In our latest roundup of Atlanta partner promotions at 10 firms, women making partner outnumbered the men nine to seven.
The latest firms announcing partner promotions range from national Am Law firms like Seyfarth Shaw, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Dentons to some well-known local firms such as Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, Weathington McGrew and Fried Rogers Goldberg. All promotions were effective Jan. 1.
The promotions, which show a notable gender balance at many of the firms, come as general counsels of 170 companies penned an open letter to Big Law lamenting new partner classes that “remain largely male and largely white.” The letter says their companies will prioritize firms that demonstrate diversity and inclusion.
Seyfarth has elected five Atlanta lawyers to partner out of 24 firmwide. Eric Barton is a litigator with a focus on business disputes, including trade secrets and financial services litigation. Rebecca Davis handles environmental regulation, compliance and litigation, as well as more general business and real estate disputes.
Sharon Cook Poorak is an immigration lawyer representing corporate clients. Steven Richman is a corporate lawyer advising institutional investors and businesses. Esther Slater McDonald handles class actions and complex commercial litigation in consumer protection, data privacy, contract disputes, employment and other matters.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Bryan Cave has elected 23 new lawyers to partnership internationally, including Angelia Duncan and Tiffany McKenzie in Atlanta. Duncan is a litigator handling business disputes, employment matters and unfair competition, as well as real estate and construction matters. McKenzie advises clients on estate planning, family wealth transfer tax planning, succession planning and handles fiduciary litigation.
Dentons’ 15 newly-promoted U.S. partners include Robin Johnson in Atlanta. Johnson is a litigator who represents insurance companies on coverage and bad faith claims, which includes rendering coverage opinions.
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
Bondurant has elected Naveen Ramachandrappa to the partnership—one of 18 newly-promoted partners at the 30-lawyer litigation firm. Ramachandrappa handles appellate litigation, class actions and other complex litigation. He’s won cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Weathington McGrew, a medical malpractice and liability defense boutique, has promoted David Hanson and Lindsay Forlines to partner. Hanson handles a variety of litigation, including medical-malpractice defense, trade secret and restrictive covenant disputes, privacy and data security and other business litigation. Forlines has defended doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers against professional negligence claims since she started practicing law in 2008.
Fried Rogers Goldberg
Plaintiffs firm Fried Rogers Goldberg has made Brian Mohs a partner. He represents people injured in collisions with trucks or other commercial vehicles. Since joining Fried Rogers from a defense firm, he’s helped win more than $56 million for his clients, according to the firm, and has acted as lead counsel or second chair in four jury trials and one federal bench trial, all of which resulted in favorable client verdicts.
The national labor and employment firm has named Patrick Ryan at its Atlanta headquarters one of its five new partners. Ryan is a member of the wage-and-hour practice and handles class actions, arbitration, counseling and government investigations for employers.
Ogletree has elected 17 new partners, including Shontell Powell in Atlanta. The firm announced that 65 percent of its new partner class is female. Powell advises employers on occupational safety and health law, which includes compliance and enforcement matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and state review boards. She worked in the Commission’s office of general counsel for more than six years before joining Ogletree.
The labor and employment firm has named Ashley Nunneker a partner. A litigator, she focuses on advising and defending hospitality clients in employment matters. She also founded the Power Suit Project in 2014, an Atlanta networking nonprofit for professional women.
Friend, Hudak & Harris
The business law boutique has promoted Ben Byrd to partner. Byrd has represented businesses in disputes in forums ranging from small-claims court to the Georgia Supreme Court. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance, particularly in the telecommunications industry.
Patent law firm Cantor Colburn promoted Tina Dorr and David Kincaid to counsel in Atlanta. Dorr represents clients on patents in the chemical, life science, semiconductor and materials disciplines. Kincaid advises clients on patents mainly for electrical and computer-related technologies, but has handled intellectual property matters across a range of technical fields, including aerospace, automotive and oil and gas.