Weil Partners Recognized As Tops In Their Practices; Firm Receives Kudos For Pro Bono Work

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 09:25

Law360 has recognized ten Weil partners as 2013 MVPs in their respective practice areas and industries – the most of any law firm this year. The Weil partners recognized are Michael Aiello (Mergers & Acquisitions); Michael Bond (Real Estate) Daniel Dokos (Banking); Keith Flaum (Technology); Matthew Gilroy (Healthcare); Stephen Karotkin (Bankruptcy); Steven Newborn (Competition); Nicholas Pappas (Healthcare); Scott Sontag (Tax); and David Yohai (Media & Entertainment).

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has announced that longtime partner Harvey R. Miller has been named winner of the International Financial Law Review’s (IFLR) 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes a sustained and successful career advising corporations and banks at the highest level, and furthering the practice of a particular area of law.

Mr. Miller created and developed Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department and has led the Firm in representing debtors and creditors in many of the largest bankruptcy cases in history, including, most recently, Lehman Brothers, General Motors and American Airlines. He is regularly ranked among the top restructuring/bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Miller writes and speaks frequently on business restructurings and reorganizations and the effect they have on financial markets in general. He is currently an adjunct professor of Law at New York University Law School and a lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, as well as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Reform Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and a trustee of the Committee on Economic Development.

Mr. Miller will receive his award at a formal ceremony in New York City on March 27, 2014.

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Weil has received multiple honors for its pro bono service. Fourteen attorneys and two paralegals from its New York office received The Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Award, which is given annually for “delivering life-changing legal assistance to our City’s most vulnerable residents.” The Weil attorneys who received the award are Yehudah Buchweitz, Konrad Cailteux, Vanessa W. Chandis, Bruce A. Colbath, Stacey A. Harkey, Mark A. Jacoby, Isabella C. Lacayo, Carl D. Lobell, Jesse L. Morris, Emily L. Pincow, Lisa Sokolowski, Robert M. Swenson, Eric S. Wolfish, and Aryeh Zuber. The paralegals who received the award are Roy Gilchrist and Elizabeth McConville. In 2013 Weil worked with The Legal Aid Society to help Superstorm Sandy victims with submitting appeals to FEMA on behalf of individuals whose homeowner insurance claims were denied, as well as serving as co-counsel on a class-action suit against New York City when it moved to evict about 1,000 displaced storm victims living in hotels through a temporary shelter program. Weil teams also helped to restore funding for rental assistance programs that help low-income families avoid eviction and homelessness, and secured urgent surgery for a New York State prison inmate.

Weil's Dallas office received a Silver Award for Pro Bono Service from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. This is the eighth time the DVAP has recognized the firm or its attorneys through the awards program. Weil worked with DVAP to develop the innovative Lend-A-Lawyer initiative, through which Weil annually sends a third- or fourth-year attorney to perform three months of full-time, pro bono legal service at DVAP’s office while the attorney continues to receive full pay and benefits from Weil. To date, Weil has sent nine attorneys to DVAP through the Lend-A-Lawyer initiative.

A Weil pro bono team also helped a Gambian couple living with HIV/AIDS, ordered deported over 17 years ago, gain asylum to remain in the US, successfully persuading the Immigration Court to re-open the couple's case and, following a hearing on the merits, grant the couple's application to remain in the US. Weil's pro bono team was assisted on the matter by the HIV Law Project, the referring organization. In addition to living with HIV/AIDS, the wife suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia, which is a basis for seeking asylum in the US, and the couple feared a similar fate for their four daughters, who were born in the US, if they were forced to return to The Gambia. The granting of asylum provides the couple with a path to citizenship, allows them to remain in the US to receive the care they need to control their HIV/AIDS, and prevents the endangerment of their four US-born daughters.