Law Firm News

Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling Representing Victims In Madoff Case
New York -- the New York law firm of Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP has been retained by individuals and entities that delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to investment advisor Bernard L. Madoff, who authorities say admitted to operating what amounted to a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
     Since the December 11 arrest of Madofff, 70, the list of companies and individuals facing steep financial losses based on their dealings with Madoff and companies affiliated with or controlled by him have grown to include individuals and institutions across the country. In addition, Madoff’s fund obtained money from some of Europe’s largest banks, including institutions in the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy, and their clients.
     Jeffrey Zwerling and his firm represent investment partnerships, individuals and companies that may have lost significant amounts of money in Madoff’s scheme. In addition to targeting Madoff’s businesses, the firm will be taking a close look at third parties, including financial firms and other institutions that may have played a role in the scheme.

Katten’s Joshua Rubenstein Named To Top Attorneys List
New York -- Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP announced that Joshua S. Rubenstein, chair of the firm’s National Trusts and Estates Practice, has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Attorneys by Worth magazine. The complete list was published in the magazine’s December/January 2009 issues and highlighted the top 100 lawyers in the U.S., serving the personal, family and business needs of affluent individuals. Rubenstein has been named to t he Worth list in each of the three years since its inception in 2005.

Troutman Sanders Merges With Ross, Dixon & Bell
Atlanta -- Troutman Sanders, LLP announced that it has completed a previously announced merger with Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP creating a 785-attorney firm with national and international reach.
     The merger, which was finalized in January, combines Troutman Sanders’ multi-faceted corporate, finance, litigation, real estate and public policy practices with Ross, Dixon & Bell’s exceptional insurance, professional liability and commercial litigation practices, among other synergies.
     The merged firm retains the name of Troutman Sanders, LLP and remains headquartered in Atlanta. The firm employs about 1,700 people worldwide. For the first time, Troutman Sanders operates offices on the West Coast and in Chicago. The merger also doubled the size of Troutman Sanders’ presence in Washington, D.C., to more than 100 attorneys.

Holland & Knight Forms Madoff Advisory Group
Miami -- Holland & Knight has formed a Madoff Advisory Group to assist clients with strategies concerning any losses sustained as a result of involvement with Bernard Madoff’s controlled entities. The firm has assembled an interdisciplinary group of lawyers and professionals from Florida, New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. with significant experience in finance, government investigations, securities regulation and civil litigation to counsel clients on the issues and opportunities facing them related to this scandal.

Jones Walker Selected As A ‘Go-To Law Firm’
New Orleans -- Jones Walker announced that Incisive Media has named the firm a “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” as well as a “Go-To Law Firm for Leading Financial Services Companies.
     Firms were selected as “Go-To Law Firms” based on a national survey of General Counsels of Fortune 500 companies and leading financial service companies, as well as in-depth research and analysis of various public filings and resources.

IRS Chief Counsel Joins Sullivan & Cromwell
Washington -- Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP announced that Donald L. Korb, Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, will join the firm to lead its tax controversy practice. A practicing attorney for nearly 35 years, both in the public and private sectors, Korb is widely recognized as one of the country’s foremost tax lawyers, and he has played a prominent role in increasing the effectiveness of the IRS Chief Counsel’s office during his four-and-a-half year tenure there.

Veteran Tax Attorney Joins Patton Boggs
New York and Washington, D.C. -- Patton Boggs, LLP snared Richard E. Andersen to join its ranks as a partner in its New York office where he will practice tax and international law.
     Andersen brings to the table more than two decades of experience in both domestic and international transaction tax matters. He has counseled U.S. and international clients on a number of general corporate, partnership, financial products and international tax matters.

DM Trust Company Becomes Everest Trust Company
Philadelphia and New York -- DM Trust Company, an affiliated business of law firm Duane Morris, LLP, has changed its name to Everest Trust Company.
     Formed in May 2007 under its former name, Everest Trust Company counsels high-net-worth individuals, trusts and foundations by providing independent investment and administrative oversight of their trust assets.

Eden Rose Brown Named One Of Nation’s Top Lawyers
Salem, Ore. -- For the third consecutive year, Worth magazine has named Salem native Eden Rose Brown to its annual list of the Top 100 Attorneys in America. Brown was one of only two Oregon lawyers named to the list. There were no lawyers from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska or Hawaii included on the list.


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