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London Litigation Team featured in The Lawyer in its recent Top 20 Cases of 2017 Report

Fried Frank’s London Litigation team is featured in The Lawyer – Top 20 Cases for 2017 for its representation in the National Bank Trust v Ilya Yurov and other cases.

Two Fried Frank Practice Groups Recognized As Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360’s 2016 Practice Group of the Year series recognized the Firm’s Government Contracts and Real Estate practice groups.

The selections were determined by Law360 editors who reviewed submissions detailing the achievements of more than 600 submissions across 80 law firms.  Each of the recognized Fried Frank practice groups will receive an individual profile in the upcoming series that runs through early 2017.

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Kenneth I. Rosh Receives Law360’s Asset Management “MVP” Award

Corporate partner Kenneth I. Rosh is a 2016 recipient of Law360’s Asset Management “MVP” award, which recognizes lawyers "whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law."

The article discusses Mr. Rosh’s role in some of the most influential deals of the year, including Brookfield Asset Management’s $9 billion commercial real estate fund, which eclipsed its original target of $7 billion when it closed in April, one of the largest real estate funds ever formed.

Fried Frank Recognized in 2016 Legal 500 Client Intelligence Report

Fried Frank has been noted as a “Client Champion” in the Legal 500 2016 Client Intelligence Report, an independent benchmarking study of in-house counsel, for being a “go-to law firm” in four industry categories: Finance, Capital Markets, Financial Services and the Public Sector. The Client Intelligence Report financial services research was based on interviews with 1,076 unique financial services GCs and in-house counsel across the globe. The Firm was further recognized as a “Client Champion” in the United States, a status for which only 25 firms in total have been awarded. 

Fried Frank Recognized for Pro Bono Work by The Legal Aid Society

Fried Frank was recognized by The Legal Aid Society as a recipient of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico award for “Outstanding Service to The Legal Aid Society and its Clients.” The Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York, presented Fried Frank with the award at a ceremony on October 26, 2016. Legal Aid honored the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who provide legal services on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.
 
In addition to recognizing Fried Frank, the following individuals were honored at the event: 
 
Corporate special counsel Judy E. Kim and corporate associates Craig Bergmann, Michael Chen, Hayley Cohen, Evan Ewing, Thomas C. Katsiotas, and Matthew S. Smith; real estate associates Julianne E. Befeler, Maura K. Gallagher and Stephanie Spell; trusts & estates special counsel Jane Revellino; and tax associates Daniel Jacobson and Bryan Y. Lee.  

The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest public interest legal organization, and has been providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers since 1876.  To learn more about the organization, click here.

Jennifer A. Yashar Recognized in Real Estate Forum’s 2016 “Fifty Under 40”

Real estate partner Jennifer A. Yashar has been selected as one of Real Estate Forum’s ”Fifty Under 40” feature. The series recognizes the 50 best-in-class young commercial real estate professionals. 

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Fried Frank Recognized Among Global Investigations Review's 2016 GIR 100 List

Fried Frank has been recognized in Global Investigations Review's 2016 GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border government-led and internal investigations law firms around the world. 

GIR 100 ranks firms around the world based on reputation, recent work and experience. The guide continues to be a trusted resource for in-house counsel seeking specialist counsel.

Steven G. Scheinfeld Honored by The Jerusalem Foundation

Global corporate chair Steven G. Scheinfeld was the recipient of the Builders of Jerusalem Award presented by the Jerusalem Foundation. Mr. Scheinfeld was recognized at The Jerusalem Foundation’s 50th Anniversary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, 2016. 

Sharing this recognition are Olga & Alex Blavatnik of Access Industries and Ido Ahoroni of Israel in New York. 

Founded in 1966 by legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek, The Jerusalem Foundation’s mission is to shape a modern, open and vibrant city: identifying and responding to its needs, creating opportunities, engendering hope for all residents, enhancing Jerusalem’s contribution to people of all faiths, and inspiring new generations to take part in her future. The Foundation has supported over 4,000 projects, creating a better quality of life for all residents. For more information click here.

The National Law Journal Recognizes Philip Richter as a Mergers and Acquisitions Trailblazer

Corporate partner Philip Richter was recognized in The National Law Journal’s 2016 “M&A and Antitrust Trailblazers” feature. In this special report, The National Law Journal  spotlights talented legal professionals, corporations and stakeholders who have moved the needle in mergers & acquisitions and antitrust law through excellence in deal making, restructuring and financing. Mr. Richter was selected for his leading role on several major deals for clients such as NorthStar Asset Management, Media General, International Rectifier, and Terex.
 
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Fried Frank Recognized As “Standout Law Firm” in BTI Report on Securities and Finance Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation

The BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 report ranked Fried Frank a “standout law firm” in securities and finance litigation and in complex commercial litigation, based on feedback from corporate counsel and legal decision makers. To read more about the report, click here.
 
The report was produced by BTI Consulting. Through more than 14,000 independent interviews with C-level executives and systematic analysis, BTI has helped professionals boost client service for 25 years. Founded in 1989, BTI performs research in 42 countries and improves performance for clients on 5 continents.

Fried Frank Included in 2016 “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” List

Fried Frank has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits in the 2016 “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” list published by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Firm ranked #1 in the Consulting, Accounting, Legal and Business Services industry category; #3 in the Medium size category and #6 in the United States.

Since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.

To view the full list of rankings, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption here.

Janice Mac Avoy Named to Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence 2016” list

Litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy named to Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence 2016” list. The feature selects women in commercial real estate that are  powerhouses and influencing the industry every day.

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Melanie Meyers Recognized in Bisnow’s “Power Women of New York City” Series

Real estate partner Melanie Meyers was recognized in Bisnow’s “Power Women of New York City” series. The series names New York City commercial real estate's top female leaders and industry players.

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Steven Scheinfeld and Steven Epstein named to 2016 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions

Steven G. Scheinfeld, Global Chair of Fried Frank’s Corporate Department, and Steven Epstein, a corporate partner and Co-Head of Fried Frank’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, were named to the 2016 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions. NACD Directorship magazine each year identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators and advisors. Mr. Scheinfeld and Mr. Epstein will be among the honorees recognized at the 2016 NACD Directorship Awards Gala in New York City on November 30, 2016.

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Karen Grisez Honored by The American Immigration Lawyers Association 

Special counsel Karen Grisez was named recipient of the 2016 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. Ms. Grisez will be recognized at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas June 25 by AILA President, Victor D. Nieblas Pradis. 

Previous winners of the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award include Fried Frank of counsel Bob Juceam who was recognized in 1981. For a full list of past winners click here

AILA is a national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. For more information on AILA click here.

Turnaround & Workouts Lists Fried Frank Among "Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation's Major Law Firms"

Fried Frank was recognized by Turnaround & Workouts in a June 2016 issue special report on "Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation's Major Law Firms." 

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Chambers USA Awards for Excellence Recognizes Fried Frank’s Jon Mechanic and Asset Management Practice

The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence program recognized Fried Frank with two significant honors during the event held in New York on May 26, 2016:
  • Fried Frank partner Jonathan Mechanic received the “Outstanding Contribution to Legal Services” award.
  • Fried Frank’s Asset Management Practice received the “Investment Funds Client Service Award.”
The awards are based on research for the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business guide.
 
Widely recognized as the one of the real estate industry’s leading legal minds and ranked among the top real estate attorneys in the nation, Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and has been instrumental in transactions that have redefined the New York City skyline. He is recognized by Chambers & Partners as the only Star Individual in Real Estate and has been named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal; he has been honored as an "MVP Lawyer of the Year" by Law360, and he is consistently named to The Commercial Observer’s "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in NY real estate (the only practicing attorney to make the list in 2015 and 2016). In addition, Mr. Mechanic received New York University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award and he is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. Mr. Mechanic also serves on the executive committee for the Board of Governors of REBNY, the advisory board of NYU’s Shack Institute of Real Estate and the advisory board of The Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University. He also previously taught a real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School.
 
In selecting Fried Frank for the “Investment Funds Client Service Award,” Chambers said that Fried Frank's clients are united in their praise of the team's commitment to client service, with many citing the Firm’s service as being as important as the group's technical excellence when selecting the Firm. In the words of one interviewee: “Fried Frank's client service is the best I've ever seen. The responsiveness is amazing, the partners and the associates are all incredible experts in the subject matter and extra-commercial in the advice they give, and the work product is second to none."

Washington Business Journal Recognizes Two Fried Frank Matters Among "Best Real Estate Deals of 2015"

Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department worked on two leasing matters that were recognized by Washington Business Journal among the publication’s “Best Real Estate Deals of 2015.” The deals include:
  • Fannie Mae’s lease for its headquarters at Carr Properties’ 1100 15th St. NW (Midtown Center), the largest ever non-government lease in Washington, DC. Fried Frank represented an affiliate of Carr Properties as landlord in the transaction.
  • The Advisory Board Co.’s lease at Douglas Development and Brookfield Property's 655 New York Ave. NW, the second largest ever non-governmental lease in Washington, DC. Fried Frank represented Douglas as landlord in the transaction.
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Fried Frank’s Washington, DC Office Voted “Best in the Industry” by Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, DC (CREBA)

Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office was voted “Best in the Industry” in the Law Firm category by the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, DC (CREBA). Award winners were nominated and voted on by a secret ballot by the leadership of CREBA. The Firm was honored at CREBA’s Annual Awards Dinner on April 14, 2016. 
 
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Fried Frank Honored for Pro Bono Leadership by DC Circuit Judicial Conference

Fried Frank was honored by the judges of the District of Columbia federal courts at the 13th annual “40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast,” held on April 21, 2016. The event, organized by the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit, honors law firms at which at least 40% of all attorneys dedicated 50 or more hours in 2015 to providing free legal representation to individuals with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations.
 
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Commercial Observer Recognizes Jonathan L. Mechanic in its 2016 "Power 100" List

Commercial Observer has once again recognized Jonathan L. Mechanic, chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, in its "Power 100" list, an annual review of the most powerful people in New York's real estate industry. In its profile, Commercial Observer highlighted Mr. Mechanic's involvement inCWCapital's US$5.46 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and Related Companies in most of its leases at 10 Hudson Yards.

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Law360 Recognizes Three Fried Frank Partners as 2016 “Rising Stars”

Law360 selected three Fried Frank partners as 2016 “Rising Stars,” its annual list of top attorneys under 40; those selected at the Firm are corporate real estate partner Steven Rudgayzer and real estate partner Michael J. Werner in the Real Estate category, and corporate partner Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka in the Asset Management category. The selections were determined by Law360 editors who reviewed submissions detailing the achievements of more than 1,000 attorneys. Each attorney will receive an individual profile in the upcoming “Rising Stars” series.
 
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Dan Oates featured in The Lawyer's "Hot 100 alumni' series 

Corporate partner Dan Oates was featured as part of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100 alumni” series. The profile highlights Mr. Oats' recent transactions and outlook for the future of the practice.

Kate Downey recognized by Financial News in “40 Under 40” list for 2016

Corporate partner Kate Downey was recognized by Financial News in the publication’s 2016 “40 under 40” list, which features legal advisors under 40 “who have worked on some of the most high-profile transactions of the past 12 months.” Ms. Downey is noted for advising BlueBay Asset Management on the raising of its Direct Lending Fund II SLP, which exceeded its €2 billion target, completing the fund-raising in less than a year.

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Three Fried Frank Practice Groups Recognized As Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360’s 2015 Practice Group of the Year series recognized the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Real Estate practice groups.
 
The selections were determined by Law360 editors who reviewed submissions detailing the achievements of more than 700 practice groups.  Each of the three Fried Frank practice groups will receive an individual profile in the upcoming series that runs through early 2016.
 
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Fiona J. Kelly Joins as Steering Committee Member of 30% Club

Corporate partner Fiona J. Kelly has joined the US chapter of the 30% Club as a steering committee member. The 30% Club is dedicated to developing better gender balance at all levels of their organizations. The Club’s US Chapter launched in early 2014 with an aspirational goal of achieving 30% women on S&P 500 boards by the end of 2020. Fried Frank’s chairman David J. Greenwald is also currently a member of the 30% Club.
 
Fried Frank is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and fostering a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. As part of its commitment, the Firm is participating in the 30% Club’s US Professional Services Firms Initiative. The aim of this initiative is to build a greater appreciation for what it takes to achieve gender diversity in professional services firms.
 
Click here to learn more about the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion program, and click here to learn more about the 30% Club’s activities in the US.

Six Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized as Top Legal Talent by the Washingtonian

Six Fried Frank attorneys were named in four categories in the Washingtonian’s 2015 list of top legal talent in Washington, DC.  The list is compiled every other year after the publication surveys previously listed attorneys regarding who they consider the best among their peers in addition to independent research.
 
The following Fried Frank attorneys were listed in their respective practice areas:
 
Government Contracts
Jerald S. Howe Jr.
James J. McCullough
 
Real Estate
Franz R. Rassman
 
Tax
Alan S. Kaden

Whistle-blowers
Douglas W. Baruch
John T. Boese

Howard Goldstein Honored by the Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement of counsel Howard W. Goldstein with the Edward Brodsky Founders Award at its Human Relations Award Luncheon on December 9, 2015. The Award recognizes established and dedicated leaders of the Lawyers Division and the ADL. Award recipients, which are selected by leaders of the New York Region, are distinguished lawyers who emulate Edward Brodsky’s values and believe that the law is a vehicle for civil rights, social justice, and peaceful conflict resolution.
 
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Jonathan Mechanic Honored by American Friends of Rabin Medical Center

Real estate partner Jonathan L. Mechanic will be the honoree at American Friends of Rabin Medical Center’s (AFRMC) Annual Gala and 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 23, 2015. Through a variety of programs and fundraisers across the United States, AFRMC raises funds to help Israel’s Rabin Medical Center expand its facilities, purchase the most advanced medical equipment and technology, and participate in monumental developments in medical care and technology. 
 
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Fried Frank Receives 100 Percent Rating on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for Eighth Consecutive Year

Fried Frank has achieved the top rating of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the eighth consecutive year. The Firm is one of only 89 law firms, and 366 companies nationwide, to achieve a 100 percent rating. Additionally, Fried Frank is included on the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” list.

First launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI criteria serve as a road map for major U.S. businesses’ adoption of inclusive policies, practices and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. It is the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge the level of LGBT inclusion in the workplace against competitors. The top rating requires that recipient companies have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competence, publicly evidence their commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship.

