Foley Hoag Promotes Five to Partner

December 22, 2010

The law firm Foley Hoag LLP is pleased to announce that five lawyers will be promoted to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2011.  The group represents the firm’s strong foundation in corporate, litigation and intellectual property law.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new partners.  This year’s group in particular is a true reflection of Foley Hoag’s experience in serving companies in the technology and life sciences industries from transactional, litigation and intellectual property practices,” said Adam P. Kahn, Co-Managing Partner of the firm.  “They also embody the tenacity, work ethic and commitment to client service that we expect of all lawyers at Foley Hoag.  We look forward to their continued success.”  Two new litigation partners are from the firm’s Business Crimes group, which has grown significantly in the past several years.  Two new partners practice in the firm’s nationally prominent intellectual property group and one new partner works in the firm’s corporate department.

The following lawyers have been promoted to partner:

Alexander J. Aber concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.  He has extensive experience representing public and private company buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and other strategic business transactions. He also advises founders and investors in early stage and mature technology and life science companies on a broad range of matters.  Alex serves as outside general counsel to 38 Studios, LLC and Good Start Genetics, Inc. and recently completed a secondment with The General Counsel’s Office of EMC Corporation in which he represented EMC in various public and private company acquisitions and strategic investments.

Michele L. Adelman brings over a decade of prosecutorial experience to her counsel of corporations, officers, directors and other individuals in complex criminal and civil litigation, regulatory matters and Congressional investigations. She has conducted internal investigations for corporations and has advised corporations and individuals on a variety of regulatory and corporate compliance issues. Michele has defended individual and corporate clients facing allegations of securities violations, such as purported insider trading and options backdating, and healthcare fraud violations, such as purported illegal kickbacks and off-label promotion. She also has defended companies targeted by Congressional investigations.  Before joining Foley Hoag in 2006, Michele served for four years as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. While Deputy Chief, she managed and supervised over 100 personnel assigned to the Criminal Bureau, led the grand jury investigation of the Boston Archdiocese relating to allegations of sexual abuse of children, and prosecuted complex cases involving public corruption and economic crime.

Ara Beth Gershengorn brings extensive courtroom experience to her work at Foley Hoag, both at the trial and the appellate level. At Foley Hoag, she has advised and represented clients in civil and criminal investigations involving healthcare fraud, antitrust violations, education fraud, and insurance fraud, and has represented numerous clients at both the trial and the appellate level in federal qui tam actions.  She also has represented clients in federal and state court in complex commercial litigation involving data security, employment law, and contract and tort claims, as well as software licensing and trademark allegations.  Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Ara was an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, where she conducted criminal investigations into healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and other economic crimes and successfully prosecuted jury trials involving money laundering, tax fraud, and firearms offenses.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ara was an appellate attorney with the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, briefing and arguing civil and criminal appellate cases in U.S. Courts of Appeals across the country.  She has argued before nearly every federal circuit court of appeals and has briefed federal appeals in dozens of cases nationwide.

Hathaway Pease Russell practices intellectual property law with a focus on the life sciences industry. She has extensive experience assisting research institutions, start-up biotechnology companies, and established U.S. and international corporations with many aspects of intellectual property law, including patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate analysis, due diligence, complex patent litigation, and interference proceedings.  She has a particular interest in the areas of pharmacogenomics, proteomics, and disease biomarkers, and their application to personalized medicine.  Hathaway collaborates with the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag on regulatory matters, including recent initiatives by the FDA in the area of advanced diagnostics.  She has lectured on patenting strategies and in vitro diagnostics at national and international conferences.  Hathaway is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and serves as the current Chair of AIPLA’s Nationwide Women’s Networking Event, Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, and co-chair of Patent Prosecution Boot Camp.  Hathaway also co-organizes the Consumer Genetics Conference, an annual conference that covers the intellectual property, regulatory, and policy landscapes in the field of personalized medicine.

Jeremy A. Younkin represents clients in commercial litigation with a focus on intellectual property disputes.  He has represented clients in patent infringement suits involving a variety of technologies, including biotechnology, mechanical systems, and business methods.  He also has defended clients’ intellectual property rights in commercial controversies.  Jeremy has helped secure trial victories in federal court and the International Trade Commission and has successfully represented clients in cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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