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McCarter & English, LLP is proud to announce nine new Partners

McCarter & English, LLP is proud to announce the elevation of nine new partners from five of our offices and six different practice groups. These attorneys exemplify the excellence and commitment to our clients that distinguish McCarter lawyers, and which are evident across all of our locations and practice areas. Their success and elevation is yet another reminder that our greatest asset is our people.

Denise C. Goulet

Environment & Energy
202.753.3439 | dgoulet@mccarter.com

Denise Goulet has more than 35 years of federal and state energy policy and rate litigation experience. Representing clients in both electric and natural gas matters, she focuses on Regional Transmission Organization and market price formation issues, especially those associated with PJM Interconnection, which operates a large competitive wholesale electricity market in the eastern United States. She represents rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, state commissions and state consumer advocate offices on a broad array of matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including matters involving many of the agency’s major rule-making and policy proceedings. Previously, she represented consumer interests before state regulatory agencies, and in appellate proceedings arising out of these federal and state cases.

Lee S. Holtzman

Tax & Employee Benefits
973.849.4115 | lholtzman@mccarter.com

Lee Holtzman concentrates his practice in local property taxation. He has extensive experience in all aspects of property tax litigation, from initial client contact through post-trial appeals. He has litigated a variety of commercial property disputes, representing owners of industrial facilities, assisted living facilities, hotels, commercial properties, self-storage facilities, apartment complexes, office buildings, golf courses and residential/co-op developments. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Taxation and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. 


Benjamin M. Hron
Corporate, Securities & Business Transactions
617.449.6584 | bhron@mccarter.com

Benjamin Hron primarily represents startups, emerging growth companies, and private equity and venture capital investors in connection with debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with securities law. He also serves as outside general counsel for a number of his clients, advising management on legal and business issues ranging from day-to-day matters to strategic initiatives. He is a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Committee and a former co-chair of the Securities Law Committee. He speaks regularly on legal topics related to entrepreneurship.


Peter M. Knob

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
973.639.8462 | pknob@mccarter.com

Peter Knob is a litigator whose practice is concentrated in the areas of creditors' rights and real estate litigation. His creditor practice spans a variety of collateral, including real estate, aircraft, vehicles and accounts receivable. On behalf of creditors, he has obtained emergent relief restraining and/or attaching assets and has successfully prosecuted fraudulent-transfer, breach-of-contract, foreclosure, replevin and restitution claims. In addition, he represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, including adversary proceedings objecting to the dischargeability of debts. He is regularly called upon by lenders, insurers and others to solve real estate title issues, including errors or defects in the land records, ownership disputes, and disputes as to the validity and/or priority of liens. He has also litigated landlord-tenant disputes, brokerage-commission claims and other commercial cases.

Brian R. Lemon

Intellectual Property/Information Technology
302.984.6374 | blemon@mccarter.com

Brian Lemon is an experienced patent litigator. He has litigated patent cases in courts across the country representing clients in such diverse fields as specialty chemicals, life sciences, personal care, computers, mechanical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. He has taken several matters to trial in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission. He also has extensive experience representing clients in trademark and copyright infringement cases. He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has represented numerous clients in post grant proceedings before the PTO. Before practicing law, he was a research scientist for the United States Navy. 

Richard J. Myslinski

Public Finance
973.849.4084 | rmyslinski@mccarter.com

Richard Myslinski focuses his practice in public finance, where he has participated as bond, underwriters’, borrowers’, bank and trustees’ counsel. He concentrates primarily on bond financings involving acute and subacute health care facilities and economic development transactions. He also represents educational institutions and community hospitals in complex merger transactions, including the coordination of due diligence, merger/affiliation agreement negotiations, regulatory filings and bond issuance. In addition, he has project finance experience, where he represents financial institutions as well as sponsors and developers in connection with the construction, operation and financing of U.S. and cross-border energy projects and other infrastructure-related transactions.

Wyley S. Proctor

Intellectual Property/Information Technology
617.449.6529 | wproctor@mccarter.com

Wyley Proctor is an experienced intellectual property litigator who represents clients in patent, trademark, trade secret and patent-related antitrust disputes in federal court and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice ranges from pharmaceuticals and genetic engineering tools to smartphones and software. In particular, she has extensive experience with pharmaceutical patent litigation, representing owners of blockbuster drugs under the Hatch-Waxman Act and in inter partes review. She represents global Fortune 500 companies, established midsize clients and startups. She is also a zealous pro bono advocate, fighting for victims of domestic violence in divorce and custody cases.

Scott M. Smedresman

Corporate, Securities & Business Transactions
732.867.9768 | ssmedresman@mccarter.com

Scott Smedresman represents early- and growth-stage technology companies throughout their life cycles: from formation and financing, through licensing and technology matters, to exits. He assists them – often opposite Fortune 500 companies – with product launches, building customer bases and scale, acquiring technology assets, and negotiating customer licensing deals and strategic partnerships. In addition to corporate work, he represents companies in disputes regarding technology and intellectual property matters, both in and out of court. He works on policy and industry activities in the technology sector, lecturing at universities and serving as a mentor at various accelerator programs. 

Christiana Xin Zhang, Ph.D.
Intellectual Property/Information Technology
617.449.6532 | xzhang@mccarter.com

Christiana Zhang has more than ten years of experience in patent prosecution and management, specializing in the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Prior to joining the firm, she was an in-house patent counsel at a midsize biotechnology company in the Boston area, where she was responsible for designing patent strategy and overseeing patent prosecution. She has extensive experience in U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, patent validity and freedom-to-operate opinions as well as due diligence and patent landscape analysis. She works with clients from small start-ups to large companies as well as academic institutions


About McCarter & English, LLP
Our firm has been in continuous business for over 170 years and grown to more than 400 lawyers in part because of our commitment to identifying and promoting talented lawyers like these nine new partners. Our clients rely on us to provide best-in-class legal work and client service. We are honored to be the chosen law firm of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to middle-market and emerging growth companies to private individuals. They choose us for the quality of our services, the character of our lawyers and staff, and our commitment to their goals. We do not view our long history and success as a reason for complacency, but as a springboard for continued growth and improvement.







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