Edith Nordmann

Leaders in Law endorses Edith Nordmann as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Edith please use the contact information provided above.

Edith Nordmann is Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam where she also heads the employment law and commercial litigation departments.

She has an expert qualification in employment law, and is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters. 

Prior to becoming Managing Partner at ACG International, Edith was working as an attorney and, consequently, as a partner in a two specialized boutique law firms, with a strong focus on cross-border cases. Edith has a vast expertise in cross-border business transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, Edith is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.

As an expert in employment law, Edith has recently written a chapter on Dutch employment law in the international comparative guide that includes 51 countries. ACG International was the only Dutch law firm chosen to contribute to the guide. This is a practical cross-border insight into employment and labor law published by Global Legal Group. The chapter written by Edith on the Netherlands Employment & Labor Law can be found here: https://iclg.com/practice-areas/employment-and-labour-laws-and-regulations/netherlands 

For more than fifteen years Edith has been working with international clients from all over the world. Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. Through her deep-seated local knowledge and international networks across practice areas and borders, Edith uses her business minded strategic approach to assists her clients in getting deals done and finding solutions that achieve the best results for their actual needs. 

Next to her professional career Edith engages in many charitable and social organizations using her professional expertise, not only helping others but also empowering them in their endeavors. 

As a public speaker she has shared her knowledge on various international conferences. Recently, Edith was invited to give a presentation about the Netherlands Commercial Court in New York International Arbitration Centre to educated New York attorneys about the new international venue. 

Edith was awarded “Women of the Decade in Law & Social change” by the Women Economic Forum in 2017. 

You can read an interview with Edith here: https://acginter.com/pages/EN/interview-managing-director-edith-nordmann  

Admissions

Dutch Bar Association 

Certified Mediator in Mediators Federation in the Netherlands

Professional affiliations

Chairman of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade

Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Rochdale 

Member of the European American Lawyers Group

Member of ADAM Global 

Firm Description:

ACG International : A full service law firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and is active around the globe. ACG’s Dutch and international attorneys and lawyers are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. Our team consists of such professionals. Each of the professionals that will support you is a highly qualified with diverse legal background, experience in different jurisdictions and a strong client-oriented mindset. We use our professional and cultural differences to achieve one common goal, which is to serve our clients in achieving the most beneficial results. Our constant international exposure and expertise enabled us to create a worldwide network of professionals, which gives us access to have all the experience, knowledge and the people to resolve our clients’ most complicated challenges and legal disputes.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

We provide comprehensive legal support in commercial, corporate, employment, litigation, mediation, arbitration, data protection and privacy. Apart from the main focus areas, we are specialized in international trade and cross-border transactions, business in German-speaking countries, starting a project in Switzerland, entering a European market and other.

Why ACG International?

Our clients are our main priority. In our experience, the most beneficial results come from an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with our clients. For this reason, we heavily invest in understanding our clients’ values and needs, maintaining constant dialogue with them and always keeping them involved and updated on their cases. Such collaboration is fundamental to our success, as it helps us build long-term relationships with each of our clients based on trust and loyalty.

Our diverse experience and cultural background allow us to speak your language.Even though English is a universal business language and we can communicate real time with our business partners around the globe, cultural differences are often crucial in the outcome of negotiations and the success of your cross-border business relations. Our attorneys come from the most culturally diverse countries with different mentalities and sets of values. Combining our in-depth legal insights with innate knowledge of foreign cultures and their expectations, allows us to guide you through your cross-border business relations in the most effective, cautious and favorable way. In addition, we speak English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian.

Our broad international network provides global legal support.ACG International goes beyond a conventional team of attorneys. While our law firm consists of highly experienced practitioners, ACG International also provides each of our clients with a unique access to a broader network of professionals. We work side-by-side with attorneys from across the world, specialized in different jurisdictions, legal systems and areas of law, which allows us to assist our clients in the most profound way.

 

Richard Schmidt LL.M

Leaders in Law endorses Richard Schmidt as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Hungary. If you wish to get in touch with Richard please use the contact information provided above.

Richard is recognised as a skilled and solution-driven attorney who provides clients with a prompt and efficient legal advice.

Besides seeing all the pieces of a legal puzzle, he has the ability to focus only on those things that really count, without wasting time on the unimportant. Familiar with both the courtroom and the boardroom, his advice represents added value to any discussion.

