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Hamish Berry is a partner at Bruns, Brennan & Berry PC and heads up the firm’s California office. He advises Rooney Nimmo clients on aspects of the law relating to entertainment, media, and film.
Hamish has extensive experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of film and television deals, including all agreements for financing, development, production, and distribution of feature and documentary films and television series. He represents both lenders and borrowers in pre-sale, tax credit and gap financings for independent film projects. His blend of entertainment law and hands-on entertainment industry experience makes him a go-to lawyer for independent film producers and film financiers. He has also served as production counsel to independent film projects, including Be Kind Rewind; Synecdoche, New York; the second and third Harold & Kumar movies; Adventureland; Everybody’s Fine; Friday the 13th;The Extra Man; The Oranges; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Dirty Girl; Thanks for Sharing; Greetings from Tim Buckley; Arbitrage; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete; The Infiltrator; and Skin.
Prior to founding Bruns, Brennan & Berry, he was a senior associate at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C. in New York. In addition to his wide entertainment experience, Hamish has extensive experience advising on complex commercial financing relationships in other industries. From 2001 to 2004 he was associated with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he represented financiers, airlines, and other transportation companies in highly structured domestic and international financing transactions. From 1995 to 2001, he practiced corporate law in Australia for the National Australia Bank Limited; Mallesons Stephen Jaques; and Baker & McKenzie, where he developed expertise in corporate compliance, project and structured finance, and banking law.
Hamish has been included in The Legal 500 list of leading entertainment lawyers in the US. He is admitted to practice in New York, California, and Victoria, Australia. He received his law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Melbourne and has his Certificate in Film Production from New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Allan Rooney is a graduate of the Edinburgh University Law School in Scotland, where he graduated with honors. He also studied at the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas.
Upon relocating to New York, Allan worked as a commodities trader before beginning his legal career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, his practice concentrated on international tax and compensation issues and securities-related matters, advising several Fortune 50 companies. He later worked at a boutique, commercial litigation and corporate firm representing corporate clients. With the backing of his clients, Allan founded the firm in 2007 and attributes its growth to its commitment to providing the highest possible level of client service, coupled with sophisticated business-focused legal advice.
Allan is admitted as an attorney in New York.
John Nimmo is an experienced corporate, funds and investment company and investment services lawyer. He has acted on listings in aggregate around £2bn on the LSE (including setting up new investment companies numbering well into double figures and over twenty full prospectuses), and has launched unlisted investment vehicles aggregating to around a similar size. John has also acted on both hostile and recommended public takeover offers.
John has extensive experience of national and international acquisitions, disposals and investments of material size and at the other end of the spectrum of helping start up, spin out and growth companies, acting variously for management, the company and investors. John has extensive experience of EIS investments, how to combine successfully the needs of UK and US investors and director and employee share incentivisation and remuneration.
He has previously advised funds managed by a wide number of the major investment houses and has advised corporate and individual clients on a wide range of acquisitions and investments as well as having helped a number of clients obtain FCA authorisation.
He was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hamburg and Glasgow and holds a master’s degree in law from Cornell University. John holds the Certificate in Corporate Finance from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
John Nimmo is a solicitor admitted in Scotland, and attorney admitted in New York.
Edward has a broad range of experience advising on corporate, commercial and financial services matters. Edward has acted on fund raisings and reorganizations for both companies and investors, including transatlantic funding rounds, and has experience of dealing with the associated US regulatory rules for UK companies raising funds in the US. Edward also deals with a range of finance and investment related work including various aspects of financial regulation and compliance with FCA rules.
Edward has extensive experience of acting for companies from start-ups through to publicly traded entities, handling various matters they may have including contracts, data protection, technology and IP, and share schemes.
Edward studied History at Durham University, graduating in 2006, before returning to Edinburgh to studied law at Edinburgh University in 2009.
Edward is based in the firm’s London office and is admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.
Timothy P. Fisher has combined tax expertise with general corporate representation to provide fully integrated legal advice to the individual, business and international community. Over 40 years of experience in income tax, estate tax, pension, ERISA, international tax and general business law enables Tim to interpret and resolve clients’ personal and business concerns in a comprehensive manner.
Tim has degrees from the University of Notre Dame (BS in Physics) and New York University (JD and LLM Taxation). Tim represents closely held businesses and their principals. He also represents not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates and individuals regarding estate planning, executive employment and compensation arrangements, benefits, income tax issues, and planning for foreign persons and businesses that intend to invest and/or enter the US.
