October 2021 Pro Bono in the legal industry, law firm hiring and innovation


Happy Halloween! We’re back with the second edition of the Legal Roundup October 2021 news column. Read on for the latest news on law firm hiring, pro bono work, and firm innovation lawyers.

Additions, growth and recognition of law firms

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced the addition of Wes Scott as a partner to its Nashville office. Mr. Scott works with the capital markets and the securities industry and specializes in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions law.

“Wes’s securities background and knowledge of the banking and financial services industry will make him a valuable asset to Nelson Mullins,” said Neil Grayson, group head of financial institutions, corporations and regulatory affairs. company.

“I am delighted to join such a deep and talented team of lawyers. Nelson Mullins’ financial institutions and securities practices are nationally renowned and thriving. I fully anticipate that the Nelson Mullins Platform will be of tremendous benefit not only to my practice but, more importantly, to my clients’ businesses, ”said Scott.

von Brisen & Roper sc expanded its Milwaukee office with the addition of four new lawyers:

Susan Lee joined Goodwin’s life sciences practice as an associate in their Washington, DC office. Ms. Lee advises biologics and technology companies on FDA regulatory and compliance matters, and is ranked by Legal 500 US as a Next Generation Partner for Life Sciences and Healthcare.

“Susan’s extensive experience in FDA regulatory strategy, commercialization and corporate transaction issues will be invaluable to our customers at all stages of the product and business lifecycle. We are delighted to welcome Susan to Goodwin, ”said Mitch Bloom.

Ice Miller LLP has opened a new office in Philadelphia, housing the firm’s intellectual property practice, which represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in all aspects of patent law.

“We are excited to expand not only our office space, but also the capabilities of our Philadelphia office. The move signifies the growth of our IP practice, as well as the growth of the business. I look forward to welcoming more intellectual property practitioners and lawyers in other practice areas to join our office to better serve our clients in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond, ”said Weihong Hsing, Ph.D., managing partner of the Philadelphia office.

Rosenburg Martin Greenberg LLP has announced that Caroline L. Hecker is the firm’s new Managing Partner. She is the third managing partner of the firm and the first female and non-founding member to assume this role. Ms. Heckler started with the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2013. Currently, Ms. Hecker leads the land use planning and zoning team and the associate marketing committee of the firm, which helps educate her lawyers about business development.

“Caroline is an extremely talented lawyer who possesses the leadership skills necessary to ensure the continued success of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg in the future. Caroline is highly regarded by her colleagues, the firm’s clients and other professionals. It is an honor to pass the baton on to someone who enjoys the reputation for excellence and fairness that Caroline has earned through her exceptional work on behalf of the firm, our clients and the Greater Baltimore community ” , said Barry Greenberg, current managing partner of the firm.

Bethany Biesenthal, a partner in Jones Day’s Chicago office, is now a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Ms. Biesenthal has experience in white collar defense and commercial and tort litigation. The scholarship to the College is by invitation only for a variety of experienced trial attorneys whose careers exemplify the highest moral conduct, professionalism, and civility, and attorneys must have at least 15 years of trial experience.

“Bethany is a natural talent. She has been a premier addition to our ranks since joining us from the United States Attorney’s Office and her induction is a wonderful recognition of her exceptional overall skills as a counsel and litigator, ”said Jones Day partner Tina Tabacchi.

Innovation in law

Blakes Law Firm is the first Canadian law firm to partner with the Mindful Business Charter (MBC) to help alleviate unnecessary stressors in the workplace and cultivate effective teamwork by incorporating openness, respect, improved communication, considerate delegation of tasks and respect for opening hours.

“The Charter is simple: be more attentive, more aware of the impact we have on each other and give each other permission to talk about it, to be courageous and to ask for what we need for ourselves. allow us to function at our best and prosper, ”said Richard Martin, on behalf of the MBC Initiative.

“Innovation takes many forms. At Blakes, this focus on smart collaboration reinforces our long-standing commitment to supporting the health and productivity of our teams. Improving the way we work together will benefit our firm, our employees and our clients, ”said Bryson Stokes, Managing Partner of Blakes.

Lawmatics announced its new Customer Portal, which allows users to share documents, signature requests, calendar events, and other contact-based tasks. Some of the new features available on the portal include automated tagging, electronic signature timeout and more.

The legal industry serving the common good

Faegre Drinker is the recipient of the Inaugural Law Firm Founders’ Award from the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). ILCM is a non-profit organization that provides pro bono or low cost legal services to those in need of immigration legal assistance, and strives to educate organizations about immigration and human rights.

Faegre Drinker’s lawyers are recognized by ILCM for their pro bono efforts and for helping to create the pro bono program.

Evan J. Lide of Stark and Stark recently accepted a position on the board of directors of Lambertville Helping Hands, which provides relief in the event of Hurricane Ida. Mr. Lide has experience in the areas of accident and personal injury law.

“I saw first-hand the devastation Hurricane Ida brought to my town of Lambertville, especially my neighbors at the Village Apartments. More than half of the city’s residents have suffered flood damage, and the recovery is far from over. Lambertville Helping Hands has helped lead the volunteer effort in town, and I’m happy to have been invited to join the board of directors to help ensure these funds get to the people who need them most, ”he said. Mr Lide said.

Frost Brown Todd (FBT) awarded his annual Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships to five students for demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts. The FBT Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships award five $ 2,000 scholarships to help create a diverse legal pipeline and to support under-represented students.

The five selected students are:

“We are delighted to offer this FBT scholarship to students who are currently law students or who intend to attend law school in the future. Over the past 11 years we have presented this scholarship, we have been inspired by the commitment of the recipients to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. We look forward to seeing their successes in the future and are proud that FBT can support this adventure, ”said Committee Chairman Justin Fowles.

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