Eight McCarter & English attorneys, resident in six of the firm’s nine offices and four of its practice groups, have been elevated to partnership. Attorneys from the Boston, Stamford, Hartford, Newark, East Brunswick, and Wilmington offices have become partners, effective Apr. 1, 2016. The new partners practice in intellectual property, product liability, business litigation and corporate, securities and business transactions.
“Each of our new partners has been a success for the benefit of our firm and, more importantly, for our clients,” said Michael P. Kelly, chairman of the firm. “We look forward to watching them make even more progress, as lawyers and as leaders, as they enter an exciting new phase of their careers. These are all top-shelf people – personally and professionally.”
Added Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., managing partner of the firm: “The breadth, depth and quality we see in our new partners strongly suggest a bright future for the firm in carrying out its mission of providing unparalleled service to our clients. They are, to a person, excellent lawyers, but they also have the character, poise and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the practice of law in the 21st century. We’re proud to count them among our partners.”
The new partners, their offices and their practice groups are:
Mark Anania, Newark, intellectual property. Anania has experience in the key issues facing technology companies, having taken matters to trial in federal district courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission. His appellate experience includes matters before the Federal Circuit and post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act. He is well versed in IP portfolio management, counseling and licensing in various industry sectors, including medical devices, athletic goods, consumer electronics, LED lighting, pharmaceuticals and food service.
Daniel J. Brown, Wilmington, product liability. Brown handles pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, intellectual property disputes, and complex corporate and commercial litigation. He has diverse experience in civil litigation involving product liability claims, patent litigation (including Hatch-Waxman infringement matters), patent-related antitrust claims, complex contract and commercial matters, and shareholder class actions and derivative matters. His practice includes the representation of individuals, businesses and corporations at every level of state and federal courts in Delaware and around the country.
Marcie B. Clarke, Ph.D., Boston, intellectual property. Dr. Clarke has a national reputation for passion in understanding the science behind new products and technologies. She represents clients in life sciences, particularly in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, antiviral therapeutics, vaccines, agriculture and protein therapeutics.
Daniel P. D’Alessandro, Newark, business litigation. D’Alessandro litigates complex financial disputes involving a wide variety of issues, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, RICO, shareholder oppression, securities, and non-compete agreements. He regularly represents broker-dealers and registered individuals in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), with a particular focus on claims involving selling away, control person liability, and the duty to supervise. He advises corporations and individuals on criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in conducting internal corporate investigations.
Joseph A. Ferino, East Brunswick, corporate, securities and business transactions. Ferino’s practice emphasizes representing early stage and emerging growth technology companies and the investors who support them. Joe counsels clients on a diverse range of corporate matters, including entity formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.
Sean R. MacDavitt, Stamford, intellectual property. His practice focuses on client counseling, procurement of patent rights, and intellectual property agreements. He has obtained meaningful patent protection for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, plus universities and laboratories. His experience covers technologies from software, communications systems and networks, and analog and digital circuits to semiconductor device fabrication, medical devices and financial systems. He handles due diligence, patentability, landscape, and freedom-to-operate investigations, and identifies and mitigates risks associated with third parties’ intellectual property. Prior to practicing law, Sean was an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry.
James E. Regan, Hartford, business litigation. Regan practices in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, construction litigation, product liability, patent enforcement and white collar criminal defense. Admitted in Connecticut and Massachusetts, he has extensive experience before state and federal courts as well as administrative bodies such as the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. James routinely handles matters through mediation and private arbitration. He focuses on disputes involving commercial contracts, construction, business torts, restrictive covenants, unfair competition claims and tax appeals. James represents individual and business clients in the construction, manufacturing, medical device, equipment sales, real estate development, banking, finance and publishing sectors.
Zane Riester, Newark, product liability. Riester focuses on product liability litigation and complex litigation with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device defense. He regularly appears in court on complex motions and Daubert challenges. He has represented a variety of pharmaceutical clients, including manufacturers of hormone therapies, cox-2 inhibitors, atypical antipsychotics and allergy medications. His medical device experience includes orthopedic products, surgical instruments, and ophthalmological products. He also has defended and coordinated mass torts/class actions involving state and federal product liability and consumer fraud claims. He is well-versed in e-discovery and document preservation obligations, counseling clients of various sizes in the coordination and implementation of data retention protocols and managed multiple, simultaneous, complex document reviews.