Press Release January 4, 2017

Alston & Bird Elects 20 New Partners

Alston & Bird has announced the election of 20 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1.

“Our new partners have demonstrated their leadership in serving our clients and our firm with distinction,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays. “This is an extraordinary group of attorneys, representing the very best of Alston & Bird and the kind of leaders our clients and our teams want to work with.”

The firm’s new partners are: 

  •  Shri Abhyankar (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Focusing on IP litigation and counseling, he represents clients in patent litigation and enforcement throughout the U.S. district courts and before the International Trade Commission. 
  •  Adam M. Baker (New York) has been named a partner in our Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory matters, representing public companies and corporate directors and officers in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other criminal and civil authorities. 
  •  Brian D. Boone (Charlotte) has been named a partner in our Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state appellate and trial courts, and arbitration panels in cases involving constitutional law, antitrust issues, and health care, securities, and state consumer fraud laws. 
  •  Xavier M. Brandwajn (Silicon Valley) has been named a partner in our Intellectual Property Litigation Group, where he represents U.S. and international clients in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and complex commercial disputes before U.S. federal and state courts, arbitration bodies, and the International Trade Commission. 
  •  Emily Seymour Costin (Washington, D.C.) has been named a partner in our Compensation, Benefits & ERISA Litigation Group. She represents employee benefit plan sponsors, insurers, and fiduciaries in a wide range of ERISA class actions, single-plaintiff matters, and government investigations/litigations involving 401(k)/employer stock programs, employee stock ownership plans, benefit terminations, investment/fee matters, and individual benefit claims. 
  •  Christopher TL Douglas (Charlotte) has been named a partner in our Intellectual Property Patent Prosecution Group. He focuses on representing both petitioners and patent owners before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in pre- and post-grant proceedings covering a broad range of complex technologies, including bar code scanning, energy management, marine electronics, data encryption, and global positioning systems. 
  •  Martin H. Dozier (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Financial Services & Products Group. He advises business development companies and other alternative investment vehicles, including public and private companies, on such matters as fund formation, public securities offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate governance. 
  •  Jonathan T. Edwards (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Group, where he represents a variety of clients in complex bankruptcy cases, workouts, debt restructurings, distressed acquisitions and dispositions, and complex commercial litigation and advises on bankruptcy structuring issues in leveraged finance, securitization, and structured finance transactions. 
  •  David A. Freedman (New York) has been named a partner in our Real Estate Finance & Investment Group. He focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate finance, representing national banks and other institutional investors on the origination, purchase, sale, and other dispositions of senior and subordinate debt secured by complex commercial properties throughout the U.S. 
  •  George “Bo” S. Griffith IV (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Financial Services & Products Group. He counsels financial institutions, payment systems providers, and wealth management companies in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions – including public and private securities offerings – in addition to advising on securities regulation and reporting and corporate governance. 
  •  Russell A. Hilton (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Health Care Group. He represents public, private, and not-for-profit health care companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing transactions, and public and private securities offerings and advises on corporate governance matters and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and reporting. 
  •  Jason W. Howard (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Real Estate Finance & Investment Group. Representing developers, purchasers, and sellers in all aspects of real estate transactions across a variety of asset classes, he also represents both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions and workouts, including commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans, asset-based loans, and project financings. 
  •  Matthew W. Howell (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He represents clients before U.S. federal and state courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and International Trade Commission, focusing on patent litigation in the chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical arts. 
  •  Michael D. Jewesson (Dallas) has been named a partner in our Finance Group. He focuses on finance and corporate securities matters, with an emphasis on representing borrowers, issuers, sellers, servicers, rating agencies, lenders, and investors in public and private issuances of asset-backed securities and commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities. 
  •  Julie Mediamolle (Washington, D.C.) has been named a partner in our Corporate Transactions & Securities Group. She advises private and public companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, and limited partnership and limited liability company formation and structuring, in addition to counseling companies on corporate governance, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, and general securities compliance. 
  •  Raad “Rudy” S. Missmar (Washington, D.C.) has been named a partner in our Health Care Group. He assists pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies with technology and services reimbursement issues under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System and Current Procedural Terminology and represents clients in matters before Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and local Medicare administrative contractors. 
  •  Jason D. Popp (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He has broad experience representing clients in complex disputes involving the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and health care laws and regulations, and he routinely defends clients in qui tam litigation and associated government investigations involving the U.S. Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. 
  •  R. Colgate Selden (Washington, D.C.) has been named a partner in our Financial Services & Products Group. He counsels clients on compliance with the full range of federal and state consumer financial services laws and regulations relevant to origination, closing, servicing, collection, secondary market, and ancillary service provider activities, including the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Dodd-Frank Act. 
  •  Allison S. Thompson (Atlanta) has been named a partner in our Litigation & Trial Practice Group. She represents clients in a broad range of industries – including financial services, real estate, insurance, health care, telecommunications, and manufacturing – in complex business litigation related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and other federal laws. 
  •  Karen J. Wade (Dallas) has been named a partner in our Finance Group. She focuses on real estate and real-estate-based finance matters, representing loan sellers in commercial mortgage-backed securities and single-family rental securitizations, including representations and warranties compliance, disclosure, and other matters related to the aggregation of loans for securitization.
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