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30 April 2020

DLA Piper targets New York and Chicago as it promotes 67 partners across its network

Partner appointments jump in the US but fall in continental Europe as the total number of promotions dips from 2019

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DLA Piper has promoted 67 partners across its network in a smaller partnership round than last year despite a significant jump in US promotions.

The tally represents a 13% fall from last year’s bumper round of 77 promotions, putting it in line with many of its international UK-based rivals, the bulk of which have announced smaller rounds than last year in recent weeks.

A third of the tally were women (33%), a slight reduction on last year (35%), putting it just behind Clifford Chance (35%) in the gender diversity stakes and well behind Allen & Overy (45%) and CMS (41%).

Promotions in the US increased by nearly half (44%) to 33 from 23 last year. There were six promotions apiece in New York and Chicago and five across the Texas cities of Austin (3), Dallas and Houston.

The Texas Triangle 'megaregion' has been the target of heavy investment by national US firms in recent years, with Shearman & Sterling, BakerHostetler and Perkins Coie all opening new offices there this year.

On the West Coast there were two promotions in Seattle, two in the Silicon Valley and two in San Diego.

Elsewhere across the globe, the number of promotions in continental Europe halved from 22 to 12, just ahead of the UK, which saw 11 promotions, up from eight last year. 

Promotions across Australia and New Zealand also halved to five. There were three promotions in Canada, two in Asia and one in Latin America, that of Santiago-based corporate partner Mauricio Halpern.

There were no promotions in the Middle East, which saw three lawyers making partner last year.

Simon Levine, global co-chief executive, said: "We have a strong pipeline of talent, and nurturing and promoting our people is central to our values and strategy of providing the best client service. 

“These accomplished new partners have shown that embracing radical change and being a trusted business adviser is at the heart of our commitment to clients, and I would like to congratulate all of them on their promotions."

In terms of practice areas, corporate once again saw the most promotions with 19 new partners made up, down just one from last year’s tally. The firm is a consistently strong preformer in M&A advisory tables ranked by volume and topped Mergermarket’s 2019 global table.

The next most productive areas for partners was litigation and regulatory (15) followed by IP and technology (10) and finance, projects and restructuring (eight).

The US promotions came into effect on 1 April, with the rest going live on 1 May.

The 2020 promotions

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Khaled Dadi, Intellectual Property and Technology

Janet Meesters, Litigation and Regulatory

Atlanta, United States

Forrest Neal, Corporate

Austin, United States

Brent Bernell, Corporate

Kevin Nolan, Corporate

J. Pieratt, Real Estate

Baltimore, United States

Ben Schuman, Litigation and Regulatory

Beijing, China

Reking Chen, Intellectual Property and Technology

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Robert Newman, Corporate

Boston, United States

Katie Insogna, Litigation and Regulatory

Mark Tang, Real Estate

Brussels, Belgium

Orestis Omran, Litigation and Regulatory

Calgary, Canada

Jennifer Arndt, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Chicago, United States

Katie Hausfeld, Litigation and Regulatory

Katie Jahnke Dale, Real Estate

Brooke Kerendian, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Victoria (Vicky) Richter, Employment

Joseph (Joe) Roselius, Litigation and Regulatory

Jeffrey Zanchelli, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Dallas, United States

Skye Smith, Corporate

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Carolyne Hair, Real Estate

Helsinki, Finland

Salla Tuominen, Corporate

Houston, United States

Allissa Pollard, Litigation and Regulatory

Leeds, United Kingdom

Amar Maan, Corporate

Lisbon, Portugal

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro, Corporate

London, United Kingdom

Tim Baumgartner, Corporate

Neil Campbell, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Joel Eytle, Employment

Katherine Gibson, Employment

Jeremy Sher, Litigation and Regulatory

Imran Syed, Intellectual Property and Technology

Manchester, United Kingdom

Christopher Wilson, Corporate

Miami, United States

Rachel Nanes, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Milan, Italy

Christian Iannaccone, Corporate

Giampiero Priori, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

New York, United States

Stephen Alicanti, Corporate

Naftali Dembitzer, Tax

Witold Jurewicz, Tax

Garrett Kennedy, Employment

Kira Mineroff, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

John Murphy, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Oslo, Norway

Jonas Aartun, Tax

Helge Neraal, Real Estate

Fredrik Verling, Litigation and Regulatory

Line Voldstad, Litigation and Regulatory

Philadelphia, United States

Brad Phipps, Corporate

Phoenix, United States

Kevin Criddle, Corporate

Stephanie King, Corporate

San Diego, United States

Patrick O'Malley, Corporate

Melissa Reinckens, Intellectual Property and Technology

Santiago, Chile

Mauricio Halpern, Corporate

Seattle, United States

Chris Feldman, Tax

Mel Wheaton, Corporate

Shanghai, China

Kelvin Chen, Litigation and Regulatory

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Mick Lawlor, Litigation and Regulatory

Silicon Valley, United States

Erik Fuehrer, Intellectual Property and Technology

Jennifer Lee, Corporate

Stockholm, Sweden

Anna Jussil Broms, Intellectual Property and Technology

Sydney, Australia

Greg Bodulovic, Intellectual Property and Technology

Carmen Elder, Litigation and Regulatory

Jonathon Ellis, Litigation and Regulatory

Kate Pickthall, Real Estate

Adrian Tan, Corporate

Toronto, Canada

Bentley Gaikis, Intellectual Property and Technology

Vancouver, Canada

Rebecca von Rüti, Litigation and Regulatory

Washington, D.C., United States

David Kramer, Intellectual Property and Technology

Alexander Tuneski, Intellectual Property and Technology

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