Brian Brokate Discusses Emerging Trends in Privacy Law at IGAL

Brian Brokate, Chair of the Intellectual Property Group, attended the conference for The Intercontinental Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers (IGAL) in Frankfurt, Germany from September 23-28. Brian spoke on Emerging Trends in Privacy Law in the United States during the conference. Topics included: the California Consumer Privacy Act; a survey of recent state laws; recent proposed federal legislation; and emerging trends on enforcement and consent.

Brian was also reelected to IGAL’s Board of Directors for another three year term. He will serve as Secretary and director of North American recruitment.

IGAL is a leading business network of legal and accounting firms whose members offer superior services related to legal, financial, tax and insolvency matters to companies and individuals with international activities, as well as expert and personal assistance to reduce the obstacles of doing business in a foreign environment and at a distance.

Brian Brokate has extensive experience assisting companies in investigation and enforcement procedures to combat trademark and copyright infringement. With a niche focus on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy, he handles all stages of civil anti-counterfeiting and infringement litigation as well as state and federal criminal actions. Learn more.

 

Gibney Attorneys Recognized in Super Lawyers 2019

A number of Gibney attorneys were recognized in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers.

Zarina Syed (Immigration), Irem Dogan (Immigration), Kristen Smith (Corporate) and Maja Szumarska (IP) were listed as New York Metro Rising Stars in Super Lawyer 2019. Other attorneys ranked included Brian Brokate (IP), Lee Kinnally (Litigation) and Stephen Maltby (Immigration).

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Gibney ACT Program Kicks Off Marketing Series

The Gibney ACT (Associate/Counsel Training) Committee kicked off its series of bimonthly presentations focused on marketing tips and strategies and practice group informational sessions.
The first presentation Marketing 101 took place on July 17. This presentation covered:

  • Marketing vs. Business Development
  • Questions to Consider When Setting Marketing Goals
  • Marketing and Business Development Tactics
  • Quick Tips to Jump Start Your Marketing Efforts

About the ACT Program
The goal of the ACT Program is to provide support to associates and counsel in integration, mentoring, professional development and leadership.

Committee members include:

Adam Sgro, Associate, Chair
Jennifer Bennett, Associate
Jennifer Davis, Associate
Ruby Li, Associate
David Johnson, Partner
Lauren Allen, Marketing Director
Carlyn Fellows, Human Resources Manager

Chambers USA Ranks Immigration Group Among Top New York Firms

Gibney’s Immigration Group has been ranked by Chambers USA. The law firm guide recognized Gibney as a leading immigration provider in New York. Chambers notes that Gibney is a “well-regarded corporate immigration practice delivering both US and global immigration solutions” and highlights the firm’s “interdisciplinary approach to its immigration services, collaborating with other departments within the firm on issues such as employment, tax and social security.” Practice Chair Stephen Maltby was also recognized as a leading attorney in the New York immigration field.

Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across all the United States of America. Clients and firms across many practice areas and geographies have trusted Chambers’ research for nearly 30 years. To compile the rankings, Chambers uses independent research with a team of over 200 researchers conducting thousands of interviews around the world.

About Immigration
Dedicated to meeting the U.S. and global immigration needs of our clients around the world, our Immigration Group delivers strategic solutions specifically tailored to meet each client’s need. We partner with clients to help attract, support and retain the international talent essential to their business success.

Known for our collaborative approach, we create customized programs that reflect the latest developments in immigration law and ensure ongoing worksite compliance. Our goal is to help clients seamlessly navigate immigration requirements for employees in every country and proactively plan for changes in law and policy. Learn more.

Associate Wesley Cheung Joins San Francisco Office

Associate Wesley Cheung has joined the Immigration Group in the San Francisco office. Wesley practices U.S. immigration and nationality law, concentrating in employment-based immigration.  He works with clients to obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas, including preparation of petitions for researchers and scientists in the biotechnology and healthcare industries.

Wesley received his J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law and his B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

About the Immigration Group
Known for our collaborative approach, we create customized programs that reflect the latest developments in immigration law and ensure ongoing worksite compliance. We work with clients to balance priorities effectively and invest in processes that achieve their corporate goals and gain the trust of their employees. Our goal is to help clients seamlessly navigate immigration requirements for employees in every country and proactively plan for changes in law and policy.

 

Brian Brokate Recognized in World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

Intellectual Property Group Head Brian Brokate was named to the World Trademark Review’s global list of the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for the fifth year in a row. Recognized as one of New York’s top individuals and law firms in enforcement litigation, Brian and Gibney rank among the most prominent IP lawyers and law firms handling this type of work.  World Trademark Review is a global independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally.

Immigration Group Expands with Addition of Three New Associates

The Immigration Group has welcomed three new associates.

Michele Guardado, Associate, has joined the New York office. She has experience serving corporations, individuals and families in obtaining their business and personal immigration objectives. Michelle attended Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and St. John’s University.

Beula Illingsworth, Associate, has joined the New York office. She practices in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, concentrating in employment-based immigration. Beula attended New York Law School and the University of Florida.

Wesley Cheung, Associate, joined the San Francisco office. Wesley assists corporate clients in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas. He served as a student advocate in the school’s Civil Rights Clinic as well as serving in the Immigration Law Clinic and working with a legal aid organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wesley attended the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Gibney’s Immigration Group creates programs that reflect the latest developments in immigration law and ensure ongoing worksite compliance. We advise employers on all types of immigration transactions and compliance issues including those applicable to business visitors, short-term assignees, expatriates and local hires.

Gibney’s Immigration Group Recognized in U.S. News 2019 Best Law Firms

Gibney was recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2019. The firm has been named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” for Immigration. The practice also received a Tier 1 ranking in New York City. Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence among clients and peers.

Dedicated to meeting the U.S. and global immigration needs of our clients around the world, our Immigration Group delivers strategic solutions specifically tailored to meet each client’s need. We partner with clients to help attract, support and retain the international talent essential to their business success.

 

Ellen Poreda and Stephen Maltby Co-Author Chapter on U.S. Immigration

Immigration Partners Ellen Poreda and Stephen Maltby co-authored the United States chapter of The Corporate Immigration Review.

The chapter provides an introduction to the U.S. immigration framework including legislation and policy, international treaty obligations, employer sponsorships and visas for investors, skilled migrants and entreprenuers. The chapter also includes a year in review.

The Corporate Immigration Review is a guide summarizing key immigration issues from some of the world’s leading immigration lawyers.

View the full chapter here.

 

Meredith M. Mazzola Named Chair of Private Client Group

Gibney is pleased to announce that Partner Meredith M. Mazzola was named Chair of the Private Client Group.

Meredith handles federal, state and international tax matters for a variety of clients from multinational corporations to individuals. With the tax landscape constantly changing, she is innovative in the design of solutions for clients and develops tax strategies that can adapt to new regulatory requirements.

Gibney’s Private Client Group provides tax and estate planning for individuals, families and their closely held businesses. Services include estates, trusts, fiduciary selection, and retirement and income tax planning.