Willkie Adds Former Federal Prosecutor Marina A. Torres as White-Collar Litigation Partner in Los Angeles

New York, NY, January 30, 2023 -- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Marina A. Torres has joined the Firm as a partner in in the Litigation Department, where she is part of Willkie’s White-Collar Defense Practice. She is based in Los Angeles.

A former federal prosecutor with over 30 trials in federal and state courts, Marina is an experienced litigator whose trial practice has included complex commercial litigation, criminal investigations and enforcement. She has broad experience with government enforcement actions, corporate internal investigations, and solving complex and sensitive legal, policy, and regulatory issues.

Marina is an exceptional litigator and passionate advocate for justice,” said Alex Weingarten, Managing Partner of Willkie’s Los Angeles office. “With experience in government and in private practice, Marina has a rich and diverse background that will further bolster our growing Los Angeles team of more than 75 lawyers, and further expand our ability to meet the needs of our clients in the region.”

For six years, Marina served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the District of Columbia and the Central District of California. Prior to that, she was a political appointee with the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, where she was part of the policy team leading the design and implementation of the President’s executive actions on immigration. Marina was also a candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney in the 2022 election. Most recently, she was of counsel at California litigation boutique Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg LLP.

Marina commented: “Willkie’s deep bench of outstanding litigators combined with its dynamic and growing team in Los Angeles make the firm an ideal fit for the next phase of my career, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Willkie.” 

Willkie’s Litigation Department includes approximately 250 lawyers worldwide who represent major U.S. and non-U.S. financial services companies, accounting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, media companies, and individuals in complex commercial and class-action litigation. The Department has extensive experience conducting internal corporate investigations and internal corporate matters. In addition, the team regularly represents companies and individuals in investigative and enforcement proceedings brought by federal and state regulatory agencies.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides leading-edge legal solutions on complex, business critical issues spanning markets and industries. Our approximately 1,200 attorneys across 13 offices worldwide deliver innovative, pragmatic and sophisticated legal services across approximately 40 practice areas. Learn more at www.willkie.com.

Willkie Elects 18 New Partners

New York, NY, December 22, 2022 --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced today that it has elected 18 new partners, effective January 1, 2023.

“We are proud to welcome this talented group of lawyers to our partnership,” said Firm Chairman Thomas Cerabino. “They embody our commitment to exceptional client service and further strengthen our Asset Management, Corporate & Financial Services, Finance, Litigation and Real Estate platforms.”

Firm Chairman Matthew Feldman commented: “We congratulate all members of our new partner class on this significant achievement and look forward to their continued success at the Firm.”

The new partners are: 

Benjamin B. Allensworth: Asset Management (Washington, D.C.) 
Margo A. Bailey: Corporate & Financial Services (Washington, D.C.) 
Charlotta Chung: Finance (New York) 
Philip F. DiSanto: Litigation (New York) 
Andrew English: Litigation (Washington, D.C.)  
James Fitzmaurice: Litigation (New York)  
Meryl Governski: Litigation (Washington, D.C.) 
Samuel Hall: Litigation (Washington, D.C.)  
Sean Hanle: Litigation (Los Angeles) 
Aaron J. Hersh: Litigation (Chicago) 
David Jansen: Corporate & Financial Services (Frankfurt)
Hugh J. McLaughlin: Corporate & Financial Services (New York) 
Vanessa C. Richardson: Litigation (New York) 
Aaron T. Savella: Corporate & Financial Services (Houston) 
Skyler J. Silvertrust: Litigation (Chicago) 
Justin J. Sommerkamp: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Allie R. Strauss: Real Estate (New York)  
Jordan C. Wall: Litigation (New York) 

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides leading-edge legal solutions on complex, business critical issues spanning markets and industries. Our approximately 1,200 attorneys across 13 offices worldwide deliver innovative, pragmatic and sophisticated legal services across approximately 40 practice areas. Learn more at www.willkie.com

 

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.

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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.