Accolades

Accolades

Fried Frank Featured in The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week

The American Lawyer featured a Fried Frank team led by litigation partner Douglas W. Baruch and litigation special counsel Jennifer M. Wollenberg and included litigation and public service counsel Karen T. Grisez, and litigation associates Kayla Stachniak Kaplan, Neaha P. Raol, Kate St. Romain, Melis Kiziltay Carter, Elizabeth LoPresti, Samuel Johnson, Ronald K. Williams, and Brian Stuart, and staff attorney Brendan McNamara in its “Litigators of the Week” column. On May 22, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a lengthy decision in one of three class action suits, Nio, et. al.  v. DHS, granting Fried Frank’s motion for summary judgment and denying the government’s motion. Because of this decision and wins in the other two litigations, more than 1200 of Fried Frank's soldier clients have become U.S. citizens in the last two years.

Law360 Names Fried Frank Team to Weekly "Legal Lions" List

A Fried Frank litigation team was recognized twice on Law360’s weekly list of “legal lions” for their representation of US Army recruits under the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program whose naturalization applications have been unlawfully delayed. The team, which includes litigation partners Douglas W. Baruch and Joseph J. LoBue; litigation special counsel Jennifer M. Wollenberg; and litigation associates Shaun A. Gates, Neaha P. Raol, and Katherine St. Romain, secured a preliminary injunction blocking the federal government from interfering with the soldiers’ application process.

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Samuel Groner Honored by the Rabbinical Council of America for Pro Bono Work

Litigation partner Samuel P. Groner was honored by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) at its annual convention on May 20 for his dedication to the RCA and his successful defense of the organization in consolidated class action litigation in DC Superior Court against former RCA member Rabbi Bernard Freundel and four religious institutions, including the RCA. The lawsuit asserted claims against the RCA and the other religious institutions for, among other things, negligence and failure to supervise Rabbi Freundel. Under Mr. Groner’s direction, the RCA vigorously contested the allegations. In October 2018, the court approved a settlement whereby the claims against the RCA were dismissed with prejudice and the RCA received a full release. Mr. Groner personally devoted nearly 600 hours to this pro bono representation and the Fried Frank team devoted over 1700 hours.
 
The Rabbinical Council of America is the leading non-profit, professional association of Orthodox rabbis in North America.

David Karnovsky Recognized in City & State New York’s 2019 Law Power 50

Real Estate partner David Karnovsky was recognized by City & State New York in its 2019 Law Power 50 list, which features the 50 most powerful people in New York politics working in law. Mr. Karnovsky’s profile highlights his work on high-profile zoning and land use matters in the city, including the dispute surrounding the iconic sign atop the Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower building complex in Brooklyn Heights.

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Kabaye Liku Recognized by Real Estate Weekly as Rising Star of Real Estate

Real estate special counsel Kabaye Liku was included in Real Estate Weekly's 2019 list of Rising Stars of Real Estate. Ms. Liku's profile summarizes her experience in commercial real estate finance and development and highlights noteworthy representations for clients, including Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. (BXMT) in connection with its US$1.8 billion financing for Tishman Speyer's construction of The Spiral, a 2.8-million-square-foot office building located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of New York City.
 
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Jonathan L. Mechanic and Melanie Meyers Recognized in Commercial Observer’s Annual Power 100 Feature

Real estate partners Jonathan L. Mechanic and Melanie Meyers have been named to Commercial Observer's Power 100 list, an annual review of the most powerful people in New York's real estate industry. This is Mr. Mechanic’s fifth consecutive year being selected, and he and Ms. Meyers are the only real estate attorneys included in the Power 100.
 
In their profile, Commercial Observer highlights Mr. Mechanic’s representations, including JP Morgan in its redevelopment of 270 Park Avenue into a new 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters building and Maefield Development in its approximately US$1.6 billion acquisition of 20 Times Square, and Ms. Meyers’ role shepherding Greenpoint Landing through its early approvals and her representation of Lenox Hill Hospital in its upcoming expansion.
 
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Fried Frank Recognized in Real Estate Forum’s “The Best of 2018” Feature

Fried Frank was recognized in Real Estate Forum’s “The Best of 2018” feature, which spotlights some of the most significant transactions in 2018, and the players behind them. The Firm was recognized for its work on the following deals:
  • Blackstone in connection with the US$1.8 billion financing for Tishman Speyer’s construction of The Spiral, a 2.8-million-square-foot trophy office building located in the Hudson Yards district of New York City.
  • Brookfield in connection with the acquisition of a 100% leasehold interest in 666 Fifth Avenue's office condo, a 1.5-million-square-foot building in midtown Manhattan.
  • Brookfield Office Properties in connection with its US$1.15 billion financing of the office portion of 5 Manhattan West from a syndicate of mortgage lenders.
  • Google in connection with its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Chelsea Market in New York City, the second largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in the United States.
  • Kathrin Werner and GreenOak Real Estate Advisors in connection with their approximately US$900 million sale of The Terminal Warehouse to a joint venture of L&L Holding Co. and Normandy Real Estate Partners.
  • Maefield Development in connection with its acquisition of their partners’ equity in the hotel and retail project known as 20 Times Square in a deal valuing the property at US$1.53 billion.
Trinity Church Wall Street in its US$650 million sale of a 99-year estate for years in 4 Hudson Square to The Walt Disney Company.

Fried Frank Recognized in Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100 12th Edition

Fried Frank's International Arbitration Practice has once again been included in Global Arbitration Review's annual review of the leading firms for international arbitration, the GAR 100. The guide 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 Honored for Pro Bono Service by DC Circuit Judicial Conference at Annual 40 at 50 Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast

Fried Frank was among 33 firms honored at the 16th annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast for its performance in calendar year 2018. The annual event celebrates the pro bono commitment of law firms where at least 40 percent of all their attorneys dedicated 50 hours or more toward providing free legal representation to low-income individuals or charitable organizations in Washington, DC during the previous year.

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Fried Frank Attorneys Make Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in Washington, DC

Thirty Fried Frank attorneys were included in the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for their pro bono efforts in 2018. The District of Columbia Courts, in partnership with the DC Access to Justice Commission and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center, recognize attorneys who contribute 50 or more hours to indigent individuals in need of legal representation in their annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. The additional distinction of High Honor Roll is given to attorneys who contributed 100 or more hours. The honorees represent 168 law firms and individual practices, as well as federal and local government agencies, corporations, associations, law schools, and public interest organizations.
 
The following Fried Frank attorneys’ names were recognized in the 2018 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. Those who made the High Honor Roll are noted with an asterisk:
 
Stephanie Amador*
Michael J. Anstett*
Douglas W. Baruch*
Nathan S. Brownback
Melis Kiziltay Carter*
V. Gerard Comizio
Dallas Cruz
Amelia J. Gordon
Karen T. Grisez*
Matthew W. Howard
Samuel Johnson*
Matthew E. Joseph*
Kayla Stachniak Kaplan*
Alex M. Kaufman
Elizabeth LoPresti*
Eric D. Marlowe*
Brendan McNamara*
Jose R. Morales*
Rita Glasionov Muir*
Neaha P. Raol*
Jonathan W. Rash
Anayansi Rodriguez
Kevin A. Ryan*
Katherine St. Romain*
Martin Strauch
Brian Stuart*
Natalia M. Szlarb*
Kristin M. Whidby*
Ronald K. Williams*
Jennifer M. Wollenberg*

Janice Mac Avoy and Michael J. Werner Admitted to American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy and real estate partner Michael J. Werner were admitted to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a premier organization of US real estate lawyers. ACREL members must be nominated by a current member and demonstrate outstanding legal ability, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law. The organization seeks to promote high standards and ethics for real estate lawyers, as well as improve and reform real estate practice.

Amber Meek Profiled in The Deal’s Rising Stars Feature

Corporate partner Amber Meek was profiled in The Deal’s Rising Stars feature of the 21 most promising new M&A partners of 2019. Ms. Meek’s profile notes what drew her to M&A and the importance of collaboration in M&A transactions, and highlights noteworthy representations for clients including Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and Tapestry (f/k/a Coach Inc.).

Fried Frank Receives Perfect Score on HRC Foundation’s Scorecard for LGBTQ Workplace Equality

Fried Frank, for the 11th consecutive year, earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The Firm is one of only 114 law firms and 571 businesses nationwide to achieve a 100 percent rating.
 
The 2019 CEI rated 1,028 business in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. The Firm’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
 
“The Firm remains committed to ensuring equality for its LGBTQ employees and are pleased that this commitment is once again reflected through our perfect score on the CEI Index,” said Michael J. Barker, real estate partner and chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to further workplace equality for all of our employees.”
 
