Nine Thompson Hine Lawyers Recognized by New York Super Lawyers

Date: September 16, 2015

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

NEW YORK – September 16, 2015 – Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that nine of its lawyers were recently selected for inclusion in 2015 New York Super Lawyers®, two of whom were included as Rising Stars. The lawyers are members of the firm’s Business Litigation, Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy, Commercial & Public Finance and Real Estate practices. Super Lawyers, which distinguishes the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state in more than 70 practice areas, recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars, chosen by their peers as the most recognizable up-and-coming lawyers, represent 2.5 percent of attorneys in New York.

The Thompson Hine lawyers selected are:

Tammy P. Bieber, a partner in the Business Litigation group and its White Collar subgroup, focuses on shareholder litigation and securities enforcement, government and internal investigations, accountants’ liability and bankruptcy litigation. Her practice has a particular emphasis on audit and accounting issues. She previously served as the Senior Legal Advisor to the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Norman A. Bloch, a partner, chairs the White Collar subgroup of the Business Litigation group. He focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal matters, representing companies and individuals in FCPA, antitrust export controls, fraud (including mortgage fraud, health care fraud, customs fraud, insider trading and securities fraud, government contract fraud, student loan fraud and bank fraud), LIBOR, FIRREA, public corruption, environmental, labor racketeering, perjury, and RICO investigations and prosecutions conducted by federal, state and foreign authorities.

Katherine D. Brandt, partner-in-charge of the New York office and a former leader of the Commercial & Public Finance group, focuses her practice on the development, negotiation and documentation of complex commercial loan transactions, private debt, equity and mezzanine placements, structured finance transactions, creditors’ rights matters, and sales and other dispositions of assets. Brandt primarily represents corporate borrowers and issuers across a wide range of industries.

Maranda E. Fritz, a partner in the Business Litigation group, is nationally recognized for her success in white collar criminal and civil litigation; she focuses on matters involving securities fraud, money laundering, insurance fraud and health care fraud. Among Fritz’s clients are individuals, corporations, securities brokerage firms and funds, and securities professionals, whom she defends in white collar criminal proceedings, complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters.

William H. Schrag, a partner in the Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy group, focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation and creditors’ rights. He represents clients in domestic and international bankruptcy litigation, workouts, corporate reorganization and related matters. He represents major financial institutions, manufacturers, institutional creditors, official creditors’ committees, Chapter 11 trustees, purchasers of estate assets and court-appointed examiners in U.S. and cross-border bankruptcy proceedings. Schrag also represents commercial lenders in state and federal courts in actions to enforce creditors’ rights and to defend against lender liability claims.

Michael G. Shannon, a partner in the Business Litigation group, defends broker-dealers, brokers and clearing firms and represents members of the financial services industry in litigations, arbitrations, mediations and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience with hundreds of SRO securities arbitration claims (with more than 70 clearing firm cases) involving a wide range of substantive issues including fraud, suitability, margin, unauthorized trading, regulatory violations, marketing and sales, churning, raiding and SIPC. Shannon also has more than 30 years of diverse experience as a commercial litigator including securities, antitrust, employment discrimination, RICO, trademark, bankruptcy, hospitality, real estate, estates, class actions and white collar criminal defense.

Mario J. Suarez, a partner in the Real Estate group, has considerable experience in complex commercial real estate transactions, construction, and domestic and international commercial transactions. He focuses his practice on the acquisition and disposition of commercial buildings and building portfolios; office and retail leasing and related transactions; representation of institutional and non-institutional equity investors; real estate joint venture transactions; representation of lenders and borrowers with respect to construction and permanent loans and structured financings; workouts and restructurings; construction and design relationships; sale-leaseback and ground lease development and financings; international real estate development; and zoning, land-use and landmark designation matters. He also has related corporate transaction and litigation experience.

The lawyers included on this year’s New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list are:

Gabrielle Y. Vázquez, an associate in the Business Litigation group, focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, financial services liability and product liability in state and federal courts across the country. She is experienced in all phases of litigation including settlement negotiations, arbitration and mediation, discovery, dispositive motion practice, trial and appeal.

John J. Zefutie, Jr., counsel in the Business Litigation group, concentrates on complex commercial disputes, consumer fraud class actions, product liability actions, financial services litigation, toxic tort litigation, contract disputes, and restrictive covenant and unfair competition litigation. His experience encompasses all stages of litigation, from advising and collaborating with clients on developing effective trial strategies through handling pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, bench and jury trials, and appeals.