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BENNET G. PICKER received a Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award by the Pennsylvania Bar, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in bringing mediation and other forms of dispute resolution to Pennsylvania. He is senior counsel at Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young.
THEODORE WEITZ began teaching at Rutgers Law School, where he has initiated the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. He practices at Halket Weitz, and has been teaching entrepreneurial law and related courses at Fordham Law School for the past seven years.
THOMAS W. WHITE was named a member of the Advisory Council for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which establishes financial accounting and reporting standards in the U.S. He is a partner and general counsel of WilmerHale in Washington, DC. White focuses on corporate governance and legal aspects of accounting and auditing and accounting firm regulation.
DORA L. IRIZARRY was appointed chief judge of the Eastern District of New York and is the first Hispanic woman chief judge within the 2nd Circuit. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., recently re-appointed Judge Irizarry to the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference for a second three-year term. She also serves on the 2nd Circuit’s State-Federal Judicial Council. Since 2005, Irizarry has presided over a drug re-entry court providing intensive post-conviction supervision to persons whose crimes were motivated by addiction to make them productive members of society and reduce recidivism.
DAVID WARREN has resumed full-time client service at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine as senior counsel in the firm’s business and corporate group. He first joined the firm 28 years ago and began dividing his time with his role as president of Tranzon in 2009. Prior to that, he served as Verrill Dana’s managing partner for 14 years. Warren was also recently appointed to the board of directors of the New England Legal Foundation.
RALPH A. WEBER was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner at Gass Weber Mullins in Milwaukee and has been practicing for 34 years.
KAREN DACOSTA PERZAN joined the real estate practice of Polsinelli in Chicago as a shareholder. She represents clients in property acquisitions and dispositions, tax-assisted development, real estate finance, commercial leasing arrangements and zoning issues. Perzan was previously with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee.
BRIAN V. CAID recently joined the Denver office of Fox Rothschild as a partner. He is a member of the firm’s corporate group, focusing on federal securities law and capital markets transactions.
NITZA MILAGROS ESCALERA received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Giving Back Award honors Fordham University administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Escalera is the dean of diversity initiatives at Fordham Law School.
RICHARD M. SIMINS recently rejoined Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He was formerly with Montgomery McCracken from 1989 to 2001. Simins is an accomplished commercial trial attorney with more than 25 years of diverse experience ranging across the civil litigation spectrum.
LARRY G. CASSIL JR. joined Amy Steward Law in Dallas as of counsel. Before joining Amy Stewart Law, he was of counsel to Oklahoma City’s Hornbeek Vitali & Braun, where he represented policyholders in a variety of insurance coverage matters.
BRIAN G. BARRETT, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland in New York City, was named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star. He is a member of the firm’s financial services practice group and advises banks, broker-dealers, life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, and more on regulatory and transactional matters. This is Barrett’s second consecutive year being chosen by clients as a BTI All-Star for client service.
YVES LEDUC, LL.M. was appointed as CEO of Velan, Inc, a valve manufacturing company in Montreal. He was also elected to the board of directors of the company.
ADRIENNE M. WARD joined Olshan Frome Wolosky in New York City as a partner in the litigation group. She represents public companies and financial institutions in securities litigation matters, and her practice includes the representation of broker-dealers, investment advisers, private funds and more. Prior to joining Olshan, Ward was a partner in the litigation practice at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole.
ANDREA K. DOUGLAS joined Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger in Los Angeles as senior counsel. She focuses her practice on the resolution of employment disputes in matters related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Douglas represents clients in a broad range of employment claims.
ASHA MULDRO recently joined Guidepost Solutions in Los Angeles as senior managing director and deputy general counsel. Previously, she was a partner at Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado where she led white-collar investigations, defense matters, and complex civil litigation cases.
MICHAEL L. FOX recently joined Mount Saint Mary College as an assistant professor of business law.
JAIME SNEIDER was promoted to partner at Boies Schiller Flexner in New York City. His practice focuses on securities litigation and government investigations for financial institutions, hedge funds, companies, boards of directors, and executives.
RENATA FIALHO DE OLIVEIRA, LL.M, was promoted to partner at Veirano Advogados in São Paulo. She is a member of the corporate and M&A group and represents companies in mergers, joint ventures, strategic investments, asset deals, and complex commercial transactions. She is also the coordinator of the firm’s healthcare practice area.