In addition to maintaining inclusive policies, Fried Frank’s LGBTQ Resource Group hosts the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum, which brings civil rights leaders, colleagues, and clients, together with Firm employees to discuss the most pressing social justice matters facing the community, including issues of LGBTQ rights. The Firm also sponsors the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. Fried Frank’s robust pro bono program, a core tenet of the Firm’s mission, provides legal counsel on matters involving family law, marriage equality, gender identity, asylum, HIV status, and other LGBTQ-related issues.
 
The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people.
 
Click here to learn more about the 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Kate Downey Receives 2019 Dee Dee Sklar Women in Fund Finance Award

Kate Downey, head of Fried Frank’s European Private Equity Funds Practice, received the 2019 Dee Dee Sklar Women in Fund Finance Award, announced on March 25, 2019 at Fund Finance Association’s Global Symposium in Miami. The award recognizes Ms. Downey’s outstanding overall contribution to women in fund finance and the industry, with an emphasis on her professional contributions that further the purposes and objective of the Fund Finance Association’s Women in Fund Finance (WFF) initiative. Ms. Downey is a founding member of WFF and her efforts and contributions to the initiative’s European Committee were recognized. The award was presented by Dee Dee Sklar of Wells Fargo.
 
Fried Frank is a regular sponsor of the Fund Finance Association, serving as platinum sponsors of the 2019 Global Symposium in Miami and the upcoming 2019 European Symposium in London.

Zachary Bernstein Selected to the Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 List

Real estate partner Zachary Bernstein was selected by Crain’s New York Business for its annual 40 Under 40 list of the most accomplished New York City-based business professionals under 40 years old. Mr. Bernstein is recognized for advising on major development deals in New York City, including representing Oxford Properties in connection with its acquisition and redevelopment of the St. Johns Terminal Building.

Janice Mac Avoy Honored in City & State New York’s 2019 Above & Beyond Feature

Real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy was one of five women honored by City & State New York in its Above & Beyond feature for the 2019 Women of New York Law & Lobbying. This is the second consecutive year that Ms. Mac Avoy has received the recognition. The feature shines a light on the remarkable work of 30 women in the health care, law, real estate, business, and nonprofit sectors who have distinguished themselves through leadership in their fields and their contributions to society.
 
In her profile, Ms. Mac Avoy discusses her career in real estate litigation and her commitment to women's rights, including issues of reproductive freedom and family law issues. She is a recipient of the “Courage Award” from The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for her advocacy in reproductive rights, as well as the "Commitment to Justice Award" for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by Her Justice.
 
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Law360 Appoints Michael T. Gershberg to International Trade Editorial Advisory Board for 2019 Term

Law360 announced the selection of corporate partner Michael T. Gershberg to its International Trade editorial advisory board. Mr. Gershberg was a member of the board for the 2017 and 2018 terms and will continue to serve for the 2019 term. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

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Law360 Appoints V. Gerard Comizio to Banking Editorial Advisory Board for 2019 Term

Law360 announced the selection of corporate partner V. Gerard Comizio to its Banking editorial advisory board. Mr. Comizio was a member of the board in 2018 and will continue to serve for the 2019 term. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.
 
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Three Fried Frank Attorneys to Participate in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

Three Fried Frank attorneys have been selected to participate in the 2019 Fellow and Pathfinder programs from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Real estate special counsel Kabaye Liku will serve as a member of the 2019 class of LCLD Fellows, which was created to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Corporate associates Luis Murguia and Rati Ranga will participate in the LCLD Pathfinder program, which trains high-performing, early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies including leadership and the building of professional networks.
 
“We are proud to be involved in these programs and have no doubt that Kabaye, Luis, and Rati will be excellent contributors to the programs in which they are participating,” said Fried Frank Chairman David J. Greenwald.
 
“Kabaye, Luis, and Rati have been identified as future leaders at the Firm, and will join an elite group of individuals from diverse backgrounds to enact change relating to diversity in the workplace,” said Michael J. Barker, real estate partner and chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “Congratulations to each of them on this impressive recognition.”
 
Former Fried Frank LCLD Fellows include partners Matthew W. Howard in 2018, Maxwell Yim in 2017, and Matthew V. Soran in 2016; former Pathfinders include associates Matthew E. Joseph and Alana Berrocal Rodriguez in 2018, Anayansi Rodriguez in 2017, and Flora Go and Nicole R. Love in 2016.
 
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,600 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is now in its fourth year as a full-scale program, having been piloted in 2015 among a select number of LCLD Member law firms and corporations. It is an initiative that has filled a gap in LCLD programming, targeting junior associates and the youngest members of corporate law departments. Click here to learn more about LCLD.
 
At Fried Frank, inclusion is a standard principle. Click here to learn more about the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Law360 Appoints Douglas W. Baruch to Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board for 2019 Term

Law360 announced the selection of litigation partner Douglas W. Baruch to its Aerospace & Defense editorial advisory board. Mr. Baruch was a member of the board for the 2017 and 2018 terms and will continue to serve for the 2019 term. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

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Fried Frank Attorneys Selected by the Burton Awards as Finest Law Firm Writers of 2019

Corporate partners Warren S. de Wied and Philip Richter and corporate senior counsel Gail Weinstein are 2019 recipients of the Burton Awards’ Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for their article published in Law360, titled “Recent Trends In Shareholder Activism.”
 
The Burton Awards is a national non-profit program, run in association with the Library of Congress, which was established to perfect legal writing and reward legal achievements ranging from legal writing, to publications, to the greatest reforms in law. The Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award honors law firm partners and associates for clear, concise, and comprehensive legal writing.
 
Click here to read the official release. The winning article written by Fried Frank attorneys can be viewed here.
 

Fried Frank Asset Management Practice Named Law360 2018 Practice Group of the Year

Fried Frank’s Asset Management Practice was recognized by Law360 as a 2018 Practice Group of the Year, a recognition awarded to law firms behind the major deals that resonated through the legal industry in the past year.
 
In a profile featuring interviews with corporate partners Lawrence N. Barshay and Kenneth I. Rosh, Law360 highlighted the Firm’s noteworthy representations in the last year, including Goldman Sachs in connection with the formation of China-US Industrial Cooperation Partnership, L.P., which targets US$5 billion in commitments; Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in connection with the formation of its 4th flagship senior debt fund and 13th credit fund; Broad Street Loan Partners III, which had a final close in January 2018 of approximately US$9.8 billion in debt and equity; and Bain Capital Private Equity in connection with the formation of Bain Capital Europe Fund V, Bain Capital’s flagship buyout fund in Europe, which raised €4.35 billion.

Fried Frank Real Estate Practice Named Law360 2018 Practice Group of the Year

Fried Frank’s Real Estate Practice was recognized by Law360 as a 2018 Practice Group of the Year. The recognition, which the practice has received in prior years, is awarded to the law firms behind the major deals that resonated through the legal industry in the past year.
 
In a profile featuring interviews with real estate partners Jonathan L. Mechanic and Robert Sorin, Law360 highlighted the Firm’s high-profile representations in the last year, including Google’s US$2.4 billion acquisition of Chelsea Market, the second largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in the United States; JP Morgan Chase’s planned 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters redevelopment at its 270 Park Avenue location; Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s US$1.8 billion financing for Tishman Speyer’s construction of The Spiral; and Brookfield Asset Management’s acquisition of a 100% leasehold interest in 666 Fifth Avenue's office condo.

Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized by Who’s Who Legal as Thought Leaders

Corporate partners Kate Downey and Mark Mifsud were named EMEA Thought Leaders in Who’s Who Legal’s (WWL) 2019 Private Funds: Formation list. WWL identifies thought leaders as “those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel, and other market sources this year.” Mr. Mifsud was also selected to WWL’s Thought Leaders: Global Elite list, on which real estate partner Jonathan L. Mechanic was also included. Overall, WWL featured 29 Fried Frank attorneys in 11 practice areas across the Firm’s New York, Washington, DC, and London offices.
 
Click here to read the EMEA Thought Leaders list and here to read the Thought Leaders: Global Elite list.
 

Kate Downey Recognized in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 List

Corporate partner Kate Downey is included in The Lawyer’s 2019 Hot 100 list, which celebrates lawyers in the United Kingdom who are at the top of their game right now, acting on the most significant matters, and disrupting the industry with their creative flair or transforming their organizations.
 
Ms. Downey’s feature highlights her significant accomplishments in the legal and asset management communities, including the appointment to head the Firm’s European Private Equity Funds Practice in 2018; her role in co-heading the leading women’s industry group Women in Fund Finance; and advising on notable fund formations for Blackrock, BlueBay Asset Management, Norvestor Equity, and Palatine Equity.
 
