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Nixon Peabody Elects Four Attorneys to Partnership; Firm Promotes Attorneys from a Wide Range of Practices

August 31, 2010
Allison McClain

New York, NY. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has elected four attorneys to its partnership effective September 1, 2010.

“These attorneys are stellar performers and make significant contributions to both our clients and to the firm,” said Richard F. Langan, Jr., CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody. “Each of these partners is fully committed to the core values of the firm and our vision of providing extraordinary client service—all the time. It gives me great pleasure to recognize their great performance and congratulate them on this terrific professional achievement.”

The new partners are as follows:

Roland Diniz, Global Finance, London, England. Mr. Diniz has extensive experience with both U.S. domestic and cross-border transactions with parties or assets located across Europe and Asia. His practice is focused on representing debt and equity investors, borrowers, lessees, and other participants in a wide variety of asset-based and other secured finance matters. He represents clients in leveraged and single investor equipment leasing, bilateral and syndicated lending, swap, and other transactions. In the asset finance area, he has structured and negotiated transactions involving manufacturing, power generating and other facilities, and rolling stock, aircraft, and telecommunications equipment. Mr. Diniz earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia College.

John Higgins, Labor and Employment, Albany, NY. Mr. Higgins has more than 20 years’ experience counseling and representing employers in all types of employment, employment discrimination, employee benefits, and traditional labor litigation matters. He has represented employers, big and small, in labor and employment arbitrations, mediations, and labor negotiations, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. and New York State labor departments, and other administrative agencies. He also has significant experience representing employers in state and federal courts, as well as on appeal, including first chair experience in both jury and non-jury trials in cases of age, sex, pregnancy, race, disability, and other types of discrimination and retaliation. Mr. Higgins earned his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and his B.A. from Hamilton College.

Kenneth Lind, Public Finance, New York, NY. Mr. Lind focuses his practice on municipal finance and federal tax law and is seen as a go-to attorney in his field. The Bond Buyer, a leading industry publication, has twice recognized Mr. Lind’s projects among their annual “Deals of the Year.” In 2009, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) project was honored as Deal of the Year, cited for its creativity in capturing the revenue generated by an existing toll highway and using it to pay for expanding transit during a tough economy, when funding for such projects is becoming increasingly harder to identify. In 2008, the publication recognized the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority project as Deal of the Year for its $384 million capital fund modernization program. Mr. Lind is a graduate of New York University School of Law, L.L.M, New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, and Colgate University, B.A.

Daniel Sklar, Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Manchester, NH. Mr. Sklar has wide-ranging experience in insolvency law, corporate debt restructuring, and bankruptcy. He has represented debtors, trustees, secured creditors, committees, stockholders, lessors, and senior executives in large Chapter 11 cases around the country, and has also been involved in a number of international insolvencies. He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Mr. Sklar is a graduate of Boston University Law School, LL.M., Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, and University of Pennsylvania, B.A.