Two New Attorneys JoinKirkpatrick's Employment Group

Monday, November 1, 2004 - 01:00

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (K&L) has announced that Rosemary Alito and Vincent N. Avallone have joined the firm's Newark office as partners in its Employment and Labor group.

Ms. Alito is well known in the New Jersey legal community and has established a prominent employment practice throughout the state and regionally. Ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America (10th edition), Ms. Alito has extensive trial and appellate experience and is a frequent writer and lecturer on employment law issues.

Immediate past president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and author of New Jersey Employment Law, Alito is an active speaker and participant within state and federal bar associations, having served on Supreme Court committees related to Judicial Discipline, Women in the Courts, Lawyers Assistance Program Funding and Professional Responsibility Rules.

Mr. Avallone, also a well-known and respected employment attorney in New Jersey, was recently recognized as one of New Jersey Law Journal's "40 under 40" best attorneys.

Mr. Avallone counsels clients on policies and practices in the workplace and represents management in employment-related litigation.

K&L now has 36 attorneys in its Newark office, eight of whom practice employment law.

K&L Partner Deborah Bailey-Wells has been appointed to serve as administrative partner of the firm's San Francisco office and to serve on the firm's Management Committee.

Ms. Bailey-Wells focuses her practice on intellectual property protection, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation and counseling.

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (K&L) also has announced its sponsorship of the lecture series Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP Lecture on Race and Social Justice in America, as part of its ongoing efforts to emphasize the importance of fostering diversity within the legal profession.

Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree presented the series' initial lecture, which was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law on October 4. Professor Ogletree offered his personal reflections on the 50 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Promoting the importance of diversity is not new to K&L. In 2003, K&L appointed Carl G. Cooper as the first-in-the-industry, Management Committee-level chief diversity officer. In March of this year, K&L sponsored the Nabrit Lecture Series as part of Howard University School of Law's year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education .

The Los Angeles office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has announced the arrival of partner James K. Lee to its business litigation practice.

Mr. Lee is a litigator who has represented numerous Korean companies in complex business disputes. He also has extensive experience counseling senior management of Korean companies doing business in the United States on general business and transactional matters.