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John T. Boese Inducted into Saint Louis University School of Law Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame

Litigation of counsel John T. Boese has been inducted into Saint Louis University School of Law’s Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame. Considered the highest honor from Saint Louis University School of Law, recipients are recognized for their professional success, significant contributions to the community, and for bringing honor to the University.  Mr. Boese is a member of the 2019 Hall of Fame class and was inducted on January 25, 2019. He received his JD, magna cum laude, in 1972 and served as an associate editor of the Law Review.
 
Mr. Boese joined Fried Frank in 1977 after five years in the United States Department of Justice, and he became a partner in 1980. He was a managing partner of the Washington, DC office and co-chair of the Washington, DC Litigation Department from 2001-2005. Mr. Boese is a nationally-recognized "expert" on the civil False Claims Act. He has represented defendants in numerous False Claims Act cases brought by qui tam relators or by the Department of Justice. Mr. Boese authored the book Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions, currently in its fourth edition, which has been cited by courts at all levels, including the US Supreme Court. He lectures frequently to private and public groups on civil and criminal fraud issues. Mr. Boese also lectures on the False Claims Act at a number of law schools, including American University and George Washington University.

Robert Cassanos Elected Secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section

Tax partner Robert Cassanos has been elected to serve as an officer of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Tax Section, which announced the news at its annual conference in January 2019. For the upcoming year, Mr. Cassanos will serve as secretary and will play a role in overseeing the Tax Section’s more than 2,000 members and more than 20 separate tax committees and, over the coming years, is expected to serve as a Vice-Chair and ultimately the Chair of the Section.  
 
The NYSBA Tax Section is widely respected among both practitioners and government officials for providing non-partisan thought leadership, particularly around new tax rules and regulations, at the federal, state, and city levels. While Mr. Cassanos has been an active member of the Executive Committee for over a decade, serving as an officer is both a significant commitment and a great honor. Past chairs have included some of New York’s most prominent tax practitioners, including over the years former Fried Frank tax partners Martin Ginsburg, Arthur Feder, and Richard Loengard, Jr.

James Kitching Appointed Co-Chair of Employed Barristers’ Committee

Litigation partner James Kitching has been appointed co-chair of the Employed Barristers’ Committee (EBC) of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales. The EBC is one of the Bar Council’s representative committees. It represents and promotes the interests of the employed Bar within and beyond the Bar Council. Its membership includes barristers from a wide range of career backgrounds, from across the country. Mr. Kitching has been selected to serve a one-year term by the members of the committee.

Kristin M. Whidby Receives Florida Bar Out-of-State Pro Bono Award
 

Litigation associate Kristin M. Whidby received The Florida Bar President’s out-of-state Pro Bono Service Award. The awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make public service commitments and to raise public awareness of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees. Ms. Whidby is the only out-of-state recipient and is recognized for donating more than 450 hours of pro bono legal service in the last three years, with a particular focus on difficult family law cases involving abused women.
 
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Concurrences Nominates Fried Frank Antitrust & Competition Law Alert for its 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards

Concurrences nominated the Fried Frank Antitrust & Competition Law Alert® titled “Court Rejects DOJ Challenge to AT&T/Time Warner Vertical Merger,” which was republished by The M&A Lawyer, in the Business Articles category of its 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards.
 
Readers will be able to vote online on their favorite article until March 25, 2019. The most voted articles both on the Academic and Business categories will be announced as the winners during the Gala Dinner on March 26, 2019. To cast a vote in the awards, please click here.
 

Three Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized in Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Women in Law List

Litigation partner Una A. Dean, corporate partner Jessica Forbes, and real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy were included in Crain’s New York Business’ 2nd annual list of Notable Women in Law in the New York City metropolitan area. The feature honors the achievements of the brightest and boldest legal minds; those with both distinguished careers and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities. This is Ms. Mac Avoy’s second year having been selected to the list. Ms. Dean and Ms. Mac Avoy are also quoted in the feature regarding efforts to give young women litigators a voice in the courtroom.
 

Private Equity International Shortlists Fried Frank for Fund Formation Law Firm of the Year - EMEA

Private Equity International shortlisted Fried Frank as a finalist for Fund Formation (EMEA) Law Firm of the Year in its 2018 Annual Awards. The six-partner London Asset Management team is being recognized for the practice’s rapid growth and work advising on various multi-billion dollar fundraisings.   
 
Winners will be decided through a poll open to the market that closes on Friday, January 11, 2019. To cast a vote in the awards, please click here.
 

Alexander B. Sutherland Featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s 2018 Year in Review Spotlight

Real estate associate Alexander B. Sutherland was featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s 2018 Year in Review spotlight. The feature highlights Mr. Sutherland’s most notable deal of the year: closing the construction loan on Brooklyn Point for Extell.

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Five Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized as Top Legal Talent by Washingtonian

Five Fried Frank attorneys were named in four categories in Washingtonian’s 2018 list of top legal talent in Washington, DC. The list is compiled based on surveys conducted with previously-listed attorneys regarding who they consider the best among their peers, as well as independent research conducted by the magazine.
 
The following attorneys were listed in their respective practice areas:
 
Government Contracts
James J. McCullough
 
Real Estate
Franz R. Rassman
 
Tax
Michelle B. Gold
Alan S. Kaden
 
Whistleblowers
Douglas W. Baruch

Robert Sorin Receives Law360’s Real Estate MVP of the Year Award

Real estate partner Robert Sorin is a 2018 recipient of Law360’s Real Estate MVPs of the Year award, which recognizes an elite group of attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in complex global matters and record-breaking deals. The article highlights Mr. Sorin’s role in some of New York’s largest and most iconic real estate projects, including representing Google in its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Chelsea Market and securing leases for 55 Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt.
 

Nathaniel Lifschitz Recognized in Real Estate Forum’s 2018 50 Under 40 

Real estate partner Nathaniel Lifschitz was selected as one of Real Estate Forum’s “Commercial Real Estate’s 50 Under 40 2018.” The series recognizes rising stars in commercial real estate that are already establishing their presence in the industry.
 
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Zachary Bernstein Named to City & State’s New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars List

Real estate partner Zachary Bernstein was listed in City & State’s 2018 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars feature. The profile discusses Mr. Bernstein’s career as a land use attorney, his impact on the city of New York, and highlights notable representations, including Trinity Church in connection with the rezoning of the Hudson Square neighborhood in 2013.

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Legal Aid Society Honors Fried Frank

The Legal Aid Society honored Fried Frank with a 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to the organization and its clients. The Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, presiding justice of the New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, presented the award at an event held Tuesday, October 16. Individual attorneys recognized include corporate associates Sheryl L. Maltz and Brett C. Pedvis, and litigation associate Daryl L. Saylor.
 
Over the past year, Fried Frank lawyers have co-counseled with Legal Aid in habeas corpus cases for detained immigrants and participated in Legal Aid clinics. In addition, the Firm recently undertook a project in which litigators will defend decisions releasing detained immigrants under the doctrine of habeas corpus against appeals by the government in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 
 
The Legal Aid Society is the nation's oldest and largest public interest legal organization, providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers since 1876. Firm Chairman David Greenwald is a member of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society. 

Lawrence N. Barshay Elected to New York University School of Law’s Board of Trustees

Corporate partner Lawrence N. Barshay has been elected to New York University School of Law’s Board of Trustees. In this role, Mr. Barshay will join several other prominent alumni in enacting bylaws that outline the basic structure of the School and in determining the principal officers and agencies that will deal with its affairs. Mr. Barshay received his JD from New York University School of Law in 1991.
 
Mr. Barshay joins Jonathan L. Mechanic, partner and chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, who is a life trustee and chairman of the Advisory Board of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
 

Simon J. Elkharrat Named to Commercial Observer’s 30 Under 30 Young Professionals Feature

Real estate associate Simon J. Elkharrat was listed in Commercial Observer’s 30 Under 30 feature as one of the “Top Leasing and Sales Professionals of 2018.” The profile highlights Mr. Elkharrat’s career progression and his notable representations, including clients Trinity Church Wall Street, Brookfield Office Properties, and RXR Realty.
 
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Fried Frank Real Estate Department Recognized by The Real Deal in Annual Rankings

Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department was ranked first on The Real Deal’s list of New York City law firms with the biggest real estate practices as well as on its list of firms that handled the highest dollar volume of sales in the City. The articles quote real estate partner Robert Sorin as counsel to Google on its purchase of Chelsea Market and discuss the deal in the context of today’s real estate market.
 
