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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

January 11, 2010 09:02 ET

Stroock Names New Partner and Special Counsel

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, named one new Partner and four new Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2010.

"We are proud of this group of talented attorneys who have made strong contributions to core practice areas of the firm. They have provided outstanding services for our clients," said Alan M. Klinger, Stroock's co-managing partner.

The new Partner and Special Counsel are:

Erez E. Gilad (Partner - Financial Restructuring, New York) Mr. Gilad specializes in corporate restructurings inside and outside of bankruptcy. He has extensive experience representing hedge funds, private equity firms, corporate clients and bondholder and creditor committees in all aspects of the negotiation and implementation of bankruptcy proceedings and out of court restructurings. Recent and current representations include the Ad Hoc Committee of Second Lien Noteholders of Trump Entertainment; Official Creditor Committees in Tropicana Entertainment and Dayton Superior; and the Ad Hoc Noteholder Committees in Caraustar and IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Jason R. Bendel (Special Counsel - Litigation, Los Angeles) Mr. Bendel's practice focuses on business litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Since joining Stroock in 2000, Mr. Bendel has represented clients in both state and federal courts throughout the United States and has been involved in several jury trials. These matters have included insurance bad faith and securities disputes. Mr. Bendel has substantial experience advising insurance carriers on insurance coverage matters under several types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, property/casualty, and directors & officers policies.

Royce F. Cohen (Special Counsel - Litigation, New York) Ms. Cohen's practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance arbitration and litigation. She has represented both cedents and reinsurers in a variety of matters, including comprehensive general liability, excess and umbrella liability, workers' compensation, asbestos, environmental and property/casualty insurance. These matters include misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance, disputes as to the coverage provided by treaties and policies, standards of accountability of cedents as fronting companies, standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in their dealings with reinsurers and disputes involving program managers.

Cary Joy Economou (Special Counsel - Litigation, Los Angeles) Ms. Economou devotes a substantial portion of her practice serving as coverage and litigation counsel to domestic and international insurance carriers in matters pertaining to various forms of professional liability coverage, including D&O, E&O, and EPL. Ms. Economou focuses on counseling carriers on claims arising from securities class actions, derivative litigation, and employment practices related litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Economou has extensive experience resolving insurance coverage disputes through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Ms. Economou has also been engaged in the defense of SEC and other administrative investigations and proceedings. In these matters, she has represented corporations, accounting firms and their individual auditors, and directors and officers.

Andrew S. Lewner (Special Counsel - Litigation, New York) Mr. Lewner concentrates his practice on complex insurance and reinsurance matters. Mr. Lewner has represented ceding companies, reinsurers, retrocessionaires and liquidators in a wide range of matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the country. These matters have involved such issues as misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance, disputes as to the coverage provided by reinsurance treaties, insurance policies and facultative reinsurance certificates, rent-a-captive arrangements, standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in their dealings with reinsurers and disputes with program managers and broker negligence. Mr. Lewner has been involved with disputes relating to a broad spectrum of insurance products, including general liability, excess and umbrella liability, workers' compensation, asbestos, environmental, property/casualty and catastrophe insurance.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for 130 years. Stroock's practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax. For more information, please visit Stroock's website at

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