Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast for 2022. The Northeast is home to some of the most prestigious law firms, spanning Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Although, it’s the people within these firms that continue the Northeast’s legacy of world-class litigation, counseling, arbitration, and legal advisory. These legal professionals are leaders in their field, guiding and, in some cases, pioneering the law spanning everything from biopharmaceuticals and early-stage ventures to cybersecurity and employment discrimination.
Among this year’s awardees is Mike Delikat, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, who is renowned as a talented expert in all facets of labor and employment law, and founded the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. Also awarded is John Reiss, a Partner at DLA Piper, whose expertise in all aspects of private fund formation, regulatory and compliance matters, as well as general governance issues, has given him industry recognition. Meanwhile, awardee Lee Caney, Partner at Dechert, has spent over 17 years at the firm, focusing on domestic and international estate planning, charitable giving, and estate administration.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast for 2022.
Partner, DLA Piper
John Reiss is a Partner at DLA Piper, a global law firm. In his role, Reiss advises investment managers on all aspects of private fund formation and the establishment of managed accounts, as well as regulatory and compliance matters (particularly the US Investment Advisers Act), management company structuring, and general governance issues.
He’s been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the Investment Funds area, including by Law360, IFLR1000, and Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, as well as being named as a "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal500. Before DLA Piper, Reiss spent over 11 years at Shearman & Sterling, as well as at Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Bear Stearns. He graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and received a BA in American Studies from Fordham.
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Lindsay LaCava is a Partner of the Firm’s Tax Practice Group in New York and is a member of the Firm’s Global Indirect Tax Steering Committee. LaCava advises individual and business clients on a full range of state and local tax issues. She was ranked by Chambers in 2019 and 2020 and was named a "Rising Star" in Tax Law in 2015 by Law360.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, LaCava was a Partner in the state and local tax group of McDermott Will & Emery. Before this, she was at Wiggin and Dana as an Attorney and began her career as an associate at Deloitte Tax. LaCava speaks on various state tax topics at events around the country and frequently writes about state and local tax issues. This includes serving as the former Managing Editor for the American Bar Association, co-authoring Bloomberg’s Connecticut Corporate Income Tax Navigator, and co-authoring Checkpoint Catalyst’s New York Corporate Franchise Tax guide. She also teaches state and local tax as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
General Counsel, Care New England
Ashley Taylor is the General Counsel of Care New England. Care New England Health System (CNE) and its member institutions—Butler Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, Kent Hospital, VNA of Care New England, The Providence Center, and Care New England Wellness Center—are trusted organizations fueling the latest advances in medical research. Taylor joined CNE in 2017 as Associate General Counsel before being appointed Interim General Counsel in 2018 and eventually going on to become General Counsel later that same year.
Before joining Care New England, Taylor was an Associate and then a Partner at Hinckley Allen where she was for over eight years. Prior to joining Hinckley Allen, she was a Law Clerk for Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond, and a Law Clerk for Justice Stephen J. Fortunato, Jr. Taylor graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in business management.
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Guido Liniado is a Partner at Latham & Watkins. Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Liniado advises various clients in innovative cross-border financing and other transactional matters, primarily involving Latin America and the Caribbean.
Before joining Latham & Watkins, Liniado was a partner at Clifford Chance and before that an international lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Earlier in his career he worked with Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi as an associate. Liniado graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a JD, from Universidad de Alcalá with an LLM in corporate law and from Columbia Law School with an LLM.
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Timothy Harkness is a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which focuses on complex commercial litigation, particularly cases involving an international component. He’s played prominent roles in major cases involving international financial service and accounting firms in securities fraud cases, hedge fund-related litigation, commercial disputes, and more. Professional services and private equity firms, manufacturers media companies call upon Harkness’ knowledge and experience in commercial arbitrations and civil litigation arising from claims of fraud, breach of contract, malpractice, and veil piercing.
Prior to joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Harkness was a Partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Before this, he was a clerk for Judge Carol Bagley Amon. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and got a BA in Literature from Yale University.
Partner, Sidley Austin
Chris Barbuto is a Partner at Sidley Austin. Here, he utilizes his significant experience with complex cross-border transactions, “carve-out” dispositions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Barbuto has also advised clients on several antitrust remedy M&A transactions.
