Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce the election of seven new partners. Kimberly C. Carter
, Melissa L. Gelade
, Andrew W. Homer
, Jennifer L. Norkus
, Paul A. Rosenthal
, Robert Slack
, and Whitney M. Smith
will begin their tenure as partners effective July 1, 2020.
“This year’s class of new partners is one of the largest in recent firm history and illustrates Kelley Drye’s ongoing commitment to recognizing and developing talent from within our ranks” said Dana Rosenfeld
, firm managing partner. “Each new partner embraces innovative approaches to client service, brings unique talents to the table, and has the legal skills that make us confident in their ability to serve our clients with distinction.”
The newly elected Kelley Drye partners serve clients in the following areas:
Kimberly C. Carter
(Los Angeles – Labor and Employment):
Kimberly focuses on a wide array of employment law matters, including defense of high-stakes single plaintiff litigation, wage and hour class action, and compliance counseling. She has extensive experience defending employers against claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, invasion of privacy, wrongful termination, and other employment-related torts and liabilities brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and other state and federal laws. Kimberly also regularly counsels clients on employment-related issues such as disability accommodations, protected leaves of absence, personnel policies, employee handbooks, and employee discipline and termination. Kimberly is admitted to practice in California and Florida.
Melissa L. Gelade
(New Jersey – Real Estate):
Melissa’s practice comprises commercial real estate finance and commercial mortgage securitization, where she represents debt funds, investment banks, insurance companies, and institutional lenders. Melissa recognizes that even the smallest detail of a transaction has the potential to derail the deal as a whole. As a result, she is appreciated for her ability to identify and resolve potential issues before they can evolve into obstructive problems. Melissa began her career working on a broad range of real estate transactions before moving her focus to real estate finance, and she is therefore able to see the many vantage points and perspectives of myriad deal constituents. She has experience in the origination and securitization of commercial loan structures, including mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, and bridge loans secured by all classes of commercial real estate. Melissa is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
Andrew W. Homer
(San Diego – Environmental Litigation):
Andrew represents clients in litigation, permitting, compliance counseling, and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations. He handles high-value environmental litigation and enforcement actions for both institutional plaintiffs and defendants. Outside of litigation, Andrew also has significant experience with administrative proceedings, environmental review, project entitlements and approvals, and business transactions with environmental components. He maintains an active pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent clients seeking asylum and/or other relief from removal from the United States. Earlier in his career, Andrew spent several years as in-house counsel for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States. His combination of private practice and in-house experience helped him to develop a pragmatic approach to serving clients and solving problems. He is admitted to practice in California.
Jennifer L. Norkus
(Chicago – Corporate):
Jennifer represents clients primarily on mergers and acquisitions, finance, and general corporate matters. She has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including transportation, manufacturing, technology, communications, energy, financial services, medical devices, and life sciences. She has advised both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and cross-border deals. Jennifer has advised issuers and investors in connection with debt and equity financing, ranging from early stage venture financing to more traditional private equity financing. She also counsels clients on commercial and governance matters, such as services agreements, supply agreements, consignments, and entity formation. Jennifer was recommended in US Legal
500 for her work in the M&A: Middle Market area, 2019-2020, and she was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers
. She is admitted to practice in Illinois.
Paul A. Rosenthal
(New Jersey – Litigation):
Paul’s practice is focused on defending public and private companies in complex commercial litigation matters, including consumer-oriented advertising, product liability and marketing-related claims, as well as advising on contract and privacy-related matters. He has a depth of experience assisting clients with consumer class actions and consolidated matters in state and federal courts, and as part of ADR processes. Paul is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also involved in pro bono activity, where he has submitted briefs and appeared before various immigration courts, state trial and appellate courts, and agency panels. Having worked previously in-house at a large, international consumer goods company, Paul has a valuable perspective and a first-hand appreciation of what business professionals and in-house counsel face on a daily basis, including what drives their decision-making process. Paul is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
(Washington, D.C. – International Trade):
Rob represents clients in economic sanctions, export controls, and other trade compliance matters. Rob advises clients in a broad array of industries, including the financial, technology, energy, manufacturing, defense, and other sectors. He has significant experience conducting global investigations and audits, designing and implementing export and sanctions compliance programs tailored to clients’ needs, and advising clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions, export, and other trade compliance rules. Rob was selected as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA
in the International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions area for 2017-2020. Prior to joining Kelley Drye as an associate, Rob was a law clerk with the firm and an export compliance analyst with Georgetown Economic Services, Kelley Drye’s in-house economics and international trade consultancy. Rob is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Whitney M. Smith
(New Jersey – Litigation):
Whitney focuses on complex commercial litigation and consumer class action defense. Whitney frequently defends clients faced with claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. She also regularly litigates contract, consumer protection, tort and state common law claims in state and federal courts. In addition to litigation, Whitney has experience representing clients in arbitrations, as well as in investigations before governmental and regulatory bodies. She regularly advises clients on litigation risk and strategy, as well as all facets of E-discovery. Having worked previously in-house at a multinational financial services corporation, Whitney is sensitive to clients’ commercial and business needs and frequently advises them on how to proactively protect themselves from litigation risk. Whitney is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
About Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Founded in 1836, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is home to skilled practitioners in the areas of litigation, trade, regulatory, government relations, real estate, corporate, and more. A powerhouse firm with the heart of a boutique, the firm’s attorneys provide legal counsel carefully connected to their client’s business strategies. Among the firm’s recent awards: Named to the BTI
“Client Service A-Team”; recognized by CLOC
for “Legal Innovation and Design Excellence in Legal Operations”; Chambers USA
identified seven practice areas as “Leaders in Their Field”; Law360
named the Consumer Protection Practice Group as Group of the Year; and Kelley Drye was named one of “America’s Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report
Best Law Firms, with a “Tier 1” national ranking in Communications, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, Information Technology, Trusts & Estates, and Real Estate.