Global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced four new leadership appointments and three term renewals in North America.
The leadership appointments and renewals are as follows:
- Michelle Hartmann: Managing Partner, Texas Offices
- Maria del Rosario Lombera-González: Member, North America Regional Council
- Brian Hengesbaugh: Chair, North America Intellectual Property and Technology Practice
- William "Widge" Devaney: Chair, North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice
- David Malliband: Managing Partner, Term Renewal, Chicago Office
- Salim Rahim: Chair, Term Renewal, North America Tax Practice
- Creighton Macy: Chair, Term Renewal, North America Antitrust and Competition Practice
"On behalf of the Firm, I would like to congratulate these seven outstanding individuals on their leadership appointments," said Colin Murray, North America Chief Executive Officer. "Michelle, Maria, Brian, Widge, David, Salim and Creighton are dedicated leaders who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to our clients and our Firm. I look forward to working together as we drive our Firm forward, helping our clients find solutions and thrive in a challenging business environment."
Michelle Hartmann has been named Managing Partner of the Firm's Texas offices in Dallas and Houston. Based in Dallas, Michelle is also co-chair of the Firm’s North America Trial Team and a member of the Firm’s North America Litigation Steering Committee. Michelle is consistently recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer and by Best Lawyers in Dallas for Business Litigation and Employment Litigation, and as a leading lawyer in America in the area of Trade Secrets.
Maria del Rosario Lombera-González has been named to the North America Regional Council. Based in the Firm's Mexico City office, she also serves as its Managing Partner. Maria is a member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee in Mexico and the Latin America Steering Committee for the Labor Practice.
Brian Hengesbaugh has been named Chair of the North America Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. He also chairs the Firm's Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit and is a member of the Global Intellectual Property and Technology Steering Committee. Based in Chicago, Brian is listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, has been recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer by the National Law Journal and is ranked in Chambers.
William "Widge" Devaney has been named Chair of the North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice. Based in the Firm's New York office, he also co-chairs the Global Investigations, Compliance and Ethics Practice. Widge is ranked in Chambers for both white collar defense and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and by New York Super Lawyers in white collar defense.
David Malliband's term as Managing Partner of the Firm's Chicago office has been renewed for an additional three years. With more than 25 years of experience advising multinational corporations on cross-border transactions, David has been recognized as a "Star Lawyer" by Acritas and in The BTI Client Service "All-Star Team" for Corporate Transactions report for delivering superior client service. He has also practiced out of the Sydney and London offices during his time with Baker McKenzie.
Salim Rahim's term as Chair of the North America Tax Practice has been renewed for an additional three years. A seasoned tax lawyer, he has more than 25 years of experience advising multinational corporations on matters involving double tax disputes, APAs, supply chain and business restructurings. He is a frequent speaker on transfer pricing matters for various organizations and universities. Salim is also a frequent participant in programs sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, Tax Executives Institute (TEI), International Tax Review, and the Global Business Alliance.
Creighton Macy's term as Chair of the Firm's North America Antitrust and Competition Practice has been renewed for an additional three years. Creighton represents clients in a variety of antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, investigations by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, private litigation, and counselling on issues such as antitrust compliance. Before joining the Firm, Creighton served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the DOJ Antitrust Division. Creighton is consistently recognized globally for his market-leading antitrust practice. During his time as Chair, the leading North America Antitrust and Competition Practice has more than tripled in size.