Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of seven attorneys to special counsel and the election of four new partners. Diana Hamar
, Jason P. Katz
, Maeghan J. McLoughlin
, Sandra M. Rodriguez
, Lana Rowenko
, James B. Saylor
, and Scott M. Wise
will begin their role as special counsel effective July 1, 2021.
In addition to the new special counsel, Levi M. Downing
, Donnelly L. McDowell
, Anne-Marie Mitchell
, and Bezalel A. Stern
were elected as new partners in the firm.
“One of Kelley Drye’s key objectives is to develop and foster an environment in which lawyers have the opportunity for challenging work and professional growth,” said Dana Rosenfeld
, firm managing partner. “I am pleased to recognize this strong group of lawyers who are devoted to advancing and protecting the interests of our clients and upholding the core values of Kelley Drye.”
The new special counsel are:
(New York – Labor and Employment):
Diana’s practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, with a specific emphasis on defending clients against wage and hour disputes, executive agreements, and general risk mitigation. A proud member of Kelley Drye’s Diverse Associate Network, Diana regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and before government agencies, and has helped clients defeat wage and hour class and conditional certification, conducted internal wage-hour audits, and represented clients who are audited by state and federal administrative agencies. Diana routinely counsels employers on risk management, litigation prevention, disability and leave processes, and other employment law issues. She is admitted to practice in Florida, New Jersey, and New York.
(Stamford – Corporate):
Jason focuses his practice on a broad range of corporate transactions and has become an essential and trusted lawyer for some of the firm’s biggest clients. His varied skillset enables him to guide clients through mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities issuances, and general corporate matters. Jason regularly represents start-ups and investors in venture-style financing transactions in various stages of growth. On the public side, he has represented issuers, underwriters, and placement agents in numerous initial and secondary public offerings, registered direct transactions, private placements, and PIPE transactions. He has drafted and negotiated numerous complex transaction agreements and helps clients find creative and pragmatic solutions to their legal and business challenges. Jason has presented CLE seminars on start-up and venture capital financings, as well as public offerings of securities. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.
(New York – Bankruptcy and Restructuring):
Maeghan’s practice encompasses all stages of the commercial bankruptcy process, having represented debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, secured lenders, and landlords in various bankruptcy proceedings. Her practice is focused on the retail and restaurant industries, but spans countless others. Maeghan also serves as a board member in the New York chapter of the “International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation,” an international professional association for women in all disciplines of insolvency and restructuring. She is admitted to practice in New York.
(New Jersey – Real Estate):
Sandra focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions. She has extensive experience representing institutional lenders and investment banks in connection with the origination and securitization of commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans. She has handled mortgage loan originations secured by all types of property classes, including retail, office, hotel, and multifamily, representing investment banks, commercial mortgage-backed securities lenders, insurance companies, and private equity lenders. Sandra also advises on the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, as well as the restructuring and workout of troubled loans and foreclosures. Sandra is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
(Houston – Environmental):
Lana’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, as well as commercial litigation. Her environmental practice includes representing states and sovereigns in complex environmental litigation involving natural resource damages, recovery under federal and state environmental statutes, and damages arising under state tort law. She also has experience representing companies before state administrative bodies related to environmental permitting. She is admitted to practice in New York and Texas.
(New York – Litigation):
James manages complex litigations and arbitrations for a diverse breadth of firm clients, including national brick and mortar and online retailers, internationally-recognized brands, tech start-ups, entertainment companies, and international contractors, among many others. A substantial portion of James’ practice involves the defense of consumer class actions under various state and federal laws regulating deceptive trade practices and telemarketing. He has acted as lead associate on teams that obtained dismissal with prejudice of several class actions at the pleading stage, and successfully defended those dismissals on appeal. James also provides counseling to major corporations facing issues in advertising and represented such corporations before private regulatory bodies. He is admitted to practice in New York.
(Washington, D.C. – International Trade):
Scott’s practice focuses on advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, economic sanctions, and customs matters. Scott also has experience before a variety of agencies with regulatory authority over exports, including the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). His export controls experience includes work regarding the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), as well as related matters, such as export enforcement, voluntary disclosures, audits, compliance programs, licensing, commodity jurisdiction requests, investigations, and training. He is admitted to practice in Colorado, New York, and Washington, D.C.
About Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Founded in 1836, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is home to more than 300 skilled practitioners offering client counseling in over 100 established and emerging legal specialties covering regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups, and cover a wide range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, energy, agriculture, transportation, communications and technology, real estate, financial services, and insurance. A powerhouse firm with the heart of a boutique, Kelley Drye values the success of our clients above all. We are practical in our advice and creative in our approach.