Over the years, Tim has lectured on estate planning, pension and profit sharing plans, ESOPs, new tax legislation, ERISA, and deferred compensation programs for profit and not-for-profit companies and their executives, and international tax planning. He has also written articles on ESOPs and for ten years edited the tax chapter of Bertram Harnett’s “Responsibilities of Insurance Agents and Brokers,” published by Matthew Bender & Co. Tim assists the firm’s clients with respect to corporate and tax matters.
Timothy Fisher is admitted as an attorney in New York.
Timothy Davis is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia College. After law school, Tim was a corporate associate at Chadbourne & Parke and later joined Macmillan Inc. as an Assistant General Counsel. In 1989, he became General Counsel of American Color Graphics, Inc., where he worked on numerous acquisitions in the rapidly consolidating printing industry. In 2005, he became General Counsel of Cenveo, Inc., a publicly traded company that became the third largest printing company in the U.S.
Tim handles mergers and acquisitions for our firm’s clients, in addition to general corporate work.
Tim is admitted as an attorney in New York.
Grant Docherty is an experienced banking lawyer who has significant experience representing lenders and borrowers across numerous sectors.
He has represented banks, financial institutions, corporate borrowers and financial services and banking regulators based in the UK, US, Hong Kong and China.
Specific areas of interest for him are real estate finance (investment, development and structured financings), leveraged acquisition finance (in relation to the funding of corporate acquisitions, MBOs and MBIs), renewables finance (in particular wind farms), project finance (including infrastructure projects), large corporate financings (usually via international jurisdictions) and asset finance (including ship and aircraft finance).
He is a member of the R&A in St Andrews.
He is qualified in Scotland and Hong Kong.
Max Scharbert is an experienced corporate lawyer who has practiced in Scotland, England and Germany. He has over 20 years experience in a wide range of corporate transactions with a focus on private equity and M&A deals. He also provides advise to start-up companies and to institutional and private investors. He is the chairman of the German British Chamber of Commerce in Scotland and speaks German fluently. Max was educated at the University of Cologne, the University of Edinburgh and the College of Law in London. He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Edinburgh.
He is a solicitor admitted in Scotland, England and Wales, and a Rechtsanwalt in Germany.
Jack Flanagan represents financial institutions, private equity funds, owner/operators, investors and developers in all aspects of commercial real estate and private M&A nationwide. His practice involves a sophisticated blend of both debt and equity transactions. He excels in navigating clients through complex legal and business issues to achieve desired outcomes.
He has been practicing law for over fifteen years, the past five as a business transactions partner, including most recently at an AM Law 200 firm in their Midtown office.
Jack’s practice involves corporate finance, private M&A, and private equity. He has extensive experience in a variety of real estate areas, including joint ventures, finance, construction and development, ground leases, leasing, recapitalizations and restructurings, international in-bound investing, hotels and hospitality, acquisitions and dispositions, and distressed real estate.
Jack is on the Board of Directors of the Lower East Side Coalition Housing Development and was awarded the Lawyers Alliance Cornerstone Award for Pro-Bono Service in Leasing.
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For more than 23 years, Sean has practiced in the areas of technology, intellectual property, employment, and commercial law for technology ventures worldwide, serving as the chief legal officer for numerous enterprises in various stages of growth, from founding to IPO.
Sean began his legal career with a large law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he represented numerous technology ventures in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, technology licensing, and intellectual property management, counseling and enforcement. Sean additionally enjoyed an extensive state and federal litigation and arbitration practice.
Eventually, Sean moved in-house with Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he ultimately became Assistant General Counsel as an expatriate in Tokyo. Sean then joined the wireless and consumer software venture Aplix Corporation, also based in Tokyo, as General Counsel. Sean facilitated Aplix’s international growth and eventual IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sean also managed, as President and COO, the company’s US and European subsidiaries in San Francisco and Munich.
Sean is admitted as an attorney in California, Colorado, and Virginia.
Daniel Diamond is a seasoned corporate and securities attorney who guides his clients through all stages of business, from inception and rounds of VC funding through exit. As outside corporate counsel to technology and life sciences companies, Daniel manages a diverse range of transactions, including securities offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and various commercial contracts, as well as the day-to-day legal affairs of his clients. Daniel also has experience representing various investment funds, including the world’s best-known accelerator.
Daniel worked in the San Diego and New York offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for several years prior to starting his own law firm and joining forces with Rooney Nimmo, where he assists firm clients with venture capital, M&A, and general corporate matters.
