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Sullivan & Worcester LLP Continues to Attract Partners from Large Firms; Recruiting Success Underscores Strength of S&W's Mid-Size Law Firm Model.

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Continuing to attract lawyers from some of the nation's leading law firms, Sullivan & Worcester LLP (S&W) announced today that 12 new lawyers will join the firm's New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

The additions to S&W, which also has offices in Boston, are the latest example of its success in recruiting top-caliber lawyers who are finding that its mid-size law firm model offers the best of both worlds: the quality of a big firm with the hands-on client relationships more typically found at boutiques.

During the last 18 months, S&W has hired more than 20 new lawyers, most of them from large law firms. In joining the firm, they have cited their desire to continue practicing law at the highest level but in an atmosphere where there is less bureaucracy, fewer conflicts that limit the cases they can take, and a high degree of collegiality and interaction among partners and associates that is often hard to achieve at large firms.

"Sullivan & Worcester is a great platform for us," said Franklin B. Velie and Robert Gold, two of the leading trial lawyers in New York City, who are joining the New York office. "We get first rate support from exceptional lawyers in litigation, corporate, tax, and real estate law and none of the rigidities of bigger firms or the inevitable conflicts of interest when we introduce new business. And we are particularly happy to be joining Paul Summit, who co-chairs the firm's litigation practice and is a fellow alumnus of the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York."

Joel Carpenter, S&W's co-managing partner, said the firm's success in recruiting high-level legal talent challenges the common notion that a law firm must be either very big or very small to succeed over the long run. "Given our record in attracting superior lawyers, many of them from large firms, it would appear that the reports of the demise of the mid-size law firm have been greatly exaggerated."

Carpenter added that S&W is not hiring new lawyers simply for the sake of getting bigger but to offer more services both as a way of better serving existing clients and expanding the firm's client base. "This is a client-friendly growth strategy," Carpenter said.

Ten New Lawyers to Join S&W's New York Office:

Ten of the lawyers joining S&W will work in the New York office, which handles a variety of corporate, banking, securities, and real estate work in addition to their established litigation practice. Seven of the New York lawyers are joining S&W from Salans, an international firm based in Paris. The new lawyers bring practice expertise in commercial and white collar crime litigation and intellectual property protection and further enhance the firm's strong litigation practice, adding significant experience and depth of expertise.


Frank Velie and Robert Gold are recognized as highly experienced litigators, with practices that encompass a broad range of commercial matters, including securities, white collar criminal defense, products liability and international litigation and arbitration. Both are alumni of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. They are joined in this practice area by new partner Jonathan Kortmansky, who has particular expertise in the broadcast industry and media companies. Deidre Burgman also join this practice group as Counsel.

Intellectual Property

Jeff Laytin, formerly of Salans, practices in the field of domestic and global intellectual property law, including protection of clients' rights through customized enforcement programs and, when necessary, civil litigation. Mitchell Stein also joins S&W as a partner in this practice area, with a particular expertise in trademark and licensing issues for sports figures. Messrs. Laytin and Stein are joined in this practice area by Lisa Rosenburgh and Richard Verner, Counsel to the firm.

Real Estate

Joining the real estate practice group as a partner is Barbara Champoux, coming most recently from Nixon Peabody. Ms. Champoux is a well-known real estate lawyer in New York with a practice that is national in scope and will bring additional depth to an already strong New York real estate practice. She is currently president of the New York chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Dan Sitomer, a leading environmental and construction lawyer, also brings his well-recognized expertise to the real estate group in New York. He is one of the leading mold lawyers in the U.S., having developed a sophisticated multi-disciplinary approach to solving mold problems.

Two New Partners in D.C. Office

Two partners will join S&W's D.C. office, which has assembled one of the most successful international and domestic energy practices in the country and also focuses on litigation, regulatory matters and federal affairs.

Williams Weisberg, formerly a partner at KMZ Rosenman, concentrates his practice in government contracts and grants, with deep practice expertise in not only the defense industry but also civilian agencies. His clients include technology companies, industrial manufacturers as well as professional service and engineering firms doing business with the government.

William Zeitler joins S&W from Thompson Coburn and specializes in international trade regulation. In representing his clients in a wide variety of trade-related and international intellectual property rights issues, he brings to bear his experience in working for the office of the general counsel of the International Trade Commission and as division chief for their Division of Unfair Import investigations.

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP provides domestic and international clientele with expert, focused and efficient legal counsel. With more than 170 attorneys in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers comprehensive legal services in corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, trade finance, litigation, tax, real estate, banking, bankruptcy, employment and benefits. The firm also has deep expertise in the areas of energy, regulatory law and REITs, and provides extensive legal counsel to companies and advisers in the investment industry. For more information, please visit

