FisherBroyles, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of six new partners to its New York office in less than four months.  These attorneys bring a wealth of new expertise and clients to the firm and increase its depth in a variety of areas including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, securities, secured and unsecured financings, syndicated credits, private equity, technology and e-commerce start-ups, fintech, blockchain technology, commercial real estate, international transactions including inbound and outbound investments, patent litigation, healthcare, and regulatory compliance. Kevin Broyles, the firm’s Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, observed that “our New York office is on course to finish the year with well over 30 partners and its rapid growth will help propel the firm into the AmLaw 200 in short order.” James Fisher, the firm’s other Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, added that “FisherBroyles is the undisputed leader in the cloud-based distributed law firm platform and there is no question that our Law Firm 2.0® model is here to stay.  With over 200 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide, we are the first and only non-traditional law firm in our space to have reached critical mass. It’s very exciting and quite humbling at the same time.  Stay tuned for further exciting developments in the near future.”

Daniel Mizrahi

Daniel Mizrahi joins the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group as a commercial real estate attorney.  Mr. Mizrahi has over 20 years of experience representing a variety of clients in the acquisition, joint venture, development, financing, sale and leasing of commercial properties.  During his career, he has represented a wide range of clients including public companies, private equity funds, family offices, developers, owners, operators, retailers, visitor-attraction companies, restaurateurs, real estate investors and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Mizrahi brings a deep understanding of complex real estate transactions which he developed while working for over a decade at some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms including Paul Hastings and Pryor Cashman.  He also focused on real estate matters during an in-house position at Citigroup.

Michael Cone, FisherBroyles’ New York and Washington, D.C. Office Managing Partner, said, “Daniel’s background and experience extend the depth of the firm’s Real Estate Group, which now consists of more than 20 attorneys licensed across 13 jurisdictions. He is a highly detail-oriented practitioner and a key addition to the New York office.”

Christopher Schultz

Christopher Schultz has joined the firm’s Corporate and International Law Practice Groups. Mr. Schultz has served for many years as a key strategic advisor to public and private companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, and private real estate funds. His practice includes significant work on cross-border transactions representing both U.S. companies making outbound investments into Europe, Latin America and Asia, and foreign companies making inbound investments into the United States.

In addition to his law firm experience, Mr. Schultz has served as a senior officer of a New York Stock Exchange company and his business and finance experience and strategic perspective have made him a key advisor to clients in a variety of industries. Mr. Schultz frequently advises private business owners and CFOs regarding strategic transactions, raising capital, intellectual property rights, and key strategic issues that impact the growth and success of companies. His background as a corporate officer gives him a unique perspective on the business and financial issues that impact companies and makes him a go-to legal advisor for CEOs and CFOs.

Michael Cone noted that “Chris is a seasoned deal maker and strategic advisor who has led cross-border deals involving clients in more than 25 different countries.  He further strengthens our extensive corporate and international practices and we are delighted to have him on board Law Firm 2.0®.”

Marcus Wilkinson

Marcus Wilkinson is another new addition to the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.  For nearly 30 years, Mr. Wilkinson has represented businesses, entrepreneurs and investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, angel investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters. His experience spans a wide variety of industries, countries and transaction sizes, and he is well-versed in the different transaction structures as well as the legal and tax issues involved in each of them.

Mr. Wilkinson has represented financial institutions and angel investors in dozens of rounds of financing involving their purchase of convertible notes or preferred securities of fast-growing companies.  Consequently, Marcus is intimately familiar with the issues that are of greatest interest to both the companies that are raising capital, as well as the investors who provide that capital.

In addition, Mr. Wilkinson has represented dozens of privately-held start-up companies and their founders, primarily in the technology and e-commerce arenas.  In that capacity, he has counseled clients on the full range of legal issues that arise over the course of a company’s lifetime, starting with pre-formation issues, progressing through several rounds of financing, and often culminating in an exit transaction such as a sale or IPO.

Kevin Broyles added that “the breadth and depth of Marcus’s experience, covering high-end mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, combined with years of mentoring entrepreneurs and start-up companies from inception to IPO or exit sale, offer our clients significant value.  We are very pleased that Marcus is bringing his unique wealth of experience to FisherBroyles.”

Michael Pierson

Michael Pierson has joined the firm’s Securities and Private Equity Practice Group and will also chair the firm’s newly formed FinTech and Blockchain Practice Group. Over the course of his career, Mr. Pierson has advised US and global private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, broker-dealer and investment management clients.  These clients ranged from some of the largest and most prominent financial institutions to firms engaged in specialized aspects of the securities businesses, including fintech companies and investment boutiques.

