Baker McKenzie has elected 23 new partners in North America. In addition, the Firm elected two attorneys to Counsel. The elections were effective January 1, 2017.

“We are very proud of the contributions these attorneys have made, as well as their demonstrated commitment to both the Firm and our clients,” said Rick Hammett, Managing Partner of the Firm's North American region. “I congratulate each of these attorneys on achieving this significant milestone, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to enhance our services throughout North America.”

The Firm’s newly promoted individuals include:

Partners:

Brian Cacic is a Partner in the International Commercial Practice, based in Toronto. Brian focuses his practice primarily on Canadian customs, trade sanctions and export controls.  He also advises on product regulatory compliance issues involving food, cosmetics, drugs, medical devices and other consumer and industrial products, including regulatory enforcement matters and product recalls. He received his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario, and he holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Amy de La Lama is a Partner in the International Commercial Practice, based in Chicago. Amy has assisted a range of companies in addressing legal issues related to global privacy and data collection, data security, information technology and related restrictions on data collection and movement. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Maxine Ethier is a Partner in the Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice, based in Toronto. Maxine represents public authorities, private sector proponents, infrastructure funds, construction contractors, service providers and lenders on the procurement, financing and implementation of major projects as well as in connection with any acquisition or sale of major projects. She also advises lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured financing transactions and project financings involving energy and infrastructure projects in and outside of Canada. She received her LL.B. and B.Com. in International Management from the University of Ottawa.

Alex Farcas is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Toronto. Alex focuses his practice on a variety of transactional matters with an emphasis on public and private capital market transactions and domestic and cross-border M&A. He also advises on corporate governance, capital market regulatory compliance and other securities-related matters. He received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Victor Flores is a Partner in the Compensation and Employment Law Practice, based in San Francisco. Victor advises global U.S. and non-U.S. companies - both public and private - on all aspects of executive compensation and benefits matters, including corporate, securities and tax law, as well as ERISA and employment issues arising in the implementation and administration of executive and equity compensation programs. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Maher Haddad is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Chicago. Maher concentrates his practice on advising US and non-US clients on federal income tax issues. He is experienced in tax matters related to partnerships, joint ventures, private equity fund investments real estate transactions, including fund and REIT structures, and energy transactions, including tax-advantaged project financings. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Michael Hamilton is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Houston. Michael represents companies in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including registered and private offerings of debt and equity securities, US Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, corporate restructurings, commercial financing transactions and general corporate and securities law matters. He received his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Nancy Hamzo is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Toronto. Nancy advises clients on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, pre-transaction restructurings, post-acquisition integrations and spin-offs. She is an experienced antitrust and foreign investment advisor focusing on pre-merger transaction clearance and foreign investment approvals and notifications. She represents clients in a range of product and service sectors with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. She received her B.Comm. and J.D. from the University of Ottawa.

Cecilia Hassan is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Miami. Ceci’s practice focuses on global wealth management. She advises high net worth individuals and their families on US and international tax and trust planning, and their multijurisdictional companies on their international tax issues. She also handles general tax planning for individuals and companies. She received her bachelor's degree and LL.M. from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Crystal Jezierski is a Partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in Washington, DC. Crystal focuses on corporate compliance and investigations, advising on compliance trends and government expectations, the design and implementation of global compliance programs, and compliance program remediation in the course of government enforcement actions. She received her bachelor's degree from Denison University and her J.D. from College of William and Mary.

Joseph Judkins is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Washington, DC. Joseph focuses on federal tax controversy matters at every phase of a dispute, including audit, IRS Appeals and litigation. He also advises clients on a broad range of international and domestic tax disputes. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, his J.D. from Wake Forest University and his LL.M. from Georgetown University.