Other LGBT-related initiatives at Fried Frank include the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum, which brings civil rights leaders together with Fried Frank employees to discuss the most pressing issues facing the LGBT community, and sponsorship of the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. In addition, Fried Frank’s robust pro bono program provides legal counsel on matters involving family law, marriage equality, gender identity, political asylum, HIV status and other issues.

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M&A Co-Head Philip Richter Recognized as Law360 MVP of the Year

Mergers and acquisitions co-head and partner Philip Richter was recognized by Law360 as an M&A MVP for the second year in a row. The award honors attorneys with "successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters."

Of Counsel David Birenbaum Honored By The Brady Center

Of counsel David Birenbaum will be honored by the Brady Center at an event on October 28.  Mr. Birenbaum was a co-founder and important contributor to the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project (LAP), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. 

The LAP’s mission is to use the judicial system to reduce gun violence and to give redress to its victims.  The LAP has filed amicus briefs in every important Second Amendment case and is working across the country to educate stakeholders on the importance of allowing information regarding gun trace data to flow freely.

Fried Frank Honored by Great Oaks Foundation for Pro Bono Work

Fried Frank will be honored for its pro bono work with the Great Oaks Foundation at a cocktail party on October 22, 2015. The Firm is being celebrated for its “legal guidance navigating the creation of all four Great Oaks schools and the Great Oaks Foundation.”
 
The Great Oaks Foundation is a non-profit organization that establishes and supports educational opportunities and charter schools. To learn more, click here.
 

Fried Frank Recognized for Pro Bono Work by The Legal Aid Society

Fried Frank will be honored by the Legal Aid Society for the Firm’s “demonstrated commitment to meeting the emergent needs of immigrants.” The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, will present Fried Frank with the award at a ceremony on November 9, 2015. The awards recognize firms “who have engaged in unique and timely pro bono projects” for the Society on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.
 
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. To learn more about the organization, click here.

Fried Frank Recognized in First Edition of Global Investigations Review's GIR 100 List (2015)

Fried Frank has been recognized in Global Investigations Review's 2015 GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border government-led and internal investigations law firms around the world. 

In its first edition, GIR 100 ranks firms around the world based on reputation, recent work and experience. The guide sets the standard of being a trusted resource for in-house counsel seeking specialist counsel.

Fried Frank to receive 2015 Cornerstone Award

Fried Frank will be honored with the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s 2015 Cornerstone Award for providing high-quality pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations. The award, which is the Lawyer Alliance’s highest pro bono honor, will be presented on November 4, 2015 in New York City and will recognize the volume, breadth and impact of the pro bono work that Fried Frank attorneys have done in recent years on behalf of nonprofit organizations.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods; the organization helps nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. To learn more about the organization, click here.

Fried Frank Included in 2015 “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” List

Fried Frank has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits in the 2015 “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” list published by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Firm ranked #1 in the Consulting, Accounting, Legal and Business Services industry category; #2 in the Medium size category and #7 in the United States.

Since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.

To view the full list of rankings, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption here.
 
 

Real Estate Partner Laurinda Martins Listed as an Emerging Leader by Real Estate Forum

Real estate partner Laurinda Martins is listed as an emerging leader in multifamily in the September 2015 issue of Real Estate Forum.  The list profiles young professionals in the real estate multifamily sector and highlights Martins’ accomplishments.

Martins is quoted about her success and says, “An unwavering dedication to the client, respect, integrity and patience are keys in being successful. Moreover, understanding the clients’ goals and being able to manage issues and challenges in an efficient manner is crucial in achieving the best results for our clients. Being able to make partner after having two kids is something I am is extremely proud of achieving.”.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Recognizes Fried Frank Fellowships

Fried Frank will be recognized by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) for its “unwavering and generous support of the Legal Defense Fund” through the creation and maintenance of the Fried Frank Fellowships. The Firm will be specially recognized at the NACCP’s upcoming National Equal Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, which will also celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary. Fried Frank’s fellowships are credited by LDF as having been essential to the organization’s ability to provide an unparalleled level of advocacy and leadership in the field of civil rights litigation. In addition, the Firm’s fellowship is regarded by LDF as a critical asset and resource that has strengthened LDF's litigation department and incubated some of their most impressive and productive talent over decades.

Rebecca Zelenka Recognized by Private Funds Management in 30 under 40 list

Corporate partner Rebecca Zelenka is recognized by Private Funds Management in its 30 under 40 list. The list recognizes the 30 most influential private equity lawyers under the age of 40. Ms. Zelenka is noted for being a leading attorney in several private equity areas including buyout, real estate, infrastructure, credit and employee funds.

Corporate Partner Philip Richter Recognized by National Law Journal as a Mergers and Acquisitions Trailblazer 

Corporate partner Philip Richter was recognized on the National Law Journal’s 2015 list of mergers and acquisitions and antitrust trailblazers. The list highlights attorneys for their excellence in deal making, restructuring and financing. 

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 Fried Frank Recognized for Role in 2015 China Law & Practice Awards “Outbound Deal of the Year” Finalist

The 2015 China Law & Practice Awards 2015 recognized Fried Frank’s role in Anbang Insurance Group’s US$1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria New York from Hilton Worldwide Holdings, a transaction that was named a finalist for the publication’s “Outbound Deal of the Year.” China Law & Practice, together with The American Lawyer, “recognized those involved in the most exciting and creative transactions of the past year, the best firms that excelled in their practice areas and the lawyers that stood above the rest in their respective fields.”
 
Fried Frank, along with Skadden and Greenberg Traurig, served as co-counsel to Anbang. The Fried Frank team included real estate partners Jonathan L. Mechanic, Franz R. Rassman and David Karnovsky and tax partner Robert Cassanos.
 
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Fried Frank Ranked in 2015 Midlevel Associate Satisfaction Survey, Rises to 16th place from 110th the Year Prior

Fried Frank ranked #16 in the 2015 American Lawyer Midlevel Associate Survey. The Firm was ranked #13 in New York and #14 in Washington, DC.  Each year The American Lawyer surveys third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates from across Am Law Top 200 firms regarding satisfaction at their firm. Associates answer questions about interest and satisfaction of work, compensation and benefits, culture and the likelihood the associate will stay at the firm long-term.

To read the full report, click here.  
 

Fried Frank Recognized on The Real Deal’s List of Law Firms Involved in New York City’s Biggest Real Estate Deals

The Real Deal recognized Fried Frank’s involvement in two of New York City’s “priciest financings and building sales” from July 2014 to June 2015. The publication notes Fried Frank’s representation of Brookfield Property Partners in its US$1.4 billion purchase of Putnam Portfolio, which ranked 5th, and the Firm’s involvement in Anbang Insurance Group’s US$1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria New York from Hilton Worldwide Holdings, which ranked 2nd.
 
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The Real Deal Recognizes Fried Frank Among New York City’s Biggest Real Estate Law Practices

Fried Frank ranked 2nd on the The Real Deal’s list of “New York City law firms with the biggest real estate practices,” by number of attorneys. The publication noted that Fried Frank served as co-counsel to Anbang Insurance Group in its US$1.95 billion purchase the Waldorf Astoria New York from Hilton Worldwide Holdings.
 
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Carol Rosenthal Named to Real Estate Forum’s 2015 Women of Influence Hall of Fame

Real Estate Forum named real estate partner Carol E. Rosenthal to its 2015 Women of Influence Hall of Fame. Ms. Rosenthal was recognized for her “ability to help clients on sophisticated, complex deals involving a number of players.” The Women of Influence list highlights the accomplishments of 50 women professionals in the traditionally male-dominated industry of commercial real estate. Ms. Rosenthal is among six honorees that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Steven Epstein named to 2015 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions

Corporate partner Steven Epstein was named to the 2015 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions. NACD Directorship magazine each year identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators, and advisors. Mr. Epstein will be among the honorees recognized at the 2015 NACD Directorship Awards Gala in New York City on December 2, 2015.

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Juergen van Kann Selected for Best Lawyers in Germany 2016

Corporate partner Jürgen van Kann was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Germany 2016 in the practice areas of: Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law.
 
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AILA Presents the Artesia Pro Bono Volunteers with the 2015 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

Special counsel Karen Grisez was awarded as an Artesia Pro Bono Volunteer with the 2015 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field by the American Immigration Lawyers Associate.  The award was accepted on behalf of all the volunteers by Christina Brown and Vanessa Sischo today during AILA's Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD.

The Artesia Pro Bono Project came to life in a remote detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, when the federal government chose to set up a "deportation mill" and rush children and moms fleeing to the U.S. for safety through removal proceedings.

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Jennifer Colyer Recognized by the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Special counsel Jennifer Colyer was recognized by the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America for directing the Firm’s pro bono program and her work in the areas of LGBT rights, immigration and criminal defense. The Lawdragon 500 is chosen from a combination of submissions from law firms, votes and comments through an online voting form and the organization’s editorial research.

Lawdragon is a legal media company that produces guides to the nation’s leading lawyers. To read more about the list, click here.  

Fried Frank Wins Legal 500 US Award 2015 for Antitrust-Merger Control

Fried Frank won the Legal 500 US Award for 2015 in the category of Antitrust: Merger Control. The awards are based on the opinions of the 250,000 in-house lawyers that Legal 500 contacts throughout the year and the in-depth research that Legal 500 conducts into law firms.
 
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Fried Frank Receives Outstanding Achievement Award for its Pro Bono Work

Fried Frank was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Partner Douglas W. Baruch and associates Katherine  Raimondo and Anit K. Jindal accepted the award on the Firm’s behalf during the 2015 Wiley A. Brown Awards luncheon on Wednesday, June 17. Their work in litigating and ultimately achieving a confidential settlement in an employment discrimination matter led to the Firm’s recognition.

The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1968 to provide pro bono legal services to address discrimination and entrenched poverty in the Washington, DC community.

Karen Grisez Honored by The American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington, DC Chapter

Special counsel Karen Grisez was named a Pro Bono Division 2014-2015 Volunteer of the Year by the Washington, DC chapter of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Presented at The award honors Ms. Grisez’s “extraordinary contribution toward achieving the Chapter’s mission while serving as Chair of the Pro Bono Programs Committee.”

Ms. Grisez serves as Public Service counsel at Fried Frank, where she manages the intake and placement of pro bono matters, acts as liaison to national and local bar associations and legal services providers and provides substantive advice and assistance to other attorneys who are working on pro bono cases. She has experience with issues of political asylum and other immigration matters, veterans’ benefits, family law, landlord/tenant law and general civil litigation.

AILA is a national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Fried Frank Honored for Pro Bono Support of The Door's Homeless & Runaway Youth Legal Clinic

Fried Frank was honored for its pro bono support of The Door's Homeless & Runaway Youth Legal Clinic at Joining in Justice 2015 on Wednesday, May 13 in New York City.  The cocktail reception benefitted The Door's Legal Services Center. Special Counsel Jennifer Colyer accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.

The Door's Homeless & Runaway Youth Clinic is one of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel's IMPACT projects, which are nationwide collaborative projects inspired by APBCo's board's meetings with Vice President Joe Biden.  Fried Frank runs the Door's clinic in collaboration with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, and it is one of seven clinics serving homeless youth at various locations around the City.  As an IMPACT project, each clinic is run collaboratively among legal services organizations, homeless shelters and private law firms.  

The Door's clinic was launched by Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher in November 2013 and is held every other Wednesday; Fried Frank associates run the clinic once a month. Lawyers at the clinic advise young people on legal issues involving family law, criminal law (primarily transit tickets), name changes, foster care, education and immigration among others.  

To learn more about The Door, visit www.door.org.

Commercial Observer Recognizes Jonathan L. Mechanic in its "Power 100" List

Commercial Observer has once again recognized Fried Frank's Jonathan L. Mechanic in its "Power 100" list, an annual review of the most powerful people in New York's real estate industry. In its profile, Commercial Observer highlighted Mr. Mechanic's involvement in such notable developments as the World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, Atlantic Yards (Pacific Park) and the new 200,000-square-foot Whitney Museum.

To view the full list, click here.

Arthur Fleischer elected to the American College of Governance Counsel

Corporate senior counsel Arthur Fleischer was elected to the American College of Governance Counsel. The American College of Governance Counsel is a professional, educational, and honorary association of lawyers widely-recognized for their achievements in the field of governance. Membership in the College is extended by invitation only to lawyers who have practiced law for a minimum of 15 years, while devoting at least 10 of those practice years focused on the field of governance. Fellows spend a substantial amount of their time in boardrooms advising directors in a variety of circumstances such as shareholder activism and engagement, management succession, internal investigations, disclosure obligations, shareholder litigation, and a broad range of regulatory and governmental matters.

Fried Frank Recognized in Global Competition Review’s 2015 Survey of Washington, DC Antitrust Practices

Global Competition Review's 2015 survey of antitrust law practices in Washington, DC listed Fried Frank's Antitrust and Competition Practice in the "Recommended" category. GCR highlighted the group's role in advising on several major deals, including Merck's US$14.2 billion sale of its consumer care unit to Bayer, Harris Teeter's sale to food retail giant Kroger and television broadcaster Media General's acquisition of LIN Media. The survey, which includes more than 40 firms, recognizes the "practices that offer the most innovative and complete legal work in the District." 

Fried Frank recognized by Yale Law Women's 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

Fried Frank was recognized in Yale Law Women’s 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Report in the following categories:

• “Family Leave:  Highest Percentage of Men Associates and Partners Taking Caregiver Leave” (one of two firms recognized)
• “Gender Equity: At Least 50% of Attorneys Promoted to Partner in 2014 Were Women” (one of six firms recognized)

Yale Law Women produces its annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List to monitor trends in family friendliness among law firms ranked in the Vault 100, raise awareness of gender disparities within the legal profession, highlight progress being made in the industry, and identify areas for improvement.

For more information click here.

National Council of Jewish Women to honor Melanie Meyers with "Woman Who Dared Award"

Real estate partner Melanie Meyers will be presented with a "Woman Who Dared Award" at the National Council of Jewish Women New York Section's (NCJW NY) Spring Gala on April 29, 2015. The award honors women who are leaders in their fields, inspire and empower other women, and have made a difference in the quality of life of New Yorkers. The NCJW NY is a grassroots organization that strives to improve the lives of families, women, children and the elderly through community service, education, and advocacy.

