Jones Day Announces New Leadership Appointments In Southern U.S. And Latin America; Adds Attorneys To Global Practices

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 13:28

The global law firm Jones Day has announced the appointment of several partners in the Southern U.S. and Latin America to new leadership positions, effective June 30, 2014. 

Lizanne Thomas, who has served as Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta Office since 2008, and is the head of the Firm’s global corporate governance team, will oversee the Firm’s operations in the South, including Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston, with responsibility for more than 300 lawyers practicing in those offices. Ms. Thomas is a nationally prominent corporate governance counselor who has practiced law in Atlanta for her entire 30+ year career, with Jones Day and its local predecessor firm. With roots as an M&A lawyer, she "practices, teaches, and lives" corporate governance, participating in more than 100 board meetings per year as counsel to a number of public companies, and has lectured on governance to leading business organizations, companies, and universities throughout the world. Ms. Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD)

Luis Riesgo, who serves as partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s São Paulo Office and has since its opening in 2011, and leads the Firm's Latin America Practice, will oversee the Firm's operations in Miami, as well as in São Paulo and Mexico City. Mr. Riesgo joined Jones Day when the Firm opened its Madrid Office in 2000, and served as its partner-in-charge between 2006 and 2010, before moving to Brazil. He also has had a major role in the opening of the Firm's Mexico City Office and in its growth in recent years. Mr. Riesgo is regularly cited in Chambers, Legal 500, and other publications as among the leading lawyers in Latin America in corporate and M&A work, and he is considered among the top foreign lawyers in the region.

Richard H. Deane, Jr., co-leader of the Firm's Corporate Criminal Investigation Practice, will succeed Ms. Thomas as Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta Office. Mr. Deane has served for the last several years as head of the litigation group in Atlanta, which has been named, twice in a row, as the winner of the general/commercial litigation department of the year by The Daily Report, Atlanta's leading legal publication. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Hilda C. Galvan will succeed Patricia J. Villareal as partner-in-charge of the Dallas Office. Ms. Galvan is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property ("IP") Practice, who concentrates her work on complex, high-stakes patent litigation across myriad technologies, including semiconductor equipment and processes, telecommunications, computer technology, software and internet applications, and circuit design. She has been recognized as a top IP attorney nationwide in The Best Lawyers in America (2006 to present), profiled in the Dallas Business Journal (2010) as one of only 15 top business defense lawyers in North Texas, and honored both in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004 to present) and in IAM Patent Litigation (2011 to present), as one of the top intellectual property litigators in Texas.

Ms. Villareal, a member of the Firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice, will continue as a partner in the Dallas Office, focusing full time on client matters and the Firm's securities litigation practice in Texas and elsewhere.

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Jones Day has announced that Samidh Guha has joined as partner in the Firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice in its New York Office. He arrives from the New York office of Akin Gump where he was a partner within that firm's Litigation Department.

Mr. Guha, who brings a broad range of experience in both civil and criminal litigation to the Firm, focuses his practice on regulatory enforcement actions, corporate investigations, securities litigation, complex commercial and employment litigation, international arbitration, and bankruptcy litigation. He routinely advises hedge funds; major publicly traded and privately held companies across sectors, domestic and abroad; and private equity firms. Moreover, Mr. Guha has extensive experience with and knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), having successfully defended senior executives of American corporations working abroad.

In addition to his broad experience on the civil side, he also served for several years as an assistant United States attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. In this capacity, he prosecuted and tried to verdict cases encompassing corruption, obstruction of justice, racketeering, firearms and narcotics charges. Mr. Guha has also briefed and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Simon Bellas has joined the Firm's recently opened Perth Office as a partner in its Global Disputes Practice. Mr. Bellas arrives from Norton Rose Fulbright's Perth office and will focus on projects and project-related disputes, with an emphasis in the energy sector. Mr. Bellas' arrival comes on the heels of Jones Day's announcement in February of this year that it was opening in Perth, the mining and energy center of Australia, initially focusing on project-related disputes in the energy sector, and that Stephen McComish, a lawyer with 20 years experience in construction, engineering, mining, and oil and gas litigation, joined as partner. Mr. Bellas brings the number of Jones Day partners in Australia to 15, all of whom have joined from major law firms.

Mr. Bellas has substantial experience in construction and engineering matters with an emphasis in large-scale disputes. He has worked extensively on major oil and gas and mining projects together with related infrastructure projects across Australia, the Asia region, and all over the world, for both owners and major contractors. Most recently based in Perth, he has spent significant time in Singapore and Kazakhstan, in each case focusing on LNG and mining projects. 

Christopher (Chris) R. J. Pace has joined the Firm's Miami Office as a partner in its Business and Tort Litigation Practice. Mr. Pace comes to Jones Day from the Miami office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he was a partner in that firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Firm's Complex Commercial Litigation and Appellate practice groups. 

Mr. Pace has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the country as well as in foreign jurisdictions. He represents clients in large class action lawsuits (including those alleging antitrust and unfair competition violations), criminal/grand jury matters, regulatory agency investigations, intellectual property disputes, civil RICO actions, and other commercial cases. Mr. Pace also conducts internal investigations for corporations and their boards of directors.