New York, December 22, 2008 – Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is proud to announce that, effective January 1, 2009, Michael S. Arlein, Nicolas Commandeur and Adeel A. Mangi will become counsel to the firm. All three lawyers were previously associates.
Michael S. Arlein focuses his practice on a broad range of matters in the personal planning area, including estate and tax planning for individuals and families, owners of private businesses and corporate and financial services executives. His work includes estate and trust administration, all aspects of Surrogate’s Court practice including probate proceedings, will contests and guardianships, and planning for charitable giving and philanthropy. Mr. Arlein received his J.D, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University.
Nicolas Commandeur practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. Mr. Commandeur has particular experience with sophisticated financial litigation. He has successfully represented one of the world’s largest providers of travel and real estate services in one of the largest client lawsuits against a Big Four accounting firm resulting in a $298.5 million dollar settlement.
In addition, he recently obtained a judgment in favor of a Fortune 500 company following the arbitration of a multi-million dollar dispute with one of its investment partners. As part of the firm’s law firm defense team, Mr. Commandeur has also successfully represented a partner of a major national law firm in defense of allegations of legal malpractice by a former client. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Florida.
Adeel A. Mangi practices in all aspects of complex commercial litigation in federal and state court with a focus on healthcare, false advertising and intellectual property. His experience includes the representation of a major pharmaceutical company in a large multi-district class action litigation and government investigations related to drug pricing and reimbursement. Mr. Mangi also has represented companies in actions alleging false advertising relating to pharmaceuticals and online marketing. He received his BA/Law from the University of Oxford and his L.L.M. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mangi is also a British Barrister at Law.
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Patterson Belknap is one of only four law firms to be ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of the nation’s elite firms each year since the list’s inception. Ranking three nationally this year, the firm has ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s pro bono survey since it began in 1999. Patterson Belknap is based in New York City with nearly 200 lawyers delivering a full range of services across approximately 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. For more information, call 212-336-2000 or visit www.pbwt.com.