Former 9/11 Commission Senior CounselJoins Kirkpatrick & Lockhart

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 01:00

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) has announced John H. Farmer as a partner in its Newark, NJ office. A former attorney general of New Jersey, Mr. Farmer recently served as senior counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.

As senior counsel, Mr. Farmer led the team that investigated the government's response to the 9/11 attacks and the current state of public and private sector preparedness. At K&LNG, he will concentrate on special investigations and governmental/regulatory affairs.

K&LNG also recently welcomed former assistant U.S. attorneys John A. Azzarello, Jeffrey L. Bornstein, Michael D. Ricciuti and John A. Wortman Jr. to the firm's white collar and internal investigations practice group.

Mr. Azzarello, resident in K&LNG's Newark office, focuses his practice on the criminal defense of officers and directors of public and private corporations.

Mr. Azzarello also was recently appointed to the advisory board of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University.InterCEP was launched in October 2004 to carry out the recommendations put forth by Congress and the 9/11 Commission to safeguard Americans in the workplace, as well as the business they conduct.

As a complement to his work on InterCEP's advisory board, Mr. Azzarello will serve on the Working Group for Private Sector Preparedness, an organization that collaborates closely with InterCEP (see Azzarello interview on page 13 of the June issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel ).

In the firm's Boston office, Mr. Ricciuti focuses his practice on the internal investigation and prosecution of federal criminal, financial crime and national security matters.

Also in Boston, Mr. Wortman focuses his practice on financial crime and national security matters.

Mr. Bornstein, resident in San Francisco, concentrates his practice on litigation involving securities enforcement, public corruption, and environmental and white collar crime.

Peter J. Marathas recently joined K&LNG as a partner in the firm's benefits and executive compensation practice in Boston. He advises clients with respect to the tax, securities and general employment issuesarising out of the design and operation of executive compensation agreements.