Richard is graduated from the Faculty of Law of Budapest, Hungary, and acquired his LL.M degree in International and European Business Law in Belgium.

His hobbies include, playing the piano, he is also fond of classic and contemporary jazz.

Core Competencies

– Litigation & Arbitration

– Commercial law

Languages

– Hungarian

– English

– German

– French

Memberships

– ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration

– ILF – International Law Firms – Network of independent law firms

TRACK RECORDS

Representing Italian Client in ICC Arbitration

International construction dispute

Richard successfully represented our Italian Client from the oil & gas sector. The complex dispute regarding a Hungarian industrial plant was settled by arbitration in front of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce with the victory of theclient.

Collecting Debt For Russian Manufacturer

Supply contract dispute

Richard represented a Russian manufacturer against a non-paying Hungarian company. The debtor, placed under legal pressure, finally paid the debt, so the Client could avoid arbitration.

Arbitration in Transportation Matter

International transportation dispute

Richard represented with success a market leader logistics service provider in an international transportation dispute, in front of the Hungarian Court of Arbitration. By winning such a complex case Richard clearly exceeded the client’s expectations.

Represtentin UK Client in Litigation 

Lease contract dispute

Richard represented a UK client in a commercial dispute involving the unlawful termination of a long-term lease agreement, and finally won the case in front a Supreme Court. The case was critical for the Client’s business in Hungary.

Arbitration of Exclusive Transportation Contract

Breach of exclusive forwarding contract

Richard started arbitration on behalf of our client, whose exclusive forwarding contract was breached by the partner. The arbitration was successfully closed with a judgment in favaour of our client.

Representing Swiss Client in Litigation

Breach of loan agreement, collateral alienation

Richard won the case in court for our Swiss Client, offering lending and asset management services against a Hungarian debtor who failed to pay back the loan and alienated the real estate being the security of the loan. Richard reached a final judgement in favour of the client within 1 year.

Representing Green Landlord against Hungarian Tenant

Legal dispute from a lease agreement

Richard represented our Greek Client against its Hungarian tenant. The tenant accumulated a significant debt during the recent years which he paid back within 6 months after Richard started legal procedures.

Representing Romanian Client in Cross-Border Dispute

Unlawful contract termination

Richard represented a Romanian Client in an unlawful long-term contract termination case. Instead starting a never-ending court battle, he managed to settle the dispute with success through out-of-court negotiations.

Commercial Law

International machine supply contract

Richard recently advised a domestic paper manufacturer on an international machine supply contract, involving negotiations with manufacturers and suppliers from various European countries. Due to this supply the client could consolidate its market-leader position.

Arbitration in Construction Matter 

FIDIC contract dispute, bank guarantee drawdown

Successful legal representation of a real estate investor in front of the Hungarian Court of Arbitration against the contractor building a warehouse, after drawing down bank guarantee due to lack of conformity.

Publications

Hungarian Chapter of Volume XLIV (2019) of the ICCA Yearbook – Part V – Court decisions on the New York Convention 1958.

 

Cherry Bridges

Leaders in Law endorses Cherry Bridges as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Cayman Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Cherry please use the contact information provided above.

Cherry Bridges is a Barrister-at-Law and Attorney-at-Law and the Partner in charge of the Litigation Department at Ritch & Conolly. Cherry was educated in England but has lived in Malaysia, Sarawak, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.

Upon completion of her Law Degree and Bar Finals, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1982 and completed her pupillage at 1 Essex Court, Temple, London and at Temple Chambers, Hong Kong.

She was called to the Bar of Hong Kong in 1983 and worked as a Barrister-at-Law in private practice at Temple Chambers, Hong Kong from 1983 to 1986 before she relocated to the Cayman Islands and was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 1987.

She has 34 years experience acting in a wide range of civil commercial litigation with particular expertise in litigation relating to trusts, insurance, commercial disputes, tracing actions, enforcement of judgments, companies and liquidations of banks, hedge funds and private companies.