Barbuto was with GE for nine years prior to joining Sidley. During his tenure at GE, he played a pivotal role in the company’s most noteworthy M&A matters, including GE’s sale of its Global Plastics business to Saudi Arabia Basic Industries for US$11.6 billion. He spent four years with GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services business, where he handled numerous infrastructure, energy, project finance, M&A, and cleantech venture capital transactions.
Before this, Barbuto was an associate at Shearman & Sterling, where he practiced in the areas of M&A and securities law in New York and Paris. He graduated from Fordham University School of Law with his JD, and received his BS in American Government from the University of Virginia.
Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Charles Vandenburgh is the Partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Morgan Lewis & Bockius work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. Vandenburgh advises on structuring and implementing transactions in several sectors primarily focusing on energy and infrastructure, working with clients throughout the US and across the globe. He regularly represents companies on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, recapitalizations, and restructurings, working with them from letter of intent to closing.
Previously, Vandenburgh was a partner at Bracewell and, before that a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf. Earlier in his career, he worked with Hebb & Gitlin as an associate. He earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and an undergraduate degree in professional studies from the University of Notre Dame.
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Thrasio
Michael Fahey is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Thrasio. Thrasio is the world's largest acquirer of Amazon third-party private label businesses, having acquired and integrated nearly 200 businesses into their industry-leading operating platform. Fahey has a successful career partnering with boards and management at all levels for both domestic and international B2C and B2B tech, ecommerce and services companies. He is a motivational leader with strong strategic planning, team building, negotiating, business development and M&A skills. He excels at synthesizing complex risk and analytical assessments into readily understood assessments that form the foundation for major new initiatives.
Previously, Fahey served as General Counsel for the Upside Travel Company where he developed the first legal function and Deputy General Counsel at HomeServe USA where he led M&A, commercial contracts and litigation matters and analyzed, negotiated and closed 15+ M&A deals ranging from $1m to $143m. He also spent over a decade at Affinion Group/cxLoyalty, including as General Counsel and Company Secretary to Affinion International, SVP/COO/CAO at Affinion International Brazil where he founded operations and as SVP, Global Strategic Development for the Affinion Group.
Fahey is a dual-US and UK citizen, a UK Solicitor and a member of the New York State bar. Fahey received a JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law, and an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Partner, Mayer Brown
John Mancini is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office. He’s also a member of the global Intellectual Property practice, which was named IP Practice Group of the Year for 2017 and 2020 by Law360. Mancini has served in various firm management roles, including a prior tenure as global co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice and as a past member of the firm’s Global Partnership Board. Mancini’s practice focuses on litigating copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and patent disputes in courts across the country. In his practice, Mancini has represented both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, with a particular concentration on the representation of technology, media and telecom companies, such as Google, YouTube, LG, Spotify and AT&T.
Notably, in 2021 Mancini was named a Law360 MVP for Media & Entertainment and has received multiple accolades throughout the years. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2004, he served as Partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and Christy & VIener. Mancini received his JD from Georgetown University and has a BA in History & Political Science from Fairfield University.
Partner, Reed Smith
Simon Kliegman is a Partner at Reed Smith. He first joined the company in 2018 as an associate. Kliegman advises inbound and outbound multinational companies, individuals and investment funds on domestic and foreign tax matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions and restructurings.
Prior to joining Reed Smith, he was a Senior Associate at PwC in the firm’s International Tax Services group. Before that he was a corporate paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Kliegman earned a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Colgate University.
Partner, Goodwin Procter
Ryan LaForce is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Private Equity and Technology groups. Her practice focuses on advising private equity, growth capital, and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies, and entrepreneurs in complex financial and strategic transactions. LaForce was a practicing attorney at Goodwin from 2007–2011 and rejoined the firm in 2014 after serving as Assistant General Counsel of Bain Capital.
LaForce has advised varying clients, including technology-focused growth capital and buyout sponsors, some of the largest financial services firms in connection with consortium transactions, and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in growth equity financings. LaForce also serves as principal outside or general counsel to various companies, providing day-to-day corporate counseling and strategic advice. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law with a JD and a BA in History from Yale University.
