Joining Duane Morris
New Partners - 2013
Developing Opportunities for Women in the Legal Profession
The Duane Morris Women's Initiative brings together women attorneys throughout the firm to exchange ideas, foster and expand business contacts and opportunities, and enhance attorney development. The Initiative develops and sponsors programs on various topics, including women's leadership, legal trends geared toward female in-house counsel and practice-related issues.
Awards & Accolades
Duane Morris has been named one of the 2013 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women," based on its family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The Working Mother list celebrates the law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers, measured on factors including: representation; flexibility; child care; leadership, compensation, development and advancement of women; as well as time off policies. Duane Morris was named on the inaugural list of Best Law Firms for Women in 2007 and was named again in 2012.
For the fourth year in a row, Duane Morris has been cited on the 2013 Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals. Created by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP), the annual list recognizes law firms that are committed to diversity and provide tools to enable women lawyers to continue and advance in their professional careers. Also, Duane Morris received notice in the Lawyers Club of San Diego 2012 Equality Survey, referencing our percentage of female partners, overall percentage of female lawyers and firmwide policies regarding part-time arrangements and paternity leave. The firm has also been listed by Women 3.0 magazine as one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women, and Philadelphia magazine named Duane Morris one of the Best Places to Work, noting the firm's strong mentoring and networking programs for women attorneys.
Many of our attorneys have also been honored, including:
Vicki G. Norton, Ph.D. a partner in the San Diego office, has been named the Issues Leader for the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Biotechnology Committee. As issues leader, Vicki oversees and reports on the activities of the Biosimilars, Diagnostics and Gene Patenting, Industrial Biotech, Biotech Litigation, PTAB Actions, Plant biotech, and the Technology Transfer and Licensing Subcommittees as they report on timely biotech matters impacting biotechnology intellectual property. Vicki practices in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on biotechnology and chemical patent counseling and litigation. She also serves as co-chair for the Biologic Products and Competition Sub-Committee of AIPLA.
Patricia Hollenbeck, trial partner in the San Diego office, was the recipient of the 2013 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women's Initiative. The Bryson award is named for former Duane Morris partner Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris lawyer who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer, and recognizes female attorney leaders at the firm. Patty, in addition to being recognized for contributions to women in the profession, including issues of the professional development and advancement, was also recently named one of the 2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego.
Philadelphia partner Lauren Lonergan Taylor was honored with the Duane Morris Women's Initiative's 2013 Work-Life Balance Award. Lauren practices in the areas of commercial finance, secured transactions, business reorganization, financial restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy law. She serves as a member of the Duane Morris Recruitment and Retention Committee and as the Philadelphia Office Programming Co-Chair for the firm's Women's Initiative.
A team of Duane Morris attorneys and staff who help human trafficking survivors through Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) accepted the seventh annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Award. GEMS provides a range of services to address the needs of young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Numerous Duane Morris volunteers have represented survivors in motions to vacate criminal convictions resulting from their trafficking. Singled out for recognition were Duane Morris attorneys Rosa Ertze and Nicole Woolard, of the New York office, for their work with a client who was trafficked and forced into prostitution at a very young age, impregnated by her trafficker, and made to abandon her daughter in Mexico when the baby was just a few months old. After escaping her traffickers in New York, the client spent years searching for her daughter unsuccessfully. Rosa, Nicole and the team were able to locate her daughter, then 15 years old and, in collaboration with Mexican authorities, rescue her from the same traffickers that had trafficked her mother. Rosa, Nicole and the team were able to help our client gain legal custody of her daughter and successfully petition the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Humanitarian Parole to allow the daughter to come to the U.S. with her mother.
Trial partner Lauren DeBruicker has been named the new board chair of the Inglis Foundation, a Philadelphia organization dedicated to helping people with severe physical disabilities. Lauren hopes to help the organization tackle the issue of affordable accessible housing for people in wheelchairs. Earlier this year, Lauren was named a recipient of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's 2013 Champion in the Community Award for leadership on disability issues.