She has acted in numerous and significant cross border matters for clients from all over the world, including the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Norway, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Notable or significant cases in which Cherry has acted are:

Companies/liquidations acting for liquidators, creditors and directors:
SphinX, Palm Beach Offshore funds, Lancelot Investors’ Fund, Bancredit (Cayman) Limited, Trade & Commerce Bank, BCCI, Eurobank Corporation, Prospect Properties, In the matter of H of H, Carrian (Hong Kong)
Trusts and tracing actions acting for beneficiaries, Trustees and Plaintiffs
Reksten, Re C Trusts, The Circle Trust
Insurance Arbitrations acting for the Insured:
Courtyard Marriott
Villas Pappagallo

Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insolvency
Property
Asset Tracing
Conflict of Laws
Trust Litigation
Arbitration
Banking
Company
Regulatory and Financial Services
Mediation

Memberships
Cayman Islands Law Society
INSOL
American Bankruptcy Institute
Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, England

Firm Description

Ritch & Conolly was established in 1983 and undertakes a wide range of legal services for domestic and international clients.

The firm has a respected international commercial litigation practice with extensive experience in cross-border litigation in trusts, corporate disputes, insolvency and asset recovery, enforcement of foreign judgments and conflicts of law.

Other areas of our litigation practice include banking, commercial fraud, anti-money laundering, contract, negligence, construction, administrative and public law, shipping, property, employment and arbitration.

We also undertake extensive non-contentious work including company, insurance, banking, real estate development and structuring, conveyancing, wills and estates, licensing, immigration and trademarks.

The firm has established links with other law firms and institutions worldwide. The Senior Partner, Mr. David Ritch, is highly regarded in the region, having served on numerous Government statutory boards over the years as Chairman and is currently a director of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd., the sole provider of electricity on Grand Cayman.

Company formation and administrative services are provided by the firm’s affiliated corporate administration company, Foreshore Corporate Services Ltd., which may be contacted at the law firm’s address or by e-mail at ebyrnes@rc.com.ky.

 

John Carrington QC

John Carrington QC is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who has practiced law for 30 years, his last 16 years of practice being at the Bar in the Virgin Islands.

John practices generally as an advocate before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and has appeared before the Privy Council in civil and commercial matters. He has had conduct of matters in several islands of the Eastern Caribbean and as far as Turks and Caicos Islands.

He has advised and prepared written briefs for Privy Council matters and has provided expert evidence on BVI law in proceedings in foreign courts. He has also served as an Acting Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

John has been counsel in two landmark cases in recent times: the Black Swan case in the BVI High Court where he persuaded the court that it had jurisdiction to make certain orders to prevent the dealing with assets in a way that could frustrate a future foreign judgment and the Judges Pension case where he acted for the High Court judges of the entire Eastern Caribbean region on questions regarding the interpretation of legislation governing their pension rights.

Firm Overview:

The Sabals Team Motto summarises the principles that govern our practice – Integrity. Commitment. Results.

Our experienced team of lawyers is well known in the legal field in the BVI and throughout the Eastern Caribbean. Over the years we have successfully represented and advised both individual and corporate clients and assisted them in the accomplishment of their goals.

We are committed to understanding and meeting our clients’ needs in a timely and cost effective manner, and to working closely with them to achieve this.

The Sabals Team is committed to offering quality legal service and also quality personal service to our clients.

Our Service First Policy guarantees accessibility, responsiveness, and ensures that all client needs are met in respect of all aspects of our legal service.

Our Service First Policy is implemented by the entire Sabals Team.

 

Mark A.C. Diel

Mark is a Director of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited with over 30 years of experience. After completing his pupillage in London, Mark started his practice in Bermuda in 1987 gaining a broad experience in criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative litigation.  Mark and fellow director Ronald Myers formed their law partnership in 1998 bearing the name Diel & Myers Limited. Diel & Myers quickly established a reputation as one of the top litigation firms in Bermuda.  In 2002, Marshall and Aicardi joined with Diel & Myers to become Marshall Diel & Myers Limited.

Expertise

Mark is widely regarded as one of the top commercial litigators in Bermuda and he has developed his reputation as a tenacious and no-nonsense advocate.  He has appeared as advocate in all level of courts in Bermuda and has appeared before the Privy Council.  When necessary he works as part of an international team of commercial litigation attorneys and works closely with Queen’s Counsel and instructing attorneys from major firms in England, Canada and United States.

Mark has a wealth of litigation and corporate experience, and specialises in contentious commercial litigation.  He has appeared as counsel in most of the significant insolvency cases in Bermuda over the past 15 years across a number of business fields including funds, insurance and telecommunications. He was involved in the Focus case which developed ground breaking law in concerning the liability of Bermuda directors in relation to acts of negligence in an insolvent company.  His other significant cases have made new law and practice in relation to applicability and enforceability of RICO statutes, the roles of liquidators in litigation generally, the enforcement of overseas arbitrations and company compliance with anti-money laundering provisions.

