Proskauer Lawyers Elected To NYSBA Committee

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 00:00

Proskauer Rose LLP has announced that two of its attorneys have been elected to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Executive Committee. Claire P. Gutekunst, a partner in Proskauer's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, was elected a vice president, and Peter J.W. Sherwin, partner and chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice, was re-elected an at-large member of the Executive Committee. Both will assume their roles June 1.

Ms. Gutekunst and Mr. Sherwin have a long history of involvement with NYSBA and have been members of the organization's Executive Committee in addition to serving as members and leaders of a number of committees. Ms. Gutekunst is currently chair of NYSBA's Membership Committee and has served as chair of the organization's Committee on Women in the Law and the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. Mr. Sherwin has served as chair of NYSBA's Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings and Civil Rights Committee.

At Proskauer, Ms. Gutekunst represents corporations and individuals in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution in a broad range of substantive areas, from breach of contract and fraud to class actions and bankruptcy disputes.

Mr. Sherwin represents corporate entities and individuals in a variety of substantive areas, with a concentration on cross-border disputes regarding high-stakes private investments or sophisticated financial products.

Proskauer Rose has announced that Ronald Wood has joined the firm as senior counsel in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Wood brings a wealth of experience to Proskauer's growing Los Angeles office and its securities litigation and financial services practices, including 10 years with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Wood's wide-ranging legal career includes six years at Morgan Stanley, where he was an executive director in the firm's Law Division, managing its Southern California legal staff. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was an attorney in the SEC's Division of Enforcement, where he supervised and directed enforcement investigations and follow-up proceedings in matters involving insider trading, market manipulation, fraudulent stock offerings, false financial reporting, and disclosure violations by investment advisers, mutual fund directors, and municipal entities.

Mr. Wood is the latest former SEC lawyer to come to Proskauer, joining Thomas Sjoblom, a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office with extensive litigation experience at the SEC and in private practice.