Kelley Drye Announces New Partner and Special Counsel

(New York, NY) - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has elected John M. Herrmann II to partner and has promoted Jason R. Adams and Dean E. Loventhal to special counsel, effective July 1, 2012.

John M. Herrmann II is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, and a member of the International Trade practice group.  In May 2009, he returned to Kelley Drye as a special counsel, following five years of service in the administration of President George W. Bush.  Mr. Herrmann worked at the White House on the National Security Council staff, most recently as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, Energy and Environment.  He was responsible for advising the President on international trade and investments issues and international aspects of energy and environmental policy. 

From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Herrmann was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He advised the Assistant Secretary on antidumping, countervailing duty and textile-related proceedings and policy matters.

From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Herrmann served as a law clerk to The Honorable Gregory W. Carman, a former Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

Mr. Herrmann received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law, and was a Dillard Fellow.  Mr. Herrmann received his B.A. with Honors from Stanford University.

He is a member of the New York state and District of Columbia bars.   

Jason R. Adams is special counsel in the New York office, in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group.  Mr. Adams represents debtors, creditors and unsecured creditors’ committee in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings.  He regularly represents unsecured creditors’ committees in addition to individual creditors in connection with the termination and/or restructuring of client supply agreements, leases and other contractual relationships with debtor entities.  He has extensive experience negotiating and drafting debtor-in-possession financing agreements and acquisition agreements in and out of the bankruptcy context.

Mr. Adams received his J.D. from New York University and his B.A. from Boston University.

He is a member of the New York state bar.

Dean E. Loventhal is special counsel in the Parsippany, New Jersey office in the Real Estate practice group.  He works on the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate.  Mr. Loventhal focuses on real estate finance and the capital markets in representing investment banks and other institutional lenders in the origination of commercial mortgage loans, mezzanine loans and related products, and the restructuring and work out of troubled loans and foreclosures.  He also has substantial experience representing both developers and municipalities in redevelopment projects throughout New Jersey. 

Mr. Loventhal received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Maryland. 

He is a member of the New Jersey and New York state bars.