New York - Global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has expanded its New York office significantly with the addition of lawyers in the practices of litigation, international dispute resolution (IDR) and bankruptcy litigation.
“This move enhances our New York presence and adds to our well-respected litigation practice,” said chairman R. Thomas Stanton. “Each of these lawyers brings years of experience that complements our strong IDR, litigation, public finance and transactional practices in New York.”
Stanton noted the New York office expansion follows the May 2008 opening of the firm’s office in São Paulo, Brazil and additions to its Kyiv, Ukraine office.
Partners George B. Yankwitt, Mary M. Chang and Robert A. Wolf join Squire Sanders from the New York office of Bryan Cave. In addition, Squire Sanders trial lawyer Andrew Agati recently moved to New York from the firm’s Cleveland office.
“Our new colleagues are a tremendous addition to our capabilities as they join forces with trial and IDR lawyers who recently joined our offices in London, Los Angeles, Miami and New York,” said Howard J. C. Nicols, advocacy practice area coordinator at Squire Sanders. “Our integrated practice and the firm’s global reach are a natural fit for these talented lawyers, and we are very excited about the increased support and expertise we can give our clients and the additional opportunities this expansion creates.”
The Squire Sanders litigation practice is consistently ranked among leading firms listed in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and the PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook. The firm’s trial lawyers handle major litigation throughout the United States. Its IDR practice is global in scope.
Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has lawyers in 32 offices in 15 countries around the world. With one of the strongest integrated global platforms and a longstanding one-firm philosophy, Squire Sanders provides sophisticated seamless legal counsel worldwide. Offices in the Americas are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tysons Corner, Washington DC, West Palm Beach, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Santo Domingo and São Paulo. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Kyiv, London, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Associated firms are in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dublin and Santiago.
The new Squire Sanders lawyers are:
- George B. Yankwitt, a past president of the Federal Bar Council, has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and has tried cases in federal and state courts in New York, California, Texas, Wyoming and elsewhere, as well as in Bankruptcy Court and in arbitration and administrative as well as individuals and venture capitalists in a broad range of cases involving corporate/securities, real estate, professional responsibility, insurance, alternate dispute resolution and unfair competition. Yankwitt has served for many years as a vice president and member of the board of the Legal Aid Society, and as an adjunct professor of law in the area of professional responsibility. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his LL.B., with distinction, from Cornell.
- Mary M. Chang has experience in all aspects of civil litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative and arbitration tribunals. She has particular expertise in real estate, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. She serves as outside counsel for a national real estate firm, providing risk management advice and counseling. Chang received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
- Robert A. Wolf is active in all aspects of bankruptcy litigation, real estate litigation and other commercial litigation, with particular concentration in litigation involving fraudulent transfers under the Bankruptcy Code and litigation affecting loan problems, including real estate mortgage foreclosures, foreclosures on Uniform Commercial Code interests involving cooperatives and enforcement of guarantees. He also has extensive experience negotiating workout agreements. Wolf has represented bankruptcy trustees, numerous lending institutions and other interested parties in litigation in both state and federal courts and has argued appeals in both forums. He has been a member of a New York State Bar Association task force to reform New York’s mortgage foreclosure laws. Wolf received his B.A., cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D. from New York University.
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