Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Announces New Special Counsel
Law Firm Promotes Seven to Special Counsel, Elects Seven New Partners
July 1, 2015
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has promoted 6 attorneys to special counsel and elected seven new partners, effective July 1, 2015.

Lew Rose, firm managing partner said, “Congratulations to all our new partners and special counsel.  This highly diverse group of special counsel mirror the depth and values of our firm.  Their commitment to their clients and colleagues enhances our ability to grow from within.”

In addition to the new special counsel, Jason R. Adams, Deron L. Green, Joshua Guyan, Michael S. Kosmas, Dustin J. Painter, Damon W. Suden and Laura van der Meer were newly elected partner to the firm.

The new special counsel, and their practice groups, are:

Dana P. Kane, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Dana focuses on restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has represented major secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, debtors and lenders in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.  Dana also has experience representing several funds that specialize in buying and selling distressed debt in bankruptcy cases, other types of domestic and international insolvencies, and claims and interests asserted in class action litigations.  She is a member of the New York State Bar.

Clifford Katz, Litigation
Cliff focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. Cliff has significant experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies in a variety of matters, including   patent infringement, marketing exclusivity, antitrust violations, false claims acts, fraud, consumer protection statutes, and government price reporting.  He is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars.

Jennifer L. Norkus, Corporate
Jennifer focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, and general corporate matters.  Jennifer represents clients in the sale and purchase of assets and stock of both U.S. and international companies. She also represents issuers and investors in connection with equity and debt financings, ranging from early stage venture financing to more traditional private equity fundings. She also represents clients in general corporate matters, ranging from advising about governance issues and formation of entities to negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar.

Aaron D. Rosenfeld, Real Estate
Aaron focuses on commercial transactions including real estate transactions, real estate development, mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, commercial lending, venture capital and general corporate matters.  Aaron represents purchasers, sellers and financing parties in various public and private asset- and entity-acquisitions spanning a wide range of industries and transaction structures. A large part of Aaron’s practice focuses on advising real estate developers on acquisitions, dispositions, related financings, like kind exchanges and leasing. Additionally, Aaron’s work includes representation of lenders in real estate and commercial financings.  For the last three years, Aaron was selected as one of Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Denise Smith, Communications
Denise focuses on representing telecommunications companies before federal and state regulatory agencies and courts. In particular, Denise represents and counsels clients on numerous aspects of the Federal Universal Service Fund program, including enforcement actions, regulatory filing obligations, eligible telecommunications carrier ("ETC") designation applications and other relevant issues.  Denise provides advice to telecommunications companies, including competitive local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, Internet service providers, conference calling service providers and providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol services on regulatory and strategic issues. Denise also has a particular focus on the needs of international-based telecommunications providers and federal and state transactional and certification filings. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Kristi L. Wolff, Advertising and Marketing
Kristi focuses on food, dietary supplements, medical devices, and emerging health/wearable technology and privacy issues. She has extensive experience advising clients whose products are within the overlapping jurisdictions of the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. Kristi handles matters across the full product lifecycle, including concept analysis, claim substantiation, label review, quality and recall scenarios, and contested matters involving the FTC, FDA, National Advertising Division, and state attorneys general. Having served as in-house counsel in the healthcare and food products industries, Kristi is particularly attuned to balancing business objectives with legal considerations. In 2015, she was selected as one of Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.  Kristi is a member of the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and Wisconsin State Bars.

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