Former 9/11 Commission CounselJoins Kirkpatrick In Newark, NJ

Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 01:00

The firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP recently welcomed John A. Azzarello as a white collar crime/criminal defense partner in its Newark, NJ office. Mr. Azzarello most recently was counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.

Mr. Azzarello's practice focuses on the criminal defense of officers and directors of public and private corporations in securities, healthcare, insurance, and antitrust investigations and prosecutions. He also conducts internal investigations to evaluate his clients' exposure to criminal and civil liabilities.

Anthony P. LaRocco, administrative partner of the Newark office, said: "John served for 10 years as deputy chief of the Criminal Division as an assistant U.S. attorney, and has worked with numerous government agencies over the course of his career. His experience will greatly benefit both the firm and the firm's clients. We are delighted to add his strengths to our international white collar practice."

Kirkpatrick also has announced that it has received DuPont Legal's 2004 Meeting the Challenge Award. This Award, presented by DuPont Legal to a select group of Primary Law Firms and service providers, recognizes Kirkpatrick for its service and accomplishments in support of the DuPont Legal Model.

DuPont was especially complimentary of Kirkpatrick's "outstanding commitment to diversity in the legal profession." In recent years, the firm broke new ground by appointing the profession's first chief diversity officer, Carl Cooper, and the first director of professional and personal life integration, Jeannine Rupp.

Focusing on these and related initiatives, Thomas L. Sager, vice president and assistant general counsel of DuPont Legal, noted: "K&LNG continues to distinguish itself within our network - and more broadly, the legal industry - in all facets. DuPont is proud to recognize K&LNG relentless commitment, creativity and advances in the area of diversity."

Kirkpatrick's London office recently welcomed partner Martin Lane to the firm's corporate practice effective May 1. Mr. Lane focuses his practice on corporate law with a particular concentration in corporate finance and private equity. He also assists in the development of K&LNG's standing with city institutions such as investment banks, brokers and accountants.

Michael S. Johns, senior partner of the London Office of K&LNG, said: "I have known Martin Lane for some years and watched his career with interest. I believe that the much larger platform which our recent combination affords to the London Office will be an excellent opportunity for Martin to develop his already distinguished career to the next stage.

Kirkpatrick also has announced that Jonathan Lawrence has joined the firm's London office as a partner in the Banking Group. Mr. Lawrence comes to K&LNG from Allen & Overy. He is experienced in complex lending and real estate transactions including offshore trusts and securitized financing. He joins K&LNG as the firm moves forward with a plan of strategic growth in the banking and real estate finance areas.