On Jan. 1, Norton Rose Fulbright promoted 12 lawyers to partner in the United States. The new partners are: Andrea D'Ambra, commercial litigation; Paul Conneely, corporate, M&A and securities; Will Troutman, environmental; Matt DeArman, finance; Greg Wilkes, financial restructuring and insolvency; Tamsen Barrett and Eagle Robinson, intellectual property transactions and patent prosecution; Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Benjamin Koplin, life sciences and healthcare; Jarrett Reed and Katherine Tapley, real estate; and Celeste Lawton, tax.
Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright's US Managing Partner, said:
"We would like to congratulate our new partners for this significant achievement. This group represents clients from a broad range of industries in a wide array of practice areas. Their impressive combination of talent and determination provides a promising future for our global law firm."
Andrea L. D'Ambra focuses her practice on eDiscovery, information management and data privacy. She develops practical solutions to address her clients electronic discovery and information governance challenges. Based in Norton Rose Fulbright's New York office, Ms. D'Ambra counsels clients on preservation and data management issues and has also drafted information governance and records management policies for a number of multinational companies. She received her JD from William and Mary School of Law and her BS from the United States Naval Academy.
Corporate, M&A and securities
Paul Conneely advises clients on a broad range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers and stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures. Practicing out of Norton Rose Fulbright's Dallas office, Mr. Conneely also represents clients on a variety of securities law, corporate governance, private equity and other transactional matters. He earned his JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and his BA from Duke University.
Will Troutman concentrates his practice on consumer markets, regulatory compliance, environmental disputes and business and human rights. Practicing in the firm's Los Angeles office, Mr. Troutman's experience includes consumer products, food and cosmetics; Superfund; chemical and pesticide regulation, including Proposition 65; and federal and state hazardous waste generation, handling and management. He received his JD from the University of Southern California Law School and his BA from Northwestern University.
Matt DeArman focuses his practice on the representation of agents, lenders and public and private corporate borrowers. Practicing in Norton Rose Fulbright's Dallas office, Mr. DeArman advises clients on a variety of finance transactions, including secured and unsecured revolving and term facilities, first lien/second lien transactions, oil and gas reserve based lending, asset-based lending, debtor-in-possession financing and loan restructurings and workouts. He earned his JD from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and his BA from the University of Florida.
Financial restructuring and insolvency
Greg Wilkes represents a wide array of clients in the energy, financial and technology industries in different stages of business restructurings involving transactional and litigation-related engagements. He frequently advises corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and purchasers of financially distressed companies both in and out of court. Based in Dallas and New York, Mr. Wilkes received his JD from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Intellectual property transactions and patent prosecution
Tamsen Barrett concentrates her practice on intellectual property matters, which include domestic and foreign patent prosecution and strategic development of patent portfolios. Based in Austin, Ms. Barrett also has significant experience with the preparation of non-infringement, invalidity, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions and provides due diligence review of intellectual property to companies and investors. She earned her JD from the University of Pittsburgh and her BS from Iowa State.
Eagle Robinson, who is experienced with healthcare-related regulatory issues, focuses his practice on patent litigation and transactional matters. He represents clients in federal district courts and before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Practicing in the firm's Austin office, Mr. Robinson's transactional work includes negotiating joint-development agreements and patent licenses as well as guiding patent risk management strategies and patent portfolio development. He earned both his JD and BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Life sciences and healthcare
Cori Annapolen Goldberg counsels food, drug and medical device clients on food and drug law issues, clinical research considerations, corporate compliance concerns and fraud and abuse issues. She has experience in regulatory compliance and government enforcement matters and also provides regulatory assistance during corporate transactions. After spending several years in Washington, DC, Ms. Goldberg has been based in New York since 2013. She earned her JD and MPH from the University of Maryland Schools of Law and Medicine and her BA from Emory University.
Benjamin Koplin concentrates on life sciences and healthcare regulatory and anticorruption compliance and defense. He handles internal and external investigations and defends his clients in federal and state false claims suits. He designs corporate compliance programs to address global regulatory, privacy and anticorruption issues and creates software to provide cross-system insight into his client's and their matter's data. He practices in Norton Rose Fulbright's Austin office and received his JD from Harvard University Law School and his BA from Boston University.
Jarrett Reed represents investors, developers, managers and brokers in complex real estate matters involving acquisitions, dispositions, financings, restructuring, leasing, development and partnership and joint venture transactions. His clients span several key industries, including life sciences and healthcare, technology and innovation and financial institutions. Practicing out of Norton Rose Fulbright's Dallas office, Mr. Reed earned his JD from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and his BS from Texas A&M University.
Katherine Tapley focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate and financing transactions across multiple jurisdictions with an emphasis on multifamily developments, healthcare facilities, entertainment venues, condominium regimes and other types of commercial real estate. Based in Norton Rose Fulbright's San Antonio office, Ms. Tapley also has in-depth experience with economic development, municipal law and land use matters. She received her JD from St. Mary's University School of Law and her BA and BJ from The University of Texas at Austin.
Celeste Lawton, based in Norton Rose Fulbright's Houston office, concentrates her practice on wealth transfer planning and assisting clients in all aspects of their estate planning, including advising clients with respect to marital property issues, implementing complex transfer tax planning strategies, preparing and filing gift tax returns as well as preparing traditional and complex wills, guardianship avoidance documents and trusts. She earned her LLM from NYU School of Law, her JD from Baylor University School of Law and her BS from Texas A&M University.