CPSC Head to Join Nelson Mullins: Business of Law

Inez Tenenbaum, the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since 2009, is joining Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP on Dec. 1. She will work with the law firm’s product safety, risk prevention and regulatory practice group.

Tenenbaum was sworn in as head of the CPSC after the agency had been without a leader for three years. During her tenure, she directed the implementation of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and created the Office of Education, Global Outreach and Small Business Ombudsman.

She also oversaw completion of more than 50 rules, expanded CPSC’s marketplace-surveillance program, increased staffing at the Office of Import Surveillance and strengthened a partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the law firm said.

“Inez brings considerable experience to our products group and will be able to guide clients through many complicated matters involving product safety,” managing partner Jim Lehman said in a statement.

Tenenbaum, a former South Carolina superintendent of education, also will provide support to EducationCounsel LLC, Nelson Mullins’s education affiliate. It was co-founded in 2008 by former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, a partner in the firm.

At Nelson Mullins, Tenenbaum will advise clients on regulatory matters, including risk assessment and management, regulatory oversight, product reporting, recalls and litigation.

Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and other professionals at offices in Washington, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Mayer Brown Adds London Banking and Finance Duo

Mayer Brown LLP added two banking and finance partners in London. Trevor Wood, a finance lawyer, was previously at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Mayank Gupta is joining from White & Case LLP.

Wood’s practice includes syndicated and bilateral lending, leveraged finance and structured finance, the firm said. He acts for senior and mezzanine finance providers and borrowers, and has experience advising on transactions with an emerging market element to them. He also has advised on restructurings in emerging markets and across Europe and Asia.

Gupta has experience advising financial institutions and multinational companies on financing transactions, including leveraged finance, corporate finance and sovereign lending. He specializes in emerging markets.

“The emerging markets are a key focus for this firm,” Dominic Griffiths, head of Mayer Brown’s banking and finance group in London, said in a statement. “Trevor and Mayank coming in as a team in this area substantially enhances our capability.”

Mayer Brown has lawyers at offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Linklaters Hires Three Dispute Resolution Partners in Paris

Former Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier lawyers Matthieu de Boisseson and Pierre Duprey and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP lawyer Roland Ziade joined Linklaters LLP as partners in Paris.

The attorneys advise on international arbitration and have experience developing global dispute resolution strategies.

“We have taken another step forward in building our International Arbitration platform,” Arnaud de La Cotardiere, litigation partner and member of Linklaters’ executive committee, and Marc Harvey, global head of the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice, said in a statement.

Linklaters has lawyers in 29 cities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

Kasowitz Benson Hires Government Affairs Lawyer Heilbrun

Mark Heilbrun joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP as a partner in the Washington government-affairs practice group. He was most recently a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Heilbrun, who has experience with cyber-security and national security issues, will advise clients on regulations and public policy, cross-border financial matters, international trade and taxation, and intellectual property, the firm said. He will also represent clients in government enforcement actions and related regulatory oversight.

Earlier in his career, Heilbrun was staff director and general counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he negotiated and drafted post-9/11 national security legislation, the firm said. He also was legal adviser to the National Security Council.

Kasowitz Benson has more than 375 lawyers at offices in New York, Washington, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami and Newark, New Jersey.

Barnes & Thornburg Adds Partner Mina Amir-Mokri in Chicago

Employee benefits and executive compensation attorney Mina Amir-Mokri joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in the corporate department. She was previously a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Amir-Mokri represents clients in the negotiation, design, and drafting of executive compensation arrangements, stock option and other equity plans, retirement plans, employment and other agreements. She also has handled benefits and compensation matters in mergers and acquisitions, and conducted internal investigations, the firm said.

“We are pleased to have a seasoned and well-regarded employee benefits attorney such as Mina join our corporate department in Chicago,” Mark E. Rust, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago office, said in a statement. “Her wealth of experience in advising clients on benefits and compensation matters in mergers and acquisitions and in the insolvency and bankruptcy areas will be a great asset to our clients both locally and nationally.”

Barnes & Thornburg has more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals at its offices in Atlanta, Delaware, Chicago, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington.

Moore & Van Allen Adds Bankruptcy Member in Charlotte office

Moore & Van Allen PLLC said Zachary H. Smith joined the bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as a member in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was previously with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Smith represents investors, creditors, lenders and debtors in in-court and out-of-court restructurings, including complex matters pertaining to Puerto Rico.

Moore & Van Allen has almost 300 attorneys and offices in Charlotte and Research Triangle, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Dickinson Wright Adds to Grand Rapids Office With Two Members

Dickinson Wright PLLC said Scott G. Smith and Roger A. Swets joined the firm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office as members. They were both previously at Clark Hill Plc.

Smith concentrates on municipal law, municipal finance law, environmental law and condemnation law. He has experience with local governments and their endeavors, and represents as general legal counsel communities including Allegan, Grand Haven, Mackinaw City, Mount Pleasant and Otsego, the firm said.

Swets practices public sector finance law, acting as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and bank counsel in tax-exempt financings. He also works on bond and finance matters, the firm said.

Dickinson Wright has more than 350 lawyers at offices in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Saginaw, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix and Washington. The firm has more than 30 lawyers in Toronto.

Firm News

Mayer Brown’s Masur named Partner-in-Charge in Washington

Mayer Brown LLP appointed Daniel A. Masur partner-in-charge of the firm’s 160-lawyer Washington office. Masur, a member of the corporate and securities practice, succeeds Michael E. Lackey Jr., who was named a co-leader of the global litigation and dispute resolution practice.

“Dan has been a strong contributor to the success of our Washington office as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the outsourcing field,” Mayer Brown Chairman Paul W. Theiss said in a statement. “His proven skills as a lawyer and his demonstrated ability as a leader and manager make him the ideal choice for this vital role.”

Masur has represented clients in information technology and business process sourcing transactions. Before joining Mayer Brown in 1997, Masur was general counsel of I-Net Inc.

Mayer Brown has lawyers at offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

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