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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded in New York with the hiring of litigation partner Shireen Barday, who previously practiced at Kirkland & Ellis.

Barday’s practice encompasses commercial and class action litigation, shareholder litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance matters.

“Shireen is a young star in the New York litigation bar. She has already distinguished herself as a dynamic litigator with a focus on securities and complex commercial litigation that is a perfect fit for our litigation practice here and firmwide,” Randy Mastro, co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group, said in a statement.

Shireen Barday

During her time at Kirkland, Barday worked on a major cross-border matter alongside Gibson Dunn litigators Mark Kirsch and Anne Champion and came away impressed with their work. Barday advised United Airlines, while Kirsch and Champion advised Synergy Aerospace Corp. in a lawsuit brought by Kingsland Holdings Limited in February 2017 against United, Synergy and Avianca Holdings. Kingsland dropped the lawsuit near the end of 2017 after being countersued by Avianca.

“I’ve done a tremendous amount of Delaware litigation during my career. I am a generalist with a sort of specialty in business litigation, and joining Gibson Dunn offered an opportunity for me to marry my practice with a larger one,” Barday said.

Commenting on Barday’s departure, Kirkland litigation partner Mark Filip, who is a member of the firm’s global management committee, said, “Shireen did excellent litigation work for the Firm and its clients. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Gibson & Dunn also announced today that the firm has hired Gerald Farano, an energy transactions partner in Denver who previously practiced law at Jones Day and at Winston & Strawn. Farano advises clients in the energy industry on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings and project development.

“Jerry is an accomplished transactional lawyer whose knowledge of the power energy space will further fuel our rapidly expanding market position,” Beau Stark, the firm’s Denver managing partner, said in a statement.