Baker & McKenzie Elects New Partners in North America
8 January 2013
Chicago, USA, January 7, 2013 – Baker & McKenzie has elected 19 new partners in North America. The elections were effective January 1, 2013.
“These individuals have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our clients and to the Firm,” said Philip Suse, Baker & McKenzie’s North American Managing Partner. “We're very proud of this group and congratulate them on this important career achievement.”
The Firm’s newly promoted partners include:
Jenny Austin is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Chicago. She represents multinational companies in transfer pricing and other tax litigation matters. Her clients seek her advice from all stages of tax disputes — from audit and administrative appeal to alternative dispute resolution proceedings and litigation. She helps clients develop strategies for negotiating with the IRS during audits and represents them in contesting IRS determinations at the administrative level and in court. Ms. Austin received her B.S.B.A in Accounting and an A.B. in Germanic Language and Literature from Washington University. She also received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Mohamed Barakat is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Chicago. He advises multinational companies on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, with emphasis on the Saudi Arabian market. Mr. Barakat also advises global investment banks on the rules and regulations governing several capital markets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other jurisdictions in the Middle East. Mr. Barakat received his bachelors and masters from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
John Cunningham is a Partner in the Investigations and Business Crimes, Corporate Compliance, and White Collar Defense Practice Groups, based in Washington, DC. He represents an array of multinational clients, concentrating his practice on internal investigations, anti-corruption compliance, and white collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Cunningham served as a senior trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, practiced white collar criminal defense, clerked in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and worked as an investigative analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Mr. Cunningham also has an M.A. in US Legal History from George Washington University.
Hugo Dubovoy, Jr. is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Chicago. He advises clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate and securities matters. Mr. Dubovoy has represented buyers and sellers in negotiated and contested public acquisitions, private acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions. He has also represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. In addition, Mr. Dubovoy advises clients on general corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure issues, and strategic planning. Mr. Dubovoy has also represented incumbent directors and insurgent stockholders in proxy contests and other corporate control matters. Mr. Dubovoy received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was awarded the Kirkland & Ellis Minority Scholarship, and his B.A. from Loyola University, Chicago. Mr. Dubovoy is concluding his term as an Associate Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.
David Gadsden is a Partner in the Litigation Practice, based in Toronto. He focuses on class action defense, product liability, business crime and fraud investigations and all manner of securities disputes. Mr. Gadsden has acted in numerous national class actions involving allegations of investment fraud and misrepresentation, price fixing, and negligent manufacture of consumer goods and medical devices. He also counsels on product liability, safety and recall matters and represents clients on business crime investigations and regulatory proceedings. Mr. Gadsden received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario.
Denise Glagau is a Partner in the Compensation & Employment Law Practice, based in San Francisco. She assists public and private companies in offering their employee equity plans around the world. Ms. Glagau consults on plan design, tax considerations, securities filing and disclosure requirements, exchange control rules, labor law exposure, data privacy concerns and other compliance issues connected to offering employee equity plans in different jurisdictions. She also advises companies on the effects of mergers, reorganizations, spin-offs and other corporate adjustments on their equity programs. Ms. Glagau received her B.A. from McGill University and her LL.B. from Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law. She also has a LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law.
Jacob Kaplan is a Partner in the Litigation Practice, based in New York. He represents foreign and domestic clients in international commercial litigation and arbitration matters, and has served as counsel in disputes concerning contract, energy, construction, commodities, financial services, insurance, intellectual property and other matters, including Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and Uniform Trade Secrets Act cases. Mr. Kaplan received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Kevin Maher is a Partner in the International Commercial Practice, based in Dallas. He has a broad-based business-transactional practice focusing on complex corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions involving public and private companies, including joint ventures, acquisitions and reorganizations. Mr. Maher's practice has a particular emphasis on cross-border franchising and distribution matters, advising many franchised brands in various industries (including the hotel, restaurant, car rental and retail segments) on their international expansion via franchising, joint ventures and direct operations. Mr. Maher also routinely represents clients in international real estate and finance matters relating to cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and credit transactions. He received his B.A. from the University of Dallas and his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Michele Maney is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in New York. She represents a broad range of strategic and institutional clients in connection with US and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, LBO's, divestitures and joint ventures. She also advises clients on general corporate matters. Ms. Maney received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Alain Mégias is a Partner in the International Commercial Practice, based in San Francisco. He focuses on the planning, coordination, and implementation of multi-country corporate transactions and restructurings. Mr. Mégias' areas of focus include pre-transaction restructurings, spin-offs, multi-country post-acquisition integrations, tax-driven reorganizations, cash repatriation, and financing. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées, and a master’s degree (“DESS”) in Business and Tax Law with honors from the University of Clermont-Ferrand School of Law before going on to receive his LL.M. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Mark Mendl is a Partner in the Compensation & Employment Law Practice, based in Toronto. Mr. Mendl's practice focuses on all aspects of the employment relationship and he regularly advises clients on a variety of employment and labour matters, including executive employment and compensation matters, restrictive covenants, acquisitions and divestitures, terminations, large scale reductions in force and restructurings, human rights, employment standards, union applications for certification, collective bargaining, collective agreement interpretation, and discipline and discharge. Mr. Mendl has been involved in a number of significant, high profile cases that have been decided by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Mr. Mendl has donated his time to a number of pro bono matters for employees who did not have the financial means to retain the Firm and is a member of the Student Recruitment Team in the Toronto office.