Click here to read the ranking by size and here to read the ranking by dollar volume.

Tal J. Golomb Named to 2019 Class of David Rockefeller Fellows

October 2018

Real estate partner Tal J. Golomb has been selected as a member of the 2019 class of David Rockefeller Fellows by the Partnership for New York City. He is one of 30 senior executives selected to participate in the prestigious year-long business and civic leadership program. As a David Rockefeller Fellow, Mr. Golomb will meet with key government officials and heads of nonprofit institutions to gain new insights into the complexities and challenges of managing public agencies. He will also engage with global business leaders and attend site visits at the city’s nerve centers, including the Command Centers of the NYC Police Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Con Edison.
 
Established in 1989 as a tribute to the civic contributions and leadership of the Partnership's founder, David Rockefeller, the program is intended to provide senior business leaders with a unique opportunity to better understand New York City and take a more active role in shaping the city's future.
 
Click here to learn more about the annual David Rockefeller Fellows program, and click here to learn more about the Partnership for New York City.
 

Janice Mac Avoy Named to Real Estate Forum’s "Women of Influence" Hall of Fame

Real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy has been inducted into Real Estate Forum’s "Women of Influence" Hall of Fame. This distinction is awarded to women considered “pioneers” in the traditionally male-dominated commercial real estate industry. Ms. Mac Avoy is recognized as a leading practitioner on both non-recourse carve-out guaranties and ground lease transactions, as well as for her work advocating for women’s rights to reproductive freedom. She is one of 23 honorees inducted into the Hall of Fame.
 
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Jennifer A. Yashar Recognized in Real Estate Forum’s 2018 “Women to Watch” List

Real estate partner Jennifer A. Yashar has been named to Real Estate Forum’s 2018 “Women to Watch” list, as part of its “Women of Influence” feature. The “Women of Influence” feature honors the achievements of women in commercial real estate, and the industry’s efforts toward diversification and inclusion. The “Women to Watch” list shines a spotlight on the rising stars in commercial real estate.
 
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Suzanne deVries Decker Featured in New York Real Estate Journal

Real estate special counsel Suzanne deVries Decker was featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s 2018 Women in Real Estate professional services spotlight. In her profile, Ms. Decker discusses several aspects of her career in real estate, including her accomplishments over the last 12 months, the importance of creating a personal brand, and her strongest influences. 
 

Ashley Katz Featured in Turnarounds & Workouts’ European Restructuring Practices of Major US Law Firms List

Restructuring and insolvency partner Ashley Katz was listed by Turnarounds & Workouts in this year’s European Restructuring Practices of Major US Law Firms special report. Mr. Katz is noted for several of his representations, including clients Sberbank; the board of the Gaucho restaurant group; and Centerbridge, LP.

David J. Greenwald Elected to Columbia University’s Board of Trustees

Fried Frank Chairman David J. Greenwald has been elected to Columbia University’s Board of Trustees. In this role, Mr. Greenwald will join several other prominent alumni in their responsibilities to the University, including selecting the President, overseeing all faculty and senior administrative appointments, monitoring the budget, supervising the endowment, and protecting university property. Mr. Greenwald received a JD from Columbia Law School in 1983. He is a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School and is a frequent guest speaker at the law school’s events.
 
Prior to his role as Chairman, Mr. Greenwald served as deputy general counsel and the international general counsel at Goldman Sachs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Third Way, and Lincoln Center Theater.
 
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Two Fried Frank Partners Named to 2018 NACD Directorship 100

Steven G. Scheinfeld, the global chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department, and Steven Epstein, co-head of the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, have both been named to the 2018 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions. NACD Directorship magazine annually identifies the most influential people in the corporate governance community, selected based on criteria including integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. This is now the third year in a row that Mr. Scheinfeld and Mr. Epstein have both been chosen for inclusion. They will be among the honorees recognized at the 2018 NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on November 28, 2018. Click here for more details.

Annemarie Crouch Receives 2018 Leadership Excellence Award of the Tri-State Area

Fried Frank’s Global Director of Human Capital Management Annemarie Crouch received a 2018 Leadership Excellence Award of the Tri-State Area by the National Diversity Council (NDC). The Leadership Excellence Award is designed to recognize individuals who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field. Ms. Crouch was formally recognized for her leadership excellence at NDC’s Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference on August 23, 2018.
 
The NDC is a non-profit organization that brings together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment. It is committed to transforming our workplace communities into environments where people are valued for their uniqueness and differences, and are confident that their contributions matter. Click here to learn more about the NDC.

Steven Epstein Appointed to National Association of Corporate Directors’ General Counsel Steering Committee

Corporate partner Steven Epstein has been appointed to the General Counsel Steering Committee of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Now in its second year, the General Counsel Steering Committee is composed of 59 members from a diverse range of companies and aims to support the evolution of the general counsel from solely a legal advisor to a strategic partner in the boardroom. NACD has previously recognized Mr. Epstein in its Directorship 100, which annually identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community. He was also named an NACD Governance Fellow in 2014.
 
NACD is the recognized authority on boardroom practices, representing more than 19,000 corporate board members. It helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today's directors are well prepared for tomorrow's challenges. Click here for more details.

Fried Frank Recognized Among Global Restructuring Review's 2018 GRR 100 List

Fried Frank has been recognized in Global Restructuring Review's 2018 GRR 100 List, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border restructuring and insolvency law firms around the world. 

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

Kira M. Whitacre to Co-Chair Her Justice Junior Advisory Board

Litigation associate Kira M. Whitacre will serve as the co-chair of Her Justice’s Junior Advisory Board, a group of approximately 25 young professionals from various industries that serves as ambassadors for Her Justice. The Junior Advisory Board provides support for the organization’s strategic planning and revenue initiatives by engaging with Her Justice and Board leadership and creating partnerships with private and public firms and institutions. Ms. Whitacre served as a Fried Frank extern for Her Justice, where she served as lead counsel on litigated divorces and custody matters. During that time, she worked on the landmark case, Alice M. v. Terrence T., 2015 NY Slip Op 51913 in which State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Sunshine determined that a man serving 40 years in state prison for raping his wife is not entitled to share her pension or any other marital asset in their divorce.
 
For nearly 20 years, Fried Frank's pro bono program has supported Her Justice by taking on numerous family law and immigration cases for women from underserved communities in New York. The Firm also continues to be a proud corporate partner and a major institutional supporter of the organization.
 
Her Justice recruits, trains and mentors caring and talented attorneys from law firms around New York City to provide free legal services—focused on family law, divorce and immigration— to low-income women, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence and immigrants isolated by language and culture, empowering them to overcome poverty and abuse and transform their lives. Click here to learn more about Her Justice.

Asker A. Saeed Joins National Advisory Council of South Asian Bar Association of North America

Asker A. Saeed, Fried Frank’s director of diversity and inclusion, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America). The appointment was confirmed at the organization’s 15th Annual Convention in New York. Mr. Saeed will join the ranks of such distinguished attorneys as the Honorable Judge Amul Thapar of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Facebook Paul S. Grewal, and Dean Vikram Amar of the University of Illinois College of Law.
 
SABA North America seeks to strengthen the rapidly growing South Asian legal community with a recognized and trusted forum for professional growth and advancement, and promotes the civil rights and access to justice for the South Asian community. With over 7000 members in 26 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, its attorneys work in all areas of the law, including large law firms, in-house counsel, as government attorneys, and as solo practitioners.
 
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Fried Frank Ranked Among Best Overall Law Firms to Work For in Vault’s 2019 Rankings

Fried Frank is ranked across several categories in Vault’s 2019 list of “Best Law Firms to Work For,” including remaining as the #1 Best Law Firm for Real Estate Law.  The Firm was ranked #2 in transparency and is among the Top 5 firms across 10 categories. Fried Frank associates note the Firm’s “top-notch training” and that partners “are approachable and care about the associates’ development.”
 
The list ranks the top 25 law firms across various predetermined categories. Vault rankings are based on feedback received as part of the annual Associate Satisfaction Survey, and are meant to reflect the subjective opinions of associates and perceptions of insiders. To learn more about Vault, click here. Click here to view the rankings online.

Melanie Meyers Named to Bisnow’s New York Power Women 2018 List

Bisnow has once again recognized real estate partner Melanie Meyers as one of 2018’s New York Power Women. The series honors women leaders in the New York commercial real estate industry. Ms. Meyers was also honored in 2016.
 
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Fried Frank-Counseled Humana Acquisition Chosen as The Deal’s Private Equity Deal of the Year

At The 2018 Deal Awards, Fried Frank was recognized for its role as counsel to Humana Inc. as part of a consortium with TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its acquisition of the Kindred at Home Division of Kindred Healthcare, Inc., which was chosen as Private Equity Deal of the Year. The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partners Brian T. Mangino and Philip Richter.
 