Daniel received his B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law. He is licensed to practice law in both California and New York.
Joan Hon gives clients tremendous value and unique insight in her international complex commercial litigation and regulatory practice, which focuses on financial services and securities, white-collar crime, and internal investigations.
Joan represents clients in investigations and proceedings before various regulatory agencies, including the Financial Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and Department of Justice (“DOJ”). She litigates a wide variety of commercial matters, including accounting fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) conspiracy, and contract disputes. In Hong Kong, Joan has direct experience with the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA“), and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”). She has also represented clients before the Market Misconduct Tribunal, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, and Hong Kong’s highest court, the Court of Final Appeal.
Joan received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law and B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.
Joan is qualified to practice law in New York and Hong Kong.
Nathan is a lawyer with 20 years’ experience in commercial practice, and has for the past decade acted as General Counsel to businesses in industry, renewable energy, healthcare and construction.
He has in-house experience of transformation including M&A, restructures, MBOs & MBIs and forming start-ups particularly from a client-side perspective, as director shareholder.
Nathan has set up internal legal departments advising on all business issues including M&A, commercial property, dispute resolution and project finance.
He is a solicitor admitted in England and Wales, a Registered Nurse and holds a BSc(Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Law from DeMontfort University and Nottingham Law School respectively.
Susan Jacobson is a highly-experienced trademark attorney who has worked for many years at boutique IP firms. Susan counsels clients concerning a wide variety of IP matters, such as US and international trademark clearance, usage guidance, filing strategies, prosecution, renewals and maintenance along with global trademark portfolio management, and enforcement against infringements. Susan’s extensive experience with all aspects of international trademark filings leverages relationships with associates throughout the world who provide support regarding local laws and registration requirements.
Susan also has supervised oppositions, cancellation proceedings, litigation in federal courts nationwide and in many foreign jurisdictions. In addition to managing worldwide trademark portfolios of billion-dollar retailers, Susan has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to those in the Fortune 500, spanning retail, hospitality, beauty, pharmaceutical, financial services, lifestyle/consumer products and luxury goods.
Susan conducts audits to help companies maintain control over their IP as well as due diligence when the time comes for the sale or acquisition of a business.
Susan received her B.A. from The American University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. She is an admitted attorney in New York.
Agne recently joined the team as a trainee solicitor in February 2019.
Agne graduated with 1st class LLB Honours from the University of Dundee and subsequently completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at University of Strathclyde in 2017. Agne previously worked for a Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys while studying, as well as training in a large commercial law firm. Agne has experience in employment, renewable energy and debt litigation.
During her time at university, Agne took a particular interest in corporate and commercial subjects, such as intellectual property law, tax and environmental law. In July 2017, Agne was part of a group of 20 students from University of Strathclyde that participated in an international China exchange programme. She lived and studied Chinese culture and language in Ji’nan, China for four weeks, thereafter visiting Shanghai and Beijing.
Agne is based in the firm’s Edinburgh office and assists partners and colleagues on most UK matters. Agne will be admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in September 2019.
Greg has over ten years of experience in immigration law. His practice covers corporate immigration as well as immigration matters involving criminal legal issues.
Greg works with individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences and business to obtain O-1 visas and employment-based immigrant visas. He also works with companies of all sizes on their immigration programs. He previously contributed to the Safe Horizon Law Project where he gained experience on matters involving the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U visa petitions, and Temporary Protective Status. He has advocated effectively for asylum seekers and has filed successful petitions for review before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals. In addition, he represents clients in immigration court who have been placed in removal (deportation) proceedings, and has successfully defended the rights of immigrants, both detained and non-detained, before an Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Greg received his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his JD from the Catholic University of America. He is admitted to practice law in New York State and the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court. He is fluent in Spanish.
Andrew is a trial and appellate litigation attorney with more than seventeen years of experience practicing complex commercial litigation and criminal defense. Previously a partner in the litigation department of one of the largest law firms in the world, he has represented individuals and companies in a wide variety of industries and disputes. He has acted as counsel in cases (both individual and class action, as the plaintiff and as the defendant) in a broad range of areas of law including employment law, mass tort, personal injury, privacy law, securities law, ERISA, financial services regulation, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. He has also conducted internal investigations for companies and investment banks and represented them before regulatory bodies including the SEC, Department of Labor, NASD, and NYSE (now FINRA).
