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Clark Hill Adds Intellectual Property Attorneys John Kim and Ralph Selitto
November 6, 2023
Clark Hill announced today that John Kim and Ralph Selitto have joined the firm’s intellectual property team as Members. They join the firm’s Scottsdale, Arizona office while maintaining a presence in the firm’s other local office in Phoenix, as well as the firm’s offices in New Jersey and New York.
Seeking a firm with a national reach, Kim and Selitto said Clark Hill was a great landing spot with its geographic footprint covering their former home turf of New Jersey and New York. Another attractive Clark Hill feature was the firm’s industry-focused practice groups, with Kim and Selitto being aligned with the firm’s automotive and manufacturing group based on their engineering degrees and previous work across multiple industries.
“We think Clark Hill’s industry approach is a creative way to practice law, and we’re excited to experience how that approach will benefit our clients,” Selitto said.
Kim and Selitto have practiced law together for more than 30 years and offer clients a comprehensive IP practice, running the gamut from patent, trademark, and copyright transactional matters to a variety of litigation and quasi-litigation matters under the IP umbrella.
“Throughout our careers, our work has been pretty much evenly divided between IP prosecution and transactional matters, on the one hand, and litigation and quasi-litigation matters, on the other hand,” Kim said. “While a good amount of our time is spent procuring domestic and foreign patent, trademark, and copyright rights for our clients, we also assist our clients in maintaining and enforcing those rights on a worldwide scale through multinational licensing and litigation endeavors.”
“We’re excited to have John and Ralph join our team and bolster our Scottsdale and other offices,” said John Ermanni, Business Director of Clark Hill’s intellectual property practice. “They help clients nationally in a wide variety of matters and will strengthen our services to our clients in the automotive and manufacturing industries.”
Source: Clark Hill
John K Kim
Ralph W Selitto
Seyfarth Lands New York Corporate Partner Paul Kruger
Paul F. Kruger
Key Addition Marks New Chapter in Growth of Firm’s Corporate Department
NEW YORK -- (October 8, 2019) -- Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of partner Paul F. Kruger to the Corporate department in New York as global chair of the firm’s Structured Finance group. Kruger joins from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he was a partner in its Structured Finance and Securitization group in New York.
For more than 25 years, Kruger’s structured finance practice has focused on representing financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, funds and corporations in a wide variety of financing transactions across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Among many other transactions, Kruger has experience guiding private equity clients in the acquisition of corporate entities and assets, the financing of those acquisitions, and the structuring of joint ventures.
Kruger’s arrival marks a significant step in Seyfarth’s strategic plan to expand its Corporate presence in New York and nationally. His addition aligns with the firm’s vision to grow its roster of skilled attorneys whose practices and client bases are able to leverage off of strengths of the firm throughout its platform. With over 100 lawyers, Seyfarth’s Corporate department serves as an attractive platform, providing the world’s top attorneys with access to global capital markets and new opportunities to serve clients operating in today’s most demanding industries.
“Paul is a leading voice in the structured finance space and has earned a fantastic reputation across three continents for his successful guidance on some of the most complex transactions,” said Steven Meier, chair of Seyfarth’s Corporate department. “As we continue to enhance our corporate capabilities in New York and nationally, we are excited to see Paul’s dynamic practice thrive on the firm’s global platform.”
Notably in the early 1990s, Kruger led the development of the securitization market in Asia, and has since guided more than 100 international transactions. His securitization experience encompasses multiple asset classes, including real estate, credit cards, auto loans, railcars, trade finance assets and receivables, infrastructure assets and nonperforming and performing loans, on both cash and synthetic bases.
“Our team is thrilled to welcome an elite talent like Paul. His multifaceted practice synergizes well with the firm’s existing real estate, structured finance, tax, fund formation and corporate services,” said John Napoli, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office.
“Paul’s arrival is a key element in the strategic expansion of our New York and national corporate practices. He’s a remarkable lawyer and we’re elated to call him a new Seyfarth colleague,” said Lorie Almon, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office.
Earlier in his career, Kruger was based at various times in New York, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and England and Wales. Kruger earned his LLB from the University of Auckland.
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