Proskauer Expands In Los Angeles And New York

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 14:04

Following the recent addition of former Seyfarth Shaw California Labor and Employment Practice Chair Ken Sulzer, Proskauer announced that Laura Reathaford has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as special counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of its national Class/Collective Action and California Labor & Employment Law Groups. Ms. Reathaford formerly practiced in the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw and led the practice group meetings for its California Class Action Group.

“With so many new developments in the wage and hour area and even more changes on the horizon, we are very happy to welcome Laura to Proskauer,” said Anthony Oncidi, partner and co-head of the California Labor & Employment Law Group. “By having both Ken and Laura on board, we continue to strengthen our Los Angeles employment practice and, in particular, our class action capabilities.”

Ms. Reathaford brings more than 12 years of experience handling class action litigation, as well as individual and multi-plaintiff actions, up to and including trial. Recently, she was first chair in an individual bench trial related to California’s Private Attorney General Act of 2004, where she obtained a defense verdict. She also defended Ernst & Young and obtained a complete dismissal of nationwide claims at the pleading stage. She has extensive experience litigating matters concerning the California Family Rights Act, Fair Employment and Housing Commission and California Labor Code in both federal and state courts.

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Proskauer has expanded its mergers and acquisitions capabilities with the addition of Lorenzo Borgogni as a partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Borgogni, who joins from Dewey & LeBoeuf, will be based in Proskauer’s New York office.

“Lorenzo has developed an extremely successful and diverse practice and will bring a wealth of legal and business experience to the firm," said Ronald R. Papa, co-chair of Proskauer’s Corporate Department and co-head of its Mergers & Acquisitions Group. "He is a talented M&A lawyer and has been involved in a variety of complex, high-profile domestic and international transactions."

Mr. Borgogni represents both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate governance matters. His practice focuses on cash and stock-for-stock mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, tender offers, leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions, auctions, spin-offs and divestitures, takeover defenses and proxy contests.

“Given his significant experience with international clients and impressive legal skills, Lorenzo will allow us to continue to expand our global capabilities," said Michael A. Woronoff, co-head of Proskauer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and head of the firm’s Los Angeles office. “He adds further strength to our M&A practice as we continue to grow to meet our clients' needs.”

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Proskauer announced today that Martin J. Bienenstock, one of the nation’s most renowned corporate restructuring and governance lawyers, will join the firm together with his nationally regarded colleagues Philip M. Abelson, Irena M. Goldstein, Timothy Q. Karcher, Michael P. Kessler and Judy G.Z. Liu.

Mr. Bienenstock and Proskauer’s other new partners have brought their expertise in business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy to many of the most challenging and important cases in the area, including Enron, General Motors, Owens Corning, U.S. Gypsum, G-I Holdings, Texaco, Capmark, New Page and M.F. Global Holdings. Mr. Bienenstock also serves on the faculty at both the University of Michigan Law School and Harvard Law School and is a widely respected author and lecturer on business solutions and governance issues.