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December 5, 2019

Press Release

New York, December 5, 2019 — Stroock is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to partner and nine lawyers to special counsel, effective January 1, 2020.

“Our 2020 class exhibits a depth of knowledge and skill that further strengthens our practice areas while supporting the firm’s continued growth strategy,” said Stroock’s co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman. “As we continue to develop our lawyers, the class of 2020 embodies our firm’s ability to meet the needs of our sophisticated clientele — now and in years to come.”

The following lawyers have been promoted to partner:

David Cheifetz (Litigation): David Cheifetz is a seasoned commercial litigator with nearly fifteen years of experience advising businesses and individuals on litigation strategy from inception through trial and appeal. While David has represented a diverse array of clients in various commercial matters, his practice focuses on defending major accounting organizations facing claims of professional malpractice, securities fraud, and other alleged misconduct. Of particular note, David frequently defends claims brought against his accounting firm clients by trustees, foreign liquidators, and receivers following large-scale corporate frauds or bankruptcies. Additionally, David assists auditors and accountants in responding to regulatory subpoenas and inquiries, complying with professional standards, and mitigating risk.

Christopher Guhin (Financial Restructuring): Christopher Guhin provides counsel to various financial institutions, including private equity funds, hedge funds, large investment managers and banks.  Chris focuses his practice on complex corporate restructurings, litigation and distressed M&A transactions across a variety of industry sectors.

Dina Kolker (Government Affairs & Regulatory Support): Dina Kolker focuses primarily on public sector labor relations and commercial litigation, working with some of New York City’s largest public employee unions. She also has experience with complex commercial litigation on behalf of commercial and labor clients. Dina has represented clients in negotiations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and litigation in a variety of areas in both state and federal court, including labor, employment, contract, pension issues and constitutional rights.

The following lawyers have been promoted to special counsel:

Elizabeth Carter (Litigation): Elizabeth Carter is a commercial litigator who represents an array of clients in a wide range of litigation matters, with a particular focus on business consultants, insurers and companies facing both external and internal investigations. Elizabeth also represents entities in bankruptcy-related litigation, consumer class actions and securities fraud matters, in addition to general business litigation disputes, including, for example, actions for breach of contract and non-payment.

Raymond Garcia (Litigation): Raymond Garcia practices in all areas of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on consumer class actions and financial services matters. He has represented banks and other financial services providers in federal and state court proceedings throughout the country, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration.

Matthew Garofalo (Financial Restructuring): Matthew Garofalo focuses his practice on bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructuring transactions. Matthew has extensive experience representing debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, ad hoc committees of bondholders and bank lenders, indenture trustees, bank agents and individual creditors in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

Benjamin Lee (Real Estate): Benjamin Lee represents clients in commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on commercial leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants.  Benjamin also has extensive experience in the development, acquisition and disposition of office, hotel, retail, multifamily and mixed-use commercial properties, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, the review of due diligence and the structuring of joint ventures and 1031 like-kind exchanges.

Shauneida Navarrete (Litigation): Shauneida Navarrete has extensive experience focusing on employment and general commercial litigation disputes in state and federal courts, as well as domestic arbitration forums. In employment, She has litigated cases arising out of employment discrimination disputes. Shauneida’s general commercial litigation experience ranges from breach of contract to shareholder disputes concerning tender offers.

Nicholas Richard (Real Estate): Nicholas Richard focuses his practice on commercial real estate.  He represents institutional investors, developers, property owners and operators and financial institutions in a wide variety of sophisticated transactions. Nicholas has significant experience working on complex joint venture acquisitions, dispositions, developments and debt/equity restructurings in the New York metropolitan area.

Debra Sapp (Real Estate): Debra Sapp focuses her practice on the negotiation of commercial leases and subleases on behalf of both landlords and tenants for office, retail and warehouse spaces. Debra has extensive experience in the retail leasing sector, working closely with a wide range of clients on their nationwide portfolios, from high fashion tenants to banks and restaurants.

Gabriel Sasson (Financial Restructuring): Gabriel Sasson concentrates his practice on bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructuring transactions. Gabe has extensive experience representing ad hoc groups of bondholders, secured lenders and other creditors, DIP lenders, official committees of unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, equity holders and debtors in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

Julieta Stepanyan (Litigation): Julieta Stepanyan’s practice focuses on the defense of class actions and other complex litigation, including actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act,  as well as related claims in federal and state courts.  She also counsels clients with regard to compliance and regulatory matters and has defended proceedings commenced by government agencies.

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 140 years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. For more, visit