Willkie Adds Intellectual Property Trial Attorney Aliza George Carrano in Washington, DC

New York, NY, November 16, 2022 --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of IP trial attorney Aliza George Carrano as a partner based in the Washington, DC office and member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments, and Technology Patent Litigation Practice. She is the sixth partner to join the Firm’s IP Department since last year, following other additions in Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York spanning IP and patent litigation as well as transactional capabilities.

“Aliza is a trial attorney with deep experience in complex patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and appeals. She is a strong addition to our versatile IP platform and to our growing Washington, DC office, which now includes over 130 lawyers focused on the most challenging issues faced by our clients by regulations and in the courts,” said David Mortlock, Managing Partner of the Washington office. 

Indranil (Indy) Mukerji, Head of Technology Patent Litigation, commented: “Our clients are at the forefront of innovation every day, and Willkie’s continued commitment to our team’s growth and expanding bench of capabilities reflect that. Aliza’s IP trial experience, strong technical background, and client relationships will be a meaningful addition to our team.  She will also be a great fit for our clients, which include many tech companies, as we continue to help them solve complex IP challenges and disputes that are mission-critical to their business, both in court and at the Patent Office.”

Aliza’s practice focuses on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and appeals particularly in the areas of electronics, software, wireless communications, medical devices, financial technology, optics, and mechanical systems. Aliza has represented clients before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. With a background in computer science, Aliza is also a registered patent attorney and further advises clients in non-contentious patent matters, patent preparation and prosecution, intellectual property licensing, trademark and brand protection, and false advertising and claim substantiation matters. She was previously a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

Aliza commented: “Willkie has top-tier IP litigation and technology-focused platforms.  I look forward to being a part of the Firm’s talented litigation team, which is well-known for its collaborative, innovative and commercial approach to helping clients navigate complex IP disputes.”

With more than 50 lawyers, Willkie’s Intellectual Property Department represents clients from across the globe in litigation, transactions, counseling, and licensing on issues involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, and trade secrets. Our experience covers most industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer products, information and financial services, electronic devices, traditional and new media publishing, e-commerce, energy, sports, insurance, and music rights. Our Technology Patent Litigation team is experienced in representing many of the world’s largest and most recognizable companies in complex, high-stakes patent lawsuits, before juries and agencies alike, in federal courts and tribunals around the country.


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,100 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue. Tel: 212.728.8000.


Willkie Adds Private Equity Partner Larissa Marcellino In New York

New York, NY, October 18, 2022 --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of Larissa Marcellino as a partner based in the New York office and member of the Private Equity Practice Group.  She is part of the Asset Management Department and Corporate & Financial Services Department. She previously served as General Counsel of Aquiline Capital Partners, a New York and London-based private investment firm and longtime Willkie client.

During her tenure, Larissa advised Aquiline on fund formation, fund counseling, regulatory, co-investment and M&A matters across Aquiline’s private equity, venture and credit strategies.  Prior to joining Aquiline in 2018, Larissa focused on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions at a large international law firm.

“Larissa is an outstanding lawyer whose experience both in-house and in private practice will enhance our private equity platform, and in particular enhance our strength in advising middle market sponsors who may not have a legal department in-house,” said Jeffrey Poss, Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice Group. “Her years of serving as general counsel at a prominent private equity firm provide her with a unique and well-rounded perspective that will be of value to many of our 300+ sponsor clients, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Willkie.”

Larissa commented: “I’m delighted to join Willkie’s premier private equity and asset management practice, and look forward to applying my experience to a wide range of sophisticated transactions, fund matters and partner arrangements.  I have experienced firsthand Willkie’s ability to provide a full service, 360° platform and am proud to join the firm in delivering comprehensive solutions for general partners and the funds they manage.”

Willkie is a preeminent advisor to private equity clients, having counseled sponsors and private equity targets for more than 50 years. Our lawyers, approximately 600 of whom regularly advise clients in this industry, have the knowledge and skills to handle private equity matters worldwide and unparalleled cross-border capabilities across North America and Europe. Willkie has developed a 360° platform to provide comprehensive advice to private equity sponsors and portfolio companies, advising on everything from fund formations, platform acquisitions, tuck-in acquisitions and joint ventures, to bank credit and other debt financings, IPOs, follow-on offerings, SPACs, PIPEs and ultimate exits, as well as the full suite of regulatory matters. Because of this approach, clients regularly grow with Willkie throughout their lifecycle. Our Private Equity Practice Group handles transactions and cross-border matters worldwide, with attorneys practicing in 13 key market centers across the United States and Europe.


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue. Tel: 212.728.8000.

Willkie Adds Prominent Real Estate Team In Los Angeles

New York, NY (October 17, 2022) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced today that Misty Sanford, Karen Lorang and Aimee Contreras-Camua have joined the Firm as partners in the Real Estate Department. They are based in Los Angeles, and Misty will serve as Chair, Real Estate – West Coast. Collectively they bring more than four decades of experience and a deep understanding of the full lifecycle of real estate matters. With the team’s arrival, Willkie’s Real Estate Department has over 50 lawyers nationwide, led by 12 partners, eight of whom are women. 

Thomas Henry, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Department, commented:  “We have more than doubled the size of our Real Estate team in the last five years, with a coast-to-coast presence in the U.S., coupled with global capabilities in Europe. Misty, Karen and Aimee have built a sophisticated national practice with an emphasis on the West Coast market, and their experience will mesh perfectly with our existing, best-in-class real estate services.”

Alex Weingarten, Managing Partner of Willkie’s Los Angeles office, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic team to our growing LA office, which now includes more than 70 lawyers. Misty, Karen and Aimee each have strong ties to the Los Angeles community through their client work as well as pro bono commitments and other civic engagement, and they will further broaden Willkie’s presence in the market.” 

Misty Sanford commented: “We are delighted to be a part of Willkie’s elite, global real estate team, which is well known for its first-class industry knowledge and experience, and exceptional client service. Karen, Aimee and I also look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of Willkie’s Los Angeles office.”

Misty, Karen and Aimee advise clients on all aspects of complex real estate matters, with an emphasis on purchase and sale, finance, redevelopment, joint ventures, leasing, environmental issues, public/private partnerships and workouts, which allows them to assist with the full lifecycle of a real estate asset. They regularly advise clients on their large-scale, most complex development projects.  Their work includes international, national and local representation of a wide range of institutional investors, private equity firms, developers, multinational corporations, REITs, investment banks, opportunity funds, foundations, nonprofits and individual entrepreneurs. They each have extensive experience with a variety of real estate assets, including mixed-use developments, full-service resorts, industrial facilities, office buildings, retail developments and multifamily properties.

Misty, Karen and Aimee join Willkie from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

Willkie represents a diverse group of U.S. and non-U.S. clients in real estate transactions throughout the United States and internationally. We are actively involved in numerous complex real estate transactions involving high-profile projects for a broad range of clients, including developers, public and private real estate companies, institutional investors, money-center banks, private equity sponsors and hedge funds. The team regularly advises large institutional clients on multibillion-dollar transactions, organizes public and private REITs, and advises on operating company/property company transactions, REIT mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and securitized financings, as well as other transactions involving public and private capital markets.



Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue. Tel: 212.728.8000.