Patterson Belknap Announces Six New Counsel

December 12, 2013

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP announced that, effective January 1, 2014, Aron Fischer, Brian P. Guiney, Jean-Claude Lanza, Carl A. Merino, David Slarskey and A. Leah Vickers will become counsel to the firm.

Aron Fischer practices in the firm’s Litigation department and has significant experience in intellectual property litigation, complex commercial disputes, employment matters and defamation cases. Mr. Fischer has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in successful patent trials and appeals involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology products. He is a member of the firm’s anti-counterfeiting team and has litigated a number of additional trademark and unfair competition cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Fischer also defends clients in employment and defamation cases, regularly obtaining dismissal before trial. Mr. Fischer served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General's Honors Program under Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Brian P. Guiney practices in the firm's Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights department. Mr. Guiney has represented debtors and creditors with respect to all aspects of financial distress across a wide array of sectors, including health care and hospitals, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, finance and banking. He has significant experience in proceedings under the Bankruptcy Code and has represented official committees, financial institutions, indenture trustees, trade creditors and landlords in connection with Chapter 7 liquidations, Chapter 11 reorganizations and ancillary proceedings under Chapter 15. Mr. Guiney also advises clients regarding other insolvency matters including bank seizures, broker-dealer failures, state receiverships, workouts and out of court restructurings. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, where he was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College, magna cum laude.

Jean-Claude Lanza practices in the firm’s Corporate department, focusing on cross-border corporate finance. Mr. Lanza represents institutional banking clients in a wide variety of transactions related to cross-border financings and reorganizations, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt, project financings, acquisitions, exchange listings, spin-offs and divestitures, as well as tender, exchange and rights offers. In addition to his transactional experience, Mr. Lanza advises corporations on securities law and governance matters, including SEC filings and public disclosure, agency-related appointments and public exchange listing requirements, along with federal anti-bribery laws and compliance programs. Apart from the firm’s financial institution clientele, Mr. Lanza represents a broad spectrum of clients, including start-up advanced energy companies, a foreign securities exchange, SEC registered investment advisers and international not-for-profit agencies. Mr. Lanza received his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Fordham University.

Carl Merino practices in the firm’s Tax department. Mr. Merino advises clients on domestic and foreign business acquisitions, international corporate reorganizations and investment structuring. He also advises clients on cross-border employment arrangements and other compensation-related matters, income and transfer tax planning for individuals and trusts, unrelated business income tax issues for exempt organizations, charitable gifts, real estate transfer taxes and other federal, state, local and international tax issues. Mr. Merino represents multinational companies, nonprofit organizations, family management offices, entrepreneurs and other clients. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He received his B.A. from American Jewish University, summa cum laude.

David Slarskey practices in the firm’s Litigation department, with a focus on complex commercial and financial matters. Mr. Slarskey has been active in intellectual property litigation, cross-border disputes, real estate litigation and legal malpractice defense. He is experienced in both federal and state trial court and appellate practice, and alternate dispute resolution, including mediation and both domestic and international arbitration. Mr. Slarskey served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. I. Leo Glasser, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as Associate Managing Editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.

A. Leah Vickers practices in the firm’s Litigation department, representing clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, false advertising, employment and white collar defense. Her work has included the representation of financial guarantors against sponsors of mortgage-backed securities, the owner of the copyright and trademark rights to a famous cartoon character and a medical device manufacturer in the defense of false advertising claims. Ms. Vickers served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. William H. Walls of the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as Lead Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. She received her B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University, magna cum laude, with honors in Philosophy, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.