Andrew’s industry focus has been broad-based but has included companies involved in the following sectors: media, entertainment, financial services, technology, Internet, telecommunications, insurance, defense, and biotechnology. In connection with his work, he has appeared before courts and arbitration panels in New York, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. He has also provided clients with advice on matters pending in foreign jurisdictions, including proceedings in England, Argentina, the Cayman Islands, and the European Court of Justice.
Prior to commencing practice, Andrew studied as a Kennedy Scholar (the United Kingdom’s equivalent of a Rhodes Scholar) at Harvard Law School. He has also taught law at his alma mater, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, has written academic articles on issues involving tort and medical ethics, and is a frequent speaker on matters relating to civil procedure and criminal defense.
Andrew is admitted to practice in New York, England & Wales, and Scotland and is also admitted to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Christina Burgos graduated from New York University (magna cum laude) with honors and received her J.D. from Fordham School of Law. She began her career in the litigation practice of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, focusing heavily on white-collar criminal defense. As an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP, Christina practiced commercial litigation under the Chair of the White Collar & Securities litigation group.
Christina later co-founded Ginsberg & Burgos PLLC, a boutique litigation firm concentrating on white collar and criminal defense, securities, complex civil litigation, and sports law—an area in which Christina earned particular distinction, representing several high profile professional athletes and acting as adversary counsel to the NFL on a matter reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
Christina is admitted as an attorney in New York and New Jersey.
Dawn Robertson is qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and has practised law since qualifying in 1999. With two decades of experience, most recently as a partner in another Scottish law firm, she has significant expertise at advising on employment law matters, from issues arising from company acquisitions and sales to complex disciplinary, capability or grievance matters. With her extensive experience of the practical as well as the legal, Dawn is also often instructed to advise on the management of difficult exits, particularly from senior management positions.
Fraser joined Rooney Nimmo as a newly qualified lawyer in 2018. He graduated with LL.B Honours from the University of Glasgow in 2014 before completing an LL.M. at New York University School of Law in 2016.
While at the University of Glasgow, Fraser was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Glasgow University Law Society Law Review and was selected to represent the School of Law on international law school programs in Italy and the Netherlands. During his LL.M. year at New York University, he served as Law Student Advocate for the School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic and was nominated for the CHRGJ Emerging Scholarship Prize.
Fraser assists partners in most US practice areas. He is admitted to practice in New York State.
Abbey Docherty joined Rooney Nimmo in 2018. She graduated with LL.B. Honours from the University of Glasgow in 2015, before completing an LL.M. at The University of Texas at Austin and passing the New York State Bar in 2017.
While at law school, Abbey was a law review editor and was involved in a variety of pro bono and clinic work. Abbey assists partners in most US practice areas, with a focus on corporate, intellectual property, and business immigration.
Nadia Zaidi is a graduate of New York Law School, where she graduated with honors. She has over ten years’ experience as an immigration attorney in mid-sized and large firms, including most recently at an Am Law 100 firm in Manhattan.
Born in the US and raised in the US, the Middle East and South Asia, Nadia’s language skills include Urdu (fluent), Hindi (fluent, spoken), and Arabic (elementary). She attributes her passion for immigration law to her time spent traveling and living in different parts of the world.
Nadia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York Women’s Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association. Her pro bono work includes time spent with the Legal Aid Society and Kids in Need of Defense.
Nadia is admitted as an attorney in New York.
Daniel S. Braverman, Esq. has been counseling and representing clients in all aspects of the employment relationship for 25 years.
Dan worked for several years at a large national law firm and a boutique labor and employment law practice where he zealously guided many companies and individuals through the challenging and evolving labor and employment law landscape. He clerked for a respected jurist in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and frequently lectures on labor and employment law topics.
Dan received his law degree, cum laude and with honors, from the Seton Hall University School of Law, and he received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
He is licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, and is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York; the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut; the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Having interned at the firm for a number of years, Jennifer commenced her legal traineeship with Rooney Nimmo, after graduating with honours and then completing her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen, in 2016. While at law school, Jennifer served as the secretary for the University Law Society and was involved in the law school’s pro bono legal clinic.
Jennifer assists partners on most UK practice areas and will be admitted as a solicitor in September 2018.
Catriona Reid joined Rooney Nimmo as a newly qualified lawyer in 2017. She graduated with LLB Honours from the University of Aberdeen in 2014 and subsequently completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow in 2015. She has experience in a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, investments, corporate reorganisations and intellectual property.