John Kosmidis is a Partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in Washington, DC. John focuses his practice in the areas of international internal investigations, particularly anti-corruption and anti-fraud. He also advises clients on disclosures to the government, efficient e-Discovery and multijurisdictional investigations. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Tamara Levin is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in San Francisco. Tamara focuses her practice on transfer pricing and tax planning. She represents clients in the software, semiconductor, medical device and other technology-based industries on transfer pricing, international tax planning, post-acquisition restructuring and M&A matters. She received her bachelor's degree and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Minnis is a Partner in the Compensation and Employment Law Practice, based in New York. Lindsay regularly advises multinational companies on implementing equity compensation programs worldwide, particularly with respect to tax and securities law matters and exchange control regulations. She also advises companies on the employee benefit, executive compensation and equity compensation issues arising in complex corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Joseph Myszka is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Palo Alto. Joseph advises clients at all stages of federal income tax disputes, including audit preparation and management, during administrative appeals, in alternative dispute resolution forums and before the US Tax Court. He also has extensive experience advising clients on high technology tax issues, structuring international operations, cross-border transactions and transfer pricing matters. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, his M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Michael Nowina is a Partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in Toronto. Michael has a diverse civil litigation practice, with a focus on fraud recovery, commercial disputes and insolvency law. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario and regularly appears on matters on the Commercial List court in Toronto. He received a bachelor's degree from Queen's University and his LL.B. from Western University.

Miriam Petrillo is a Partner in the Compensation and Employment Law Practice, based in Chicago. Miriam primarily practices in the field of employment and labor relations law. She is also actively involved in pro bono matters, including political asylum, juvenile delinquency, legal assessments and other cases before federal, state and local courts and agencies. She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

David Pope is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in New York. David's practice focuses on state and local corporate income tax, sales and use tax, property tax, payroll tax, personal income tax and unclaimed property in all states. He represents clients in all aspects of state and local tax, including controversy, litigation, planning and restructuring matters. He received his bachelor's degrees from State University of New York at Binghamton, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Kristin Rice-Gonzalez is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Chicago. Kristin focuses her practice on alternative investment fund matters, advising clients on the structuring and formation of, and investment in, international and domestic private investment funds, including private equity funds and fund-of-funds. She also advises clients on an array of regulatory and examination matters involving financial markets and the regulation of brokers and investment advisers. She received her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Andrew Shaw is a Partner in the Compensation and Employment Law Practice, based in Toronto. Andrew’s practice focuses on all aspects of the employment relationship, both unionized and non-unionized, in the province of Ontario and throughout Canada. He advises employers in matters regarding employment standards, labour arbitration, collective bargaining, human rights, wrongful dismissals and occupational health and safety. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Queen's University and his LL.B. from the University of Windsor Law School.

Derek Soller is a Partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in New York. Derek focuses his practice on international arbitration, and has represented both states and investors in investor-state arbitrations; served as counsel in complex commercial arbitrations and dispute resolution board proceedings; and served as an arbitrator under the ICC Rules. Derek also has experience representing clients in domestic commercial arbitrations and commercial litigation.  He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, his master's degree from Middlebury College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Mark Tonkovich is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Toronto. Mark practices exclusively in the tax controversy field, and he handles all aspects of the dispute resolution process, including the analysis of tax risks, disclosure and negotiation with government agencies, audit management and defence, administrative appeals and litigation in federal and provincial courts in Canada. Mark received his bachelor's degree from the University of Guelph, his LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Heath Trisdale is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Houston. Heath represents both domestic and foreign companies in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including securities offerings, SEC reporting obligations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues and restructurings. He received his bachelor's degree from Rice University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Counsel:

John Fedele is Counsel in the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in Washington, DC. John focuses his practice on a wide range of antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters, and he frequently represents clients before the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. He also provides antitrust counsel to companies on a variety of commercial activity, and he works with companies to evaluate their antitrust compliance programs. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Lise Test is Counsel in the International Commercial Practice, based in Washington, DC. Lise advises US and multinational companies on export controls, trade and investment sanctions and US anti-boycott laws. She received her master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Copenhagen, her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

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