NEW YORK – LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – Allen & Overy LLP announced today that Patricia M. Hynes has joined the international legal practice as Senior Counsel in its New York office.
Ms. Hynes is a leading trial lawyer who has been listed since 1993 in Best Lawyers in America, as well as Who’s Who in American Law and the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers. Ms. Hynes has also been included in the National Law Journal’s Profile of America’s Top 50 Woman Litigators, and its Survey of the Fifty Most Influential Woman Lawyers in America. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has taught Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School, Fordham Law School and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She joins Allen & Overy from Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP, where she has been of counsel since 2000. Additionally, since 2003, Ms. Hynes has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, where she led a team that successfully restructured the organization.
Allen & Overy Partner Pamela Rogers Chepiga commented, “Pat is one of the leading trial lawyers in the United States, and is held in the highest regard by the bench and bar. Our clients will benefit greatly from Pat’s intellect, experience and wisdom, and from the enthusiasm she brings to the practice of law.”
Added Michael S. Feldberg, Co-Managing Partner and Head of Litigation of Allen & Overy’s U.S. Office, “We could not be more thrilled that Pat is joining us. Her presence will contribute enormously to our growth in the United States, and to our ability to deliver the best possible service to our clients.”
Ms. Hynes said, “I am very excited to join the talented attorneys at Allen & Overy, several of whom I have worked closely with before. With my work at the Legal Aid Society largely complete, this is an opportune time for me to take on the new challenges and opportunities I see at this stellar international firm. I look forward to working with the firm’s impressive team as they continue to expand their litigation practice and New York presence.”
Allen & Overy’s New York Litigation Group was founded in March of 2003, and now has 25 attorneys. With a focus on financial services institutions, governmental regulation, complex commercial litigation and professional liability, the group has represented corporations and individuals in many of the major litigations in the country. The firm is committed to growing this practice with the selective hiring of top litigation attorneys.
Ms. Hynes’s career has combined distinguished public service and private practice at the highest level. She has served as Chair of the Merit Selection Panel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for Magistrate Judges since 2002 and has served on, and chaired, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She was also appointed by New York City Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Charter Revision Commission in 2002, and currently serves as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department.
Ms. Hynes previously served for 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she had a number of executive positions, including Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Founded in 1930, Allen & Overy is one of the world’s leading legal practices, with more than 2,500 attorneys working in 25 major centers on three continents representing businesses, financial institutions, governments and individuals. With offices around the world, it is well-placed to respond quickly and effectively on a coordinated global basis. It enjoys a reputation for excellence and quality of service across a broad range of commercial practice areas. The firm first opened a small New York office in 1985, but committed to establishing a full service New York presence in 2001. With 120 attorneys, the New York office advises extensively on both domestic U.S. transactions and multi-jurisdictional transactions with a significant U.S. element.
Background : Patricia M. Hynes
§ Fordham Law School
§ Served as law clerk to Joseph C. Zavatt, Chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1967 to 1982, where she was Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1980-82
§ Chief of the Official Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit from 1978 to 1982 and Chief of the Consumer Fraud Unit from 1970 to 1978
§ Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judges for the Southern District of New York and on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Committee
§ Chair of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, since December 2003
§ Partner in Milberg Weiss from1982 to 1999 and was Of Counsel to that firm from 2000 to 2006