DLA slashes promotions by 40 per cent with 34 made up

DLA Piper has announced its global promotions round, appointing 34 new partners – a drop of 41 per cent compared to 2012, when it made up 58 partners around the world.

The bulk of the firm’s promotions were in the US, where 19 associates became partner effective 1 January 2013. A further seven lawyers were made up in Continental Europe with four each for the UK and Australia. There were no Asian promotions.

New York received the most new partners, with six promotions.

The number of promotions in the US is only slightly down on 2012, when 22 US lawyers were promoted (3 May 2012). However the European promotions were slashed, with the UK receiving only a third as many promotions as last year. In Europe in 2012 17 were made up.

In terms of practice area this year, DLA made up nine partners in the firm’s litigation and regulatory teams, six in finance and projects and six in IP and technology. There were five promotions in corporate, four in tax, and two in each of real estate and employment.

DLA’s global co-chair Tony Angel said the new partners would help the firm work towards its goal of being the leading global business law firm.

The promotions in full:


Brisbane – Dan Brown, finance and projects
Canberra – Sharon Rowe, IP and technology
Perth – David Shaw, litigation and regulatory
Sydney – Jacques Jacobs, litigation and regulatory

Continental Europe

Bucharest – Monica Georgiadis, employment
Frankfurt – Michael Holzhauser, litigation and regulatory
Istanbul – Jonathan Clarke, corporate
Kyiv – Natalia Pakhomovska, IP and technology
Madrid – Miguel Baz, tax
Vienna – Stephan Nitzl, employment
Warsaw – Jacek Gizinsk, corporate


Leeds – Kirstie Allerton, finance and projects
London – Lee McGuirk, IP and technology; Julie Romer, finance and projects
Sheffield – Rob McKie, corporate


Atlantic City – Timothy Lowry, finance
Boston – Cara Nelson, real estate
Chicago – Gregg Graines, real estate; Michael Kasdin, finance
Dallas – Dania Duncan Moreno, tax
Los Angeles – Stephen Weerts, tax
New York – Tamar Duvdevani, IP and technology; Cara Edwards, litigation and regulatory; Frank Jackson, tax; Shmuel Klahr, corporate; Douglas Walter Mateyashuk II, litigation and regulatory; John Vukelj, litigation Northern Virginia – Tao Xu, IP and technology
Palo Alto – Carrie Williamson, IP and technology
Raleigh – Christopher Russell Stambaugh, finance
Sacramento – Todd Michael Noona, litigation and regulatory
Seattle – Megan Lee Muir, corporate
Tampa – E. Colin Thompson, litigation and regulatory
Washington DC – John Holahan, litigation and regulatory