Law360 Recognizes Tal Golomb as a 2015 "Rising Star" in Real Estate

Law360 selected real estate partner Tal Golomb as a "Rising Star" in real estate for 2015, an honor that recognizes top real estate partners under 40. In a profile highlighting his work, Law360 praised Mr. Golomb for having "navigated several challenging, once-in-a-lifetime real estate development projects, including the National September 11th Memorial and Museum."

Melanie Meyers Named to Real Estate Forum’s Metro New York Women of Influence List

The February/March issue of Real Estate Forum named Fried Frank real estate partner Melanie Meyers to its Metro New York “Women of Influence” list, comprised of 30 women leaders in commercial real estate in the Metro New York area. Women on the list are considered outstanding professionals whose achievements have made them standout performers in their local commercial real estate markets. The publication noted Ms. Meyers’ work on obtaining land-use entitlements for transformative projects like the Barclays Center and the Pacific Park project in Downtown Brooklyn, the development of the Western Rail Yards in the Hudson Yards area and the Applied Science Campus for Cornell University on Roosevelt Island. Ms. Meyers was previously featured as a “Woman of Influence” by Real Estate Forum in 2008 and 2010.

To view the full list, click here.

Fried Frank Recognized For Role In Private Placement Equity Deal of the Year

Marine Money recognized Fried Frank for its role in DHT Holding's US$150 million equity PIPE and US$150 convertible bond offerings, the proceeds of which were used to finance the acquisition of Samco Shipholding. The transaction was named Private Placement Equity Deal of the Year by the publication. Fried Frank acted as counsel to underwriter RS Platou on the transaction.

The Fried Frank Team was led by corporate partner Joshua Wechsler and included tax partner Robert Cassanos and corporate special counsel Edward Alterman and Christine Strumpen-Diarre.

Fried Frank Recognized in Global Arbitration Review's 2015 GAR 100 List

Fried Frank has once again been named one of the world's top arbitration practices in Global Arbitration Review's 2015 GAR 100 list, a leading guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms.

Highlighted as recent representations in the Firm's profile are its victories for French aerospace company Thales Alenia Space and West African petroleum company Oranto as well as representations of Hawker Beechcraft, TNK-BP and Roche Molecular Systems.

Lawyers Elliot Polebaum, Douglas Baruch and Joseph LoBlue are noted as being "at the core of the international arbitration team."

"The whole team has a lot of expertise and listen to the client's wishes," said one client. They have a "sensible approach to deal with business people who have to be involved as witnesses in an arbitration."  Another client commented that Fried Frank was able to grasp difficult issues quickly and "smartly negotiate the time necessary to prepare the counterclaim" when the opposing side wanted a fast-track arbitration. The client also commends the firm for its excellent teamwork, pointing out that Polebaum allowed the younger associates on the team to perform cross-examinations, which were "great".

Now in its eighth edition, GAR 100 ranks firms based on market reputation, experience and the amount of work undertaken. The guide continues to be a trusted resource for in-house counsel seeking specialist counsel.

Fried Frank Real Estate Practice Named Law360 2014 Practice Group of the Year

Law360 recognized Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department as a Practice Group of the Year, an honor awarded to firms that “came through for their clients in 2014, sealing the big deals and winning the high-stakes suits.” In a profile highlighting the practice group’s accomplishments, Law360 praised the Firm for “reshaping New York's landscape, from Hudson Yards to Brooklyn's Greenpoint Landing.”

Law360 Profiles Real Estate MVP Ross Silver

Real Estate partner Ross Z. Silver was profiled by Law360 after being recognized as a Real Estate MVP by the publication. Mr. Silver earned the honor for an extensive track record that includes representing Hiro Real Estate LLC in connection with the sale of condominium units at 150 East 42nd Street to Mount Sinai Hospital, “one of the most complicated real estate transactions of 2014.”

Law360 Profiles M&A MVP Philip Richter

Corporate partner Philip Richter was profiled by Law360 after being recognized as an M&A MVP by the publication. Mr. Richter earned the honor for leading a team of lawyers in several high profile deals, including representing Media General, Inc. in its US$1.6 billion acquisition of LIN Media LLC to create the second-largest pure-play television broadcasting company in the US.

Fried Frank Recognized for Role in M&A Advisor’s “Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year”

The 2014 M&A Advisor Awards recognized Fried Frank for its role in the sale of EMTEQ, Inc. to B/E Aerospace, Inc., which was named “Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year.” Fried Frank acted as counsel to B/E Aerospace, a leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and provider of aerospace fasteners, consumables and logistics services.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partner David N. Shine and included corporate partners Robert P. Mollen and Juergen van Kann; aerospace and defense partner Mario Mancuso; antitrust and competition partner Tobias Caspary; executive compensation & employee benefits partner Donald P. Carleen; intellectual property and technology partner Daniel C. Glazer; litigation partner Jerry S. Howe, Jr.; tax partner Michael J. Alter; and environmental special counsel David A. Zilberberg.

IMAX Transaction Named Asian Private Equity & Venture Capital 2014 Mid Cap “Deal of the Year”

FountainVest Partners and China Media Capital’s investment in the Greater China business of large-screen movie exhibitor IMAX Corp was named 2014 Mid Cap “Deal of the Year” by Asian Venture Capital Journal (AVCJ) at the 14th AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Capital Awards.

Fried Frank acted as counsel to private equity firm FountainVest Partners and investment firm China Media Capital on the deal. The investors acquired a 20 percent stake in IMAX’s Greater China operations, which is set to become IMAX’s largest market in the next five years.

Working on the matter were corporate partners Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen. Additional support was provided by corporate partner Carolyn Sng, executive compensation & ERISA partner Jeffrey Ross, intellectual property and technology partner Henry Lebowitz, tax partner David I. Shapiro and corporate special counsel David A. Zilberberg.
 

Karen Grisez Receives Pro Bono Champion Award from ProBAR

Litigation special counsel Karen T. Grisez received the Pro Bono Champion Award at the 25th Anniversary of ProBAR, the Asylum Representation Project of South Texas operated and supervised by the American Bar Association, on November 17, 2014 in Harlingen, Texas.

Ms. Grisez, the only honoree from outside the Rio Grande Valley, was recognized for her service in providing direct representation to ProBAR clients in detention and for her work as a trainer and mentor to ProBar staff and volunteers over many years. The award was presented by William Hubbard, the President of the American Bar Association.

Over the last dozen years, Fried Frank has frequently sent teams of summer associates to the border to handle asylum cases under the supervision of Ms. Grisez and litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer.

ProBAR was founded in 1989 by the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas to help detainees in the Rio Grande Valley. Today it is on the front line of representation, working on behalf of the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied minors and mothers with children who have come to the United States since the spring.

Click here to read more about the anniversary celebration. To learn more about ProBAR, click here.

Two Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized as Law360 MVPs of the Year

Law360’s MVPs of the Year list for 2014 recognized two Fried Frank attorneys:

• Corporate partner Philip Richter in the M&A category
• Real estate partner Ross Z. Silver in the Real Estate category

The selections were determined by Law360 editors who reviewed over 800 submissions detailing the achievements of the considered attorneys. To view the full announcement, click here.

Fried Frank Recognized For Role In Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year

The M&A Advisor recently recognized Fried Frank for its role in the acquisition of Forest Laboratories by Actavis, which was named Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year as part of the 2014 Dealmakers Awards.

Fried Frank acted as counsel to Greenhill & Co. as financial advisor to Actavis plc in its approximately US$25 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Forest Laboratories, Inc., a New York-based specialty pharmaceutical company with a portfolio of products and medicines focused on areas including the central nervous system, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, anti-infective and cystic fibrosis. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Actavis is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products.

Corporate partners Abigail Bomba and Philip Richter worked on the deal, which was announced in February 2014.

To learn more about the 2014 Dealmakers Awards, click here.

The Financial Times Recognizes Fried Frank Among Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe

The Financial Times' FT Innovative Lawyers 2014 European report ranked Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP one of the 50 most innovative law firms in Europe.  In addition, the report recognizes the Firm in the Corporate & Commercial category for representing Virgin Media in its “$24bn merger with Liberty Global.”  

The FT Innovative Lawyers 2014 European report is a collaboration between The Financial Times and RSG Consulting based on research of “188 law firms, legal service providers and in-house legal teams.”

The Financial Times' "FT Innovative Lawyers 2014” European report names Fried Frank one of the most innovative law firms in Europe

The Financial Times' "FT Innovative Lawyers 2014” European report ranked the Firm one of the 50 most innovative law firms Europe. The report also recognizes the Firm in the Corporate & Commercial category for representing Virgin Media in its “$24bn merger with Liberty Global.”

The American Lawyer Honors Fried Frank with Two 2014 Global Legal Awards

The American Lawyer recognized Fried Frank in two categories of its 2014 Global Legal Awards, which aim to honor all law offices—including in-house departments—that played a substantial role in the most distinguished cross-border work performed between January 1, 2013, and April 14, 2014, across a wide range of disciplines.

In the “Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe/Ireland” category, Fried Frank was recognized for its representation of Perrigo, a maker of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, in the financing of its US$8.6 billion deal to acquire Elan Corp., a biotechnology company and developer of multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri. Corporate partners Stuart Gelfond and J. Christian Nahr and tax partner Robert Cassanos worked on the matter.

In the “Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Private Equity” category, Fried Frank was honored for its representation of the buyer group consortium in Focus Media Holding Limited's US$3.7 billion privatization. Focus Media operates China's largest lifestyle targeted interactive digital media network. The buyer group consortium included the chairman of Focus Media and affiliates of The Carlyle Group, FountainVest Partners, CITIC Capital Partners, China Everbright Ltd. and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Limited. Fried Frank also provided fund-related advice to certain consortium members.

The Focus Media matter is China's largest leveraged buyout in history. Working on the matter were Fried Frank corporate partners Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen; executive compensation & employee benefits partner Jeffrey Ross; litigation partners William McGuinness and Israel David; and tax partner David Shapiro. Additional support was provided by corporate partner Carolyn Sng and litigation partner Alfred Wu on Hong Kong law matters. Corporate partners Richard Ansbacher and Andrew Varney provided fund-related advice to certain consortium members.

To learn more about The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards, click here.

New Book Recognized as 2014 DC Bar Project of the Year

On Tuesday, June 17, a new book titled Family-Based Immigration Law:  A Lawyer's Guide will be recognized as the 2014 Bar Project of the Year at the DC Bar's Celebration of Leadership awards dinner. Litigation special counsel Karen Grisez was a senior editor of the book and authored the preface of the guide, which is designed to help practitioners navigate the complexities of family-based immigration petitions and the process for obtaining permanent residency. This recognition further cements Fried Frank's reputation as a leader in the immigration field, both in connection with direct representation of individuals and in the policy arena."

Legal Services NYC to Honor Fried Frank with Pro Bono Leadership Award

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) will honor Fried Frank at its seventh annual Jazz for Justice gala, where the Firm will receive a Pro Bono Leadership award for being one of LSNYC's top pro bono partners in 2013. Through the efforts of Fried Frank and other firms, LSNYC has been able to help more than 70,500 disadvantaged New Yorkers secure the essentials of life: food, shelter and subsistence income. The gala will be held on Monday, June 23 at Gotham Hall and feature performances by renowned jazz artists. Legal Services NYC is the largest organization exclusively devoted to providing free civil legal services in the United States, with neighborhood offices in every borough of New York City.

Robert Schwenkel to Receive the SUNY Buffalo Law School 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice

Robert C. Schwenkel, co-chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department and global head of the Firm's M&A and Private Equity Practices, is a recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law School 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice. Mr. Schwenkel received his JD, magna cum laude, in 1982 and served as articles editor for the law review. He will be honored at SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's 52nd Annual Dinner on May 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Schwenkel joined Fried Frank in 1982 and became a partner in 1989. He has a diverse transactional corporate practice concentrating in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Representative clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Permira Advisers LLP; KKR; Appaloosa Management LP; and Citadel Investment Group. He also frequently represents private equity sponsors in "club" transactions and portfolio companies of private equity investors.

Mr. Schwenkel is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Private Equity: Buyouts. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Private Equity Buyouts (Leading Lawyer) and M&A: Mega-Deals (Leading Lawyer).

The M&A Advisor Honors Abigail Bomba in its 2014 “40 Under 40”

Corporate partner Abigail Bomba has been selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 2014 “40 Under 40,” an honor that recognizes the emerging leaders of the M&A, financing and turnaround industries. This year’s award winners were chosen for their accomplishments and industry contribution by a judging panel of distinguished business leaders. Ms. Bomba was recognized for her contributions to clients and the Firm, and also for her commitment to giving back to the community.

Since January 2013, she has worked on a number of significant and transformative transactions. These matters include, among others, Merck’s pending sale of its consumer care business to Bayer for US$14.2 billion; Michael Foods’ US$2.45 billion acquisition by Post Holdings; and Media General's acquisition of LIN Media for US$1.6 billion.

As a member of the Fried Frank’s pro bono committee, Ms. Bomba assists in continuing the Firm’s long-standing tradition of public service. In addition, she is involved in a number of charity efforts including fundraising for Her Justice (formerly inMotion), a longtime Fried Frank pro bono partner organization that provides free legal assistance in family law, divorce and immigration to low-income, underserved and abused women in NYC. More recently she has been providing counsel to New Classrooms Innovation Partners, a non-profit organization focused on creating personalized classroom learning models that complement teacher-led instruction.

On June 24, Ms. Bomba and other honorees will be celebrated at a black-tie event held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor offers insights and intelligence on M&A activities.

Commercial Observer Recognizes Fried Frank's Real Estate Department in its "Power 100" List

Commercial Observer has once again recognized Fried Frank's Real Estate Department in its "Power 100" list, an annual review of the most powerful people in New York's real estate industry. In its profile, Commercial Observer drew attention to the department's work on New York City's biggest developments, including Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards and Hudson Yards on Manhattan's West Side, where the Firm has represented The Related Companies in connection with development of the site and Coach in its 740,000-square-foot lease, among other matters.

Fried Frank Recognized as a Pro Bono Leader in Washington, DC

Fried Frank has once again been recognized among Washington, DC’s leading firms for pro bono service at the annual “40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast.” Sponsored by the DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the event honors law firms at which at least 40% of all attorneys dedicated 50 or more hours in 2013 to providing free legal representation to individuals with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations. Tax partner Alan Kaden attended on behalf of the Firm.