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Una A. Dean Named to Global Investigations Review’s 2018 Women in Investigations List

Global Investigations Review (GIR) has named litigation partner Una A. Dean to its 2018 Women in Investigations list, which profiles 100 women in the field of investigations around the world. In her feature, Ms. Dean discusses her career in corporate investigations, including her most memorable and challenging moments.

Fried Frank Listed Among Turnaround & Workouts’ “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms”

Fried Frank was recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts in its June 2018 issue special report on “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms.” The feature notes tax partners Alan S. Kaden and Eli Weiss as senior professionals and highlights representative clients, including C&J Energy Services, Forbes Energy Services, and Centerbridge Partners, among others.

Fried Frank Team Receives American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

A team of Fried Frank litigators has been selected to receive this year’s prestigious Jack Wasserman Memorial Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). This award, given “for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law,” recognizes Fried Frank’s ongoing US District Court representation of two classes of approximately 2,500 non-citizen US soldiers, recruited under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, who seek to exercise their statutory right to become naturalized U.S. citizens. The team includes litigation partners Douglas W. Baruch and Joseph J. LoBue; litigation special counsel Jennifer M. Wollenberg and Karen T. Grisez; litigation associates Neaha P. Raol, Shaun A. Gates, Katherine St. Romain, Natalia M. Szlarb, Elizabeth Woods, Kayla Stachniak Kaplan, Helene Gogadze, and Melis Kiziltay Carter; litigation law clerk Brendan McNamara; and many other dedicated legal staff. 
 
Fried Frank has been litigating on behalf of these soldiers for over a year in two separate but related federal court class action lawsuits against the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. While both cases remain in active litigation, the Fried Frank team already has achieved remarkable successes, including obtaining two preliminary injunctions precluding the Government from enforcing new policies that otherwise would have blocked hundreds of MAVNI soldiers from applying for naturalization and resulted in the summary denial of hundreds of pending naturalization applications filed by other MAVNI soldiers. The litigation also has prevented the mass discharge of such soldiers prior to naturalization, has halted the threatened deportation of hundreds of soldiers, and has resulted in more than 120 soldiers obtaining citizenship to date.
 
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. Click here for more details.

Kate Downey Recognized in IFLR1000 Women Leaders List

IFLR1000 has recognized corporate partner and head of Fried Frank’s European Private Equity Funds Practice Kate Downey as one of this year’s Women Leaders. Women Leaders is a new supplement by the IFLR1000, a guide to the world’s leading financial law firms, which recognizes 300 women lawyers considered to be among the best transactional specialists in their markets and practice areas. Recipients are chosen for their impressive track record of high-profile innovative deals and their standout performance in their practice area.
 
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Janice Mac Avoy Honored at Sanctuary for Families’ Zero Tolerance Benefit

Sanctuary for Families recently held its Zero Tolerance Benefit, at which real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy was honored for her lifelong commitment to the protection and empowerment of women. Ms. Mac Avoy is a longtime board member of Sanctuary for Families, as well as of the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is a recipient of both the “Courage Award” from The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for her commitment to women’s reproductive freedom and the "Commitment to Justice Award" from Her Justice for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her. Ms. Mac Avoy has used her platform at Fried Frank to oversee hundreds of pro bono matters and has helped countless survivors of gender violence to secure divorces, orders of protection, fair spousal support, custody of their children, and much more.
 
Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Click here to learn more.

Chambers USA Awards for Excellence Recognizes Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department

The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence program recognized Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department with the “Real Estate Client Service Award” during the event held in New York on May 24, 2018. The award is based on research for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA.
 
In selecting Fried Frank for the “Real Estate 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: “They communicate well, work tirelessly and provide service at a level that is not easily matched.”

Fried Frank Honored by Her Justice at Annual Benefit

At its 2018 Annual Photography Auction & Benefit, Fried Frank was honored by nonprofit organization Her Justice for its pro bono contributions. The Firm was recognized as a runner-up for the Firm Commitment Award, which honors the top five law firms that have donated the most pro bono hours per capita, based on the size of their New York offices.
 
Her Justice is a non-profit organization that takes a ‘pro bono first’ approach to the provision of free legal services to women living in poverty in all five boroughs of New York City. The staff of 20 lawyers, legal assistants, and other non-legal professionals, along with hundreds of volunteer attorneys, ensure that more than 3,000 women every year receive free legal help in family, divorce, and immigration matters. Click here to learn more.

Peter B. Siroka Selected as One of Turnarounds & Workouts' Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers

Restructuring and insolvency partner Peter B. Siroka was featured by Turnarounds & Workouts in this year’s Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers special report. Mr. Siroka is noted for several of his representations, including clients C&J Energy Services and Gates Capital Management, Inc.
 
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Jonathan L. Mechanic Recognized in Commercial Observer’s Annual Power 100 Feature

Real estate partner and chairman of Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department Jonathan L. Mechanic has once again been named to Commercial Observer’s Power 100 List, an annual review of the most powerful people in New York's real estate industry. He is the only real estate attorney to have been included in the Power 100. In his profile, Commercial Observer highlights Mr. Mechanic’s recent involvement with the 2.5-million-square-foot redevelopment of J.P. Morgan Chase’s headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, as well as his representation of Ernst & Young in its 604,169-square-foot lease at Brookfield Property Partner’s One Manhattan West.
 
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Fried Frank Honored for Pro Bono Service at 15th Annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast

Fried Frank was among a record number of firms honored at the 15th Annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast. The annual event celebrates the pro bono commitment of law firms where at least 40 percent of all their attorneys dedicated 50 hours or more toward providing free legal representation to low-income individuals or charitable organizations during the previous year.
 
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Three Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized by Real Estate Weekly as Rising Stars of Real Estate

Real estate partners Valerie Kelly, Nathaniel Lifschitz, and Jennifer A. Yashar were included in Real Estate Weekly’s inaugural list of Rising Stars of Real Estate. The list recognizes up-and-coming individuals in the world of real estate, from brokers to financial advisors to attorneys.

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Asker A. Saeed Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award at University at Buffalo School of Law Students of Color Dinner

Fried Frank’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Asker A. Saeed received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Student of Color 29th Annual Dinner and Award Celebration at the University at Buffalo School of Law on April 12. The annual dinner is hosted by the school’s Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the Latin American Law Students Association to celebrate the graduation and achievements of their third year members and honor the achievements of outstanding individuals in the legal community who have helped pave the way for minority legal professionals.
 
Mr. Saeed was recognized for his dedication to the advancement of minorities in the field, his commitment to diversity and inclusion, and his willingness to give back, especially to students of color. Mr. Saeed received his JD from the University of Buffalo School of Law. He joined Fried Frank in 2017.
 
Fried Frank is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and fostering a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. At Fried Frank, inclusion is a standard principle.

Fried Frank Recognized in Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100 11th Edition

Fried Frank's International Arbitration Practice has once again been included in Global Arbitration Review's annual review of the leading firms for international arbitration, the GAR 100. The guide 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 Recognized in Real Estate Forum’s “2017’s Deals & Dealmakers” Feature

Fried Frank was recognized in Real Estate Forum’s “2017’s Deals & Dealmakers” feature, which spotlights some of the most significant transactions in 2017, and the players behind them. The Firm was recognized for its work on the following deals:
  • BlackRock in its planned headquarters relocation to 50 Hudson Yards.
  • Ernst & Young in its more than 600,000-square-foot lease for its planned headquarters relocation to One Manhattan West.
  • RXR Realty in a transaction with NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, whereby the hospital will occupy over 500,000 square feet of office space at 237 Park Avenue.
  • The Children's Investment Fund and Talos Capital Limited in connection with US$1.25 billion in construction financing to HFZ Capital Group in connection with its 950,000 square foot luxury mixed-use project at 76 11th Avenue in New York, New York.
  • J.P. Morgan, as lead lender, in the origination and syndication of a US $900 million construction loan to affiliates of Extell Development for the development of Central Park Tower.
  • Joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Related Companies in the acquisition, development, and financing of the approximately US$2 billion Moynihan Station project.
  • Paramount Group in its joint venture with GIC in the acquisition of 60 Wall Street in a transaction valuing the property in excess of US$1billion.
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Robert M. Masters Named “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group

Litigation partner Robert M. Masters was named to BTI Consulting Group’s 17th Annual BTI Client Service All-Stars, which recognizes attorneys who have mastered the art of superior client service. This year’s report recognized 326 attorneys from 149 firms across North America. The BTI Client Service All-Stars report is based on independent, in-depth interviews with leading legal decision makers who single out the selected attorneys as offering superior client service.

