McCarter & English LLP has announced that partner Michael M. Horn has been elected by the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s board of directors ("FHLBNY") to serve as board chair for another two years. Mr. Horn has been Board Chair since May 2008. This will be his third consecutive term in the position. As chair, he has overseen a highly skilled board, comprised of banking and housing leaders, which focuses on helping community lenders in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands advance housing and community growth. Mr. Horn will continue his duties at McCarter & English during his term.
“Mike has proven himself an adept leader of this valuable institution, and we congratulate him as he moves into his third term with FHLBNY,” stated Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., firmwide managing partner of McCarter & English and a member of the firm’s executive committee. “We know he will build upon the success he has had encouraging community development in the region.”
Since 1990, Mr. Horn, who is based in Newark, NJ, has been a member of the Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions and Public Strategy practices at McCarter. He represents financial institutions and corporations in regulatory, corporate governance and litigation matters. Mr. Horn served as the Commissioner of Banking for the State of New Jersey and as the New Jersey State Treasurer. He was also a member of the New Jersey State Assembly and served as a member of the Assembly Banking Committee.
While in state government, he served for four years on the Executive Commission on Ethical Standards as both its vice chairman and chairman. He also was appointed as a state advisory member of Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and was a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, a federal self-regulatory agency that regulates the sale of municipal securities.
McCarter & English LLP has elected nine new partners in its offices in Newark, Boston, Hartford and Wilmington. The new partners practice in a broad range of areas, including transactional, litigation and regulatory practices.
Richard Hernandez (Newark) is a member of the Business & Financial Services Litigation, Antitrust/Competition and Franchising and Distribution Law practices, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on antitrust litigation and counseling. He is experienced in multiple areas of antitrust law, including price-fixing, tying, exclusive dealing, product distribution, franchising, price discrimination, monopolization, competitor collaborations, trade association conduct and the licensing of intellectual property.
Nicholas M. Insua (Newark), an attorney in the Insurance Coverage practice group, focuses his practice on insurance recovery litigation exclusively on behalf of policyholders. He has handled matters for policyholders under general liability policies; first-party property policies involving property damage, business interruption, extra expense, and other time-element coverages; and claims under D&O, E&O and fidelity and crime policies. He is the co-author of the book, “Business Income Insurance Disputes.”
Jeffrey S. Muller (Newark) is an attorney in the Tax & Benefits practice, where he represents clients in connection with various transactional tax and business planning matters involving corporations, S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Muller also has experience representing clients which sponsor and/or invest in affordable housing projects and investments in urban and low income communities receiving federal tax credits, including "New Markets Tax Credits."
Mark E. Nikolsky (Newark), of the Intellectual Property/Information Technology practice, focuses on the procurement, licensing, and enforcement of IP rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to acquire patents covering technologies in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts.
Michael P. Pasquale (Newark) is a member of the firm’s Business and Financial Services Litigation practice group, where he litigates all phases of commercial disputes. His practice includes post-acquisition indemnification claims, director/officer liability claims, lender liability and creditor rights, fraudulent transfers, breach of contract, factoring, eminent domain/redevelopment law and class action consumer fraud. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Military Law Section.
Daniel Zazzali (Newark) is a member of the Tax & Benefits team, where he concentrates his practice in the area of local property taxation and has helped prosecute complex property tax appeals in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and various other states. He advises clients regarding property tax issues and liabilities, and the pursuit of property tax exemptions.
Jill Ann Mello, PhD (Boston) is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property/Information Technology practice. Her practice focuses on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, including experience in the areas of immunology, cancer therapeutics, biomarkers, RNAi, diagnostics, structural biology, drug discovery and bioinformatics. She has a broad range of experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, strategic portfolio development and management, patentability and freedom-to-operate analysis, opinions and due diligence evaluations.
John H. Taylor III (Wilmington), a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions practice, focuses on representation of small and large companies in connection with commercial transactions, including corporate M&A, start-up and funding of small and mid-sized businesses, commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, and general business and transactional matters.
Bryan D. Zerhusen, PhD, is an attorney in the Intellectual Property/Information Technology group. He brings to the partnership a wealth of experience in all aspects of patent preparation, strategic portfolio management, patentability and freedom-to-operate searching and opinions, reexamination proceedings, due diligence investigations, licensing, litigation support, and counseling in the medical biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and medical science fields.