Firm Elects New Leaders

November 4, 2002

Ms. Korman joined the firm as a partner in 1997 in the firm's nationally recognized tax-exempt organizations practice. Throughout the past twenty years, Ms. Korman has represented tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, trade associations, health care organizations and social service agencies. Patterson Belknap's tax-exempt organizations practice is one of the largest in the United States, with clients throughout the world. Ms. Korman received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. from Cornell University. Mr. Schmitt became a partner in 1989 and has been Chair of the firm's Commercial Group and Corporate Department since 1995. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, and general corporate and securities law. He represents a wide range of clients from individual investors to multinational conglomerates. Mr. Schmitt received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and an A.B. from Georgetown University. Mr. Diskant came to the firm from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, in 1981. Prior to his position there as Chief Appellate Attorney, Mr. Diskant clerked with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He has broad-ranging extensive trial and appellate experience with an emphasis on patent litigation, securities and contract disputes, unfair competition and false advertising, and issues relevant to the media industry. He received his J.D. from Columbia University and his A.B. from Princeton University. During Mr. Schwarz’s tenure as Managing Partner the firm expanded its practices, most notably into patent litigation, while also holding the position as number one among large New York City law firms in pro bono activities for the last three years. According to Ms. Korman, Patterson Belknap plans "to continue as a dynamic and successful independent New York-based firm, with a commitment to public service."