BBJ LLP Adds New Partners, Associates in Key Areas

November 11, 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

Moving into the midway point of the fourth quarter of 2011, I am happy to announce a number of new additions to our team and to provide updates on promotions of several partners.   I am pleased to announce that Anne Adams Rabbino (Real Estate), Lawrence Y. Vincent (Asset Management), James L. Bulger (Bankruptcy) and Joshua D. Bloodworth (Real Estate) have become Partners of Bryant Burgher Jaffe LLP.  In addition, we have a number of new, key senior attorney and associate additions to our firm in key areas, including Real Estate, Tax, Derivatives and Employee Benefits.  Notably, one of those additions is Donald H. Elliot, as Counsel in Real Estate, whose distinguished prior positions include Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission, Chairman of the Board of Long Island University, and board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Channel 13.  With our new additions, BBJ now has twenty-one experienced lawyers with a broad, but complementary, set of transactional capabilities. 

Anne Adams Rabbino is an experienced real estate lawyer who has practiced for approximately thirty years.  Prior to joining BBJ, Anne was a shareholder of Butzel Long LLP in New York.  Anne’s experience includes acquisition and disposition of real estate, real estate finance transactions and leasing.  Anne has represented lenders in complex real estate and mortgage lending transactions, including loan restructurings in amounts ranging from $50 million to more than $500 million. 

Anne has significant experience negotiating and drafting office leases, some of which ranged in size from 50,000 square feet to more than 500,000 square feet.  Anne has also been involved in negotiating leases for various types of premises, including retail, art galleries, television studios and broadcast facilities, ensuring that all the clients’ needs were met, while satisfying the landlord’s security and building management concerns.  

Anne also represents The Trust for Cultural Resources of The City of New York, a conduit issuer of tax-exempt debt for the benefit of museums, performing arts facilities and other cultural institutions. 

Anne began her career as an associate at Webster & Sheffield from 1980 until 1988, when she became a partner.  In 1991, she became a partner of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.  In 1995, she joined Hollyer Brady Barrett & Hines LLP where she practiced before becoming a shareholder of Butzel Long. 

Lawrence Y. Vincent, previously Of Counsel to BBJ, is an experienced attorney in all phases of asset management and compliance, with an extensive background in hedge fund matters.   Lawrence’s focus is counseling asset managers and institutional investors on all aspects of private investments, including domestic and offshore fund structuring and formation as well as fund transactions and compliance.

Prior to joining BBJ, Lawrence practiced in the investment management practice groups at Dechert LLP and Bryan Cave LLP in New York. 

James Bulger, previously Counsel to BBJ, is an experienced corporate bankruptcy attorney.  James’s principal practice areas are bankruptcy and financial restructuring. James has represented creditors, creditors’ committees, debtors, and other interested parties in chapter 11 reorganization cases, out-of-court restructurings, international insolvencies, and loan and claims investigation and trading.  His engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including energy, financial services, satellite, chemical, airline, restaurant, consumer goods, communications, and real estate.

Prior to joining BBJ, Jim practiced in the bankruptcy practice groups of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP for seven years and Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP in New York. 

Joshua Bloodworth, previously Counsel to BBJ, is an experienced real estate attorney.  He has worked on a variety of real estate and real estate financing transactions, and has advised clients on a variety of legal matters including purchase and sales, mezzanine financing, subscription financing, forbearance structuring, mortgage loans and state and city bond financing.

Prior to joining BBJ, Josh practiced in the real estate departments of DLA Piper US LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP both in New York. 

In addition to the above partners, BBJ has added several senior lawyers in key areas as follows: 

Marjorie S. Elkin has joined BBJ as Of Counsel in Tax.  Marjorie’s practice area is federal and state income taxation. She has extensive experience in tax matters, including structuring business entities; structuring mergers and acquisitions; developing financial products; preparing and negotiating the tax provisions of agreements; preparing disclosure; obtaining tax-exempt status for non-for-profit entities and counseling these entities on operational issues; obtaining rulings from the Internal Revenue Service; and handling state and local tax audits. She has represented a broad range of clients, including banks, private equity funds, underwriters, retail and manufacturing corporations, mutual funds, start-up entities and not-for-profit organizations including trade associations.

Before joining Bryant Burgher Jaffe LLP, Marjorie was Of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP. Before joining Morrison & Foerster, she was a partner at Zimet, Haines, Friedman & Kaplan. 

Daniel J. Patalano, Of Counsel, has joined BBJ as a derivatives specialist in BBJ’s Capital Markets and Finance Groups and Investment Management Group.  Dan has 15 years of experience in derivatives, finance and investment management.  Over the past ten years, Dan has spent his time on the buy side, as in-house legal counsel, serving two of the most prolific investment managers in the industry.  Dan’s principal areas of practice include, OTC and exchange traded derivatives, prime-brokerage financing, securities lending, private sales of securities, investment funds, and more recently, Dodd-Frank matters, specifically related to the anticipated clearing of OTC derivatives. 

Before joining BBJ, Dan was in-house counsel at Bridgewater Associates and S.A.C. Capital.

Donald H. Elliott has joined BBJ as Of Counsel, in BBJ’s Real Estate Group.  Don joins BBJ from Butzel Long LLP where he practiced with Anne Rabbino.   Don is nationally recognized as a realistic and creative thinker in land use regulation who has repeatedly in public and private situations crafted land use regulations to achieve desirable private investment while protecting public values.  While Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission for six years, he was responsible for many important and far-reaching zoning innovations which have influenced land use regulation across the country. 

Don has represented lenders in complex real estate and mortgage lending transactions, including loan restructurings in amounts ranging from $50 million to more than $500 million. 

Don represents The Trust for Cultural Resources of The City of New York, a conduit issuer of tax-exempt debt for the benefit of museums, performing arts facilities and other cultural institutions. 

Don served on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Channel 13, and was chairman of the board of Long Island University.

Mariela Markelis Dybner is a Senior Associate at Bryant Burgher Jaffe LLP.  Mariela has worked primarily in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, advising clients on these aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate disclosure.  Mariela has helped companies develop and implement equity and cash-based incentive plans and has reviewed and edited company plans and policies including 401(k) plans, employee handbooks, health insurance plans, and disability insurance policies. Mariela has represented both employees and employers in negotiations regarding high-level employment and separation agreements, including golden parachute payments, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, and ADEA releases. 

Prior to joining BBJ, Mariela was an associate in the New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  

Toneille Raglan is an associate at Bryant Burgher Jaffe LLP.  Toneille provides advice to a wide range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 Corporations on a wide range of transactional matters, including financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, trademark, and general corporate. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Toneille was an associate attorney in the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. 

We look forward to continuing to work with our clients and to serving our community!  Warmest regards and best of luck for a safe and strong year end!

Yours truly,