While Mark’s current practice focuses on commercial litigation with particular emphasis on corporate insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy, Mark has also been involved in some of the most important constitutional cases in Bermuda which assisted in defining the right to a fair trial and the right to protection from deprivation of property.

Mark also has extensive experience in administrative law in particular telecommunications law having been involved in litigation representing major service providers including the Bermuda Telephone Company, Logic Communications and Telebermuda International.

Mark’s clients benefit from their breadth of his ligation experience and knowledge. They appreciate his focused approach that keeps an eye on the realities of commercial litigation.  Mark is highly regarded by his clients for his thoroughness, litigation savvy and practical advice.

Notable Cases

Appeared for the company and the Bermuda Registrar of Companies in the IPOC liquidation

Appeared for a third party defendant in the Mentor liquidation

Appeared for the directors in the Apex Liquidation

Acted for a creditor in the Manhattan liquidation

Appeared for a creditor of the long term account in the matter of Lehman Re

Appeared for the liquidators of Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund

Appeared for the Petitioner in the Renaissance Capital Holdings proceedings

Appeared as counsel in the restructuring of Highland Crusader Fund

Acts for the Corporation of Hamilton in numerous legal and administrative actions

Capital Partners Securities Co Ltd v Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund Ltd [Court of Appeal] [2018] CA (Bda) 5 Civ

St. John’s Trust Company (PVT) Limited v James Watlington et al [2020] SC (Bda) 19 Civ (26 March 2020)

Education

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada (B.A., Psychology, 1982)

University of Buckingham (LL.B., 1984)

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, 1984

Bermuda, 1985

Industry Associations

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Former member, Bermuda Bar Council

Standing Member, Fees Complaints Committee, Bermuda Bar Council

Commissioner for Oaths

Notary Public

Justice of the Peace

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Director, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce

Director, Bermuda Employees Assistance Program

 

E.L. Sajogo, S.H.

Leaders in Law endorses E.L. Sajogo as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Indonesia. If you wish to get in touch with E.L. Sajogo please use the contact information provided above.

E.L. Sajogo, S.H., MCIArb. graduated from the University of Surabaya and joined Markus Sajogo & Associates (“MS&A”) in 1998. He started to pursue his career under direct mentorship of Markus Sajogo and other senior partners of the firm. First started as a paralegal in a full service law firm, his path as a counselor was filled by vast variety of cases ranging from both litigation and non-litigation cases.

He was admitted to the bar on April, 2000 as the youngest lawyer in East Java having passed to the bar at that moment and later became the Managing Partner of the firm in 2008.

Having almost 20 years of legal experience in his portfolio, his practice now primarily involves a broad range of domestic and international dispute settlement and business transaction cases.

His work focuses in corporate and commercial matters such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate agreements, intellectual property rights, and ADR cases as well as international arbitration. During his years of practice, he has been engaged by clients not only for legal matters in Indonesia but also across the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia and has been trusted as counsel for major national and international corporations.

In early 2011, upon his completion in IP specialization held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia and the University of Airlangga, E.L. Sajogo created Sajogo MarksTM as the firm’s intellectual property rights centre, catering the need of clients on IP related matters, specifically on IP protection, dispute settlement, and worldwide IP registration for its domestic and international clients.

For his focus in Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has completed the special course in International Arbitration in 2013 from the University of New South Wales, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and has been granted the status of “Member” by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Additionally, he has completed the course to become a certified Mediator accredited by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia and listed in Supreme Court’s list of registered mediators.

As the Managing Partner of the firm, he is known for his direct and on-point trouble shooting decisions where his honest reputation as a problem solver makes him a trusted partner for justice seeking clients. Under his management, MS&A has been featured as a recommended firm in Asialaw Profiles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), AEA International Lawyers Network (the European Lawyers Association), JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), International Advisory Experts, and several consulate generals and foreign embassies in Surabaya and Indonesia.

E.L. Sajogo is a member of Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI), Indonesian Advocates Association (AAI), International Bar Association (IBA), Indonesian Intellectual Property Rights Consultant Association (AKHKI), Centre for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (PMRK), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

E.L. Sajogo is a Licensed Advocate, registered IPR Consultant, certified Mediator, Arbitrator, and Panelist for Indonesia’s domain name dispute resolution centre (PPND).

He speaks fluent English and Indonesian.