Laura O’Rourke is a Partner in the Litigation Practice, based in Dallas. Her practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement. She represents public and private companies and their officers and directors in federal and state courts, and before federal and state securities agencies. Her representation includes the defense of state and federal securities class actions, SEC enforcement actions, federal and state court individual investor securities suits, as well as the defense of individuals and companies responding to SEC, FINRA, and State Securities Agencies’ investigations and administrative proceedings. Ms. O'Rourke also represents clients in federal and state courts throughout the country in cases involving claims of breach of contract, common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Daniel Ro-Trock is a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in Houston. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law where he represents companies in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions, including mergers, equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance issues, proxy solicitation, corporate restructurings, venture capital financings, executive compensation, general corporate and securities law matters, as well as the reporting obligations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, NYSE Euronext and SIX Swiss Exchange. During his tenure with the Firm he also practiced in our Geneva office. Mr. Ro-Trock received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.
Daniel Robyn is a Partner in the International Commercial Practice Group, based in San Francisco. His practice focuses on global corporate restructuring projects for public and private companies (including post-acquisition planning and integrations, spin-off transactions, and tax restructurings), foreign direct investment, and domestic and international commercial contracts involving sales, marketing, and distribution. In addition, he advises overseas companies on doing business in the US, including the start-up of business operations, product launches and product liability risk management, and serves as coordinating counsel in the defense of foreign companies against US product liability lawsuits. Mr. Robyn graduated from the University of Cologne School of Law (J.D. equivalent) in Germany and received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. After law school, Mr. Robyn worked in our Düsseldorf, Germany, office. He is admitted to practice in California and Germany.
Abrahm Smith is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Miami, where he works on all facets of tax planning. He counsels individuals with undisclosed income from offshore accounts, including participation in the IRS voluntary disclosure initiatives. He assists foreign clients with real estate structures, including FIRPTA. He also advises clients on pre-immigration and expatriation issues. He earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mr. Smith also earned a B.S. in Business Management from Brigham Young University.
Caryn Smith is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in Houston. She represents a wide variety of multinational clients in all areas of federal income tax law, with an emphasis on international tax planning, transfer pricing, corporate and partnership taxation. Ms. Smith has been involved in designing and implementing tax efficient structures for domestic and foreign clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, planning tax-efficient supply chain and financing structures, repatriation planning, structuring intellectual property ownership, and assisting in global transfer pricing projects. She earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. She also earned a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Aimee Soodan is a Partner in the Compensation & Employment Law Practice, based in Chicago. Ms. Soodan has experience in all areas of employee benefits with a concentration in US and international executive and equity compensation. She regularly advises large multinational employers with respect to the global extension of their employee equity compensation programs, including the design, implementation, administration and ongoing tax and regulatory compliance of such programs. Ms. Soodan received her B.A. from the University of New Mexico and her J.D. and LL.M. in Employee Benefits from John Marshall Law School.
Stephanie Vaccari is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice, based in Toronto. She has extensive trade mark-related experience, has assisted global clients with worldwide trade mark portfolios, and represented them in opposition and cancellation proceedings. She has also participated in a variety of complex lawsuits dealing with, among others, trade mark and copyright infringement, patent infringement and validity, Internet issues, licensing issues, unfair competition and passing off. Ms. Vaccari received her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario.
Eric Weber is a Partner in the Tax Practice, based in New York. He advises on the US tax aspects of acquisitions, restructurings, spin-offs, and inbound and outbound investments. He also represents clients in connection with tax controversy matters. Mr. Weber received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from Stetson University. Mr. Weber received his B.A. from the University of Florida.