Nixon Peabody Expanding Firm's Private Client Practice

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 00:00

G. Joseph Votava Jr., a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, will expand the firm's Private Clients Practice in its Washington, DC Office.

In his new role, Mr. Votava will build on his already significant private clients practice in the Washington office and expand the practice group's team of trusts & estates attorneys. He will also be responsible for launching a new Washington office of Nixon Peabody Financial Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm, which provides comprehensive financial planning and investment services for high-net-worth individuals, their families, and private foundations.

Mr. Votava, who has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association since 2001, is also a Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Public Accountant/Personal Financial Planning Specialist. He is also the President of Nixon Peabody Financial Advisors, LLC, and joined the Rochester office of the firm in 1985. The practice is focused on legal and financial issues pertaining to individual taxation, investments, employee benefits, and estate/financial planning for corporate executives and closely held businesses.

The firm's multidisciplinary Private Clients Practice Group is rooted in traditional income tax, estate and trust work, but continues to evolve with client needs into the areas of comprehensive financial planning. The team of attorneys, CFAs, CPAs, CFPs and paralegals has helped design plans for clients to manage and transfer assets to spouses, children, charities, and others at the least tax cost.

Stephen M. Newman has joined Nixon Peabody LLP in the firm's Private Clients Group in the Buffalo, NY office and will also maintain his law practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.Mr. Newman concentrates his practice on tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals. He has extensive background in preparing wills, trust agreements, compensation arrangements, share purchase agreements, pension and profit sharing plans and other types of tax-advantaged fringe benefits.

In other news, Nixon Peabody has named Mark A. Molloy a partner in the firm. Mr. Molloy has been an associate at Nixon Peabody, based in the Buffalo, NY office. He is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Practice Group and advises clients on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation, including the areas of labor/employment, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense.

Jeffrey W. Sacks has joined Nixon Peabody LLP as a partner in the firm's Affordable Housing Group. He will be located in the firm's Boston office.

Mr. Sacks has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate and affordable housing industry representing for-profit and non-profit organizations, government agencies, lenders and investors in the development and financing of affordable housing and assisted living facilities.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Mr. Sacks was chair of the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Group of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels, where he specialized in all facets of the complex development and financing issues arising out of the creation of affordable housing and assisted living facilities.

Nixon Peabody has announced that Sarah T. Connolly, Kevin P. Joyce and David M. Ryan have been elected as partners in the firm.

Ms. Connolly is a member of the firm's Private Clients Group and has advised clients on sophisticated estate planning matters. She advises fiduciaries (including executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians) in connection with their administrative and legal obligations.

Mr. Joyce is a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group concentrating in zoning and development, commercial leasing, and telecommunications matters.

Mr. Ryan is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group concentrating on civil and criminal litigation, including white collar criminal cases and investigations. He has represented individuals and corporations in criminal matters in severalsubstantive legal areas, including health care fraud and abuse, financial fraud, foreign corrupt practices, antitrust violations, and civil RICO matters.