 

DLO M.E

Leaders in Law endorses Dler Saber as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Iraq. If you wish to get in touch with Dler please use the contact information provided above.

Dler Saber is the Founder and Director of the Dler Law Office. He is a seasoned expert in civil litigation. He dedicated his studies, and he focuses his legal career, on civil cases. Through a series of dramatic court victories on behalf of his many clients, Dler Saber has earned himself a huge amount of respect as a litigator in both Kurdistan and Iraq. Several qualities come together to make Dler Saber an outstanding litigator:

1) he knows the laws; few attorneys in Kurdistan or Iraq know the Articles of the Iraqi legal system better than Dler Saber

2) he is creative; he employs novel ways to combine the Articles and use them together, to strengthen his client’s case, and to weaken his opponent’s case

3) he is absolutely and completely honest; Dler Saber does not play games, he does not compromise, and his deep and fundamental respect for laws and the legal system is unshakable

4) he does not give up; when he takes a case he is profoundly loyal to his client, and he will fight for his client’s interests in a relentless way

Dler Saber is the trusted attorney of record for a large number of international and local companies operating in Kurdistan and Iraq- but he also sets aside time to give back to the community. He is the Head of the Legal Department of the Businessmen Association of Kurdistan, and provides the organization with extensive and ongoing legal advice. He also provides legal counsel to a number of non-government organizations. And he has taken on, and won, countless civil cases on a strictly pro-bono basis, when his clients could not afford to pay legal fees. Dler Saber’s father was a highly respected Judge, and Dler has known since he was a child that he would become a lawyer. Through his success, he has earned the respect of fellow lawyers, judges, clients and opponents. Some lawyers practice law in search of money or prestige. Dler Saber genuinely loves the practice of law.

Practice Areas
· Business and Commercial Law
· Civil Litigation and Criminal Cases
· Tax Law
· Family Law

Bars and Courts
Admitted to practice:
· Court of First Instance in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq
· Court of Appeals in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq
· Court of Cassation in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq

Publications, Speaking Engagements, and Organizations
· Member of Association of Lawyers in Kurdistan-Erbil
· Member of Association of Jurists

Educational Background
· Diploma in Legal Administration, Technical Institute of Erbil, 2004
· Bachelor in Law, University of Salah Aldeen, 2005

Firm Description:

Dler Law Office is a full service law firm which practices law in all of Iraq, both north and south. We specialize in Iraq/Kurdistan civil law, business law, company law, contracts, tax law, labor law, oil & gas, investment law, and banking.

Iraq Litigation
What sets Dler Law Office apart from other Iraq law firms is our deep expertise in Iraq litigation. We have litigated hundreds of cases in the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeals, and the Court of Cassation, in both the Republic of Iraq and Kurdistan. Not one law firm in Iraq can match Dler Law Office’s litigation expertise.

Local Knowledge, International Scope
Dler Law Office is a genuine Iraqi law firm. It was founded and it is run by Iraqi attorneys, each a member of the Baghdad Bar and the Kurdistan Bar. Dler Law Office has all of the required licenses and registrations necessary to practice law in Iraq, and to represent our international and domestic clients in both business transactions and in court. Dler Law Office is recognized and respected by the international community in Kurdistan. Dler Saber, the founder and director of Dler Law Office, has been officially appointed as the Honorary Legal Adviser for the British Consulate-General in Erbil, Kurdistan. As the Honorary Legal Adviser, Dler Saber provides legal advice to Her Majesty’s Consul General Angus McKee on legal issues concerning the British Consulate.

Dler Law Office is the first and only Iraqi law firm covering all of Iraq and Kurdistan which has expanded internationally. In 2014, Dler Law Office established a foreign office- a European office located in The Hague, in The Netherlands. We chose to incorporate our European office in the Netherlands because of its central geographical position within Europe, the country’s competitive tax regime and pro-business environment, and the fact that several of our key clients have corporate headquarters there. Dler Law Office Europe B.V. is located in the World Trade Center in the Hague, the center of business and government in the Netherlands.

Over the years, working on a variety of legal matters, from transactions, to litigation and arbitration, Dler Law Office has collaborated with important international clients and respected law firms and lawyers throughout the MENA region and the world. We understand the expectations of large international companies. We appreciate the importance of timely action, and the need to meet deadlines. We also understand the importance of clear, detailed communication, and regular client updates.

