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New Firm Partners in 2012


David Bernick (New York)

David Bernick, an internationally recognized trial lawyer and business counselor, joined the Firm in August 2012. His main practice area is litigation.

For over 32 years, David acted as outside counsel to a wide range of clients (including Dow Chemical, W.R. Grace, ABB Ltd., IBM, Apple, Abbott, and various US and international tobacco companies) on matters spanning a wide variety of areas that are priorities for international businesses today (including Mass Tort/Products Liability, M&A, Corporate Governance, Financial Restructuring, Antitrust, Securities, and Environmental Civil and Criminal Liability). He also has been the General Counsel of Philip Morris International, the No. 1 tobacco company in the world (outside of the Chinese tobacco monopoly)

Stefan DePozsgay (New York)

Stefan dePozsgay’s main practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, securities transactions, private investment fund matters and business advisory work.  Mr. dePozsgay has particular experience in complex transactional matters and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestures.  Recent transactions for which Mr. dePozsgay has been significantly responsible include: representing Inkafarma, the largest retail pharmacy chain in Peru, in its auction-style sale to an affiliate of Interbank Group; and representing Goldman, Sachs & Co. in investments and acquisitions in Colombia and Mexico.  Mr. dePozsgay joined the firm in 2006.  He graduated from Yale Law School (JD 2006) and Duke University (BA 2003, magna cum laude).

Melissa Felder (Washington, D.C.)

Specializing in complex commercial litigation, Melissa Felder has represented major corporations in high stakes litigation.  Melissa’s cases have included defending financial institutions against putative class actions alleging fraud in the sale of securities; defending a credit card company against allegations that it violated the Sherman Act; and prosecuting claims on behalf of corporate clients alleging that manufacturers of TFT-LCD panels participated in a price-fixing cartel. A graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center, Melissa joined the Firm in 2005.

Sam Kaplan (Washington, DC)

Specializing in complex commercial litigation, Sam Kaplan has participated in several high-profile matters, including a current Tenth Circuit antitrust appeal involving the software industry, ongoing litigation against the United States and Federal Reserve Bank of New York arising out of the Government’s takeover of AIG, and antitrust litigation involving rail-freight transport of coal and petroleum coke.  He rejoined the Firm in 2011 after serving as a Trial Attorney with the U.S Department of Justice and as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General.  He is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School.

James Lee (Miami)

Focusing primarily on high-risk product liability litigation, James Lee has participated in multiple trials at BSF, including defense work for Philip Morris USA Inc. and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.  James graduated from Stanford Law School in 2005 and joined the Firm in 2009.

Duane Loft (New York)

Since joining BSF in 2010, Duane Loft has been involved in some of the Firm’s most high profile cases, including Starr International’s $25 billion case against the US government over the AIG bailout and the defense of Barclays in multiple class action suits regarding the bank’s Libor submissions. A 2005 graduate of Fordham Law School, Duane’s focus is complex commercial litigation with particular experience in securities, antitrust, and intellectual property.

Lisa Nousek (Armonk, NY)

With a focus on complex commercial litigation, including product liability litigation, Lisa Nousek has participated in a number of trials and appeals at BSF.  Among other matters she has worked on for Pfizer, she has been part of the trial team which successfully defended the company in two bellwether trials, and has also participated in the trial and two subsequent successful appeals upholding a jury verdict and punitive damages award for a thoroughbred horse owner.  A graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude, and the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa joined the firm in 2006 after clerking for the Hon. Steven M. Colloton, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Andrew Michaelson (New York)

Andrew rejoined BSF in May 2012 following service in government with both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement (SEC), and the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (SDNY). He was previously an associate in the New York office.

While at the SEC, Andrew led investigations into a wide variety of federal securities law violations.  He uncovered and then led the investigation into insider trading by Raj Rajaratnam, the founder and owner of the Galleon Group family of hedge funds.  Andrew was then designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY, where he continued to lead the Galleon investigation and served as trial counsel in U.S. v. Rajaratnam, the largest insider trading case in history.  With the SDNY, Mr. Michaelson investigated and successfully prosecuted numerous other criminal securities and wire fraud cases, including several insider trading cases.  

Back at BSF, Andrew is now focusing his practice on complex securities matters, regulatory enforcement proceedings, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. 

Kathleen Smalley (Los Angeles)

Kathleen Smalley joins the Firm with 30 years of experience, primarily as a general counsel of public and privately held companies, including Trammell Crow Company and Catellus Development Corporation (NYSE: CDX).  Kathy has taught courses on real estate transactions at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and UCLA Law Schools.  She has extensive experience in complex real estate finance, development, and restructures, in counseling wealthy families, in governance of both privately held and publicly held enterprises, and in litigation related to these areas.  As a trustee of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, she chaired the governance committee.

Matthew S. Tripolitsiotis (Armonk, NY)

Matthew Tripolitsiotis represents clients in all types of complex litigation matters.  By way of example, Matt’s matters at BSF have included representing American Express in its recovery of $4 billion from Visa and MasterCard for antitrust violations and representing The Weinstein Company in successfully litigating the move of its reality television show “Project Runway” to a new network.  Matt joined the Firm in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Ted Uno (Hollywood, FL)

Theodore Uno focuses on family law, and his work encompasses a full range of issues faced by people seeking relief in complex divorce or parenting actions, including custody, relocation, domestic violence allegations, distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony, child support, and attorney’s fees.  His cases have involved individuals with high net worth, complicated issues involving children, and other high-stakes challenges.   He is also part of the team challenging California’s Proposition 8 (which bans same-sex marriage) on federal constitutional grounds.

Jeremy Vest (Armonk, NY)

A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Jeremy joined the Firm in 2005, after serving as law clerk to the Hon. Joan H. Lefkow in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Jeremy currently represents Madison 92nd Street Associates, LLC in a civil RICO and antitrust action brought against Marriott International, Inc., the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO and others.   Previously, Jeremy has also represented plaintiffs in significant litigation matters against Bank of America, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Morgan Stanley. 

Jack Wilson (Amonk, NY)

Specializing in complex commercial litigation, Jack Wilson has participated in several high-profile cases at Boies Schiller & Flexner, including representing an international pharmaceutical company in an arbitration concerning interpretation of a distribution agreement’s change-of-control provision and the defense of NASCAR in antitrust litigation brought by Kentucky Speedway. Jack joined the Firm in 2005 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Christine Wong (Oakland, CA)

Christine Wong’s main practice areas are complex litigation, antitrust, and white collar criminal defense.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Wong served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York from 2004 to 2008 and in the Northern District of California from 2008 to 2011, where she prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, acting as lead counsel in ten jury trials.  She is a graduate of Columbia Law School (J.D., 2000) and Stanford University (A.B., 1996).

David Zifkin (Los Angeles)

Specializing in complex trial and appellate litigation, David Zifkin has litigated high-stakes commercial disputes, as well as cases involving cutting-edge issues under copyright, trademark, antitrust and securities laws.  These cases include prevailing at trial on behalf of Genesco in its litigation against The Finish Line and UBS AG to obtain specific performance of a $1.5 billion merger agreement.  David’s current matters include representing CBS in its copyright case against DISH Network, representing InfoSpan in its trade secret case against Emirates NBD Bank, defending Goldman Sachs against claims relating to margin calls, and representing two children in their asylum appeal.  A graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, David joined the Firm in 2004.