Catriona is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Caroline Harwood joined Rooney Nimmo in 2017 having spent eight years practicing as a corporate lawyer in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. She has experience in a wide range of corporate transactions with a focus on M&A deals including: business start-ups, joint ventures, business sales and acquisitions, group reorganisations, data protection, corporate and commercial contracts, and company secretarial matters.
Caroline is admitted as a solicitor and notary public in Scotland.
Rocke is a solicitor with experience in corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, reorganisation and corporate governance. Rocke joined Rooney Nimmo in 2017 having worked as an associate at Ireland’s leading law firm since qualifying in 2015. During that time he spent a year on secondment with a multinational pharmaceutical company at its global headquarters in New Jersey.
Rocke studied law at Dublin Business School and graduated LLB (Honours). He is based in the firm’s London office and is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.
Jin has a broad range of experience advising start-ups and SMEs on financial services, intellectual property rights, and corporate and commercial matters, including debt collection and contract negotiation.
He is also engaged in various academic work, as he is the Senior FinTech Research Assistant to Professor George Walker at Queen Mary University of London, where he also teaches classes on investment banking law and is qLegal ambassador. His extensive FinTech-related research and work includes initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptoassets (cryptocurrencies and cryptotokens), smart contracts, and artificial intelligence (AI)
Jin’s academic record includes:
Jin is also author and co-author of several published works, including:
Breanna Simpson recently joined the team having graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA in 2015. Bre has had previous work experience in a business and financial consulting agency prior to moving to the U.K. in August of 2015. Bre is responsible for business and administrative support to the team, as well as acting as an executive on transactions.
Bre is an employment/HR and immigration adviser and team executive giving transaction and executive support in other areas.
Bre is not a solicitor or attorney.
Natalie recently joined the team as a trainee solicitor in January 2017. Natalie graduated with LLB Honours from the University of Edinburgh and subsequently completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2016. During her time at university, Natalie took a particular interest in corporate and commercial subjects and participated in the pro bono legal clinic.
Natalie is based in the firm’s London office and assists partners and colleagues on most UK matters. Natalie will be admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in January 2019.
Bill works with clients to secure domestic and international trademark, copyright, and patent protections, to enforce and defend client rights, and to advise on commercializing intellectual property. As Co-Chair of the Trademark Committee of the NY State Bar Association, Chair of the NY State Bar IP Section Membership Committee he speaks to various groups regarding current and emerging IP issues. Bill is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA) as well as California Lawyers for the Arts.
Bill is a partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck and of counsel to Rooney Nimmo, where he assists firm clients with IP matters like transactional licensing and M&A related advice as well as IP prosecution work.
Bill is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and recipient of the TI:GER Certificate in Intellectual Property and IP Commercialization. He holds an MA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Georgetown University.
Bill is admitted as an attorney in New York and California.
Emre Ozgu received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1994 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1997. A partner at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP, Emre specializes in immigration law, focusing on issues of employment and family immigration.
Emre regularly assists the firm’s international clients in procuring business-related employment visas and with other immigration related matters.
Emre Ozgu is admitted as an attorney in New York.
After graduating from law school, David joined and subsequently became partner at Apuzzo & Chase, a business law firm concentrating on commercial transactions, real estate and dispute resolution. In nearly two decades since his admission to the bar, David has developed a broad and diverse legal background.
David’s corporate and M&A practice includes representation in acquisition, financing, purchases and sales of businesses, divisions and assets, new investments, and joint ventures. David assists clients in new business formation, and counsels, negotiates and reviews material contracts. David’s corporate clients include telecommunications, consumer and retail, luxury goods, transportation, personal, business and professional services, manufacturing and industrial, real estate and hospitality and a variety of regulated industries.
David’s real estate practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of industrial, commercial and residential real estate, development and construction, addressing environmental concerns, hospitality, leasing, lending and financing, foreclosure and establishment of investment funds for clients including developers, owners, managers, landlords, tenants, trusts, corporations, and individuals.
David is also familiar with commercial litigation and dispute resolution, having represented clients through all phases of litigation in state and federal court.
David earned his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in History from New York University and his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.
David is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.
Mr. Rivkin’s practice is concentrated on international litigation and arbitration. He is one of the premier go-to international litigators based in New York.
Over twenty-four years of practice Mr. Rivkin’s work has covered a wide range, including disputes arising out of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property, securities fraud (Rule 10b-5), licensing of technology, commercial fraud, racketeering (RICO), antitrust (Sherman Act),trademark infringement (Lanham Act), surety bonds, banking, lender liability, asset forfeiture and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and international arbitral awards.