Patent Attorney, Arvinas
Erin Daly is the Patent Attorney of Arvinas. Arvinas is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients through the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies that degrade disease-causing proteins. Daly first joined the company in 2021 and, in her role, focuses on drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications related to pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, chemical processes, drug delivery, chemical formulations, and crystallography.
Previously, Daly was the Senior Manager of Intellectual Property and Life Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Before that, she was a law clerk at Proskauer Rose LLP. Earlier in her career, she worked with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a postdoctoral research associate of the Hartwell fellowship.
Daly earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Fairfield University.
Partner, Holland & Knight
Ted Long is a Partner at Holland & Knight. His practice includes the representation of both young companies and ventures at various stages of maturity, from incorporation to sale. He also has deep experience in representing institutional investors taking positions in early-stage ventures as well as funds. Long is a member of the Business Law Section, where he practices primarily in the area of corporate law.
Prior to entering private practice with Holland & Knight, Long was Washington Counsel to United States Senator John F. Reed of Rhode Island, responsible for all legal issues before the Senator. In 2007, he served as the Transition Chair for Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts. He earned his JD from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Long also graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Policy Management.
Partner, Lewis Brisbois
Jason Cherry is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois. He’s also a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice (DPCS). He provides legal counsel and representation for data privacy issues, which includes the identification of protected data, application of statutory requirements for specific types of data and industries, and mandatory notifications for data leaks or breaches. He’s also assigned to the DCPS’s cybersecurity response team. Cherry holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Jason worked as a Special Agent of the FBI for twenty years. During his time in the field, Jason gained valuable insights into cybercriminals' intrusion methods and motivations and the importance of forensic examinations, evidence preservation, and proactive network protections.
He graduated from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD. He also has a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice and Russian Language from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in Russian language and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
David Wilf is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Wilf’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and general corporate matters, including strategic complex corporate contracts. He’s the Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Transportation and Space Group.
Wilf has worked on both coasts of the US and in London and Tokyo. He’s also represented US entities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa in acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures and non-US entities in similar transactions, in addition to his general domestic US practice.
Wilf is recognized as a leading M&A attorney by the International Financial Law Review. He received his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors.
Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Michael Delikat is a Partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s New York office. He was the previous Chair of Orrick's Global Employment Law Practice for over twenty years, which has employment law teams in the European Union, Asia, and the US. He also is the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force.
Under Delikat’s leadership, Orrick’s Employment Law & Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder. Meanwhile, Chambers USA and Chambers Global have ranked Delikat in Band 1 since it began publishing its rankings, noting him as a "giant of the employment bar” and as a lawyer who’s “a very persuasive advocate who knows the law inside out and is able to get to the heart of the issue very quickly."
He represents a broad range of major corporations and other institutions, including law firms in all labor and employment law facets. Mike has an active trial, arbitration, and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. Delikat graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and received a BS from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Nik Mathews is a partner in Orrick’s New York office, serves as Global Co-Head of the Derivatives group and is a member of the firm's Finance and Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Structured Finance, Banking and Finance, and Energy and Infrastructure groups.
His practice focuses on representing financial institutions, governmental and regulated entities, hedge funds and corporate end-users in structuring and negotiating a broad range of fixed income, foreign exchange, commodity, energy and credit derivative products. Mathews is also the lead editor of Orrick’s publication, Derivatives in Review.
Before joining Orrick, Mathews was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Director and Counsel at UBS AG. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the United States Court of International Trade. From 1999 to 2007, Mathews held a commission as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he was qualified to practice as a Judge Advocate. A veteran of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, he served as an Operational and Administrative Law attorney in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Counsel, Covetrus
Margie Pritchard is the General Counsel of Covetrus, a global animal-health technology and services company dedicated to empowering veterinary practice partners to drive improved health and financial outcomes. Pritchard has over 30 years of experience from roles at a top-tier law firm, in-house general counsel positions, and various entrepreneurial endeavors across diverse business sectors.
Pritchard first got her start in 1991 as an associate at Fried Frank. From there, she went on to Danskin before heading to Avid Technology, where she served as Corporate and Employment Counsel. She graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree.