CUNY Citizenship NOW! Honors Robert Juceam

Fried Frank of counsel Robert Juceam was honored by CUNY Citizenship NOW!, the largest university-based citizenship and immigration law service provider in the nation. It was presented by the Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Juceam was recognized during an awards event as a Champion on Tuesday, March 25, for his continued work on behalf of immigrants. He has been a long-time promoter of pro bono service, having dedicated much of his career to ensuring that others have access to justice. His drive and endeavors over the years to ignite change in the treatment and representation of immigrants and asylum seekers have not gone unrecognized; he has previously received honors and awards from numerous organizations including: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Center for Constitutional and Human Legal Rights, the Haitian Refugee Center, the American Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Law Foundation and, for Lifetime Achievement, from The American Lawyer.

To learn more about CUNY Citizenship NOW! click here.

 

Focus Media's US$3.7 Billion Privatization Named "Private Equity Deal of the Year" at IFLR's 2014 Asia Awards

Focus Media Holding Limited's US$3.7 billion privatization was named "Private Equity Deal of the Year" at IFLR's 2014 Asia Awards. Held in Hong Kong, the event recognized Fried Frank's representation of the buyer group consortium in the going-private transaction, which is China's largest leveraged buyout in history.

Focus Media operates China's largest lifestyle targeted interactive digital media network. The buyer group consortium included the chairman of Focus Media and affiliates of The Carlyle Group, FountainVest Partners, CITIC Capital Partners, China Everbright Ltd. and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Limited. Fried Frank also provided fund-related advice to certain consortium members.

Working on the matter were Fried Frank corporate partners Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen; executive compensation & employee benefits partner Jeffrey Ross; litigation partners William McGuinness and Israel David; tax partner David Shapiro and litigation special counsel Linda Riefberg. Additional support was provided by corporate partner Carolyn Sng and international counsel Alfred Wu on Hong Kong law matters. Corporate partners Richard Ansbacher and Andrew Varney provided fund-related advice to certain consortium members.

Fried Frank Recognized in Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100 2014

Fried Frank has once again been named one of the world’s top arbitration practices by Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100, a leading guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. In its profile of the Firm, Global Arbitration Review highlighted recent victories for French aerospace company Thales Alenia Space and West African petroleum company Oranto as well as representations of Hawker Beechcraft, TNK-BP and Roche Molecular Systems.

“The whole team has a lot of expertise and listen to the client’s wishes,” said one client. They have a “sensible approach to deal with business people who have to be involved as witnesses in an arbitration.”

Now in its seventh edition, GAR 100 ranks firms based on market reputation, experience and the amount of work undertaken. The guide continues to be a trusted resource for in-house counsel seeking specialist counsel.

Jennifer Colyer Receives Her Justice’s 2014 Pro Bono Liaison Award

Litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer is the recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Liaison Award presented by Her Justice, recognizing her as one of the organization’s most active and supportive law firm liaisons. Formerly known as inMotion, Her Justice provides free legal assistance in family law, divorce and immigration to low-income women living in New York City.

As pro bono counsel in the Firm’s New York office, Jennifer is responsible for directing the overall pro bono program and supervising individual pro bono projects handled by other attorneys at the Firm. Jennifer specializes in immigration and criminal defense and LGBT rights cases; in addition, her extensive litigation experience includes a broad range of civil matters as well as substantial work on investigations brought by the United States Securities
and Exchange Commission, United States Attorney’s office and other criminal and internal investigations.

For more than 18 years, Fried Frank’s pro bono program has supported Her Justice by taking on numerous family law and immigration cases for women who have suffered from domestic violence. The Firm also continues to be a proud corporate partner and a major institutional supporter of the organization:

- Corporate partner Robert Schwenkel currently serves as a board member.

- Bankruptcy and restructuring partner Brad Eric Scheler is chair emeritus and currently a member of the Senior Leadership Council.

- Litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy currently serves as a member of the Corporate Partners committee and also supervises a team of Fried Frank attorneys who regularly volunteer their time and expertise.

Also, in 2005, the Fried Frank Fellowship was established to allow Firm associates to spend a year working full-time at Her Justice. This program, which the Firm continues to sponsor and fund, has allowed the non-profit to retain and provide counsel on numerous matters and assist those in need.

Jennifer was honored at the 2014 Commitment to Justice Awards, a ceremony held at Lincoln Center to celebrate the commitment of volunteers who have donated their time and expertise to help women and their families receive much needed legal support. To read more about Jennifer’s recognition, please click here.

Fried Frank Government Contracts Practice Named Law360 2013 Practice Group of the Year

Fried Frank's Government Contracts Practice has been recognized by Law360 as a "Government Contracts Group of the Year" in recognition of the Firm's leading position in the field of bid protests and expanded presence in corporate transactions.

Justin Michaelson Recognized in The Lawyer's "Hot 100" List

Fried Frank litigation partner Justin Michaelson is included in The Lawyer's "Hot 100," a group of lawyers whose talents received positive attention in 2013 and who will likely continue making an impact in the new year.

The recognition underscores Mr. Michaelson's successful representation of the respondents in VTB Capital v. Nutritek – a US$330-million, cross-border dispute involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy against the Russian state bank, VTB. After winning two previous rounds in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, Mr. Michaelson won in the Supreme Court; The Lawyer expects that the outcome will continue to influence the rule of jurisdiction and provide the market with guidance on forum challenges for years to come.

The VTB matter is one of several cases to which Mr. Michaelson has applied expertise regarding corruption in Russia and former CIS countries arising out of accelerated loans, sales at an undervalue in bank realization programs, state-tolerated commercial pressure and other means of extracting value from legitimate commercial enterprises. A dual-qualified barrister and solicitor advocate, Mr. Michaelson has appeared before many international commercial arbitral tribunals, both institutional and ad hoc, in disputes covering a range of jurisdictions and sectors – including oil and gas, real estate, software technology, metals, telecoms, private equity and major projects.

The Lawyer is a UK-based weekly publication reporting on legal news and opinion. To read Mr. Michaelson's "Hot 100" profile, registered users of The Lawyer's website may click here.

Karen Grisez, Joseph DeSantis and Fried Frank to Recieve Vincent Reed Education Award

Litigation special counsel Karen Grisez, Managing Attorney's Office coordinator Joseph DeSantis and Fried Frank will be honored at the 2014 Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon, an annual event sponsored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Ms. Grisez and Mr. DeSantis will receive the Vincent Reed Education Award in recognition of their work to support the Firm's partnership with the School Without Walls Public High School, a leading public magnet high school in Washington, DC. Since 1989, the Firm has partnered with the School Without Walls in helping several of its teams place in the Mock Trial finals; bringing initiatives such as academic tutoring, writing workshops, jury education programs, a weekly current events roundtable at the Firm, and fundraising activities; and providing assistance in planning and leading numerous social studies field trips to many courts and historic sites, among other matters. The Firm's partnership, led by Ms. Grisez and Mr. DeSantis, has impacted hundreds of youth in Washington, DC.
Commenting on Fried Frank's partnership, School Without Walls Principal Richard Trogisch described it as "one of the most successful, long-running collaborations that School Without Walls has had with the private sector; the firm is an important, long-term member of our community, providing key support for students, teachers and parents."
The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for over 45 years has represented both individuals and groups seeking to vindicate their civil rights. It has handled over 5,000 civil rights cases, in employment, housing, public accommodations and other aspects of urban life.

Fried Frank to Recieve 2014 Beacon of Justice Award

Fried Frank is a recipient of the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award, an annual honor sponsored by The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) that recognizes law firms which devote significant time and resources to improve the lives of low-income individuals. The award is in recognition of the Firm's support of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel's Small Business Legal Academy, a one-day event held in October 2013 that saw attorneys from more than 30 corporate law firms, legal services organizations, financial services consultants, city and state agencies, and other service providers offer free consulting services to over one hundred small business owners and nonprofits. Beacon of Justice Award winners will be formally honored at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner. Founded in 1911, NLADA is America's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel.

Immigration Equality to Recognize Fried Frank at the 2014 Safe Haven Awards

Immigration Equality will honor Fried Frank with a Safe Haven Award at its 2014 awards ceremony.  This year's winners were selected from among the 40 law firms that devote more than US$15 million annually in legal services to Immigration Equality's clients. Last year, firms won a record 124 cases – a 95 percent success rate. Honorees will be celebrated at a gala co-chaired by Nigerian activist Oliver Anene, Sullivan & Cromwell's David Castleman and Russian-American author Masha Gessen. Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Over the past year, litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer, corporate associate Matthew Mirett, litigation associates Richard Hoberman, Jesse Loffler and Mark Siegmund, and real estate associates Holly Chen and Jacob Slowik have worked on Immigration Equality cases.

Jonathan Mechanic Receives Law360's Real Estate "MVP"Award

Real estate partner Jonathan Mechanic is a 2013 recipient of Law360's Real Estate "MVP" award, which recognizes “elite law firm partners whose exemplary work on critical litigation, mammoth deals and first-of-their-kind global matters" made an impact in 2013. The honor marks the third consecutive year in which the Firm’s real estate practice has been recognized in Law360’s “MVP” series. In January 2013, the Firm was also selected for Law360's “Real Estate Group of the Year” award.

In profiling Mr. Mechanic, Law360 highlighted his representation of Coach Inc. in its US$750 million relocation to Hudson Yards; Fortress Investment Group, Atlas Capital Group and Westbrook Partners in their 50.1 percent stake purchase in 550 Washington Street, a 1.3 million-square-foot office building known as the St. John’s Center; Highgate Holdings and Rockpoint Group in the sale and leaseback of Times Square’s historic Milford Plaza Hotel; and Legends Hospitality in its 15-year lease agreement with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to operate One World Trade Center’s observation deck, among others.

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Fried Frank Receives 2013 Law Firm Award from Washington Council of Lawyers

Six Fried Frank attorneys were named in four categories in the Washingtonian’s 2013 list of top legal talent in Washington, DC. The list is compiled every other year after the publication surveys previously listed attorneys regarding who they consider the best among their peers in addition to independent research.
 
The following Fried Frank attorneys were listed in their respective practice areas:
                                                 
Antitrust
Barry Nigro
 
Litigation
Karl Groskaufmanis
James J. McCullough
 
Real Estate
Franz R. Rassman
 
Tax
Alan S. Kaden
 
Whistle-blowers
John T. Boese

Financial Times Recognizes Fried Frank Among Most Innovative Law Firms

The Financial Times’ FT US Innovative Lawyers 2013 special report  ranked the Firm one of the 40 most innovative law firms in the nation. In  addition, the report commends the Firm in the Corporate & Commercial  category for representing Cargill in “a complex, tax-free split-off of Mosaic  from Cargill, allowing the parent company to remain private.” The Cargill matter  drew on the collective resources of Fried Frank’s Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions,  Capital Markets, Antitrust, Executive Compensation, and Trusts and Estates  teams, among others.

FT US Innovative Lawyers 2013 is a collaboration between The Financial Times and RSG Consulting, recognizing “law firms that have brought original thinking and practices to business issues in the US.” To view the full report, click here.

Lisa Levy to Receive 2013 Cornerstone Award

The Lawyers Alliance for New York has selected tax partner Lisa Levy as a 2013 Cornerstone Award recipient for her work on behalf of Beyond the Bricks Project, FoodFight and Multicultural Leadership Program, Inc. Ms. Levy will be recognized at an event on Wednesday, November 6. Since 1997, Lawyers Alliance has presented Cornerstone Awards to a select group of individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal services. These services help nonprofits to address critical human needs and improve the quality of life for thousands of low-income New Yorkers.

Fried Frank Shortlisted for British Legal Awards “M&A Team of the Year”

Fried Frank has been shortlisted for Legal Week’s 2013 British Legal Awards “M&A Team of the Year” for our representation of Virgin Media in its acquisition by Liberty Global. The British Legal Awards are given to law firms, legal departments and individuals in recognition of their important contributions not just to the UK economy, but also to the wider community. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2013, at an awards dinner in London.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate senior counsel Arthur Fleischer and corporate partners Robert Mollen, John Sorkin and Richard May; executive compensation & employee benefits partners Amy Blackman and Sheena McCaffrey; intellectual property & technology partner Daniel Glazer; litigation partner William McGuinness; tax partners Richard Wolfe and Robert Gaut; and antitrust and competition partner Alasdair Balfour.

Fried Frank Named "Pro Bono Firm of 2013"

Fried Frank has been selected as one of Law360’s “Pro Bono Firms of 2013.” The Firm is among 19 other law firms chosen by the editors for showing a steadfast commitment to providing free legal advice and securing notable victories for clients between June 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013. Matters range from pressing national issues to life-altering representations of individual clients.

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Robert Juceam Honored by The American Immigration Lawyers Association

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) selected Fried Frank of counsel Robert Juceam as the recipient of the 2013 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award. Presented at AILA’s June 27 Annual Conference on Immigration Law, the award honors Mr. Juceam’s service in advancing the mission, development and value of AILA. A long-time member, Mr. Juceam served in various capacities including as AILA’s president from 1982 to 1983. He played a key role  in AILA National's growth and prominence, repeatedly testifying  before Congress on the bills leading to the 1986 Simpson Mazzoli Act, opposing  employer sanctions, and critiquing the regulations and failure of qualified  designated entities to properly represent the needs of the immigrant poor. AILA is a national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

New York Law Journal Recognizes Tal Golomb and Daniel Glazer as 2013 "Rising Stars"

New York Law Journal has selected real estate partner Tal Golomb and intellectual property and technology partner Daniel Glazer among its 2013 "Rising Stars." A panel of 12 judges chose 44 lawyers under 40 with an established record of accomplishment who have demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities. Honorees were selected from more than 200 nominations.

"I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I am constantly challenged and have the ability and encouragement to think outside the box," said Mr. Glazer in a profile highlighting his work with UK-based governmental agencies on trade missions to New York City and on workshops and training guides assisting emerging UK-based technology companies expand into the US.

In featuring Mr. Golomb, New York Law Journal highlighted his work on Related Companies' Hudson Yards development, Cornell University's applied sciences and technology campus on Roosevelt Island, Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards development and Major League Soccer's development of a new stadium. "I have been very lucky to have been working on some of the largest real estate development projects in New York," said Mr. Golomb.
Please click here to read the full profile on Mr. Glazer and here to read the full profile on Mr. Golomb.