Rachael Pontikes, a cross-border litigation partner in the Chicago office, was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin from over 1,300 nominees as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch." Last year, she was selected as one of the JTBF's 2013 "20 under 40" honorees. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women's mentoring circles program, the largest mentoring program for women attorneys in Chicago. Rachael is also a tireless advocate in efforts against exploitation/sex trafficking and is on the board for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Recently, Rachael and Elinor L. Hart won a motion to have their client’s prostitution convictions voided under the Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Crimes Trafficking Act. A story on this important legal win appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
Karineh Khachatourian, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office, was named to the third annual "Women Leaders in Tech Law" listing. Published by The Recorder, the list recognizes 50 women lawyers who have demonstrated leadership and knowledge in solving the most pressing legal concerns facing technology companies. This honor follows her being named as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2013 Women of Influence earlier this year.
Arfat Selvam, managing partner of Duane Morris & Selvam in Singapore, served as lead legal counsel to Heineken in its $4.6 billion takeover of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. Her instrumental role in this transaction helped Duane Morris & Selvam garner a trio of M&A Deal of the Year awards: the Global M&A Deal of the Year for Southeast Asia in the 2013 American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, as well as the Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and the Singapore M&A Deal of the Year by Asian Law and Business. Previously, Arfat was shortlisted for "Managing Partner of the Year" award in the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2012.
Kate Shay, corporate partner in the Philadelphia office, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association representing the commonwealth's life science industry. Previously, Kate was a recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal's "Life Science Award for Best Consultant (Early Stage)" in 2010 and was also named by that publication as a "Woman of Distinction" in 2008. In 2006, Shay was awarded the WIN Iris Newman Award by the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs for her leadership in the entrepreneurial community and her outstanding support of women business entrepreneurs.
Duane Morris attorneys Cyndie Chang, of the Los Angeles office, and Karen Kline, of the Boca Raton office, were named to the Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List and profiled in the LOC's Special Issue in July 2013. Cyndie is the secretary of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's board of governors for the 2012-2013 board year and is also the president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. Karen is the secretary of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida and is a committee member of the International Trademark Association.
Speaking Engagements and Events
Recent and upcoming events include:
Duane Morris Partner Jenny Wheater to Explore "Unapproved Share Schemes"
Duane Morris Partner Jenny Wheater to Present "Sophisticated Tax Planning for Part 7 ITEPA"
Duane Morris Partner Rachael Pontikes to Speak at 2013 Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXIV
Duane Morris Women's Initiative
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Hollis to Speak at CNG/LNG/Propane Transportation Infrastructure, Conversion and Financing Seminar
November 7, 2013 | Philadelphia | The Union League
Duane Morris Attorney Amanda Layton to Present "Employers' Obligations Under the Affordable Care Act"
October 18, 2013 | Philadelphia | Wanamaker Building
Duane Morris Partner Jenny Wheater to Deliver Opening Remarks at Expatriate Tax Planning Conference
October 17, 2013 | London
Duane Morris Partner Meagen Leary to Present at 13th Annual Trigild Fall Lender Conference
October 17, 2013 | San Diego | Westin Gaslamp Quarter
In the News and Bylined Articles
Lauren DeBruicker Elected as Inglis' New Board Chair
By Maiken Scott | NewsWorks | October 16, 2013
Attorney Profile: Rachael Pontikes (40 Under Forty)
Staff Writer | Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | 2013
3 Employer Pitfalls in Donning and Doffing Policies
By Natalie Hrubos | Law360 | October 2, 2013
Basis Disparities and Valuation Discrepancies Under the NII Tax
By Carolyn Sprinchorn | Tax Notes | September 23, 2013
Immigration Impact: Recognizing and Reducing Liability in Corporate I-9 Procedures
By Valentine A. Brown | The Corporate Counselor | August 2013
Just One Philly Law Firm Recognized as Best for Women
By Jeff Blumenthal | Philadelphia Business Journal | August 6, 2013
Q&A with Duane Morris' Karineh Khachatourian
Portfolio Media, Inc. | Law360 | June 13, 2013
Leave-of-Absence Issues Managers Need to Know
By Linda Hollinshead | The Legal Intelligencer | May 22, 2013
Public Works Contractors Now Required to Use E-Verify System in Pennsylvania
By Valentine Brown | The Legal Intelligencer | April 9, 2013
Seven Tips to Protect Your Facility from a False Claims Act Lawsuit
By Amy E. McCracken | INHAA's The Administrator's Advocate | April 2013