November 28, 2007 08:00 ET

Star Litigator and Former Cochran Firm Partner, Kwarma Vanderpuye, Becomes Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SDD Global Solutions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 28, 2007) - SDD Global Solutions, the leader in high-end legal services offshoring, is pleased to announce the addition of Kwarma Vanderpuye to its team as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Vanderpuye will be responsible for training, recruiting, quality control and marketing for SDD Global in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. In addition to her role as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, she will continue to maintain her active litigation practice in New York, with enhanced support from SDD Global.

Ms. Vanderpuye brings extensive and well-known litigation experience to the company. Prior to joining SDD Global, she was unanimously elected as the first African-American partner at Jones, Hirsch, Connors, & Bull, a prominent New York defense firm. After ten years at Jones Hirsch, she became a partner in The Cochran Firm, at the invitation of the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Most recently, she was head of the litigation department at the McMillan Firm. Ms. Vanderpuye received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and graduated from Howard Law School. She is an active member of the United Nations Association as well as the International and American Bar Associations.

"SDD Global is revolutionizing the practice of law with its unique and sound business model," says Vanderpuye. "We are seeing exponential growth in response to the increasing number of large corporate clients and others who have a keen interest in the cost-effective alternative we offer to the traditional legal services model. In addition to our solid base in India, which we are expanding, we are also making plans regarding some of the commonwealth countries in Africa as part of our growth." Ms Vanderpuye, born in Ghana, West Africa, will be actively involved in SDD Global's Africa expansion phase.

SDD Global Solutions was founded in April 2006 by Smith Dornan Dehn, the New York-based international law firm with expertise in media, intellectual property, litigation, and immigration services. Since its inception, SDD Global has garnered an impressive list of clients that includes multiple Fortune 100 companies. The company has completed major projects for large media entities, including some of the largest motion picture studios and television networks, as well as other new clients, ranging from steel companies, to book publishers, to law firms. To keep up with the growing demand for legal services offshoring, SDD Global is currently hiring over 200 new recruits in India and several additional U.S. lawyers specializing in corporate transactions, U.S. immigration services, and litigation.

More About SDD Global

SDD Global Solutions, the only legal services provider in India managed by a U.S. law firm (Smith Dornan Dehn), offers high-quality legal research, analysis and drafting at a fraction of the traditional cost. Located in the city of Mysore, India, two hours from Bangalore, the company maintains quality and security controls that meet or exceed those of top-tier law firms in the West. In order to maintain the highest standards, SDD Global hires only one out of every 900 of the top job applicants, from a growing talent pool that includes 80,000 English-speaking law graduates in India entering the market each year. Due to the dramatically low cost of living and doing business in Mysore, where SDD Global has its own state-of-the-art office building, the company can significantly reduce costs for its corporate and law firm clients.

As noted in a recent press release from Columbia Law School, SDD Global Solutions is actively dispelling the stereotype linked to outsourcing, by (a) hiring U.S. lawyers in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Michigan to further improve its quality control, supervision and onshore presence, and (b) providing more legal services opportunities for U.S. law firm clients, since the lower costs of those services create a demand for legal work that in many cases would not have otherwise existed.

SDD Global is funded by one of the largest Asia-based investor groups, and it also has financial support from State Bank of India and investors from organizations such as Cisco Systems, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Barclays Capital.

SDD Global is on the path to becoming in many ways the functional equivalent of the world's largest and most affordable global law firm. SDD Global is solving one of the most urgent problems of today's businesses, namely, the inefficiencies of having most legal work done in locations that often are among the most expensive, and the least productive.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Kwarma Vanderpuye
    +1 212 618 1404

    Russell Smith
    +91 98800 16441

    Vidya Devaiah
    +91 821 4001930