Lowenstein Sandler Adds Ira Lee Sorkin As Member Of The Firm

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 00:00

Renowned white collar defense attorney Ira Lee ("Ike") Sorkin has joined Lowenstein Sandler as a Member of the firm. Mr. Sorkin comes to Lowenstein Sandler with well-known securities litigator Donald Corbett, who also joins as a Member of the firm, counsel Nicole P. De Bello and associates Daniel K. Roque and Elliott Z. Stein. All five attorneys join Lowenstein Sandler's New York office from Dickstein Shapiro.

Mr. Sorkin is one of the country's most recognized attorneys in white collar defense, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement and other regulatory investigations and proceedings, and New York Stock Exchange and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority defense matters. He represents individuals, hedge funds, public and private corporations, and registered entities. Mr. Sorkin conducts internal investigations and testifies as an expert witness for major law firms and corporations.

Mr. Corbett concentrates on securities, corporate governance, and complex commercial disputes throughout the country. He represents broker-dealer firms, registered representatives, public corporations, and corporate executives in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and regulatory and enforcement matters. Mr. Corbett will focus on capital markets litigation.

Ms. De Bello focuses her practice on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, as well as complex civil litigation.Before joining Dickstein Shapiro, she had been an associate at Carter Ledyard & Millburn. Mr. Roque defends corporations and individuals in securities enforcement and regulation and white collar criminal matters. Mr. Stein focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, as well as securities and complex commercial disputes.

Lowenstein Sandler welcomes Geoffrey R. Goldberg to the firm as Chief Marketing Officer. He was previously Marketing Director at Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

Mr. Goldberg, 43, who will be based in the firm's New York City office, will direct all marketing and business development efforts for the 255-lawyer firm, which also has offices in Palo Alto, CA and Roseland, NJ.

Mr. Goldberg has held senior marketing positions with law firms Herrick, Feinstein; White & Case; and Davis Polk & Wardwell, and with real estate firm Grubb & Ellis. Previously, he was editor of a national real estate trade publication, and a practicing attorney.

Lowenstein Sandler welcomes insurance litigator Joseph Jean as a Member based in its New York office. He joins Lowenstein Sandler from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, where he had been Special Counsel.

Mr. Jean, 38, represents businesses and policyholders across the country in litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving insurance coverage and complex commercial matters. Lowenstein Sandler's clients will have the benefit of his experience in general and product liability, employment issues, toxic torts, property damage and business interruption. Mr. Jean also advises on insurance coverage and liability issues that arise during purchases and sales of assets and mergers and acquisitions.

Active in pro bono matters, Mr. Jean serves as national counsel for a non-profit professional association and provides insurance advice to Human Rights Watch. He has also argued criminal appeals and petitions for indigent clients in state and federal jurisdictions

Matt Kirmayer has joined the firm as a Member based in its Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto. He joins Lowenstein Sandler's Tech Group, a national leader in the representation of venture backed companies and their investors. He had been a partner at Mintz Levin in Palo Alto.

Mr. Kirmayer represents emerging tech companies and venture capital and private equity funds in the digital media, wireless, clean tech and life sciences sectors. "Matt has 25 years of experience as a deal lawyer and has done hundreds of venture deals and M&A transactions. We've been opposite Matt in the past and are delighted to have him as the third deal lawyer we've added to our Palo Alto office in the past four months," said Ed Zimmerman, Chair of Lowenstein Sandler's Tech Group. Lowenstein Sandler's Tech Group represents venture, private equity and angel investors as well as the companies they finance in digital media, software, clean tech, life science, financial services and nanotech sectors.

In November, Lowenstein Sandler attorneys and staff donated more than 150 coats to Kids Corp, a non-profit organization that provides academic and developmental support programs for children living in Newark, New Jersey.In addition to coats, Lowenstein Sandler donated children's hats, gloves, and scarves, and made a financial contribution to Kids Corp.

The coat drive was part of the Lowenstein Sandler Community Service Initiative, which expands the firm's community work beyond pro bono service to offer non-attorney staff members the opportunity to participate in local volunteer activities.