Biographies of New Attorneys

New York Attorney Biographies

Barbara E. Champoux: Partner. Most recently a partner with Nixon Peabody LLP, Champoux joins S&W's Real Estate/Business Law practice. She handles a variety of financing transactions, including debt and equity financing, sale/lease setbacks and leveraged leasing, conduit and securitized loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, mezzanine financing, private equity, project finance, credit enhancement, revolving and term loans, secured and unsecured loans, construction and permanent financing, and public/private partnerships. Champoux has a diverse client base, including institutional lenders, debt/equity investors, issuers, underwriters, investment banks and opportunity funds, developers, owners, operators and managers, tenants, concessionaires, sponsors, designers, national retailers, brokers, franchisers and franchisees, and asset managers. Admitted to practice in New York in 1987, she is the president of the New York Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Jonathan G. Kortmansky: Partner. Formerly a partner with Salans, Kortmansky joins the New York Litigation Group. His practice involves securities, products liability, bankruptcy and white-collar criminal defense in addition to general commercial litigation. He represents a wide range of clients, including broker-dealers, institutional investors, media companies and non-U.S. based corporations, as well as small business and individuals. Kortmansky has particular expertise in the broadcast industry and represents several publicly traded media companies. He has tried both jury and non-jury trials, and regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. A graduate of Indiana University and New York University, Kortmansky is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Jeffrey L. Laytin: Partner. Formerly a partner with Salans, Laytin practices in the field of domestic and global intellectual property law, and focuses on trademarks, copyrights, licensing issues and rights of publicity. His work involves advising clients on the extent of their intellectual property rights, negotiations concerning the exercise of those rights through licensing and other means, protection of clients' rights through customized enforcement programs utilizing an international network of investigators and local counsel, and, when necessary, conducting civil litigation to protect clients' rights. His current and former clients include the licensing businesses of the four major U.S. sports leagues (baseball, football, basketball and hockey), professional golfers Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Southern California, Ohio State University, Pearl Jam, the Spice Girls, Phish, AOL/Time Warner, NCP Marketing Group, Inc., the New York City Police Foundation, and the New York Fire Safety Education Fund. Laytin is a graduate of New York University and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina.

Mitchell Stein: Partner. Formerly a partner with Salans, Stein concentrates in litigation and licensing related trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity, and other intellectual property rights. His clients have included Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pearl Jam, Comedy Central (South Park), the Spice Girls, the University of Notre Dame, USC, and the Tournament of Roses. A graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law, Stein has also served as law clerk to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Courts for New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Franklin B. Velie: Partner. Formerly a partner with Salans, Velie was co-chair of the firm's New York Litigation/Arbitration Group. His practice encompasses a broad range of commercial matters, including securities, products liability, white-collar criminal defense, employment law, accountants' and auditors' liability, insurance and bankruptcy. Velie has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations in jurisdictions throughout the United States. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and was Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division of that office. A Harvard graduate, he is admitted to practice in New York, U.S. District Courts, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Claims Court.

Robert Gold: Of Counsel. A highly experienced litigator, Gold handles civil and criminal cases as well as international litigation and arbitration. He has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He has been a partner at the law firms of Shea & Gould, Gold & Wachtel, and McDermott, Will and Emery. A graduate of Columbia University and Cornell University, Gold is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth, and the District of Columbia Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Daniel Sitomer: Of Counsel. Formerly, a partner at Brown & Wood, Mr. Sitomer is the country's leading mold lawyer, having developed a sophisticated multi-disciplinary approach to solving any and all types of mold problems. Mr. Sitomer represents local and national building owners and developers, real estate brokers, construction managers, architects, lenders and other Fortune 500 companies on how to manage mold and all potential risk and liability that the presence of mold and bacteria creates. Recently, as a result of the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center, he was retained to oversee the environmental remediation of one of the highly contaminated Ground Zero office buildings in developing a winning strategy resulting in the successful remediation of a multitude of contaminants. Sitomer also recently authored the first and only treatise on Mold Management, which is quickly becoming the handbook of the industry. He has also developed successful strategies in recovering the cost of mold management and remediation from those companies ultimately responsible for creating those conditions that resulted in mold contamination.

Deirdre A. Burgman: Counsel. Formerly counsel with Salans and a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel for seven years, Burgman's experience includes acting as lead trial counsel for a major investment banking institution in a high-profile case. She served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, where, among other things, she had chief legal responsibility for the 42nd Street Development Project. She has also served as Deputy State Inspector General and her practice includes commercial and constitutional litigation. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University and Yale Law School and a former Director of New York County Lawyers' Association.

Lisa Rosenburgh: Counsel. Formerly counsel with Salans, Rosenburgh concentrates in U.S. and international trademark protection and prosecution. She handles all aspects of trademark protection for a diverse client group, including leaders of established businesses and start-up companies. Focused areas of her practice include the representation of clients in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, representation of clients before an administrative tribunal under ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy. Formerly a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Attorney, and a graduate of Tulane University and George Washington University National Law Center, Rosenburgh is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and is an active member of the International Trademark Association.

Richard Verner: Counsel. Formerly counsel at Salans, he handles a wide range of intellectual property matters on a worldwide basis, including trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and related litigation. Mr. Verner has also helped several clients establish and maintain anti-counterfeiting programs to protect their valuable intellectual property rights and goodwill. Mr. Verner is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Villanova University Law School. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Washington, D.C. Attorney Biographies

William Weisberg: Partner. Formerly a partner with KMZ Rosenman, Weisberg has concentrated his practice in government contract and grants, representing clients selling to defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments and "nontraditional" government contractors and grantees. Weisberg has a deep practice in the defense industry, representing a variety of prime and subcontractors on both weapons system and support system contracts. His clients include computer hardware and software companies, industrial manufacturers, captive and other lessors serving the federal, state and local government marketplace, biotechnology and life sciences companies, property owners, professional service and engineering firms, construction companies, and a variety of dealers and resellers of various products and services. Weisberg is a graduate of the University of Virginia and George Washington University and is admitted to practice in Maryland.

William A. Zeitler: Partner. Zeitler will join the S&W's International Trade practice. Most recently, Zeitler was leading counsel on international trade with Thompson Coburn LLP, and vice chair of the firm's transportation and international commerce area. He represents a wide variety of clients in trade related and intellectual property rights issues. He also provides representation in antitrust, patent, trademark, and trade secret cases, particularly those involving international transactions. Zeitler has also worked as attorney advisor in the office of general counsel for the U.S. International Trade Commission and as division chief for the Division of Unfair Import Investigations. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
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