Fried Frank Again Named Top Corporate Law Firm

Fried Frank has once again been named one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States according to the Corporate Board Member/FTI 12th annual survey released on May 14 by Corporate Board Member magazine. In addition to being highlighted in a special section of the second-quarter issue of Corporate Board Member, the Firm was honored at a recognition dinner in New York City.

Each year Corporate Board Member, a leading information resource for senior officers and directors of publicly traded corporations, large private companies, and Global 1000 firms, releases its annual list of the best corporate law firms in America. The America's Best Corporate Law Firms survey is conducted as part of the annual Law in the Boardroom survey, which asks directors and general counsel of US publicly traded companies to weigh in on current governance and legal matters.

Jonathan Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz Included on The Commercial Observer's "Power 100" List

Real estate partners Jonathan Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz are included on The Commercial Observer's sixth annual "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New York real estate. Highlighting their work on some of New York City’s most high-profile commercial real estate deals, the paper drew particular attention to Condé Nast’s 1 World Trade Center lease, SL Green’s US$416 million joint venture with Jeff Sutton to acquire eight East Side properties and Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project.

Fried Frank Honored by The Innocence Project

On April 30, Fried Frank was honored for its long-standing support of the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Recognized at the Innocence Project’s gala, “A Celebration of Freedom & Justice,” the Firm was honored along with Tony Goldwyn, who directed the 2011 feature film Conviction and currently stars in the television hit Scandal, and Jack Taylor, a founding Innocence Project board member and head of the Global Real Estate Finance Group at Prudential.

Fried Frank regularly provides legal advice to Innocence Project staff and serves as co-counsel with the Innocence Project on a number of pro bono matters. The Firm has assisted the Innocence Project in representing individuals claiming actual innocence and seeking post-conviction relief through the submission of amicus curiae briefs on issues such as the flawed science of bite-mark identification and eyewitness misidentification.

Several Fried Frank attorneys individually support the Innocence Project by serving in a number of capacities, including as members of the Lawyers Committee, which is dedicated to supporting the Innocence Project’s national policy program to reform the criminal justice system and protect the public against wrongful prosecution and imprisonment and the Young Professionals Committee and, from 2006 to 2011, the Board of Directors.

Fried Frank Recognized Among "Best FCPA Lawyers"

On April 23, Fried Frank was honored with a Distinguished Service Award in the “Excellence in Business Judgment” category at Main Justice’s “Best FCPA Lawyers” Client Service Awards luncheon in Washington, DC. The Client Service Awards highlight the achievements of law firms and law-firm practitioners who demonstrated exceptional service in representing companies and executives in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global anti-corruption matters in 2012.
 
Main Justice is an independent news organization that provides in-depth news and analysis for legal professionals about the FCPA and anti-corruption enforcement. Litigation partners Kevin Harnisch and Steven Witzel attended on behalf of the Firm.

Law360 Recognizes Avi Feinberg and Tal Golomb as “Rising Stars” in Real Estate

Law360 selected New York real estate partners Avi Feinberg and Tal Golomb among its 2013 “Rising Stars,” noting their skill at handling complex matters and the key role they play in advising clients. The award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments belie their age. Corporate partner Lee Parks and real estate partner Stephen Lefkowitz were also interviewed and quoted throughout the profiles.  Please click here to read the full profile on Mr. Feinberg and here to read the full profile on Mr. Golomb.

Pro Bono Institute Honors Robert E. Juceam for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono

The Pro Bono Institute (PBI) has selected Fried Frank of counsel Robert E. Juceam as a recipient of the 2013 Chesterfield Smith Award in recognition of his dedication to pro bono and public service. Please click here to read the press release.

Fried Frank Recognized Among Global Arbitration Review's "GAR 100"

Fried Frank's international arbitration practice has been included in Global Arbitration Review's "GAR 100," a ranking of the top international arbitration law firms in the world based on reputation, recent work and experience.

 

Fried Frank Real Estate Practice Named Law360 2012 Practice Group of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Fried Frank is a recipient of Law360's Real Estate Group of the Year award, which recognizes firms for their work on large, significant or complex matters over the past year.
In a profile featuring interviews with real estate partners Jonathan Mechanic and Melanie Meyers, Law360 highlighted the Firm’s high-profile representations of Cornell University in its agreement to develop a US$2 billion science campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island; Forest City Ratner in the development of Atlantic Yards and the US$1 billion Barclays Center; and Morgan Stanley in expanding its lease at One New York Plaza, the largest lease deal of the year.
"What makes the practice unique is there is an unbelievable pool of talent all located in one place, with different specialties and experience that cover all aspects of a project," Mr. Mechanic told Law360. “This is a place where people feel very proud of the group they're in."
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Stephen Lefkowitz Receives Law360's Real Estate "MVP" Award

Real estate partner Stephen Lefkowitz is a 2012 recipient of Law360's Real Estate "MVP" award, which recognizes lawyers" whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law."

The article highlights Mr. Lefkowitz's role in some of the largest real estate projects of the year, including Cornell University's agreement with the City of New York to develop a US$2 billion science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island and Forest City Ratner's development of Atlantic Yards and the US$1 billion Barclays Center.

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Robert Schwenkel Receives Law360's Private Equity "MVP" Award

Corporate partner Robert Schwenkel is a 2012 recipient of Law360's Private Equity "MVP" award, which recognizes lawyers "whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law."

The article discusses Mr. Schwenkel's role in some of the most influential deals of the year, including GS Capital Partner's US$6.6 billion sale of Suddenlink (the biggest secondary deal of 2012) and Permira's US$1.6 billion acquisition of Ancestry.com. Several of Mr. Schwenkel's clients and colleagues, including corporate partners Valerie Ford Jacob and David Shaw, are quoted in the profile.

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Fried Frank Named Among "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality"  For Fifth Consecutive Year

Fried Frank was named one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fifth consecutive year. Annually administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI survey is the premier national benchmark for measuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality (LGBT) in the workplace. Fried Frank is one of only 252 US companies to achieve a 100 percent rating.

Fried Frank Named a “Best Law Firm for Women” for Fifth Consecutive Time

Fried Frank was recognized as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine in partnership with Flex-Time Lawyers, marking the fifth consecutive time the Firm has been named to the list. The survey identifies the law firms which best support female lawyers through family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline.

Based on a national survey developed by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, the 2012 list takes into account a number of factors, including workforce profile; family-friendly benefits and policies; flexibility; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and development and retention of women.

As one of only a handful of Am Law 100 firms chaired by a woman, Fried Frank scored highly in the category addressing women in leadership positions in particular. The Firm also received high marks for its commitment to developing, retaining and promoting female attorneys. Of Fried Frank's partnership class last year, half were women – a ratio that won the Firm acclaim in the feature profile article accompanying the survey results.

Jonathan L. Mechanic profiled by The Commercial Observer in "The Lawyers You Call"

New York real estate partner Jonathan L. Mechanic is profiled in The Commercial Observer among "the lawyers you call" for significant real estate matters. The profile details Mr. Mechanic's recent representation of the New York Genome Center in connection with its 20-year lease of 170,000 square feet at 101 Avenue of the Americas, as well as highlights other notable tenant and landlord representations that he and the real estate group have handled.

Jonathan Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz included on "Power 100" list

Real estate partners Jonathan Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz are included on The Commercial Observer's annual "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New York real estate. "You'll be hard pressed to find a major commercial real estate deal that one of these two hasn't had a hand in," notes the Observer. "[They] negotiate deals on behalf of some of New York's most boldfaced names. These include Condé Nast's 1 World Trade Center lease, SL Green's $416 million joint venture with Jeff Sutton to acquire eight East Side properties and Forest City Ratner in its Atlantic Yards project. Their client list alone is a Who's Who of New York's real estate elite."

Fried Frank Named One of America's Best Corporate Law Firms

Fried Frank was again named one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States, according to the Corporate Board Member/FTI 11th annual survey released by Corporate Board Member magazine. In addition to being highlighted in a special section of the second-quarter issue of Corporate Board Member, Fried Frank was honored at a recognition dinner on May 8 in New York City.

Each year Corporate Board Member, a leading information resource for senior officers and directors of publicly traded corporations, large private companies, and Global 1000 firms, releases its annual list of the best corporate law firms in America. The list is based on a survey of  general counsel and directors serving on the boards of publicly traded companies listed on the NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ OMX, and NYSE Amex stock exchanges.

Brian Lichter and Brian Mangino Named 2012 “Rising Stars” by Law360

Law360 selected real estate partner Brian Lichter and corporate partner Brian Mangino among its 2012 “Rising Stars.” The award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments belie their age. The accompanying profile articles highlight their most high-profile deals over the last year. Please click here to read the feature on Mr. Lichter and here to read the feature on Mr. Mangino.

Onex/Husky Transaction Wins IFLR Americas "Private Equity Deal of the Year" Award

On March 29, 2012, Fried Frank received the IFLR Americas "Private Equity Deal of the Year" award in recognition of its work on Onex’s US$2.1 billion sale of Husky to Berkshire Partners and OMERS Private Equity, one of the largest secondary buyouts of 2011. Onex, Canada’s largest private equity firm, acquired Husky in December 2007 for approximately US$622 million, resulting in a multiple of invested capital of 2.9 times and a 36% rate of return. Husky is one of the world’s largest suppliers of injection molding equipment and services to the global plastics industry.

The Fried Frank team representing Onex was led by corporate partners Christopher Ewan and Daniel Bursky and included corporate partner Robert McLaughlin; antitrust and competition partner Peter Guryan; tax partner Alan Kaden; and employee benefits & plans, executive compensation of counsel Laraine Rothenberg.

Fried Frank was additionally honored with a nomination in the “Equity Deal of the Year” category for its work on Cargill’s high-profile split-off of its stake in The Mosaic Company in a tax-free transaction valued at US$24 billion. The global Fried Frank team was led by tax partner Alan Kaden and corporate partners Brian Mangino and Philip Richter. 

International Financial Law Review (IFLR), a leading magazine covering developments in the law of international finance, selects award winners based primarily on legal innovation on complex cross-border matters.

Fried Frank Nominated for Chambers USA Awards in Investment Funds, Real Estate, Tax

Fried Frank's investment funds, real estate and tax teams have each been shortlisted for Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012. Chambers USA Awards for Excellence honor law firms and lawyers for their preeminence in key practice areas and the caliber of their recent achievements.

Each group has handled a slew of significant high-profile matters over the past year, with the tax team advising Cargill, Inc. on its tax-free US$24 billion split-off of its share in Mosaic; the real estate team advising Cornell in the development of a US$2 billion Science and Technology Campus on Roosevelt Island; and the investment funds team advising numerous market-leading institutions and management companies such as BlackRock, Citadel, Fortress, Goldman Sachs, Highbridge, Morgan Stanley and Permira.

The nominations are based on research for the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

CCM’s Multibillion-Dollar Restructuring Named “Best Restructuring Deal of 2011”

LatinFinance recently awarded Firm client Contraladora Comercial Mexicana (CCM) the distinction of “Best Restructuring Deal of 2011.” Fried Frank advised CCM, Mexico’s third-largest supermarket retailer, in its financial restructuring, which was effectuated through the first "pre-packaged" bankruptcy under Mexico's 10-year-old Concurso Mercantil insolvency law and a parallel US chapter 15 bankruptcy proceeding. One of the largest and most high-profile recent restructuring cases in Mexico, the successful outcome of this highly complex matter was the culmination of more than 18 months of intensive negotiation.

The deal was also shortlisted by Latin Lawyer magazine for its sixth annual Deal of the Year Awards. In April 2011, Fried Frank took home the “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award at the IFLR Americas Awards for its role in the high-profile matter.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partner Kenneth Rosh and bankruptcy and restructuring partner Gary Kaplan and included corporate partners Daniel Bursky and David Golay; litigation partner David Morris; and tax partner Lisa Levy.

Fried Frank Real Estate Practice Named Law360 2011 Practice Group of the Year

Law360 selected Fried Frank's real estate team as "Real Estate Practice Group Of The Year." The article reviews the group's most recent string of headline-generating transactions on behalf of clients including Condè Nast, Coach, Inc., Google Inc., Tishman Speyer, Forest City Ratner, The Moinian Group, Brandywine Realty Trust and Boston Properties. New York real estate partners Jonathan Mechanic and Robert Sorin comment on several transactions and the group's deep bench of talent.

"Even though 2011 saw a bonanza of real estate deals for Fried Frank, the performance merely underscores the team’s preeminence, pointing to even bigger years to come," writes Law360.

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Fried Frank, Robert Juceam and Karen Grisez receive Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service

Fried Frank as well as litigation of counsel Robert Juceam and litigation special counsel Karen Grisez each received a Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service at the National Low-Income Immigrants' Rights Conference awards reception, held December 7, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Fried Frank's award was given in recognition of the Firm's longstanding commitment to civil rights, particularly through its fellowship program dedicated to fostering the next generation of civil rights leaders. Securities of counsel David Birenbaum accepted the award on behalf of the Firm. Mr. Juceam and Ms. Grisez were recognized for their accomplishments in defending the rights of countless asylum seekers fleeing persecution due to political belief or sexual orientation, preventing unlawful discrimination against immigrants and providing expert advice to immigration litigators and practitioners across the country.

Fried Frank named "Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year" by Lawyer Monthly

Fried Frank's tax department garnered the top honor in the Corporate Tax category of the Lawyer Monthly 2011 Legal Awards, which recognize the achievements of law firms and individuals who have responded most successfully to the challenges of the global business environment. Fried Frank was selected for its recent work on highly complex tax matters, including Cargill, Inc.'s tax-free US$24b split-off of its stake in Mosaic Company; M&A work for Firm clients Merck and Extended Stay; private equity transactions for Firm clients Onex, Goldman Sachs, Permira and New Mountain; and capital markets work for CVR.

The Real Deal names Stephen Lefkowitz among "NYC's Elite Land-Use Attorneys"

New York real estate partner Stephen Lefkowitz was selected by The Real Deal as one of the top land-use attorneys in New York City. The selected attorneys "are at the top of their field, all helping shape the height of skyscrapers, the use of public space, and what types of projects go where in New York." The profile notes several of Mr. Lefkowitz's recent representations, including Related in connection with the US$15 billion overhaul of Hudson Yards, and Forest City Ratner in connection with the Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn, among others.

