New York, NY – April 2, 2007 – LawFuel – California Law News – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that Edward Zaelke has been named Managing Partner of the Firm’s office in Los Angeles. The move comes as part of Chadbourne’s substantial expansion of the office in the last six weeks.
As the Managing Partner in Los Angeles, Mr. Zaelke will oversee the office’s growing practice, which will include wind energy and other areas of renewable energy. Mr. Zaelke is the president of the American Wind Energy Association and headed the Renewable Energy Practice Group at his former law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
“Ed is a strong leader with great visibility in renewable energy, which is a growth area for the Firm,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles O’Neill.
Mr. Zaelke, 48, succeeds Jay Henneberry, a Los Angeles partner who, after 13 years of leading the office, has decided to concentrate on his litigation practice. “Jay has done an outstanding job in managing the Los Angeles office over the past 13 years,” said Mr. O’Neill. “The entire Firm is very grateful for his efforts and appreciative of his success.”
Mr. Zaelke said, “Chadbourne is pursuing a West Coast strategy of smart, strategic growth that focuses on the ‘sweet spot’ of our practice areas here: renewable energy and litigation. I am delighted to help put this strategy into action.”
In addition to Mr. Zaelke, partners Adam Umanoff and Thomas Dupuis and a team of associates have joined Chadbourne in Los Angeles from Morgan Lewis. They bring broad experience in wind and renewable energy matters.
The recent wind hires are the first step in the Los Angeles office’s expansion, which is aimed at adding lawyers in other practice areas that complement those in the Firm’s other offices.
Chadbourne’s Los Angeles office opened in 1987 and serves as the West Coast arm of the Firm’s renewable energy, project finance, litigation, products liability, real estate, tax, restructuring, cross-border transaction and insurance and reinsurance practices. Lawyers in this office have represented companies in a variety of complex business litigations, involving commercial and securities fraud and government-contract matters. The products liability practice encompasses all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts across the country.
About Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. Major geographical areas of concentration include Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, and Latin America. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Houston, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (through a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty, Tashkent, Beijing, and a multinational partnership, Chadbourne & Parke, in London. For additional information, visit www.chadbourne.com.