Kennedys promotes ten to global partnership – Kennedys

In the US those promoted are:

William Brennan, a member of the financial lines team in the New York office, handles a broad array of insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters for the firm’s insurance and corporate sector clients. He is regularly called upon to evaluate or litigate complex coverage disputes involving insurance for professional liability, product contamination/product recall, financial institutions, environmental liability, directors and officers, media, cyber, and general liability matters.

Elizabeth Chalik, is based in the Philadelphia office and is focused on general litigation, premises liability, coverage litigation, products liability, construction accidents and construction defect and transportation litigation. In addition to traditional premises liability cases, she has represented casinos and restaurants in negligent security and liquor liability cases.

Anand Dash, who works in the Basking Ridge office, focuses on a wide-variety of real estate, property, and general commercial litigation matters, including zoning, land use, and real property-related litigation. His practice also includes trial and appellate advocacy in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies.

Eduardo DeMarco is based in the Basking Ridge office. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage litigation. Eduardo has litigated matters and counselled insurers with respect to a wide variety of insurance claims and policies concerning general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, pollution liability, employment practices liability, OCP liability, additional insured coverage, and umbrella/excess coverage.

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Allison Kane is a liability defence lawyer in the firm’s Basking Ridge office. An experienced trial attorney, Allison has represented national corporations, commercial and personal line insurers and their respective insureds in state and federal court as well as through various methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The majority of her cases concern automobile liability defence, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, and premises liability.

Nicole Putnam, who is based in the New York office, specialises in insurance coverage matters primarily involving complex financial institutions and commercial directors and officers claims. She has experience in matters involving public and private company directors’ and officers’ liability, financial institutions professional liability, securities broker-dealer professional liability, hedge fund management and professional liability, technology errors and omissions and cyber liability, political risk insurance and commercial general liability policies.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner of Kennedys, says: “I am very pleased to welcome these ten new home grown partners, who have demonstrated professionalism, knowledge and energy while at Kennedys.

“Lateral recruitment and mergers are, of course, important sources of growth which ensure we have breadth and depth of knowledge in the areas required by our clients. It is equally important, however, that we continue to support our own people, providing them with the right opportunities and ensuring there is a clear career path for them to follow and no glass ceilings.”

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In the last 12 months Kennedys has made 25 lateral hires, strengthening their global offering from their offices in Australia, Israel, Oman, US and the UK.

The most recent of these laterals was the appointment of Nathan Buckley, regulatory partner, who specialises in who specialises in regulatory defence work, particularly corporate manslaughter/gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, environment and motor crime investigations and prosecutions, together with ancillary inquests across all industries.

In the last 12 months Kennedys has also opened three new offices during global lockdowns in San Francisco, the firms’ first West Coast office in the US, Tel Aviv, when the Zelichov Ben-Dan & Co, as association of Kennedys, joined the firm and Leeds as a result of acquiring a 36 strong insurance team. In addition, the firm has just announced that they have opened a fourth new office in Perth, Australia.

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