BakerHostetler Elevates 22 Attorneys to Firm Partnership

Press Releases / January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON ― Jan. 4, 2021 ― BakerHostetler announced today that 22 lawyers have been elected to the partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2021. The new partners are spread across 10 offices and five practice groups.

“As in previous years, this year’s new partner class is an extraordinary group of lawyers drawn from practices and offices nationwide,” said BakerHostetler Chairman Paul Schmidt. “This class also reflects an array of diverse perspectives and experiences that will help us continue to deliver exceptional client service and strengthen our culture of inclusion, collaboration and innovation. I look forward to their many years of success at the firm.”

New partners:
  • Jeffrey R. Baxter (Atlanta) concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and has represented a diverse portfolio of clients, including financial institutions, healthcare and insurance providers, wireless telecommunications providers, trustees and other fiduciaries. He received his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and his B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Baxter was previously counsel at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Camille C. Bent (New York) concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation. She represents debtors, creditors and other interested parties in transactions and in litigation arising out of corporate insolvencies, including in fraudulent transfer, negligent misrepresentation and wrongful redemption cases. Bent earned her J.D. and M.B.A. from Emory University and her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. She was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Business Practice Group.
     
  • Darren A. Crook (Cleveland) focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. His practice includes extensive experience handling a wide array of regulatory and complex commercial litigation matters in state, federal and administrative courts throughout the country. Crook earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and his B.A. from West Virginia University. He was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Kyle T. Cutts (Cleveland) represents clients in complex litigation throughout the country. His experience spans disciplines and includes class actions, data privacy litigation, antitrust matters and appeals. Cutts received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.A. from Wake Forest University. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Vimala Devassy (Atlanta) has nearly 20 years of experience advising a wide range of healthcare industry clients on complex transactions, industry-relevant contracts, and day-to-day regulatory and compliance matters. Much of her practice focuses on healthcare privacy and security issues, and she is the co-chair of the firm’s Healthcare Technology team. She is certified as a Health Care Information Security Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Practitioner (CIPP). She received her J.D. and M.B.A. from Boston University, her M.P.H from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and her B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Devassy previously served as counsel at the firm and is a member of the Business Practice Group.
     
  • Thomas A. Donaho (Houston) focuses his practice on complex commercial and business litigation. He has experience representing clients in a wide range of contract matters, business torts and real estate disputes. Donaho earned his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his A.B. from Duke University. He was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Stephen M. Floyd (Atlanta) focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on leasing, development, acquisitions and dispositions. He has significant experience counseling healthcare, retail and homebuilder clients in a wide array of commercial real estate transactions. He earned his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Georgia. Floyd was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Business Practice Group.
     
  • Sara M. Goldstein (Philadelphia) focuses her practice on legal issues related to privacy and data protection. She has assisted clients from a variety of different industries with responding to hundreds of cybersecurity and data privacy incidents, including several of the largest data breaches in history. Goldstein earned her J.D. from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and her B.A. from Smith College. She was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group.
     
  • Asim Grabowski-Shaikh (New York) represents public and private companies in corporate transactions, with an emphasis on securities offerings (including IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He also has experience in transactions involving special purpose acquisitions companies and the renewable energy and life sciences industries. Grabowski-Shaikh received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers College. He previously served as counsel at the firm and is a member of the Business Practice Group.
     
  • Rachel Palmer Hooper (Houston) is a trial lawyer who concentrates her practice on civil and complex litigation with broad experience in various industries and an emphasis on multifaceted investigations, criminal issues, and state and federal constitutional and statutory questions. She earned her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. Hooper also served as a Harris County assistant district attorney and was previously an associate at the firm. She is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Shawn P. Hough (New York) represents individuals, companies and governmental entities. His practice includes a broad range of litigation matters, white collar prosecutions and investigations. Hough received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. He was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Ganesh Krishna (New York) concentrates his practice on complex and multidistrict litigation, including cross-border investigations, international trade and regulatory compliance, and international asset tracing and recovery. A member of the firm’s Global Fraud and International Asset Tracing and Recovery team, he represents U.S. and international clients in courts and arbitral tribunals around the world. Krishna received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and his B.S. from Indiana University. He was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Albert G. Lin (Columbus) focuses his practice on class actions and complex litigation, with notable experience in financial services, securities litigation, government enforcement, white collar defense and appeals. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Lin previously served as counsel at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Rakesh H. Mehta Ph. D. (Philadelphia) focuses his practice on patent prosecution, litigation and opposition practice, as well as trademark prosecution and opposition. He has an extensive background in organic chemistry, chemical engineering, polymers, nanotechnology, membranes, particle science, catalysis, coatings, carbon fiber composites and textile fibers. Mehta received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law, his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Kentucky, and his B.Tech. from the National Institute of Technology in India. He was previously counsel at the firm and is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.
     
  • Sally Qin (Washington, D.C.) is experienced in areas of antitrust investigations and litigation. She regularly counsels multinational corporations in pre-acquisition due diligence and HSR merger clearance and advises clients on international litigation matters including private multidistrict litigation, white collar defense, complex commercial litigation, tax controversy, trade secret and compliance issues. Qin received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Nathan A. Schacht (Denver) concentrates his practice on employment litigation, class and collection action litigation, labor relations, and employment law counseling. He advises C-suite officers, directors and business owners in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour issues; issues concerning the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws; unfair competition; discrimination and harassment claims; class actions; grievance arbitrations; and employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions. He earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Portland. Schacht was previously counsel at the firm and is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
     
  • Nkosi D. Shields (New York) focuses his practice on e-discovery and technology, including pre-trial discovery during complex litigations. He is currently the liaison for all discovery and document review issues for the BakerHostetler team, serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Shields earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Brandeis University. He previously served as counsel at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Maximillian S. Shifrin (New York) concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, representing individuals, small businesses and large institutions in state and federal courts across the country. He has represented clients in a wide range of industries and disputes, including breaches of contract, fiduciary duties, bankruptcy litigation, copyright infringement, business divorces, ERISA, Article 78 petitions and foreclosures. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Shifrin was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Maureen B. Soles (Orlando) concentrates her practice on commercial litigation. She has extensive experience drafting briefs in federal and state appellate courts and drafting and arguing dispositive motions. Soles received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from La Salle University. She was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
     
  • Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo (New York) represents management in all aspects of labor and employment, both in connection with employment litigation and counseling through various federal, state and local laws. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
     
  • Aleksandra M. Vold (Chicago) concentrates her practice on privacy breach response and preparedness, and investigations, and advises on how to identify, evaluate and manage first- and third-party data privacy and security risks within the healthcare industry. She earned her J.D. from The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School and her B.A. from Columbia College. Vold previously served as counsel at the firm and is a member of the Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group.
     
  • Theresa M. Weisenberger (Atlanta) focuses her practice on the intersection of technology, business and the law. She regularly advises technology clients on various aspects of intellectual property law. Weisenberger earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.S. from Mississippi State University. She was previously an associate at the firm and is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

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