Please feel free to contact us in order to schedule a free initial legal consultation on Iraq law matters.

 

James Savitt

Jim specializes in the trial and creative resolution of substantial disputes for a diverse client base, including Fortune 500 companies and major e-commerce firms.  While much of his practice has focused on intellectual property, corporate, and commercial matters, Jim believes that knowing how to win a case–developing and executing a strategy to prevail by motion if possible and by trial if not–is the most important skill of a lawyer handling complex litigation.

Jim teamed with David Bruce to establish Savitt Bruce & Willey in 1999, after a nine-year tenure as a partner at Perkins Coie.  Jim began his career with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City before finding his way to the Great Northwest.  He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Outside of the office, Jim recently completed service as the Chairperson of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (which owns and operates Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market) and is a past President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.  Jim enjoys skiing in winter, playing infield on the firm’s softball team in summer (when we can field one with enough young guns to do serious harm), his morning workout, reading novels that his partner Steve Willey sneers at and, not least, time with his family, including two teenage sons who, depending on the day, are either keeping him young or making him old.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle WA, 1987-1999
    • Partner, 1991-1999
    • Associate, 1987-1990
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York City NY, 1983-1986

EDUCATION

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. magna cum laude, 1983
    • The Georgetown Law Journal, 1981-1983
  • Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., 1980

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Washington
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

FIRM DESCRIPTION

We’re litigators and trial counsel.  We know that cases are won and lost on their “story”: who is right and who is wrong in the eyes of the judge and jury.  Our expertise is in developing and telling that story by drawing out the key facts, players, and themes, defining the legal framework in which they operate, and weaving them into a compelling narrative.  While our SUBJECT-MATTER EXPERTISE is both deep and broad, our RECORD OF SUCCESS demonstrates our skill in crafting and presenting a winning argument.

Our skill as litigators informs every step along the way.  Understanding the facts requires not only an eye for detail but a strategy that identifies the right detail, combined with the tenacity to obtain and marshal complex facts and develop a record that completes the picture.  Defining the legal framework means not merely understanding what the law “is” but a creative process of identifying and describing the legal principles and authorities that—when applied to the facts of a particular case—lead to the just result for our clients.  Weaving these elements together effectively requires more than just proficiency with legal subject matter: it requires articulating clearly to a judge, arbitrator, or jury, who may have no familiarity with the subject matter or even the law, not only that our client should win but why.

We believe in the power of what can be achieved in the courtroom, but one size does not fit all.  Our successes demonstrate the ability to develop winning strategies that meet the unique needs of each case.  We know when a major investment of people and time will yield results and when it just means a big bill, and we’re committed to identifying cost-effective solutions to our clients’ problems.  If there is a way to resolve a dispute successfully short of trial, we find it.

Our skill as legal writers gives our clients a unique advantage in litigation.  Increasingly, cases are decided on written motions.  For a client, winning on a motion is the best possible result—it avoids both the cost of trial and the compromise of settlement.  Even if a motion does not decide a case, it may resolve a key issue so as to tip the scales decidedly in a client’s favor at trial or drive a favorable settlement.  This places a premium on lawyers who can synthesize complex facts and legal issues and distill them into an easy-to-follow explanation as to why their clients should win.

When trial is necessary, success requires not only the skills of the courtroom—examinations of witnesses and arguments to jury and judge—but also the use of those skills in the presentation of a winning story developed strategically from the outset. That is what we do.

Molly Glover

Serving as lead counsel in numerous trials in state and federal courts, Molly Glover is skilled in complex matters involving domestic relations, products liability, premises liability, breach of contract, sexual harassment and bad faith. She has significant experience in defense litigation, including toxic tort, pollution coverage and asbestos claims, and often provides counsel to medical, legal and insurance professionals. Ms. Glover has appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2013. She has been listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 mediator and was selected by her peers to the list of Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Ms. Glover is also an active member of the Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Education

  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., Political Science, 1988)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA)
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list (2012- 2013, 2017)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Childers, 30th Judicial District Court, Memphis, Tennessee

THINKING FORWARD. BY TRADITION.

For over 100 years, the lawyers of Burch, Porter & Johnson have approached the practice of law as a calling, continuing our founders’ forward-thinking philosophy. This history of Thinking Forward is ingrained in our culture – as alive today as it has been for more than 100 years.

