Daily News: January 9, 2019

Duane Morris Names Six Attorneys to Partnership


Duane Morris promoted six associates and special counsel to the firm’s partnership in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group, the Corporate Practice Group and the Trial Practice Group.

The newly-named partners include:

  • Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater in Philadelphia in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group
  • Tracy L. Schovain in Chicago in the Corporate Practice Group
  • Katherine D. Brodie in Washington, D.C.; Meghan DiPerna in New York; Melissa S. Geller in Newark and Sean P. McConnell in Philadelphia in the Trial Practice Group

“We’re proud to welcome these talented attorneys into the firm partnership,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “As the practice of law becomes increasingly competitive, our newest partners have demonstrated that they have the legal skills, client focus and business acumen necessary to succeed as a partner at Duane Morris. We are excited to see the significant contributions we know they will make in the years ahead for our clients and our firm.”

Heitzenrater practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial finance and secured transactions. She represents insurance companies, secured creditors, chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, chapter 11 trustees, chapter 7 trustees, liquidating trustees and creditors’ committees in all aspects of bankruptcy cases. Heitzenrater has served as counsel to insurance companies providing prepetition and/or post-petition insurance coverage to debtors in complex chapter 11 cases and has represented both creditors and liquidating trustees in numerous avoidance actions. She has assisted creditors in enforcement of remedies through commercial litigation in federal and state court. Heitzenrater also maintains an active commercial litigation practice, representing clients in the construction and finance industries in products liability, securities fraud, appellate matters and complex contract disputes.

Duane Morris employs than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and abroad. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.