February 19, 2010 // Franchising.com // New York, NY. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has today elected seven attorneys to its partnership. The new partners represent all four of the firm's departments (business, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate) and practice in diverse areas including Affordable Housing & Community Development, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense, Labor & Employment, and Tax.
Richard F. Langan, Jr., CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody, said, "We are delighted to have these seven attorneys join our partnership and congratulate them on their professional achievements. Our newest class of partners exemplifies a strong commitment to both the firm and our clients. Across their varying practices, these attorneys exhibit a deep understanding of the changing business and legal landscape enabling them to provide our clients with exceptional service."
The new partners are as follows:
J. Christopher Allen, Products: Class Action, Trade and Industry Representation. Mr. Allen's practice is focused on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and works closely with the firm's Class Actions and Life Sciences initiatives. He also has significant experience defending consumer fraud class actions, including suits involving allegations of false or deceptive advertising, violations of privacy laws, and civil litigation arising from government investigations. Mr. Allen is a graduate of Boston College Law School, J.D. and earned his B.A. from Duke University.
Maia H. Harris, Intellectual Property. Ms. Harris is a trial lawyer who focuses on intellectual property issues, including patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets, as well as related antitrust claims. Her cases involve a wide variety of differing technologies, including wireless communications, x-ray film, razors, and software. She has significant experience in large scale, multiparty intellectual property litigation and trials in districts across the United States. Ms. Harris earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Rochester, B.A., magna cum laude.
Scott M. Susko, Tax. Mr. Susko is an experienced tax attorney with a primary focus on all aspects of state and local tax matters. His practice consists of representing clients in multi-state tax controversies, and providing strategic tax advice to multi-state companies that are experiencing business change or dealing with legislative developments. Additionally, Mr. Susko does a significant amount of transactional work involving federal, state, and local tax planning for private equity transactions, venture capital investments, mergers & acquisitions, sales, recapitalizations, leveraged acquisitions, and reorganizations. Mr. Susko has an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law, earned his J.D. at Albany Law School, and is a graduate of Siena College.
Randy S. Gidseg, Labor and Employment. Mr. Gidseg is an experienced litigator and counselor in all fields of labor and employment law. He routinely defends management clients in a wide range of employment litigation, including wage & hour class and collective actions, discrimination suits and agency proceedings, and trade secret & restrictive covenant matters. He also regularly counsels employers in various industries in all aspects of labor and employment law, including compliance with federal, state, and local statutes; preparing employment agreements, releases, restrictive covenants, and handbooks; reductions-in-force; hiring and discharge issues; wage and hour concerns; and union organizing and collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Gidseg graduated Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, and University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction.
Joseph J. Lynch, Affordable Housing. Mr. Lynch has extensive experience representing both for-profit and nonprofit developers, owners, and managers in complex affordable housing transactions involving federal, state, and local regulations. His practice includes assisting clients in Section 236 decoupling transactions and Section 202 financings and restructurings. He also possesses in-depth knowledge of the New York State Mitchell Lama Housing Program, as well as the New York State Housing Finance Agency and New York City Housing Development Corporation programs. Mr. Lynch earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Fordham University.
Michael J. Goldman, Syndication. Mr. Goldman is an experienced transactional and tax attorney with exceptional skills. His practice focuses on structuring investments that produce federal and state tax benefits, with a strong emphasis on transactions generating New Markets Tax Credits, Energy Tax Credits (production and investment), and Grants in Lieu of Energy Tax Credits. Mr. Goldman graduated from New York University School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, LL.M., St. John's University School of Law, J.D., and University of Rochester, B.A.
D. Grayson Yeargin, Government Investigations and White Collar Defense. Mr. Yeargin is a skillful and experienced litigator who focuses his practice on resolving disputes with the federal government in criminal and civil arenas. He is highly regarded for his substantive knowledge and superior litigation skills, particularly in matters involving the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, various false statement and fraud statutes, government contracts, and export controls. Mr. Yeargin graduated Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, and Winthrop University, B.A., cum laude. He served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Cameron McGowan Curry of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized as a "Global 100" law firm—one of the largest in the world. With 800 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in 17 cities, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rochester, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, the firm's size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable it to offer comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters. Nixon Peabody LLP was recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For®" three years in a row. The firm has also been named to the Human Rights Campaign's 2010 "Best Places To Work For LGBT Equality" list.