Partner, Paul Hastings
Cheryl Saban is the Partner at Paul Hastings. Paul Hastings stands firm in the belief that racism, discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in their society. As a multicultural firm, it is committed to ensuring that diversity and equality are a cornerstone of their workplace and communities. Saban’s practice includes defending employers against discrimination, harassment, FMLA, wage and hour, and other employment claims in court, arbitration proceedings, and before government agencies. She also counsels employers on issues such as staff reductions and creating policies and strategies to avoid employment litigation. She’s been at Paul Hastings for over 35 years.
Saban graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a JD and with an undergraduate degree in labor relations and law.
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
David Vann is Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He oversees the firm’s litigation department, concentrating on antitrust, government and internal investigations and compliance, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration.
He has been consistently recognized by Chambers UK for Competition/European Law and by Chambers Global for both Competition/Antitrust—Foreign Expert Based in U.K. and Competition/European Law—Foreign Expert for USA. David was also recognized by Benchmark Litigation’s Europe guide as a “Litigation Star” for Competition/Antitrust in the U.K. He was listed as a leading competition lawyer in Global Competition Review’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and in PLC’s Competition Law Handbook.
In addition to Vann being admitted to the bar in New York and to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, he’s also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. David received his BA from Wesleyan University and his JD from Cornell University.
Lee Caney is the Partner of Dechert, a global specialist law firm delivering practical commercial judgment and deep legal expertise. He first joined the company back in 2005 as counsel. In his role, Caney advises clients on all aspects of domestic and international estate planning, charitable giving, and estate administration, particularly with respect to taxation and state law issues in New York and Connecticut.
Previously, Caney was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and, before that an associate at Bryan Cave. Earlier in his career, he worked as an associate with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Caney earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an LLM in taxation from the New York University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University.
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Lawton Camp is a Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, a firm of nearly 1,000 lawyers practicing in 13 offices around the globe.
Camp has a broad range of structured finance and securitization experience, including representing underwriters and other arrangers, originators and issuers, credit enhancers, and investors. He’s represented issuers and dealers on several US, Canadian, and European bank debt and covered bond programs, including advising the dealers on the first-ever registration of a covered bond program with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for Royal Bank of Canada. Most recently, Camp was involved in structuring warehouse facilities and securitizations relating to various fintech platforms. He’s a frequent speaker and author on structured finance and securitization topics. Camp graduated from the Boston University of Law with a JD and earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Partner, Husch Blackwell
Jeffrey Chase-Lubitz is a Partner at Husch Blackwell, which provides full-service legal representation for a variety of healthcare and life sciences businesses. In his current role, Chase-Lubitz advises on corporate matters, transactions, regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, affiliations and health data and privacy issues.
Chase-Lubitz serves as an outside general counsel for many clients, working with the organization’s senior leadership as they develop forward-looking strategies. He enjoys being an active part of a client’s team and, with three decades of experience in healthcare law, readily understands the business side of healthcare operations.
Before this, he was a Partner at Summit Health Law Partner for over 14 years, a Partner at Brown Rudnick and an Associate at Edwards & Angell. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Partner, Jackson Lewis
Alison Wice is principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis, where she represents management exclusively in workplace law and related advice, counsel, training and litigation. Wice is on the national leadership team for the firm’s disability, leave and health management practice group.
Throughout her career, Wice has represented employers in state and federal trial, appellate and administrative proceedings throughout the US involving the full spectrum of substantive issues covered by the firm's employment law practice. She was recently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in employment law, management and has been honored as a "Super Lawyer" by Connecticut Super Lawyers® between 2012–2019. While attending law school, she was a notes and comments editor for the Emory Law Journal.
Partner, Fox Rothschild
Michael Glynn is a Partner at Fox Rothschild, a full-service law firm known particularly for the strength of its real estate, venture capital, entertainment, and litigation practices, amongst other areas of law.
Glynn’s practice centers on the protection, acquisition, evaluation, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, primarily in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. He has extensive experience in a wide range of patent-related matters, including due diligence, litigation, client counseling, patent preparation and prosecution, post-grant proceedings, opinions on patent validity and infringement, and licensing.
Trained in molecular and cell biology, microbiology, and human genetics, he previously worked as a laboratory supervisor of the DNA Diagnostics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. Glynn graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD, the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Human Genetics, and an MS in Microbiology from the University of Connecticut.