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January 2018

Gordon & Rees Announces New Office Managing Partners

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has named new Assistant and Co-Managing Partners in nine of the firm's 47 offices nationwide. The new elevations are a part of the firm's nationwide growth and committment to diversity.

Christine Barker will serve as the Co-Managing Partner of the firm's Orange County office. Barker is a highly accomplished attorney with significant experience in general and complex matters with an emphasis in construction law. She has counseled owners, general contractors, design professional and subcontractors during all phases of project design and construction.

Kirsten Reyna De Hart will serve as the Assistant Managing Partner of the Carlsbad and San Diego offices. Reyna De Hart focuses her practice on the defense of complex environmental claims, toxic tort and product liability claims. She also counsels clients regarding environmental compliance issues outside the litigation context.  

Long Island and New York City
Virginia Squitieri will serve as Co-Managing Partner of the New York and Long Island offices. Squitieri is a national litigation attorney with broad experience in the defense of asbestos exposure as well as toxic tort and premises cases in state and federal court.

New York
Allyson Avila will serve as  Assistant Managing Partner of the Westchester office. Avila maintains a diverse practice, including medical malpractice and nursing home litigation, premises liability, employment claims, contract disputes and product liability. She counsels and defends a wide spectrum of private, institutional and municipal clients.

North Carolina
Knicole Emanuel will serve as the Co-Assistant Managing Partner of the Raleigh office. For more than 17 years, Emanuel has maintained a litigation practice, concentrating on Medicare and Medicaid litigation, health care regulatory compliance, administrative law and regulatory law.

Robert Shaw will also serve as the Co-Assistant Managing Partner of the Raleigh office. He has extensive tax and healthcare experience, including representation of clients on the buyer side and seller side in mergers and acquisitions, in Medicare and Medicaid audits, tax planning, business transactions, drafting physician agreements, corporate advice, and regulatory compliance. 

Julie Bardacke Haddon will serve as the Co-Managing Partner of the Portland office. She defends drug and medical device claims for the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing clients, and has amassed extensive experience defending products liability multi-district litigation claims pending in jurisdictions across the United States.  Haddon also has considerable experience in handling construction matters.

Kirstie Simmerman serves as the Assistant Managing Partner of the Dallas office. Simmerman handles a wide variety of litigation matters for clients across the country at both the state and federal level, including complex commercial disputes, class actions, professional liability, employment law, intellectual property, trucking and transportation and franchising litigation.

"We are highly enthusiastic to have so many talented and committed partners becoming involved with firm management across the country," remarked Firmwide Managing Partner Dion N. Cominos. "As we continue to grow, there is an ever greater need for more of our colleagues to help in managing the platform and we gladly welcome this new group into the ranks of leadership.”

Since 2000, Gordon & Rees has added more than 30 new offices, and now has a major outpost in eight of the 10 largest cities in the United States. In 2017 alone, the firm opened nine new offices: Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Salt Lake City, Utah; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Providence, Rhode Island; and Wilmington, Delaware.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 800 lawyers in 47 offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country and continues to climb the ranks of both the Am Law 200 and The National Law Journal. Additionally, in 2017 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 50 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 35 on its Diversity Scorecard.

Allyson A. Avila
Christine D. Barker
Julie Bardacke Haddon
Kristin N. Reyna DeHart
Robert W. Shaw
Kirstie M. Simmerman
Virginia Squitieri