Fox Rothschild To Launch its New Fiscal Year With Practice and Office Leadership Transitions

March 31, 2014 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce it has appointed new leadership to five of the firm’s departments as well as a new managing partner for its Philadelphia office and co-managing partners for its Denver office.

Effective April 1, the following leadership will be in place:

  • Corporate Department: Jeffrey H. Nicholas (Warrington, PA)
  • Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department: Brett A. Axelrod (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Intellectual Property Department: Jim M. Singer (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Labor and Employment Department: Ian D. Meklinsky (Princeton, NJ) and Carolyn D. Richmond (New York, NY)
  • Litigation Department: Jacqueline M. Carolan (Philadelphia, PA) and John J. Haggerty (Warrington, PA)
  • Denver Office Co-Managing Partners: Neal S. Cohen and Rick J. Rubin
  • Philadelphia Office Managing Partner: Michael G. Menkowitz

“Practice group chairs play a pivotal role in helping us plan and execute the firm’s overall strategy and our newly appointed chairs have all demonstrated strong leadership within the firm,” said Fox Firmwide Managing Partner Mark L. Silow.

Silow noted that the leadership changes are part of a normal rotation of department and practice group leaders with all of the outgoing chairs having served at least five-year terms. Robert W. Gundlach (Real Estate), Darrell D. Miller (Entertainment) and Michael McBratnie (Taxation & Wealth Planning) will remain as chairs.

“Our outgoing leadership has done an outstanding job in advancing the firm’s practices,” Silow said. “I am confident that our new chairs will build on our strong commitment and service to clients as the firm continues to grow in coming years.”

The new group of leaders succeeds Michael S. Harrington (Corporate), Michael G. Menkowitz (Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy), Stanley L. Goodman and James A. Matthews, III (Labor and Employment) and Stephanie Resnick (Litigation). Cohen was the firm’s Denver office managing partner and will continue in that role, joined by Rubin, and Mark Morris formerly served as Fox’s Philadelphia Office Managing Partner.

Nicholas’ corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies; private equity transactions; seed, angel and venture capital financings; securities reporting and disclosure; securities offerings and transactions; corporate governance; special committee and audit committee representation; and executive compensation. He serves as general counsel to many of his clients.

As Nicholas transitions into his new role as chair of the Corporate Department, he will shift his duties as chair of the firm’s Tech and Venture Finance Practice Group to Elizabeth D. Sigety (Warrington, PA), Marilou E. Watson (Blue Bell, PA) and Michael P. Weiner (Princeton, NJ).

Additionally, Nicholas’s prior role as chair of Fox’s Public Companies Practice Group will move to Vincent A. Vietti (Princeton, NJ) and Stephen M. Cohen (Philadelphia, PA). These changes will also go into effect on April 1, 2014.

Axelrod serves as office managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office, and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. She represents Chapter 11 debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, purchasers of bankruptcy assets and secured creditors. Axelrod has worked on some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the state of Nevada and has a broad range of experience in insolvency and corporate restructuring matters.

A registered patent attorney, Singer guides clients throughout the process of identifying, acquiring, licensing and protecting their intellectual property assets. He possesses a deep knowledge of patent, copyright and trade secrets laws and assists his business clients in making sure that new technologies are sufficiently documented and protected.

A member of the firm’s executive committee, Meklinsky represents employers across the country in both union and non-union contexts. He was noted as a leading labor and employment attorney in New Jersey by Chambers USA (2013) and is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment matters.

Richmond, who also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice Group, represents and counsels employers in the hospitality industry and has extensive experience litigating wage and hour class actions, restrictive covenants and employment discrimination cases. She also counsels clients extensively with respect to workplace issues and is a prolific writer and guest speaker at legal conferences and industry events on various labor and employment-related topics.

Carolan concentrates her practice on complex litigation, particularly product liability and mass tort litigation. She regularly represents hospitals, health care agencies and other corporate clients. With significant experience as a critical care nurse, Carolan also handles matters related to prescriptive authority for nurses and physicians.

Named one of the leading litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania and Ohio by Chambers USA, Haggerty handles complex commercial, class action, insurance, product liability and mass tort litigation matters for major corporations in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has successfully tried numerous jury trials in a variety of jurisdictions and served as national counsel in tobacco, welding fumes and lead paint litigation.

Cohen is an experienced trial attorney who handles litigation in the technology, probate, securities and financial services areas. He served as a member of the team that prepared the brief and oral argument in the Federal Circuit’s en banc rehearing of Phillips v. AWH, one of the most significant patent claim construction cases in nearly a decade. He also led AWH’s trial team subsequent to the Federal Circuit’s decision in the case, where the court entered a judgment as a matter of law in favor of AWH.

For more than two decades, Rubin has focused his practice in the areas of real estate and corporate law. He represents a range of clients — including financial institutions, insurance companies, homebuilders and owners and developers of commercial real property — in acquisitions, sales, loans, leases, foreclosures, titles and other transactional matters.

Former chair of the firm’s Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department, Menkowitz has represented secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees and debtors in a multitude of workout and bankruptcy matters, including complex chapter 7 and 11 cases. He is experienced in a variety of industries including health care, retail, manufacturing, financial services, automotive and others. In addition, Menkowitz has represented state and federal receivers, gaining a keen understanding of the many issues and pressures they face.