Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Announces New Partners: Elects Seven New Partners, Promotes Ten to Special Counsel

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 12:14


Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has elected seven new partners and promoted 10 to special counsel, effective July 1, 2015. 

The new partners, and their practice groups, are:

  • Jason R. Adams, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Jason Adams focuses on creditors’ rights, debt restructuring, distressed M&A, and bankruptcy litigation, and includes substantial experience in the financial services, retail, technology and energy industries. Adams frequently represents unsecured creditors’ committees, individual creditors, indenture trustees, and liquidating trusts in all aspects of the bankruptcy process, including the negotiation of debtor-in-possession financing and distressed asset sales. He also represents individual creditors in bankruptcy in connection with the enforcement, termination or restructuring of client supply agreements, leases and other contractual relationships with debtor entities. 

  • Deron L. Green, Real Estate

Deron Green focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate finance and commercial mortgage securitization. He has extensive experience representing investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, institutional lenders, private equity investors, and loan servicers in a variety of real estate finance transactions, including permanent and bridge loan origination; mezzanine and other subordinate debt financings; construction loans; loan participations, syndications and other co-lender arrangements; and workouts and restructurings. He also represents lenders and investors in a variety of multifamily housing transactions (market rate and tax credit transactions), including the acquisition and securitization of affordable multifamily mortgage loans. Green represents lenders participating in the Department of Defense’s housing privatization program.  

  • Joshua Guyan, Communications

Joshua Guyan focuses on general telecommunications matters. His experience includes wireline, wireless, Voice over IP (VoIP), satellite, international and experimental compliance advice and licensing, universal service, advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, analyzing technical and regulatory compliance for wireline and wireless carriers, and analyzing new voice and data services for compliance with FCC and state regulations.  

  • Michael S. Kosmas, Real Estate

Michael Kosmas represents some of the most sophisticated players in the hospitality industry in a wide variety of corporate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, developments and financings of hotels and resorts around the world. With nearly two decades of industry experience, Kosmas has particular experience in drafting and negotiating complex franchise and management contracts between hotel owners and operators. While a significant portion of his practice involves hospitality-related real estate, Kosmas also has extensive experience with other classifications of real estate, including office buildings, retail, multifamily projects, medical facilities, power generation facilities and mixed-use development projects.  

  • Dustin J.  Painter, Government Relations and Public Policy

Dustin Painter advances his clients’ public policy priorities through a comprehensive mix of public policy advocacy and strategic and compliance counseling.  He is a seasoned policy advocate, representing his clients’ interests before the U.S. Congress and Federal agencies. Painter provides policy analysis to clients across a wide range of industries and offers strategic advice on navigating Congress and the executive branch. Painter specialize in crafting legislative and regulatory strategies, which typically include substantive legal analyses relevant to policymaking objectives as well as the drafting of legislation, committee report language and witness statements.  He provides political law compliance advice to corporations,  political committees, and trade associations, which includes compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act and implementing regulations and the patchwork of state statutes and regulations governing policy advocacy and political activities at the state and local level. 

  • Damon W. Suden, Litigation  

Damon Suden has a diverse practice with extensive trial experience over the last 12 years in both state and federal courts.  He has also handled domestic and international arbitrations. Suden is adept at litigating complex commercial disputes, including class actions, corporate fraud and other tort claims, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, bankruptcy litigation, false advertising litigation, and employment related matters. He has handled matters for companies in a variety of industries including banking and finance, design and fashion, insurance, healthcare, nonprofit, and telecommunications. He has successfully defended employers in numerous cases involving allegations of employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation. Suden is an active member of the National LGBT Bar Association and is the head of Kelley Drye LGBT Network's New York chapter. 

  • Laura van der Meer, Government Relations and Public Policy

Laura van der Meer has over twenty years’ experience in international trade advocacy and regulatory compliance, with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, chemicals and animals sectors. Currently based in Brussels, Belgium, van der Meer has been a resident in Europe since 1999. She has lived and worked in the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and Switzerland. She alerts clients of developments and assists them to better understand complex international and European policy and legislative processes to protect and advance business interests.  

In addition to the seven new partners, Dana P. Kane, Clifford Katz, Sung W. Kim, Jennifer L. Norkus, Raqiyyah R. Pippins, Aaron D. Rosenfeld, Gilbert R. Saydah, Denise Smith and Kristi L. Wolff were promoted to special counsel.