He also represents technology companies and acts as outside general counsel to start-up and established companies operating in the blockchain, data security and privacy, martech, media, and telecommunications spaces.

Mr. Pierson began his career as an attorney at the SEC where he was responsible for regulations affecting the securities markets.  At Morgan Lewis, he counseled private fund, broker-dealer, and investment management clients on a range of matters, including securities regulation, M&A, fund formation, and investor communications. He served as Assistant General Counsel for Goldman Sachs where he advised both the firm’s internal private equity group and its securities division, and he also served as counsel to Silver Lake and Barclays. Most recently, he co-founded and served as the General Counsel to a technology company which partnered with one of the world’s largest media, advertising, and communications groups.

Michael Cone noted that “Michael is key to the firm’s growth in securities and private equity, and his experience with fintech and blockchain companies adds to the firm’s depth of experience in counseling emerging market participants.” James Fisher added, “We are delighted that Michael has agreed to chair the firm’s multidisciplinary FinTech and Blockchain Practice Group. His addition to the firm evidences our commitment to market leadership and positioning ourselves to work hand in hand with the next generation of companies who are revolutionizing the financial services and technology industries.”

Dr. Gurpreet Singh (“Ray”) Walia

Dr. Gurpreet Singh (“Ray”) Walia practices commercial and intellectual property litigation in a variety of disciplines, including pharmaceutical patent litigation and Hatch-Waxman litigation.  He represents generic pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigation and also practices healthcare, regulatory, and compliance law.

Prior to law school, Dr. Walia completed his premedical education at Delhi University and earned a medical doctorate degree from Armed Forces Medical College, the second highest ranked medical school in India.  After completing internal medicine and anesthesiology residencies at Johns Hopkins Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he practiced as an attending anesthesiologist physician in several American hospitals.

Dr. Walia earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Real Property Law Journal, Articles & Notes Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, president of the Patent Law Society, and as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

While at Kaye Sholer, Dr. Walia represented branded pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigation, and now focuses his patent litigation practice on representing generic pharmaceutical companies in major ANDA litigations.

Dr. Walia is the co-author and associate editor of the American Bar Association treatises ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators, and Pre-ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Developing a Drug and Patent Portfolio.  He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and has conversational knowledge of several other Indian languages.

Kevin Broyles commented that “Ray has been widely recognized by the legal community for his remarkable legal talent and we are obviously pleased to have a leading ANDA pharmaceutical patent litigator join the firm.  We also have a large body of partners situated across the nation who stand ready to help Ray develop and service his extensive network of business and legal contacts in India.”

Stephen J. Di Cioccio

Stephen J. Di Cioccio has over 30 years of experience helping foreign and domestic financial institutions, corporations, not-for profit organizations, and individuals meet their business objectives.

Mr. Di Cioccio’s practice encompasses a broad range of transactional matters, with an emphasis on secured and unsecured financings. Clients regularly call on Stephen when extending commercial credit facilities, issuing debt for working capital, expansion, or acquisitions, entering into M&A, joint ventures, and consulting and cooperation agreements, and resolving governance and compensation issues.

From the beginning of his legal career as an in-house bank regulatory attorney at Citibank, through his role as partner and special counsel in AMLaw 100 firms, Mr. Di Cioccio has consistently provided effective and practical legal advice to his clients.

Michael Cone stated, “A significant percentage of the firm’s revenues are generated through internal cross-marketing, referrals, and teamwork, and Stephen’s broad financing background, coupled with his well-established network of European and Asian clients and law firms, offers significant synergies with FisherBroyles partners across the spectrum.”

James Fisher added, “We are very excited to have Stephen join our dynamic team in New York. His background in syndicated credits, securitizations, unique secured credit structures, and profit and non-profit joint ventures will enhance the scope and geography of FisherBroyles’ banking and corporate practice areas.”

About FisherBroyles, LLP

Founded in 2002, FisherBroyles, LLP was the first in the U.S., and now the largest full-service, cloud-based distributed law firm partnership in the world. As one of the fastest growing law firms in the nation, FisherBroyles has over 200 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Its efficient and cost-effective Law Firm 2.0® model leverages talent and technology instead of unnecessary overhead that does not add value to clients, all without sacrificing BigLaw quality.

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