Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


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Winston & Strawn Adds Two Partners to Los Angeles Office


Edward V. Kayukov and Laurae Rossi have joined as partners in the Los Angeles office of Winston & Strawn LLP. The duo are both project finance attorneys who will assist with the firm’s transactional practice. They previously worked at the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Winston & Strawn has added approximately 20 attorneys to its Los Angeles office over the course of the last year. The firm also recently opened an office in Silicon Valley, marking their third office on the West Coast.

Eric Sagerman, the firm’s managing partner for its Los Angeles office said, “We are very pleased to welcome Edward and Laurae to the firm as we continue to focus on expanding our corporate capabilities in Los Angeles. They are highly regarded in the project finance area, and we are fortunate that they have chosen to be partners of Winston & Strawn.”

Los Angeles attorney Michael P. Cutler is one of 33 attorneys who have been elected to shareholder of the Polsinelli national law firm.

In a press release, Polsinelli describes itself as focusing on “finding practical solutions for clients in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation matters.” It opened its Los Angles office in 2011.

Cutler’s practice focuses on financial and fiduciary litigation.

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Aug. 10 during the ABA’s annual meeting in Boston.

The Margaret Brent award was first established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of female attorneys.

In describing the award, the ABA says, “Each year, this award honors five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.”

Nominees must fit the following criteria:

The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND

Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR

Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR

Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

Nominees are not required to be ABA members.

A detailed list of documents required for submissions can be found on the ABA’s “Women in the Profession” page on its website at . One can also contact the Commission at 312-988-5668 or with questions concerning the nominating process.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 2.

The State Bar is seeking to have an attorney disbarred for her role in a housing foreclosure rescue scam.

The State Bar said in a press release that Kristin Lynn Day, 34, of Roseville, stipulated to 10 counts of misconduct including aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, sharing fees with non-lawyers, failing to perform legal services with competence, failing to return unearned advanced fees, collecting an illegal fee and moral turpitude.

Records indicate that Day, who previously used her maiden name, Kristin Crone, was first admitted to the State Bar in June 2010.

Day admitted to the charges and agreed to be disbarred. She has also been ordered to pay $41,578.50 plus interest in restitution.

The agreement must be approved by the California Supreme Court.

According to her stipulation, Day formed a partnership in February 2011 with non-lawyer Brandon Hintz called United Foreclosure Attorney Network that purported to provide mortgage litigation and other debt-related services. Day signed at least 30 contracts with legal assistants who engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by conducting client consultations, making determinations about whether to accept representation of the client, and providing legal advice – all without Day’s supervision.

The stipulation also stated that the legal assistants worked from a script, claiming that litigation could reverse a foreclosure sale and result in a cash settlement.

Several homeowners who sought assistance from Day’s company to save their homes were already in foreclosure or had previously been denied loan modifications. At least one client lived in Pennsylvania, where Day is not admitted to practice law.


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