco De Vito Real Estate
Barbara Trachtenberg Real Estate

Chicago Jesse Criz Finance
Peter Ellis Litigation
R. Blake Johnston Patent Prosecution
Robert LeDuc Finance
Raj Shah Litigation
David Singer Finance
Patrick Thompson Real Estate

Dallas Will Woods Franchise and Distribution

East Palo Alto Jeffrey Aronson Corporate and Securities
Nate McKitterick Litigation

Edinburgh Sharon Fitzgerald Finance and Projects

Glasgow Neil Burgess Corporate

Hong Kong Tejinder Mahil Corporate

Kyiv Oleksandr Kurdydyk Finance and Projects

Leeds Andrew Davies Corporate
Simon Kenyon Litigation and Arbitration

Liverpool Sarah Bell Technology, Media and Commercial
Andrew Roberts Litigation and Arbitration

London Toby Barker Finance and Projects
London (continued)

Elisabeth Bremner Regulatory and Government Affairs
Lee Gluyas Litigation and Arbitration
Alexander Griffith Finance and Projects
Matthew Illingworth Litigation and Arbitration
Paul Jayson Real Estate
Adrian Low Finance and Projects
Michael Newell Corporate
Ranjit Srai Real Estate
Matthew Swynnerton Employment, Pensions and Benefits

Los Angeles Eric Beane Labor and Employment
Michael Hamilton Real Estate
Nick Morgan Litigation
Andrew Shiner Real Estate
Gregg Zucker Litigation

Madrid Diego Ramos Technology, Media and Commercial

Milan Giorgia Romitelli Regulatory and Government Affairs

New York David Berlyne Real Estate
William Russell Corporate and Securities
Victor Salerno Real Estate
Claudia Salomon Litigation

Philadelphia Darius Gambino Patent Prosecution
Jayne Anderson Risk Litigation

San Diego James Cartoni Corporate and Securities
John Kinton Patent Litigation
Stanley Panikowski Patent Litigation
Licia Vaughn Patent Litigation

San Francisco Laurie Scola Real Estate

Seattle Heidi Drivdahl Corporate and Securities

Sheffield Julie Morrissy Real Estate

St. Petersburg Denis Sosedkin Corporate

Vienna Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik Finance and Projects

Washington, DC Kimberly Egan Litigation
Elizabeth Karmin Real Estate
Elisha King Labor and Employment
Matthew Lepore Litigation
Sara Moghadam Litigation

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