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Janice Mac Avoy Honored by City & State New York at Above & Beyond Awards

Real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy was one of 30 women honored by City & State New York at its annual Above & Beyond Awards on March 28, 2018. These powerful New York women are honored for their accomplishments in their respective industries, including politics, media, education, nonprofit, and more.
 
Ms. Mac Avoy is widely regarded for her commitment to women’s rights, including issues of reproductive freedom and family law issues. She is a recipient of the “Courage Award” from The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for her advocacy in reproductive rights, as well as the "Commitment to Justice Award" for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by Her Justice. Ms. Mac Avoy serves as a Board Member of Sanctuary for Families and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
 
City & State is a media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy. Click here for more information about the Above & Beyond Awards.

Fried Frank Honored at Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2018 Flex Impact Awards

Fried Frank will be honored at Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2018 Flex Impact Awards for its full-pay, “on ramping” parental leave policy. The policy allows employees returning from parental leave to gradually return to full-time over a six-month period by working a 75 percent schedule while receiving full compensation.
 
The happiness and success of our attorneys is a top priority at Fried Frank and we recognize that parenthood is a big change,” said Chairman David Greenwald in the release. “Our policy aims to alleviate the challenges faced by new parents as they transition back to work, striking the balance between professional success and personal fulfillment. For us, this was a common sense policy change consistent with our commitment to inclusion and retention.
 
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance collaborates with organizations to develop non-stigmatized flexible work policies that promote inclusive work cultures and help to advance more women into leadership positions. The Alliance provides practical research-based solutions, training workshops, and strategic advisory services that increase organizational effectiveness through diversity and flexibility. Click here to learn more.

Law360 Appoints Michael J. Anstett to Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board

Law360 announced the selection of litigation special counsel Michael J. Anstett to its 2018 Government Contracts editorial advisory board. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

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Law360 Appoints Michael T. Gershberg to International Trade Editorial Advisory Board for 2018 Term

Law360 announced the selection of corporate partner Michael T. Gershberg to its International Trade editorial advisory board. Mr. Gershberg was a member of the board in 2017 and will continue to serve for the 2018 term. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.
 
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Chambers Europe 2018 Guide Recognizes Fried Frank Practices and Lawyers

Chambers & Partners, an independent and research-based survey of clients and leading practitioners, recognized Fried Frank in its 2018 guide.

The Firm was recognized in the following practice area:

Investment Funds: Private Equity – UK

The following individuals were recognized in the guide:

Competition Law
Tobias Caspary

Investment Funds
Kate Downey
Mark Mifsud

Law360 Appoints V. Gerard Comizio to Banking Editorial Advisory Board

Law360 announced the selection of corporate partner V. Gerard Comizio to its 2018 Banking editorial advisory board. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

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Law360 Appoints Douglas W. Baruch to Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board for 2018 Term

Law360 announced the selection of litigation partner Douglas W. Baruch to its Aerospace & Defense editorial advisory board. Mr. Baruch was a member of the board in 2017 and will continue to serve for the 2018 term. The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

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Brian T. Mangino and Philip Richter Named to The Deal’s 2017 Rainmakers List

Corporate partners Brian T. Mangino and Philip Richter were named to The Deal’s 2017 Rainmakers list. The Rainmakers list consists of 50 lawyers who worked on the biggest deals of 2017, with at least two transactions valued at US$1 billion or more.
 

Fried Frank Attorneys Selected by the Burton Awards as Finest Law Firm Writers of 2018

Corporate partners Steven Epstein and Philip Richter and corporate senior counsel Gail Weinstein are 2018 recipients of the Burton Awards’ Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for their article published in the New York Law Journal titled, “The Dramatic Transformation of M&A Law Since 2014.”
 
The Burton Awards is a national non-profit program, run in association with the Library of Congress, which was established to perfect legal writing and reward legal achievements ranging from legal writing, to publications, to the greatest reforms in law. The Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award honors law firm partners and associates for clear, concise, and comprehensive legal writing.
 
Click here to read the official release. The winning article written by Fried Frank attorneys can be viewed here.

Jennifer A. Yashar Named to The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board

Real estate partner Jennifer A. Yashar has been selected by The American Lawyer to serve on its newly formed Young Lawyer Editorial Board. The board was created to bring together a diverse group of individuals in the legal industry to bring a voice to the profession’s younger generation on a range of important issues.
 
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Three Fried Frank Attorneys to Participate in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

Three Fried Frank attorneys have been selected to participate in the 2018 Fellow and Pathfinder Programs from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Corporate special counsel Matthew W. Howard has been named a member of the 2018 class of LCLD Fellows, which was created to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Antitrust and competition associate Matthew E. Joseph and intellectual property and technology associate Alana Berrocal Rodriguez have been chosen to participate in the LCLD Pathfinder program, which trains early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies including leadership and professional networking.

“On behalf of everyone at the Firm, I wish to congratulate Matt, Matt and Alana on this well-deserved selection,” said Fried Frank Chairman David J. Greenwald. “The LCLD provides a fantastic platform to discuss diversity in the workplace and we are honored to be part of the conversation to effect change.”

“This is a great honor and an excellent opportunity for our attorneys,” said Michael J. Barker, real estate partner and chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “They will join a select group of their peers from diverse backgrounds to explore their potential as leaders, and the Firm looks forward to providing them a platform from which to apply what they learn.”

Former Fried Frank LCLD Fellows include corporate partner Matthew V. Soran in 2016 and corporate associate Maxwell Yim in 2017; former Pathfinders include corporate associate Flora Go in 2016 and litigation associates Nicole R. Love in 2016 and Anayansi Rodriguez in 2017.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 285 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Click here to learn more about LCLD.

At Fried Frank, inclusion is a standard principle. Click here to learn more about the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Fried Frank Team Honored with Her Justice Legal Team Award

A Fried Frank team, consisting of litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, corporate associates Ian L. Cohen and Jessica Pisani, and restructuring and insolvency associate Carl I. Stapen, has been selected to receive Her Justice’s Legal Team Award at the 2018 Commitment to Justice Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28. The team is recognized for their work on behalf of a victim of human trafficking whom they helped to successfully secure T-nonimmigrant status.
 
Her Justice is dedicated to providing legal services to low-income women and victims of domestic violence and other crimes in the areas of matrimonial, family and immigration law. Click here to learn more about its mission and work.

Fried Frank Government Contracts Practice Named Law360 2017 Practice Group of the Year

Law360 recognized Fried Frank’s Government Contracts Practice as a 2017 Practice Group of the Year, which honors the law firms behind the wins and deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year. Law360 noted the practice for its strengths across a broad spectrum, from mergers and acquisitions to litigation, civil fraud enforcement and internal investigations, and pro bono service. The major matters that secured the practice the title included Jacobs Engineering’s US$3.3 billion acquisition of CH2M Hill and a victory in the Tenth Circuit against the US Army’s attempt to overturn a procurement award for military supplier Blue Tech.

Evan Barr elected to Board of New York Council of Defense Lawyers

White collar defense and government investigations partner Evan Barr has been elected to serve on the Board of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. NYCDL is a not-for-profit professional association whose mission is to support and advance the criminal defense function by enhancing the quality of defense representation, taking positions on important defense issues, fostering understanding and consensus in areas of mutual concern to defense lawyers and prosecutors, and promoting collegiality among lawyers on both sides and the bench.
 
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Fried Frank Recommended by Global Competition Review in GCR 100

Fried Frank’s Antitrust and Competition Practice was recommended by Global Competition Review in its annual GCR 100 report. The GCR 100 is a comprehensive listing of top competition practices, providing a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the law firms and economic consultancies doing the most important antitrust work around the world.
 
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Anayansi Rodriquez Honored with Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award

The Florida Bar announced today that it has selected litigation associate Anayansi Rodriguez as the out-of-state recipient of the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. The awards were established to recognize those who make public service commitments and to raise public awareness of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees. Ms. Rodriguez contributed more than 430 hours to pro bono service in 2016 and more than 250 in 2016, as of early November, largely on issues of immigration. She and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on January 25, 2018 before the Florida Supreme Court.
 
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Tal J. Golomb Receives Law360’s Real Estate MVP Award

Real estate partner Tal J. Golomb is a 2017 recipient of Law360’s Real Estate MVP award, which recognizes an elite group of attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
 
The article highlights Mr. Golomb’s role in some of New York’s largest real estate project of the year, including the US$1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall project, aspects of the development of 50 Hudson Yards for Related Cos. and Oxford Property Group, and Cornell University’s development of its new applied sciences and technology campus on Roosevelt Island.

