DLA promotes 12 to UK partnership in 53-strong global round

DLA Piper has made up 53 lawyers across 18 countries in its annual round of partner promotions.


Nigel Knowles
Nigel Knowles

The figure is equal to the number made up in 2009 and higher than the 41 who made the grade last year. it is still some way off the 69 who were promoted in 2008.

The largest number of promotions was in the US, with 17 associates made up to partner. The UK came second with 12 although two of those – Amber Matthews and Zelinda Bennett – are not fee-earners. They work in corporate management and marketing respectively.

Across practice groups, litigation and regulation had the highest number of new partners at 14, with corporate and finance following closely behind with 12 promotions each.

In a statement, the firm’s joint CEO Nigel Knowles said: “We’re delighted at the appointment of so many talented lawyers to the position of partner. DLA Piper remains focused on recognising and rewarding outstanding talent across our regions and practice areas and in these lawyers we have the future of our law firm who have been chosen for their ability to grow and strengthen our business.”

The promotions were effective from 1 January in the US while those taking partnership Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia begin their new jobs on 1 May.

The new partners in full are:

Amsterdam
Daan Arends, corporate
Daphne Bens, corporate
Richard van Schaik, intellectual property and technology

Antwerp
Jim Bauwens, real estate

Atlanta
Brian Gordon, corporate

Baltimore
Dale Cathell, finance

Beijing
Richard Wageman, intellectual property and technology
Sammy Fang, litigation  and regulation

Boston
Primo Fontana, real estate

Brussels
Kim Moric, litigation and regulation
Annelies Verlinden, litigation and regulation

Budapest
Gabor Borbely, finance and projects

Chicago
Sal Lele, corporate
John Hughes, franchise

Cologne
Mario Lindner, restructuring

Dubai
Paul Allen, intellectual property and technology

Hong Kong
Brett Stewien, corporate
Jolyon Ellwood-Russell, finance and projects
Edward Chatterton, intellectual property and technology

Istanbul
Francesco Ferrari, finance and projects

Kiev
Svitlana Musienko, corporate

Leeds
John Connor, finance and projects
Robert Smith, finance and projects

Liverpool
Stephen Robinson, employment, pensions and benefits

London
Christian Francis, finance and projects
Leon Taylor, litigation and regulation
Kate Vernon, litigation and regulation
Kathryn Ward, litigation and regulation
Amy Jacks, restructuring
Amber Matthews, corporate management (non-fee-earner)
Zelinda Bennett, marketing (non-fee-earner)

Los Angeles
Joshua Briones, litigation

Manchester
Nick Roome, corporate
Stuart Campbell, intellectual property and technology

New York
Erich Eisenegger, finance
JP Duffy, litigation
Gail Rodgers, litigation

Oslo
Sveinung Mjaugedal, finance and projects
Knud Knudsen, litigation and regulation
Magnus Lutnaes, real estate

Paris
Laurence Julien-Raes, intellectual property and technology
Jean-Christophe Tristant, intellectual property and technology

Raleigh
Damon McLean, finance

Rome, Italy
Alessandro Boso Caretta, litigation and regulation

San Diego
Matt Leivo, corporate
Matt Schwartz, finance
Noah Katsell, litigation

San Francisco
George Gigounas, litigation
Sibel Owji, tax
Heather Dunn, trademarks

Seattle
Tyson Harper, litigation

Singapore
Biswajit Chatterjee, corporate

St. Petersburgh
Elena Zaitseva, corporate

Tokyo
Daniel Lee, corporate

Vienna
Bernd Grama, finance and projects