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May 2020

Gordon & Rees Elevates 12 to Partnership in Offices Nationwide

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has elevated 12 attorneys to partnership. Located in offices throughout the country and experienced in a broad range of legal areas, these new partners are positioned to collaborate with our national practice groups to meet the various legal needs of our clients.

"Our new partners represent a very broad range in terms of the diversities of both their practice areas as well as their geographic locations,” said Dion Cominos, Firm Managing Partner. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and are delighted to have them joining the firm’s partnership ranks.”

Megan Bailey is a partner in the Philadelphia office and a member of the Environmental/Toxic Tort and Insurance practice groups where she concentrates her practice in the area of complex mass tort litigation. She has extensive experience representing steel-making facilities, chemical manufacturing companies, and numerous products manufacturers as both local and national counsel in the defense of personal injury lawsuits involving products and premises liability claims, including occupational and non-occupational exposure to asbestos and benzene. As national counsel, Bailey effectively coordinates with local counsel across the country litigating thousands of claims to implement a winning strategy and collegial team approach to obtain great results for her clients.

Sarah Christenson is a partner in the firm’s Southern California offices. Her practice focuses on the areas of labor and employment issues. She has extensive experience defending claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and wage and hour disputes, and routinely counsels clients regarding various workplace issues. She believes that ongoing communication with her clients is paramount to creating efficient and creative solutions to complex legal issues. Use of these tactics has resulted in successful resolutions of the cases she handles, and has also helped clients avoid litigation through proactive advice and counsel discussions.

JoAnna Doherty is a partner in the New Jersey and New York City offices and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law, Tort & Product Liability, Class Action, and Construction practice groups. Doherty is experienced in handling all stages of litigation involving contract disputes, franchise and manufacturer/dealer disputes, restrictive covenants, trademark claims, shareholder disputes, financial institution liability, product liability claims, false advertising and consumer fraud claims, breach of warranty claims, and construction defects. She also routinely defends and has prosecuted class action litigations, including nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and false advertising or unfair competition statutes.

Lee Ann Galowich is a partner in the Chicago office. She concentrates her practice in the area of insurance coverage with particular emphasis on general liability and directors and officers professional liability. Galowich handles various aspects of insurance coverage including claim handling and loss prevention advice, and the preparation of opinion letters. She began her career as a defense attorney representing architects and engineers in negligent and contract disputes in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Jennifer Guidea is a partner in the New Jersey office. Her practice focuses on various complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, consumer fraud claims, and professional liability claims against attorneys, engineers, insurance brokers, doctors and hospitals. Guidea also represents franchisors in litigation regarding unfair competition, trademark infringement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and other matters. She has served as national and local counsel for several international pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer product manufacturers in both individual and multi-district litigation involving false advertising claims and mislabeling claims under the Lanham Act, the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act, and various state consumer protection laws.

Lauren Kelly is a partner in the Pittsburgh office. She concentrates her practice in health care law with a particular emphasis in medical malpractice defense litigation. Kelly represents a wide array of healthcare providers in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including nationally-recognized hospitals and community hospitals, as well as nursing homes, physicians, and registered nurses, in all aspects of litigation from inception through final disposition. She has tried multiple professional liability cases to verdict, serving as both first-and second-chair trial counsel.

Quyen Le is a partner in the San Francisco office. She has extensive experience in complex litigation for insurance, class actions, business and contractual disputes in California and other jurisdictions across the nation. She primarily represents insurance carriers in bad faith litigation arising out of claims involving general negligence, professional liability, shareholder liability, sexual misconduct, foster parent liability, and premise liability, just to name a few. Le works closely with clients and is able to effectively communicate complex legal concepts, as well as formulate multiple practical and resourceful solutions.

Jessica Lucas is a partner in the Pittsburgh office. Her broad commercial litigation experience includes defending claims under consumer protection and unfair competition statutes, and representing and advising clients in business disputes, product liability matters, and employment disputes involving claims under the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and corresponding state statutes. Her practice also focuses on helping clients navigate the legal issues confronted by health care providers, specifically, long-term care facilities. A significant portion of her practice is within the construction industry, where she assists clients in matters concerning lien issues, payment disputes, and defect claims.

Jill Ormond is a partner in the Phoenix office and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, and Intellectual Property practice groups. She helps clients ranging from international retailers to specialty entertainment companies find practical and cost-effective legal solutions. With a background in the entertainment industry, Ormond’s legal practice is focused in the areas of product and premises liability, business and civil litigation, intellectual property and entertainment law. She has nearly a decade of experience in tort and complex commercial litigation matters, including insurance defense, products liability (automotive, medical device, consumer products), premises liability, workers’ compensation, business and civil litigation, entertainment law, and intellectual property.

Jerome “Jerry” Schreibstein is a partner in the Oakland office and a member of the Employment practice group. He focuses his practice on providing counseling, advice and litigation defense services to public and private sector employers on a broad range of employment law issues. His advisory experience includes recruiting, hiring, compensation, wage-and-hour, leave of absence, discipline/termination procedures, employment contracts, personnel policy drafting, employee handbook development, trade secret protection, and disability accommodation and management. His litigation defense experience includes wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Jean Terry is a partner in the Louisville and Indianapolis offices and is a member of the Construction practice group. She has worked in the construction industry for over twenty years, including as a civil engineer with a multinational design and construction firm. She uses her invaluable experience in the management and design aspects of large scale construction to zealously represent contractors, suppliers, and other building professionals in all phases of project construction, from contract formation through arbitration and litigation throughout the United States.

Sarah Tomkin is a partner in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York offices. As a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise, Employment, and Professional Liability practice groups, she has represented a diverse group of major corporations, franchisors, closely-held businesses, and individuals in a wide range of disputes. Her practice includes handling litigation involving contract disputes, discrimination and whistleblower claims, professional malpractice, and disputes involving intellectual property, specifically trademark infringement. She works with her clients to craft litigation strategies geared toward their unique goals and to obtain successful results.