Washingtonian recognizes six Fried Frank attorneys as "Washington's Best Lawyers"

In its December 2011 issue, Washingtonian magazine published its list of "Washington's Best Lawyers," honoring the city's "very best legal talent." Six Fried Frank lawyers were recognized in five categories: John T. Boese (qui tam); Karl Groskaufmanis (securities enforcement and regulation); Dixie Johnson (securities enforcement and regulation); Alan Kaden (tax); James McCullough (government contracts); and Franz Rassman (real estate).

Law360 Real Estate MVP: Robert Sorin

Law360 profiled New York real estate partner Robert Sorin as an MVP of real estate. The article highlights Mr. Sorin's representation of Google in its purchase of 111 Eighth Avenue -- the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in US history -- and his work on behalf of clients including The Moinian Group, Macklowe Properties and IDB Group.

Law360 M&A MVP: Alan S. Kaden

Law360 profiled Washington, DC tax partner Alan Kaden as an MVP of corporate M&A. The article highlights Mr. Kaden's recent noteworthy representations on behalf of clients including Cargill, Inc. and the purchasing consortium of Extended Stay.

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Law360 Real Estate MVP: Jonathan L. Mechanic

Law360 profiled New York real estate partner Jonathan Mechanic as an MVP of real estate. The article highlights Mr. Mechanic’s recent noteworthy representations on behalf of clients including Condè Nast, Coach, Inc., the Whitney Museum and Tishman Speyer. The article also noted that Mr. Mechanic will receive the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award from the UJA-Federation of New York in December.

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Fried Frank, Andrew Idrizovic and Thao Tran receive Pro Bono Publico Awards

Fried Frank as well as corporate associates Andrew Idrizovic (NY) and Thao Tran (NY) were each selected as recipients of The Legal Aid Society's 2011 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service. The Firm's award was given in recognition of Fried Frank's staffing of the Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project (CDP) with externs from the Firm's transactional practices. Ms. Tran and Mr. Idrizovic provided outstanding service to Legal Aid clients as externs over the past year. CDP provides critical legal assistance to low-income microentrepreneurs and nonprofits. Fried Frank, Mr. Idrizovic and Ms. Tran were honored at an awards ceremony in New York City on November 9.

Law360 selects Alan Kaden, Jonathan Mechanic and Robert Sorin as 2011 MVPs

Law360 selected tax partner Alan Kaden (DC) and real estate partners Jonathan Mechanic (NY) and Robert Sorin (NY) as MVPs in the areas of corporate finance/M&A and real estate, respectively. The MVP award honors attorneys whose accomplishments in major transactionsbetween October 2010 and October 2011 have made a significant impact with respect to corporate law and the related sector.  

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Fried Frank, Robert Juceam and Karen Grisez to receive Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service

Fried Frank as well as litigation of counsel Robert Juceam (NY) and litigation special counsel Karen Grisez (DC) have each been selected as recipients of the Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service at this year's National Low-Income Immigrants' Rights Conference awards reception, to be held December 8 in Arlington, Virginia. Fried Frank's award is being given in recognition of the Firm's longstanding commitment to civil rights, particularly through its fellowship program dedicated to fostering the next generation of civil rights leaders. Mr. Juceam and Ms. Grisez are being recognized for their accomplishments in defending the rights of countless asylum seekers fleeing persecution due to political belief or sexual orientation, preventing unlawful discrimination against immigrants and providing expert advice to immigration litigators and practitioners across the country.

Bill Josephson receives William Hoyt Archives Award for Advocacy

New York of counsel Bill Josephson (NY) was selected to receive the 2011 William Hoyt Archives Award for Advocacy, presented annually by the New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust to recognize outstanding support of major archival programs that have had a regional or statewide impact. Mr. Josephson was selected in part for having served as a member of the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Board of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and providing ongoing advice. A program of the State Education Department, the New York State Archives cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present. Mr. Josephson will be honored in Albany on October 25, 2011.

Fried Frank Receives Award in Recognition of Civil Rights Litigation Work

On June 16, 2011, Fried Frank received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at its Wiley A. Branton Awards Lunch. The awards are presented annually to a select number of firms who have done exceptional civil rights litigation work with the Washington Lawyers' Committee. Fried Frank was recognized for its multi-year, pro bono representation of the Equal Rights Center (ERC) in a number of large and contentious federal court actions against major nationwide developers of multifamily housing properties who failed to comply with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Litigation partner Douglas Baruch (DC) accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.

Fried Frank Named One of America's Best Corporate Law Firms

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP has been named one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States, according to the Corporate Board Member/FTI tenth annual survey released today by Corporate Board Member magazine. In addition to being highlighted in a special section of the second-quarter issue of Corporate Board Member, Fried Frank will be honored at a Legal Recognition Dinner on May 10, 2011 in New York City.

Each year Corporate Board Member, a leading information resource for senior officers and directors of publicly traded corporations, large private companies, and Global 1000 firms, releases its annual list of the best corporate law firms in America. This year the list is based on a survey of over 1,900 general counsel and 8,900 directors serving on the boards of publicly traded companies listed on the NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ OMX, and NYSE Amex stock exchanges. The list identifies the top 25 firms nationally and the top local firm in each of 25 major US cities.

As a leader in corporate governance and counseling, Fried Frank provides a wide range of advice to private and publicly traded entities, independent directors, board committees and management in connection with governance and compliance matters and transactional, enforcement and crisis situations.

Jonathan L. Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz Named to the New York Observer's "The Power 100" list

New York real estate partners Jonathan L. Mechanic and Stephen Lefkowitz are included on the New York Observer's "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New York real estate. The article mentions several major clients, many of whom also appear on the list, and notes Mr. Mechanic and Mr. Lefkowitz's readiness to negotiate fiercely on their behalf.

Fried Frank Real Estate Team Nominated for Chambers USA Award for Excellence

Fried Frank's renowned real estate practice has been shortlisted for The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2011. Chambers USA Awards for Excellence honor law firms and lawyers for their pre-eminence in key practice areas and the caliber of their achievements over the previous 12 months.

Among the noteworthy transactions recently handled by Fried Frank's real estate team are Google Inc.'s purchase of 111 Eighth Avenue, the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in US history and the biggest transaction for a single building in the United States in 2010; Forest City Ratner's development of the US$4.9b Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn; and Related Companies' US$15b deal with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to develop the West Side Yards, the largest undeveloped single piece of property in Manhattan.

The nominations are based on research for the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business guide. The awards dinner will take place on June 9, 2011 in New York City.

Fried Frank Honored by IFLR Americas with "Restructuring Deal of the Year" Award

On March 31, 2011, Fried Frank received the IFLR Americas "Restructuring Deal of the Year" award in recognition of its work on the restructuring of Comercial Mexicana, Mexico's third largest supermarket retailer. International Financial Law Review, a leading magazine covering developments in the law of international finance, selects award winners based primarily on legal innovation on complex international matters.

As a result of the team's efforts, Comercial Mexicana successfully completed its financial restructuring in December 2010 through the first "pre-packaged" bankruptcy under Mexico's Concurso Mercantil insolvency law (with a concurrent US chapter 15 bankruptcy case). The successful outcome of this highly complex matter was the culmination of more than 18 months of intensive negotiation.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partner Kenneth Rosh (NY) and bankruptcy and restructuring partner Gary Kaplan (NY) and included corporate partners Daniel Bursky (NY) and David Golay (NY), litigation partner David Morris (NY) and tax partner Lisa Levy (NY).

Jonathan L. Mechanic Named to National Law Journal's "Most Influential Lawyers" List

Real estate partner Jonathan Mechanic (NY) has been named to National Law Journal's 2011 "Most Influential Lawyers" list. Comprising 34 lawyers in 10 practice areas, the list recognizes lawyers "who are shaping the law, the economy, the physical fabric of the United States and the world." The article notes Mr. Mechanic's involvement in many of the largest real estate deals of recent years, including Tishman Speyer's winning US$1b bid to develop the West Side rail yards in New York.

Fried Frank Receives 2010 Impact Award from Girl Scout Council of Greater New York

Fried Frank was presented with the 2010 Girl Scout Council of Greater New York's Impact Award, awarded annually to an organization that has made a valuable investment in the development of New York City girls through the Girl Scout program. The distinction was given in recognition of the Firm's longstanding support of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, particularly in the pro bono negotiation of the organization's sublease last year, which will save the Council nearly half a million dollars in rent costs over the next five years. Real estate partner Ross Silver (NY) led the team handling the sublease negotiation.

James J. McCullough Nominated to Law360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board

On February 2, 2011, Law360 announced that Washington, DC litigation partner James J. McCullough was selected as a member of its newly formed Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

Alan S. Kaden Named "Dealmaker of the Week" by Am Law Daily for His Role in Cargill/Mosaic Split-off

Washington, DC tax partner Alan S. Kaden is featured as the "Dealmaker of the Week" by Am Law Daily for his role advising Cargill, Inc. in its proposed split-off and disposition of its 64% stake in The Mosaic Company, an innovative transaction valued at more than US$24b. The article discusses the complexities presented by the deal and the unique structures that Mr. Kaden and his team created. Pursuant to a ruling from the IRS, the transaction is expected to be tax-free to Cargill, Mosaic and their respective shareholders. "The challenge," Mr. Kaden told the Am Law Daily, "was coming up with a transaction that was efficient from everybody's point-of-view--Cargill, and Mosaic, of course, and the charities--that would allow the charities to achieve their goal of meeting their diversification and distribution requirements, but also importantly allow Cargill to remain a private company." The publication notes that "in the end, though, Kaden and his team--which also was led by corporate partners Brian Mangino and Philip Richter--worked every angle to create a deal that appears to have satisfied the needs of everyone concerned."

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Lisa A. Levy Named a "2010 Person of the Year" Runner-up by Tax Notes

New York tax partner Lisa A. Levy was named as a runner-up for Tax Notes’ "2010 Person of the Year" in its January 3, 2011 issue. The publication notes Ms. Levy’s expertise on domestic and cross-border tax issues relating to capital markets and financing transactions, as well as her active long-time role on the executive committee of the NYSBA Tax Section, on behalf of which she regularly drafts reports.

William G. McGuinness and Douglas H. Flaum Named to the 2010 Directorship 100 List

NACD Directorship Magazine has included New York litigation partners William G. McGuinness and Douglas H. Flaum in its annual Directorship 100 list. The Directorship 100 recognizes the most influential people in the boardroom and in the corporate governance community, including attorneys, CEOs, policy makers, advisors and professors. Mr. McGuinness was previously included on the list in 2008 and 2009. The complete list appears in the September 2010 issue of NACD Directorship Magazine.

John Duffy Named as One of the "25 Most Influential People in IP" by American Lawyer

Washington, DC intellectual property and technology of counsel John Duffy was featured in American Lawyer's "25 Most Influential People in IP" list, which profiles individuals making a difference in the field of intellectual property. The article highlights some of Mr. Duffy's accomplishments, including his representation of Regulatory DataCorp Inc. in the matter of Bilski and Warsaw v. Kappos, where Mr. Duffy co-authored and successfully filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the client to the Supreme Court. Mr. Duffy also served as co-counsel to KSR International in the precedent-setting Supreme Court case KSR v. Teleflex, which raised the bar for the protection of readily apparent inventions.

The American Lawyer honors Robert Juceam as a 2010 Lifetime Achiever

New York of counsel Robert Juceam was honored by The American Lawyer as a 2010 Lifetime Achiever for his "extraordinary commitment to meet the legal needs of the less fortunate in dire circumstances." In the September 2010 issue of the publication, Mr. Juceam is one of eight lawyers recognized for their professional and personal achievements.

The article discusses his career and pro bono accomplishments, including his work with the ABA in the mid-1980s challenging the US Government's efforts to intercept Haitian refugees at sea and prevent them from entering the country. He also led the successful effort to recruit and provide lawyers to the more than 2,000 Haitian refugees detained by the government. Still active in retirement, Mr. Juceam most recently has been working with US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann to improve the delivery of legal services to poor immigrants.

Jonathan L. Mechanic Named Top Commercial Real Estate Lawyer by The Commercial Observer

New York real estate partner Jonathan Mechanic was named in The Commercial Observer's survey of top lawyers in the commercial real estate industry, "The Lawyers You Call 2010." The publication also noted the real estate practice's recent work on the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

Melanie Meyers Included on Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence” List for Second Year

New York real estate partner Melanie Meyers is featured as one of Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence” in the commercial real estate industry. The publication noted Ms. Meyers’ recent work on the US$15b Hudson Yards project and the rezoning and redevelopment of Chelsea Market in Manhattan. Ms. Meyers was also named on the list in 2008.

Karen T. Grisez to Testify as an Expert Before Congress

Washington, DC litigation special counsel Karen T. Grisez will testify on an expert panel before the US Congress on Thursday, June 17, 2010. Her testimony will be heard at an oversight hearing into the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review being held by Representative Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Ms. Grisez will be testifying on behalf of the American Bar Association, along with Russell Wheeler from the Brookings Institution, and Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who is also President of the National Association of Immigration Judges. Ms. Grisez currently serves as the Chair of the ABA's Commission on Immigration.

Ann Berger Lesk Elected to the New York State Bar's Executive Committee

On June 8, 2010, New York trust and estates partner Ann Berger Lesk was elected to the position of vice president for the First Judicial District on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Lesk is an active member of the State Bar and currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates, the Nominating Committee, and the Trusts and Estates Law Section.

James J. McCullough Elected as Council Member of ABA's Section on Public Contract Law

On June 4, 2010, the American Bar Association (ABA) announced that Washington, DC litigation partner James J. McCullough was appointed as a council member of the ABA's Section on Public Contract Law. Mr. McCullough will serve in the role for the 2010-2011 term.

Brad Eric Scheler Named "Dealmaker of the Week" by Am Law Daily

Am Law Daily named New York bankruptcy and restructuring partner Brad Eric Scheler as its “Dealmaker of the Week” for his role in representing Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in its US$3.925b purchase of Extended Stay, Inc. The bid, by a group led by Centerbridge which included Paulson & Co. and Blackstone Group, was made at an auction designed to take Extended Stay out of bankruptcy protection.

Jonathan L. Mechanic to be Honored by The Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council

On May 12, 2010, New York real estate partner Jonathan L. Mechanic will be honored by The Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council at their annual gala event. Each year, the Council hosts the event to honor the most distinguished representatives of the New York City real estate and construction community.

