Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that seven lawyers have been elected to the Firm's partnership. As of September 1, 2009, the new partners are Lisa H. Bebchick, Shahzeb Lari, Beth C. McClain, Jeffrey Ross, David Selden, William C. Thum and Edward F. Ughetta.
In a joint statement, Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson, and Justin Spendlove, Fried Frank's Managing Partner, stated, "We are proud to welcome these new partners to the Firm. They are each outstanding lawyers that share in our commitment and dedication to our clients, and they will play an integral role in the success and continued strength of the Firm in the years to come."
Attorneys elected to partner:
Lisa H. Bebchick, an attorney in the Litigation Department in the Firm's New York office, focuses her practice on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation matters in federal and state courts and at the trial and appellate levels. As a member of the Firm's Government Investigations and Regulatory Counseling practice, she has also represented clients in connection with US Attorney's Office, Office of New York Attorney General, and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, as well as corporate internal investigations. Ms. Bebchick's pro bono work includes representing indigent federal criminal defendants. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 2001 and her BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She is admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts and she is admitted to practice in the courts of the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Second, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Shahzeb Lari, an attorney in the Litigation Department in the Firm's New York office, primarily focuses his practice on the litigation of corporate and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on securities and shareholder litigations, corporate governance matters, and other complex business disputes. Mr. Lari has recently been involved in a number of matters relating to the subprime credit crisis, as well as litigations arising from failed M&A transactions. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2001 and his BA from Oberlin College in 1998. He is admitted to the bar in New York.
Beth C. McClain, an attorney in the Litigation Department in the Firm's Washington, DC office, focuses her practice on health care fraud and regulatory compliance matters, with an emphasis on the defense of False Claims Act suits brought by qui tam relators and the United States. Ms. McClain also handles issues arising under the Anti-Kickback Statute, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Stark Law, and federal privacy and civil rights laws. She frequently advises investors and health care companies in connection with acquisitions and securities offerings involving virtually every sector of the health care industry. She joined the Firm in 1998 and became special counsel in 2005. Before entering the practice of law, Ms. McClain served as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service. Ms. McClain received her JD, with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 1992 and her BSN, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1983. She is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.
Jeffrey Ross, an attorney in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department in the Firm's New York office, has experience with a wide range of benefits and compensation matters and the numerous federal and state laws that govern the field. In addition to assisting in the design and operation of various tax qualified, non-qualified, and equity based compensation arrangements, he has counseled extensively regarding the ERISA issues relating to the organization and operation of private investment funds. Mr. Ross joined the Firm in 2008. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2001 and his BA, cum laude, from Yale University in 1998. He is admitted to the bar in New York.
David Selden, an attorney in the Corporate Department in the Firm's New York office, works on a variety of asset management and securities law matters with an emphasis on private investment vehicles including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and funds-of-funds. As a member of the Asset Management practice, Mr. Selden has experience advising major financial institutions, fund sponsors and investment advisors on commercial, securities and compliance matters. He joined the Firm in 2005. Mr. Selden received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001 and his BA from the University of Virginia in 1996. He is admitted to the bar in New York.
William C. Thum, an attorney in the Corporate Department in the Firm's New York office, concentrates his work on matters involving derivatives and has extensive experience in tailoring derivatives documentation across fixed income and equity derivatives products including prime brokerage. As special counsel, Mr. Thum has been instrumental in assisting clients, including investment funds, in developing and updating derivatives documentation policies and trading agreement templates, analyzing risk in legacy agreements, assisting in derivatives litigation and drafting transaction agreements for complex equity and credit derivatives trading. An active speaker, Mr. Thum is often called on to address issues relating to counterparty risk and he has presented numerous training sessions on derivatives documentation. Prior to joining Fried Frank in 2008, Mr. Thum was Executive Director and Head of Institutional Securities Documentation - Americas at Morgan Stanley, managing a team of lawyers supporting derivatives trading for US and emerging markets clients. He received his JD from American University, Washington College of Law in 1985 and his BA from Bucknell University in 1982. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Pennsylvania.
Edward F. Ughetta, an attorney in the Corporate Department in the Firm's New York office, concentrates his practice in the asset management and private equity groups, where he represents private equity sponsor groups in their fund-raising and investment programs, as well as the representation of institutional investors in their private equity and venture capital investment programs. In addition, Mr. Ughetta advises on governance issues and securities law matters relating to investment funds. He also has experience in hedge fund formation, funds-of-funds, and secondary investments in private equity funds and portfolio company transactions. He joined the Firm in 2007 as special counsel. He received his JD from Cornell Law School and his MBA from Cornell University, The Johnson School of Management in 1996, and his AB from Princeton University in 1990. He is admitted to the bar in New York.