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January 3, 2023

Press Release

The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of four attorneys to partner and eight to special counsel effective January 1, 2023.

“We’re delighted to announce the 2023 class of partners and special counsel,” said co-managing partner Alan M. Klinger. “These attorneys have demonstrated the dedication to Stroock’s clients and communities that differentiates our firm and drives our success.”

“We’re proud of this group’s well-earned achievements and wish them continued success as they take this next step in their careers at Stroock,” said co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman.

Special Counsel Matthew J. Davis (Real Estate, Washington, D.C.) counsels clients on all aspects of commercial leasing transactions. He advises both landlords and tenants across a wide range of industry sectors, including office, industrial, and retail. He assists with new leases, expansions, contractions, subleases, assignments, and all lease-related documentation.

Special Counsel Saunak K. Desai (Intellectual Property, New York) concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology matters. He has worked with large multinational corporations in a multitude of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, computer software, biotechnology, oil exploration, and financial services to protect their IP assets. He has experience with nearly every aspect of litigation, including written discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial, and appeals.

Partner Christopher M. Gerson (Intellectual Property, New York) focuses his practice on patent litigation and has been a member of numerous trial teams for Fortune 500 clients, including leading hardware, software, and telephone companies. His work spans a range of industries and technologies, including computer processing and architecture, mobile devices, security and encryption technology, multimedia streaming, graphical user interfaces, telephone and computer networks, semiconductor technology, hearing aid technology, and treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

Special Counsel Arthur J. Herskowitz (Litigation/Government Affairs & Regulatory Support, New York) represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including union and collective bargaining issues, government investigations, and complex e-discovery. He also counsels clients in insurance cases. He focuses his pro bono work on housing issues affecting low-income tenants in New York City, and is the head of the firm’s Housing Rights Group. He also is the co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and a member of the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.

Partner Ankush R. Israni (Real Estate, Los Angeles) advises on a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including joint ventures, senior debt and mezzanine financing, purchase and sale, loan sale agreements, fintech issues and leases. He represents institutional and non-institutional investors, including private equity funds, real estate investment companies and real estate investment trusts, in all aspects of transactions and property management.

Special Counsel Joseph Kornbluh (Real Estate, New York) focuses on various matters in the real estate space, ranging from joint ventures to investment management to commercial leasing. He also works with clients in the alternative property marketplace and in the development and construction of real estate projects.

Special Counsel Dustin A. Linden (Litigation, Los Angeles) represents financial institutions and individuals in a variety of high-stakes litigation, regulatory, and enforcement matters in state and federal courts throughout the country, including class actions, complex commercial cases, and white-collar and government enforcement actions.

Special Counsel Julie G. Matos (Litigation/Government Affairs & Regulatory Support, New York) focuses her work on complex litigation matters pending in state and federal court, in addition to representing clients in government investigations brought by state and federal authorities. She also represents clients in real estate matters, both in litigation and in investigations, and has been involved in the drafting and submission of multiple amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of reproductive rights organizations and on behalf of lawmakers in support of the same.

Partner Patrick N. Petrocelli (Litigation, New York) represents institutions and individuals in federal and state court, arbitrations, and government investigations. He has successfully represented his clients’ interests through litigation victories, out-of-court settlements, and mediated negotiations. His clients include global and national consulting and accounting firms, financial institutions, investment advisory firms, real estate owners and developers, and individuals.

Partner Jay J. Scharf (Private Client Services, New York/Miami) provides strategic advice to high-net-worth individuals and family offices to achieve their personal and estate planning goals and mitigate estate, gift, GST, and income taxes. He utilizes sophisticated trusts, wills, and business entities to implement estate planning and business succession strategies that transfer and preserve wealth in the most tax-efficient manner. He is experienced in all aspects of trust and estate administration, federal gift tax returns, and federal and state estate tax returns, and estate and gift tax audits, as well as in matters related to trusts and estates litigation.

Special Counsel Binni N. Shah (Intellectual Property, New York) focuses her practice on intellectual property and technology matters. She has counseled companies involved in a wide range of industrial and technological disciplines, including software technology, consumer products, insurance providers, manufacturers of clothing, electrical devices, trap and skeet targets, point of purchase displays, and beverage packaging and processing machinery. She also has experience litigating patent and trademark infringement claims, as well as unfair competition and trade secret matters. 

Special Counsel Brian M. Wells (Corporate, New York) counsels clients on complex and novel transactions and has broad negotiating and drafting experience, including in connection with purchase and sale agreements, intermediation arrangements, supply, off-take and inventory management agreements, loan documentation, hedging transactions, and storage and other ancillary agreements relating to energy and physical commodities. He also represents trading houses, developers, processors, producers, and infrastructure operators, as well as banks, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, and other financial institutions, in matters involving commodities and energy.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 145+ years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

PRESS CONTACT

Jessica Grayson
jgrayson@stroock.com
212.806.1356

January 3, 2023

Press Release

The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of four attorneys to partner and eight to special counsel effective January 1, 2023.

