Chadbourne Adds To Insurance Practice

Friday, July 1, 2005 - 00:00

The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP is strengthening its insurance and reinsurance practice with the appointment of five partners from Denton Wilde Sapte. The five partners joining Chadbourne & Parke are Adrian Mecz, Christopher Cardona, Michelle George, John Barlow and Mark Pring. The partners will be joined by four associates and one paralegal from the latter firm and are being supported by a further recruitment drive.

The team joined Chadbourne & Parke's multinational partnership (MNP) in London on June 13.

The move follows the recent announcement that New York-based John Sarchio has returned to the firm from White & Case as partner and co-chair of the global insurance and reinsurance group.

Chadbourne & Parke has announced that it has expanded its commitment to The Door Legal Services Center through the creation of a Chadbourne & Parke Fellowship.

Christa Stewart, director of The Door Legal Services Center, commenting on the Fellowship program said, "I extend my appreciation to Chadbourne for its support for this fellowship. This position will dramatically increase our capacity to provide legal services to youth in New York City."

Chadbourne will hire an attorney who, after an orientation period at its New York office, will work for at least a year at The Door Legal Services Center located at 555 Broome Street in Soho.

During the Fellowship period, the Chadbourne Fellow will be a full-time employee of Chadbourne, receive firm benefits and have an office at the firm in addition to space at The Door Legal Services Center. The Fellow will be expected to report regularly to Chadbourne on the work being done at The Door and to attend firm meetings and social functions.

At the conclusion of the Fellowship, it is Chadbourne's hope that the Fellow will remain at the firm and undertake a regular workload in a practice area of the Fellow's choice.

The Door Legal Services Center was established in 1992 to address the lack of free legal services for youth in New York City in need of help with their legal problems. The Door, which is New York's premier youth development agency, serves young people, ages 12-21, primarily from low-income, single-parent families.

Chadbourne has had an externship program with The Door since 1998, in which associates have been sent on 8-12 week assignments. This program will continue.