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    January 7, 2011  

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In the New Year, most make resolutions to slim down. Not Winston & Strawn’s NY office. It's added 50 attorneys since April ’09, with 19 starting this month, and it just signed a 15-year lease renewal and expansion in the MetLife building to handle the growth.

Winston & Strawn NY Office Managing Partner Michael Elkin
The 191-attorney Big Apple office is now Winston’s second largest behind its 382 at its Chicago HQ. NY Managing Partner Michael Elkin tells us the firm intends to get to 300 (that’s +109 if you've got college football spreads on your mind) to fill out the 242k sq ft digs—plus 18k sq. ft more coming next year. Michael tells us Winston reps every major banking financial institution in the world and specializes in mid-market transactions, occasionally hitting the $1B mark. They’ve added a slew of talent recently, including corporate finance guru Bill Grant from Willkie Farr, new private equity co-chair Dom DeChiara and seven others from Nixon Peabody, restructuring partner Larry Larose from Dewey, an M&A team specializing in tech and outsourcing including Eric Cowan and Glynna Christian, and most recently, Michael Murray from Milbank, a litigator specializing in patent infringement.
NY Office Managing Partner Michael Elkin

The keys to such rapid growth, Michael says, were firm stability (Winston has 14 offices and no debt), high-level management support (the exec committee is on board), and knowing what it wants. It focused on finding specialists for its securities and IP litigation, M&A, private equity, securities, bank finance, and regulatory practices. Despite his management responsibility, this star trial lawyer is fresh off a big win (and 2nd Circuit affirmation) for client Yahoo in a $2 billion copyright suit related to the popular online music site LAUNCHcast. Michael’s practice focuses on cutting edge copyright issues for new media and entertainment companies, and he’s done significant work on trade secrets and employee raiding cases. During his career, he’s also repped most A-list artists in your CD collection: Prince, Dylan, DMX, Lisa Loeb, Maxwell, David Byrne, Motley Crue, Salt-N-Pepa, and our fav, Wu-Tang Clan.

Kirkland & Ellis young gun Jon Henes

What does an elite restructuring practice do when the economy improves? On Tuesday we asked Kirkland & Ellis young gun Jon Henes (41), finally up for a breather after spending the last two years bringing seven companies out of Chapter 11, including Citadel Broadcasting, Ion Media Networks, and Masonite Corporation, and guiding three others through out-of-court restructurings. Jon says the firm consistently takes a long term view. Having wisely retained all its private equity talent during the downturn and investing in a star public M&A team (remember Daniel Wolf?), he says it’s now perfectly situated for the recovery. Jon joined Kirkland’s restructuring group in ’01, after four years at Weil Gotshal, working closing with bankruptcy legend Harvey Miller. With the dotcom bust, and a pregnant wife by his side, he was recruited by Jamie Sprayregen to join four restructuring attorneys in NYC (to compliment a team of 30 in Chicago). Ten years later, they’re 40 strong in NYC, 100 firm wide, and widely regarded as the top restructuring practice on the planet.

Kirkland & Ellis young gun Jon Henes with Tronox deal toy

With the Chrysler Building behind, we snapped Jon with his Tronox snow globe deal toy. Tronox is the third-largest producer of titanium dioxide, a pigment used to whiten paints, paper, and probably even those suspended flakes (that’s why they look so much cleaner than the melting snow piles in front of your office). Jon’s been repping Tronox in Chapter 11 for the last two years and helped structure the deal to raise $270M used to settle environmental claims held by the federal government, 19 states, and the Navajo Nation. He hopes to bring the company out of Chapter 11 this month, saving about 1k jobs. He says the last three years have been filled with extremes in the credit markets. Today, capital markets are so liquid, they make the ocean look dry (they also make it easier for companies to raise capital and avoid bankruptcy). But state insolvencies, driven by unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities, continue to be a problem. If the subject interests you, check out an article Jon wrote on the subject published yesterday on the CNBC guest blog.

Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation Dinner photo

Jon was last year’s honorary chair of the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation's 8th Annual Dinner. He became involved with the foundation, established in memory of a NYC firefighter who died while attempting to rescue a woman from WTC Building 4 on 9-11, through Fred Lynch, one of Michael’s brothers, and CEO of Masonite. Jon and Fred built a close friendship during the door manufacturer’s pre-arranged restructuring in ’09. In the photo, Jon is flanked by Jack Lynch (Michael’s father), Rudy Giuliani, Jon’s wife Pam, his son Sam, and Kathleen Lynch (Michael’s mother). Jon tells us he was honored to help raise over $500k (almost twice as much as the previous year) in scholarships for firefighter’s children. This year’s dinner is coming up on March 28th, which will mark the 10th anniversary of 9-11.



Daniel Boglioli, NDNY Federal Magistrate Judge George Lowe, Pro Bono Administrator Elly Spiegel, litigation associate Larissa Eustice, and NYSBA Immediate Past President Michael Getnick

Kaye Scholer recently added star pro bono attorney and complex commercial and IP litigator Daniel Boglioli to its partnership. Dan, snapped here holding the ’09 NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Award is flanked by NDNY Federal Magistrate Judge George Lowe, Kaye pro bono administrator Elly Spiegel, litigation associate Larissa Eustice, and NYSBA Immediate Past President Michael Getnick. Dan tells us his practice involves trial and appellate work, including patent, commercial, and real estate litigation. His IP experience includes litigation, licensing, and opinion work, and counseling regarding patents for various technologies, including biotech, pharma, telecom, and (white hot) lighting control devices. (Where was he when Doc Brown needed him in Back to the Future?)

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