“We’re delighted to announce the 2023 class of partners and special counsel,” said co-managing partner Alan M. Klinger. “These attorneys have demonstrated the dedication to Stroock’s clients and communities that differentiates our firm and drives our success.”

“We’re proud of this group’s well-earned achievements and wish them continued success as they take this next step in their careers at Stroock,” said co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman.

Special Counsel Matthew J. Davis (Real Estate, Washington, D.C.) counsels clients on all aspects of commercial leasing transactions. He advises both landlords and tenants across a wide range of industry sectors, including office, industrial, and retail. He assists with new leases, expansions, contractions, subleases, assignments, and all lease-related documentation.

Special Counsel Saunak K. Desai (Intellectual Property, New York) concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology matters. He has worked with large multinational corporations in a multitude of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, computer software, biotechnology, oil exploration, and financial services to protect their IP assets. He has experience with nearly every aspect of litigation, including written discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial, and appeals.

Partner Christopher M. Gerson (Intellectual Property, New York) focuses his practice on patent litigation and has been a member of numerous trial teams for Fortune 500 clients, including leading hardware, software, and telephone companies. His work spans a range of industries and technologies, including computer processing and architecture, mobile devices, security and encryption technology, multimedia streaming, graphical user interfaces, telephone and computer networks, semiconductor technology, hearing aid technology, and treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

Special Counsel Arthur J. Herskowitz (Litigation/Government Affairs & Regulatory Support, New York) represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including union and collective bargaining issues, government investigations, and complex e-discovery. He also counsels clients in insurance cases. He focuses his pro bono work on housing issues affecting low-income tenants in New York City, and is the head of the firm’s Housing Rights Group. He also is the co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and a member of the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.

Partner Ankush R. Israni (Real Estate, Los Angeles) advises on a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including joint ventures, senior debt and mezzanine financing, purchase and sale, loan sale agreements, fintech issues and leases. He represents institutional and non-institutional investors, including private equity funds, real estate investment companies and real estate investment trusts, in all aspects of transactions and property management.

Special Counsel Joseph Kornbluh (Real Estate, New York) focuses on various matters in the real estate space, ranging from joint ventures to investment management to commercial leasing. He also works with clients in the alternative property marketplace and in the development and construction of real estate projects.

Special Counsel Dustin A. Linden (Litigation, Los Angeles) represents financial institutions and individuals in a variety of high-stakes litigation, regulatory, and enforcement matters in state and federal courts throughout the country, including class actions, complex commercial cases, and white-collar and government enforcement actions.

Special Counsel Julie G. Matos (Litigation/Government Affairs & Regulatory Support, New York) focuses her work on complex litigation matters pending in state and federal court, in addition to representing clients in government investigations brought by state and federal authorities. She also represents clients in real estate matters, both in litigation and in investigations, and has been involved in the drafting and submission of multiple amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of reproductive rights organizations and on behalf of lawmakers in support of the same.

Partner Patrick N. Petrocelli (Litigation, New York) represents institutions and individuals in federal and state court, arbitrations, and government investigations. He has successfully represented his clients’ interests through litigation victories, out-of-court settlements, and mediated negotiations. His clients include global and national consulting and accounting firms, financial institutions, investment advisory firms, real estate owners and developers, and individuals.

Partner Jay J. Scharf (Private Client Services, New York/Miami) provides strategic advice to high-net-worth individuals and family offices to achieve their personal and estate planning goals and mitigate estate, gift, GST, and income taxes. He utilizes sophisticated trusts, wills, and business entities to implement estate planning and business succession strategies that transfer and preserve wealth in the most tax-efficient manner. He is experienced in all aspects of trust and estate administration, federal gift tax returns, and federal and state estate tax returns, and estate and gift tax audits, as well as in matters related to trusts and estates litigation.

Special Counsel Binni N. Shah (Intellectual Property, New York) focuses her practice on intellectual property and technology matters. She has counseled companies involved in a wide range of industrial and technological disciplines, including software technology, consumer products, insurance providers, manufacturers of clothing, electrical devices, trap and skeet targets, point of purchase displays, and beverage packaging and processing machinery. She also has experience litigating patent and trademark infringement claims, as well as unfair competition and trade secret matters. 

Special Counsel Brian M. Wells (Corporate, New York) counsels clients on complex and novel transactions and has broad negotiating and drafting experience, including in connection with purchase and sale agreements, intermediation arrangements, supply, off-take and inventory management agreements, loan documentation, hedging transactions, and storage and other ancillary agreements relating to energy and physical commodities. He also represents trading houses, developers, processors, producers, and infrastructure operators, as well as banks, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, and other financial institutions, in matters involving commodities and energy.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 145+ years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

PRESS CONTACT

Jessica Grayson
jgrayson@stroock.com
212.806.1356