Weil Partners Appointed To Federal Bench, Named As Chairs Of Diversity & Pro Bono Committees, And Recognized Among Top California Lawyers

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 15:36

Vernon S. Broderick, a Litigation partner in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Broderick was nominated to the bench by President Obama in April 2013.

Commenting on Vernon’s confirmation, Weil executive partner Barry M. Wolf noted, “Weil wishes Vernon tremendous success in this prestigious new role. Vernon builds on Weil's strong tradition of government service, and the Firm is very proud of him for this significant achievement."

Mr. Broderick has been a partner at Weil in New York since 2005, having rejoined the firm as counsel in 2002. He concentrates his practice on white collar criminal cases, regulatory investigations, and business litigation.  Mr. Broderick previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1994 to 2002, during which time he twice received the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance, and was Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit from 1999 to 2002. He began his legal career as an associate at Weil from 1988 to 1994.

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Weil's Dallas Corporate partner S. Scott Parel has been named co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, joining New York Litigation partner and current Pro Bono Committee co-chair Steven Reiss. 

Since joining Weil, Mr. Parel has supported the Pro Bono Practice, both in New York and Dallas. He joined the Pro Bono Committee in 2008 when he was in New York and has led several important projects, including Weil’s not-for-profit incorporation training and the List Project, designed to resettle to safety refugees from Iraq who assisted the U.S. military there. He has been an outstanding ambassador for the Committee. 

Weil’s commitment to its Pro Bono Practice is an ingrained part of its culture. Many of the Firm’s institutional clients actively work with Weil on strategic initiatives, including criminal justice reform, human rights, community and economic development, children’s welfare, civil and constitutional rights, health and environmental issues, and asylum and immigration. Last year, Weil devoted nearly 80,000 hours to pro bono work – the equivalent of more than 40 full-time lawyers, and maintains the goal that all its lawyers perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year. 

“I’m excited to help build on Weil’s strong foundation in pro bono,” said Mr. Parel. “As a transactional lawyer, I look forward, in particular, to finding new and meaningful opportunities to serve pro bono clients on corporate matters.” 

Examples of Weil’s current pro bono matters include litigation with the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenging recent legislation limiting family planning clinics; representation of plaintiffs, alongside Disability Rights Texas and the Center for Public Representation, in a class action lawsuit filed by disability rights advocates and six institutionalized plaintiffs, that has recently reached an interim agreement; extensive assistance of Hurricane Sandy evacuees, most recently securing a preliminary injunction enjoining the City of New York from unilaterally discontinuing a program that provided hotel rental assistance until the household members could locate alternate housing; representation of the Bronx Committee for Toxic Free Schools in its successful challenge of proposed school construction on a former industrial site; and a decade-long asylum matter in which the U.S. Immigration Court in Arlington, VA granted asylum to Weil’s client, a native of El Salvador fleeing abuse by the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

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Lori L. Pines, a Complex Commercial Litigation partner in the New York office, has been appointed as the new Chair of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Women in the Profession, a high-profile position that has been held by a long line of prominent female attorneys in the past. Ms. Pines, who has served on the Committee for nearly a decade, started her three-year term as chair on September 1.

Since there is no separate bar association for women in New York City, the Committee on Women in the Profession is an especially influential and important vehicle for addressing issues that affect the advancement of women across all sectors of the legal profession – including law offices, corporate law departments, the public sector, and other legal settings. The Committee on Women in the Profession has recently focused on developing programs to support women lawyers in five main areas: (1) women of color; (2) women beginning their careers; (3) women practicing in-house; (4) women practicing intellectual property law; and (5) women partners. For more information on all the programs, studies and events the New York City Bar’s Committee on Women in the Profession holds each year, please visit their website at http://www.nycbar.org/women-in-the-profession.

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Weil partners Richard Climan, Keith Flaum and Jane Ross have been selected as three of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2013 by Daily Journal, California’s largest legal news provider. With all three lawyers residing in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, Weil is the only firm to have three M&A partners from the same office included on the list. According to Daily Journal, this list is meant to highlight “the attorneys whose work is having the widest impact” and “changing an industry or the law or the society as a whole.” The 100 attorneys were culled from hundreds of nominations from law firms, nonprofits, universities and clients.

In its profile of Mr. Climan – who has been included on this list for four consecutive years – Daily Journal highlighted his work on two high-profile matters: Illumina Inc.’s successful defense against Roche’s $6.2 billion hostile takeover attempt and the blockbuster sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than $2 billion.

Mr. Flaum was recognized for “play[ing] an integral role representing both domestic and overseas clients in an array of noteworthy and high-value technology and life sciences transactions during the past year.” Particularly, the publication highlighted the novel transactional structure that Mr. Flaum utilized in his representation of Sunnyvale-based computer network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc. in its $1 billion acquisition of Opnet Technologies Inc., a network software developer headquartered in Santa Clara.