Gibney Expands Business Practice with New Partner Danila Duo

Gibney is pleased to announce the expansion of its domestic and international Business Practice with the addition of a new partner. Danila Duo joins the firm’s New York office to expand Gibney’s international practice.

Danila’s practice focuses on corporate law with an emphasis on commercial and corporate cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She also provides general legal support to Italian and international companies seeking to enter or expand their presence in the US and to US clients investing in Italy and worldwide.

Corporate work has been a cornerstone of Gibney throughout its history. Having represented entrepreneurs and start-up businesses for decades, Gibney has formed the US subsidiaries of some of the world’s largest and most recognizable companies, guiding them from emerging businesses through their growth into international prominence and serving as their outside general counsel.

“We are excited to have Danila join Gibney” said Robert Okulski, Gibney’s managing partner. “With almost two decades of combined law firm and in-house experience between the United States and Italy, Danila has a unique business approach to the practice of law that perfectly aligns with our vision. As we expand our global reach, Danila will be a key asset in the expansion of our international practice, which will create a natural synergy with our Emerging Business Practice.

“I couldn’t think of a better platform for my international clients,” said Danila. “For most of them, the old legal model is outdated and I’m excited about Gibney’s business-friendly approach that allows effective partnership and integration with our clients and their in-house legal teams.”

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in New York and San Francisco. Our unique blend of resources, experience and talent enables us to resolve the complex issues facing our clients with a personal and measured touch. We approach each matter as an opportunity to foster genuine, long-term relationships. We strive fully to understand our clients’ concerns and objectives and collaborate with them through every step in the process. This synergistic approach empowers us to create tailored and innovative programs. Practice areas include business and emerging business, immigration, intellectual property, employment, litigation, real estate, tax and employee benefits.

Immigration Article on H-1B Cap Alternatives for Healthcare/Biotechnology Featured on JD Supra Popular Reads List

Gibney’s recent immigration article was listed on JD Supra’s Popular Reads List. The list ranks the most widely read articles on JD Supra in December 2022. The featured article H-1B Cap Alternatives: Visa Options for the Healthcare Industry and Biotechnology Companies was authored by Immigration attorney Survi Parvitiyar.

The JD Supra Popular Reads List provides a look at some of the most widely read updates, commentary, and analysis published on JD Supra during the last month of 2022.

Gibney Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Super Lawyers

Gibney attorneys were recognized in New York Super Lawyers 2022. Super Lawyers recognizes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Gibney attorneys recognized include:

Intellectual Property
Brian Brokate
Jeffrey Dupler
Beth Frenchman-Gellman

W. Lee Kinnally, Jr.

Stephen J.O Maltby

The following attorneys were also recognized as 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars:

Kristen J. Heckman, Immigration
Zarina H. Syed, Immigration
Maja Szumarska, Intellectual Property

Gibney Attorneys Recognized in New York Super Lawyers 2021

Gibney attorneys were recognized in New York Super Lawyers 2021. Super Lawyers recognizes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Gibney attorneys recognized in 2021 include:

  • Brian Brokate, IP Litigation
  • Beth Frenchman – IP
  • Kristen Heckman, Immigration Rising Stars
  • Lee Kinnally, Business Litigation
  • Tao Li, Immigration Rising Stars
  • Stephen Maltby – Immigration
  • Jake Paul Minster, Immigration Rising Stars
  • Adam Sgro – IP Rising Stars
  • Zarina Syed, Immigration Rising Stars
  • Maja Szumarska, IP

IP Partner Angelo Mazza Participates in IACC Enforcement Training for US Customs and Border Protection

Gibney IP Partner Angelo Mazza recently participated on behalf of several clients in the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) sponsored virtual training for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at the Port of Newark.  The training bought together over 40 brands and 100 CBP personnel from Newark and around the country. CBP Officers, Import Specialists and FP&F personnel had the ability to watch presentations by brands based on type of commodity and set to run at specific times during the 3-day event.

Angelo has been involved in training programs for law enforcement at all levels for several decades. Not only is he a participant, but he is also a volunteer at the IACC, who coordinates the trainings, works on scheduling and has developed materials to allow better enforcement of IP laws. Over the years, Angelo has trained over 70,000 law enforcement personnel throughout the United States. Recognizing the importance of education as a way to develop enforcement skills, he has lectured on IP issues and developed the original IACC Training CD and then led the shift to an online and app based training tools.

Angelo Mazza assists clients with their online and offline enforcement needs and developing strategies that take a calibrated approach rather than relying one size fits all strategy.  At the core of the strategy is providing law enforcement with the necessary educational tools.

For more information about the IACC’s training programs, visit The next virtual IP training for CBP is scheduled for late September. For information about developing a training program or best practices in IP enforcement, please contact Angelo Mazza.

Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini Featured in JD Supra’s Q&A with Top Thought Leaders

Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini  was featured in JD Supra’s Q&A with Top Thought Leaders. The article is part of JD Supra’s discussion series  on successful thought leadership with JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice award recipients.

In the article, Claire discusses her approach to writing about immigration to help clients during an unpredictable time and to “use the developments as a launching point to help them better understand and plan for this lack of predictability.”
Read the Q&A here.

Claire was recognized in the 2021 JD Supra Reader’s Choice Awards as the top author on the subject of immigration.

About the JD Supra Reader’s Choice Awards

The awards highlight authors and firms who were read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform during 2020. Last year, more than 60,000 authors published their insights and commentary on JD Supra. The awards recognize 265 thought leaders for achieving the highest visibility and engagement among readers for their particular expertise.




Ellen Poreda, Stephen J.O. Maltby and Renna Nukta Author Chapter on US Immigration

Immigration attorneys Ellen PoredaStephen J.O. Maltby and Renna Nukta authored a chapter on US Immigration for The Corporate Immigration Review.

The chapter provides an overview of US immigration legislation and policy, recent legislative developments, employer sponsorship options, the impact of COVID-19, the impact of the new Administration and an outlook on immigration trends.

Now in its 11th edition, the purpose of The Corporate Immigration Review is to share information across borders, identify global trends and provide practical insights into immigration systems in various jurisdictions.

To view the full chapter on United States immigration, visit The Law Reviews book page.

Gibney Immigration Article On JD Supra’s June 2021 Popular Reads List

Gibney’s recent immigration article was listed on JD Supra’s Popular Reads List. The list ranks the most widely read articles on JD Supra in June 2021. The article titled “USCIS Issues Policies to Improve Immigration Services: What Employers and Foreign Nationals Need to Know” was authored by Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini.

The article covers the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement of three new policy updates to the USCIS Policy Manual aimed at improving access to immigration benefits.

Gibney Celebrates Juneteenth

This Saturday is Juneteenth, a day celebrating the end of slavery in America. It commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union troops led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas two months after the end of the Civil War and let the enslaved people of Texas know that they had been freed. Even though the war was over in April 1865 and the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued two years prior, it was not until the arrival of Union troops in Galveston that the enslaved people of Texas learned of their freedom. If you want to learn more about Juneteenth, read here.

In honor of the day, Gibney is supporting legal organizations that are combatting racial injustice:

ACLU Racial Justice Program
Equal Justice Initiative
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Southern Poverty Law Center
Vera Institute of Justice