DLA Piper unveils bumper 74-strong partner promotions round

Just under half the cohort are women as global firm nearly doubles overall tally after trimmed-down 2021
DLA Piper's Warsaw office

DLA Piper's Warsaw office Grand Warszawski; Shutterstock

DLA Piper has become the latest law firm to unveil a bumper crop of partner promotions, having given 74 lawyers the nod after a trimmed-down 44-strong round in 2021.

Just under half (49%) of the promotions are women this time around with 36 female lawyers moving up the ranks compared to last year when a third of the spots went to women. 

The firm favoured its US network, with US lawyers accounting for 23 of the new cohort. Fifteen lawyers moved up in the UK, including ten in London, while 13 made the cut in continental Europe. 

Eight lawyers joined the partner ranks in Latin America, with four moving up in Brazil, three in Colombia and one in Chile. 

The Brazilian contingent, who are split between the firm’s offices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, will join the the five-lawyer team that DLA Piper hired in Brazil from Mayer Brown’s local ally in October, a move that included the arrivals of partners Alexandre Calmon, Marcelo Frazão, Paulo de Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves.  

DLA Piper also bolstered its Latin America bench earlier this year when it secured a six-partner team from White & Case in Mexico City in January. 

Further promotions were made in Asia and Canada, where five lawyers moved up in each region respectively across DLA Piper’s offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

Three lawyers were promoted in Australia, while the firm’s offices in Dubai and Johannesburg each gained a partner apiece to close out the round. 

In terms of practice areas, corporate led the pack with 20 appointments, followed closely by litigation and regulatory with 19.

Simon Levine, DLA Piper’s global co-CEO, congratulated the new partners in  a statement, adding the new cohort “have all made notable contributions to the firm’s worldwide growth while actively promoting our values and building our reputation for excellence”. 

Earlier this week, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) unveiled its own bumper round, with 14 out of the 34 partner slots going to women lawyers. The gender balance of HSF’s 2022 round placed it in the company of rivals  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters, whose cohorts each also comprised 41% women. That meant Freshfields met its diversity target for a second year running for at least 40% of all new partners to be female. 

The list of UK firms to have announced their partner promotions in recent weeks includes Clifford ChanceStephenson HarwoodAllen & OveryAshurstClyde & Co and Slaughter and May

The full list of new partners by office

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jean-Paul Dresen, Tax

Atlanta, US

Jason Juall, Corporate

Austin, US

Ashley Carr, Litigation and Regulatory

Drew Valentine, Corporate

Bangkok, Thailand

Robert Tang, Litigation and Regulatory

Birmingham, UK

George Mortimer, Litigation and Regulatory

Simon Wright, Corporate

Bogotá, Colombia

Sergio Rojas, Litigation and Regulatory

Julián Solorza, Litigation and Regulatory

Diana Zuleta, Employment

Boston, US

Safraz Ishmael, Intellectual Property and Technology

Chicago, US

Eric Roberts, Litigation and Regulatory

Michael Geller, Intellectual Property and Technology

Oksana Koltko Rosaluk, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Stacy Osmond, Real Estate

Copenhagen, Denmark

Jacob Thomsen, Litigation and Regulatory

Nikolaj Helsinghoff Andersen, Real Estate

Dubai, UAE

Adam Haque, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Dublin, Ireland

Edel O’Kelly, Corporate

Hong Kong, China

Lauren Hurcombe, Intellectual Property and Technology

Tina Xia, Tax

Houston, US

Brett Solberg, Litigation and Regulatory

Johannesburg, South Africa

Monique Jefferson, Employment

Lisbon, Portugal

Inês Teixeira, Tax

Nuno Castelo Branco, Corporate

Liverpool, UK

Christina Sharma, Litigation and Regulatory

Richard Ascroft, Real Estate

London, UK

Alanna Hasek, Real Estate

Alex Kolmakov, Corporate

Charles Allin, Litigation and Regulatory

Claire Sng, Intellectual Property and Technology

Lewis Gaut, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Marcus Lovatt, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Mei Mei Wong, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Paul Hardy, Litigation and Regulatory

Philip Allenby, Corporate

Richard Normington, Finance, Projects and Restructuring 

Los Angeles - Century City, US

Ian Hlatky, Corporate

Manchester, UK

Emma Mills, Employment

Melbourne, Australia

Dylan Burke, Corporate

Milan, Italy

Carlotta Benigni, Tax

Elena Varese, Intellectual Property and Technology

Montréal, Canada

Tania Da Silva, Employment

Alan Sarhan, Corporate 

Munich, Germany

Florian Bruder, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Palo Alto, US

Edmund Mokhtarian, Corporate

Paris, France

Alice Magnan, Corporate

Luc Bigel, Litigation and Regulatory

Philadelphia, US

Brenna Kelly, Litigation and Regulatory

Raleigh, US

Anna Spence, Corporate

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Camila Caetano, Corporate

San Diego - Downtown, US

Parker Zangoei, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

San Francisco, US

Adam Baas, Litigation and Regulatory

Elena Nrtina, Corporate

Emily Snyder, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Santiago, Chile

Diego Peña, Litigation and Regulatory

São Paulo, Brazil

Renata Amorim, Litigation and Regulatory

Juliana Nunes, Employment

Bruna Rocha, Corporate

Shanghai, China

Ting Xiao, Intellectual Property and Technology

Sydney, Australia

Elliott Cheung, Corporate

Jessie Buchan, Intellectual Property and Technology

Tokyo, Japan

Keiji Nasuda, Employment

Toronto, Canada

Sydney Kert, Corporate

Vancouver, Canada

Dana Hooker, Employment

Morgan McDonald, Corporate

Warsaw, Poland

Agnieszka Lehwark, Real Estate

Bartłomiej Palusiak, Finance, Projects and Restructuring

Washington DC, US

Christine Daya, Litigation and Regulatory

Daniel Cook, Litigation and Regulatory

Erin Sweeney, Employment

Lauren Rico, Real Estate

Nicholas Klein, Litigation and Regulatory

Shaked Hoter, Corporate


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