In litigation, Mr. Rivkin’s clients are primarily (though not exclusively) foreign companies and nationals who find themselves in a U.S. court, either as plaintiffs or defendants. His clients range from Fortune 500 to medium size companies to closely held multinationals and family-owned concerns. He also represents high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs.
Mr. Rivkin has represented clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts of many jurisdictions, including New York, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He has conducted numerous bench and jury trials, with an exceptionally high success rate. He is strategically and tactically-minded, methodical, tenacious and thoroughly dedicated to his client’s cause.
Mr. Rivkin is also a pre-eminent U.S. art lawyer. Among his clients in this area are museums, collectors, art dealers, galleries and artists. He has litigated and arbitrated numerous matters involving issues of authenticity and ownership of artworks.
In international arbitration, Mr. Rivkin represents both U.S. and foreign companies before all major tribunals, and in ad hoc arbitrations. He has arbitrated international disputes in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, conducted under the auspices of arbitral organizations such as the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association; (AAA) the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Santiago Arbitration and Mediation Center (CAM Santiago), FINRA and UNCITRAL.
Mr. Rivkin has published widely in the area of international litigation and arbitration. His articles have appeared in the Litigation Journal of the American Bar Association, the New York Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, Law360, JD Supra, Russia’s New Advocate Gazette (Новая Адвокатская Газета) and Expect Focus. He has been quoted frequently in various publications including Inside Counsel and Law360.
Mr. Rivkin lectures and conducts continuing legal education courses in areas of international litigation and art law. He has appeared on and chaired bar association panels in several countries, including, most recently, Austria and Vietnam, on a range of topics, including recognition of foreign judgments, protection of intellectual property, and stolen and illegally traded artworks.
Mr. Rivkin is a member of:
Mr. Rivkin is fluent in Russian.
Vick Chauhan represents commercial real estate sponsors, borrowers, owners and investors on acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, recapitalizations and fund formations. His practice further specializes in franchised and independent hotel transactions. He has represented borrowers across the US on CMBS, bridge, mezzanine, debt-fund, and preferred-equity financings.
Vick grew up in hotels, where he spent his adolescent summers rotating between the front desk, housekeeping, maintenance and site visits on new hotel developments. In 2007 he was a founding principal of a US hotel private equity group focused on select service franchised hotels. Alongside his hotel specialism, Vick has experience and expertise working on corporate transactions, structuring, asset protection and asset succession at both boutique and Big Law firms. His background, which combines deep knowledge of corporate structure with entrepreneurial flair, has given Vick a uniquely comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of deal structuring, property operations, PIP implementations, and lender and franchise obligations.
Vick has a BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University and a JD from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is admitted as an attorney in New York, New Jersey and Georgia.
Vick’s recent clients have included:
Josh Moore received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a law degree with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law. Josh began his practice as corporate counsel for the largest utility in the United States, and later practiced as a litigator at a large multi-state law firm. In his career, he has successfully engineered multi-million-dollar deals and litigated cases in federal court and in state trial and appellate courts. What he enjoys most about practicing law is helping people—whether it is to build a business, fight for their rights, or plan for the future.
Josh is qualified to practice law in Georgia and New York.
Josh enjoys world travel, college football, and live music.
Odini Gogo represents public and private companies in a wide range of complex commercial transactions. Across various industries, he helps clients advance complex business interests in an array of corporate deals, including stock and asset sales, venture capital financing, joint venture transactions, private equity funds in leverage buyout transactions and related general corporate matters. Odini has vast experience in advising fund sponsors in the structuring and formation of investment funds, and fund investors in reviewing and negotiating the terms of their investments ranging from $50 million to $1 billion in real estate funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, distressed investment funds and funds of funds.
Odini received his bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Odini is qualified to practice law in Georgia and New York.
Joel Silverman is a trusted, top-performing General Counsel, having served both as outside legal adviser at several large international law firms and as in-house counsel to numerous US and foreign conglomerates, including serving as General Counsel for the American subsidiaries of a large Japanese trading company and senior adviser to established tech companies and start-ups.
Joel has broad domestic and international experience structuring, negotiating and implementing successful offshore and on-shore businesses and transactions. He is a goal-oriented problem solver with an exceptional record of simplifying processes, visualizing solutions and developing strategies to deliver win-win situations that generate profitable business results while cultivating goodwill.
Joel is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is admitted as an attorney in New York.
In addition to her private practice caseload, Jill assists Rooney Nimmo clients on real estate and tax and estate planning. Jill’s work includes real estate closings, preparation of wills, estate tax plans, health care proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney, and probate and estate administration.
