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December 20, 2021

Press Release

New York — The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of nine attorneys to partner and four to special counsel effective January 1, 2022.

“Each of these lawyers has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in legal work, client service and professionalism. This is a well-earned recognition of their achievements,” said co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman.

Co-managing partner Alan M. Klinger noted that the nine partner promotions are historic.

“The 2022 class is our largest-ever partner class and serves as a tangible reflection of Stroock’s investment in developing both our people and practices to serve clients across our national platform,” he said.

The following lawyers have been promoted to partner:

Elizabeth M. Akerman (Real Estate, New York) regularly advises institutional and non-institutional owners, operators, investment managers and developers on real estate investment and development transactions with respect to assets across the United States and provides guidance through the full life cycle of all types of commercial real estate transactions.

Christine E. Ellice (Litigation, Los Angeles) focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and class action defense. She advises top-tier financial services and banking clients, providing strategic guidance on dispute resolution and representing them in complex litigation. Christine also has experience representing clients in the entertainment industry.  

James Z. Fang (Corporate, New York) focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, investments, restructurings and other corporate matters for both private and public companies. He represents strategic and private equity clients across a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, financial services and healthcare.

Danielle A. Grunwald (Real Estate, New York) advises institutional owners, operators, investment managers and developers on joint ventures, financings, developments, acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings with respect to assets across the the United States. Recent matters include formation of a joint venture to develop and finance a 350,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art life sciences building and a joint venture for financing and development of a mixed-use complex within a qualified opportunity zone.

Francis C. Healy (Litigation, New York) represents financial institutions — including banks, trading firms and insurance companies — in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings as well as in investigations and proceedings before government agencies such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Jeffrey M. Mann (Intellectual Property, New York) practices at the intersection of intellectual property, technology, data privacy and security. He advises clients on all facets of intellectual property, privacy and complex tech transactions. A registered patent attorney working across the mechanical, electrical, computer science and technology sectors, he also advises clients on negotiating and structuring licensing agreements, drafting opinions and prosecuting patents.

Salvatore A. Perrotto (Financial Restructuring, New York) focuses his practice on a variety of complex financial transactions with a special emphasis on representing agents, lenders, borrowers and business development companies,  as well as other providers of senior and subordinated debt financing. Sal also advises clients on a broad range of financing transactions, including first and second lien revolving and term loan credit facilities, asset-based and cash flow-based lending, acquisition financing, unitranche credit facilities, refinancings, recapitalizations and both in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

Brian R. Rogers (Corporate, New York) advises hedge funds, private equity funds, financial institutions and private companies in a variety of debt financing transactions in all levels of the capital structure, including leveraged buyouts, restructurings, rescue financings and other special situation transactions. His practice also includes a focus on structured transactions involving commodities and derivatives.

Mitchell Snow (Tax, New York) works with a range of tax transactions, including advising REITs and other tax-exempt entities on tax consequences of investment strategies and other activities. He assists clients with structuring of real estate and other investment funds, with a particular focus on 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. He provides advice on tax strategies to businesses, individuals and other entities, and works with the firm’s insurance group regarding various tax and regulatory issues.

The following lawyers have been promoted to special counsel:

Emily L. Kuznick (Financial Restructuring, New York) focuses her practice on financial restructuring and represents bondholders, lenders, investors, official committees of unsecured creditors, equity holders, debtors, and other stakeholders in distressed situations, both in and out of court. Emily also has significant experience in bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation, as well as claims trading. She co-chairs the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group.

Robert A. Mantel (Litigation, New York) represents corporations, individuals and financial institutions in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, regulatory enforcements and government investigations. He has litigated in both federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums. Robert also has extensive pro bono experience and has represented clients in matters related to disability benefits, housing, unemployment insurance and immigration status.

Jason M. Pierce (Financial Restructuring, New York) represents lenders, bondholders, investors, acquirers, DIP lenders and official creditors’ committees in restructurings of financially distressed companies engaged in chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court financial restructurings. He also represents hedge funds, private equity funds, banks and large institutional investors in the development and implementation of distressed investment strategies.

Jay J. Scharf (Private Client Services, New York) 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 as well as in matters involving litigation related to trusts and estates.

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


Trish Lilley