Three Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized in Crain’s New York Business’ Leading Women Lawyers List

In its 2018 Book of Lists, Crain’s New York Business included real estate and litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy and real estate partners Melanie Meyers and Carol E. Rosenthal on the inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City. The list recognizes women who boast both a successful legal career and an impressive record of philanthropic activities.

Jennifer L. Colyer Recognized on City & State New York’s Responsible 100 List

At a ceremony on December 14, 2017, litigation special counsel and resident New York pro bono counsel Jennifer L. Colyer was recognized by City & State New York as an honoree of its Responsible 100 list. The list is published annual to recognize New York’s most outstanding corporate citizens who set an example for their peers by promoting corporate and social responsibility and authenticity in every area of their enterprises.
 
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Firm Chairman David J. Greenwald Receives AJC’s Judge Learned Hand Award

Fried Frank Chairman David J. Greenwald was honored with AJC’s prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award at a ceremony on December 13, 2017. The distinction, named for US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Chief Judge Learned Hand, is given to outstanding leaders in the legal profession who exemplify the integrity and high principles that Judge Hand stood for.
 
“In receiving the AJC Judge Learned Hand Award, David Greenwald follows the path of some of the most distinguished attorneys in America,” said Casey Cogut, AJC Judge Learned Hand Dinner Co-Chair, and retired Simpson Thacher partner. “As chairman of Fried Frank, and in his own extensive civic and philanthropic endeavors, David has made a mark reflective of the values associated with Judge Hand and with AJC.”
 
Mr. Greenwald rejoined Fried Frank in 2013, after serving as the international general counsel and a deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs’ legal department in 1994, and was named managing director in 1998, and partner in 2000. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Greenwald was a corporate partner at Fried Frank from 1990 to 1994. In addition to serving as chairman of the Firm, he also sits on the Board of Directors for Her Justice, Legal Aid Society, and Lenox Hill Community House.
 
“It is a great privilege to receive this prestigious honor bearing the name of Judge Hand, who is remembered both for his highly influential opinions and his tireless championship of mutual respect,” said Mr. Greenwald. To view Mr. Greenwald's acceptance speech, please click here.
 
AJC advocates globally, impacting opinion and policy at the highest levels. Using its 22 US and 11 overseas offices, it works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms, strengthen intergroup respect, and defend democratic values for all. Click here to learn more about the organization.

Five Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized as Top Legal Talent by Washingtonian

Five Fried Frank attorneys were named in four categories in Washingtonian’s 2017 list of top legal talent in Washington, DC. The list is compiled every other year based on surveys conducted with previously-listed attorneys regarding who they consider the best among their peers, as well as independent research conducted by the magazine.
 
The following attorneys were listed in their respective practice areas:
 
Government Contracts
James J. McCullough
 
Real Estate
Franz R. Rassman
 
Tax
Michelle B. Gold
Alan S. Kaden
 
Whistleblowers
Douglas W. Baruch

Fried Frank Honored by Sanctuary for Families

At an event on November 16, 2017, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP), Sanctuary for Families honored Fried Frank, head of the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group Janice Mac Avoy, and former managing partner Peter Cobb for their roles in the inception and continued support of the program. CAP was created by Sanctuary for Families’ Equal Justice Works Fellow Jennifer Friedman, whose fellowship was sponsored by the Firm. Fried Frank continues to support CAP, which is an integral part of the Firm’s summer program.
 
CAP is a pioneering program that trains and engages law students and young attorneys not yet admitted to the bar in domestic violence work in the earliest stages of their careers. CAP worked to obtain a standing special dispensation order from the Court of Appeals to allow law students and unadmitted attorneys to appear in court as advocates of domestic violence victims to assist them in obtaining orders of protection. It continues this work through year-round trainings at law schools and major law firms, enabling law school students and law firm associates to advocate for victims of domestic violence.
 
Click here to learn more about Sanctuary for Families and the Courtroom Advocates Project.
Click here to view a photo from the event published by New York Law Journal.

Fried Frank Receives Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for 10th Consecutive Year

Fried Frank has achieved the top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index for the 10th consecutive year. The Firm is one of only 127 law firms and 609 companies nationwide to achieve a 100 percent rating. Additionally, Fried Frank is included on the list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
 
First launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index is the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge the level of LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ competence, publicly evidence their commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship. The 2018 Corporate Equality Index rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
 
In addition to maintaining inclusive policies, Fried Frank’s LGBTQ Resource Group hosts the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum, which brings civil rights leaders, colleagues, and clients, together with Firm employees to discuss the most pressing social justice matters facing the community, including issues of LGBTQ rights. The Firm also sponsors the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. Fried Frank’s robust pro bono program, a core tenet of the Firm’s mission, provides legal counsel on matters involving family law, marriage equality, gender identity, asylum, HIV status and other LGBTQ-related issues.

Chambers UK 2018 Guide Recognizes Fried Frank

Chambers & Partners, an independent and research-based survey of clients and leading practitioners, recognized Fried Frank in its 2018 UK Guide.

The Firm was recognized in the Investment Funds: Private Equity (UK-Wide) category.

Additionally, the following Fried Frank partners were ranked in their respective practices: 

Competition/European Law (London)
Tobias Caspary
 
International Arbitration (UK-Wide)

Justin Michaelson
 
Investment Funds: Private Equity (UK-Wide)
Kate Downey
Mark Mifsud
 
Real Estate (London)
Darren Rogers

Restructuring/Insolvency (London)
Ashley Katz
 
Tax (London)
Nick Thornton

Fried Frank Practices Recognized in U.S. News 2018 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

In its annual “Best Law Firm” rankings, U.S. News recognized Fried Frank in 26 practice areas nationally and 35 practice areas regionally. The rankings are formulated based on client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their fields.
 
The following practice areas were recognized in the rankings:
 
National Rankings
 
Antitrust Law
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Derivatives and Futures Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Immigration Law
International Arbitration - Commercial
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - ERISA
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Securities
Litigation - Tax
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Patent Law
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
 
New York
 
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Derivatives and Futures Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - ERISA
Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Securities
Litigation - Tax
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Patent Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
 
Washington, DC
 
Antitrust Law
Corporate Law
Immigration Law
International Arbitration - Commercial
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Securities
Litigation - Tax
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Tax Law
Real Estate Law

Fried Frank Honored by Legal Aid Society for Pro Bono Efforts

The Legal Aid Society honored Fried Frank and eight of its attorneys as recipients of this year’s 2017 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. The Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, presented the award at an event held Wednesday, October 25. Fried Frank attorneys recognized include: litigation partner Scott B. Luftglass; corporate associates Moshe A. Cohen, Sylvie Goursaud, Shreyas Jhaveri, Steven Vaccarello, and Philip Yen; litigation associate Remy Green; and tax associate Josh Goldstein.
 
The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest public interest legal organization, providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers since 1876. Click here to learn more.

Fried Frank Attorneys Recognized by Who's Who Legal in its 2018 Private Funds List

Who's Who Legal named two Fried Frank attorneys to its Private Funds 2018 list, which recognized stand-out attorneys around the world in the field of private funds. Mark Mifsud, corporate partner and managing partner of the Firm's London office, was listed as the #1 Thought Leader in fund formation in Europe, based on the number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources. Mr. Mifsud was noted as "the main funds guy," esteemed for his leading counsel in fund management and his depth of expertise across the space. Corporate partner Kate Downey was noted as frequently advising sponsors and institutions on funds management across a range of asset classes also recognized on the list, and noted as "a very good up-and-coming name."

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Dan Oates Recognized by Private Funds Management in 30 Under 40 list

Corporate partner Dan Oates is recognized by Private Funds Management in its 2017 30 under 40 list. The list recognizes the 30 most influential private equity lawyers under the age of 40. Mr. Oates is noted for being a leading attorney on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters for private equity and corporate clients.

The Real Deal Recognizes Fried Frank as New York City’s Biggest Real Estate Law Practice

Fried Frank was ranked first on The Real Deal's list of “New York City law firms with the biggest real estate practices,” by number of attorneys. The Firm was also ranked first in handling the highest dollar volume of sales and fifth in handling the highest dollar volume of mortgage transactions. The publication also discussed two Firm transactions from the past year, noting that Fried Frank represented SMI USA in its equity investment in Gary Barnett’s Central Park Tower condo project and Blackrock in its 750,000-square-foot lease at 55 Hudson Yards.
 