Our philosophy is simple: provide innovative, practical solutions to obtain the best result for our clients. This philosophy is built on three core values:

Commitment to Client-Service. We recognize that accessibility, attention to detail and proactive communication are the hallmarks of a successful client-attorney relationship. That is why clients continue to rely upon our firm to handle sensitive and complex matters, as they have for more than 100 years.

Practical, Innovative Solutions. Our attorneys strive to anticipate what others may miss, focus on strategic solutions that aid in the efficient and cost-effective resolution of legal issues, and collaborate with clients to form future-focused plans. We concentrate on building and maintaining long-term relationships.

Tradition of Leadership and Integrity.  Community leadership is a foundation of the firm, evidenced by our involvement in matters of national and regional importance, in the past– representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the landmark sanitation workers’ strike, and fighting to preserve our city’s Overton Park green space before the United States Supreme Court and in the present– working to forge a new direction for public education in Memphis and Shelby County, and devising innovative structures to protect our valuable public resources such as Shelby Farms. Our lawyers remain dedicated to public service, and currently play meaningful roles in over 40 local civic and non-profit organizations.

COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE. DECISIVE COUNSEL. SERVICE PHILOSOPHY.

Burch, Porter & Johnson provides comprehensive legal services across a wide range of litigation, business and transactional practice.  The firm’s clients span a broad spectrum:  from multi-million dollar corporations seeking counsel to negotiate complex transactions to individuals dealing with the most sensitive personal issues.

From its inception, the firm’s focus has been on client service – providing specialized expertise, value, responsiveness and practical solutions to address our clients’ needs. Clients have counted on the firm’s experience, its commitment to service, and its tradition as a leader in business and community affairs for more than a century.

Thinking Forward. By Tradition. 

RECOGNITION & AFFILIATIONS

Burch, Porter & Johnson attorneys are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields.  Many lawyers in the firm are listed in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers and Business Tennessee. The firm is a member of ALFA International, a legal network with 145 member firms located throughout the United States and around the world.  ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.

The firm has also been recognized as the #1 “Bet-the-Company Litigation” law firm in Tennessee by the publication Best Lawyers in America©. This accolade acknowledges what the Memphis community has known for over a century — clients turn to Burch, Porter & Johnson when the stakes are high and results are critical.

Brian C. Newberry

Leaders in Law endorses Brian C. Newberry as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – Rhode Island. If you wish to get in touch with Brian please use the contact information provided above.

Brian C. Newberry has represented a range of clients, large and small, in state and federal courts as well as in various alternative dispute resolution mediums. Brian concentrates his practice in cases involving shareholder disputes, business and tax litigation, architect and engineer liability, accounting and legal malpractice, insurance defense and class action suits.

Brian’s accomplishments include representing the winning plaintiff in a breach of contract action labeled one of the five most significant verdicts of the year for 2002 by Rhode Island Lawyer’s Weekly. He was also lead counsel for the plaintiff in a business dispute which resulted in the second highest jury verdict of the year in Rhode Island in 2003.

In 2015 he secured a directed verdict on behalf of an architect, a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a construction property damage claim after a three and a half week jury trial. Additionally, in 2014 he represented a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a two-week jury trial resulting in a defense verdict. Brian also represented a military contractor in 2013 and obtained a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial in federal court in a tortious interference and business defamation claim brought by a competitor. He has obtained defense verdicts in multiple personal injury actions brought against design professionals in a variety of engineering disciplines. In 2002 he was co-lead counsel in an American Arbitration Association arbitration in which his client, a private business firm, achieved a $5 million award for fraud against a former computer vendor.

Admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as on occasion pro hac vice in New Hampshire and Delaware, he has tried numerous cases in multiple states and a variety of forums. He has argued multiple appeals before the Supreme Courts of Rhode Island and Delaware, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar Admission

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, U.S. District Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, U.S. Tax Court

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Insurance & Tort Litigation, Professional Practices

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Donovan Hatem LLP is a multi-practice law firm providing focused advice for minimizing risk. Since 2001, the firm has offered sophisticated and specialized legal counsel to architectural and engineering firms, as well as a diverse clientele of public and private companies, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals. Our litigation, risk management, and business attorneys provide comprehensive and strategic advice and high-level guidance when you need it.

Donovan Hatem LLP attorneys frequently lecture around the country on issues of professional liability, risk management issues, and social media liability risks. We are published widely in industry periodicals, law reviews, and regional and national publications. We invite you to our News page for the latest legal updates and information on upcoming events and conferences.