Jill has been rated “AV Preeminent Rated” which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards by the LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system; qualified by the Joint Legal Referral Service of the Bar Association of the City of New York and the County Lawyers’ Association to represent clients in trust and estate matters; and qualified by the New York State Office of Court Administration to act as a Guardian ad Litem, advising judges in matters involving estate probate and administration where an interested party is under a legal disability.
Jill Kupferberg is admitted as an attorney in New York.
In addition to his own private practice, Ken assists Rooney Nimmo clients with respect to litigation matters. Ken holds law degrees from Boston College Law School (cum laude) and King’s College London (with merit), advanced degrees in history from The University at Albany-SUNY and Oxford University (with distinction), and an undergraduate degree in theology from Oral Roberts University (summa cum laude).
Kenneth Aldous is admitted as an attorney in New York, and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Chad earned his B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Chad joined and subsequently became partner at Ravin Greenberg & Friedman LLC, a boutique law firm concentrating on bankruptcy and insolvency law. Chad represents debtors, official creditors committees, trustees and creditors in both large and small cases.
Chad advises the firm’s clients with respect to bankruptcy law issues.
Chad Friedman is admitted as an attorney in New York.
Lew has operated an international legal practice based in London for over 30 years. In the 1990’s he specialised in international corporate finance and cross border inward investment projects and developed considerable experience in emerging markets such as Russia and China. In 1998 he left London to established the UK’s first virtual (digital/officeless) legal practice providing director services and board level consulting on legal and business issues and risk management for primarily internet services, software and biotech companies based or operating in Europe, US and AsiaPac. This practice focuses on growing and protecting shareholder value for investors in technology based businesses and assisting with developing and documenting global business development strategies. Lew has also worked extensively in the global charities and not for profit sector.
Lewis Jackson is a solicitor admitted in England and Wales, and admitted in New South Wales to practice in Australia.
Stewart Watt is a vastly experienced practitioner with particular expertise in employment and immigration law. He currently sits as a part time immigration judge in London, although based in Edinburgh, and was previously an employment tribunal judge.
He deals with appeals from decisions of the Home Office on all types of Immigration issues, including asylum, humanitarian protection, E.E.C. Regulations, study visas, working business and investment visas, family cases and deportation.
He complements our existing capabilities to deal with matters concerning employment law and immigration applications, practices and procedures, including both the initial advisory stage and our litigation team’s ability to present applications to the Home Office and Appeals to Immigration Tribunal against
Home Office decisions.
Stewart Watt is an employment and immigration consultant and is not an attorney or solicitor.
Bill has practised in commercial environments since 1988. Bill is Chairman of Ennova Law.
He has a broad based experience in property development (residential and commercial), licensed and unlicensed commercial contracts, bank finance and renewable energy.
A sample of work currently being completed:- refinancing transactions with major banks, licensed premises sales and acquisitions, land option deals for various renewable energy developments, advice on commercial contracts, restructuring bank finance arrangements and corporate business sales and acquisitions; – currently dealing with in excess of 150 MW of renewable energy transactions.
Areas of practice: Corporate, Commercial Property
Bill Gibson is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Sarah studied at Napier University and the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
Sarah is involved in a broad range of commercial property acquisitions and sale transactions, development work, commercial leasing, property and development finance, corporate sales and acquisitions and also advises on a variety of employment issues for both employers and individual clients.
Sarah also specialises in renewables and currently handles projects for wind farm developer clients.
Sarah also acts for investors developing wind projects and is active in negotiating and dealing with all contractual documentation from commencement to completion of such transactions.
Areas of practice: Commercial Property, Corporate, Employment
Sarah McIntosh is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Ross deals with all aspects of real estate transaction for clients and banks and with particular experience in property investment and development and renewable energy projects. Ross qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1989 and as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1997. Ross also acts for funders and has deal structuring experience for private joint venture arrangements. Ross is a former part time tutor at the University of Edinburgh tutoring in Commercial Leasing in the Professional Practice Post Graduate Unit.
Areas of practice: Commercial Property
Ross Kennedy is a solicitor admitted in England & Wales and Scotland.