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Fried Frank Ranked Among 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has ranked Fried Frank in its 2017 Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. The Firm was ranked #11 in the United States, #4 in the medium-size ranking and #1 in the Consulting, Accounting, Legal and Business Services industry. The rankings are based on the combination of financial assistance and paid leave offered to employees who adopt. Fried Frank believes in supporting all families, including those who grow their families through adoption, and is proud to receive this honor.
 
Read more about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List at www.davethomasfoundation.org.

Fried Frank Featured in The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week Series

The American Lawyer featured a Fried Frank team led by litigation partner Steven M. Witzel, including litigation partners Lawrence Gerschwer and Joshua D. Roth and litigation associates Kira M. Whitacre, Leigh G. Rome and Brian G. Remondino in the "Litigator of the Week" column. On September 1, 2017, the team secured a major victory for client William Tirrell, former Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Reporting at Bank of America and Chief Financial Officer at Merrill Lynch. The nearly four-year investigation and yearlong litigation concluded with a settled order on a “neither admit nor deny” basis and imposed no financial penalty, no suspension and no bar‎.

Melanie Meyers recognized in Real Estate Forum’s 2017 Women of Influence Hall of Fame

Real Estate Forum has inducted real estate partner Melanie Meyers into its 2017 Women of Influence Hall of Fame. This distinction is awarded to women considered “legends” in the traditionally male-dominated commercial real estate industry. Ms. Meyers was recognized for her varied background as both an architect and general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning, which “has enabled her to assume a primary role in obtaining land use entitlements for some of the most transformative developments in the city, such as Greenpoint landing on the Brooklyn Waterfront, the 16-acre Pacific Park in Downtown Brooklyn, the Western Rail Yards in the Hudson Yards Area and the Applied Science Campus for Technion Institute of Technology and Cornell University on Roosevelt Island.” She is one of seven honorees to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Fried Frank Ranked in 2017 Midlevel Associate Survey

Fried Frank was ranked #14 nationally in this year’s American Lawyer Midlevel Associate Survey, a significant increase from its #110 ranking in 2014. The Firm was also ranked #13 in New York and #3 in Washington, DC, also a significant rise from #58 and #22 in 2014, respectively. The American Lawyer surveys third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates at the firms ranked in the Am Law 200 each year regarding their interest and satisfaction levels of work, benefits and compensation, relations between associates and partners, training and guidance, management’s openness about firm strategies and partnership chances, the firm’s attitude toward pro bono work, billable hours policy, and their likelihood of being at the firm in two years.
 
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Randi Lally Featured in Law360's "Rising Star" Series

Law360 selected corporate partner Randi Lally among its 2017 “Rising Stars,” as one of five chosen in the private equity category. The award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments transcend their age. The accompanying profile article highlights her career trajectory and her practice, citing her representation of major clients Permira and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Mark S. Hayek Featured in Law360's "Rising Star Series"

Law360 selected corporate partner Mark S. Hayek among its 2017 “Rising Stars,” as one of five named in the capital markets category. The award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments transcend their age. The accompanying profile article highlights his practice, citing his representation of Athene Holding Ltd. and Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. in their respective IPOs.

Steven G. Scheinfeld and Steven Epstein named to 2017 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions

Steven G. Scheinfeld, the global chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department, and Steven Epstein, co-head of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, were named to the 2017 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions. NACD Directorship magazine annually 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 2017 NACD Directorship Awards Gala in New York City on November 29, 2017.

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Law360 Recognizes Three Fried Frank Partners as 2017 “Rising Stars”

Three Fried Frank partners have been recognized as Law360 Rising Stars for 2017, a group of attorneys under 40 “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” Those selected at the Firm are restructuring and insolvency partner Matthew M. Roose in the Bankruptcy category, corporate partner Mark S. Hayek in the Capital Markets category, and corporate partner Randi Lally in the Private Equity category. The selections were determined by Law360 editors who received submissions detailing the achievements of more than 1,200 attorneys. Each attorney will receive an individual profile in the upcoming “Rising Stars” series.

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Robert E. Juceam Receives ABA Senior Lawyer Division’s John H. Pickering Award

Of counsel Robert E. Juceam was named as the recipient of this year’s John H. Pickering Award, presented by the Senior Lawyer’s Division (SLD) of the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Juceam will be recognized at the SLD dinner on Aug. 10 during the ABA Annual Meeting. The award was established in 2007 to honor the life and work of John H. Pickering. It recognizes outstanding lawyers or judges with a record of service dedicated to improving access to justice for all.
 
Mr. Juceam has been a long-time champion of pro bono legal service and has dedicated much of his career to fighting for vulnerable populations and for greater systematic reform of many areas of law to ensure fairness. In particular, he has devoted his time to representing noncitizens of limited financial means in civil cases requiring them to defend complex deportation proceedings without counsel. Among Mr. Juceam’s many pro bono victories is his work in the mid-1980s challenging the US government's efforts to prevent Haitian refugees from entering the country. In collaboration with the ABA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Dade County Bar Association, he worked to ensure that the refugees’ right to pro bono counsel remain upheld and fought against the imposition of mandatory detention, pending hearings. Mr. Juceam also led the successful effort to provide lawyers to the more than 2,000 Haitian refugees detained by the government, which, at the time, was the largest single pro bono project ever undertaken by the ABA.
 
Some of Mr. Juceam’s more recent pro bono work includes his role as a member of the ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minors seeking mentors and promoting training of lawyers across the US to represent over 68,000 minors who sought refuge here from South America. He is also working with US Second Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann to promote the Katzmann Study Group and the founding of the Immigrant Justice Corps, of which Mr. Juceam remains an Advisor. Some of his pro bono undertakings at Fried Frank have included representing putative fathers in termination of parental rights cases; prisoners seeking resentence or petitioning for parole; mental health inmates petitioning for due process; counseling concerning clemency for Pamela Smart, whose case is covered in the HBO documentary “Captivated;” and serving as counsel to numerous nonprofit organizations and as general counsel to the Supreme Court Historical Society.  In addition, many generations of associates have benefitted and continue to benefit from Mr. Juceam’s mentorship in pro bono and public service.
 
Mr. Juceam has previously received many awards for his dedication to pro bono legal service. Some of the most notable include the Pro Bono Institute Chesterfield Smith Award for pro bono and public service, the National Immigration Law Center Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service, The American Lawyer 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for pro bono, the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and ABA Presidential Citation, the AILA Pro Bono Award and Edith Lowenstein Award, the Center for Constitutional and Human Legal Rights Lifetime Achievement Award and The City University of New York Now Champion Award.

To learn more about the John H. Pickering Award, please click here.

Fried Frank Ranked #1 Best Summer Associate Program on Vault’s 2018 “Best Law Firms” List

NEW YORK – June 27, 2017 – Vault’s 2018 list of “Best Law Firms to Work For” ranks Fried Frank as the #1 “Best Summer Associate Program.” The Firm remained #1 “Best Law Firm for Real Estate” and is ranked #2 in “Overall Diversity” and #2 “Best Overall Law Firm to Work For.”  Additionally, The Firm is ranked #1 in 6 categories and is among the Top 3 law firms in 16 categories.
 
The list ranks the top 25 law firms across various predetermined categories. Vault rankings are based on feedback received as part of the annual Associate Satisfaction Survey, and are meant to reflect the subjective opinions of associates and perceptions of insiders. To learn more about Vault, click here.
 
Below is a full list of Fried Frank’s Vault rankings. You may also click here to view the rankings online:
 
Overall
  • Best to Work For (#2)
  • Best Summer Associate Program (#1)
  • Overall Diversity (#2)
 
Regional
  • New York (#27)
 
Practice Area
  • Real Estate (#1)
  • Private Equity (#25)*
 
Quality of Life
  • Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship (#1)
  • Career Outlook (#1)
  • Transparency (#1)
  • Formal Training (#2)
  • Compensation (#2)
  • Integration of Laterals/Clerks (#2)
  • Diversity for LGBT (#2)
  • Quality of Work (#2)
  • Satisfaction (#3)
  • Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities (#3)
  • Diversity for Minorities (#3)
  • Hours (#4)
  • Firm Culture (#4)
  • Business Outlook (#4)
  • Associate/Partner Relations (#5)
  • Diversity for Women (#8)
  • Pro Bono (#9)
  • Selectivity (#11)
 
Summer Associate
  • Best Prepares (#1)
  • Most Fun (#3)
     
    *newly listed

Fried Frank Listed Among Turnaround & Workouts’ “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms”

Fried Frank was recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts in its June 2018 issue special report on “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation's Major Law Firms.” The feature notes tax partners Alan S. Kaden and Eli Weiss as senior professionals and highlights representative clients, including C&J Energy Services, Forbes Energy Services, and Fidelity Management & Research Company, among others.