Four Securities Litigators Join Baker Hostetler in New York

kornfeldFour securities litigators have joined law firm Baker Hostetler in its New York office.  The firm announced today that Mark A. Kornfeld (pictured), Deborah H. Renner and Gonzalo S. Zeballos have joined as partners, and Timothy Pfeifer has joined it as Counsel.

The firm stated that in addition to class action defense and securities litigation, the new lawyers will work on litigation matters representing Irving Picard, the court-appointed Trustee in the Madoff case.

Prior to joining Baker Hostetler, Kornfeld was a partner with Hogan & Hartson, Renner was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Zeballos was Assistant General Counsel for American International Group, Inc., and Pfeifer was with White & Case LLP.

Read the Baker Hostetler press release

Baker Hostetler announced today the
continued expansion of its New York office with the addition of Partners Mark
A. Kornfeld, Deborah H. Renner and Gonzalo S. Zeballos, and Counsel Timothy
Pfeifer.  

"We are thrilled to welcome these four outstanding lawyers to Baker
Hostetler," said Steven Kestner, Executive Partner of the Firm. "Even in these
challenging economic times, we have continued to recruit the highest caliber
attorneys to strategically expand, both in New York and across the country."

In addition to deepening the Firm's expertise in class action defense,
international litigation and securities litigation, the new lawyers will work
on litigation matters representing Irving Picard, the court-appointed Trustee
under the Securities Investor Protection Act for the liquidation of Bernard L.
Madoff Investment Securities LLC. "The addition of these attorneys greatly
enhances our commercial litigation practice," added George Stamboulidis, New
York Office Managing Partner.  Stamboulidis noted that "the new hires push the
number of lawyers in the office over 90, continuing an annual attorney growth
rate in excess of 30 percent."

"Adding these lawyers to our Litigation Group deepens the ability of the group
to handle the most difficult and complex litigations throughout the country,"
said Ray Whitman, Group Chair of the Firm's national Litigation Group. 

Mr. Kornfeld has experience in the areas of complex commercial litigation,
including accounting liability, construction, environmental credits, real
estate, and securities and shareholder class actions. He has also successfully
resolved commercial disputes via alternative dispute resolution forums such as
private mediation and the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Kornfeld
regularly appears in both state and federal courts, and has represented
companies in a wide range of industries. He also regularly represents
individual corporate officers and directors. Mr. Kornfeld earned his J.D.,
magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Renner focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including
consumer fraud and securities class actions. She has successfully represented
companies in nationwide and state class actions and in other complex
commercial matters in bankruptcy courts and other courts throughout the
country. Ms. Renner also has experience defending insurance companies in
litigation concerning increased long-term care rates, "vanishing premiums," as
well as in other suits concerning insurance pricing. Ms. Renner earned her
J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Mr. Zeballos, who is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks Portuguese, is a
seasoned international litigator whose experience spans five continents and
more than 25 jurisdictions worldwide. His practice includes general commercial
litigation, international arbitration (ad hoc and major arbitration fora),
international antitrust, multinational civil and criminal regulatory
investigations, alien tort claims act, foreign securities litigation, and
internal investigations including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
His experience also includes international discovery disputes with a focus on
ediscovery.  Mr. Zeballos earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of
Law, and holds two advanced degrees from the University of Chicago relating to
the study of Latin American history and politics.

Mr. Pfeifer's areas of practice include complex and multi-district commercial
litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, litigation involving
foreign sovereigns and their state-owned entities, litigation involving issues
of public international law, and white collar regulatory and transactional
matters including numerous internal investigations on behalf of international
companies regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He also has
particular experience with the emerging economies of Eastern Europe and the
Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation. Mr. Pfeifer
earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Baker Hostetler has recently taken on more space at 45 Rockefeller Plaza to
allow it to actively recruit additional high quality lateral attorneys across
all its practice areas.

Prior to joining Baker Hostetler, Mr. Kornfeld was a partner with Hogan &
Hartson, Ms. Renner was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Mr.
Zeballos was Assistant General Counsel for American International Group, Inc.,
Baker Hostetler announced today the

continued expansion of its New York office with the addition of Partners Mark

A. Kornfeld, Deborah H. Renner and Gonzalo S. Zeballos, and Counsel Timothy

Pfeifer.

"We are thrilled to welcome these four outstanding lawyers to Baker

Hostetler," said Steven Kestner, Executive Partner of the Firm. "Even in these

challenging economic times, we have continued to recruit the highest caliber

attorneys to strategically expand, both in New York and across the country."

In addition to deepening the Firm's expertise in class action defense,

international litigation and securities litigation, the new lawyers will work

on litigation matters representing Irving Picard, the court-appointed Trustee

under the Securities Investor Protection Act for the liquidation of Bernard L.

Madoff Investment Securities LLC. "The addition of these attorneys greatly

enhances our commercial litigation practice," added George Stamboulidis, New

York Office Managing Partner.  Stamboulidis noted that "the new hires push the

number of lawyers in the office over 90, continuing an annual attorney growth

rate in excess of 30 percent."

"Adding these lawyers to our Litigation Group deepens the ability of the group

to handle the most difficult and complex litigations throughout the country,"

said Ray Whitman, Group Chair of the Firm's national Litigation Group.

Mr. Kornfeld has experience in the areas of complex commercial litigation,

including accounting liability, construction, environmental credits, real

estate, and securities and shareholder class actions. He has also successfully

resolved commercial disputes via alternative dispute resolution forums such as

private mediation and the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Kornfeld

regularly appears in both state and federal courts, and has represented

companies in a wide range of industries. He also regularly represents

individual corporate officers and directors. Mr. Kornfeld earned his J.D.,

magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Renner focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including

consumer fraud and securities class actions. She has successfully represented

companies in nationwide and state class actions and in other complex

commercial matters in bankruptcy courts and other courts throughout the

country. Ms. Renner also has experience defending insurance companies in

litigation concerning increased long-term care rates, "vanishing premiums," as

well as in other suits concerning insurance pricing. Ms. Renner earned her

J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Mr. Zeballos, who is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks Portuguese, is a

seasoned international litigator whose experience spans five continents and

more than 25 jurisdictions worldwide. His practice includes general commercial

litigation, international arbitration (ad hoc and major arbitration fora),

international antitrust, multinational civil and criminal regulatory

investigations, alien tort claims act, foreign securities litigation, and

internal investigations including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

His experience also includes international discovery disputes with a focus on

ediscovery.  Mr. Zeballos earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of

Law, and holds two advanced degrees from the University of Chicago relating to

the study of Latin American history and politics.

Mr. Pfeifer's areas of practice include complex and multi-district commercial

litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, litigation involving

foreign sovereigns and their state-owned entities, litigation involving issues

of public international law, and white collar regulatory and transactional

matters including numerous internal investigations on behalf of international

companies regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He also has

particular experience with the emerging economies of Eastern Europe and the

Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation. Mr. Pfeifer

earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Baker Hostetler has recently taken on more space at 45 Rockefeller Plaza to

allow it to actively recruit additional high quality lateral attorneys across

all its practice areas.

Prior to joining Baker Hostetler, Mr. Kornfeld was a partner with Hogan &

Hartson, Ms. Renner was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Mr.

Zeballos was Assistant General Counsel for American International Group, Inc.,

and Mr. Pfeifer was with White & Case LLP.

and Mr. Pfeifer was with White & Case LLP.

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