Mike has considerable litigation expertise, over the last 20 years, having worked in both a large commercial practice and a smaller, specialist court firm. He is extremely experienced in both Sheriff Court and Court of Session actions. He currently practises in commercial litigation, including a large caseload of contractual disputes, principally Commercial Actions in the Court of Session, and Judicial Review. He also deals with debt recovery and bankruptcy, guardianship applications, adults with incapacity and criminal law matters, including Road Traffic offences. Other practice areas are High Court Prosecutions and confiscation proceedings under Proceeds of Crime legislation. He is a very experienced in Legal Expenses Insurance, having managed a large team and a very wide caseload. He acts as Edinburgh agent for many firms outside Edinburgh, in Court of Session and Sheriff Court cases. Areas of Practice: – Commercial Disputes Commercial Actions in Court of Session Judicial Review Legal Expenses Insurance Guardianship Criminal Law Proceeds of Crime Debt Recovery Insolvency.
Areas of practice: Litigation
Mike Wells is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Karen is a Partner in our Private Client division dealing with all aspects of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Executries for our clients. She is also a member of the Residential Property team within the firm taking on residential sales, purchases and re-mortgages as well as new build developments (from purchase of the development site, site assembly and deed of conditions through to the sale of individual units). She also has many years of experience in security work for both commercial and individual clients.
David has over 25 years of experience of contracts, dispute resolution and family law work. He regularly represents clients’ interests in the Scottish Courts and can also provide advice on alternative forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. He is involved in advising clients on all manners of different contract disputes, professional negligence, divorce and separation, in addition to a wide range of land and property matters. David particularly enjoys planning matters and has considerable public enquiry work experience.
Areas of practice: Litigation
David Wilson is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
John has practiced in Edinburgh and Tayside for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the corporate, commercial and real estate fields. In recent years John has taken on many renewable energy transactions acting for developers and land owners in the wind and hydro sectors. John also deals with many corporate transactions including company share sales and acquisitions, lease transactions and acting on behalf of property developers.
Areas of practice: Corporate, Commercial Property
John Cumming is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Rosie is a Solicitor in our dispute resolution team. Rosie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She is also a part-time tutor in Family Law at the University of Edinburgh. Rosie has a varied caseload which includes advising clients on financial provision and child law matters on divorce, cohabitation claims, and the drafting of prenuptial, pre-civil partnership contracts and cohabitation agreements. She also undertakes more general dispute resolution work including guardianship applications, commercial disputes, debt recovery and regularly appears in the Sheriff Court on behalf of her clients.
Areas of practice: Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family
Rosie Seaward is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Keith is a Legal Executive in our commercial team. He qualified from the University of Edinburgh with an LLB and completed an MSc in Real Estate Management and Development at Heriot-Watt University in 2014. Keith has experience of all aspects of real estate transactions, including investment acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing and development work. He has also advised on insolvency disposals and undertaken security work. Prior to joining Ennova Law Keith worked for the Organising Committees of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Areas of practice: Commercial Property
Keith Dunlop is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.
Chris is the Business Development Manager for the UK. His role is focussed on identifying stakeholders who are seeking investment, transformation and growth as well as areas within high growth companies, private equity and funds which would benefit from original solutions. A key aspect of this is the creation of the ‘roadmap into the launchpad’ service which he is overseeing in the UK. The goal is to maximise the global offering within the firm, so that clients have commercial confidence, clarity and flexibility.
He is the founding member of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) Green Shoots Scotland. The EISA is the national body for tax-efficient investment and Green Shoots is a subsidiary tailored to the emerging stars within venture capital in the UK with branches in London, Manchester and Scotland.
He was educated at the universities of Heriot Watt (MA), Edinburgh (LLB) and Glasgow (LLM). At Edinburgh he was the second President of the Commercial Law Society, an innovative society which secured support from the legal profession across the world and has helped traditional and non-traditional legal students secure employment in leading law firms across the world. He maintains an active interest in the success of this endeavour.
Charles Arrowsmith is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Philosophy degree in Screen Media and Cultures. He later earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration through the Mountbatten Institute and St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Charles began his career with Independent Media Support in London, where he produced subtitles for live television shows on Sky News and Sky Sports channels. In 2011, he relocated to New York to work for the British Government as Assistant Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Consul General, later becoming Deputy Chief of Staff at the British Consulate General. He joined Rooney Nimmo in October 2017.
Alison joined the firm in 2009, when the law firm was established and is Company Secretary. Alison worked at Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh in their accountancy division for some thirteen years, as an Executive Assistant with various senior members of staff including for seven years as an Executive Assistant to an Audit Partner. In 2002, Alison joined Inveresk Research as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer and Group Financial Controller and was recruited by the former Inveresk chief executive as PA when he established his own company, 1wn in 2005.