Kenneth I. Rosh, Board Chairman and Fried Frank Partner, Accepts Honor from Volunteer Consulting Group on Behalf of Harlem RBI

The Volunteer Consulting Group honored the Board of Harlem RBI with the first annual "Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership" on March 10, 2010 at the Harvard Club of New York City. New York corporate partner Kenneth I. Rosh, who is Board Chairman and President of Harlem RBI, accepted the award on behalf of the non-profit organization. Harlem RBI's Board of Directors was recognized for demonstrating strategic board recruitment, clear communication of expectations, successful evaluation systems, and its ability to increase donations more than 100% in 2009. The Harlem RBI Board also developed a 12 step "Guide to Protecting Harlem RBI in Uncertain Times" that other non-profits are adopting nationally in order to safeguard their own finances. Harlem RBI is a youth-development organization in East Harlem that was founded in 1991.

Fried Frank Accepts “2010 Commitment to Justice Law Firm Award” from inMotion

Fried Frank received the "2010 Commitment to Justice Law Firm Award" from inMotion at an award ceremony on February 9, 2010 in New York City.  inMotion is a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to providing free legal services to low-income and under-served women in New York City. The "Law Firm Award" underscores Fried Frank’s long-standing tradition and dedication to providing pro bono services to the communities in which our attorneys live and work.  For 14 years, Fried Frank pro bono attorneys have participated in inMotion’s programs and worked on a broad range of more than 250 matters.  In 2005, the Fried Frank Fellowship was established to allow for Firm associates to spend a year working full-time at inMotion.  Brad Eric Scheler, New York bankruptcy partner at Fried Frank, is chair of the board of directors of inMotion.  New York litigation partner and co-chair of the Firm's pro bono committee, Janice Mac Avoy, accepted the award on the Firm’s behalf.  Ms. Mac Avoy previously received the "Commitment to Justice Award" in recognition of her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by inMotion.

Vasiliki Tsaganos Elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

In January 2010, Washington, DC corporate partner Vasiliki Tsaganos was elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP). Ms. Tsaganos previously served as a member of the board for the organization. The NLCHP's mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

Jonathan L. Mechanic Honored with the National Jewish Health 2009 Humanitarian Award

New York real estate partner Jonathan L. Mechanic was presented with the National Jewish Health 2009 Humanitarian Award during the Real Estate and Construction Industries' Winter's Eve Gala held on December 12, 2009 in New York City. The event, which was attended by over 1,000 guests, raised over US$2.03m for National Jewish Health and for the establishment of the Jonathan L. and Wendy S. Mechanic Fund for Lung Cancer and COPD Research and Treatment Programs.

James J. McCullough Recognized by Washington Smart CEO

Washington, DC litigation partner James J. McCullough was named a "go-to-attorney" for government contracts in the 2009 Legal Elite Reader's Poll sponsored by Washington Smart CEO. The publication noted in the honor in its December 2009 issue.

Washingtonian Recognizes Seven Fried Frank Partners as "Top Lawyers"

In its December 2009 issue, Washingtonian Magazine published its list of "Washington's Top Lawyers" honoring the city's "best legal minds." Seven Fried Frank partners in six categories were recognized by the publication's editors including John T. Boese, Michael Bromwich, Karl Groskaufmanis, Dixie Johnson, Alan Kaden, James McCullough and Thomas Vartanian.

William McGuinness Named to Directorship 100 List for the Second Consecutive Year

In its October/November 2009 issue, Directorship released the Directorship 100, its annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and in the corporate governance community. New York litigation partner William McGuinness was selected for this honor for the second year in a row. The list includes regulators, directors, chief executive officers and strategists such as Barney Frank, Justice Myron Steele and Warren Buffett.

Private Equity Insider Ranks Fried Frank as a Top Law Firm for Private Equity Fund Formation

In the October 21, 2009 issue of Private Equity Insider, Fried Frank is ranked as a top ten law firm for the formation of private equity funds. The publication notes the Firm's relationship with Goldman Sachs, Permira, Morgan Stanley, Fortress Group and Highbridge Capital. The team, led by New York corporate partner Kenneth Rosh, has advised clients in raising more than US$40b since the beginning of 2008.

Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association Honors James J. McCullough

On October 22, 2009, the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) presented its Life Services Award to Washington, DC litigation partner James J. McCullough for his many years of dedication, loyalty and outstanding commitment to the Association. The BCABA is an association of judges, attorneys, legal assistants, and other professionals dedicated to supporting and improving the practice of law before the Boards of Contract Appeals of the Federal Government.

Fried Frank Honored During National Pro Bono Week

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Fried Frank will be an honoree at the National Pro Bono Week Kickoff Breakfast on Monday, October 26, 2009 in New York City. The Firm is being honored by the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Courts, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York for its significant pro bono efforts toward asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile and Violence Against Women Act cases, and immigration applications. Speakers at the event will include the Honorable Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts, and Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Román.

Arthur Fleischer, Jr. Receives the Simeon E. Baldwin Award from Yale Law School

New York corporate partner Arthur Fleischer, Jr. received the Simeon E. Baldwin Award from the Yale Law School Center of the Study of Corporate Law on October 13, 2009. The award was established in 2007 and is presented by the Center to a Yale Law School graduate in recognition of distinguished achievement in law and business. At the ceremony, Mr. Fleischer was recognized as "a pioneer in the art of engaging in hostile takeovers and defending against them" and as "one of the great deals lawyers of his generation."

Ann Lesk Honored by Rutgers School of Law-Newark Alumni Association

New York trusts and estates partner Ann Lesk will be honored by the Rutgers School of Law-Newark Alumni Association with a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Lesk will be honored by the organization at its Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held on October 15, 2009. The association noted her induction as the president of the New York County Lawyers' Association for the second consecutive year.

Fried Frank Awarded Perfect Score By Corporate Equality Index

Fried Frank earned the top rating of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, for the second consecutive year. The Firm is one of only 305 U.S. companies to achieve a 100 percent rating. Fried Frank received its rating based on its inclusive non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation and gender identity, diversity education programs, health care and domestic partnership benefits, and its outreach to the LGBT community.

Real Estate Weekly named Robert Sorin a 2009 Dealmaker of the Year

Real Estate Weekly named New York real estate partner Robert Sorin a 2009 Dealmaker of the Year.  The magazine cites his role as representing the seller of the GM building for US$2.8b, 125 West 55th Street and 2 Grand Central Tower, among others.

Fried Frank Recognized as One of the Best Law Firms for Women for Second Consecutive Year

Fried Frank was recognized as one of the 50 best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year. The 2009 Working Mother Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women list, which recognizes the 50 best firms "who are leading the charge for change" for women, notes the achievement of law firms for their continued attention to work-life and women's issues and commitment to increased use of flex-time, reduced-hour and other family-friendly policies to ensure the future success of the profession.

Fried Frank Honored at the Brady Center's Legal Action Project's 20th Anniversary

The Brady Center's Legal Action Project today celebrates 20 years of taking the fight against gun violence into the courts. The Center is hosting a luncheon with Senator Richard Durbin, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, and Sarah and Jim Brady, to honor the work that has been done in the past 20 years and the people and firms that made that work possible. The Honor Roll of attorneys, law firms and other partners includes Fried Frank, largely due to the work of Washington, DC of counsel David Birenbaum.

The Brady Center's Legal Action Project is a full service public interest law program dedicated to using the courts to combat gun violence.

Fried Frank Real Estate Team Wins Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2009

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's real estate department was awarded the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2009 for Real Estate Including Leisure and Hospitality. Awarded at a dinner held on Thursday, June 11, in New York, the awards are based on research for the 2009 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

The Chambers Awards for Excellence honor outstanding lawyers and law firms across the USA, reflecting both preeminence in key practice areas, and achievements over the last 12 months.

Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has published the world's leading guides to the legal profession, building a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of 100 highly qualified full-time researchers conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Together with Chambers editors, they identify and rank the world's best lawyers, defined as those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients – such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, value for money. On the basis of this research, Chambers and Partners holds award ceremonies to honor outstanding practitioners around the world.

Fried Frank Named One of America's Top 20 Corporate Law Firms

Corporate Board Member magazine has announced that Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP has been named one of the top 20 corporate law firms in the United States as revealed in the Corporate Board Member/FTI ninth annual survey released today. In addition to being highlighted in a special section of second quarter issue of Corporate Board Member magazine, the Firm will be honored at a Legal Recognition Dinner on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City.

Each year Corporate Board Member magazine, a leading information resource for senior officers and directors of publicly traded corporations, large private companies, and Global 1000 firms, releases its annual list of the best corporate law firms in America. This year the list is based on a survey of over 6,300 general counsel and directors serving on the boards of publicly traded companies listed with the NASDAQ and NYSE Amex. The list identifies the top 20 firms nationally and the top local firm in 25 major U.S. cities. As a leader in corporate governance and counseling, Fried Frank provides a wide range of advice to private and publicly traded entities, independent directors, board committees and management in connection with governance and compliance matters and transactional, enforcement and crisis situations.

The full list of the survey's national rankings can be found here.

Asian-Counsel Magazine Names the Strategic Investment in the Rio Tinto Group by Chinalco as the "Deal of the Month"

Asian-Counsel Magazine awarded the US$19.5b strategic investment in the Rio Tinto Group by Chinalco as its April 2009 "Deal of the Month." Fried Frank represented Rio Tinto as US counsel in the transaction. The strategic alliance includes investment joint ventures in aluminum, copper and iron ore, as well as the issue of convertible bonds at the parent company level.

The deal was also named "M&A Deal of the Year" by the Asian Legal Business China Law Awards.

The Fried Frank team included tax partner Robert Cassanos (NY) and corporate partners Stuart Gelfond (NY), Lee Parks (NY) and Richard Steinwurtzel (HK).

Six Fried Frank Partners Nominated for Legal Media Group's Best of the Best USA 2009 Edition

Six Fried Frank partners have been nominated for inclusion in Legal Media Group's Best of the Best USA 2009 Edition, a legal guide which identifies the top 25 American practitioners in a range of practice areas. Fried Frank's top practitioners include partners Arthur Fleischer, Jr. for M&A, Stephen A. Lefkowitz for Real Estate, Jonathan Mechanic for Real Estate, Joshua Mermelstein for Real Estate, Elliot E. Polebaum for Commercial Arbitration, and Audrey Strauss for White Collar Crime.

Legal Media Group commission its research department to carry out a 12-month study of experts in 20 practice areas. The research process for each guide involves sending over 4,000 questionnaires to senior practitioners or in-house counsel involved in each practice area in over 60 jurisdictions, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation. The results are analyzed and screened for firm, network and alliance bias. Each expert is then independently assessed through a series of interviews with clients and peers. The 25 who received the most votes in each practice area are included in the 2009 edition.

New York Litigation Special Counsel Jennifer Colyer Elected to Association of Pro Bono Counsel's Leadership Council

New York litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer was elected to a three-year term on the Leadership Council of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. The Association of Pro Bono Counsel is an organization dedicated to the support and professional development of full time pro bono counsel at commercial law firms.

New York Bankruptcy and Restructuring partner Gary L. Kaplan Selected as One of Institutional Investor's Rising Stars in Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law and Workouts

New York bankruptcy and restructuring partner Gary L. Kaplan was selected as a Rising Star in Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law and Workouts by Institutional Investor. The editors of Institutional Investor selected ten up-and-coming legal and workout professionals that they expect to shape the bankruptcy, restructuring and turnaround field in the coming years.

Melanie Meyers Named a Women of Influence by Real Estate New York

The November 2008 issue of Real Estate New York named Fried Frank real estate partner Melanie Meyers to its Women of Influence list. The publication recognized 52 woman leaders in New York's commercial real estate market. Ms. Meyers was noted for her work on several significant real estate development projects, including Manhattan’s West Side Yards, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards and Queen's Jamaica Court House.

Melanie Meyers Named to Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence List

The September 2008 issue of Real Estate Forum named Fried Frank real estate partner Melanie Meyers to its "Women of Influence" list, comprised of 51 women leaders in commercial real estate.  "Women of Influence" were selected based on their position and track record, contributions to their fields, and professional and civic achievements.  Ms. Meyers was chosen, among other reasons, for her work on Manhattan's West Side Yards, Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards, Chelsea Market, and the New York Yankees Stadium.

 

DC Corporate Partner Brian Mangino Selected as One of Institutional Investor's Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law

Washington DC corporate partner Brian Mangino was selected as one of Institutional Investor's Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law. In the inaugural edition of the list, Mr. Mangino was named as one of the ten individuals that the publication's editors expect to shape the complex private equity and M&A legal field in the coming years. Institutional Investor sought nominations from investment banks, finance and legal professionals worldwide to determine the "legal dealmakers of the future." The publication cited Mr. Mangino's work on several notable private equity and M&A transactions, including APP Pharmaceuticals' acquisition by Fresenius SE and the US$45b leveraged buyout of TXU Corp.

William McGuinness named to the Directorship 100 most influential people

 Directorship reveals its top 100 influencers of boards, including New York litigation partner William McGuinness. Bill appears on the list with distinguished honorees such as Andrew Cuomo, Christopher Dodd and Henry Paulson.

Three Fried Frank Partners Named to Real Estate Weekly’s 2008 All Stars List

Real Estate Weekly recognized real estate partners Jonathan L. Mechanic, Stephen Lefkowitz and Robert Sorin in its 2008 All Stars edition, which recognizes real estate industry leaders – whether in finance, law, property management, sales, leasing, construction and design firms.

- Mr. Mechanic is honored for overseeing the negotiations for Tishman Speyer’s US$1b winning bid to transform Manhattan’s Hudson Rail Yards. The issue also mentions Mr. Mechanic’s work on multiple high-profile deals, such as the sale of the GM Building in New York and the Sears Tower in Chicago, the US$5.4b acquisition of Stuyvesant Town and Cooper Union Village in Manhattan and others.

- The publication recognizes Mr. Lefkowitz’s representation of Tishman Speyer in connection with its designation as the developer of the Long Island Railroad West Side Yards in Manhattan, and notes his work on major development deals, including the new Yankee Stadium, Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, the Moynihan Rail Station in Manhattan and others.

- Mr. Sorin is recognized, among other significant work, for his representation of Macklowe Properties in the US$7b acquisition of Equity Office Properties’ New York City portfolio from The Blackstone Group, and for the representation of Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino on the development of a US$3b casino and hotel project on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fried Frank Lawyers Win Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

New York litigation partner Michael de Leeuw and litigation associate Eric Hirsch have been named recipients of the 2008 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for their article, “OMG! We forgot to produce IMs!,” which appeared in the November 5, 2007 edition of New York Law Journal. In their article, they discussed the implications of  instant messaging for the discovery process, as the use of this technology grows in the corporate environment and throughout the world.

