Firm Elects Three New Partners and One Counsel

December 11, 2012
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP announced that, effective January 1, 2013, Michelle W. Cohen, James F. Murdica, and Harry Sandick will become partners of the firm and Jean L. Tom will become counsel.

Michelle W. Cohen practices in the firm's Litigation department, where she represents clients in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts. Her primary areas of practice include complex commercial litigation and investigations. She also represents clients responding to inquiries and subpoenas from government agencies. Ms. Cohen served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Louis L. Stanton in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as Symposia Editor of the Cardozo Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. Ms. Cohen received her B.A. from The University of Wisconsin.

James F. Murdica practices in the firm’s Litigation department with a concentration in products liability litigation. Mr. Murdica's practice focuses on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device cases in state and federal courts nationwide, including multi-district litigation. In 2012, he played a key role in securing favorable decisions from the highest state courts in New Jersey and Texas for clients that manufacture medical devices and biologic medicines. He is a member of DRI's Drug and Medical Device Committee. Mr. Murdica received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his B.A. from Cornell University.

Harry Sandick practices in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Team, the Mortgage and Credit Crisis Litigation Team, and the Complex Commercial Actions Team. Mr. Sandick focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities fraud, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Sandick served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted financial fraud cases and other crimes, acting as lead counsel in 12 trials and more than 20 appeals. He served as Deputy Chief for Criminal Appeals, supervising more than 80 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Acting Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. Following law school, Mr. Sandick served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard J. Cardamone for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Sandick received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and Research Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude.

Jean L. Tom practices in the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. Ms. Tom advises public charities and private foundations on tax compliance, organizational structuring (e.g., subsidiaries, affiliates, joint ventures, mergers), public/private partnerships, political intervention and lobbying, program-related investing, international activities, governance issues such as fiduciary responsibilities and endowment issues, and general corporate and employment matters. Ms. Tom has also represented organizations in connection with Attorney General investigations and IRS audits. Ms. Tom served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and she currently serves as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Tom received her J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as Articles Editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude. Ms. Tom is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.