Baker Hostetler Announces New Partners

News / January 17, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH—January 17, 2012—Baker & Hostetler LLP announced today that 17 lawyers associated with the firm have been elected to the Partnership. The new partners are in eight of the firm’s 11 offices and represent clients in the practice areas of Business, Employment and Labor, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

  • Craig A. Hoffman is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in complex business disputes, data privacy, information security and social media. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2002 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1999.

New partners in the firm’s Cleveland office:

  • Michael K. Gall is a member of the Tax Group and concentrates his practice in tax controversy and litigation. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2004, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Gall earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2001.
     
  • David E. Kitchen is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2001.
     
  • Patrick T. Lewis is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, class action defense and banking litigation. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and editor of Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the College of William and Mary in 2000.
     
  • David F. Proaño is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of business and complex commercial litigation. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Proaño earned his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in 1998.

New partner in the firm’s Denver office:

  • Erica Gann Kitaev is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice on complex commercial disputes, including class actions and employment law cases. She earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2004, where she served as managing editor of the Cincinnati Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Kitaev earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1995.

New partners in the firm’s Houston office:

  • Farrell A. Hochmuth is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2003, where she served as editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. Hochmuth earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Long Island University – Southampton College in 1997.
     
  • Rachel M. Smith is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice in employment litigation and employment counseling and compliance. She earned her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2004, where she was a member of the Texas Journal of Business Law. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 2001.

New partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office:

  • Nancy Inesta is a member of the Employment Group and concentrates her practice on employment law, traditional labor law and commercial litigation. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2003 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997.

New partners in the firm’s New York office:

  • Robertson D. Beckerlegge is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in commercial disputes as well as preservation and enforcement of trademarks. He earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2000, where he served as student editor-in-chief of the New York Litigator. Beckerlegge earned his bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1997.
     
  • Eric R. Fish is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis in product liability, toxic tort and business litigation. He earned his law degree, high honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 1998, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Fish earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Tufts University in 1995.
     
  • Anjula Garg is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice on white collar and corporate criminal matters and general commercial litigation. She earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2002 and her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University in 1996.
     
  • Jason S. Oliver is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2003, where he served as an associate notes and comments editor for the Syracuse University Law Review. Oliver earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in 1999.
     
  • Timothy Scott Pfeifer is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in complex and multi-district commercial litigation, securities litigation and bankruptcy litigation. He earned his law degree from Howard University School of Law in 2000, where he was senior publications editor of the Howard Law Journal. Pfeifer earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.

New partners in the firm’s Orlando office:

  • David L. Evans, Jr. is a member of the Business Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of transactional and real estate development matters. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2004, where he was a senior associate member of the Stetson Law Review. Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford University in 2001.
     
  • Jimmy D. Parrish is a member of the Business Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditor’s rights. He earned his law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in 1997.

New partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office:

  • Mark W. DeLaquil is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in regulatory, appellate and commercial litigation, along with environmental and campaign finance compliance. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. DeLaquil earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2001.

About Baker Hostetler
Founded in 1916, Baker Hostetler is among the nation's 100 largest law firms with 800 attorneys coast to coast, delivering the highest quality legal counsel on the most complex and critical issues facing clients today. The firm has offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Costa Mesa, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Washington, D.C. Its five primary practice groups are Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax. For more information, please visit www.bakerlaw.com.

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