Kelley Drye Announces Election Of Paul McCurdy As Chair Of Firm

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 16:11

Paul McCurdy has been elected chair of Kelley Drye, succeeding John M. Callagy, who has served in that role since 1992.  Mr. Callagy was the firm's first chair.

"Under John's leadership," said McCurdy, "Kelley Drye became a stronger and better Firm, with international reach, premier practice groups and an impressive roster of clients.  I look forward to working with our partners to achieve our client service and growth goals for the years ahead while continuing the Firm's 175-year tradition of providing excellent legal work and counsel." 

Mr. McCurdy joined Kelley Drye in 1987 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2006.  He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  In addition to his new role, he will remain chair of the firm's Broker-Dealer practice group, representing retail, clearing, direct access and advisory firms in regulatory, enforcement, compliance, corporate and litigation matters. 

"Kelley Drye has a tradition of providing the highest level of service to its clients consistent with their business objectives," said Mr. Callagy.  "Under Paul's leadership, we will continue to serve our clients well in the new landscape of the legal profession."  Mr. Callagy will continue his practice at the Firm as a litigation partner representing financial services clients and other Fortune 100 companies, in complex litigation. He will remain a member of the Executive Committee.

James J. Kirk, a partner in Kelley Drye's Real Estate Practice group, will continue as the Firm's Managing Partner, a role he has held since 2004.

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Douglass C. Hochstetler and Beth D. Jacob have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation group working from the firm's Chicago and New York offices.  They each focus on patent infringement litigation representing pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation.  They come from the law firm of Schiff Hardin, where both were partners. 

Mr. Hochstetler comes from the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin, where he was a partner for the past 10 years.  In addition to working as a partner and associate in a patent boutique firm in Chicago, Mr. Hochstetler served as in-house counsel at DuPont.  He has more than 25 years of legal experience representing companies in intellectual property disputes. He has been named a Leading Lawyer in intellectual property law by the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.

Ms. Jacob comes from the New York office of Schiff Hardin, where she was a partner and of counsel for the past 10 years.  Previously, she was a partner in the New York office of a national firm and a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she was assigned to the Rackets and Frauds Bureaus and originated and headed the Tax Prosecution Unit. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has appointed Ms. Jacob as a mediator in the court's mandatory mediation program.  She taught as an instructor in the forensic psychiatry fellowship program at Columbia Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Schools and as an adjunct assistant professor at Fordham Law School.

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Jennifer E. McCadney has joined Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a special counsel, working in the Washington, DC office. Ms. McCadney will be a part of the firm's government relations practice, although she will also be involved on customs and other trade policy issues.

Having worked for Kelley Drye earlier in her career, Ms. McCadney now returns to the firm from the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, where she served as a trade counsel for four years. She was also a trade and tax counsel in the office of Representative Sander Levin (D-MI 12), U.S. House of Representatives, and an international trade and customs associate at Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC.

Ms. McCadney has significant experience in the areas of trade legislation, trade policy and U.S. competitiveness, including tariff reductions, Congressional approval of free trade agreements – specifically the recently enacted agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea – Middle East trade issues and Customs and Border Protection oversight.  She also has extensive knowledge of U.S. customs laws and regulations and is familiar with other import-related issues such as enforcement, trade facilitation and other agencies’ regulation of imports for health, safety and security.

Ms. McCadney has spoken at several events during her time on the Hill, to audiences that include the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America and the Express Association of America.  Additionally, she was featured in a Kulwer’s Global Trade & Customs Journal interview in 2011.  In 2004, Ms. McCadney was the recipient of Collier Shannon Scott’s first William W. Scott Pro Bono Legal Services Award.