Fried Frank will also receive the 2008 Record of Distinction Award, which honors law firms that have received three Burton awards. New York-based head of the litigation department, William McGuinness, will collect the award on behalf of the Firm.

The Burton Awards are dedicated to the refinement and enrichment of writing in the legal profession, annually honoring lawyers and law students who use clear, concise language. The ninth anniversary event will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on June 16.

Debra Torres Honored by the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA)

On June 5, litigation partner Debra Torres was honored at the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Scholarship Dinner in New York. Also being honored are the Hon. Luis A. Gonzalez, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department; New York Secretary of State the Hon. Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez; and Ernesto Malave, Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York.

Fried Frank is an annual sponsor of the PRBA Scholarship Dinner. The PRBA, founded in 1957, has more than 500 members representing the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and students of Latino descent who share a common interest in fostering professional development in the legal community and addressing issues that are important to other Latino communities as a whole.

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Honors Fried Frank Lawyers for Pro Bono Efforts

On June 17, 2008, New York retired partner and of counsel Robert Juceam, Washington DC special counsel Karen Grisez and Washington DC associate Dominic Arni, along with the Fried Frank, will be honored by the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes with the "Rock the Law" Award for Outstanding Achievement of Pro Bono Causes. The award ceremony will be held at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA's Historic District. Fried Frank will be recognized for its outstanding pro bono efforts on behalf of people with disabilities, particularly for the Firm's representation of Malik Jarno, a mentally challenged orphan from Guinea, in his effort to seek asylum in the United States. The Johnny Esquire Band, a rock benefit band that includes two Washington DC partners -- band co-founder Thomas Vartanian, who plays the guitar, and Jack Gordon, who plays the bass – will donate its time to provide live music throughout the evening.

Jennifer Colyer Recognized by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center

Jennifer Colyer (NY special counsel) was recognized and honored as a Grand Marshal at this year's Pride March on June 1, for her significant contributions to the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center. Ms. Colyer and Fried Frank worked for the center in its recent litigation against the City of Kingston over equitable relief from property taxes. The suit was settled with the city's acknowledgment of the center's tax-exempt status.

Ann Lesk to Be Inducted as the President of the NYCLA

New York trusts and estates partner Ann Lesk will be inducted as the President of the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) at its 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Induction of Officers on May 22 in New York.

The NYCLA, founded in 1908, has historically been one of the largest and most influential county bar associations in the US, operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, pioneering reforms in American jurisprudence and playing an active role in legal developments and public policy.

Max Kampelman Honored with Democracy Service Medal

On May 22, Max Kampelman, retired partner and of counsel to the Firm, was presented by the National Endowment for Democracy with its Democracy Service Medal in recognition of his lifetime achievement in advancing the principles of freedom, human rights, and democracy at a ceremony held at the US State Department in Washington, DC.

Past recipients of the Democracy Service Medal include Mort Abramowitz, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Mort Abramowitz, Václav Haclav, human rights advocate and former Czech President, and Tom Donahue, previously the Secretary General of the AFL-CIO, among others.

Among those giving remarks at the ceremony, describing the central role that Max played in furthering human rights in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, were Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Senator Joseph Lieberman and Librarian of Congress James Billington. Other attendees included Congressman and Chairman of the House International Relations Committee Howard Berman, Senator Ted Stevens, and former Senator Paul Sarbanes.

The National Endowment for Democracyis a private, nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.

Barbara Gillers Elected Executive Committee Chair of the ABCNY  

New York litigation of counsel Barbara Gillers has been elected as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She will serve a one-year term, 2008-2009, and then will become a Vice President of the Association. Founded in 1870, the ABCNY is dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public.

NY Bankruptcy Partner Brian Pfeiffer Selected as One of Turnarounds & Workouts Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers

NY Bankruptcy partner Brian Pfeiffer was selected as one of Turnarounds & Workouts Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers – 2008. The monthly newsletter for people tracking distressed businesses selects twelve lawyers under 40 years of age for this annual award. The publication noted Mr. Pfeiffer’s representations of the official committee of unsecured creditors in Pope & Talbot; Bank of New York, as agent to secured lenders, in the Reliant Energy Clearview chapter 11 case; and Impsat Fiber Networks in its US$355m acquisition by Global Crossing Ltd. Please click the link below for the April issue of Turnarounds & Workouts. See page seven for the Special Report listing the Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers.

Leon Silverman to Receive Chesterfield Smith Award from Street Law

On April 17, 2008, New York of counsel Leon Silverman will receive the Chesterfield Smith Award, the highest honor, from Street Law Inc. at the 2008 Street Law Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. Mr. Silverman, a retired partner who joined Fried Frank in 1949 as an associate in the litigation department, is being recognized with the Chesterfield Smith Award, which celebrates the achievements for those who work to empower people through a practical understanding of the law. For 30 years, Street Law, Inc.'s programs and curricula have promoted knowledge of legal rights and responsibilities, engagement in the democratic process, and belief in the rule of law, among both youth and adults.

DC partner James McCullough receives the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division's Howard H. Cork Memorial Award

DC partner James McCullough received the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division's prestigious Howard H. Cork Memorial Award in a ceremony on March 31, 2008 in Sarasota, Florida. This award has been given annually since 1967 to NDIA Procurement Division members who have devoted extensive time and energy in support of NDIA and the US defense industry. Candidates for the award also must have achieved stature in the defense community, as well as the respect of their government and non-government associates. An active NDIA participant for many years, McCullough has held a number of leadership positions in the division. The award was presented by Karen Wilson, Chair of the Procurement Division and Director, Acquisition Policy and Industrial Affairs, The Boeing Company.

MALDEF's Excellence in Legal Service Award

On February 28, 2008, Fried Frank was honored with the Excellence in Legal Service Award at the Mexican American Legal Defense And Education Fund's (MALDEF) ninth annual Washington, DC Awards Gala. The relationship between MALDEF and Fried Frank has been bolstered by the Firm's MALDEF fellowship program which gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator followed by two years as a staff attorney with the nonprofit institution. Through this partnership and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy's participation on the MALDEF board, Fried Frank and MALDEF continue to create unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law.

inMotion’s Annual Commitment to Justice Awards

Shawn Ruffin, Fried Frank’s Managing Attorney’s Office staff coordinator, was recognized by inMotion as the recipient of a Special Award on February 12 at the nonprofit’s Annual Commitment to Justice Awards Ceremony. inMotion, a nonprofit organization that provides free matrimonial, family and immigration legal services to low-income women, has created an award specifically for Shawn, to recognize his significant contributions by filing court papers, serving litigation papers and handling other case management tasks in support of the Fried Frank Fellows and the Firm’s other volunteer attorneys.

The Real Estate Board of New York – Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award

Jonathan Mechanic was honored on January 17 with the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award at the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 112th annual banquet. Regarded highly in the real estate industry, the award, named after a former vice president of the Board, recognizes meritorious service to the community. REBNY, which represents real estate owners, developers, financiers, lawyers, contractors and others in the real estate industry, is New York City’s leading real estate trade association with more than 12,000 members.

Washingtonian - Washington's Best Lawyers

Washingtonian magazine's December 2007 issue lists top Washington, DC lawyers including Fried Frank Washington, DC partners John T. Boese, Michael R. Bromwich, Karl A. Groskaufmanis and Dixie L. Johnson

American Law Institute (ALI)

New York litigation partner Janice MacAvoy elected as one of 47 new members of the American Law Institute.

The American Law Institute drafts and publishes various restatements of the law, model codes, and other proposals for legal reform "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work." One of the highest honors in the legal professional, members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people for their significant professional achievements and a demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law.

The Puerto Rican Bar Association's 50th Golden Anniversary Gala Banquet

The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) honored Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP at its 50th Golden Anniversary Gala Banquet at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on May 22, 2007. Fried Frank was honored for its community service and its support of the PRBA, including its regular hosting of the Three Kings Day Celebration honoring newly appointed Latino Judges for the past three years. Diana Sen, a Fried Frank associate, also serves as Vice President and is on its Board of Directors.

 

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fellow

Fried Frank partner Ann B. Lesk was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national association of more than 2,500 lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of trust and estate law.

Turnarounds & Workouts Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers 2007

Turnarounds & Workouts, a monthly newsletter for people tracking distressed businesses, honored partner Gary Kaplan as one of its Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers in its April 15, 2007 issue.  The publication noted his representations of WR Huff Asset Management Co. as a creditor in the Adelphia Communications Corp bankruptcy; his representation of the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in the Calpine bankruptcy; and debtor representations of AAIPharma, Ivaco and Rand McNally.

The American Lawyer 2007 Dealmakers of the Year

Real Estate department chairman Jonathan Mechanic was selected as one of The American Lawyer's sixteen top corporate lawyers in its special Dealmakers of the Year issue in April 2007.  Mechanic was lauded for his work on the historic acquisition of New York's Stuyvesant Town – Peter Cooper Village by his client Tishman Speyer and money manager BlackRock, Inc.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly Honors Fried Frank

Corporate partner Richard Ansbacher, litigation associate Helene Gogadze and tax associate Andrew Penman were honored by Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) for their work on a systemic reform project involving access to medical marijuana under Washington, DC's new law for senior citizens who reside in nursing homes where smoking is prohibited. Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, DC's elderly by providing free legal services to those in need – empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly Honors Fried Frank

Corporate partner Richard Ansbacher, litigation associate Helene Gogadze and tax associate Andrew Penman were honored by Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) for their work on a systemic reform project involving access to medical marijuana under Washington, DC's new law for senior citizens who reside in nursing homes where smoking is prohibited. Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, DC's elderly by providing free legal services to those in need – empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.

Project Finance's Deals of the Year

The financing of a new Yankee Stadium, through the issuance of bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, was named 2006 Deal of the Year: North American Leisure by Project Finance magazine. Fried Frank represented the New York Yankees in the financing and development of a new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The matter, which closed on August 22, 2006, represented a year and half effort at the Firm, which included all public approvals required for the project, leasing of the site of the new Stadium from the City of New York and a US$960m tax-exempt bond issue by the New York City Industrial Development Agency for financing the construction of the Stadium, expected to open in time for the 2009 baseball season.

The Fried Frank team included real estate partners Stephen A. Lefkowitz and Melanie Meyers and corporate partners Arthur S. Kaufman and Emil Buchman.

The Bond Buyer 2006 Deal of the Year

The financing of a new Yankee Stadium, through the issuance of bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, was named 2006 Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer, the daily newspaper of public finance. Fried Frank represented the New York Yankees in the financing and development of a new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The matter, which closed on August 22, 2006, represented a year and half effort at the Firm, which included all public approvals required for the project, leasing of the site of the new Stadium from the City of New York and a US$960m tax-exempt bond issue by the New York City Industrial Development Agency for financing the construction of the Stadium, expected to open in time for the 2009 baseball season.

The Fried Frank team included real estate partners Stephen A. Lefkowitz and Melanie Meyers and corporate partners Arthur S. Kaufman and Emil Buchman.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Outstanding Volunteer Award

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) honored Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with an Outstanding Volunteer Award at the VLA Summer Benefit on June 19, 2006. The Outstanding Volunteer Award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions in support of VLA's mission of service to the arts community.

Fried Frank has been supporting VLA since 2003 by donating legal services on matters including debt relief work, contract litigation, intellectual property and contract negotiation and licensing. Additionally, Brad Eric Scheler serves on the board of directors for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts helping to expand the scope and depth of the organization's activities.

 

Sanctuary for Families Law Firm Leadership Award

Sanctuary for Families honored Fried Frank, with the Law Firm Leadership Award at the Sanctuary for Families 2006 Zero Tolerance Benefit on June 6, 2006. Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's chairperson, served as Co-Chair of the event that raised US$1.3m. Sanctuary for Families offers a broad range of high-quality services including shelter, legal assistance, and counseling and works to end domestic violence and its far-reaching impact through outreach, education, and advocacy. The Zero Tolerance Benefit provides help to thousands of women and children whose lives have been devastated by domestic violence. Fried Frank has been participating in Sanctuary's Courtroom Advocacy Project, which trains and supervises advocates who provide in-court assistance to domestic violence victims applying for orders of protection, and has been significantly contributing to Sanctuary for Families since 1993.

Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

Fried Frank partners Arthur Fleischer, Jr., Jonathan Mechanic and Audrey Strauss were each recognized for accomplishments in their fields at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence ceremony and dinner held in New York City on June 2, 2006. Nineteen Chambers USA Awards for Excellence were presented, including awards for Best Corporate/M&A Lawyer to Arthur Fleischer, Jr., and for Best Real Estate Lawyer to Jonathan Mechanic.

The Chambers Awards for Excellence, given for the first time in the US, recognize those individuals and legal teams whose work in the past twelve months has been outstanding. They are presented by Chambers and Partners, legal publishers and researchers, and are modeled after the Chambers Global Awards held each year in London.

International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration

Elliot Polebaum, a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in Washington, DC, was nominated as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) Commission on Arbitration.

The ICC's Commission on Arbitration serves as a forum for pooling ideas on issues relating to international arbitration and other forums of dispute resolution. The ICC sets voluntary rules that companies from all parts of the world apply to millions of transactions every year. The rules created by the Commission on Arbitration, such as the Rules of Arbitration and the ADR Rules, have become part of the legal fabric of international commerce.

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia's 2006 Leadership Award

The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia ("HBA-DC") awarded Fried Frank its 2006 Leadership Award. Annually since 2004, The Leadership Award has been given to a legal employer in the Washington, DC area that has demonstrated both a commitment to hiring and retaining Hispanic attorneys as well as promoting diversity in the legal profession. The HBA-DC commended Fried Frank for its efforts in increasing the number of Hispanic attorneys in the Washington, DC office, as well as for the leadership the Firm has shown in the profession through such initiatives as the Washington, DC Minority Networking Series. Fried Frank was noted for contributing to Latino organizations, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2006 Distinguished Service Award

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2006 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Martin D. Ginsburg, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and of counsel to Fried Frank in Washington, DC on May 5, 2006.


The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1995 and is presented each year in recognition of a lawyer's exceptional contributions to the tax system and tax bar. This year's award honors Professor Ginsburg for his outstanding service to the legal profession, the tax system and tax education.

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