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Barnes & Thornburg Continues Expansion in New Jersey and Pennsylvania With the Addition of Five Attorneys

Barnes & Thornburg is continuing its strategic East Coast expansion with the addition of partner Brett Kahn and associates William Carlucci and Thomas Zelante, Jr. in New Jersey and associates Lindsay Miller and Cathryn Ryan in Philadelphia, as well as new staff and paralegals in both offices. 

Kahn joins the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice following 15 years at a major AmLaw 200 law firm headquartered in New Jersey. His practice focuses on contract disputes on behalf of insurance policyholders. He has successfully represented clients in litigation across industries, including pharmaceutical, real estate, construction, employment, and healthcare. Kahn also has transactional experience with corporate, insurance and healthcare matters.

“I have worked with Brett for more than a decade, so I have seen firsthand the impressive breadth of his practice and his commitment to advocating on behalf of corporate policyholders,” said Michael C. Zogby, partner-in-charge of the firm’s New Jersey and Philadelphia offices. “He’s an exciting addition to our New Jersey office, which has doubled in size since we opened in September. His practice complements our nationally ranked complex litigation, life sciences, product liability, and mass torts experience.”
Throughout his career, Kahn has advised a broad range of policyholder clients in the nation’s largest corporations, as well as individuals and small businesses. Through his efforts, he has secured billions of dollars in insurance asset judgements and settlements on behalf of his clients. His coverage experience includes analyses of virtually all commercial insurance products, as well as life and disability policies.

“Brett is a highly experienced insurance recovery lawyer who is skilled negotiator and takes a surgical approach to litigating on behalf of his clients,” said Scott Godes, co-chair of the Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice. “He brings strategic and well-rounded experience in the insurance space that will be invaluable to our clients on the East Coast and beyond. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Miller focuses her practice on defending medical device companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability suits and throughout the litigation process. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, she was an associate at a top Philadelphia law firm, and she clerked for the Honorable Michael Erdos of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Ryan joins Barnes & Thornburg from a Philadelphia AmLaw 30 firm, and she focuses her practice on defending pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer goods companies in litigation matters. She has experience in trial practice and multidistrict litigation proceedings in jurisdictions across the nation.

Carlucci focuses his practice on defending manufacturers ranging from consumer and industrial products to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He works on matters involving multi-district litigation and class actions in state and federal court. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, he was an associate at a top New Jersey law firm, and he clerked for the Honorable Rachelle L. Harz of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Zelante focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, product liability, and mass tort matters, representing clients across industries in federal and state courts throughout the country.  Before joining the firm, he was an associate in the New Jersey office of a global AmLaw 15 firm, prior to which he clerked for the Honorable Anne M. Patterson on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

“Lindsay, Cathryn, Will and Tom bring diverse backgrounds and a wide array of excellent trial, mass tort, and complex litigation skills to our team as we continue to expand our national practice on the East Coast,” said Jim Murdica, chair of the Product Liability and Mass Torts group. “We’re looking forward to seeing the value they bring to our clients as they work to cultivate their practices at the firm.”

Kahn earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Maryland. Miller earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University. Ryan earned her J.D. cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, and a B.A. from Colby College. Carlucci earned his J.D. with honors from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. from Georgetown University. Zelante earned his J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.

With more than 800 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Texas, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com or on Twitter @BTLawNews.



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